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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / how to mix your own and/or save goopy nail polish on: August 14, 2009 02:00:45 AM
first let me say, i've been doing this for about 12 years, maybe longer, but 12 seems like a good guess, i was 17 or 18 when i started wearing polish in lots of colors lol before that it was black polish or sharpie and white out...

also, you should never judge polish by its price, my 5 top favs are all under $3 a bottle, in fact 3 of them are $1 each, i encourage you to buy the cheap clears at least, those are the best for mixing, youll use lots of this if you top coat every manicure anyway, and if you are unsure about mixing your expensive colors, spend  $5 and get a few bottles of cheapies to play with!!! who knows, you may create your favorite shade and never go back lol

how to save goopy polish

you can do it one of two ways, either buy a bottle of lacquer or polish thinner from a beauty supply, or, if you're into instant gratification and an antsy pants like me lol a few drops of a good watery type of clear (you know the kind, it's the kind that drips when you take the brush out of the bottle even though it's an inch away from your nail)

also, never ever ever ever add polish remover to any nail polish, when you go back later it'll either be worse than just gummy or goopy, or completely unusable... it may separate and be unmixable, it may look fine but be even more smelly, and stay that way, it may take hours to dry, who knows, there are all sorts of nasty things that happen... trust someone who made the mistake many times over the years

how to mix

*first you're gonna need a work surface, i suggest a piece of newspaper or something to at least protect your table (i work on my coffee table since i can turn like 6 lights on so i can see everything lol but just one good light is all you need really) , you're gonna need a piece of white paper as well, to test colors and also to have a starting point if you're trying to match an existing color

*next you'll need an empty or nearly empty bottle of whatever it is you don't mind losing (i say losing only because you'll be changing it when you add stuff, so don't use your absolute favs)

*you're gonna need a good clear... something watery so things mix well...

*several bottles of polish, good basics to have are white, black (i have 2 or 3 of each of these in varying coverage, one is a single coat type, one is almost clear and would take 5 or 6 coats for full coverage and one is in the middle, a typical 2-3 coat kind), and several shades of your favorite colors (or primaries that can be mixed to create your favs if youre more industrious) cuz you gotta have something to start with!

*polish remover for any mishaps

*if youre not very color savvy and dont know squat about colors and how they come to be, you can buy a color wheel at any craft store for $5 or less, you can also google color wheel chart if youre cheap like me lol itll help you out when youre stuck for inspiration and its also helpful for scrap booking and sewing, thats actually why I have one at all lol its good for telling you which saturation and gradient you need it sounds more complicated than it is, i swear

*also (not required, but they speed things along nicely), if you have some, bb's (like bb gun pellets lol) these are the same thing that most polish you buy today have already inside, but some companies have only one per bottle, some have none, i highly suggest two, it makes them mix better and faster (if you hear that metallic tick when you shake your bottle or see lil silver specks at the bottom of your bottles, you have lil bbs inside lol)

mmmkay now comes the fun take your empty or half empty bottle (if the remnants are dark and you have more than a manicures worth left, you may wanna keep to a dark color mix, same with white, if its literally just a mm of sludge on the bottom, dont bother with that rule of thumb) open it up and put the wand/brush to the side, you wont need this for at least a few now, pour in 10 or so drops of clear (it will probably flow and not drop, so just count out 2 seconds and stop) and about a 1/6 of a bottle of your starter (or equal parts of your base colors to fill about 1/6 of the bottle) if you pour too much, dont fret, itll be ok! now, replace the brush and close the bottle shake shake shake until you cant see too much of the starter remnants anymore, if this takes too long, put in more watery clear, 10 or so more drops, try again it should work now if not, repeat until it does though it never takes me more than twice now, with what you have would you like the color darker? add a few drops of black (or a darker color than what you have started already) lighter? add a few drops of white (or a lighter color than what you have started already)  would you like it less sparkly than your starter color(s)? try and add colors with little or no sparkle want it more sparkly? Use a clear with glitter or a frost that brushes on nearly clear repeat as necessary (remember about how much of each you use, when youve found your color, youll add appropriate amounts to make more of that color) once youve mixed about a bottle using these steps, youll need to decide if you want it as a sheer shade or a deep full coverage color, if you want the sheer, add lots more clear a bit at a time, shake and check, you may find you fill the fest up with clear and like it that way if you want the full coverage youre gonna repeat the recipe (it wont have to be exact, trust me, a general little of this lot of this remembrance will suffice) until your bottle is full

remember not to over fill, keep about a cm below where the cap starts unfilled when its brighter outside in the morning ill take a pic of the 15 or so colors i made over the last 4 days and if i can recall what i started with and added if any of you take a liking to any of my concoctions

also, forgive anything that needs more explanation, i'm a lil foggy right now, can't sleep lol, just ask me to elaborate more, and i also lost my cheat sheet so if i left out something you think needs adding, tell me

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tshirt recon... into reusable grocery bags! with "tut"ie goodness on: July 12, 2009 10:44:05 PM
mmmkay... i hope this makes sense, i do significantly more to mine since all the "bad" shirts i can dismantle are 2-3x (i live with a 6'5" giant lol) so the instructions are for a regular sized shirt, say medium or large, you just make the side folds deeper (for the large and xl shirts) or cut and sew the side seems (for multiple x shirts) to size for larger shirts, you can ask for more details if you have the bigger than "normal" shirts like i used originally... also, this type of bag will last a few years with weekly or biweekly use... if you carry extra heavy stuff or overfill bags i would reenforce the handles with either thick bias tape, twill tape or something similar... the giant likes to grip as many bags as his hand can fit so i kept mine as is so it wouldn't add too much extra bulk in his hand... you can also make them with baby shirts for lil pharmacy/gas station/convenience store trips... i made a teeny one with a monkey pattern shirt <3 i found at the dollar tree, i use it at walmart when i go in for prescriptions and such, too cute, and also, you can make extra long bags, for big items like giant toilet paper packs and dog food etc. with those you just sew them the same way except you don't cut it near the middle, you just sew the bottom edge... if anything needs more explaining lemme know

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / wire spider web cross on: May 31, 2009 03:57:42 AM
i'm not sure where this goes, so i'm postin it here... if it's wrong can it be moved? lol oh well... here goes...

pretty simple... but not lol
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / crosses in clay on: May 23, 2009 11:44:28 PM
i'm obsessed with a few things, spiders and webs, lips, hearts, flames, and though i'm not religious, crosses lol here are some i've made

this looks bad, but the burning cross thing didn't even cross my  mind until it was already baked, it still looks nifty i think

this is one of my favs, it's on my mantle.

a blurry webcam close up of the details lol

my skully cross, it's an ornament... halloween trick or treat cristmas if you will lol i burned him, it was one of my first clay pieces, so i painted him silver lol

and last, but certainly not least, my monster lol


monster took me about 65 hours and many many excedrin for hand pain rolling out all those bits lol the top layer is actually more 3d... it was a seperate piece i double stick foam taped on, it kinda hovered on top.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / witchy minis on: May 23, 2009 11:21:21 PM

i made these ages ago because i was sick and wanted something to do while in bed and clay was all i had on hand... i'm also somewhat obsessed with spiders and webs, as you can tell by some of the things i'm posting lol any and all change is for size comparison, those are made by the us mint lol

this is a "cake" or at least it's supposed to be, and misc. accessories to stage the scene! i was also watching a martha stewart weddings special while i was playing with clay lol made of clay and a wire web

this one is my fav,  the brush is my best piece i think, real wire bristles tipped in black nail polish for an authentic look, and the candle had a wick! misc clay and some wire

a "giant" mini lmao holly wreath 100% clay

poly clay web, for a floor cover or "outside" decor on a dollhouse... and a close up of this

misc halloween "decor" made of clay and wire

garden spider and web... i dunno if the lady i sold this to was more enamored with my clay work or my creative packaging lol i rigged a few index cards so he wouldn't get squished

witchy kitchen cannisters... they don't open though  Embarrassed

my second fav, after the vanity... the witchy birthday set, the candles have wicks, the dessert forks are sooooooo cute and i made lil tiny matches outta clay and splinters of chopstick  Grin

another fav... teeny tiny black widow and a real copper web

these are also my first and only minis, so be nice lmao or at least be specific
comments, critique... anything you say is appreciated!

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / how do i make drawers out of... on: November 07, 2007 08:20:05 AM
ok, here's my problem... i bought a buttload of "gourmet settings" (the brand name) flatware and stuff (a hostess/serving set, 2 sets each flatware, demi spoons, butter/spreader knives and cocktail forks)... anyway, i've had these for over a year just sitting here, each set came in it's own little box, and in each box there was a display tray about half the depth of the outer box and small enough to slip inside (if you've ever bought flatware you know what i'm talking about), and these boxes/trays are VERY sturdy, and i got the idea to make a cabinet/chest of drawers of sorts out of them... but i have no earthly idea what the best method would be to make the shell of the cabinet/chest... i already know how to cover the drawers as well as bought the materials to do so, i got felt to line the drawers and i even bought cute little knobs for each one... i was thinking of buying some sorta balsa wood sheeting or mat board (like they use in picture framing) for the shell of the chest... from the pic below, would this type of construction work? the pieces would of course be touching, glued and possibly wrapped/coated/etc in tape to reinforce if the covering materials don't seem to be sufficient

p.s. this post was put here since bookmaking is similar to making a box from what i know, and most bookmakers make the occasional box, from what i'm told, forgive me if it's in the wrong place, just let me know where to put it
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