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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: something to keep the Summer breeze blowin on: July 08, 2008 10:58:14 AM
Those look just like a pair my roommate lost a few months ago!  What exactly are the white leafy things on the bottom made of?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wine Bottle lamp on: July 08, 2008 10:56:15 AM
Yeah...a good alternative to buying a dremel or a drill press (if you don't have one and don't have the money) is just using a normal power drill with a glass drill bit (mine isn't diamond, but the diamond ones probably work better for not too much more money).

They look a little like an arrow instead of the normal drill bits, and you have to go really slow so you don't crack the glass.  I enlisted the help of friend to pour water over the drill bit as I drilled so it didn't overheat, and I didn't have to stop as often.

I wonder if it would work to put in some semi-opaque paper in there like tissue paper or onion paper so the light was more diffused and not as bright.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Shelves for free in 45 minutes! on: January 26, 2007 11:03:07 PM
It looks like it didn't put many big holes into your wall...that's always a good feature for shelving so if you decide to move/redo it you don't have ugly holes to hide.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crafts Around the Apartment on: January 25, 2007 09:29:43 AM
I've been a member of Craftster for a long time, and over the past year or two I've completed a lot of projects for stuff around the house.  I thought I would finally share some of these projects to celebrate my new digital camera.

A three panel wall hanging I made from canvas boards and tied together with twine.  Each of the three panels is were painted with things you can find around the house.  The top panel was a bottle cap for the circles and a spoon to drip paint.  The middle panel was made with a fork to scratch the paint on.  The bottom panel was made with string dipped in paint and thrown onto the canvas board.

This is a two-parter.  The painting was done with some friends in honor of my art history class last Spring on contemporary American art (a la Jackson Pollock in this case).  The lamp was made out of a Frangelico bottle with a lamp kit and shade from Lowes.  I wanted to make this lamp for so long, and I finally finished it last semester.  I even have a Buddha head made out of Sculpey and painted that I'm going to put to cover the brass lamp part.

This is one of the many record clocks I have become quite adept at making.  I really like using bottle caps instead of numbers (though it can get quite hard to find twelve different caps from my collection).  These are super cheap and awesome presents since you can get the motor from a clock at the dollar store and cheap records are easy to find.

This is a decoupage box I made from cigarette boxes from when I was in Europe this summer (Germany, Netherlands and Czech Republic).

Another box I made from playing cards that were giving out at my university fall of my freshman year.  I go to USC (the real USC--South Carolina), and it was homecoming...the theme was Cocktoberfest since we are the Gamecocks.  There's a matching Cocktoberfest clock as well.

Another Pollock painting in Gamecock colors of garnet and black.

One of many record bowls.  I raided my parents' old record collection and made these for all of my friends, since I had quite a few requests after the first set I made.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Daddy's lamp on: January 25, 2007 09:29:37 AM
That's such a great way to show off family pictures.  I really like that idea!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Duct Taped Floor and CD Stand!! on: January 25, 2007 09:28:58 AM
That's so cool...I love the colors!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is the paint for the lamp shade? on: January 05, 2007 11:12:10 PM
I honestly have no experience with lamp shades, but the light brown sealer makes me think of some types of resin.  I've seen some that will turn light brown when exposed to oxygen as they cure.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Beyond Mod Podge? on: January 05, 2007 11:08:19 PM
I originally used Mod Podge for decoupage purposes as well, but I always found it annoyingly sticky and too susceptible to water and humidity.

I started using Artists Gel Medium.  It's basically acrylic paint without any color.  When dry it's completely non-sticky, but I really wouldn't say it's waterproof.  It comes in matte and glossy (I use Liquitex but Goldens is another popular brand--both are available at many craft stores).

Supposedly it is waterproof when dry, but I notice it will still do that thing where it gets white when water is put on it.  To combat this I just use polyurethane sealer spray like mentioned above.   You do a few thin coats or a bunch of coats for heavy duty waterproofing.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Decoupage paper on: August 16, 2006 09:17:57 PM
Yeah, my local Michael's carries Liquitex (they have a crappy Golden selection though) and its on the other side of the store from the Modge Podge in the paint section (like canvases and oil paints and stuff).

So I'm assuming the Aleene's stuff is tacky after it's dry also like Modge Podge?

Also, the artists medium gel says it is waterproof when it is dry, but from my experience it isn't since if you drop water on it it turns that cloudy white color and is slightly tacky like modge podge.  I still have to use acrylic spray sealer on it.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Decoupage paper on: August 15, 2006 09:31:41 PM
If you are trying to fix the modge podge brushstrokes trying buying wet sandpaper (I got a pack of five sheets at Lowes for $2.50) and soaking it in water.  Then form the wet sandpaper around your finger and use small circles to smooth out the modge podge layers.  It will turn that cloudy white while wet but should dry smoother and perfectly clear.

I use acrylic sealer I bought at Wal-mart (I think Plaid brand) and it has done a really good job of waterproofing my projects. 

As for the artists medium gel, I've used it before but I was wondering if they made it in finishes besides matte (I haven't seen it before) because for a lot of my projects I like a glossier finish.  I will say that using a glossy finish acrylic sealer after the matte medium gel does a good job but it leaves the finished project a little darker than if modge podge and sealer is just used.
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