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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: wee tatau tee recon on: April 19, 2007 03:39:44 AM
I would wear it every day!!!  I want an adult size!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Anchors Aweigh! Senior Collection *pic heavy* on: April 18, 2007 01:52:21 PM
I can't believe I missed the fashion show again!  Every year I think I'm going to go...and every year I miss it.  You did a great job!!  Even better that you brought some style to Lafayette Smiley
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: PMC Brooch on: April 15, 2007 06:00:45 PM
Your brooch looks great!

I'm glad you tried out the mold carving technique and that it worked for you!  Thanks for linking to my tutorial!  Smiley
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Personal challenge Gallery on: March 19, 2007 01:12:17 PM
The top row are done with Alcohol Inks on watercolor paper, Tim Holtz Blender and tool. I used purple and yellow but it didn't come out that way.  Any tips?

I think the alcohol ink technique looks like it could be very pretty-I think the problem was the colors you used.  One problem with using purple and yellow together is that they are complementary colors.  When you mix complementary colors together it makes a neutral color.  You might have better luck if you tried this technique with two other colors, like red and yellow or blue and yellow.  (combinations to stay away from would be red/green, blue/orange, yellow/purple.)

Hope that helps!
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: March 15, 2007 03:16:52 AM
...as well as a firing fork....non-asbestos hot pad

Thanks so much for the link and the advice!  I have two more questions for you now though, Does the fork's handle become so hot that are gloves necessary?  And is the hot pad soft enough to be cut to size?  Thanks again!

No problem! 

The firing fork should have a wooden handle and metal guard on the end and does not get hot.  You might want to make sure that the fork part has a small enough opening to still fit in your kiln!  One reason you might want gloves is if your kiln door gets very hot...sometimes you need a glove to get the door open, depending on how it is insulated.  Just to be certain, your kiln opens to the front, like a microwave or oven, right?

Second, the hot pad is soft, and I believe it could be cut down.  I have never tried it, but I don't see why not.

Third, I would pick up some vermiculite from a garden center.  You can make a small pile of it on top of the hot pad and fire it in the kiln.  I use it to help support curved or round pieces.  The vermiculite changes color after the first firing, but you can use it again and again...

Sorry I'm so wordy!  Let me know if you need clarification.  Also, I wouldn't hesitate to call Thompson to ask questions about the firing materials.  I've called before and talked to them at conferences, and they've always been very helpful.

Good luck!
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: March 14, 2007 01:22:26 PM
Hi!  I recently purchaced a small kiln specifically to fire pmc (and eventually glass beads when i have more money for a tourch and what not). 

So being the type of person that acts then thinks, i did not do the propper research.  My question is, do i need a kiln shelf when firing?
Is there anything else that can be used instead?  I am having trouble finding a kiln shelf small enough for the kiln (6x6x4.5''), i may have to order one from the company. 

Also is there any tools that are necessary?  So far I am planning on getting a file for before and after and possibley something to polish it.

Well, one nice thing about PMC is that you can put it in when the kiln is hot and remove it before the kiln cools down.  If you plan on doing that, you should get the kiln shelf and little ceramic legs for it to stand on...as well as a firing fork.

I'm not sure how much that kiln shelf would cost you, but a cheaper option might be to buy a stainless steel firing rack and put a non-asbestos hot pad on it.  You can fire your PMC directly on top of the hot pad, I do it all the time.  When you get the firing rack, you use pliers to bend each corner to a right angle--that gives it little feet to stand on.

Anyway, Thompson Enamel is a really nice supplier if you are looking for one.  The stuff I mentioned is on this page: http://thompsonenamel.com/products/tools/firing.htm

Hope that helps!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plexiglass Human Heart Pendant on: February 28, 2007 06:31:26 PM
Very nice! 

Do you cut the plexi with a jewelers saw?
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: February 21, 2007 03:08:50 PM
Congrats Lusterbunny!

I started listing some of my new, simpler items... thanks for all the positive reinforcement guys!  Wink

Anyone know of a free/inexpensive photo editing tool?
I am looking for something to help me create banners and such
I was suggested gimp but i could not even understand the download instructions, so i guess i should also specify need it also to be user-friendly (even maybe software for dummies  Roll Eyes)

I haven't tried it, but maybe Google's Picassa would work?

29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: February 19, 2007 07:58:46 PM

lol theres my problem, i dont want to overcharge for my hourly wage. so right now im doing about 3 bucks an hour.

$3 an hour?!  That's half of minimum wage!  You're a skilled artisan, and I would say you should give yourself at least minimum wage!
30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: February 19, 2007 07:44:27 PM
I just sent a PM to rrb21, but I realized this might be helpful to other people who are anxious over pricing.  This is an easy system to use to get you started with pricing your work.  Once you do it a few times, you probably will have a basic idea about what to charge for your work...

Here is what I sent:

Here's what I think you should do:
1.  Create an hourly wage for yourself, say $10, whatever you think is fair.
2.  Time yourself when you make something you're going to sell in your shop.
3.  Multiply 1 and 2 together.  $10 x 1.5 hours = $15 for your time.
4.  Add whatever your materials cost...say you spend $5 on felt and thread...
5.  Add it all up: $15 + $5 = $20 and a fair price for your work!

Another thing you might want to consider is adding in something for the percentage you will have to give to etsy/paypal...

I hope it doesn't sound too simple...it is something I use when I am having a hard time pricing my own work.  And it keeps you from selling yourself short!

Hope that helps!
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