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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Polymer Clay and Baking Soda / Other Mixers--a Texture Question on: September 09, 2008 12:02:44 AM
I just read a website talking about mixing liquidy polymer clay (thinned with thinner...not liquid clay...I think) with baking powder (or possibly baking soda...I'm kinda sleepy) and making cakes out of it for that cakey texture.

Has anyone tried this and / or other mixers for texture, or do all you cake masters out there really just hand sculpt all that baked good texture?

12  California / California: South / Orange County Sale Thread? on: September 08, 2008 12:13:25 PM
So, I have been really into finding all the crazy sales as of late--thrift stores, and craft stores, or just anything that benifits my creative side. 

I was wondering if people were on here enough to

A) Benifit from me posting sales when I see them
B) Be willing to do the same

Also, I have this idea floating around my head about this collective effort of us to collect the goods we often use when spotted in a thrift store for a super deal...but I don't know how that would work exactly. For example. I bind books, so whenever I can get like an old leather jacket for like 3 dollars or less I grab it.

Maybe I will bring this up to the craft group that were trying to start. If interested see the other thread (that I'm too lazy to link right now).

Let me know what you think.
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Trashy goodwill skirt + office junk = on: September 06, 2008 01:55:28 PM

Here's the back

I know I used some kind of tutorial I found on here ages ago about stitch binding books, maybe I will go and try to find it an link it once I post.

I found a skirt at goodwill for 5 dollars with this material. It's a plasticky kind of pleather with the studs in it. It was actually a guess skirt, which surprised me because I always thought they were like trying to be kind of, I don't know, classier than that. When I brought it to the counter the lady said "good find" and I wondered if she noticed the fact that this was a size 4 skirt and Im..well...not so much. When I told her it was going to be a book she kind of sneered. Sorry lady.

The cardboard I used for the cover just came from some office boxes. I work in a dental lab and they use this stuff to make the base of the crowns, and it's fragile so it comes in all kinds of packaging...including nice already cut out square pieces of cardboard. Drool

The paper isn't just printer paper, but it isn't quite card stock. I want to say it's more like resume paper...but it was legal size and a long time ago I took it to office max or something and had them cut it down in different sizes. For this size I had them cut like 3 off long ways and folded rest in half "hamburger" style.

This could go in stitch and botch as well...while hot gluing the pleather down I managed to give myself one hell of a blister  Shocked

Hope you like!
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / um...sperm earings... on: September 06, 2008 01:33:31 PM
I don't know what compelled me to make these...they just kind of happened. And then they were so funny I had to share.

Sorry I think the pictures are a little blurry...my camera isn't being nice lately.

Also, sorry if this should have gone in the jewlery catagory...

15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / also...Why Does Fabric Come In Tubes Sometimes? on: August 02, 2008 05:25:56 PM
I was given a large donation of fabric. I have this one and it in a big giant "tube" like it was created that way (not sewn together on one side) I have seen this before but always wondered why.

Does anyone know

Sorry if I'm confusing
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do you get rid of saggy crotch? on: August 02, 2008 05:08:59 PM
I just picked up these awesome brown wool pants from a thrift store for like 2 bucks. Problem is, I'm short and they are long. Hemming the bottom is no problem for me...but the idea of fixing saggy crotch intimidates me just a little bit. I tried this once on another pair of thrift store pants and it didn't turn out the greatest.

Any pointers or directions to some kind of tutorial are much appreciated.
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / First attempt at cane work on: February 23, 2008 01:24:54 PM
Ok, so thats a lie, I think its really my second attempt, bu this is my first attempt at something a little complex. I did it just fooling around, but later learned its called a "lace" or "lacework" cane...and I made beads with it.

Heres a close up, some of the beads cracked with I tried to make the hole through them. It's because I had to put them down one night, and I just lightly covered them...a few days later they were all brittle again and making the hole  was really difficult. Most of them are good, I think I just happened to take a picture of the few I ended up throwing out
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bear and Cat ear hats on: January 26, 2008 12:56:58 PM
I made these for my sisters for Christmas...there 12 and 10, but there kind of goofy like all of us and dig things like this. Also, I just sent them out yesterday, because I rock at making deadlines.

Modeled by my very sexy fan

And the not so sexy me

It was supposed to be a teddy bear, but some times to me it looks more like a mouse...which would have been more fun for them considering...

They could have played cat and mouse...even though I'm pretty sure they are probably at that age where they think there too cool to play cat and mouse.

The quality on this one turned out kinda wonky, because in making it I used a different size yarn and it took me forever to make it small enough to even fit me, let alone some one smaller than me. Who am I kidding, my 12 year old sister is already taller than me...no joke...

If I ever make this hat again I will make the ears wider at the base and not as tall probably.

19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Wormie on: January 26, 2008 12:47:56 PM
A throw back to my days of being an ever faithful grouch-cateer...kinda

I know he's not exactly the same, but he used up my left over mixed up colors...and well we love him anyway
20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Turtles Taking Quarter Rides on: January 26, 2008 12:45:07 PM
I had an urge the other day, so this happened...


With his new best friend Herman 2. It was supposed to be his girlfriend...but I forgot the bow  Tongue

And their cute little turtle butts.

They were originally scheduled to be snails as I mixed the colors...but then they were obviously turtles as I started to put them together. Hope you like them!

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