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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Acrylic on glass? on: June 22, 2006 09:24:56 AM
Forgive me if this would be better suited in another section.

I got this cool glass bottle and I want to paint it.  I prefer using acrylics, seeing as I had to buy a set for a class last semester.  So, can I just paint right on the glass (once I clean and dry it), or do I need to coat it with something first?

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress Fabrics? on: March 21, 2006 09:58:46 AM
I'm ready to finally make a Lolita dress for myself.  I have a pattern/directions posted up on Craftster awhile ago, but I have some quick questions before I start:

-What are good fabrics to use for a dress?  Specifically, a spring-y dress worn over a petticoat?  I'm planning on making a spagetti-strap dress with a kimono-like shrug to go over it.  I was thinking of using Brocade but, it is expencive and I don't want to spend all that money and go through the trouble of making it if brocade just won't work.


(x-posted @ www.livejournal.com/~egl)
13  COOKING / Dessert / Pudding Problems on: February 10, 2006 07:59:26 AM
I'm not vegan, but I prefer Soy Milk over cow's milk.  I noticed that Jell-o brand pudding mix does not set when you make it with soy milk.  Does anyone know a brand that will set with it?
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Accidental Boatneck on: February 02, 2006 05:53:35 PM
I kind of goofed from my original design.  It was supposed to be a long-sleeved tee, but I stupidly used a tank top pattern as a base and didn't resize the neck hole properly.  There's a basic tee shirt pattern out there somewhere, I think I'll have to break down and buy it before I attempt this again.  Well, at least the sleeves are cool?


Here's a detail pic of the applique on the front:


I'm thinking of making it completely off the shoulder, and making another with the new pattern, once I get it (since I have enough fabric to make at least 2 more!  yay!)
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hot Pink Anarchy Pirate Skirt! Arr! (image heavy) on: January 26, 2006 07:03:03 PM
So, waaay back in highschool, I found these hot pink capri jeans in my local thriftstore, and they just SCREAMED to be made into a skirt!

It's very hot pink and shiny, so that's why the color looks a little funny.  Also, the orange lumps = my socks.  I had to stand on the bed to get a good picture ^^

I painted the jolly rodger and anarchy symbol with fabric paints.  The anarchy symbol is supposed to be black, but its hard to balance perfectly when standing on a bed.

Also, I made this mini skirt from jeans in highschool:

AND here's another skirt I made today, not as mini as the other one but it fits soo well and sits just above my hips perfectly (I totally recamend buying guy's jeans on clearance to get a good fit for jean skirts!)
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Not sure what to do... on: January 26, 2006 02:50:53 PM
I bought this white and gray knit fabric with kanji symbols and a big "25" all over it.  It's hard to describe, but it's cool and I love it.  Thing is, I think it's a bit too loud to make a whole top out of.  So, I compromised with myself.  I made a top out of black knit, cut a kanji symbol out of the other fabric, and tacked it to the front with stitch witchery (I'm going to sew around it later, promise!).

Well, I'm planning to make the sleeves out of the striped print, but I can't decide on long, belled sleeves or short, cap-sleeves.  Here's a pic:

And here's a pic of the striped fabric:

Suggestions, please?
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Swimsuit? on: January 15, 2006 05:53:04 PM
I'm working on a portfolio for Fashion Design school.  I have a long list of ideas to make, and one of them is a swimsuit (actually, 2 of them.  One for me, and one for a friend of mine who's got a model's body and I think she'd take great pictures).

So I want to know, who else has made a swimsuit before?  Are they difficult?  What about making one tailored to another person, since I obviously can't make a muslin mock-up for her to try on?
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Begginer Question on: January 08, 2006 06:07:49 PM
I'm sorrry if this question has been asked before, but I wasn't sure what to search for.

What's the best way to get rid of the little 'curl' that appears in the first row of stockinette stitch?
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Hair Coloring Question on: December 29, 2005 06:05:52 PM
Okay, so I want to dye my hair again, I haven't in a little while.  I usually get Raw Color from Hot Topic, in a dark violet color.  Unfortunatly, my local Hot Topic no longer carries Raw Color Sad  I do have some Manic Panic in a similar color, but the one time I used it it didn't work at all.  I was only trying to put in streaks, and when I tried to "comb until frothy" as the package indicated, all I managed to do was comb out most of the product and a little bit of my hair O_O  then I left what was left in to process and rinse and it didn't color my hair at all.

So, since I hear that Manic Panic is somewhat widely-used, am I doing something wrong?  What do you people do to make Manic Panic work, or could you recamend another brand of semi-permanent hair color (that comes in a violety-purple) that works well and I might easily find?

Just for the record, my hair is naturally blond and has proven itself to hold color really well in the past so the Manic Panic not working thing wasn't an issue with that.
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Neoprene Bracelets on: December 16, 2005 06:43:50 PM
I've been making these between classes.  Now that finals are over, I'm thinking of making some more and selling them on ebay or something.


They're pretty easy to make.  The neoprene rings (neoprene = synthetic rubber) are held together with 3 black copper jump rings each.  I coiled and cut the copper rings myself.  Neoprene stretches just enough that the bracelets don't need clasps.  Kind of like those cheap rubber bracelets from Hot Topic, only cooler.
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