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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: (Mostly) fabric brooch funtimes on: August 04, 2014 10:15:44 AM
Heeee! I was in Japan a few months ago, fell in love with Daiso and bought a bunch of the button kits myself! Since then I've been having a ball making buttons and using up fabric scraps, as well as experimenting (without the kits) with covering bottle caps with fabric for use as fridge magnets. Before my trip I hadn't seen button-making kits since I was a kid (many many moons ago), so it was really nostalgic and lots of fun. Love what you've done!
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to get inspiration? on: April 19, 2014 02:27:50 AM
Hey puffer,
What often works for me is to take a trip back to childhood - in order to remember when creating was just fun and the process was just fun. No objective, no critique, no standards, simply playing with materials and seeing where it takes me.
I'll usually pick a material I want to work with and try to see it with the eyes of a child - touching and crumpling paper or fabric, rolling crayons in my hands, squeezing clay or play doh in my hands. I might make a small kid's piece, like gluing pasta on cardboard or just scribbling with crayons. These activities usually bring me back to the joy of creating and get me past a block to where I remember why I do this in the first place: because it's fun and you get to make pretty stuff!
Hope this helps. Good luck!
13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: A Green Idea Chain Game on: August 29, 2013 11:23:35 AM
I do lots of crafts with used cd's so I'll go back to that question.

I've used cd's as legs for a coffee table: with hot glue I glued several together (all facing in one direction), then glued them to a small plank of wood, then stacked lots on top of them around a thin wood dowel that fit in their holes. Put an old plastic tray on top, hot glued it to the top cd's and had a unique coffee/end table. However, it was very heavy!

Use them in the garden, hung from tree branches, to scare away birds.

Cut them into small pieces with scissors then use to create a "disco mosaic" - cover an old piece of furniture, picture frame, etc. Paint/shellac the surface first.

Make a mobile or room divider by stringing them together with beads in between. Use two, glued back to back, so only the nice shiny side is showing. For a "planet" cut a small styrofoam ball in half and glue each half to the center of the cd. Paint or otherwise decorate.

Cut cd's are very sharp and potentially dangerous - do not use to make jewellery unless you can sand down or cover the edges for safety.

Now for my question: what can I do with all the paper cd envelopes that I have leftover???

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