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1  Re: My wife is creeped out by me chrocheting....... in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by one_daddio on: April 28, 2006 10:21:38 PM
Here's the fabric. I have a friend at work who does a lot of sewing and she told me that she's kind of envious of me because I use fabrics that she's totally afraid of.   Smiley

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2  Re: Wanna sew Circle skirt with me? in Clothing Sewalongs by one_daddio on: February 15, 2006 09:44:07 AM
Do you think it would work if I cut up an old t-shirt to use for the stretchy fabric bit?

A t-shirt would work great for the stretchy part.

This is another great circle tute: (it's the one I started with)


That tute has the right formula for cutting the hole, if you want the top to fit snugger. Is snugger a word?

Here's the one I made for my daughter.

I'm going to do an adult version this time.
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3  Re: DIY multi color screen printing? in Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions by one_daddio on: January 11, 2006 01:10:31 PM
To solve the issue of taking the shirt off the board, why not just make a ton of boards?

That certainly could be done. The reasons I don't do that are A) the one time I used cardboard I pushed too hard and pushed an indent into the coardboard which showed up in my shirt. It happened to look cool for what I was doing but I wouldn't want that most of the time, and B) like I said, most of the things I do are single prints so I usually don't need tons of boards. I wouldn't have the space to lay them all out to try even if I wanted to.

This is the shirt with the cardboard mishap:
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4  Re: How to dress a 6 year old girl "PUNKY" ??? in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by one_daddio on: January 09, 2006 01:22:23 PM
Oh my... ODD is the name of my band. It's me on guitar, my six year old son on drums, my three year old daughter on tambourine, and my wife shakin her booty. We play punked out Beatle songs in our basement. Smiley

I agree with the prettyinpunk; use regular littl girl styles but use cool, unorthodox fabrics. Here's my punk princess twirling in her Batman skirt..

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5  Re: Shrinky Dinks... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by one_daddio on: January 09, 2006 07:55:05 AM
Boohbah earrings:

And a keychain I made for a friend who had just broken up with her bf:
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6  Re: How to Silkscreen (without fancy equipment) in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by one_daddio on: January 04, 2006 03:49:39 PM
Hi Folks...

Here's the simple tute I've been promising. Ready? Ok, here goes.

First, start with a blank screen. The tape inside the corners keeps the photoemulsion goop  (from here on refered to as simply 'the goop') from getting between the frame and the screen and makes it easier to clean when you're ready to do that. Time needed to apply tape, about 45 - 60 seconds.

Next, spread the goop on the screen. Time needed, about a minute or two.

Here's the top side (the side that will be facing up, towards you when you apply ink) while it's wet.

And here's the bottom side (the side that will be against your shirt).

Now put it in a dark place to dry. I use an empty dresser drawer (I don't know how long it really takes to dry but this is the point that I forget about it until tomorrow).

That was step A: preparing the screen and at this point I've got about 5 minutes into it. Now you have to get your picture ready. I'll pretend you have this done already.

Step B is to print your image on a transparency, like so:

Step C is to transfer your image onto your screen by exposing it. Get your dried screen out of the drawer. With the bottom side up, lay your transparency on top of it, upside down (this is really important if you have writing on your image), like so..

Now take it to your "exposure" area (the place where you're going to leave it exposed to light) and turn on the light.

Step C up to this point took about 30 seconds. Now you have to leave it for about an hour. This is important. Allowing too little time or too much time will ruin your project, but because I'm trying to keep this simple I'm not going to explain how. Ask me later if you're interested.

Ok, so an hour has gone by, now it's time for step D, rinsing the screen.

Step D, take your screen to a big sink or bathtub and rinse it with warm water until the image it rinsed clear. Time, about 5 minutes.

Still rinsing. I just put this picture in because you can see the image starting to rinse clean.

When the image is rinsed clean out of the screen, let it dry bottom side up. Again, more waiting, snacking, sewing, beading time.

When it's dry, you're ready to print.

Step E, print. Put a board or something inside your shirt in case the ink bleeds through.

Position the screen on the shirt, bottom side down

Put ink on the screen. I learned after a lot of messes and wasted ink that you can use a spoon to put a small amount of ink on the screen. Before I figured that out I was just pouring it out of the jar and it made quite a mess and wasted a lot of ink.

Then spread the ink across the screen a few times (sorry, I couldn't spread and take a pic at the same time so you get to see me getting ready to spread).

Now the ink is spread

Lift the screen straight up and viola'!

Total time for step E, less than a minute. Now carefully take the board out of the shirt, hang your way cool shirt to dry and you're done. Easy peasy, huh!!

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7  Re: Printing White On Black? in Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions by one_daddio on: January 04, 2006 01:50:08 PM
I haven't had great success printing white on black, even when I use opaque inks that are supposed to be make for it. I usually have to do two prints. For light colors I've started doing a white base print under the colors and I'm getting pretty good at it. Smiley

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8  Re: Men's Ties / Neckties in What the heck can I do with THIS? by one_daddio on: January 04, 2006 01:31:57 PM
I didn't read all of the messages so I don't know whether somebody has shown this already... It's a tampon cozy I made for my wife. I get requests for them all the time now.  Grin

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9  Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases in What the heck can I do with THIS? by one_daddio on: January 04, 2006 01:26:31 PM
I did this (it's a candle holder):

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10  Re: Beatle Projects in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by one_daddio on: January 04, 2006 01:14:20 PM
I made this for one of my nieces as a Christmas present but I liked it so much that I kept it for myself  Grin

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