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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin help - getting a buoyant object to stay down? on: June 28, 2013 09:18:05 PM
I don't recall you saying what kind of mold you used, but if it's possible maybe you could do your entire piece "reversed"? As in, do it all backwards so you're placing the mushroom in upside down (gills upwards) so when the air bubbles come out they're easier to get rid of. Let us know if you end up having success with your project! I'm curious if the fresh mushroom's moisture would end up doing anything to the resin to cause it to not cure right or become cloudy, etc.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: How To Wrap A Stone With String - Jewelry Tutorial on: June 28, 2013 08:47:10 PM
These look really nice! I've been wanting to do something similar too, but I can't seem to find any tutorials on the exact kind of "wrap" that I want. I was looking for something more simple, with less off the netting/knotting. Here is a good example of what I would like to learn to do: http://lwaite.deviantart.com/art/Hemp-Wrapped-Quartz-Point-Wand-Necklace-294783540

Does anyone know where I could find a tutorial on it? It *looks* simple, especially because I do have experience in making hemp items, but I can't quite figure out just how to execute it. Any ideas? Smiley
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Perler Biggie Beads "Candy" bracelet on: September 04, 2012 08:58:04 PM
I tried again tonight, still not getting the results I want. Maybe I'm using the wrong beads? Maybe I have to try the mini hama beads. They're just hard to get a hold of because they're basically only sold in the UK it seems. Here's what I did tonight:

1. Stood up beads on the tray, already in the oven.
2. Set the oven to 400 F.
3. Sat, watched them melt.

I can't remember how long it took, maybe 8 mins? But they started melting around 330 F. I let them keep going for a few more mins and they just kinda melted down into thick donuts, not rings. I'm asking around in some craft groups on Facebook that I'm in if anyone has had any experience, but I'm not sure I'll get replies. I might have to suck it up and deal with the donut-y beads Sad

I also didn't use any papers - just straight on my baking tray. And also, I tried it once on tin foil and they melted right to it!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Perler Biggie Beads "Candy" bracelet on: September 03, 2012 10:04:55 PM
I really want to make these. I bought some regular brand name Perler beads, and I also found a little 'starter pack' at the dollar store I thought I'd try out. The beads in each look exactly alike but they do melt differently! I read one tutorial that said the beads would melt just fine laying on their sides. (This didn't work for me, the beads just squished down and closed themselves from the heat.) I also did mine on 400 for 5 mins because I thought that's what the tutorial said, I'll try 200 next time.

Anyways my question is, in the tutorial I saw the holes in the beads got big - when I did it this time they just seemed to get kinda fat with small holes, kinda like yours. Any reasons behind this? I really liked the thinner looking beads. Not sure what to do to get those kind instead. Maybe someone knows?

Edit with my findings:
I tried a few at 200 F for 15 mins and it did nothing to them at all. Without taking them out I bumped the heat to 350 for 10 more mins and they melted into little donuts, the holes are probably too small for anything but a needle. I just want the ones with bigger holes like these: http://craftandcreativity.com/blog/2012/05/25/meltedbeads - I will keep trying =/
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Plugs (or "gauges" for ears) that I've made. on: August 18, 2012 02:30:53 PM
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Resin and Plugs (For Stretched Ears!) on: January 10, 2012 06:50:10 PM
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Making Liquid Clay on: December 09, 2011 09:03:21 PM
I have another question! I actually have tons and tons, I've been sick this past week so I've been using all my lazy time to read about all the clay projects I want to do haha. I've been doing my best to try to answer my own questions, but some stuff I just am too unsure of (And I don't know what info is outdated). So I was browsing Etsy, because I love looking at all the awesome stuff on there and I came across someone selling colored liquid Fimo:

(All of their colors if you're interested: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PreciousSerenity?section_id=10388832 )

How do they do this? I'm very interested in making my own (with colors), for deep molds that I have. It doesn't necessarily have to be Fimo.. but how would I make any type of liquid polymer clay for my molds? The only craft store I have in my area is Michaels, and it's not even one of the bigger ones. Would they sell the materials I need to make it there possibly?
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Future?!? on: December 09, 2011 06:17:44 PM
I've been wondering a lot about finishes, and I've read soo many different things from so many people. Some of it being outdated and I never even knew it. I have a couple questions about these types of "household" finishes that maybe someone could help me with?

I read that some types of finishes will turn items a yellowish color, or crackle months or years down the road. Is this true with the product the OP is talking about?

And.. this may be an obviously dumb question, but would this product be safe to use on jewelry worn in/on the body? IE; earrings or plugs for gauged ears?
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stamping Letters ON Polymer Clay for Magnets on: December 09, 2011 06:06:45 PM
Thanks so much for the info! I think I might venture into the ink pad technique for a try. I will definitely re-read that page now that I have a bit more solid idea of what I have in mind. As long as the ink pad ink is fully set (either heat or air dry), will the Sculpey glossy or satin glaze work okay with them? As in, not smearing/fading and then sealing it well?
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Stamping Letters ON Polymer Clay for Magnets on: December 09, 2011 01:32:16 AM
I was thinking of making some personalized magnets as gifts.. I thought it would be quite simple, until I started researching. All I want to do is stamp letters (to make words / quotes) on top of -not pressed into- preferrably baked polymer clay. I've searched different keywords in these threads, searched google, and read quite a list of pages from the "encyclopedia" links on inks that I keep seeing floating around. But I'm honestly still pretty confused and unsure about what the best technique for my project would be.

I was wondering if people would mind giving me their input on things they may have made? I thought I could do it just with acrylic paint, but now I'm not so sure. Which type of stamping method would be best for what I want to do? My ideal project would be to make a whole bunch of the "bases" for the words, and then just stamp on the words whenever I get the idea/request/event for a gift. I'm also looking for a stamping substance that can be glazed over with the gloss and a paint brush.

All I currently have are acrylic paints (Apple Barrel). I don't have any ink pads, or stamps for that matter. I figured I'd ask here before I went out and bought something that could possibly be usesless towards my projects. Tongue Thanks!
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