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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Where to get bulk Swarvoski on: December 01, 2008 12:48:25 PM
Looking for a place to get lots of Swarvoski rhinestones/flat back gems for a decent price. Looking for mostly 3mm and smaller. Anyone have any resources?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Defacing Guitar Picks? on: November 27, 2007 05:13:40 PM
So I am making some jewelry out of guitar pics for my seester for Christmas and I don't like seeing the lables on most of them. I thought alcahol might get the brand names off, but that didn't work, wet sanding them did, but it made them dull even with 1200grit. We tried polishing them with my dremel, but it doesn't seem to be working either... we can buff the names off, but it takes forever and it's warping the thin picks.

Any ideas for getting these lables off? or for putting new images on?
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Any hardcore WWE or ECW fans out there?? on: November 15, 2007 06:15:48 PM
I'm making a ring for my nephew for Christmas, my mom got him a bunch of ECW guys (she didn't know there was a difference, but he likes ECW too) and he already has a good collection of WWE guys and accessories, but I want to make him a custom ring and undernieth will be storage for a few guys and some accessories.

PROBLEM BEING... I can't seem to find info on the regulation dimentions for the ring. I want to make it as close as possible to being regulation to the scale of the guys.

Anyone know what size the ring is? I heard 18x18 and 20x20, so I'm assuming that's pretty close.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / The Double Whammy... on: November 07, 2007 04:04:08 PM
I need to figure out what I am doing for hubby this year, problem being I always put way too much thought into things and never have time to cram all of my ideas into the gift(s). Yet the bigger problem lies right here...

2nd Year Wedding Anniversary, December 10th
Christmas, December 25th

Too close together! LOL I also have nearly no cash, so crafted items shall prevail.

For our Anniversary, I'd really like to do something with just us and no distractions. We have had a hard year this year and we never get any time together anymore.

For our first year (of dating) anniversary, I met him at the door with a heart shaped balloon with a smiley face (with kiss marks all over) on it and sent him off telling him only to follow his heart. He then walked inside and saw a smaller heart balloon, picked it up and went to the next... etc... until he got to the bathroom doorknob. He opened the door to see a nice hot bath drawn with candles everywhere and a smiley face balloon tied to a bottle floating in the tub. He opened the bottle, read a poem I had written him, and we hopped in the tub together and I popped in a CD of songs from our relationship.

I'd love something like that again, but I can't seem to find the long bunny trail I hopped off on to come up with all of that! LOL Any ideas you might have would be great.

For Christmas I want something more openable. I was thinking of a hunting "in a box" kinda thing because he keeps wanting to go hunting, but never seems to be able to get everything together before the season starts. BUT... I can't think of much to craft for it and he'd have to wait until next season at least and I don't want to give him a gift that will sit in a box for a year before he can use it.

About him... he's 25, smokes, lives for his sleep (and is impossible to wake up!!!!), not a big drinker, but likes to have a few drinks now and then, likes video games, not so much into sports, but does like WWE, he's a t-shirt, jeans, and a hat guy all the way, we're big animal lovers, he's a major unorganized procrastinator, so anything that would help him to schedule or organize anything would be good, but I am worried about giving him boring/cheesy gifts, so I don't know what to do for that.

As for crafting, I'll do anything I can get my hands on honestly. Polymer Clay, Decoupage, Jewelry Making, Candle Making, Fabric Transfers, Painting, Woodworking, Paper Crafts, Glass Etching, etc... and I also dabble at the local craft studio with painting pottery, making mosaics, stained glass, etc... I also love using found objects and giving them new purpose.

Thanks in advance for any and all help, I've been so worried about getting the people on our list taken care of, I nearly forgot we get to indulge eachother as well.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Help with crafted gifts for kids on: November 02, 2007 07:34:40 PM
I'm going to try to craft as much as possible this year and avoid buying as much as possible.

I think I have figured out everyone else's gifts, in fact some of them are so easy I have to sort through my ideas and pick which I want to do, but these 3 kids are really throwing me for a loop, any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

I have my brothers kids (2f,4f,5m) to craft for still and I'm having a hard time with them since they have everything they could ever want or need already. they definitly don't need any blankets, pillows, clothes, games, or toys... what else does a kid need? LOL
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / I got bored--skeleton on: September 13, 2007 12:44:21 PM
I was bored, so I decided to see how easy to work with Super Sculpey was. I am going to make a Halloween scene for a shelf in our living room (we put orange and black lights in the track light above one shelf) , so I just wanted to tinker with the clay, get a feel for it, and see if there was any chance that I would make something recognizable! LOL

I decided to try to make a skull, and it actually came out OK, so I just slapped together a quick upper body for him right on my marble worksurface, no plans to bake him or anything, just going to ball him back up and make him something else I guess LOL.

Anyway, here he is, his hands are really sloppy because I kept squishing them while trying to touch up the rest of him.

This is him on my worksurface with the 3 tools I used and the extra SS that I was using to hold my tools.

This pic is a little dark, but it came out better with the flash off.

This one shows his face pretty good, the only shot where you can really tell he has teeth LOL.

In this pic you can kinda see the crack in his skull and a little of the detail of his face.

This one is a little better for the cracked skull.

My brother didn't believe me when I told him there was no mold used for the skull LOL, I don't think it's THAT good, but I am supprised how well I did, especially since this is only my 2nd attempt at anything with polymer clay, the first being a small covered tin. Hopefully I can do it again when I actually start working on the scene! LOL
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Starting Christmas projects with the Halloween ones :) on: September 10, 2007 12:46:34 PM
We've decided to make all the gifts (or at least parts of the gifts) this year, so we're already making things, and we haven't even started halloween decorations yet! LOL.

I want to do one for my niece, Marissa, probably a "not sure what to call it in a box". My mom is getting her her first MP3 player, so I was going to make her some mixed mp3's that she can download for it and make little accessories for it, cases, a lasso for her headphones, skins, and whatnot, but I'm not sure what else to get her. We're really close, I basically raised her for 6 years, she's 12 now, way too pretty, way too smart, and she knows it LOL. She's a Diva with a tomboy core, just got into dance in school, wants to be a model  Roll Eyes and I hate admitting that she's growing up, LOL. I feel old already! LOL

Then there is her brother, Shane. He's 10, I had him for 4 years, he has ADHD and pretty much just wants to get whatever he's doing over with so he can go play video games or watch wrestling, LOL. My mom is going to make him some wrestingling shirts and hoodies, but I can't think of much, I try to get him to do something other than games once in a while, so it's hard to think of much, that's why I like the shirts, they can be wrestling and games, but not on the TV! LOL

Then there is my nieces on hubby's side, Savannah and Kaylee, They are 5 and 4. Savannah just started Kindergarten, they are both into little mermaid, all the Disney princesses, tinkerbell, and generally anything pink or girly, LOL. Kaylee is a tomboy though, despite the pink and princesses, she's more into sports and rough and tumble, Savannah is mommy's little princess, she wants to be just like her mom and she acts like a princess, LOL. Problem is they really don't need anything, they have more clothes and toys and things than they know what to do with. I might just break the rules with them and get some storage solutions for their new play room (they just moved).

As for our crafting abilities, we're pretty diverse, my dad has his workshop with all the tools you would ever need for anything pretty much, so most anything wood/metal or otherwise garage/workshop related is doable, candle making, beading, decoupage and other paper crafts, iron on transfers, basic crochet, we're just starting working with polymer clay, glass etching, airbrushing, fabric painting and stenciling, ...and whatever else I can get my hands on, LOL.

Any ideas/help is greatly appreciated! Grin Thanks in advance!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Couple questions before I can finnish my first project... on: September 04, 2007 03:39:21 PM
OK, so I half finnished my first project last weekend. I started out planning to cover an altoids tin with a betta image, but I didn't use quite enough clay and huby rolled it too thin, so I folded it and ran it through the pasta machiene, which added to the technique I used at first, but then kinda just blurred the colors together and my mom said she really liked the way it turned out, so I used it on a smaller tin for her to use as a pill case. It came out pretty good, but I'm waiting to get my order of sandpaper before I finnish it and get pics....

Problem being mom has decided that she would really like her initials on it, and after thinking about it, we think it would look best and be easiest to do with Pearl Ex powders for the letters. So, would it be ok to finnish sanding it, then just use my embossing pen to write the initials on and add pearlex then lightly heat the initials? Or would I have to bake the whole tin again to set the powders and sand after?(without sanding off the initials?) Or is there an easier way?
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / couple quick questions.... on: August 21, 2007 08:00:01 PM
So... I know you can use more than one type of clay on the same project, but can you actaully mix, lets say... Fimo soft and Sculpey III (or other combination of brands) together to make new colors or skinner blends? Would there be a problem mixing clays with different characteristics? (such as Sculpey III and Premo)

Also, I saw a tute on how to make faux dichoric glass out of p.c. (that I cannot find now and it's driving me mad) that involved adding layers and layers of acrylic medium, and it looked amazing, we're going to be getting a new set of acrylics soon, so I was going to grab some meduim too, but there are so many choices and I'm not sure what will work best with p.c. , anyone have any insight on which type(s) would be best?
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Making shapes smaller? on: August 16, 2007 11:09:04 AM
OK, so some of the cookie cutters we ordered arrived today, and I guess we should have read the listing a little better. I thought they were maybe 3/4" or so, they're about 3-4"! LOL

Anyone have any ideas on how I could make the clay keep it's shape, but shrink down? LOL I know it's a far fetched idea, but I really wanted to use some on an altoids tin and none of them fit on the tin. I can still use them on other projects, but I was just curious if there is a way to make the same design, but smaller.

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