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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Faux Bois Handbag on: June 07, 2009 02:02:03 PM
It is the perfect size and I can se all of the work that went into it. Now I want my floors to look like this bag! Goregous!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vogue pin tuck dress (my prom dress!) on: May 16, 2007 01:11:04 PM
I also made this dress for my daughter for her bridal rehearsal dinner.  We were intrigued by the way the white disappeared with the tucks.  It certainly has the look of the 1940's.  She likes vintage clothes so we have also used a 1952 Vogue pattern for the bridesmaid's dresses.  I applaud your individuality. Good job!
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: mosaic basics for beginners? on: March 17, 2007 06:44:49 AM
If your wall is not in the shower you should be o.k. with the drywall.  I used a premixed tile mastic.  You can buy it at Home Depot or Lowes.  Try to keep it covered when you are using it so that it doesn't dry out.  Don't get the dry powder.  Its cheaper but hard to mix.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do I handle sheer embroidered organza on: March 15, 2007 08:52:45 AM
Thanks for your suggestions.  I had planned on an underlining and a lining so that I could put some boning in.
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: mosaic basics for beginners? on: March 15, 2007 08:48:08 AM
We did our mosaic over green board - the water repellent drywall because it was inside the shower.  We started by scetching our design on the wall.  We worked in small sections at a time.  I applied the mastic with a regular tile mastic trowel in the area I wanted to work and then filled in with the appropriate color.  I used a mosaic tile cutter to cut the shapes if needed.  We worked with 3/4" glass tiles. Our nightmare was that the tile we used was glued to a paper backing.  After it was applied we had to soak the paper off before we grouted.  The whole mosaic was done before we did any grout.  We used a neutral grout to blend with the various colors.  I am also a senior citizen so my work time was in 3 -4 hour sessions.  I did most of the mosaic work but my son did the grouting.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how do I handle sheer embroidered organza on: March 13, 2007 01:10:20 PM
I'm making my daughter's wedding dress using embroidered organza with scalloped edges.  Any suggestions on how to sew the bodice?  Should I sew the  fabric and the lining separately or should I underline the bodice pieces and then treat it as one piece of fabric?  We want to utilize the scalloped edges on both the top of the bodice and the bottom of the hem.  I know I should use them separately on the skirt but I'm not sure which method would look the most professional on the bodice.
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Mosaic Forest Scene in the Shower on: January 19, 2007 03:12:06 PM
Thank you all for your gracious comments.  I have to admit to doing the creative part of the work but leaving the grouting to my son.  Perhaps the worst part was that the glass tiles had a paper backing so we were working "blind" because we couldn't see the tiles as we placed it in the mastic.  It was also difficult to remove the paper.  It would have been easier if the tile had been mounted on mesh.  Of course I think the best part of the picture is the little cutie in the pink pajamas.  She loves the shower.  The house isn't exactly a kit.  It utilizes osb and foam panels as the construction medium.  The kit part was all of the trusses and panels to construct the 1500 sq. ft. cape cod style house.
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic Forest Scene in the Shower on: January 19, 2007 11:56:00 AM
My son built his house from a kit. He included many personalized features and it is really a beautiful house. His wife and I did this mosaic in their master bedroom shower.

One note: the variations in the grout is not mold! It is because the dark grout was still a bit wet when I took these pictures.

My grand daughter had to be in at least one of the photos!  Smiley

It took forever to finish but we are pleased with the end result. Let me know what you think!
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Four Seasons Mosaic on: January 12, 2007 03:42:18 PM
You don;t have to grind the pieces for mosaic work.  I just use nippers to break the pieces to fit.  A local mosaic artist gave me a useful tip - I  paint the plywood with the design so I have some guidance.  I'm not an artist so its very crude.  The snow is actually clear textured glass, some of it irredescent.  The white paint in the background gives it color.
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Stained Glass in my Bathroom Windows on: January 12, 2007 03:37:14 PM
I took a beginner class offered by the city and then continued on my own.  I have a laundry room with counter top that was supposed to be my sewing area but is now my glass work room.  The two fish pieces were originally one large piece for the other bathroom.  While I had it in position temporarily I stepped back to see how it looked and it crashed down into the tub.  I salvaged it by taking it apart and using the unbroken pieces for the two smaller windows.
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