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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Shattered Dreams on: April 29, 2016 02:42:17 AM
Completed or not, the piece is beautiful!

I do a lot of work with recycled paper and have experience with the glue dilemma... One way to overcome the problem: use white glue (like Elmer's) diluted 1:1 with water. Apply it to the surface and as you go along, apply to the entire surface (including areas where you don't stick snippets) - so that it also serves as a sealant and you get a uniform appearance. You may want to put on a layer of actual sealant when you finish and if you have a problem with tackiness - a bit of clear furniture polish on a soft rag with make it go away.
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes) on: April 13, 2015 10:21:46 AM
This is another project using cd cases. I made double "walls" for the base, that is, 2 cases glued together for thickness, and two stacked for height), the top is a shelf I found in a discarded closet and the paper is all recycled from magazines and junk mail.
I made this tiny table years ago and it has withstood use as a coffee table, footrest and child's seat; several moves and (rare) cleaning - with nothing more than a but of wear on the paper, which is easily mended.
Know what they say about plastic lasting for thousands of years? Well, that means strong structures when used craftily!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / mini-cabinet made from cd cases on: April 11, 2015 11:09:48 AM

I make these mini-cabinets using cd cases and recycled paper (magazines, maps, wrapping paper, old books, brown packaging paper).
After exhaustive experiments, this is the easiest method: I cover each cd case with paper, using rubber cement. Then I construct the cabinet, using a hot glue gun to attach the cd covers to one another, holding them in place until the hot glue sets and making sure that the cases are at right angles. I cover the joints as I go with additional strips of paper, choosing thicker paper for this (such as magazine covers) or using 2-3 layers of paper. Then I seal the whole thing with mod podge or diluted white glue. When it's dry, I stick pieces of felt to the bottom so it won't scratch surfaces or get damaged.
This cabinet took 13 cd covers to make, but obviously you can add on more levels, make it square, or longer. If using the thin type of cd covers, best to hot glue 2 together for thickness and strength, then cover with paper.
I've been making these cabinets for years and they are quite sturdy and useful.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes) on: April 10, 2015 03:51:45 PM
Since I may not have explained my project well, I finally got around to learning how to post photos here:

The cd cases are covered with pages from a Japanese style and fashion magazine.
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes) on: April 10, 2015 11:43:54 AM
I use cd and cassette cases to make mini-cabinets that are used to store spices, cosmetics, knick-knacks, office odds and ends and - cds!

I cover each case with paper (recycled magazines, maps and wrapping paper), using rubber glue. Then I construct the cabinet, using a hot glue gun to glue the paper-covered cases together. Four cases make up a box, to which I add three sides for the next box. The back can be made up of additional cases, if you have a lot, or a piece of cardboard cut to size and covered with paper for strength. I cover the joints with additional strips of paper and seal the whole cabinet with mod podge. Each cabinet is made with one type of case - either cd or cassette, so that they fit.

I work almost exclusively with recycled materials, from fabrics through paper to old computer parts, but neither I nor anyone I know has come up for a use for old cassettes. Find an ancient cassette player and listen to them?
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Norton Clay Grinding Wheels on: March 13, 2015 08:44:43 AM
I wonder how thick and heavy the wheels are. Could they be hung up as a mobile/wind chime? Decorated to serve as paper weights? Do you have enough to use as markers or borders in the garden?
Stacked around a wood pole they could make the base of a small table. Maybe place on the bottom of large planters instead of stones for drainage.
In any event, before throwing them out try advertising on Craig's list or the like - people (like me!) sometimes find a use for the weirdest things.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Medical Gauze on: March 07, 2015 11:34:51 PM
If you do a Google search for fabric beads you'll see what I mean. I imagined you using about half a roll for something and then using the leftover half (still in a roll) to make a bead, or rolling your own. I fell in love with fabric beads last year and made a ton. I'm sure the gauze would work great. Have fun!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Medical Gauze on: March 07, 2015 01:25:04 AM
Actually, use in cooking makes perfect sense: the gauze could line a strainer for when you need a very fine sieve. You could use it as a makeshift tea bag for herbal tea or to wrap herbs for soup which you can then remove.

For craft use, if you soak the gauze in plaster you could use it for sculpting. Or in fabric crafts - wrapping around a doll's legs to make them thicker and firmer, forming a ball before covering in fabric. I could see thinner rolls wrapped with coil, colorful string, embroidery thread, etc. and used as fabric beads. You could also use the gauze as a basis for sachets - wrap around dried lavender before placing in a fabric drawstring bag for hanging in closets. The lavender can then be discarded and replaced.

If nothing else appeals to you, maybe play doctor?
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What can I do with kitty litter jugs and plastic coffee cans? on: March 05, 2015 08:09:06 AM
I actually look for those kinds of large plastic containers all the time - to store materials I use like corks, electronic components and all sorts of odds and ends for crafts. When I've had a surplus, kindergarten teachers were happy to have them for storage.
Gardeners would probably like the containers for use as planters, to store compost or leftover gravel and such.
They also serve as a good base for paper mache - cut off the top and use the bottom as your base for a paper mache basket.
Use to store dry foods like beans, rice, etc.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Long Skirt to PALAZZO PANT! on: March 03, 2015 08:05:30 AM
I am so going to do this! Thanks for sharing.
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