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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / 18" Dolls - Red Hair that Oxidizes and Falls Out on: July 30, 2012 02:51:28 PM
Just curious if anyone's experienced this. I sew clothing for 18" (American Girl) size dolls. I can't afford the AG dolls but I have some Springfield and other "knock off" types that serve as my "models" for the clothing at a craft show.

I noticed that my older red-haired Springfield doll's hair turned off-color, sort of faded, and started to fall out of her head at the roots. It had taken on an odor like an old crayon. Then the same thing happened to another red-haired 18" doll (I'm not sure who her manufacturer was as she was a garage sale find).

Since these are model dolls I'm improvising with Halloween costume wigs, so the poor dollies don't have to be bald, but I'm just curious about the red hair problem. For instance, if I were to invest in a synthetic doll wig for one of these dolls at a later date, should I be concerned that the same thing might happen again?
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling crafts for a little extra money when on Social Security Disability on: December 26, 2011 05:24:31 PM
Been on SSDI since earlier in the year and I want to sell some crafts to help make ends meet - would like to hear from some others on SSDI who have done so - do you just report it on your IRS taxes or do you have to notify Social Security before you start? I seriously doubt I'd even approach the limit of what you can earn with my crafts but I don't want to commit a "technical foul," so to speak.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Red hair on 18" doll oxidizes and falls out! Help! on: October 21, 2011 08:48:37 PM
My poor 18" dolls with red hair are bald!  Cry One is an early Springfield doll, and the other I got at a garage sale or thrift shop so I don't know what she is but she's not an American Girl, that much I can tell.

A couple years ago the Springfield doll lost all her hair and now the mystery doll is starting to do the same. The hair just falls out at the "roots."  Shocked

I want to make or buy them wigs - I was even thinking of buying a synthetic red Halloween costume wig - one wig might provide enough hair for both dolls.

However, my thinking on that is thus:  if it's cheap synthetic red hair, would I just be throwing my money away? On the other hand, if I pay for a pricey pre-made wig from a doll supply company, will I get a better product that won't be likely to self-destruct?

Thanks from me and my poor bald dollies for any light you can shed on this problem!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Considering industrial or heavy-duty machine - some questions on: July 18, 2011 09:34:00 PM
I have some things I'd like to do that would probably require a heavy-duty or industrial sewing machine, like work with leather, vinyl, heavy fabrics, attempt to make purses, that sort of thing. If I could find an inexpensive used one that worked, I'd consider it. Here are some questions I have:

1. Would a "heavy-duty" machine be as good as an "industrial" machine for the above types of sewing by a novice, and less expensive?

2. I tried out an industrial machine as part of a job application at a manufacturing place, and the thing scared me, it ran so fast I was afraid it'd chew up my fingers (I didn't get the job, obviously  Roll Eyes ). Are there some that have variable speeds to give a scaredy-cat more control?

3. What other advice would you give, in light of what I've already mentioned but may not have thought to ask?

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Cheap rubber to carve at your local hardware store! on: May 10, 2011 01:58:30 PM
I posted this elsewhere and y'all might like to see it!  Grin I found red rubber at Lowe's in the plumbing dept. that would, IMO, be great to carve stamps with. See this thread:

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cool Stuff from the Hardware Store :) on: May 10, 2011 10:19:07 AM
Just thought I'd share this for rubber stampers and mixed media folks who like to carve their own rubber stamps.

I was at Lowe's this morning getting a new drain pipe for my sink, and I saw this red rubber that they use in plumbing repairs - it was around a dollar for a piece about 5 by 6 inches that looks just like what you find on rubber stamps. So I bought one. I figure if it works, even if it doesn't last forever, it should work for at least a few projects. At that price, one can afford to experiment!

Also, in the paint department, I snitched a bundle of paint swatch cards. Some of them were as big as 3 x 5 and could be used in a postcard exchange. Fun!

Share your hardware store finds of cool texturing tools, collage material, wire, glues, whatever!  Cheesy
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Angel Policies - on more than just rubber stamps! on: March 05, 2011 08:21:27 PM
IMO, sometimes the pattern copyright issues have gone too far. The rules are so rigid from what they used to be, when you can't even, say, make Barbie or American Girl clothes from a Simplicity or McCall's pattern to sell at a craft fair. This goes for many patterns and things anymore.

Yes, I'm aware the people spend lots of time and money making these patterns. Yes, it might be wrong if a corporation was making bazillions of dollars when they should have their own design department, yada yada. But it seems wrong to penalize the humble home crafter.  Huh

Therefore. I am curious. Is there anyone else out there who, like me, would like to make "Angel Policy" patterns for all sorts of things just to show these corporations that they can't push us around?  Embarrassed I'm going to do it, as my time and abilities allow. Rubber stamp companies with Angel Policies make buying their stamps more worth it for the customer who wants to sell a few cards. They made their money off the stamp, and if it's a popular stamp, they'll make a reasonable amount of money.

So . . . I think there should be more Angel Policy patterns and instructions in many different areas of crafting. And I hope to help that become a reality. Anyone else feel the same?
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / From the Sunflower State - currently covered in snow! on: February 03, 2011 10:36:04 AM

I just stumbled upon this website when doing a Google search. I live in KS and do a variety of crafty things and fine art as well.

My favorites in fine art - acrylic painting, oil pastel, mixed media. I like to do abstract non-representational art mainly.

Favorite crafts - Polymer clay, dollmaking and sewing doll clothes, some yarn stuff like basic knitting and crocheting, I'm in my church quilt guild and learning about quilting. I've done some jewelry making/beading. Once upon a time worked as a floral designer. Have made hand-painted wood and ceramic items.

I get lots of ideas, I'm a Jill of all trades type, find it hard to settle down to just one thing! I've been somewhat of a hoarder of crafty stuff and am trying to be more sensible so I can focus (I have ADD). One step at a time I'm going to get more organized and back to spending time on projects rather than decluttering the house.  Cheesy

Even the internet draws me - gets addictive - and I also like creative writing. So I have to learn to balance my many interests. I think I will have a lot of fun on this site though.  Smiley
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