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11  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old Japanese Typewriter Keys ?!?! on: May 24, 2004 06:30:26 PM
Is there anything on the back of the keys that may have held them in place on the typewriter?
I have a bunch of typewriter keys that have a shank attachment on the backside that I've used to make cuff links.
And buttons, of course.

and just for the record, I'd much rather put up with a newbie's multiple postings
than a "senior member's" constant reprimands.
welcome aboard, and be sure to let us know how it turns out!
 
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: fugly coffe table......help me make it cute on: May 20, 2004 07:48:07 PM
the latest readymade has instructions for a 'coffee ring' table that might work here. basically, you dip ceramic mug bases into coffee and then place them on the table top in a random pattern. maybe this could be done over a layer of white contact paper? or, if you're going for color, try dipping the coffee mugs into assorted acrylic paints. if you're working over contact paper, anything is possible since it is only temporary.
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: journals made with old game boards on: May 20, 2004 05:33:55 PM
so this is what journal envy feels like.
those are seriously the coolest journals that I have ever seen.
while I love the scrabble book to bits,
the guinness book of records journal is cool in a
schoolhouse rock
sort of way!
(the best kind of cool in my opinion)

keep up the great work!

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: lamp that does not work. on: May 20, 2004 01:28:47 PM
re-wiring a lamp can be intimidating, but actually is pretty easy.
check out these instructions from Digs Magazine

http://digsmagazine.com/lounge/lounge_furnishingsfirst-aid-dollarlamp.htm
15  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Re: Where to buy cheap but good sewing machines? on: May 17, 2004 03:36:10 PM
I bought my vintage brother 1241 at a charity shop for $12. of course, it needed a little tune up but all said I spent under $50 total and it sews like a dream. one thing about shopping for second hand sewing machines- if you don't see any on the sales floor, don't be afriad to ask if they have any in the back room. that's exactly how I got mine. the nice fellow that I asked informed me that they don't usually even put them out on the salesfloor because they don't sell very fast. I tried to convince him otherwise, but it was a really hard sell. anyway, it turns out that they had two machines in back, and I actually had a hard time choosing which one was right for me.

good luck!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Making rips in jeans? on: May 05, 2004 02:06:41 PM
I used to 'customize' clothes for a major clothing retailer, and I often used the parallel rip and removal method described by kitschy_koo. another trick is to gently 'sand' the area of the rip with a pumice stone both before and after ripping to soften the material and give it a more natural look. also, be sure to try the jeans on and mark exactly where you want the rips to be, including where they begin and end. it's very easy to get carried away ripping jeans, believe me. this also ensures that when you wear the jeans, the rips will look like genuine wear and tear. another cool detail is to 'mend' the rips my machine stitching rows perpendicular to the rip, joining the two sides divided by the tear back together. this can take a lot of time and thread, but looks ever so cool.

good luck!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:free photoshop trial version? on: May 04, 2004 05:05:08 PM

I recommend photoshop elements for beginners.
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:Flower Child bag on: April 30, 2004 09:11:58 PM
Actually, the fabric is from equilter.com. Unfortunately, they only have it in the bright-warm tones now. The print is called "Lady of the Canyon", from Alexander Henry - maybe somewhere else has the other combination?

I feel like a total ass, because the fabric is available from reprodepot after all. but I do also like the bright tones from equilter. I think that I'll just buy them both.

thanks for your help and once again: awesome bag!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:Flower Child bag on: April 30, 2004 01:04:25 PM
I agree that it is a great bag. I also have a question about the fabric square used for the upper right corner... did you get it from repro depot? I remember seeing that print somewhere and had it in mind for a project, but now I can't seem to locate it.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:DIY tailor's dummy on: April 28, 2004 02:48:22 PM
It's fairly easy to get a full plaster cast of your torso if you follow these guidelines:

-have a buddy help you with this one. the results really aren't so hot when you try to do it yourself.
-cast your body in two halves, front and back. after each cast has dried, they can easily be fused together with additional plaster. remember that the plaster will set, so be sure to apply it in sections that be easily removed.
-it's a pretty good idea to put something like vaseline between your skin and the plaster as protection. using plastic will cause the plaster to dry more slowly, and you'll have to wear it for a while longer.

if you're thinking of doing this project, shop around medical supply stores for plaster strips. their prices are far more reasonable than craft and hobby stores, and since the plaster found at medical supply stores is intended for body casting, it will work a lot better.

I hope that this helps!
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