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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my first ever top! made out of...i dunno what. something woolly. on: October 01, 2006 01:54:36 AM
hey all.
my first top from scratch! i'm so excited, and to celebrate, i will bombard you with information you don't care about, and photos!!  Grin

i set the camera up on a timer to take these photos, which has the effect of you waiting and waiting, then saying "why the hell isn't it working" and going to move for the camera....and the flash goes off in your face.
this below photo is me just about purse my lips and swear inwardly and grab the camera. it snapped me JUST as this idea was crossing my mind...

anyways, the top is made out of....i dunno. some sort of acrylic wool type thing i found at spotlight and nabbed before i had a use for it.
i don't even know what that type of fabric is called...it comes all pre knitted, but doesn't unravel as you cut. the wonders of the modern world.
not knowing how to sew properly, i just cut shapes as i saw fit. which is why one shoulder seam is on my shoulder, and the other is down my arm...

red eye removal makes me look creepy...

the major problem with the top is that i DID figure out which way the fabric stretched...and then for some stupid reason, sewed it all wrong. so i added the band at the bottom stretching the right way, to stop the whole bloody thing from rolling up around my neck like a bloody scarf.

anyway, that is all! i'm uber happy. it's dodgy, but hey, i made my first top!! yay!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / huzzah, it worked! little treasure tins! on: August 27, 2006 05:35:00 AM
well, i've had a hell of a time getting these done, but i've finally made it work!

these are little treasure tins, for putting pretty much anything in. i'm giving one as a gift to a friend for a birthday this week with tea in it.  Smiley

anyway, just in case anybody cares to know, this is how i went about it:
1. i printed off a picture (i used one of my own artworks, but you could use whatever you want...but don't steal somebody else's work! no, no! copyright abuse is bad! mmm-hmm!) using my epson, and normal photo paper.

2. i cut the picture into a circle matching the inner circle of the tin lid.

3. i sealed the picture. over and over. the spray, and decoupage sealer.

4. i oh so carefully glue the picture to the lid, making sure no glue seeps out the side, but that everywhere is carefully stuck.

3. i mixed up some epoxy resin, poured it all over the lid, filling it up to the top of the lip. i used a straw  to blow on the bubbles, and left it to dry for 48 hours in a dust free environment.

the end! i'm really happy with the results, and am selling this design and 2 others on my webpage now: http://www.toeknuckles.com

and that's all from me!  Grin
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / i'm ready to go crazy...any advice on sealant? on: August 23, 2006 04:00:21 AM
hi there.

i've been working on making tins like this:

and now i need something to seal the top of the tins.
as you can see, there's a lip on the lid of the tin, and ideally i'd like to fill it up to there with a hard, glass like finish.
(doesn't even have to be glossy, though. could be matte or satin)

and i really need advice- what can i use??? my experiments are leaving me batty.

first of all i tried "plaid outdoor matte sealer", but this goes on pretty thin and doesn't seem to really feel "hard" when dried (dried for over a week). i'd like a thick, hardy layer. this doesn't seem to do that.

next, i got this two-part thing called "liquid gloss" by "craft smart". i went out of my way to get it from a hardware store, came home, used it, and noticed everything went a funny colour.
i used the customer help service, only to find out that the reasonf or this was that i had been sold out an out of date (and therefore discoloured) product.
now i have to make my way BACK to that place, and i don't have a car, so that's not going to be super easy for me.
i'm reluctant to get more of this item from there (and i don't think i can get it anywhere else nearby) as i don't want more of the same problem.

so, any ideas of what i can use? i'm from australia, so we don't have a lot of the chain stores you USA guys have. online ordering would be fine...so long as i can get stuff shipped to me here.

anybody have any ideas for me? i'm about ready to go crazy.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / mini eggs and bones on: August 12, 2006 07:22:57 AM
another question from me - i'm full of them today!!

is anybody aware of a place i could get mini fake eggs and/or bones from? don't really mind what they're made out of. i've had a bit of a google about but have found anything right...

any ideas?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / oh no - shrinky dinks again!! on: August 11, 2006 08:30:28 PM
hi all. hopefully this is in the right place - my first ever post, you see, so still getting the hang of  crasftster.  Smiley

i've searched through all the shrinky-dink posts i ccould find, but i haven't been able to really figure out my problem.
i know you can make your own shrinky-dinks from number 6 plastic, and since, after dig through a pile of old rubbish, i couldn't find anything with 6 on it, i googled it.
and now i'm confused. i've got things telling me that the plasticy-foam trays when you buy meat are #6, and you can use them. and then i found a tutorial where they used a clear lid, so obviously that plastic is very different.

is anybody able to maybe direct me to something that explains really clearly (with photos even - photos would help a lot!!) what #6 plastic is and just where i can find it.

i'm really terribly confused.  Huh
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