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11  Re: Handspun & Handcrafts Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by missedakick on: March 21, 2007 07:32:33 PM
I got my package already!!! This is so exciting. It was beautiful in Indiana today and I took a walk and when I came back there it was-- my cats and I QUICKLY dug in! WHOOOO hooooo, my yarn porn is so yummy!! Raynbow was even kind enough to include a DROP spindle and some awesome fiber so that I CAN LEARN to spin too. Thank you soooo much Raynbow!! I have one more little thing to do for yours-- I should send out tomorrow or Friday! Now for pictures!!

the pretty colors of my 'larger' skeins. one is called mint oreos the other-- twix yummm i knew this would make me hungry.

the package in its entirety. YAAY!

thanks a billion. I had a great first swap. I hope my package can make you as happy...
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12  Record-phile's solution to vinyl record storage. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by missedakick on: October 31, 2006 10:29:17 AM
No tasteful albums were harmed in the making of this...

My boyfriend and I have a pretty large collection of vinyl records so we decided that instead of storing them in old wine crates, we would build a shelf so that they could stand up straight and not weigh each other down (important.)

 So we used my father's power tools and built a simple shelf out of plywood...it was boring. So I decided that I would try to build doors out of the piles of scratched albums I had lying around waiting to be turned into bowls. It turned out rather well!!!

To begin you need a simple square wooden frame for each door. We braced ours with a cross brace at the halfway mark. We laid the records out on it until they fit how we wanted them to. We originally wanted the albums to be cut off at the edges so that it would look more polished, but discovered that albums crack when you cut them with power tools. (my dad later discovered how to do it with a metal hacksaw....maybe when we move we can make a nicer one.) We then used high strength epoxy meant for plastic and vinyl to literally meld the records together (ventilate well for this part!) Then we drilled tiny holes in all of the edges that touched the frame work and put in tiny silver thumb-tacks (the decorative type) to hold the record panels to the frames. We also put some tacks in the centers of the records to hold the middle row to the cross frame. We used a combination of full size LPs and 45's but would have only used full sized LP's if we had known how to cut them correctly at the time. Here are some close up pictures. Everyone who comes over remarks on how awesome it is!

If you have any other questions or would like a tut, just let me know, I'd be more than happy to oblige.

Thanks for your time-- comments are much appreciated!
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