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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Blank walls are bad for the soul swap? on: February 18, 2006 08:26:05 PM
I've been thinking about this for a while now and I'm posting it now because of two reasons:

1.  I've just received some awesome original artwork to decorate my office, and now I'm hooked.

2.  I've noticed a lot of people putting requests for art work on their wish lists for various swaps.

Would anyone be interested in swapping wall decor?  Mixed media art, collage, paintings, photography, fabric hangings, etc.  Pretty much anything that would make a blank wall less depressing.
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Jump to page __ and more specific child board titles? on: December 02, 2005 07:24:51 PM
This is just a suggesion coming from someone who doesn't know a thing about computer programming and coding or the amount of work that goes into it ...   Roll Eyes

I think it would be handy to have an option to jump more than one or two pages ahead or back in a topic.  With some of the threads, particularly the popular swap threads or the tattoo thread, for instance, it takes ages to find a post that's in the middle of them because you can only move 2 pages ahead at a time. 

My other thought today is that when I click on the "unread posts since last visit" link, a lot of the child boards have the same names: completed works, discussions and questions, etc.  If the topic name is not specific (such as "check this out" or something similar), there is no way of knowing which section of completed works you're going to be looking at by clicking the link (i.e. knitting or stenciling).  Usually it wouldn't be a problem because you can just go back, but sometimes the images take a while to load, which is a pain when you have slow internet.  This second one is pretty minor since I upgraded my internet, but I figured while I was here...

Just my two cents.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / CD magnet puzzle on: November 21, 2005 07:46:37 PM
In the spirit of inexpensive fridge decoration, I used an AOL CD tonight to make this:

And here it is with the pieces separated a little:

All I did was take the CD, cut it into pieces with sturdy scissors, trace the shapes of the pieces onto images I got from a magazine, cut them out a little inside the the traced lines, glue and seal the pieces using mod podge, trace around the edges with a sharpie, and stick magnetic bits to the backs.  

I also did another one using one image for the entire CD.  The only difference is I had to glue and seal the picture before I cut the CD into pieces.  It turned out really well but my camera batteries died as I was only partway through transfering the pictures to my computer.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Where are all the little ships in Chaucer? on: November 02, 2005 10:22:46 PM
I made this shirt tonight as a gift for my friend.  When we were in undergrad together we used to sit around playing old school NES games when we should have been doing our schoolwork.  A lot of our paper topics eventually came from the conversations we had during those times.  This, however, was not one of our better ideas, though he and I always joked about turning it in as a mock research proposal.  

We were playing Life Force at the time, if that explains anything...

The paint on the spaceship looks kind of funny, but that's because it's still wet.  I'm super impatient when it comes to stenciling and I wanted to see if it turned out or not.  I was thinking about adding a little trail of dashes above the spaceship, like it's shooting at the words.  Is it good as is?  Any opinions?
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / She-ra's first love is my first multi-layer stencil on: October 31, 2005 11:42:07 PM
I made this shirt for a friend who is writing his senior thesis on the problematic relationship between She-ra, Princess of Power, and Captain Seahawk and how he makes her the Princess of Powerlessness by only caring about her in the form of Adora and marginalizing her presence by prefering a homosocial relationship with his shipmates.

(Being an English major and having English major friends is the best.  Grin)

Anyway, I thought he needed a shirt.  It took forever, but I'm pretty happy with how it came out.  His neck ended up a little fat...not quite sure how that happened, but I think he's identifiable at least.

I can't find the exact image I used to make the stencil, but here is a link with a couple different images of Captain Seahawk for comparison purposes.

If anyone else remembers Captain Seahawk, you will win by utmost respect and adoration.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Neutral Milk Hotel tank top. on: September 09, 2005 05:35:21 PM
I altered the image from the inside art of the vinyl copy of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea to make this stencil.  I'm pretty pleased with it.  It took several tries (grrr), but finally I used a sheet of mylar in order to cut out the letters without having it tear.  Using mylar might get kind of pricey, but I don't think I'll ever be able to go back to wax paper. 

A question, though.  In two places on the shirt (you can see this in the photo) the spray adhesive was a little too thick.  Is there some way to get rid of it from the shirt safely without ruining the shirt or the stenciled image?
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Hobbes stencil on: September 03, 2005 11:24:34 PM
I'm pleased that my first stenciling attempt turned out well.  Unfortunately it's on an old, crappy t-shirt and I ripped the stencil when I was taking it off the shirt, so I'll have to make a new one to stencil the shirt I actually want it on... Oh well.  I used wax paper, stencil brushes, spray adhesive, and black textile paint. 

I love Calvin and Hobbes.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / The Royal Tenenbaums charm bracelet on: September 03, 2005 08:38:04 PM
This is my first attempt with both shrinky dinks and jump rings - a Royal Tenenbaums charm bracelet for my friend.  I traced the little characters from the back of the DVD packaging and used an 1/8" hole punch to make the holes for the rings.  I thought I had a bracelet to put them on, but I ended up having to make one out of the jump rings.  

The color looks better in person - I had to put it in the scanner because my camera wouldn't focus on something so small and it washed the color out.  Actually, having seen the preview, the whole thing looks a lot better in person, but you'll have to take my word for that because I can't figure out how to get a better view.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Tape on windows with no residue? on: August 15, 2005 04:36:00 PM
I don't know if this is the right place to put this, but I have this enormous window in my living room and I wanted to use slides, transparencies, and film strip segments to make squares of color and help block out the not so interesting view.  Anyway, I have the slides but I'm not sure how to affix them?  I'm renting, so I don't want to use anything that will leave a lot of residue on the windows, but I don't want to use something that would be ugly.

Does electrical tape leave residue?  Is spray adhesive temporary?  I really need some adhesive advice.  Thanks.
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Old Filmstrips? on: August 14, 2005 01:10:25 PM
I just scored 4 filmstrip reels from the "People to People Series," which is codename for funny photographs and diagrams from the 1970s as far as I can tell.  They're begging me to do something with them, but what?  I did a search on the site and someone did a filmstrip lamp but the image links were broken.  Anyone have any ideas?

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