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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Quick Question: Why Papercut in Reverse? on: December 19, 2010 05:02:44 PM
I would like to try papercutting and have been looking through designs and materials. I have noticed that most artists papercut in reverse, drawing their design backwards (or digitally reversing it, etc.). It's probably obvious, but why is this done? Does the paper look smoother on the other side? If a template is used and no ink marks would be on the final paper, why reverse the image?

Thanks!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / how to make hollow canes? on: March 20, 2009 08:12:51 AM
I've seen some hollow canes out there, such as for onion and olive pizza toppings. Angie Scarr has an example here: http://www.angiescarr.co.uk/999_55.jpg.UK_The_Gallery_Pizzas.html

How is this done? Is the cane made around styrofoam that shrinks up, or maybe or around something that can slide out?

Thanks
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Using caulk to make piped frosting? on: March 10, 2009 08:48:46 AM
So I have this book, which is printed in japanese:


In the book are large pictures of the completed objects and small pictures with japanese instructions of the steps to make them. In the step to make the frosting, it LOOKS like they take regular white CAULK and put it into a caulking gun, then squirt it into a piping bag with a star frosting tip and pipe it onto the baked piece from there and then decorate with sprinkles, little cookies, etc.

Also, these is this: http://www.strapya-world.com/products/30821.html which also looks like it could be caulk.

Not being the handiest person around the house, I've never used caulk before so I'm not sure if it would really look like that. I think you'd have to put a few layer of glaze or varnish on it.

What do you think? Have you ever heard of caulk being used with polymer clay like this?
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / World of Warcraft Class-Specific Charms on: May 01, 2008 10:43:21 AM
For those who play the game World of Warcraft:

Hey, I just posted this on the worldofwarcraft.com forums and was hoping that maybe the gamer crafters on her could give me some ideas.

I make things out of polymer clay and I've been wanting to make some WoW charms for pendants, charm bracelets, keychains, whatever. I've been thinking specifically about making a set of charms for each class, but I don't know that much about classes that I haven't played (like Paladin, Shaman, or Warrior). So, if you're reading through this and thinking "Wow, what a 'tard, she doesn't even have _____ for [class], which is so very iconic" then please help me out and post it!

Note: Keep in mind that these would all be detailed 3D representations. Things like Shadow Bolt, Shadow Word: Pain, Frost Shock, or Tranquility would all be very difficult to represent using clay without directly using the spell icons used in the game, which I could do with image transferring techniques but would rather not, or would rather keep it as a last resort.

What I could do so far:

Mage: sheep, fireball, cinnamon roll, arcane intellect symbol

Hunter: arrows, hunter's mark crosshair, fang

Shaman: bloodlust mask thing, totems

Priest: Benediction staff, angel wings

Druid: cat fang, black feather, bear paw, healing touch leaf

Paladin: bubble, hammer

Warrior: dual axes

Warlock: voidwalker, healthstone, soul shard, demon wings

Rogue: poison vial, daggers

Any ideas?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Flying Spaghetti Monster ANTENNA TOPPER? on: January 17, 2008 04:35:38 PM
I just a new car and I don't want to plaster it with bumper stickers but I do want it to have some kind of personality and be easier to find. So I was thinking of making a pastafarian-style tribute to the great Flying Spaghetti Monster in the form of an antenna topper.  (Here is a page about the FSM if you are unfamiliar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster)

The question is: What materials would you use? My first thought was styrofoam, sculpey, and light yellow pipe cleaners, but I have no idea how styrofoam would react to rain, or if sculpey would be too heavy for a car antenna, or if the thin metal in pipe cleaners would worsen its reception. My boyfriend suggested thin rubber flexible tubes that you can buy at Home Depot, but would they be noodly enough? And then there is the question of how to attach it to the antenna.

If you have any ideas or advice on the best way to do this, please let me know!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Powdered Royal Icing? on: January 05, 2008 03:22:28 PM
So I was at TJ Maxx today and found this gourmet gingerbread house kit marked down from $25 to $2.50, and since I've never made a gingerbread house before (raised in a "holidays schmolidays" kind of family), I bought it. My problem is that the "Easy-To-Use Powdered Royal Icing" doesn't come with instructions! It looks to be about 2 cups of powder, maybe a little less. Do I just add water? How much? Egg whites?

I'm lost! Help me out, Craftsters!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Where to buy little charms and dollhouse miniatures? on: December 28, 2007 04:15:50 PM
Besides on the internet, are there any major stores that carry little plastic charms and dollhouse miniatures?

I was looking at this Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5082883

..and saw this item: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8606681

Where do you find miniature plates and tiny ketchup bottles and other things like that? It seems like the shipping costs of purchasing many little items like that online would double the overall price.

Anyone know?
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Where do you get those vintage junkfood charms? on: July 02, 2006 10:09:30 PM
Nearly ever time I look up diy earrings on ebay, I find some that involve tiny, vintage charms of miniature soda cans, candy bars, rubber duckies, guns, crayons, etc.

Like in these, for example:
http://cgi.ebay.com/JUNK-necklace-Vintage-gumball-food-charms-plastic_W0QQitemZ280002366162QQihZ018QQcategoryZ50659QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/AAJ-PEPSI-CAN-CHARM-EARRINGS-Emo-Diy-Cute-Kitsch_W0QQitemZ170002543708QQihZ007QQcategoryZ50647QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

And I'm wondering where the sellers get these things. I've never seen anything like them, but maybe I'm looking in all the wrong places.

Any Ideas?
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with 100 multi-colored CDs? on: June 09, 2005 07:02:53 PM
Hello, everyone. I've got a little over 100 CDs, mostly found or AOL CDs, with about 1/4 of them colored every colour of the rainbow. I have no use for them and was going to throw them out, then I figured I would see if I can use them in some fabulous crafting project. Does anyone have any ideas for ANYING involving CDs?

(I've already covered part of my bedroom walls with the last 100 I had.)

Thank you for any and all suggestions!
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with 100 multi-colored CDs? on: June 09, 2005 06:57:00 PM
Hello, everyone. I've got a little over 100 CDs, mostly found or AOL CDs, with about 1/4 of them colored every colour of the rainbow. I have no use for them and was going to throw them out, then I figured I would see if I can use them in some fabulous crafting project. Does anyone have any ideas for ANYING involving CDs?

(I've already covered part of my bedroom walls with the last 100 I had.)

Thank you for any and all suggestions!
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