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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Drawing/Painting on shirts.. on: June 26, 2011 02:09:31 AM
I want to draw with pencil, charcoal and acrylic but no doubt when washed they would come off. Is there any fixative or type of materials that I should use for clothing fabrics so they would stay there permanently?

I want them to look as if they have been printed on.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Do's and Don'ts for shipping international? on: June 22, 2011 06:09:23 PM
Okay so lately I've been having delays due to customs clearance. It seems the jewelry orders are getting stuck in the hands of customs and no one can tell when they would be cleared. It's not good at all to have the recipient go to the post office to claim it.

I really don't want this kind of hassle in the future so any tips from expert sellers who ship internationally on how to go about avoid these types of situations? I'm practically new to shipping overseas and I'm just learning along the way... Undecided
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Right Fabrics for Cosplay Costumes on: June 21, 2011 08:54:16 PM
I'm really into the Cosplay hobby at the moment and in the future when I've learned much about sewing I'd like to be making my own costumes, my question is what are the appropriate fabrics I should be using for these type of costumes?

Take note that I'm supposed to look like an anime/cartoon character so bright/solid colored and matte (not so shiny and wrinkly) fabrics are a must for me but since it's only a costume that I might just wear for a one time thing I'm also opting for something cheap and economical.

Also I'm on the lookout for glossy/stretchy fabrics preferably looks good in black.

Thanks  Cheesy
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / What's a good background for jewelry/product photography? on: June 18, 2011 07:57:38 PM
I've tried lots of things from white paper to rusted metallic pans to handkerchiefs. I'm working with light-colored (grey-white actually) pendants. I've photographed them on a plain sheet of paper and they came up really boring looking since the pendants melt into the whiteness of the paper.

I'm photographing them under a reading white fluorescent light. Since I live in a condominium wherein a terrace/rooftop access is unavailable I can't really go for natural lighting, the windows also doesn't give much light since there's a building up close which blocks most sunlight passing through.

I would like something that doesn't reflect any light and would go well with the color scheme of my products. I'm opting for some dark gray wood but I have no clue on where to get one...
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crystal infused Skull Ring on: June 18, 2011 07:09:57 PM
This was one of my first jewelry design that I've made. So it's kind of an old work; made it last year. Materials used are polymer clay, crystals, mica powder for color and an adjustable ring.

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Synthetic Marble with Resin on: June 07, 2011 07:44:38 PM
I'm trying to reproduce a small sculpture with resin. I want to make the surface look like marble.

The company where I buy my resin gave me Polymer Resin 31-832, Cobalt powder (since they didn't have any Marble dust), Cobalt Accelerator, and Polymer MEKP Hardener.

The problem is when I mix the hardener and resin (pre-mixed with Cobalt powder) everything starts to discolor - it turns into a muddy green color. I was opting for a beige-grey color for my sculpture.
Something like this: http://bewitching.tumblr.com/post/6073577708

So what can I do or add to color my resin properly?
I've already tried mixing only resin, cobalt and the accelerator but it doesn't cure at all. Nor mixing only resin and the MEKP hardener.  Sad
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Type of hand drill? on: June 07, 2011 07:33:33 PM
I've been searching for an appropriate hand drill to drill small holes into my pendants. I've tried googling something but all that's coming up are hardware drillers for building/furniture.

I would really appreciate suggestions/recommendations (brand, type, cost, etc.)  or share your experiences if you're using a good jewelry hand drill yourself.

Thank you!  Smiley
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