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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / help with sanding/buffing? on: September 29, 2007 11:47:24 AM
hey eveybody,

i am completely new at poly clay and have been doing some reading here on craftster and at diane b.'s glass attic. i made some flat tiles that i want to sand and buff, and maybe add some kind of polish/finish to make them more shiny. i read that using a dremel is a good way to do the sanding and buffing, so i tried it. i'm not sure what i'm doing wrong, but i can't tell any difference between tiles i've worked on and those i haven't! maybe i'm not doing it long enough? maybe i'm using the wrong tools? here's some pics of everything; i'm hoping someone can offer some suggestions. first, here's some of the tiles. the blue ones have some transparent clay marbled in. the whitish ones are all transparent clay, and have some silver leaf on them.


this is my dremel and the attachments i've tried for sanding/buffing.

and here's the other attachments i have in my toolbox. do i have the right things, or do i need to go get something different?

thanks for whatever insights you can offer!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / beaded ... object that isn't a doll on: May 24, 2006 07:01:49 PM
so i had never tried bead embroidery, but i was inspired by the beaded mermaid craftalong and other beaded dolls i've seen here on craftster. but i'm not really a doll kind of person, so i thought i'd try something flat instead. what do you guys think? (and how on earth do you get decent photos of your beaded projects?)

it's not quite finished, but i felt like posting it anyways. it was (also) inspired by a friend of mine who is a fisherman and whom i have a desperate crush on. err... well, maybe not a crush. desperate feeling of a less innocent nature, shall we say?  Cheesy

anyways, now that it's almost done, i have no idea what to do with it. i guess it was partly one of those process as therapy as opposed to finished product focused kind of projects. but i'd still like to find something useful to do with it, if i can. any ideas?
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Celtic/Celtic Knotwork Swap Gallery on: May 05, 2006 03:10:53 PM
Okay everyone, post your goodies here! (ooh, that sounds vaguely naughty, doesn't it? i mean the stuff you receive in the *swap* of course! haha.)

and i know it's not good manners, but i will go ahead and boast that my package arrived already! yay! i received an adorable totebag, a cute rubber stamp, a CD of celtic music, and a fabulous necklace. i already wore the necklace to work today (my package actually arrived yesterday, but i got home late and didn't have time to post) and received many compliments on it. great job, and thank you to theatregirl25!!! here's the pics:

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / tops with built-in shelf bras on: April 01, 2006 07:12:41 PM
okay ladies, i need to complain and i need some ideas! i just went to a store that sells dancewear and bought some tops that have what i guess are called built-in shelf bras. i was thinking how great they would be to wear this summer and not have to wear a regular bra under the shirt. problem is that even though they are really fitted, they don't offer much support (i swear my little B cups normally look pretty perky!) AND even though there is the built-in bra, my nipples totally show. argh!

any ideas on altering these tops so they provide some support rather than squishing me completely flat? i thought about taking out the built-in bra and putting in my own, but i don't really have an design ideas that would offer more support. and any ideas on what kind of fabric to use for a built-in bra that will actually conceal my nipples?
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Celtic/Celtic Knot Swap (Sign-ups: 3/28 - 4/11, send out by 5/2) on: March 28, 2006 04:30:27 PM
Swap name: Celtic/Celtic Knot Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kabili
Sign-up date range: 3/28 - 4/11
Date to send item by: 5/2

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Non-U.S. participants allowed? yes

All ages allowed? Or 18+? all ages welcome!

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:
This swap is open to any kinds of crafts you want to make that incorporate/are inspired by celtic art and crafts, especially celtic knotwork.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Celtic/Celtic Knot Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
What kinds of crafts do you make? (e.g., knitting, jewelry, handbags, etc.)
What kinds of crafts would you prefer to receive? (If you want to give your partner ideas for specific things you want, e.g., "I really want a knotwork handbag," you can do that, though I make no guarantees that you'll actually receive it. Remember, it's only a suggestion!)
Anything that you would rather NOT receive?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

okay everyone, here's who is sending to whom. i made it mostly where you send to and receive from the same person, except for one trio since we had an odd number of people. i've sent all the PMs with mailing info and questionairre responses, so let me know if you are missing any info!

Rain <---> bridgetbarcode
cyndiq <---> aeronberry
nikkidear <---> jnaos
theatregirl25 ---> kabili ---> miss_cute_boots ---> theatregirl25
6  EUROPE / FRANCE / help a non-native french speaker? on: March 01, 2006 06:53:02 PM
hi, i hope you don't mind my using this board to ask for help! i'm a native speaker of english and it's been many years since my high school french classes! i want to incorporate a phrase in french into one of my projects. essentially, i want to say "trust yourself" (or possibly "believe in yourself") - not as an abstract concept, but as a ... command or directive. perhaps im thinking of the imperatif form of the verb? (for example, trust yourself to make the right decision. or believe in yourself that you can be successful at ... ) i'm thinking that perhaps some form of the verb "se fier" is appropriate, but i'm not sure. besides, the thought of conjugating a reflexive verb to refer back to myself makes my head hurt.

can anyone suggest possible ways to say this? (preferrably in a shorter rather than longer phrase.) thanks for any help you can provide!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / pre-made milkshake mix? on: March 28, 2005 07:40:30 PM
hello all of you crafty preparers of food! i need your help becase i am decidedly un-crafty when it comes to the kitchen. i'm getting ready to have my wisdom teeth out and want some stuff that's really easy to make. i've already got some soups, mashed potatoes, and pudding. i wanted to be able to make milkshakes too. i keep thinking that there are pre-made mixes (like powders) that you can mix with milk and freeze. i'm thinking this will be easier than having to scoop out the ice cream and run the blender and everything. especially if i'm going to be drugged.  Wink does anybody know what i'm talking about and where i can get them? my husband was suggesting things like ovaltine or nesquick, but i suspect those would just freeze into a solid ice cube rather than have the consistency of a shake. i was thinking these mixes would have gelatin or something in it to thicken them up. anybody have any ideas?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / tutorial: how to install a fly front zipper on: January 15, 2005 10:40:47 AM
hi everyone. there have been a couple cool pants projects lately (e.g., kaffrin's black and pink jeans!) and there seemed to be lots of questions about how to do a fly front zipper. so i thought i'd make a tutorial the next time i installed one. hope this is helpful to someone. let me know if anything is unclear. here goes:

1. Cut out your pattern pieces. The back pieces will be unmodified, but if the pattern wasnt already designed to have a fly, you will add extra fly flaps to the front center seam (indicated by the red solid line).
2. Leaving about an in open on the bottom, stitch the crotch seam, stopping at the fly flaps. (white dotted line).

3. Separate the pieces and lay them flat, right side up. Lay your zipper face down on the left side, lining up the zipper teeth with the front center seam. Stitch along the zipper tape on the right (red dotted line).

4. Turn the zipper right side up, folding the fly flap under the outer fabric. Press this fold. Cut off the excess fabric from the fly flap. Cut a rectangle of scrap fabric that is the length of your zipper and 3 4 inches wide. Fold this in half lengthwise and overcast or serge the raw edges together.

5. Pin your scrap rectangle underneath the zipper so the folded edge sticks out into the fly of the pants and the rest covers the wrong side of the zipper. Stitch through all layers (outer fabric, zipper tape, fly flap, and 2 layers of scrap rectangle), shown by red dotted line.

6. Now lay the 2 sides together again. Pin the 2 sides together along the line you stitches in the previous step. This is just to help you line things up and you wont actually stitch there.

7. Now lift up the flap so you can see the zipper tape. Pin the zipper tape to the fly flap. Stitch, making sure you are only stitch through the zipper tape and fly flap. Overcast or serge the raw edge of the fly flap.

8. Open the 2 sides and lay them face up again. Line up the folded edge on the top piece with the stitch line on the bottom piece (red solid line). Pin. Press. Topstitch the outer fabric to the fly flap about 1 inch from the folded edge (white dotted line).

9. Thats it! Now you can add whatever type of waistband you like. Heres what the fly looks like all finished. Notice that it is covered not only on the outside (hence the term fly), but also on the inside, so its more comfortable to wear! Just like store-bought pants.

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / completed(?) Christmas gift - need opinions on: December 22, 2004 10:16:32 AM
hello crafty people! so i asked my best friend what she wanted for christmas and she replied, "anything argyle." since i didn't want to run out and buy her a bunch of socks, i made a jordy bag instead.( i'm hoping that it does, in fact, look like argyle to someone besides me.)

and now we come to my dilemma: this is the first time i've used any kind of handle other than a fabric one. i think they are a bit wonky. so, please vote on whether i should:

A) leave them horizontal like in this picture, and ignore the wonkiness:

B) turn them vertical, like in this picture, which appears to correct the wonkiness, but looks a little odd to me:

C) take the handles off entirely and put on some fabric ones.

or feel free to offer alternative suggestions. thanks!

p.s. here's a pic of the inside. it closes with a snap and has an inside pocket.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / bedroom and duvet cover on: November 13, 2004 08:27:39 AM
hi everyone!

this post is mostly about the duvet cover that i finally finished, but also to show off how nice it looks in my repainted bedroom. so, here's before:

if you can see, our walls were a beige-ish, pink-ish, almond-ish color. we knew right away when we moved in that we wanted to change it. (we bought our house this summer.) and our comforter on the bed had beiges, tans, sage greens, etc. we'd had it forever and were pretty sick of it. so first we painted the walls a nice medium gray. but that just made our tired old comforter look even worse. so i whipped up this new duvet cover to go over it, and...

voila! i think the yellow[td][/td] and red look nice with the gray walls. and the underside of the duvet cover is a gray sheet that is a darker shade of gray than the walls. yay! now i just have to make the valances - i bought extra of the red fabric i used in the duvet cover. they will be solid red. i feel so accomplished i had to share with you crafty gals and guys!
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