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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Chairs made from soda cans? on: August 29, 2006 02:03:54 PM
I'm looking for some info on those chair that are made of empty soda cans. Is it just a wooden chair with cans nailed on, or is it solid can (how would that be functional?)
Help, please!
12  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Circus theme? on: August 22, 2006 10:41:11 AM
Would anyone be up for a circus-themed challenge?
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Oversized Steamer Trunks on: August 07, 2006 05:06:33 PM
I want to make my own trunk. (*ahem* oversized steam trunk). I know the frame would be wood (2"x4"s or 2"x2"s.), but what materials should be used for the sides? I thought plywood, but that's awfully heavy. Then luon, but I was worried about warping. Professional trunks us some sort of acrylic...thing. What would you suggest?

If you're a little unsure as to what a steamer trunk is, here's a picture:

That's the general sort of trunk....these have vinyl, but I know nothing about vinyl either.......
"- 1/4" plywood for added strength" and I believe that's the above luon....but used with vinyl it wouldn't warp.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Denim + Paint = ??? on: January 28, 2006 04:33:15 PM
My art mentor and furture employer suggested that I start painting jeans and selling them on EBay (or something of the sort) I love the idea, and am feeling good about trying it, but I have a couple of questions.

1. Where to buy the jeans? Nothing too pricey, but I don't want crappy Wal*Mart jeans either. Target makes good-quality-low-cost clothing. Do you think that would be okay?

2. Paint. What kind of paint? I saw a pair of jeans on here painted with acryllic. That's all fine and dandy but when the jeans are washed, what happens? Will it wash off or fade or anything horrible like that? Should I just use fabric paint? Any good brands you'd recomend?

3. The most important part of all...budget. In your personal, professional opinion, how much should I expect to spend to get started?

I'm sure I could get Connie (that would be said mentor) to help me on some of this, as she runs her own business and had to start from scratch, (between working for her, and slowly getting my art sold, I'm hoping to be able to finally quit my job at McDonald's, and just work as an artist full-time. [I despise working in food-service.] That, of course, will take a bit of time and a load of hard work.) but much of this will be done on my own. So I'm currently collecting information, and figuring time, costs, materials, etc...with the intention of starting when I get back from vacation (beginning of June).
Any advice is very welcome and greatly appreciated.

Thanks. Smiley
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Brother LS2125? on: December 06, 2005 11:51:28 AM
I'm looking to buy a machine next year...just as a starter to learn to sew, and make clothing (nothing too difficult). Is this worth the money (will it last for a couple of years at least, as I don't want to buy a new one until I'm out of college in 2008) or should I look elsewhere?


It got pretty good reveiws on Amazon, and it does have a 1-year warranty. Should I take the plunge and buy it?
16  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Fairy/Angel Wings on: December 06, 2005 11:34:09 AM
I was recruited as an angel for a little Christmas pageant. So, I was working on my costume (made from a white sheet and a t-shirt thankyouverymuch),a nd I'm going to need wings.So, I was wondering what gauge wire would work best for the nylon-covered wings? I was thinking about a 15-gauge. Would that be strong enough to keep its shape, but still be pliable to work with by hand?
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making Hats on: October 31, 2005 06:48:31 PM
I never can find many topics on milinery...I would love to make a fedora. but have no idea where to begin. Does anyone know of some good hat-making sites, or know something about it themselves?
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What clothes would you like to make... on: October 23, 2005 05:03:38 PM
...But haven't yet. I just curious what you all would really like to make, but either don't have the means, time, etc....?

Someday, I shall make this, but in black and purple (red=black, gold=purple), Although black with red trim and brocade with also look really great.


What about you?
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Packaging? on: October 21, 2005 09:08:52 AM
I'm in the process of starting a small online business. It's all just planning and figures right now, and I'm trying to decide on packaging. What's the best and cheapest way to pack, say, a duct tape purse? I don't want to fold or crush it, but I also don't want to spend loads of money just on shipping. Any suggestions?
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / A Sticky Situation on: September 18, 2005 06:58:59 PM
So I was happily gluing decorations onto a box this evening...had some pretty paper all stuck on,and I was just beginning to apply the CD tiles with superglue. Unbeknowest to me, however, there was a crack in the foil glue packaging...my thumb,index and middle finger, and a couple of knuckles were quickly caked with superglue, which lived up to it's name since I still have the stuff stuck to my fingertips.
Third time this has happened (super-glued finegrs)...I really need to get some gloves. Tongue
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