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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: my underwear purse on: June 28, 2004 03:52:38 PM
Haha! Very cute!
If you're still wondering, those bags are made by Parcel, and you can buy them here
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Unique gift envelopes! on: June 28, 2004 03:40:06 PM
I've been an a lil' envelope kick recently, being disssatisfied with the simple office white or manilla variety.
Here are two I've done; they're ideal for small, flat presents and cards!

Wide, bubbles motif! The blue circles are cut out form a photograph of blue camoflage material in blacklight. Smiley The silver front is sewn onto a matte black back.

This one has graph-paper and grommet flowers, and sushi grass! I love using sushi grass; it sews onto fabric really well too!

Machine sewing evenly around those curves was really a challenge! Anyone got any tips? (Besides going slowly! I tried as hard as I could, but my pedal isn't very sensitive.)

Hope you guys like 'em! Smiley
3  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Re: cheap tech junk at MIT on: May 09, 2004 03:19:18 PM
I got some awesome stuff at the one I went to in May. I'm most excited about this backpack/case I got that was made to house a nightvision goggles kit. It rules!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re:Modern giftbox and all-occasion card on: May 04, 2004 04:37:01 AM
Do u find yourself using a lot of circles? I tend to be circular in some of the things I do instead of angular...

Hmm..I never really thought about it. Really, my designs tend to be angular. I think these two just ended up the way they are due to the available materials I had. I love to horde supplies so when I make something I just set it all out in front of me and pick stuff out until something works.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:ReadyMade call for submissions on: May 03, 2004 11:36:04 AM
Should the item being submitted be copyrighted first?

Well, since it's in a DIY magazine, it's basically there for other people to make/copy.  I think the understanding is that you're sharing an idea/process with other people, and therefore don't hold any copyright over it.  
Off the top of my head, I can't really picture any craft-DIY type project that could be copyrighted, really.  As unique as the meat-cart bed and the lite-brite table are, they're definitely not so unique that they'd qualify for a copyright.
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:Drilling metal and glass on: May 03, 2004 11:28:56 AM
When drilling into metal, always be sure to clamp it down first! Nothing is scarier than a piece of sharp metal spinning out of control!
You can't just drill through metal in one shot using hand tools, especially if your metal is thick (anything over 18ga, really.) You meed to start out with pilot holes (small ones) and gradually move up in size until you get to the diameter you need.  It would be best to buy a small set of drill bits to do this. Also, see if you can find any drill lubricant. The stuff I have is a small cylinder (1.5"tall approx) of a yellow fatty-like solid. It make drilling MUCH much easier. Just run the drill into it to get it in the channels.

Good luck!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re:grommits? on: May 03, 2004 11:19:15 AM
I got a grommet plier set from Jo-Ann Fabrics. The one I have doesn't cut large holes, but that's easily done by cutting a small X in the fabric with scissors. You then put one part of the grommet on either side of the pliers and squeeze down! It squishes the grommet into place. The grommet pliers can add a grommet up to 3/8".
If you're looking for something larger than that, I believe you need to get a rubber mallet-like tool. Search for 'grommet setters' on Google and you'll surely find a set!

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Modern giftbox and all-occasion card on: May 02, 2004 12:41:06 PM
Hey, everyone! This is my first post to this forum! I'm a student at MassArt in Boston. I enjoy making crafty things to rest my brain from all the high-concept assignments I have every week.
Anyway, onto the pieces!

This is a simple gift box I decorated with an Eames design rubber stamp, ribbon, and paper. The paper circle is from Paper-Source, one of my favorite stores!!

This is a birthday (but all-occasion, really) card I made.  The base is chipboard covered in silver paper using a tab-fold-over method. One side of paper was bigger than the shape and had tabs cut in it that I folded and glued down to the reverse side, then a sheet that was the same size/shape as the board was glued over that to hide the tabs and cover the rest of the back. I affixed washers and beads using Gel Medium. Finally, I tied miscellaneous tubing through the hole for extra splash!

Obviously, these are both pre-personalization. Birthday greetings were written on the blue circle, and a birthday letter was written on the front and back of the card.
Hope you guys like them!
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