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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Drilling Holes in Resin on: August 10, 2010 07:44:36 AM
I've been using the drill bit that came with my Dremel. It's a bit large for my tastes, but it does the job very well. If you have a Dremel, they have a kit with tiny little drill bits, but you'll have to buy the new collar as well.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Mineral make-up: Make your own basic eye shadow on: June 08, 2010 12:52:26 PM
If you're interested in a finishing powder, I've written a post on the topic on my blog here - http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/08/building-mineral-make-up-foundation.html. And since posting these recipes, I've written a ton about mineral make-up on my blog. I think I have something like 91 posts with various recipes for eye shadow, blush, foundation, bronzer, and so on. I'd put the recipes here, but there are far too many, so here's the link to the label "MMU" on my blog - http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/search/label/MMU.

I will warn you that making your own is completely and utterly addicting, so beware! One of the happiest days of my crafting life was when I disposed of everything in my make-up bag (except for my brushes and mascaras) in favour of all my own stuff! Another happy day was when I cleared my bathroom out of every commercial product except toothpaste and deodorant, but that's another post... Cheesy
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: FO YO SAFETY! on: December 16, 2009 06:27:28 AM
fyi--titanium dioxide is used in several countries to increase the biodegredation of smog when mixed in cement or building materials. basically, its a chemical put in blacktop or buildings that wuickly eats up smog faster than our atmoshere can.
also--its put in sprinkles.

so watch out what you eat or put on yourselves.
Can you provide links to this information? I'm with MareMare in that I think we need information in order to make educated decisions, but I do think we need to consider the source of the information and how accurate it might be. Chemicals are not bad things - every single thing in the world is a chemical - and most can be used in different applications. The castor bean gives us castor oil and ricin, one seed of which can kill a child (although it takes 80 to kill a duck!) Sweet almonds produce oil and cyanide. But we use both regularly in bath and body products.

Here's a post from my blog on the research I've done on titanium dioxide - http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/08/mineral-make-up-ingredients-titanium.html. As titanium dioxide is chemically inert, I consider it one of the safest ingredients you could use. But as I said above, everyone is free to make their own decisions.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cupcake Bath Bombs....with tutorial on: December 03, 2009 05:29:27 PM
I wonder if using liquid soap in place of the water in the frosting would make it more soapy...
No, I've tried it. It just makes it very gooey and annoying. You can't actually get it out of the piping bag, and it won't go completely hard! I did come up with this as an idea for bubble icing...you can find it at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313699.msg3608117#msg3608117.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Featured Projects -- Quarter 3 on: October 13, 2009 06:43:34 AM
How lovely is it to be featured? Well, very lovely. Thank you!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Make your own lip shimmer. on: September 09, 2009 07:05:29 AM
For some reason, the mineral make-up bug bit me hard in August, so I've been working on lip shimmers and lip stick recipes. There's far too much information to share here - please see my blog for numerous posts on this topic - but I thought I'd share my recipe for lip shimmers. If you are interested in knowing more - why I chose these ingredients for the lip shimmer or alternate oils and waxes, please visit the post on my site at http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/09/lip-shimmer-sticks.html (it's just too long to put here!)

The ruby is the one at the left end. You can see it looks quite vibrant, but it is going to be a shimmer on your lips.

Melt together in a double boiler...
8% candellia wax
9% beeswax (I was going to use carnauba, but I ran out!)
18% shea butter
12% mango butter
52% liquid oils (28% castor oil, 10% fractionated coconut oil, 7% squalene, and 7% jojoba)
1% Vitamin E

You can use your favourite lip balm recipe, if you have one, as the base for a lip shimmer. This is going to make 100 grams of base or about 10 lipsticks!

These recipes are all for 1 tbsp of base. To get a nice shimmer, you'll want between 5% to 10% colour in your lip balm. This is going to look like too much - it's not. These are lip shimmers, intended to give you a bit of colour on your lips.

Scoops means 1/32 tsp or one of those little 0.15 cc scoops you can get at mineral make-up supply shops.

4 scoops red or red mica (1/8 tsp)
1 scoop white satin mica
(5/32 tsp colour to 1 tbsp base - 5% colour to base )

5 scoops merlot mica
(5/32 tsp colour to 1 tbsp base - 5% colour to base)

A more elaborate colour blend...PINKY PINK
1 cc raspberry pop mica
2 cc coral mica
1 sc burgundy iron oxide
4 sc titanium dioxide
1 cc petal pink mica

If you add the titanium dioxide, it becomes more of a lipstick than a lip shimmer.

I like to use little plastic shot glasses for my lip shimmer colour blending. You'll want to mix your micas in a plastic bag until they are well blended (if you're using more than one; for the merlot, just put it in the shot glass). Add 1 tbsp of melted lip balm base to the shot glass, then pour the mica into it. Mix mix mix until it is well blended. If you aren't sure about the colour, you can put a dab on a white piece of paper and see if it you like it. If you do like it, then pour the lip balm into a lip balm container and rejoice! If you want more colour, make sure the lip balm is well melted and add more mica to it, then pour it into a lip balm tube.

If you want more of a lipstick and less of a lip shimmer, you can add iron oxides to the lip balm base (please see this post on my blog...http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/09/lipstick-modifying-lip-balm-adding-iron.html) or you can add titanium dioxide (please see this post on my blog...http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/09/lipstick-modifying-lip-balm-adding.html)
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / M&P Soap cupcake icing (recipe) on: July 19, 2009 09:48:48 AM
I've been playing with melt & pour soap for an upcoming youth craft group, and I wanted to make some soap cupcakes, but all the recipes for icing I see are either cold process soap, which I don't make, or foaming bath butter, which is prohibitively costly for my group. So I thought I'd make a syndet bar and use that as icing.

(The soapy part of the cupcake isn't the cutest thing in the world as I was using soap left over from other projects, and I should have coloured the icing...but oh, well. I'll make some more tomorrow! The yellow ones are Lemon Curd and it combines wonderfully with Cream Cheese Icing. The pink one is Pink Sugar - again, lovely with Cream Cheese Icing fragrance!) 

BASIC ICING FOR SOAP CUPCAKES (feel free to double or triple - do not quadruple)
28 grams SCI noodles or flakes
26 grams Amphosol CG (coco betaine)
34 grams SLSa
3 grams cetyl alcohol
2 grams fragrance oil (I used Cream Cheese Frosting from Brambleberry. Yum!!!)
Colouring (if desired)

Heat the SCI and coco betaine in a double boiler until the SCI has melted. Add the SLSa and cetyl alcohol and again heat until all ingredients are melted. Mix well with a hand mixer, then put into a piping bag with a cake decorating tip on the end (I used a 1M). Decorate cupcakes. Rejoice.

The reason I say not to quadruple the recipe is that it does set very quickly and you will find it difficult to pipe after about 20 minutes or so. If you want to decorate a ton of cupcakes, you will want to remake the recipe again.

You can use another liquid surfactant, but SCI melts best in an amphoteric surfactant like coco betaine, so this is why I suggest it. I used cetyl because it will harden and will offer some moisturizing - you can substitute stearic acid for a harder and slightly less moisturizing icing. Feel free to add some oils - say up to 3% - to this mixture for more moisturizing!

If you aren't into melt & pour soap, you could use this icing to make some decorations for your bath bomb cupcakes (although it's not going to melt quickly in the tub)!
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Mineral make-up: Make your own basic eye shadow on: June 17, 2009 06:53:02 AM
My Pop micas came in and I've been having some great fun making even more eye shadows. I keep promising myself I'll work on blushes and foundations - I've made the bases, I just need to play with the colours! - but I can't resist my greens! (I can't photograph things well, so please imagine these are vibrant colours!)

This one's my new Saturday night thing! I have many variations on lime green, but this is my favourite so far. I like to wear this the yellow we're calling "(Everything's) A-OK".

2 scoops basic eye shadow base
3 scoops apple green pop mica
6 scoops lemon drop pop mica
1 scoop strawberry pop mica

Put all ingredients in a bag and squish together until you're happy with the colour. If you want a less green colour - and why would you? - you can reduce the apple green to 1 or 2 scoops.

A regular eye shadow container will require 3/4 tsp to 1 tsp of eye shadow, and the recipe above makes 12/32 - so triple the recipe to make a full container.

I've also been playing with chameleon micas - colour shifting ones - so I've had to come up with a new base so I don't overwhelm the colours. This one doesn't have has much staying power as the other one, so I recommend using a primer if you're going to wear eye shadow with this base. I had to take out the titanium dioxide because it changed the mica colours.

3 tbsp treated serecite mica
1 tsp micronospheres
1 small scoop calcium carbonate (the little white scoop, 1/32 tsp)

As a note, this is a great finishing powder if you want to suppress oils and add a little shine to your face without colour. You can add colours to it, but I haven't had time to work on the foundation colours yet, so you'd have to figure out your skin tone colour yourself!

I've been posting like a madwoman lately with more to come this week - here's the link to the MMU recipes on my blog...http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/search/label/MMU.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Featured Member--swift on: June 07, 2009 07:24:05 AM
I hope it's okay to post this here, but I've posted some pictures from my crafty wedding!
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=308260.0. It was an amazing day and my husband (I love that word!) is a wonderful man! Our honeymoon was lovely, but exhausting, and although I love my job, I'm not looking forward to getting into real life yet!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My crafty wedding on: June 07, 2009 07:20:54 AM
I married the man of my dreams, my partner, Raymond, on May 16th. We crafted as much as we could for the wedding...I thought I'd share a few pictures!

My amazing new husband! Can you tell I'm happy? My mother made my dress, his shirt, and the best man's shirt, while my best friend made her own dress. My best friend (Wanda) made the jewels for my hair, and we made our jewellery (although I am wearing a necklace my late father gave me as my something old.) My dress was very elaborate - my mom hand made all the buttons. It's nice to have a mother who is a professional dress maker!

For my bridal shower, we made candles to burn at the wedding!

Wanda made 150 cookies - 2 small, 1 large - to give as favours. On each large one she wrote either "Ray & Sue" or "Sue & Ray" and we packaged them in cello bags.

Of course we had to make our own cake! It was a vanilla cake with lemon filling and butter cream and marshmallow icing. Our best man found these little Pez dispensers, and in the background we have hidden 2 little gummy bears peeking from the bushes behind the happy couple. (We make strange cakes decorated with various gummy animals, such as the teddy bear's picnic/massacre. This represents our normal cake decorating techniques).

We decorated the tent with flags that represent us and what we like. These three represent SueWanda land (Wanda and I set up the campsite with two tents and all the necessities in 45 minutes, so we declared it our land), Upper Chesterfieldia and East Bedrovia, which represent the glow in the dark slug wars we used to have in our bedroom.

It was an amazing day and I'm so glad we made so much of it! Just wanted to share!
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