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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / "Sandy Camp" inspiration on: October 25, 2006 03:12:50 PM
I have nothing to do with Sandy Camp (retreat held by the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild), but saw this link on a poly clay group I belong to and thought folks here would like to see the pics - lots of pictures of people you don't know, but interspersed are a lot of beautiful and interesting things.  Start with page one and go from there... many of the pics are in the later albums.

2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 3 (Sign ups Closed: Sendout 19 November. on: October 21, 2006 05:25:53 AM
Forgive my swapping ignorance, but what happens now?  I know qazicat has to assign swapmates, but then... we PM each other?  Qazicat sends us the themes?   
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 3 (Sign ups Closed: Sendout 19 November. on: October 20, 2006 06:47:02 AM
O! MY! GODDESS!!  My very firstest swap ever! 

Can you tell I'm excited?
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: ACORNS? on: October 18, 2006 01:17:12 PM
Just a tip - put them in the freezer for a day or so first, otherwise there are things that will bore their way out of the acorn and show up at some some inopportune time... not to mention putting an unwanted hole in the acorn.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cool Fabric on: October 18, 2006 10:13:55 AM
Hope you don't mind me piggybacking on this - more cool fabric here:


Organic cotton printed with non-polluting inks/dyes!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: bone? on: October 11, 2006 08:10:29 AM
oh, yeah, there's lots of ways you can do bone. 

The easy way is to use an ivory-colored clay, maybe white mixed with a little beige and a little yellow, maybe even a little translucent (I find it tends to make faux natural materials look more realistic) and then "antique" the cured piece by painting on brown acrylic paint and wiping it off before it dries, leaving "dirt" in the crevices/carvings (like this http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_AsianBeadBracelet.htm.) 

The more complicated way is to make one of the many faux ivory/bone recipes you can find on the internet or one of the zillions of PC-related books (the recipes in Victoria Hughes "Polymer: the Chameleon Clay" and in Sue Heaser's "techniques" book, the actual name of which currently escapes me, are the ones I think are best). 

ETA: AHA!  Here's a good link to the way I do ivory/bone:
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: rooting hair on a raw clay head: HELP on: October 10, 2006 06:41:57 AM
That kind of re-rooting tool/technique is great for doing vinyl dolls, like Barbies, but I can see where it wouldn't really work with clay. 
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: shrine-a-long on: October 10, 2006 05:41:07 AM
Wow, what a haul!  I do love the last piece - lovely penmanship, but couldn't spell!  I also really like the bill for John Ryan's burial - livery stables & undertaking, what a combination!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: shrine-a-long on: October 09, 2006 08:48:13 AM
I'd be tempted to scan everything so I wouldn't lose any of them even if I used the original in a piece of art.

I've heard that leaving all the smelly musty stuff in a box with several charcoal briquettes (not the instant-light ones - can you even get the regular kind any more?), in an open tray so the black schmutz doesn't get all over the paper, really helps reduce the smell.

I'm jealous of your find.  I bought a cigar box full of WWII-era ephemera a couple of weeks ago - several letters home from a soldier that had been processed by the war censors, books of ration stamps, etc.  Pretty cool.  I'm fascinated with people's everyday paper.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Omni-Gel? on: October 09, 2006 08:28:42 AM
I haven't really used it much even tho' I bought the kit that Opie & Linda O'Brien sell (www.burntofferings.com) when I took a class with them several years ago.  I got all excited at the time and then realized when I got home that it didn't really fit with the work I was doing then, so it sort of sat around collecting dust - since I'm doing more altered art stuff these days I've used it a couple of times.  I agree that it works well, albeit a little time-consuming (I suffer from IGD - instant gratification disease.)
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