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101  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: August 10, 2004 07:45:48 AM

 I've made a few things with the PMC. The key is to keep the clay moist while you are working with it. I use olive oil on my hands so that it doesn't stick to your skin and end up wasting it!

 I fire my pieces at a local store where they make fused glass and lampworked beads. Sometimes a pottery place or a craft guild will fire pieces for you too. If you use stones in your work then you have to have it fired in a kiln because the stones crack with the other methods. The stones need the kiln to cool them down slowly.

There are tons of websites that will get you going.

I never did buy a kit, I found it cheaper to buy things separately and some things you can get at the hardware store.

Good luck with it.
102  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with beading wire for jewelry! on: August 10, 2004 07:21:23 AM

 you can use fishing line, there are lots of different kinds or beading thread.
103  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Movie Knits on: May 14, 2004 02:53:10 PM

 I'm not a lord of the rings fan, per se. I have only seen the first film.  On the knitting.about.com forum there was talk about a scarf one of the characters wear, I think someone was trying to develop a pattern for it. I think there are lots of possibilities for knitting something the characters would wear - they are all so different. I could think of a soft flowing shawl for Liv tyler to wear. If you come up with anything, I'd love to hear about it. Most of the people around me are LOTR fans.
104  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felting... again! on: May 09, 2004 08:44:12 AM

 Knit One Felt Too is a good book for this as well.
105  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Industrial e-lamp on: May 07, 2004 04:21:06 PM

 In the new Readymade Magazine there is a chandelier made from laundry soap lids. The wiring is explained with a step-by-step tutorial. I think the wiring may be translated to this project pretty easily.

 What do you think?
106  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re:How do I make this seed necklace? on: March 22, 2004 05:13:31 PM

 There is a book titled "Jewelry from Nature" by Cathy Yow that would be helpful for you. She addresses drilling and cleaning of seeds and other findings from the woods.
107  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:initials? stripes? tassles? on: March 10, 2004 12:37:58 PM

1. You could put initials in with the use of the stitches themselves. For example, in a block that is all knit stitch you could purl the initials. The texture of the stitches will show the initials. You could also use another color of yarn and do two color knitting.

2. Try this: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/jogless.htm

3. For written instructions on how to make a tassel, look under finishing here: http://knit.atypically.net/scarves/hogwarts/pattern.shtml

4. Cable knitting isn't difficult as long as you have good instructions on how to do it. I advised a friend to get Idiot's guide to knitting and crocheting or a similiar book to help with various stitches and cast ons. Mary Thomas' Knitting is good too.
108  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:double-pointed vs. circulars? on: February 28, 2004 02:22:26 PM
 I prefer circular needles for most of my knitting. I do use dps on hats when the decreasing makes it appropriate and I use them all the time for socks.

 I think you should try both and see what you like best. I like the circulars because I don't have to worry about dropping a stitch or creating a gutter in the stiches between the dp needles.

 When using dps when moving from one needle to the next be sure to tug on the yarn so that the stitches have the same tension. If not you get a gutter where the stitches are loose and you can see where the changes in the needles were.  I'm pretty sure knitty.com did an article on this phenomenon not too long ago. I would check that out.

 As for dps preventing the purchase of lots of different sizes, I'm not sure that dps will help you do that, it depends on what kind of projects you are working on.  I probably have 2 lengths of circulars for each needle size. I use 8, 9, and 10s most often. My mom found me a kit at an estate sale where you get all the sizes of needles and can change out the cable lengths. Now I have all sizes and lengths.

 Good luck with it.
109  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:Resin bracelets on: January 25, 2004 09:28:47 AM
 This is a site that might be helpful in the making of resin jewelry or magnets.


 Also, I was at the bookstore in the craft section and there was a book, if I remember correctly, titled "Resin Art" with alot of ways to use resin to make all kinds of things.

 Thanks for sharing your techniques!

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