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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Choosing a Dremel - what do you have? on: November 28, 2007 09:33:14 AM
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Looking for anatomical heart pattern on: September 18, 2007 05:52:25 PM
It's actually not for cross stitch/embroidery.  It's for a painting but the needleworked anatomical hearts are the kind that I'm looking for.

Has anyone seen a pattern?  I've looked through here and google images and I can't find anything.

Thanks a bunch!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / For pendant necklaces - what's your favorite cord to string them on? on: August 30, 2007 07:46:10 PM
glass pendants, wood pendants.  what's your favorite thing to string them on?

i'm looking at one of the sections on firemountaingems, http://www.firemountaingems.com/thread_cord.asp and they have a lot.

i've done ribbon, stretchy rubber cord, a sort of string/hemp cord.

also, finishing them off - how do you make them look nice and professional? i've used the ending crimps that you fold over both side to close over the end of the cord, but it really doesn't look nice.

they look like these:

I have a hard time holding those and trying to keep the cord in place all the while trying to close them.  Is there some trick for that?

All tips and advice much appreciated!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / What brand of acrylic paint do you use? on: August 30, 2007 07:00:29 PM
Most of mine are either Anita's or Apple Barrel. I get them from Hobby Lobby and sometimes Wal-mart.

I'm curious to know what brands other painters/crafty people use.  And what do you consider to be the best brand out there?

I paint on wood and canvas, mostly.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / The best soldering iron/kit out there? on: August 15, 2007 07:46:12 AM
I'm not sure if this is in the right section of the board, so please move it if you need to! Smiley

I'm wanting to get into soldering so I've been looking around at the irons and kits, but I don't know which ones are worth it and which are just a bust.

Ideally, I'd prefer one that is cordless because all of the cords i've seen for them are too short to fit from my art table to the wall socket.  I do, however, want to look into any and all that fellows Craftsters have used and liked.

Any help is much appreciated! Thanks Cheesy

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / River Stones - placemats, bowls, platters on: August 11, 2007 07:45:42 AM



The bowl was the first one I ever saw and I fell in love with it.  Has anyone ever made anything like these?  Do you guys know of any sites that have tutorials for  things like these?

thanks! Cheesy
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Star Wars Coasters on: July 26, 2007 11:04:16 AM
I got some of those thin cork coaster backings a long while ago. I kept thinking I was going to stick them on the bottom of this one set of coasters that I wanted to do.

I got this idea to just do something crafty to the cork itself.  I printed out some star wars pictures and just used the regular print paper as the stencil itself; which I knew would be a problem and was a little bit.

Anyway, I made these for the boyfriend; he's a huge SW fan.

Let me know what you think!  I going to do more but using thicker paper next time so the stencils have cleaner edges but I think they turned out okay.

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stencil help, please: making bridges for stencils. on: July 24, 2007 12:38:20 PM
I'm wanting to make some shirts for friends and I've never done stenciling before.

I have freezer paper and I'm thinking of doing bleach stencils as well as paint.

I'm confused about bridges.  I want to do this Tiger Army logo for one friend.
Does anyone know how I'd do bridges for that one?  Or do I need to try to simplify that design?

I found this really good tutorial http://www.melissaclifton.com/tutorial-stencila.html but I'm still not quite sure about bridges.  I'm still trying to figure out what sections to cut depending the color of the shirts, etc.

Thanks in advance!! Smiley
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Speedball brand fabric paint on: July 20, 2007 04:47:32 AM
Does anyone know where I can get this stuff?

I was in Hobby Lobby yesterday and I picked up some fabric paint. Tulip, matte, dimensional fabric paint.  I thought I could put pour some out and paint onto the shirts with a fabric paint brush.

I got home and was reading through this page http://community.livejournal.com/diy_tutorials/60999.html in the 'paint options' section that the kind of paint I got really isn't all that good and that the speedball is the way to go.

Well, Hobby Lobby didn't have that when I looked and they are the only art store here.  Any idea who would carry it??

Thanks!  Cheesy
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Beginner sewing machine on: July 15, 2007 04:33:55 AM
Hi, everyone! Smiley

I've never -ever- used a sewing machine and I don't even know how to sew.  I've been wanting to learn for a while and I have a long list of craft stuff I'd like to do but they require having a SM.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good beginner SM and one that is, preferably, on the inexpensive side??

I've browsed ebay before but I'm left feeling very  Huh

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