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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Phrenology Helmet on: August 13, 2013 04:08:10 AM
I hit 'this rocks' almost immediately! This is frikkin awesome!!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Gold leaf cake on: April 25, 2013 10:44:39 AM
That is so pretty!!!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Second Paper Cut Project Ever. AKU and Bloo and Cheese Brother Ladies! on: March 01, 2012 03:53:12 AM
So I was playing around with my little cutting blade and my new, shiny technical Copic pens. I love my pens all over again.

Made a custom end sheet for a journal
for my best friend (or myself! Depends on whether I can let it go!).

Drew Aku and the 'Brother Ladies' freehand from VLC snapshots. I tell you, that VLC snapshot of the brother ladies was a pain in the butt, I kept squinting. Who'd have thunk that drawing cheese would be so hard? They were finally inked in with India ink pigment Copic pens and then colored in using faber castell's artists' pen brushes. I love those pen brushes, they are beautiful. Aku was colored in using a pentel paintbrush pen which is amazing and I love it.

Yes I bought a lot of stationery!

Let me know what you think  Grin

Boring original end sheet of the little journal I bought. *Yawn* If you look closely, mighty Aku approaches.

The mighty Aku is not amused. Whatever could be the reason?

Aha! Now we know. Awww, brother ladies! Muah!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Soap Curdling and not setting on: January 16, 2012 10:12:52 PM
Hey MareMare,

You always come to the rescue. Even when I had issues with E.O's and how much I should actually use. Thanks so much.

It's the same recipe I've been using for ages. I've even reduced the beeswax significantly but this is beeswax from a beekeeper as opposed to buying from a supply store. it is beautiful, sticky, golden and lovely. Buh.

I'm going to make one small batch again, and pour oils into the lye this time and see if that makes a difference but I don't think it will.. maybe a higher temperature will be the key.

Otherwise, I guess I could just add activated charcoal, the EOs and make it a scrubby charcoal bar.

I think soap and I have broken up Sad
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Soap Curdling and not setting on: January 16, 2012 01:26:12 AM
Hi there,

Been making soap for about 4 years now. I'm wondering if any of you guys have come across this problem. When I pour lye into the oils, and I start mixing with my blending as I'm pouring, it is still curdling and setting too fast.

There are a couple of things I'm doing different. One is pouring the lye into the fat and not vice versa. The other one is using really expensive, good beeswax at a 5% ratio.

This is baby soap so I haven't added any thing extra, no essential oils, no additives at all.

I usually wait until both lye and oil are baby bottle warm or BBW, a term I saw here first Cheesy

now I have about 15 pounds of grainy unusable soap? I have no idea what to do and I never want to make soap again. I mean I will.. but I'm so depressed about it.

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Deodorant Stones - Rounding them out on: September 13, 2011 06:29:04 AM
So I found an answer to my own question.. Grin

Apparently you can use what is called a Model Wet Trimmer. I used these guys in dental school and they're not too cheap but I think a good investment for trimming all things stoney.

There you are! If you've any questions, let em roll.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Deodorant Stones - Rounding them out on: September 08, 2011 06:05:04 AM
So I'm in India and Alum (popularly known as Phitkari here) is easily and cheaply available here. The only issue is, they're really ugly and irregularly shaped. I was wondering if anyone would know how to sort of round them out or grow them in an acceptably smoother form?

The reason I ask is because I want to popularize these as a cheap and extremely effective deodorant (been using for the last two years and it works beautifully for me, I've had huge BO issues). I cannot obviously give away ugly sharp stones as gifts or use them in handcrafted spa baskets.

I've tried growing them by immersing a single crystal in an extremely saturated solution but they've resulted in really sharp crystalline forms and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to grow them into an acceptable shape.

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / IT CROWD - Moss with my kitty! on: January 10, 2011 11:51:00 PM
It has been ages since I last posted a finished crochet amigurumi. I just started watching the IT crowd and I love, LOVE, Moss. Next on the agenda is the german cannibal in season 1.

Let me know what you guys think!

9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Tried to do the right thing, but something feels wrong. Please advise/HELP on: December 08, 2010 09:22:03 PM
Thanks for the link. I'll definitely take a look at it. Smiley
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Tried to do the right thing, but something feels wrong. Please advise/HELP on: December 06, 2010 01:30:07 AM
So I joined up with a couple of other guys and we are trying to spread to the mostly unaware/uncaring Indian public that reduce/reuse/recycle/refuse can make a huge difference. One of those things was repurposing old soda bottles.

Now, I've found pictures of lovely lamps made out of soda bottles that have been converted into strips and I would love to replicate those. I shoot an email to the U.K. artist who made these lamps, asking her permission to try and replicate these lamps because

1. They are terribly easy to make.
2. They are incredibly lovely.
3. They leave very little unusable bits of plastic.

Now she has refused to give permission to let me replicate these (for sale to the public I might add) even though, in my eyes, we pose no competition to her, being way out here in India and we would link back to her and give her full credit for idea and design. Just to clarify, I haven't asked for her designs, nor her methodology regarding the making of these. I'm not asking her for anything except the opportunity to replicate these the way I think they can be made.

This seems a bit... off. Recycling is a wonderful thing and the more people get enthused and adopt it, the better. I really want to make these (if not to sell, atleast show people how these can be made so that they reuse the soda bottles, not throw them away) and I feel that this woman is being a bit... exclusive to say the least.

Am I in the wrong here? Please give me some advice, I really do want to do the right thing.

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