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41  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Harry Potter stenciled shirt on: July 23, 2005 07:05:12 PM
I made this shirt as my first stenciling project.  I used the freezer paper method with acrylic paint and fabric medium.  It's hard to tell in the pics, but the shirt is maroon and the paint is gold (Gryffindor colors Wink ).  I wore it to the release of the new book...I got a lot of compliments! 



And here's a closeup of my favorite, Prongs Wink

     

I think "Moony" may have an 'e' in it....oh well, makes it unique! :-P

*Edit: ok, so Moony doesn't have an e in it in the book, but it does in the movie...anyone know why?  Mistake, or was it that way in the British version?  I know they've changed some seemingly arbitrary things...
42  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling on consignment/dealing with harry potter copyright issues on: July 09, 2005 11:14:11 AM
A nearby town is going completely all out for the release of the new harry potter book...they're transforming the whole town into diagon alley, and every business wants to get in on it.  I've been asked to make harry potter related things to sell at a few stores downtown, but I'm so freaked about using copyrighted things, I need to think of stuff that won't get me in trouble.  Here are my ideas so far:

-tinsle crowns with ribbons down the back in the different house colors
-magic wands (both cutesy and pretty and "realistic," aka a polished stick with a nice handle

I have a lot more ideas, but I'm concerned about copyright info...if you think any of these would get me in trouble, please let me know!

-pins that say "weasley is our king"
-a miniature sculpey quidditch set (without the word quidditch anywhere on it?)
-chocolate frogs
-lightening bolt keychains, necklaces, earrings

If you have any ideas or comments about what I've posted, please do!  Keep in mind I will be selling these, but I'm really just doing it because I love harry potter and crafting.  And I was asked!  So, if you have any tips or anything, I'd really appreciate it!
43  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / To heat seal or not to heat seal? on: May 29, 2005 01:48:38 PM
Ok, I have a paranoia about paint cracking in the wash.  I usually use acrylic paint w/fabric medium, but I've heard it's not necessary to heat seal.  I do it anyway, and I haven't had problems, but I hardly ever wash them for fear of peeling.  What's the consensus?  Do I need to heat seal?  Is there a better way?
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / band merchandise? on: May 26, 2005 06:04:39 PM
My brother's band is really good and they're quickly climbing the indie-pop ladder...they're recording in a studio next month.  However, they haven't made much money so far and since so many indie groups advertise through t-shirts and keychains, they would really like to start selling stuff like that.

Of course, they turned to me, but I don't have money to invest in supplies right now (for silkscreening and the like).  I would really appreciate any ideas for merchandise to sell that wouldn't cost too much money up front.  I can't seem to come up with anything good!
45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / The great didgeridoo disaster on: May 25, 2005 12:08:07 AM
Ok, this is my boyfriend's tale, but it's so good I had to share it and since he's my boyfriend it's practically mine anyway.

A couple years ago my boy, Jake,  got the urge to make his own didgeridoo (long, tubular instrument of Australian origins).  This is done by taking a long (about 4 feet) piece of pvc pipe and molding a mouthpiece/insert out of paraffin wax.  Being the sweet, innocent, totally non-crafty type, he had no idea how to melt wax.  His friend was over helping him, stirring the wax while he cut the pvc pipe.  Jake went out to the garage to get a saw and his friend came out to tell him she had to leave and the wax was on the stove (NOT in a double boiler, might I add).  About 10 seconds later Jake returned to the kitchen to find the wax on fire.  My darling Jake panicked...he grabbed a mug of water from the counter and - yes - threw it on the firey wax.  Well we all know what happens when water hits hot wax - flames shot up from the pan, up the stove, and across the ceiling, leaving the walls and ceiling covered in black ash.  Jake, with the mug still in hand, ran outside to his friend who was still getting ready to leave.  He yelled something like "call 911!" and then for no apparent reason threw the mug on the ground, smashing it.  I'm not even sure he turned the heat off during any of this.  He returned to his kitchen to find the fire almost gone and the kitchen walls and ceiling incredibly burnt.  He then recruited the help of several of his friends to scrub the walls, but to no avail - they had to repaint.  He hasn't tried to make a didgeridoo (or anything, come to think of it) since.
46  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Kings' crowns fell apart on stage... on: May 24, 2005 11:51:22 PM
I was in charge of props for my school's opera this past semester (that I was also in...note to all, never do props for a show you're also in).  I worked my butt off but thankfully most the props/costumes turned out beautifully.  Unfortunately, I had to make 6 crowns at the very last minute for a scene involving 6 kings.  Last minute crowns = trip to burger king and hobby lobby.  I spray painted the cardboard crowns gold and attatched big rhinestones with *clear* tacky glue.  I bought the clear because I thought, "hey, clear equals better!" and went on my merry way.  Big mistake.  I was watching the king scene at dress rehearsal and I started to hear things falling onto the stage.  I couldn't figure it out at first....then realized the rhinestones were all falling off, one by one, loudly as could be.  I heard the director laughing and they had to stop the scene while I ran on stage to retreive the quickly deteriorating crowns and rhinestones.  I spent that night reaffixing them all with hot glue.  I caught some crap from the rest of the cast, but thankfully there were no more mishaps.
Clear tacky glue stinks! Wink
47  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Moveable parts on: May 21, 2005 11:06:27 PM
How about whatever we make has to have a "moveable" aspect to it...some ideas would be a belt with pinwheels on it, a wire sculpture with a "hands on"aspect, a purse with a clock in it, etc.  This would be pretty challenging, but I think it would be awesome to see just how creative and inventive we can all be!  Plus, it would be something really different.
48  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Japanese food candle set.... on: March 15, 2005 09:40:38 PM
Ok.  I'm dying to put together this little project of mine including 3 "sushi" candles (really california rolls), a fortune cookie candle, and a little bottle of saki candle, all sitting on a traditional-ish sushi serving tray.  One problem.  I can't figure out what to use for the avocado and crab meat (fillings) in the sushi.  I tried using plain old molded candle wax in the appropriate colors, but it just looks funky.  Has anyone else made these?  Have any tips?  I want this project finished!!! 
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