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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Has anyone done any peep inspired crafts? on: April 04, 2006 11:18:56 AM

Not sure how they do it but it's pretty nifty:

(Go to the candy section and click on the bunnies, the peeps are there.)
It says she dips them in some kind of transparent resin with glitter in it... I just looked it up and Dick Blick sells polyester casting resin. I  wonder if she's just dumping the glitter in a similar product, then dipping the food in.

Here's info about the resin from the product page:
"Pour Polyester Casting Resin into any mold to make a paperweight, or sculpture. Casting resin is a crystal clear, low viscosity liquid that requires mixing with a catalyst to become rock hard (purchase catalyst separately). It cures to a smooth glossy transparency at room temperature."
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: postage stamp necklaces... (tutorial added.) on: December 17, 2005 03:28:14 PM
Does anyone know anything about how to clean your soldering iron tips? The chisel tip I've been using has completely lost its shape. I think there's a chisel in there somewhere, but it's covered by wads and wads of solder.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: postage stamp necklaces... (tutorial added.) on: December 13, 2005 03:18:50 PM
To smooth your solder on the "Truck" one you might just want to go over it again fairly quickly with your soldering iron, making large sweeps at a time....

OR,....... you could train your eye to LIKE the lumpiness Wink Smiley Cheesy

Thanks for the tips! I don't know if I'm going to change Truck's ornament... I'm kind of getting used to the "dental procedure gone terribly awry" look. Plus, at least when I mess up now, I can look at it and say, "at least it doesn't look THAT bad".

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: postage stamp necklaces... (tutorial added.) on: December 13, 2005 11:19:23 AM
I'm having fun messing around with this technique. Mess being the operative word.  My second attempt (the ornament with the dog in the picture) is of my sister's black lab/English bulldog mix, Truck. My sister is due to have her first baby any minute. Hopefully her birthing skills will be better than my soldering skills. Lump city. I'll probably still give it to her, but I don't think it's worthy of being wrapped. 

Attempt #3, the snowman, turned out much more smooth, I think because I switched from silver solder to a tin/antimony blend that was easier to use. All of it was lead free, of course. 

Is anyone having trouble with moisture inside the glass? As I work, little oily spots appear. Perhaps it's the flux leeching in? Does anyone know how to fix this?



5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how di you guys get into knitting? how did you learn? im havin trouble on: December 05, 2005 06:22:35 AM
I'm a self-taught knitter, and  I learned how to knit when I was 28 with Melanie Falick's "Kids Knitting" book. Yes, it's a kid's book, but for first-timers, the patterns aren't bad, plus the step-by-step diagrams and very basic explanations are right on.

Don't expect much the first few projects. Get some decent yarn that you really like, though, since you'll probably start over several times. We refer to my sister's first knitting project (which she still hangs proudly from a coat stand near her front door) as the "Tuba Sock". It was supposed to be a hat, I think, but ended up huge and distorted in the shape of a tuba. If anyone needs a knitted cover to keep their tuba warm, she's your girl.

Good luck and be patient. It takes a little time for your hands to learn the motions, you'll feel like all thumbs for awhile, but stick to it and you'll be amazed at what you can do! Don't worry about the completed object, just get the basic process down, and the rest will make more sense as you move on.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cool pompom scarf... any ideas? on: November 11, 2005 07:18:15 AM

I found these scarves in the Title Nine catalog, and I'm trying to figure out how to make hand-made versions. I've never seen yarn with big pompoms, so the only solution I can think of is buying a skein of yarn and a bag of pom poms and stringing them every few inches.

I've been trying to think of a way to add the pompoms while knitting, which would be cool, because you could create a pattern as you go -- sort of like intarsia. I guess you could manually sew the pomps in, but I really like the way they're embedded in the scarf.

So what do you think, Craftsters? Any wicked creative  ideas?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first big project: bedjacket on: September 26, 2005 12:10:55 PM
Very Nice! I like the color and bell sleeves... thanks for the link, too! I love me some free pattern.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: I am in dire need of help: Fire in my room:( on: August 07, 2005 01:20:41 PM
There is some kind of paint that is supposed to dull or eliminate the smell of smoke. I know this b/c a unit in our row of townhouses burned down while they were being built and the contractor was required to re-paint all the interiors of the attached buildings with it before we could move in.

The Queen of Clean books might be helpful. I think one of them has a chapter on major disasters like fire damage.

Good luck!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Looking for items & sayings in threes... on: August 05, 2005 05:29:18 PM
We're planning a birthday party for my three-year-old. There will be an inflatable water slide, refined sugar and 10 kids under 5. I'm anticipating something along the lines of Lord of the Flies. 

I'm in the process of designing the invitation and  I'm trying to come up with a list of things in threes -- 3 Musketeers, 3 Wise Men, 3- Bean Casserole-- or sayings that involve 3 -- 3 Times a Lady, 3's a Crowd etc.. I'd like to incorporate them  as an art element on the front of the cards.

Can you guys think of any more thees? Thanks for your input!!

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: August 03, 2005 08:35:28 AM
For Halloween one year I went as a potted plant -- I wore a headband that looked like a daisy, cut out the bottom of a big plastic flowerpot and hot glued foliage all over a tube top. As I was getting ready, I thought it would be clever to stick a couple leaves on my chest, arms and and shoulder. I couldn't get the leaves to stick and  I was running out of time, so I pulled out the hot glue gun and used that. It hurt like hell and I had welts all up and down my arms for a week, but the costume won a $25 gift certificate to Target. So I guess it was worth it?

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