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1  Re: Bah Humbug! POSSIBLY THE EASIEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER! in Winter Holidays by blackheathen on: December 16, 2006 08:48:44 AM
They're boiled sweets/candy (or lollies as we say in Australia) that are aniseed flavoured with black & white stripes.
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2  Bah Humbug! (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by blackheathen on: December 16, 2006 08:36:19 AM
Hi all,

I made these a while ago, but thought I'd post them here now for everyone who needs last minute gift ideas.....

Basically, it's just bought Humbug lollies, repackaged in cellophane bags and jars (with black and white fabric on lids) with a fancy schmancy labels on saying "Bah Humbug!" and a picture of someone who looks a bit Scrooge/Dickensian on it.

The best thing about this gift (apart from being sooooo easy) is that it's great for non-Christians too (or maybe that's just my humour!)

Anyway, if anyone likes the idea and uses it, I'd love to see pics of how you present (no pun intended!) it.
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3  Re: Glass Marble Magnets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by blackheathen on: December 12, 2006 03:56:34 AM
I have a question! I went to Joannes this weekend to gather up some supplies and I went looking for stuff to make these magnets. I found the coolest marbles. They were shaped like squares. It reminded me of ice cubes. Does anyone think they would make ok magnets? They were considerably thicker than the others. I didn't want to buy them until I consulted the crafters first (I am such a dork)

Yes, I've used them .....
But only some images work ..... I just had to hold them over heaps to find clear ones. And I had to use stronger magnets.
But yes, they do work....not quite as well as the round ones, but they're ok, and you get a different interesting look.

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4  Re: Glass Marble Magnets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by blackheathen on: November 12, 2006 08:55:47 PM
Pinupkate - I know what you mean - I had that problem with some of mine.
I think it's a combination of things that causes it - too much glue; not letting it dry properly before adding magnet; quality/absorbency of paper; and the clearness of the glass (but you can usually see that before glueing).
I've made hundreds and hundreds of these, and I've found that I just need to allow for up to 10 per cent to not be perfect.
If they go cloudy like that, I just soak off the picture and reuse the glass, so not much is really wasted.
It's really just trial and error..... and practice, practice, practice!
But as it's happened to so many of yours, I think you're probably not letting them dry between layers (and maybe applying too much glue).
Good luck!!!!!

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5  Re: prosthetic foot in What the heck can I do with THIS? by blackheathen on: September 14, 2006 01:39:44 AM

A foot stool.
(I can't believe nobody else suggested it yet!)

I just saw this on Flickr today, and remembered this thread from ages ago.....(particularly Bigmouth's suggestion......which I always thought would look great, btw).
As there was so much interest at the time, I thought Craftsters might like to see it too.....


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6  Re: My First Post!!!! Lots of Necklaces!!! in Beads: Completed Projects by blackheathen on: September 06, 2006 01:42:25 PM

Wow! You've been prolific!

You've made so many beautiful necklaces.

I found the link to the book you're talking about....


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7  Re: Can someone help me use this picture to make something? in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by blackheathen on: August 14, 2006 06:01:55 AM
Your cousin is so sweet, I just had to have a play around with her picture!
But I must admit it wasn't easy ...... almost everything I tried was inferior to the original photograph of her .... nothing was an improvement (unlike when I manipulate photos of me - everything is an improvement..... ha ha!)

Anyway, here's what I came up with......

Done with Adobe Illustrator - Sandstone Effect

Done with Adobe Illustrator - Brush Strokes Effect

Done with Adobe Illustrator - Quote and Black Frame (no effects on photo)

I thought the quote idea might be useful - you could maybe use other ones that would be suitable for Christmas/Birthdays etc.

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8  Re: Craft Site Whine in Get Product and Website Opinions by blackheathen on: May 27, 2006 08:57:51 PM


What a HUGE improvement - it looks fantastic!

You've been working hard and it shows - so much easier to navigate and the pictures are much bigger (would still be good if you could click on them to enlarge  Wink ...... maybe later on? Huh)

Thanks for the changes - I'll definitely be a very regular visitor now.....

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9  Re: Stepping Stones in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by blackheathen on: May 11, 2006 07:23:12 AM

This site has detailed instructions........


They suggest IamSusie's idea of plastic plant saucers too.

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10  Re: HELP! Any ideas for a wedding gift? in Felting: Discussion and Questions by blackheathen on: May 03, 2006 08:54:01 AM

These would be rather cute with the placemats......

(unfortunately I can't remember where I got this pic from, so apologies for not giving credit to owner)

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