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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Is it possible to somehow use a Speedball screen with the Yudu machine? on: February 21, 2011 07:08:02 AM
I just bought the Yudu yesterday. I have a Speedball screen that I made a few months ago and put a lot of time and effort into that I would love to use somehow if possible. I'm browsing Yudu hacks videos on YouTube, but since this is the crafty mecca I know that if it is possible, someone here on Craftster will know...

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Turn a bodice into an underbust corset? on: May 29, 2010 05:33:30 AM
I have a bodice that I took off of a thrift store purchased gown. It is a size 12 or 14, and I'm a 6/8. I've had a little trouble figuring out how to take it in, when it dawned on me to make a corset out of it, so I can cut some of the fabric out of the back (around the zipper area) and sew up the cut edges. Much easier than trying to take it in.

In addition, my boyfriend and I are going to a rave in mid-June, and I'd love to wear this underbust corset, and paint it to fit the theme of the rave.

I guess I'd just have to cut the fabric out of the back, down to a length that would fit me, then cut the top down to the length/shape that I'd want the corset to be. I'd want it to be underbust style, so I can wear a black bra and then the corset would just about meet the bra. I'll browse online for a pattern, but I imagine I may just have to use newspaper or something to make a pattern for myself.

Then I'd have to do the grommets and holes in order to lace it up. Is this terribly expensive or difficult? I've seen very basic looking kits at JoAnns, and I think I may even have a tool that belonged to my grandmother for squishing the two parts of the grommets together...

I'd love any advice on this project!! The idea I have for this corset is SO hot and perfect for the rave, I'm dying for it to come out like my vision.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Best prices for button making machine? on: January 05, 2010 11:30:19 AM
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this...or where I should if this isn't right, so feel free to move if necessary.

I am looking for recommendations on a button making machine to buy. I'm looking for something made of metal that will make good looking buttons, not kill my hands, and hold up well. So far the best price I've found is from buttonsonline.com, $194 for the machine and $80 for a cutter. This will be used primarily to make promo items for our own businesses, but we'll also offer it as a service (small scale).

Are there better prices out there? Any suggesions, recommendations, or other words of wisdom?

4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Can't add to bookmarks? Is there a limit? on: December 31, 2009 07:10:58 AM
I keep trying to bookmark threads and they're not showing up in my list of bookmarks...is there a limit on how many bookmarks you can have? Is this a site error, user error...?

Thanks! Smiley
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Something like this...but not... on: November 01, 2009 10:06:16 AM
My boyfriend and I are having our first anniversary on New Years, and I really like these two little books...


...but I'm having trouble coming up with something that is "us." We met on NYE, right about at midnight and had our first kiss, so NYE is an important theme. We're also very nerdy (video games, computers, etc). I really like the idea of doing something NYE themed, but something in an old school game cartridge would definitely be well received, too...do you think it could be done with an old NES cartridge? Or maybe motherboards as the front and back cover? I'm not sure what I'd use for the inside pages, either...

Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated! I think this is an adorable idea and I want to really customize it and make it my own but I'm having such a creative block lately. Sad
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Why did the resin ruin my table? :( on: December 24, 2007 10:19:47 AM
I rescued a cute table from being trashed when a neighbor moved out and left it behind. I Mod Podged a bunch of Weekly World News articles and photos all over the top and side edges (my favorite was a photo of Hillary Clinton with her alien lover), with a couple of coats of Podge. Everything seemed fine. I've been using the Castin' Craft resin with great results, so I mixed some, poured it on top, let it dry for a few days, etc. It is totally dry and hardened now, so I know I mixed it properly. My problem is, it seems to have soaked through the articles and photos, and now they're all super dark and permanently wet looking. I am so sad. Sad What did I do wrong? Is there any way to fix it? I thought maybe it would all dry up as the resin hardened, but I poured it over a week ago and it still looks like crap.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Making tarts -- what scent to use? on: May 06, 2007 01:12:09 PM
I've tried a few batches of wax tarts, and none have come out right. I tried EOs first, then read that they're not good for tarts. I had some Pourette brand scent, and used the 1oz to 1lb wax ratio I read online, and they had little oily beads all over them when they set. What am I doing wrong? Do I need a wax additive? And what is a good type of scent to get (can anyone recommend eBay sellers)?

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / My son's lunar/space party...updated w/a few photos! on: January 04, 2007 07:15:49 AM
So it took me forever to remember to come update with photos, but here are some!

Cakes decorated with fondant.

The invitations.

My son's first birthday party is going to be on the 27th, and I'm still in need of ideas!

So far I have (I'll post photos of the invites asap!)...

-- Cake and ice cream. I'm making crescent moon shaped cakes, covering with fondant and decorating (my sister and I have fallen in love with cake decorating!). I also have ice cream sandwich molds, so each guest is getting a little moon cake and a star shaped ice cream sandwich.

-- Invitations. I got little glass jars from Michael's and put a mix of sand (for the Sand Man, of course), tiny crystal stars, and fine silver glitter in the bottom. The invitation details are written on silver translucent paper, cut in the shape of a cloud. The cloud paper is rolled up and has a baby blue ribbon tied around it in a bow, with silver moon and star charms dangling from the knot.

I'm not having any great ideas so far in the area of decorations. Michael's has a box of glow in the dark planets and starts, but not the usual kind that stick on the ceiling/walls. These are ones that you assemble so they're "3D" like and you hang them from the ceiling. I thought those looked cool, and I could decorate them a bit more (maybe a little glitter on some edges?).

I'm also a bit stuck on party favors/gifts. There are only four other little kids coming, so a vast majority of the guests are adults. For the adults, I am thinking of pouring candles into baby food jars that I am decorating with moon and stars with etching cream (etching the whole jar except the moon and star shapes...leaving those clear glass). Maybe a blue ribbon around the top of the jar? I'm not sure what to get for the kids...there are two three year olds, a four year old, and a six month old. I'm not sure what is really great for the three and four year olds. Our son is our first child, so up to one year is all the parenting experience I have so far!  Grin

I would love to hear any suggestions! I am going to do a lot of browsing around here for more ideas...
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Problem with oatmeal in soap... on: September 08, 2005 08:39:22 PM
I'm using the m&p base.  I grind up my oats in a coffee grinder, mix everything together, put it in the molds...and when it sets, all of my oatmeal has settled on the bottom.  What should I be doing to keep it evenly mixed throughout the soap?

Thanks. =)
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