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31  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: 16 yo son wants to be an artist on: February 20, 2012 09:43:02 PM
We also have to remember that his work will be on some one else's skin, pretty permanent, even with removal the scar is in the outline of the tattoo. If he can't take criticism in this line of work, then he's not cut out for this line of work. I don't know him and I can't speak to whether he can accept criticism of not.

If he ruins a canvas or something else, then that's fine and doesn't harm anyone.
32  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: 16 yo son wants to be an artist on: February 17, 2012 12:34:50 PM
I would just like to point out that the economy has *never* been prime for artists.
Yes, that's why I wrote, "In today's economy, or even when it wasn't so difficult out there, artists are having a very hard time making a living out of their crafts."

Also, to point out, a lot of very wealthy artists around today are not particularly talented or skilled.
Yes, which is why I also wrote, "Even if they're incredibly talented."

But, most importantly, coming from a young adult, who went to school for art (and relatively sustains themselves off said art), please do not encourage or push them going into something just to make money.
YOU are very lucky, then. But to the OP, I have this to say: By all means, spare his feelings (if you really think he's overly sensitive and would be offended at your voicing your concerns for his welfare even when you make a point to recognize what is probably very real talent) at the very probable chance that he won't have enough money to care for himself. Unless you're fine with always financially supporting him or having the tax payers do it.
33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Different sources of polystyrene for shrinky dinks on: February 17, 2012 12:25:35 AM
Can anyone experimented with polystyrene wall veneer, insulation, wall paper lining, etc.? They come in rolls. (These may all be the same thing, I dunno.)
34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Will this work as a shrinky dink? on: February 17, 2012 12:23:53 AM
Thank you, I'll take a look at your site. I knew about the other sources of polystyrene but I didn't know about chip bags. I need to try that one! Thanks.
35  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cutting device? on: February 15, 2012 09:07:15 PM
Well, right now all I need to cut is planes of plain glass in squares, rectangles and trapezoids. I am just no good at those pencil like or even pistol type cutters.

So I need some kind of device like one of these: http://www.glassinchina.com/product/productDisplay_324177.html

Or something. But I don't have a lot of money.
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Will this work as a shrinky dink? on: February 15, 2012 10:07:55 AM
I have no idea what kind of plastic it is. It's the transparencies that you use on over head projectors. Any input? I cut two pieces from the same sheet and one shrunk and got toasty while the other one didn't do anything at all.
37  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cutting device? on: February 15, 2012 10:04:46 AM
I looked but I'm sure I must have missed a similar thread, please bear with me.

Is there any kind of fool proof device for cutting glass that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? I don't mean your simple, hand held glass cutters, I mean like one of those T things (or something like that) that make it VERY hard to mess up, which is why I'm looking for this kind of tool rather than the ordinary hand held types.
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Experiment #1 with Shrinky Dinks: Acrylic Paint on: February 14, 2012 11:40:35 PM
I found that using a very sharp knife to score the plastic, then carefully tearing the image out worked the best.

I'm very new to this and haven't done all the reading on the very many ways you can make this yet, so I have a question. How are you able to tear the image out? Is the paper a lot more pliable than the #6 plastic you find around the house? Or do you tear them out after you've shrunk them?

What blade do you use? Is it the really thin, needle like X-Acto blade?
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: What I learned about shrink plastic (tips and tricks) on: February 14, 2012 11:38:44 PM
I'm confused about something. When you bake them, they'll curl up? So you take them out of the oven and then put them back in and they then flatten all on their own?

Can you use acrylic ink instead of Sharpies? How about enamel paint?

What do you personally use for cutting out your shapes? If you don't have a cutting machine, would the thinnest Xacto blade be good for cutting?

I'm a newb.
40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: I can't close these jump rings! on: February 14, 2012 11:11:45 PM
I still can't close them. Sad
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