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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / What to use as molds for needle felted, hollow forms? on: March 12, 2012 09:24:27 AM


I've been dabbling in needle felting for a bit, and last night ran into a new problem: What do you do when you want to make a hollow form?  I tried styrofoam, but it was a poor solution!  Killed the needles, left bits in the felt, and the felt was a bear to get off the ball.

Advice please?

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Peyote Arm Band on: August 12, 2011 11:02:17 AM

Does this count as completed even though the clasp system doesn't work, and I can't figure out how to polish the copper beads without harming the green ones?

Peyote stitch, delica beads, nemo thread.

Suggestions for proper finishing WELCOME!   Wink
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / All my Favorites are gone from my profile! on: June 20, 2011 08:02:39 PM

Why?   Cry
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Glass w Metal Bail - Safe? on: April 20, 2011 07:53:18 PM

I have a neat glass pendant that needs a bail to hang correctly.  My question is: if I make a copper bail for it, will the metal hurt the glass and it swings and shifts when wearing?

Tips, advice and suggestions all desired!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tea Wallet! (...if the tea will just stay IN it...) on: April 03, 2011 08:39:32 PM

I have attempted to make a tea wallet!  Given how poor my sewing skills are, I'm pretty happy with the outcome...



This is where I discovered my mistake -- if the wallet tips, the tea falls out!  ANY suggestions for fixing this gratefully received!
 Roll Eyes   Grin
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Palindrome Scarf & Fingerless Gloves on: March 27, 2011 09:04:40 PM


Finally finished something!  But only because of my commitment to defying my 'It's-not-good-frog-it-forever-and-never-let-it-be-seen' genes.

The pattern for the reversible cable scarf is from Ravelry, and is called Palindrome; it is a spin off another Ravelry pattern called Irish Hiking Scarf.

The mitts I made up...and ran out of yarn on...and they SOOoooooo do not match....just as the two ends of the scarf do not match...AND I DO NOT CARE I LIKE THEM....   Grin Embarrassed Wink
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Advice? Best way to secure this? on: February 20, 2011 10:53:35 AM


I'm working on this 4-braid scarf, and am unsure of the best way to secure the bands. 

Do I need to stitch along the entire length of each line of contact?  Or should I tack every few inches? Or run a stitch through the width of all four bands every couple of inches?

Help??   Huh  Undecided 
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Futurama Glasses - Etched on: January 02, 2011 01:37:03 PM


Did these as a present for Futurama addicted friends. The most difficult etches I've done yet!  Mostly happy with the final results, except the edges of Bender are less clean than I want...

Sorry that the photos are all fuzzy; I literally finished them AT the friends' house, so I didn't have the luxury of setting up nice shots....

Bottom of glasses all have Hypnotoad staring at you:


Close up of Bender's sign, from the drinker's POV:


(I should have etched in her tank top...)


I really wish this was in focus, because I am inordinately pleased with the brain slug!

Zyoberg (sp??):

Comments and advice WELCOME!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Nibbler Bib on: August 16, 2010 10:00:00 AM
Well, I finally got something finished!

The bib blank was from Sublime Stitching.  I had originally intended to embroider the image -- which would have looked more crisp -- but I wanted to finish it before the baby was in high school, so I painted it.

Initially, I used Pebeo Fabric Markers, but they didn't give dense enough coverage on the terry cloth, so I went over the figure again with Pebeo Fabric Paint. (The curly-cues are just marker.)

Comments and tips for the future welcome!  Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lip Balm Bandolier on: May 15, 2010 08:17:50 PM
No, I am not addicted, per se, but I do have to keep my lips balmed &/or sun-screened every day, and my favorite (Rachael Perry, Lip Lover, RaspberryCherry) has been discontinued -- I have been FORCED to buy many different sticks in an effort to find an acceptable replacement....

Problem is, lip balms are generally in round tubes, and when you get a lot of them together they like to go diving off counters!  (Alleviates the boredom when not in use, I guess.)  Wink

SO, I designed a Lip Balm Bandolier to hold them all.  I'm not really satisfied with it; it does not hang as smoothly as I would like, and I don't have the heavy wire I need to form the hanger I desire...But at least it WORKS.  Grin



Anyone have any tips on how to make the ribbon hang smoothly while keeping the elastic snug enough to do its job?  Let me know --
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