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351  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re:record bracelets on: January 24, 2004 05:20:37 PM
Just be careful you aren't melting albums that are valuable!

agreed! it's best to use ones that are scratched or damaged, and that are of little value. the guys at the used record shops can point you towards the "junk" bin.

as for the temp - lower is better. different albums melt at different rates. try 200* and watch the record. it doesn't have to be totally melted to be flexible enough to work with. if it gets too hot or you leave it in too long it will warp and get all shiny and wrinkly.
352  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:ScHeDuLe? Do you have a set work Schedule? on: January 24, 2004 05:05:20 PM
oh! i totally envy you guys - i have a hard time making myself NOT work. now don't misunderstand - it's not that i am a great self-motivator. it's just that if i leave the studio i bump into all the housework i've left undone and making is mess is always more appealing than cleaning one up.  Smiley

but seriously - what works best for me is not trying to stick to a set time schedule. i find (don't we all? haha) that life always has a way of interfering. instead, i make task oriented goals - this week i want to finish ___. that way i can remain flexible about WHEN i work and still get things accomplished.
353  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:hundreds of vintage ads on: January 22, 2004 08:05:01 PM
[The interiors are the ones I cherish. Armstrong flooring ads are the best]

oh agreed! i love all those linoleum patterns and colors!

ok - make wallets - that's my new thing right now - haha - i will make a wallet out of anything. or decopage your kitchen cabinets, or the recessed part of the doors on a hutch.

seriously, senor, you are one lucky coconut. whatever you decide to do with them will be great. the best part will just be enjoying them as you go along.
354  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:comic book jewelry on: January 22, 2004 04:20:53 PM
gosh wordie - you look so much like this girl mary that lives here in kansas city - it's freaky. they say everybody has a twin...

anyway - your jewelry is awesome - and i agree, the wwn is under-utilized. how 'bout wallets? like the comic book wallet string? i made some wallets out of an old cookbook with super cheesy illustrations and they are awesome. i think the wwn would rock!
355  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:first wholesale order on: January 21, 2004 08:25:47 PM
i know this is kinda late on this post but i had to put my 2 cents in just the same. i have had great luck with most of my wholesale clients but i did have one very bad expereince with a local lady who seemed very nice and trustworthy and then flipped out when i delivered the product. my terms were (key word: were) payment on delivery, but when i delivered her product she said she wasn't ready to pay yet, her husband had the company checkbook and he wouldn't be back til later, blah blah blah, and wanted me to bill her (but leave the product of course). i thought it sounded fishy, so i said i couldn't do that but i would be happy to keep the product for her until she was ready to make payment. wellllll...lets just say i was ended up with a bunch of product i had worked very hard to make just for her that i had to find a new customer for, i was out all the time and cost on the materials, and i never heard from her again depite repeated phone calls. now my policy is HALF UP FRONT, balance on delivery. it's just my policy and i state it very matter of factly and politely. no one has argued with this. (i think it's pretty standard around here - stupid me - i'm just too trusting sometimes) not only does it protect you but it protects your customer. that way you are obligated to the client to deliver on the terms you set in the beginning and the client is obligated to you to pay. plus, if they don't - at least you aren't out all of your time and money.

i do a simple contractual agreement (i agree to provide x number of blank to so and so...) that i rint up on the computer with my logo and contact info.

i use a similar form for my invoice. it doesn't have to be a traditional looking document as long as the information is all there. what is professional is getting everything settled in the begining so there are no misunderstandings and then both parties delivering on what they agreed to. not what the piece of paper that establishes this looks like.

sorry this is long - just a lesson i learned the hard way. i hope my experience can save someone else some heartache.
356  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Too small sweater on: January 21, 2004 04:47:58 PM
wash it again and dry it in the dryer until the weave is good and tight - then you can cut it up into whatever shapes you want and it won't fray. i made a handbag out of one of mine, i stitched it up with wool yarn with the seams showing, then added a big felt flower. the bottom has a bit of reinforcing, and i stitched magnets into the sides for a closure. it holds it's shape really well. the handle has some tubing on the inside for reinforcing. (see it on my website - go the handbags link, redress (laundry bags) link, it's the brown sweater bag) (http://secondhandsmoke-stuff.com).
357  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:GUITAR PICKS!!! on: January 21, 2004 04:41:34 PM
poke holes in each end and link them with jump rings for a bracelet - or one each for earrings, or tie a couple on to a ponytail holder, or.... ok, i'm outta ideas for the moment
358  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:Patchwork Curtains on: January 21, 2004 07:42:41 AM
oh YUM! i want those for my living room to match my vlevet sofa. sadly - i am too lazy. lupin.lupin you rock!
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