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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Tips for A4 size images on: January 15, 2008 10:44:30 AM
I'm getting nervous about something I'm going to make - the type of paper I use (just the stationary shop's own brand since I can't find any other types near me) has been fine and gives good results when I do small transfers, by that I mean smaller than the face of the iron, but in the past with other projects I've messed up larger A4 size images. Once I tried 3 seperate times to do an A4 size image and I did it exactly to instructions (such as moving the iron about and pressing equally firmly on all parts of the image) but you could still see loads of lines in the curved shape of the iron, it looked awful! So any tips on how to avoid dodgy iron shapes?
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Northern Ireland fridge magnet on: September 29, 2007 10:05:48 AM
I have a friend from Belfast who's leaving to start uni in England, so I thought I'd make her a little student survival kit and this is one of the items I'm gonna send her to remind her of home!

 I was thinking I'd maybe make the whole of Ireland or the shape of Belfast but after I printed off some images they look waaaay too hard so I settled on just doing the outline of Northern Ireland. I put down some tin foil on a baking tray and squished it onto it, then tweaked the edges until I got that shape. I messed up many times and the end result isn't perfect but I think you can recognise it once you know what its meant to be! It came out of the oven a bit bumpy but I like that, it kinda mimics the real land. It's really thin so it's a bit delicate but that means its a good weight to stick well to a fridge. I nicked the magnets off an old fridge magnet and stuck them on with superglue.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Quick, cheap and personal gift! on: March 05, 2007 09:24:42 AM
I made this for mothers day (and today I find out its not even next weekend but the weekend after, well here in the UK anyway, so it turns out I've got ages to post it after all) because my mum loves decoupaged things and as a student living away from home I had to think of something affordable and postable! I think the 'loved ones at home' thing is especially personal since I'm not going to be home for mothers day.

I got a cheap wooden frame, it was nice and smooth so I had to score it with scissors so the glue would stick better. I printed off the pictures, glued them with mod podge then did 2 layers of glossy mod podge over the top. Luckily it didn't make the pictures run, it just made the bright colours brighter and the darker colours darker which I kinda like. Its more shiney in the flesh and you can't see the brush marks as much as in the photo, I'm sure my mum will like it better than if I'd spent 20 on a present in the shop which loads of other mums would be getting as well.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Question about Mod Podge on: March 02, 2007 08:05:01 AM
I'm going to decoupage a photo frame for mothers day and since time is running out will probably just print off some images to use, so my question is would sticking the pictures on and then sealing it with Mod Podge make the printer ink run?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sheep Windchime on: August 07, 2006 06:47:48 AM
I made this ages ago, just got some chimes and sewed them onto the bottom of a sheep toy cos I was sick of windchimes always having dolphins or butterflies on them so this is something a little different.

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Movie Star Ballroom Mask. on: August 01, 2006 06:45:14 AM
A few years ago me and my friends had a 'posh' themed party where we all made masks to wear. I wanted mine to be a bit different so I cut out the card in this shape and stuck loads of pix of old stars on like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth and Lauren Bacall. My printer at the time was playing up and would only print them out in this bluey hue but I think that makes it look better. You can't really see in one picture but it's also covered in star sequins that are transparent but shine when the light is on them. The stick is an unsharpened pencil with purple glitter on it!

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felt Door Name Plate on: June 28, 2006 05:13:09 AM
This was my 1st (but rushed) attempt at a door name plate in felt. I made it for my friend's birthday and she loved it and its small enough for her to take with her when she starts university in Sept! The R looks a little wonky but never mind. The bottom line looks straighter in real life.

I used 2 purple rectangles, sewed the lettering and flower onto the first one and then put card inbetween the 2 rectangles so it lays flat on the door. Then I sewed the back rectangle so it looked neat and hides the stitches and card and that makes it look more 3D too. It was really easy to do so I might make some for my new housemates.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felt Jack Skellington on: May 16, 2006 03:24:05 PM
This was so easy to make, only took an A4 sheet of felt. I padded it a bit with cotton wool so it looks alot less flat in reality. I just copied a picture I got on Google of Jack Skellington because I love the Nightmare Before Christmas and I think it's come out really well in felt. Maybe I'll make a bigger version as a cushion.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sequined Photoframes on: April 14, 2006 11:54:10 AM
I made the 1st one for myself (incase you can't make it out those are little heart sequins) the the 2nd one for a friend's birthday with bits and bobs I found around the house and cheap wooden photoframes.

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