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61  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / physics nerd swap :) on: September 19, 2005 02:25:58 PM
I know you're out there... fellow crafty physics nerds. Smiley
Any one else feeling jealous of the biology nerd swap? Interested in a physics swap? I want an excuse to screenprint some cloud chamber images of cosmic rays. A colleague used to knit awesome spiral defect chaos hats and sweaters. There's all sorts of things one could do...

We could include astronomy, and other physical sciences (unless that's too broad... but I'm actually a geophysicist, so that's were my biases lie).

I've only participated in one swap so I don't think I'm ready to take on organizing yet, but wanted to see if there's any interest.
62  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [ACCEPTED] printmaking! on: July 26, 2005 09:19:20 AM
So, I would like to suggest that a "printmaking" board would be a great addition. If you do a search you will see that there are a number of wonderful posts about "prints", "intaglio" and a number of members who are into printmaking (and not just screen printing, or silk screening as it is also called). Members are posting etchings, intaglio, lithographic and lino or block prints in miscellaneous completed projects and elsewhere. I'm not sure about the best home for such a board-- maybe in "Techniques" with silk screening, or in "More Art, Less Craft". The simplest thing to do would be to rename "Silk Screening" to "Printmaking: silk screening, etching, litho, lino...". I think the printmakers would appreciate a home.

So printmakers, what do you think? Smiley If there's enough interest, maybe they will create a new board. Thoughts on where such a board would best fit?
63  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / handmade paper with plants anyone? on: July 07, 2005 05:24:25 PM

I was wondering if anyone else out there has tried making paper with plants (and only plants)? I'm sure many of you have made recycled paper, from other paper or from pulp, and some may have included plant material (leaves, petals, etc.), but has anyone else started from scratch? The BF bought me this beautiful book which describes how to make paper from a whole variety of plant materials (reeds, leaves of various trees, grasses, even garlic skin and pine needles). The photos are gorgeous. Basically you gather huge amounts of the plant material, boil the living daylights out of it with something caustic like lye, rinse excessively, bleach and dye if desired, and then proceed as if making recycled paper with frame and deckle.

I've tried a number of the recipes (instructions include proportions of lye to plant and water, times involved for boiling etc.) with mixed results. I've made "paper" from pampas grass, blackberry leaves, ferns, crocus leaves and reeds. Unfortunately the book is somewhat inaccurately translated from French-- the recipe for blackberry paper was really for mulberry paper and I REALLY DON'T RECOMMEND attempting to make paper from blackberry leaves. So far, my greatest success has been the crocus leaf paper which is truly lovely... but some of the others, while perhaps "interesting" as fibre art, would not necessarily be recognized as paper.  Undecided

Anyway, sorry to be so wordy... since this is a labour-intensive thing, I'd love it if anyone with personal experience with this could share any advise!

Thanks. Smiley
64  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / cactus pin cushion on: June 29, 2005 10:11:13 AM
Hello -
Here's my 2nd post with photos. I decided I needed a pin cushion. Somehow the marvelous cupcakes posted here made me think of making a pin cushion in the shape of something that one would expect to have pins and needles. Here it is:


complete with cat for scale. She got bored before I put any pins in it:


65  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / handmade wedding guestbook (1st posted project!) on: June 28, 2005 04:17:21 PM
I finally got a digital camera, so I've decided to post something I recently made. This is the first post with any pictures of something I made.  Grin

An old high school friend is getting married. Despite not being the "bridal shower" type we threw her a shower. When pestered about what she would like she said that if I must get her something, I should make it. Of course, I was planning to make something all along, but was fishing for ideas. It occurred to me that she would need/want something like this:

I found the couple as Celtic knot in a book about mythology. I took some liberties with it (especially since it illustrated some tragic love story... so I made them look happier and more like the couple involved). Since the bride-to-be is proud of her red locks and Irish heritage, I thought it was just the thing.

Inside, I used some acid-free paper from a sketch book as pages. I folded them in half, and used a thumb tack to make holes through the bundle and then hand stitched them together into a book attached to some strong paper. I glued the paper backing to the cardboard I cut for the cover (2 large pieces for front/back, 1 thin piece spine), which in turn were glued unto a large white piece  of canvas paper. I lined the inside with lovely Japanese paper and threw in a translucent of pink paper with hearts that came in a grab bag of nifty paper. I added the illustration to the front. Added the blue framing paper with heart-shaped hole and titled it using a calligraphy pen.

I'm pretty pleased with myself. Smiley I think it turned out well. My friend looked pretty pleased when I gave it to her.
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