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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! on: October 18, 2013 03:00:19 PM
Ezri, the wolf was adorable and looked like so much work! It turned out great. I love the pillow cover too. It seems really soft from the pictures.

gozer, I saw that bag in the swap gallery and I am insanely jealous! Graceling is one of my all-time favorite books, and you did a great job representing it!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! on: October 08, 2013 06:42:20 PM
Those mug rugs are super cute! I've just one question that I've wondered about for awhile: is a mug rug like a coaster for hot beverages? Or is it supposed to wrap around the cup? I any believe I don't know that by now, haha.

The necklace is cool and creepy. I hope your partner likes it?
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Getting Started with Oils on: October 08, 2013 06:25:00 PM
Okay, so I did a small oil painting a long time ago, and I've recently started a much larger one. About two days in I realized I have no idea what I'm doing. There is a lot more to working with oils than I first thought, so I decided to ask some of you more experienced painters for help.

1. What is 'fat over lean'? Should I be using paint thinner or oil to dilute my paint?
     The first painting I did I used my dad's shop paint thinner and it seemed to work well, but my art teacher (who admits he doesn't
     like or know oils well) says I don't need it and only need oil for diluting and cleaning.

2. What type/quality of paint thinner and/or oils should I use? What are mineral spirits and turpentine?
     Like I said before, I'm currently using commercial paint thinner and my teacher has me using vegetable oil.

3. Cleanup
     Cleaning my brushes and myself has been a nightmare. First I used paint thinner on the brushes, but I'm not sure if that should be going down the drain. Most recently I've tried getting the pigment off with oil and then washing the brushes in soap and water. I want my brushes to last as long as possible, so I need to know how to keep them conditioned properly. Also, how do I get paint off my hands? Right now I just wipe the majority off with a rag and let the rest wash off gradually.

4. Disposal
     Can oil paints, solvents, and oils be washed down the drain? Or should I be disposing of them some other way?

Overall, I just need help putting together a proper oil kit, I guess. Any help you guys can offer me would be greatly appreciated Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! on: October 07, 2013 08:00:01 PM
I'm going to jump in here a bit late with some September prompts.

I guess if I have to choose, I declare myself a member of Team Fandom!

Challenge: September Conventions
Team:Team Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name:TARDIS wristlet
Project Page Link (if available):https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427222.50#axzz2h5sRkv3b (swap gallery)
Brief Description: Recently I participated in the ninth round of the Doctor Who swap. My partner had pinned a wristlet with two money/coupon pockets, three card pockets, a hinged change pocket, and ID slot on the outside on one side, and a zippered phone pocket on the other. It has a wrist strap, so you would be less likely to lose it at a Whovian convention! The seller also had the pattern for sale (here), so naturally I made a TARDIS out of it. It was a 36 page PDF and worked on a smaller scale then I'm used to, so the workmanship is a bit shoddy. It's functional though!
Project Picture:

Challenge: September Starfleet Uniform
Team:Team Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name:Fantastic T-shirt
Project Page Link (if available):https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427222.50#axzz2h5sRkv3b (swap gallery)
Brief Description: My partner's favorite doctor was Nine like me, and she liked stencilled shirts, so I made one using a sun-reactive dye called Inkodye by Lumi. It comes in red, orange, and blue, which I chose to use. It's a bit touch and go since any exposure to UV rays will start the process, but I thought it turned out with a nice vintage/distressed feel.
Project Picture:

Challenge: September Periodic Table
Team:Team Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name:Companion Figurines
Project Page Link (if available):https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427222.50#axzz2h5sRkv3b (swap gallery)
Brief Description: We also made a small project for favorite companions, and I just couldn't choose, so I made all three of her favorites: Jack, Rose, and Donna. Because there are three, I chose the element Lithium, Greek for 'stone'--- sort of like these little people feel after baking. Because of its reactivity, lithium doesn't occur in nature in its raw form, but due to its solubility as an ion, lithium can be extracted from clays. I also painted each figurine with metallic paints, which goes with the metallic luster of the third element on the periodic table.
Project Picture:

P.S. To pinkleo and SenatorOrganza--- I noticed there was no listed Team Captain or Headquarters for Team Fandom (correct me if I'm wrong), so if you would like me to I could start something up. It's up to you, though Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Doctor Who Swap round 9 gallery on: October 07, 2013 07:15:04 PM
Wow, everything looks absolutely fantastic! I really love all the different takes on River's diary.

I'm really sorry I've been so out of it this swap, you guys. One of those things where life just does what it wants and I fall really behind. I didn't technically flake but I'm the next worst thing Sad I'm so, so sorry. Thanks spikefan for being so patient and posting pictures. They're a lot better than mine Smiley. I thought I'd add a few favorites of my own.

My Dalek hat and mittens<3 <3 <3. I love thes things, seriously. My mom thinks they're ridiculous, but she thinks that about the whole fandom so she doesn't count. I also wore them to school today and nobody knew what they were which made me sad but they liked them anyway.

The bracelets were on my wrist almost immediately. They are super cute!

This key chain is too awesome. I just love the little BANANAS.

All the rest of my pictures stink. The only place in my house with good lighting is the laundry room and even then I'm no talent with a camera.

I was sooooo spoiled. Thanks again, spikefan!!

Thanks everyone for a great swap!
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Doctor Who Swap round 9 - Signup 7/29-8/6, Sendout 9/9 on: September 06, 2013 09:27:03 PM
I did some really fun things on one of my projects tonight-- I'm excited to see how everything ends up by Monday. My entire weekend is devoted to finishing touches. Can't wait to send!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Doctor Who Swap round 9 - Signup 7/29-8/6, Sendout 9/9 on: August 29, 2013 11:56:51 AM
I'm here, I swear. I've got every item going but none of them finished. I just had a big shopping spree at Michael's and Joann's yesterday and early outs from school all week, so I'm ready to get something done Smiley
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 17 - Summer Vacation! on: August 25, 2013 12:50:38 PM
Wow, I can't believe its already the last month of this. I really have been having fun with Charlotte, but I've been absolutely, unforgivably horrible at telling you guys about it. So get ready for a reeeallly long post. Sorry Sad

Here are the long-ago promised Omaha zoo pictures:

Giraffes! (Mama and baby Smiley)



Leopards! (this guy came out for a single minute for us to get some great pictures, then went and hid)



Some sort of tiny deer creature!

I've got tons more adventures to share but they'll have to wait til tonight when I'm home again Tongue
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: August 25, 2013 12:34:56 PM
Well, seeing as I've totally failed with the summer nerd games and haven't done anything yet, I think I'll just start over with fall! My summer got really hectic just about the same time I signed up, and it's finally beginning to settle down a bit now that school is in full swing.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Doctor Who Swap round 9 - Signup 7/29-8/6, Sendout 9/9 on: August 04, 2013 12:38:01 PM
I'll be sending my Q in shortly, once I get back to a wifi location. I've just been on vacation Smiley

I hear Peter Capaldi is the 12th doc. I've never seen him act, but he look pretty Doctory to me!
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