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121  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tips on making tarot cards on: May 18, 2006 11:45:18 AM
As far as making your own deck, Michelle Jackson's info http://www.tarotpassages.com/create.htm is the best I've found (although unfortunately it looks like the link to the Arnell Ando info is dead, and it was really good info - if you Google her you can find her own site, etc. so maybe the info is posted elsewhere.)  http://www.skybluepink.com also sells Tarot card blanks.

HOWEVER:  The Tarot is made up of a very specific set of archetypal images and correspondences (don't even get me started on the 1001 variants of card-based oracles calling themselves "Tarot" - I have very very strong opinions on their value - or lack thereof) - I would suggest you start off with one of the traditional Tarot decks like the Rider Waite deck, learn what the symbolism is all about, and then maybe you'll want to branch off from there and work with another symbol set that is more useful/resonant for you. 
122  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer clay pins on: May 17, 2006 11:02:21 AM
These are pins I finished recently - still have a scad of the cane I used, so I suspect there will be a lot more versions of these in my future!
123  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Polymer Clay Board? on: May 17, 2006 10:43:18 AM
I'm excited to see a PC-related board here - I'm on several of the Yahoo groups but it seems (probably because there's no option for a FAQ there) that it's largely spent on the same questions over and over again.  Diane, nice to see you here!  Glass Attic is of course the first place I go for just about any PC related questions Smiley.
124  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Working with Gourds, have you done it? Tips? on: May 17, 2006 08:32:18 AM
i'm kinda late in posting, but i've searched google and didn't really get too much i can use.

Can you use storebought gourds? How do i dry them out? do i have to scoop out the inside or does it go away as the gourd dries?

Rubyflame, I'm late in coming to this discussion, but if you're still interested I have lots of info on working with gourds.  The "storebought" ones I think you're probably talking about are the ones you see in the grocery stores around the fall/Thanksgiving - you *can* dry these out, but success rate is iffy (they tend to collapse and rot if they're not fully mature, and most of the time the ones you buy in the grocery may not have been allowed to get fully mature before picking.)  They're called "ornamental gourds" and the shell is a lot thinner than with "hardshell gourds", which are the type most often used in crafting.  Hardshells are available at farmers' markets, from local farmers, on the internet (check out http://www.pumpkinhollow.com/catalog/catalog.htm or http://www.wuertzfarm.com), even on Ebay. 

Gourds of all types dry out on their own gradually, and you can usually get dry gourds from last year's crop starting in the spring (sometimes earlier if you're in a hot place like AZ or Cali.)  The insides can be scraped out with different tools - when I'm doing rattles I drill a hole in the end (sometimes one on each end) and poke/pull the insides out with a wire hanger. 
125  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Warty Gourd Frog Box on: May 17, 2006 08:10:28 AM
Gourds are like that - they often tell you what they want to be - or how they want to look.
    I work with gourds a lot, and you're absolutely right - although try to explain that to someone who doesn't do gourds or artsy stuff in general and they're likely to look at you like you're mental.
126  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Prizm Art Supplies on: November 18, 2003 01:46:59 PM
I'm kind of crazy about these people - incredible prices!  I'm lucky that there's a brick & mortar store close by - I assume their catalog prices are comparable, tho', and the store prices were outrageously cheap - like the large jars of Jacquard Products' Pearl-X for $2.99 where I've seen it for up to 3 times that much at other stores in the area.

127  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:dremel tool things on: November 18, 2003 01:40:50 PM
Some of the things I've done with my Dremel:

drill holes
cut the antlers off a stuffed deer head
sharpen my lawnmower blade
put an edge on my hoe
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