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61  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:dremel tool things on: September 14, 2003 07:34:50 PM
I love my Dremel Multipro! (Got it as a gift). They usually run anywhere from $60 on up.
If I hadn't received it for Xmas, I would have bought it for myself.

It is a great tool for doing crafty stuff, but it isn't made for major household duties. I've used it for putting holes in various objects to hang them....and to make jewelry out of bottle caps, dominos and things made of resin.....I've sanded small objects with it...made bead holes bigger, cut off button shanks, etc.

If you are going to get one, don't go for a cordless model--they power out really quickly. I would also buy a Dremel "chuck" because it makes it a lot easier to change the accessories (drill bits, etc) on your Dremel.

Flex shaft attachments ($29)and foot speed control attachments ($??)are also available to add on to the Dremel. They probably aren't as nice as the type that Morgan (above) has, but they're cheaper! Cheesy
62  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bottle Cap Jewelry: Bottle Cap Bracelet! on: September 14, 2003 04:06:34 PM
Bottle Cap Bracelet

What you'll need:
    [*]several bottle caps (I got some cool unused vintage ones on e-bay)
    [*]6 mm jump rings
    [*]4mm jump rings
    [*]dremel or other rotary tool
    [*]sand paper or nail file
    [*]crazy or super-type permanent glue
    [*]clasp/closure of your choice
    [*]tape measure
    [*]scrap piece of wood
    Using a tape measure, measure your wrist holding the tape measure snug, but not tight. Lay down the tape measure on a flat surface. Lay the bottle caps on top of it until the number of bottle caps matches your wrist measurement (FIG 1). Remember that the jump rings will add a small amount of length.

    Lay the bottle cap on your wood scrap. Using your rotary tool and an extremely small bit (mine was about the size of a toothpick) drill two holes on opposite sides of the bottle cap. You will find it easiest to drill next to the crimps in the cap. (FIG 2) Turn the cap over and sand the holes to smooth down the rough edges. Do this step for all of the bottle caps.

    Take the 6mm jump ring and twist it open. Holding the two caps together like a sandwich (FIG 3) insert the jump ring through both bottle caps. Close the jump ring and repeat this step on all of the caps. Seal all the jump rings (except for the ones on each of the ends) with the glue.

    The bracelet should be flexible where the jump rings are attached (FIG 4). If for some reason yours are not, you may need to use bigger jump rings.

    Attach a 4mm jump ring to one side and attach the clasp to the other. Seal the remaining rings.

    Tahdah....You have made a unique new piece of jewelry! Wear it with pride....

    63  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Re:Cincinnati area stores on: September 13, 2003 10:09:48 PM
    Yea! Other crafty Ohio girls! If I head toward Cincy anytime soon, I'll check these places out...

    Now all we need is someone from the Cleveland or Toledo area and we've go things covered! Wink
    64  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Budget Living on: September 11, 2003 12:19:38 PM
    Budget Living
    Published 6 times a year. US subscription $14.95.

    Lately I've been a bit disappointed in Ready Made, but this mag (aimed at the same audience) has yet to let me down!

    This magazine has a DIY section that includes prices of the materials used. Some of the ideas are retreads (record bowls, etc.) but unique projects are included as well (hot dog eyeglasses case). They frequently use recycled objects.

    They also have a theme party section in each issue that includes decorating tips and recipes.

    Fashion, travel, gadgets, and money advice can also be found.

    Along with Bust, one of the few mags I read from cover to cover! Smiley
    65  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re:Stencilling - how to and free patterns on: September 10, 2003 11:19:12 PM
    Another good place to go is the wonderfully edgy Stencil Revolution (great tutorials, including one on turning photos into stencils using Photoshop):


    66  Ohio / Ohio: Central / Central Ohio Craft Stores on: September 10, 2003 11:07:04 PM
    When it comes to chain stores, Central Ohio is a great place for the crafty/arty gal. JoAnn's, Hancock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Dick Blick are located in several places around town.

    Quilters and Fabric Freaks will like The Glass Thimble/3434 N. High St. They have a large selection of cotton fabrics as well as stained glass supplies. Although I don't quilt, I go there a few times a year with the Mom and manage to find one or two unusual fabrics.

    Prizm/ 1270 E. Powell Road (near Polaris mall) is a great place to go for artist's stuff and craftster-type craft supplies. Very nice and knowledgeable staff, comparable prices.

    Central Ohio is also home to several stores and craft malls that sell ready made craft items. The majority that I've run ito have been of the "kuntry kute" variety though.

    The Short North area (located on -surprise-North High Street near downtown) is the place to go for artisan and retro inspired goods. But remember, the prices often reflect the high rents in this artistic disctrict!

    If you are a crafty gal who live in or is visiting Ohio, feel free to email me!

    67  Ohio / Ohio: Central / Columbus Area/Central Ohio Resale/Vintage on: September 10, 2003 10:46:37 PM
    Rag-o-Rama/2651 N High St/Columbus, OH
    This shop seems to win the "Best Thrift Store" award in one of the local alternative weeklies, but "thrift store" is a bit of a misnomer.

    Staffed by seemingly bored college students (or are they just too cool to wait on me? LOL) this store has a large selection of trendy clothes as well as vintage clothing that is back in style again. They also have a large shoe collection, although quite a few of them look like they may have belonged to characters from Sex & the City(Ouch! Those super-high heels! How do they do it??) If you are looking for a specific item and don't want to search every thrift store in Columbus, this might be where you want to go. You won't pay retail, but don't expect any great deals.

    Again Clothing/1108 N High St/Columbus, OH
    Like Rag-o-Rama but on a smaller scale, this store puts a bigger emphasis on vintage stuff. The staff tends to be helpful and knowledgeable as well. Also sellsRetro-inspired jewelry. My best score there? A vintage hand beaded 50's cardigan for $24. Seen similar stuff sell for over $50.

    Deja Vu/11 N. State Street/Westerville, OH
    Located in a Columbus suburb, this shop tends to cater to an older crowd. A good place to go if you are looking for career clothing at reasonable prices. Also has shoes and jewelry.

    Experienced Design/1415 Grandview Ave/Columbus Located in an old and (mostly) affluent neighborhood, this store is a great place to go for all those designer goods--Chanel, Armani, Fendi, DKNY, etc. Not many bargins of course, but great for those that love a label. Friendly staff and cool chairs shaped like high heels.

    Plato's Closet Teen Shop/various locations

    I went in here once (w/a former co-worker who was 20) and felt VERY old at 30. Good place for those cute trendy brands--Old Navy, Gap, Abercrombie, etc.  If you are braver than I, go for it! Wink
    68  Ohio / Ohio: Central / Central Ohio/Columbus Area Thrift Stores on: September 10, 2003 09:56:52 PM
    Salvation Army/2632 Morse Rd/Columbus, OH  and other locations Closed Sun.

    The Salvation Army doesn't seem to have been hit as hard by the "hipster" crowd as some of the other thrifts. And usually they only look for funky t's anyway.... Wink

    This is a GREAT store to score vintage clothing from the 60's and 70's. I've also seen 50's era stuff there at times.

    They have a lot of great housewares from the above eras as well. I got some really cool kitschy glasses w/names of alcoholic drinks on them among other things.

    Ohio Thrift Stores/SR 161 and 7 other locations
    These stores are not run by charities and tend to have a mixture of old and new stuff.  They are also pretty good about marking up the "kitschy collectible" stuff. Not much vintage. If you can stand the crowds they have 50% off days once a month, usually on Wednesdays. The 50% only applies to wearable stuff though. Open Sundays.

    Goodwill Columbus/2100 Morse Road and 3 other locations
    These stores are largely hit and miss for vintage and collectable stuff. The Campus location (2768 N. High) prices their vintage stuff higher, the other locations don't. Open Sundays, which is nice.

    VOA Thrift Stores/Various locations
    None of the VOA stores are near me, so I don't go very often. They seem to fit the (evil) stereotype of thrift stores, though. Kinda grungy and they seem to take stuff that the other thrifts wouldn't.

    If you are thrifty/crafty and live in (or are visiting)  Ohio or the Central Ohio area, let me know! It would be fun to meet other Craftster gals!

    69  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re:Crafty Painting? on: September 04, 2003 08:55:33 PM
    I like #1. The red dots are really cool and "echo" the round red table as well.
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