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71  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / How to paint on an IKEA table? on: May 13, 2005 07:08:34 AM
I did some research on Craftster but am not having much success with my project.  Perhaps you can advise?

I have this table (in birch veneer, not in the light blue that pops up first):


I want to print it with an artsy design.  I tried some craft paint on one leg, and it scratched off easily.  I tried sanding, and it made little difference.  I tried a couple coats of primer, and it still scratches off with just a firm scrape of the fingernail.

Do I need to get a hardwood table in order to paint and have it stay on?  I am thinking of shopping the local thrift stores for one, but I don't want to give up on this IKEA table unless it really is a lost cause.

If you know anything about how to accomplish this, please let me know!!
72  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a lace poncho? on: May 06, 2005 07:25:36 AM
I don't really know how to sew, but I was thinking of starting simple, getting a small lace tablecloth (or just a large square of soft lace) and making it into a poncho.  However, I'm not sure - when I cut the hole, will I be able to secure it against fraying by sewing a hem?  If not, is there a way to sew thick/fabric-y lace so that it won't unravel?  (Feel free to dumb down your response for this sewing newbie!)
73  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Scrambled Deviled Eggs on: April 25, 2005 07:33:22 AM
My mom used to make deviled eggs with mayo, yellow mustard, and paprika, so I made up this version of scrambled eggs based on that:

-Scramble the eggs and pour into the frying pan
-When eggs are mostly (but not fully) cooked, drop in a dollop of mayonaisse and a squirt of yellow mustard (amount based on your personal taste - if you're not sure, just start out light and add more the next time if it's not enough flavor for you)
-Chop the mixture together with a plastic spatula repeatedly until all blended
-Transfer to a plate and add a generous sprinkling of paprika over the top

I like this with an english muffin or on its own.

74  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Soldering for Dummies? on: March 11, 2005 09:24:09 AM
Can anyone direct me to a tutorial or general information page (or thread) that gives complete newbies an introduction to soldering?  I am hoping to make a small sculpture from pieces of tin that I've collected, and I don't know Thing 1 about soldering.  (Except that I will probably end up hurting myself!)

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