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11  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / burn out on: April 04, 2009 08:07:12 AM
i think this is the best place to put this.  if not, let me know...
i'm taking this science class this semester called "chemistry and art: textiles and dyes"  i thought it was going to be amazing, but my teacher being so scatterbrained has made it not quite as amazing as i was expecting. 
for one of our final projects we are supposed to research how to do a burn out technique on any fiber of our choosing.  that is the whole assignment.  no other details.  no explanation of where to find any information.  nothing.  that's how the whole semester has been.  she thinks we are all just SO SMART that we need no guidance.  ugg.  sorry, i'm a little frustrated with the class.
so, if any of my totally smart fellow craftsters have any pointers for doing burn out.  i'd love to hear from you!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / lunch bag on: November 25, 2008 05:01:08 PM
soo...  with my schedule next semester being much busier than my other three semesters of college so far, i am going to need something to tote lunch around in.  i take food to my classes now, but usually it's just a banana or something, and i just throw it in my purse.  but that won't work, as i'm a dance major and have to actually EAT (i eat now, i just have time to eat at home.)
so my question...  what exactly can i use to insulate the bag?  i guess i could just GO to joann's and look around and see what i could find, but i figured asking someone here would be better...  it doesn't have to keep stuff cold for long, only 3 1/2 hours it.
i think that's it.  no rush, i'm not making it for a little while now... 
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / happy christmas daddy on: November 23, 2008 08:53:32 PM
okay, so I've figured out what I'm making everyone I know for Christmas, except my dad.  He's not really the easiest person to craft for.  He's a very practical person, as am I.  I thought about making a small rug/mat thing for his office, but that doesn't seem to fit his style.  I also thought about decorating a trash can..  but that seems kind of lame.  I know I want to do something to put in his office though, because he spends most of his time in there.
He's a science dude, wanted to be a science teacher growing up.  he studied mechanical engineering in school, and was (is?  I don't actually know) a tool designer (no clue what that is.)  He also has a small home buisness (thus the office.)  At first he made vinyl signs and stuff, then moved up to sandblasting, and then bought a laser machine.  So in a way I got my "craftyness" (or at least my "i want to make stuff-ness" from him.)  He likes airplanes and sci-fi as well.
last year I bought him a Chicago calender, and it seemed to go over pretty well, but I don't know if I'm up for making a calender...
Ideas for a practical, engineer/designer dude?
14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / child beauty pageant costume! on: November 02, 2008 09:37:07 AM
i got the great idea after watching one of those TLC shows about child beauty pageants to dress up like a contestant for halloween..
first, finished product, because i know that's what everyone wants to see.

some "before pictures"
the top.  it actually had a leotard bottom on it, but i cut it off before taking the picture.

close up of the fabulous sequins- that constantly fell off all night.

bottom- also had some leotard action

i cut off the skirt and sewed it onto the sequined top.  and cut off the hideous sleeves.  i didn't hem them, because i don't have a sewing machine.  and i didn't think they looked to bad as they were...
my dramatic pose.  my talent was interpretive dance- because it required no props.

i  wasn't as happy with it as i wanted to be, but i still had a lot of fun.
it was SO HARD to zip up because it was a child's dance costume.  my roommate & i struggled for a while trying to figure it out...

15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / ink blot shirt on: September 27, 2008 09:41:50 AM
so i've been scraching my head for a while now trying to think of something psychology related that wasn't overtly so to put on a tshirt...  so here it is!

i don't know if this is where it belongs, but it seemed the best place to put it.
i sqeezed fabric paint onto a piece of paper, folded it in half, opened it up, and pressed it on my tshirt and voila!  a rorshach inspired tshirt!
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / showing off amazing gifts! on: August 13, 2008 09:47:15 AM
so i worked as the "craft lady" at a girl scout camp this summer and during a "jungle themed" week we make sculpy clay animals.  most of the kid's pieces came out...  like they were made by kids if you know what i mean.  but one of my campers, a 14 year old who claims to have never worked with clay made these for me and my friend.  despite her obnoxiousness that made me want to strangle her, she's an amazingly talented artist and i had to show off what she made!
a dalmation for my friend "pongo" (we have camp nicknames that we go by)

and a monkey for me!

17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / firing clay? on: May 31, 2008 02:16:51 PM
i'm hoping this is the best place to ask..
the camp i work at has had this kiln in the arts & crafts center forever and we just had a  maintenece man come out and fix it for us.  only problem is none of us has ever used one.  our site manager said we could use it if i read the instruction book.  Grin  i haven't hunted it down yet, but i figured i should check first to see if using it without someone who's done it before is a bad idea.  we mostly have elementary school girls so none of the projects i want to do are going to be to complex..
does anyone have any pointers?  does it make the room it's in really hot?  what kind of clay/paint do we need?  are there any good websites to check out?  am i getting in over my head? Huh
18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / what to do with cute cake? on: May 18, 2008 04:07:59 PM
so i've never actually been on this board before, but i knew it would be the perfect place to ask this question.
i bought this really cute polymer clay cake from an art show/gallery @ school.  i forgot the artist's name, but if i find it i'll mention her.

i realized i should have bought 2 so i could have earings, but by the time i realized that i was in the car on the way home.  soooo- what CAN i do with it other than have it sitting around looking cute??
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / security tag earings on: May 11, 2008 05:05:14 PM
so some of the books i've bought @ the school bookstore have these security tag stickers inside them.  there's always one stuck on the back of the books as the barcode.  they've always facinated me, so instead of finishing my one last paper i figured i needed some awesome earings!
the backside part that sticks to the book looks like this. 

i stuck it to some plastic wraping i found while packing the dorm room & glued the barcode side to a magazine page & added rinstones. because you can never have enough sparkle!

action shot!

thanks for looking!
20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / soup in the dorm on: April 14, 2008 05:00:40 PM
ok, so i really like soup!  but i'm not a fan of canned soup and most soups i've eaten growing up have so many ingredients!  my dorm is "apartment style" so we have a full kitchen but since there are 4 of us there's not tons of room.  i hate buying whole veggies because they're just going to go to waste AND as i've already said, there's not really any room to put them.  i also don't have a very big pot, just a normal (quart??) sized one.    i like chicken and beans but i'm not a big beef person...  does anyone have any recipies i can make easily Huh
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