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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / air dry clay + Mod Podge? on: February 21, 2010 09:22:21 PM
not a polymer clay question, but I didn't know where else to put it...

I know air dry clay will dissolve in water, so I want to seal a couple pieces I made after I paint them. I have a giant bottle of Mod Podge, which is what I'd normally seal anything else with, but I just realized Mod Podge is waterbased. so will it mess up the clay? for that matter, the paint I have is waterbase too. am I headed for disaster?  Huh
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / painting on plastic, permanently? on: February 05, 2010 04:50:14 PM
I want to paint something on a bento box for a swap partner, but obviously you need to be able to wash a bento box and painting on plastic is notoriously crappy. is there any kind of paint I can use that will be durable on a plastic box? I mean, obviously it won't survive a dishwasher, but maybe paint that will last through handwashing? thanks for any help!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / problems with bobbin winder. on: January 25, 2010 03:00:37 PM
I suspect half the problem is that I have a really cheap machine... yes, I have a Singer Simple 2263, but to be quite honest I actually like it a lot and it hasn't given me any crap up until now.

the bobbin winder is at the top, and in theory you slide it over and it disengages the needle. mine is not disengaging the needle anymore, making it basically impossible to actually wind a bobbin. a few nights ago I was able to slide it back and forth a few times and eventually it worked properly, but now I'm out of bobbin thread again and no matter how many times I slide it, nor how firmly, it will not work. very frustrating, because I just finished cutting out the awesomest hat ever.

what is the most likely problem here? and is it something I could take a stab at myself, or am I going to have to take it in to a shop? any advice much appreciated.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / black rubber o-rings on: January 24, 2010 07:16:09 PM
I have stretched ears, and I like buying new jewelry for them. I buy most of my stuff from a website that sends me free black o-rings with every order. my ears won't tolerate the kind of rubber they're made out of though, so I never use them for their intended purpose. still, the craftster in me keeps thinking 'someday these will be useful,' and I know there must be some kind of awesome project I can use them for, I just don't know what!

I have a ton, in all kinds of sizes, from a few millimeters to an inch in diameter. so gimme some ideas! I know chainmaille is always an option, I've seen a lot of that and it's awesome. what else is there to do with a nearly endless supply of tiny rubber circles?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / we do what we must, because we can. on: January 23, 2010 12:11:14 AM
I spent a few weeks as a test subject at Aperture Laboratories. it was winter during that time so they gave me a few pieces of warmer clothing to keep me comfy while I wasn't flinging myself through the air in decrepit test chambers. I was going through my room today, and found two of the items, a standard-issue Aperture Science Warmth Retaining Head Covering Device and a medium-female-human Aperture Science Body Heat Containment Apparatus, full safety instructions and proper use diagrams still attached...

okay, fine, I just knit them myself, but the first bit sounds like a way more interesting life.


(I totally Portal-ed it up for school this morning.)


and just in case you're interested, hat chart here and sweater chart here on Flickr. let me know if you use them for anything! it'd be awesome to see them on other stuff.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crazy (and/or ridiculous) quilt-like t-skirt on: January 22, 2010 11:52:00 PM
After making a t-shirt quilt AND a full set of curtains to cover two windows, also out of t-shirts, I had an insane number of t-shirt scraps left over and really nothing to do with them. I had been kicking around the idea of making a crazy-quilt style something out of them, but I had no clue what. Tonight it suddenly clicked... skirt.

So I sat down in front of my sewing machine, and a couple hours, three bobbins, and way too many thread ends later...

...this awesome t-skirt was born.

(it doesn't hang that unevenly in the back, this is just a terrible picture)

And it's very hard to take a picture of yourself modeling a skirt! Anyhow, I love it dearly, and it actually turned out pretty well, despite my being an extreme novice sewer. I am proud of the things I did right though, and I even managed to put elastic in the waistband Smiley But I'm not making another one, at least not for a long time Tongue
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I'm clothing my room! on: August 28, 2009 04:34:00 PM
A while back I started a t-shirt quilt.  At the time it was sort of an aimless project, because up until recently I only sewed by hand so I figured it would be done when it got done.  Well, recently I moved into a new apartment, and I found myself wanting that quilt pretty badly, as well as being in desperate need of a set of curtains!  I still had a surplus of t-shirts, so I decided, what better way to make curtains than to match them with my quilt?

And so I have clothed my room!

Here is one set of finished curtains, or at least nearly finished - they need another tier at the bottom, but somehow I ran out of t-shirts.  I also need another set of curtains, since I have two windows in my room.  But so far, I'm quite pleased.

And last, but most definitely NOT least...

...the quilt!  Finally finished after nearly half a year on hold, because I bought myself a sewing machine for my birthday!  It's backed with a queen-sized jersey sheet, or at least most of one, and it's so warm and soft and cozy.

I'm so happy!  They're kind of wonky since I just started sewing with a machine, but I think they're pretty awesome, and I like how they pull the room together and of course add some much-needed color to my blah white walls  Smiley

Okay, please don't stalk me from the info on my shirts now, please  Smiley
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Jackson, MS - this city is on fire! on: March 04, 2008 05:49:24 PM
There are a lot of things that are special about Jackson - International Ballet Competition, Mal's St. Paddy's Day Parade (fourth largest in the nation!), home of Eudora Welty, Malaco Records...  and so much more.  I knew I wanted to do SOMETHING to represent my city, but there were so many things I couldn't pick just one.  And that's when I settled on it!

There is one thing about Jackson that no other (American) capital city can claim - we sit right on top of an extinct volcano!  Its peak sits 2900 feet directly below our coliseum.  So, in honor of this fact, I present...

A Jackson volcano collage!

Closeup on my cartoon of the coliseum.

Strips of tissue paper representing lava (yeah, I know, it's extinct, but how boring is an extinct volcano?  Tongue) and some pictures I printed off and cut up to give the mountain a little more pop.

And finally, a 'title' of sorts in the corner.  I love the smoke most  Smiley

It's a little silly, but I'm proud of it!
Besides, it shows off several great things about my city - obviously the volcano, plus it showcases the coliseum where a lot of good concerts, the rodeo, the state fair, high school graduations, and lots of other great things happen.  And of course the HEAT of a deep south summer!  Cheesy
Simple...  but I hope you like it  Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dickinson Pullover on: February 25, 2008 08:30:02 AM
I am so excited to finally be finished with this sweater!  I started it in September or so, and I said it would be my monogamous sweater project, with nothing else done until this was.  Well, I lied, and here it is February.  But I finished it!  So here are pictures  Cheesy

Sorry about the weird face!  Let's see...  this is the smallest size, made with 12 balls of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Lake Ice Heather.  I did it all pretty much by the pattern, except that I lost my size 7 needle tips for the neckline so I had to use size 4 instead, but despite being a pretty huge jump, I think it turned out well!

100% wool sweaters are WARM!  I knew they were, but I couldn't imagine HOW warm until I put this on!  It's so cozy  Cheesy
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Noro pouch on: November 14, 2007 12:12:12 PM
I don't know what it is, I've been on a felted bag kick lately.  Crazy.

Bag prefelting.  The colors are a little off, but hey.  Pretty.

Size comparison.  Didn't shrink a WHOLE lot; it mostly grew horizontally, which was a surprise since the last time I felted Noro it grew more vertically.  Weird.

And the whole thing finished.  I decided to use the purl side out, at least for now.  Might add a closure... not sure.  The handle is i-cord made out of SWTC Karaoke.  It felted really nicely!

I'm not entirely happy with it; I think I need to give it a good soak and block it some more.  I didn't catch it while it was still wet enough, last night.  But overall, it works, so I'm pleased.
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