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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: How Bazaar! Corks 'n' Crochet on: March 01, 2010 11:23:08 AM
Oh, wow! I was wondering what to make for my little cousin's fifth birthday next month, and a playset with corks would be perfect. I might have to ask my University College for leftover corks (at certain formal meals, you can take your own wine, but no corks are allowed in the dining room  Tongue) - most of the wine we drink at home has screw-top lids!

Thank you so much for sharing this!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: possible idea for making freezer paper? on: November 06, 2009 07:38:18 AM
No problem!
I've tried it three times now, and it's worked really well for two of them. The other, I don't know whether I was rushing or getting cocky, but I just kept ending up with holes in the plastic on the back!

Another method, if you only need to do one coat (or you can freehand second coats), is to use sticky-backed plastic (for backing books. I think in the US it's called contact paper). It's very cheap, and all you have to do is draw the mirror image of your design on the paper backing (very important, especially with text. When you look at it with the plastic on top, it should look the right way round), then cut it out and carefully peel off the paper and stick it to the shirt. You can still do islands, too. It does sometimes leave a bit of glue on the material, but it comes off easily enough.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to stencil flawlessy. No pictures sorry. on: September 24, 2009 12:56:02 PM
What a great idea! I live in the UK, so freezer paper is hard to come by.
A quick language question - I've looked on the net and seen pictures of contact paper (like freezer paper, it doesn't seem to be a UK thing, or not by that name Sad), and it looks like that plastic film with a paper backing that you can stick on books as a protective cover (sorry, probably a very bad description of that!). Does anyone know if this is the case? That's really cheap over here, and if it works...!

Thanks for the tutorial! It's very detailed and easy to follow, even without pictures! Wink

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: possible idea for making freezer paper? on: September 24, 2009 12:48:04 PM
I live in the UK, where freezer paper is very hard to get hold of (certainly at an affordable price!), and I found a tutorial on the net to make your own "freezer paper". I can't find the tutorial at the moment, but the gist of it:

You need:

Plain printer paper
Black binliner
Parchment paper (optional, but advisable!)

1. Choose your design and copy it on to the plain paper. The design can include islands.

2. Cut a piece of binliner larger than the sheet of paper and place the sheet of paper on top of it.
With the iron just under the hottest setting, iron over the paper, being careful to avoid the plastic around the edges. I placed a sheet of parchment paper between the plastic and the ironing board, and then another sheet on top, so the plastic definitely couldn't stick to anything! It also meant I didn't have to be as careful when ironing.

3. The plastic will shrink with the heat and stick to the paper. Check underneath: if there are holes larger than about 1mm in the plastic, place another piece of binliner over the holes, and iron again. The paper will curl quite a bit, but it flattens down when you iron it on to the shirt.

4. Cut out the design. If using islands, remember to save them!

5. Place the cut out design on the material you plan to stencil, and place any islands in the correct place. On the same heat setting, iron over the design to stick it to the shirt.

6. Paint! Once cool, the paper/plastic should just peel off. A pair of tweezers is useful for picking off any stubborn bits.

This is a link (if it works) to a shirt I stencilled with this method. The photo's a bit blurry! With painting in white on black, I had to use several coats, and the paint I used needed fixing between coats. I ironed it with the stencil still on the shirt, and aside from the paper going a bit brown from the heat, it worked like a charm Smiley

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Some cute rats on: August 27, 2009 02:07:02 PM
I've seen sock monkeys, sock elephants, sock dogs... But never a sock rat! These guys are definitely rats I wouldn't mind having in my house! Their names are great, too. I love the way you've used the sock detail to make Mich into a tough guy Wink
Did you use a pattern at all?

@Gearwe I thought they were Clangers when I saw them on the front page!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Papier mache Airedale terrier! on: June 16, 2009 09:09:31 AM
You missed the squeak of joy I made when I saw this!
Amazing detail, and you've got the personality spot on.  I'm at university at the moment, and miss our dog (also an Airedale) so much. Just what I needed!   Cheesy
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 01100010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001 00100000 01110000 01100101 on: January 13, 2009 03:35:23 PM
...That's "binary pencil holder" for people who actually have a life!

I made this as a birthday present for a friend of mine who's an engineer. It's a pencil holder made from old 3 1/2" floppy disks. I used the two holes on the bottom edge, then drilled two more at the top and connected them together as five sides of a cube with cable ties and superglued the metal slide-y bits so they didn't bend off (seriously. You can make or mend anything with the right combination of cable ties, superglue and duct tape.) I'd already made a non-binary (and not as awesome) pencil holder for myself.

...But where's the binary?
This was a challenge. I converted my friend's name, William, to binary using an online binary encoder (http://www.theproblemsite.com/codes/binary.asp) and cross-stitched it in wool on some massive aida I had lying around. The black stitched are 0s and the white ones are 1s. That was pretty easy, once I'd planned out the chart on some squared paper. What was hard was dismantling the floppy disk without damaging the plastic casing. I ended up using a combination of brute force and really sharp scalpels to cut through the plastic rod bits that hold the disk together. I cut out the portion of the disk where the label normally goes (that was a challenge!), then interfaced the embroidery and sandwiched it between the two halves of the floppy, replacing the metal circle from the back side of it. The cable ties kepts the two halves of the disk together (helped by a generous amount of superglue, of course)/

A closeup of the binary:

And the whole thing! Helpfully modelled by my laptop.

I apologise for the poor photo quality...  :s   
Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Totally impractical (an inappropriate) birthday presents! (quite a few pictures) on: January 13, 2009 03:10:25 PM
So it was my 20th birthday a couple of months ago. To celebrate, I had a joint birthday party with a friend of mine at university (who also has a house, and seeing as I was planning on using it anyway, it was only fair to invite him!)

Now, Alex is a completely heterosexual male, but ever so domestic. The man cooks (very well), cleans, and enjoys it! It's a running joke in his (mostly female) house that he's more feminine that the girls are. Having brought my sewing machine to uni, I couldn't resist making him something...

The apron I made:

All in pink satin with black lace and grosgrain. Somewhat Chanel - inspired. And totally impractical!
I sewed black lace to the pink rubber gloves to make them a bit fancier. Never again am I sewing marigolds...

...Then I thought "I've got loads of this pink satin (appropriated from the college social committee's store room...) left. And the apron doesn't look like much. Hmm."
...And I made some boxers from a pattern I found on the internets. Worryingly, the majority of lads who saw them said "they look quite comfy, actually." I did have to keep taking in the seams, because he's quite slim, so I went on the theory that if they were too small for me, he'd be fine! ...Just ignore my foot in the picture.

And a closeup of the fly:

The instructions weren't that clear, so I had to wing it, but I'm insanely pleased with how it came out.

Finally, the whole ensemble! Quite a charming Look, I think Wink Not sure who got him the pink hat. I am, by the way, tying the apron for him. Honest. While Captain Jack looks on.

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Thrifted ceramic plates - makeover! on: January 11, 2009 11:24:56 AM
These are brilliant! Such a good idea. I never knew you could get ceramic pens!
They're all great, but I love the Christmas tree  Cheesy
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Necktie Pattern found! on: December 08, 2008 12:48:11 PM
I've just finished a necktie from the Burda pattern, and it's turned out pretty well. Not got pictures yet, but it's bright green satin with white spots...
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