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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cheating at Batik on: March 05, 2009 05:19:08 PM
Thank you!  It really is easy; easier than I thought it would be from the instructions I had, even. 

First, I took a piece of white cotton fabric cut to the size I wanted.  I ironed it and then stitched all around the edges so it wouldn't fray up later.  I lightly drew a simple outline on the fabric with pencil.  I used a plastic cutting board to put the fabric on so that if the glue went all the way through too much I could peel it off. 

I then traced the pencil marks with a thin line of Elmer's Gel Glue (the thinner the line, the more careful you have to be when painting it), it's blue colored and I bought it at Rite-Aid.  At first I didn't think it was going to soak through the material enough to keep the paint from bleeding through, but it really did.  I let the glue dry over night.  A few hours probably would have been enough, but I did it in the evening, so it wasn't dry before I went to bed.

After it had dried the material seemed a little puckered from the glue, but that came out in the washing process.

I used slightly watered down acrylic paints, but depending on what you're going for you can use anything that doesn't wash out in water.  I'm even thinking that crayons would work.  At first I watered my paint down too much and it just ran through the fabric.  That would have been fine if I just wanted to color the whole thing a solid color without any detail, but I had to thicken it up for the details. 

After it dried completely I filled my sink with warmish-hot water and let the glue soften up.  Then I just started scraping the softened glue off.  The instructions I read said to then wash it in the washing machine, but I don't have my own washer and the laundry mat where I go only has multi-load sized washers, which I am not going to run just for one 9 x 11 piece of fabric.  I just scrubbed it with my fingers until it didn't feel gooey/sticky anymore.

I then laid it out flat to dry again.  I didn't get every bit of glue off, which I'm sure would have happened in the wash.  After it was dry again I put it in a frame and took a picture. 

If my thoughts aren't clear to you, just google "glue batik" and you'll come up with lots of other tutorials.  The first one that comes up is for white glue, but I don't know how well that will work.  I guess if you do it fast and don't get it too wet, it can hold up long enough for the dye or paint to dry, but I don't think it would have as crisp lines as the gel glue has.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cheating at Batik 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:

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Halloween: The Metroid Umbrella on: March 02, 2009 10:00:02 AM
Did you manage to pull if off?  Any pictures of the after?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hanging guitars on: January 31, 2009 11:06:29 AM
My husband is a guitarist of nearly 20 years now and works in a music shop as a sales rep and repair tech.  He uses these guitar mounts for his guitars at home.  You just have to make sure that they're anchored properly.

I (and my husband) actually urge you to look into a mounts like these (which can still be hung on top of the painted backgrounds) if only for the guitars' sakes.  They aren't very expensive if you shop around.  A google search for guitar hangers set to show the inexpensive ones first comes up with this: http://www.google.com/products?q=guitar+hanger&btnG=Search+Products&hl=en&show=dd&scoring=p

This is what my husband said when he saw it: "It doesn't evenly support the neck, so where the bracing of the hook can/will cause the neck to warp and bend. Also, the bracing is not NEARLY strong enough for electrics, so I'd give it a month before the electrics come down.  Looking at it more closely, the full weight of the guitar is on the strings and neck, so it'll wear down the strings much much more quickly and I can guarantee a warped neck.  Especially in the guitar on the far right (our right) since it has a floyd rose floating trem.  That's not to mention scratching up the neck against the wooden dowels."

I hope that I (we) don't come off sounding rude, that is not my (our) intention.  But $15 to $30 now for made-for-the-job equipment is going to be a lot less than what you'll pay to have the guitars adjusted and fixed up or even replaced later on.  "A badly warped neck can run anywhere from $50 to $100 if it's even fixable, strings are just a pain to keep changing, and if the guitar falls from that height there's a good chance it will cost more to fix the guitar than it's worth."

With all that being said, I really like the craft that was done here and I'm now considering something to dress his up a little.  The base of the hangers can be painted or not because the headstock actually covers up most of it.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reusable Grocery Bag on: July 24, 2008 05:44:20 PM

Skip the part about the different kind of pumpkins and you'll get a tute for a SUPER easy reusable grocery bag.  I just found this last week and began digging through my boxed up clothes to find the perfect shirts to make my own.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Stamp Carving 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.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Patriotic Necktie Dress on: June 06, 2008 10:01:42 AM
Wow!  I haven't even replied to anything in a long time to say how awesome it is, but I LOOOVE this dress so much.  I also clicked This Rocks.  I think I've done that to maybe three things.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: punk bunny- which eyes look less scary?! on: October 19, 2007 07:41:54 PM
I definitely like the black buttons better too. Smiley  Good luck.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Another Futurama Shirt on: October 05, 2007 03:13:48 PM
Thank you!  :-D
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Plush 4 Tiered Wedding Cake on: October 01, 2007 06:21:05 PM
I can't believe how incredibly real this looks.  I would love to have something like this done for my wedding, but I think it would be great if they were boxes that I could keep mementos from the wedding inside.
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