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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dryer Lint on: June 17, 2009 07:42:10 PM
Well, you can make paper with it, shred it, and spin that or add it in to other fibers, but it's really lumpy. Dryer lint tends to be nonfelting so it's really difficult to use as a spinning fiber. Now, lint from an all-wool load, that would felt into your other fibers. I've used my sweater shavings that way and it works pretty well as long as I full the yarn.
22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: STEEL wool? on: June 17, 2009 07:36:03 PM
Alden Amos the spinning guru claims to have spun steel wool "in the soap" but I don't know how true that is...  Cheesy
I'd wear work gloves if I attempted it. And use a spinning implement I didn't care about. One of those huge boat anchor spindles, maybe.

I started spinning with cat fur, then pill bottle cotton and unrolled cotton balls. I'm up to easter egg grass, mulberry bark, and strips of paper and fabric. Prepping the bark is taking forever tho. I do spin with nice boring wool, cotton and silk, too, though. Wink Who needs a spinning budget?
23  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Laser Paper/Inks Problems with Soldered Pendants? on: May 03, 2009 05:37:12 PM
Dunno if you're still interested, but if you are making the glass slide-type soldered pendants, you may be using too hot an iron for the soldering if the paper is discoloring.  Using really thin/flat wire solder that will melt quickly also helps.  It occurs to me that laser printers use a hot process and the inks may be more sensitive to heat as a result, so the inks might be affected before the paper in that case.   
24  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: SO I bought these paint markers.... on: May 03, 2009 05:30:08 PM
Those paint markers are either acrylic or oil based and neither is permanent on glass.  I noticed that our HL has moved them and the "patio paint" onto the craft paint aisle.  You might be able to use the Delta PermEnamel sealer over it to make it permanent but I've never tried it, it might dissolve the paint too.
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beginner spinning, and need a bit of help plz! on: April 25, 2009 01:53:29 PM
I've been playing with adding assorted you-name-it to my wool by spreading it out, laying the add-in stuff in the middle, wrapping the wool around like a burrito, and predrafting.  For locks, I guess it depends on how much of the lock structure you want to keep.  I just lay them along my fiber like I'm making a join and let the ends stick out willy-nilly.
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Multimedia iron-on transfer paper on: April 23, 2009 08:26:05 PM
I was reading this month's Quilting Arts magazine and they had a project using the coolest sounding iron-on transfer paper!  http://www.transferartist.com/About.html  Apparently it will take pigment and dye inks, inkjet inks of all kinds, crayons, markers, even thin washes of acrylic paint.  Has anybody tried this out yet?  I want to use it on high polyester content knits that don't work well with regular iron-on transfers.
27  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Onion Skin Alchemy on: April 23, 2009 07:55:26 PM
Oooooo, I like it!  It makes me want to collect onion skins.
28  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a "permanent" stencil? on: April 22, 2009 03:24:49 PM
You're welcome!  I swear there is a specialty adhesive for everything.  My mom has most of them.  Grin
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your experiences with Hobby Lobby t-shirts on: April 21, 2009 07:14:23 PM
The Hobby Lobby shirts I have are 50/50 cotton/poly and hold up well.  Yeah, higher poly content shirts do pill like mad but that fabric lasts forever...
30  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone know how to put an image onto a coffee mug? on: April 21, 2009 07:11:18 PM
Can you find Delta PermEnamel?  http://deltacreative.com/pcid/12/Default.aspx  It is made for glass and ceramics and is heat set in a 350 degree oven and is dishwasher and microwave safe.  The pieces I've done so far have held up well, although none of them are used every day, so your mileage may vary.  It isn't too runny so it should work okay with a stencil as long as you use stencil adhesive.
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