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1  Cheating at Batik in Completed Projects by Samela2281 on: March 05, 2009 04:36:34 PM
I needed a project that was simple, but would keep some kids busy all weekend.  I found this way to batik fabric with gel glue and figured I'd give it a try before I introduced it in case it wasn't as easy as it looked or something.  Here's the result:

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2  Stamp Carving in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Samela2281 on: July 11, 2008 07:31:36 PM
My fiance and I have started letterboxing recently.  I carved his signature stamp for him, but then he got interested enough to try his own.  This is what he came up with:

It's his first stamp ever and he'd like to know if you're nerdy enough to get what it is...

Thanks for looking.
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3  Futurama Shrinky Dinks in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Samela2281 on: July 31, 2007 10:11:15 AM
I've gone a little Futurama crazy lately.  I know it.  I'd also been deprived of shrinky dinks when I was a kid, so when I saw them in the store one day I had to get some to try out.  I didn't know what to make at first, but now I've done a couple things.  I think they're cute.

Just click to see bigger pictures, my photobucket is acting strangely here.
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4  Re: Another Futurama Shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Samela2281 on: July 31, 2007 10:00:59 AM
My Stenciling Tutorial

I first have to say that this is probably not a very effective way of making a stencil, but I tend to like to do things myself and figure out faster and better ways of doing it without much help from others.  I feel more accomplished that way.  Also, I'm not very good at stenciling, so those who do it often and well will probably think I'm nuts for going through all the effort to do it this way.
Step 1:

Pick the image that you want to stencil onto your shirt, bag, hat, etc.  Either draw it yourself or print it out.  A dark black outline on white with no other colors makes it easier to see later.

Step 2:

Lay a piece of wax paper over your design, I think the side that's rolled on the inside tends to be a little waxier, but maybe that's just me.  I put this side up because it's less likely to stick to the tape.

Step 3:

Take a piece of masking tape and stretch it across the very top of the design so that at least half of it is above the top of the design.  You don't want to press this down onto the wax paper because it makes it harder to peel off later.  Just stretch it so that it lays flat.

Step 4:

Do the same thing again, only this time lay the piece of tape half on top of the first piece so that they're overlapping.  I do this so that it makes it one sheet of tape in the end.

Step 5:

Just continue doing this until your whole design is covered in two the layers of tape.  I'm a perfectionist and try to get my tape to line up perfectly so that it's all the same thickness.  It makes it easier for me to cut later.

Step 6:

Use an exacto knife or other kind of craft knife to cut out the inside shape of your design.  This inside piece can be discarded unless you're doing a reverse stencil.  While you're cutting try not to press on the tape too much because that will make it harder to peel the wax paper off.  If you need to put some pressure to keep your hand steady try to do it inside the design because that's the part you're not going to use.

Step 7:

Slice down the sides of the design so that you're cutting the tape away from the paper the design was printed on.  The paper should just fall away so that you've got your stencil of tape and wax paper.

Step 8:

Turn your stencil over so that the wax paper is on top and start to peel that away from the tape.  If you haven't put too much pressure on it, it should peel up easily.  Otherwise it will stick a little more than you'd like and will be more difficult.  If it tears and you have a portion still there use the point of your knife to start lifting the corner again until you can peel it with your fingers.  Try not to touch the tape too much because then it gets less sticky. 

Step 9:

Line it up on your shirt or whatever you're printing on and tape it down into place.  This is why I used tape to do this.  It's cheap and stays in place very well.  I use the other end of my knife to press the inside edges down very hard so that they stick better.  This keeps the leaks out better, but it's still not foolproof, a good stencil technique is the best way.

Step 10:

Paint.  I don't know the best technique for stenciling, so it's best that you find one that's more reliable.  I used TULIP Dimensional Fabric Paint.  You can find it in the wal-mart craft section or probably any craft store.  There are a million colors and there are also different brands that I'm sure will work very well.  I also know that there are adhesives that you can spray on regular stencils and get the same effect, and there are plastic stencils that you can create your own design on, but I don't want to mass produce the things I make, so I don't want something that permanent.  Plus, if I made a plastic stencil for every piece that I did on the robot devil I would need a lot of sheets of plastic.  Tape is a little cheaper, I think.

Step 11:

Peel off the tape after at least a half hour and admire your work.  If any paint leaked around the edges you can find a color that matches the color of your shirt in a matte finish and paint over it with a paintbrush. It doesn't disappear, but it makes it very difficult to see unless you're really examining it. 

If you're doing more than one color like the robot devil one I suggest making a new stencil for every color.  It's more work, and sometimes hard to line up, but I think it made it come out far better than if I were to try to make one big stencil with teeny tiny little lines of tape separating the colors.

I really hope this helps.
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5  Another Futurama Shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Samela2281 on: July 25, 2007 08:55:53 AM
So I made my boyfriend another Futurama shirt because the first one I did for him: (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163906.0) he didn't wear because it's white and he just doesn't wear white.  What kind of heavy metal lead singer would he be in white?

Basically, I just made stencils for every color out of a sheet of masking tape cut with an exacto knife.  I'm not a great stenciler, but I think I did pretty decently. 

This was the first one and it's the same process for all of them.  I would just take a piece of wax paper and stretch the masking tape across it one piece after another, overlapping by half to make a sheet of it.  Then I would put the part I was going to cut out underneath and exacto it out.  Then peel the tape off the wax paper and lay the tape straight onto the fabric.  You can even put tape on top of painted areas after about 30 minutes.

And here's his smiling face because he's thrilled to have me as a girlfriend.  Wink

The text reads, "YOU'RE NOT NICE!"  A quote from The Robot Devil in the episode The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings when Fry tells him that he won't give him his hands back. 

If you want more pictures of the process lemme know and I'll do it.
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6  Futurama in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Samela2281 on: April 13, 2007 02:01:07 PM
My boyfriend is a CRAZY Futurama fan, and he's turned me into one also.  He'll be visiting for two weeks on Sunday and so I made him this shirt for when he leaves.  What do you guys think?

It's from 30% Iron Chef: Season 4, Episode 11 Smiley

Sorry for the poor quality photo, I'm in the process of moving, so I don't have a place to really lay this out to take a picture, so I just held it upright on my lap.
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7  Re: Dog/Pet-related Botches? in Stitch And BOTCH by Samela2281 on: February 24, 2007 08:31:00 PM
I know this isn't really a craft-related post, but I saw the Basenji comment and I felt compelled to share.  These are my two Basenji-mix puppies... the "I'm so innocent look" was because they had just finished eating the linoleum in the bathroom.  Not tearing it up and leaving it all over the place, but actual ingestion involved here.

Later we had to get rid of Cleo (the one on the left) because the two of them just started hating each other one day.  We tried everything we could do, including getting them spayed, a doggie pheromone and obedience training.  Like someone else put up... Basenjis are gonna do what they wanna do!  But Cleo got a very good home with a backyard that she could run run run in and Bonnie got to stay with us because she was the more dependent dog. 

This is her after she got a little too curious with some kind of bugs outside (still haven't figured out what kind, but it's the second time she's done this.)

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8  Leafy Bed-side Table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Samela2281 on: February 13, 2007 02:37:00 PM
Last summer I needed a bedside table at my boyfriend's house, but I just needed a little cheapy one that I could put a lamp on.  We ran to wal-mart and got one of those ten dollar round ones.  This was far too boring for me, so we went outside and picked all the different kinds of leaves we could find in his area and I got out the paint, painted the leaves and pressed them on there until I was satisfied that it was covered enough.

*EDIT* When I first uploaded this I wasn't able to post pictures, so I'm going to repost it now.  Thanks!


Lemme know what you think!
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9  Duct Tape Messenger Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Samela2281 on: February 12, 2007 01:02:16 PM
This is a messenger bag that I made for my best friend, Emily (note the big curly E).  I had a little help from my boyfriend, mostly just helping hold the other end of the tape as we lined them up to make strips for the weaving on the front and the long one for the strap.  It's entirely duct tape, no inserts anywhere, though it probably would hold it's shape a little better if it had them.  It's hard to tell from the picture, but it's all white and shiny silver with pink trim.

This is my first post here, so I hope I'm doing this right.  Let me know what you all think!  Cheesy

Also, I guess I'm not allowed to post pictures yet, so please click my link and look. Smiley
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