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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / I want to see more! on: April 23, 2008 06:55:29 AM
Glass Attic is the one-stop shop for polymer information. If you know of any equivalent in terms of a finished project photo gallery, post them here, please!

Also, I was thinking about how the rate of posts made on this board is much slower than some of the others, and a random idea just popped into my head. Other boards have challenges. Could this board do something like that? There are soooo many themes we could do. Plus a rush of super fantastic clay pictures on the front page of the site might attract more attention here, getting more people involved, and helping getting more posts.

Another thing we could try would be to get a tutorial schedule going, and if we can get enough volunteers, maybe we could have at least one photo tutorial a month, if not much more. I'd be willing to do the first. Any other volunteers?

Or maybe someone could organize a clay swap. Again, endless possibilities.

I seem to be brainstorming. Anyone want to pitch in with more ideas for how we can get more pictures posted to this board? Basically I'm now addicted to looking at polymer clay works, and I want to see much more! Grin
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wedding Necklace - ROUGH DRAFT...suggestions, please! on: April 21, 2008 04:48:16 PM
Final draft posted here:

I'd like some critique, please!

This is a rough draft I've made for a necklace that's going to be in a wedding:

I say rough draft because I made it with the beads I had on hand, rather than going out and buying a bunch of Swarovski (ouch!), which is what it's to be made with. Thank goodness crystal will be lighter - the necklace swings about like crazy with the heavier cat's eye beads!

It will also be slightly longer, so it will drape a bit more, as opposed to being choker length. What you see will all be on beading wire, then attached to silver chain.

The pink and blue will be somewhat similar to what's there. The bottom bead on the shortest outside danglies (well, what would you call them?) is lavender in the picture, but will be pink (I didn't have quite enough to finish with all pink). Where you see the sort of yellow color, those will be emerald green. Those are the wedding colors, and I was asked to make the necklace with them in mind.

I have no idea yet if there's going to be more than just one. I hope there aren't a ton of them, although I do have until the end of next month to finish them.

The design is nice enough, but it doesn't really wow me. I was originally going to copy a chandelier style necklace, but the lacy bits wouldn't stop rolling over, so I decided to try this out. Also, I may use a couple jump rings to attach the danglies rather than just threading them onto the wire, because the first bead on all but the middle one is kind of at an angle.

So, let me know what you think! Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Smiley
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Need Help Creating Insanely Organized Beginner Bag on: April 21, 2008 11:20:42 AM
I've got a problem. I can't find a purse that looks like it was designed by Monk I like.

I need help designing a purse for myself. I'm hoping to come up with a technique for creating a purse that's very organized, but whose pattern can be customized for anyone (or rather, anyone's stuff). I will be most happy to post a tutorial if I can get some help coming up with the bag in the first place. Smiley

The only plan I have at this point is to measure out all the items I carry with me all the time and then cut them out of pieces of paper, then lay them down on pieces of paper the size of the, um, paneling (inner sides of the purse?). I'll arrange them in the most convenient way, then figure out what size pockets or pieces of elastic to secure them I'll need. Then figure out how wide to make the sides.

So would that work at all? This process is where the bag could be customizable, and what I'd make the tutorial out of. I hope that makes sense...

If this sounds like I'm overthinking things, you should know that I run a ridiculously tight ship when it comes to my purse. Read: I need everything where I can find it by feel - you know, in case I'm ever in the dark. Wink I'm wanting to create something that has compartments for everything.

And, oh yeah, did I mention I'm fairly new to sewing, and therefore bag making? Smiley So everything will need to be simple... *cough* I know, I'm hopeless. But I was hoping that perhaps someone with a lot of baggy experience can have a suggestion where to start if I'm thinking too big, or ideas on how to make this work, or maybe can politely tell me I'm insane and that it'll never work.

Thanks for helping out!!
24  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Patina Discs on: April 18, 2008 01:11:02 PM
This is a post I made in the jewelry beads discussion section:
Does anyone know where I can get patina discs? Here's an example - they're the rounded square shaped discs behind the dragonflies.

They're just flat shapes of metal that come in a variety of colors, sometimes with a sort of hammered texture. Fire Mountain used to have a huge selection of them, but apparently they don't carry them anymore. Cry I've been looking for some for forever.

I was hoping someone might have some ideas as to how I might be able to recreate that sort of thing. I want to keep them lightweight, and mimic the texturing and coloring. I really wish I could just get the real thing - they're so beautiful - but I've tried many different combinations of word searches, and can't seem to find the beads in bulk.

I'm pretty picky - I would want these things to look convincingly like the metal discs. If anyone can help me out, it would make my week! If you need some more references, I can probably find a few more, but it amazes me how sporadic image search results are for these!
25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Color Clay vs. Painting on: April 17, 2008 11:45:50 AM
I can't seem to make up my mind between using colored clay and painting clay. Here are some of the reasons I have for flip-flopping. What do you guys recommend?

When painting, I use white or another color available in bulk, so I don't have to worry about running out of any one color or discoloration due to overcooking.
You can do all kinds of effects with paint.
Color mixing is faster with paint.
I don't have to wash my hands between colors, which takes forever and dries out my hands.

Colored Clay
The colors are so darned pretty!
I like the smooth, non-brushed look of the colored clay, and just the overall effect.
No brushes to clean. Smiley
Once it's baked, you're done (depending on what you're doing, of course).

Perhaps some of my thoughts are misplaced - I haven't done much clay so far. I just wanted to know what preferences the rest of you have. Smiley
26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Drawing/Pen Questions on: April 16, 2008 11:09:06 AM
In the tutorials list, there is this one for the most adorable octopus charm:

What sort of pen do you recommend for making lines on polymer clay like what's in the tutorial?

I poked around on Diane B.'s fabulous Glass Attic site, but am missing it if it's there - there's so much to go through. Heh, I even found answers to questions I didn't know I had yet!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Where Can I Find Patina Discs? on: April 03, 2008 08:55:39 PM
Does anyone know where I can get patina discs? Here's an example - they're the rounded square shaped discs behind the dragonflies.

They're just flat shapes of metal that come in a variety of colors, sometimes with a sort of hammered texture. Fire Mountain used to have a huge selection of them, but apparently they don't carry them anymore. Cry I've been looking for some for forever.

I can't believe I've been on Craftster this long and only just now thought to ask... >.<
28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Need Lip Balm Recipes that Really Work on: April 02, 2008 11:24:08 AM
Can anyone recommend a very good recipe for lip balm? Not gloss (although I'm sure if I get the supplies for lip balm, it's inevitable that I'll try it out at some point!) - rather worrying about making my lips shiny, I'm wanting to moisturize and them and keep them super smooth. I bought some handmade balm a few months ago, and need to replace it - it worked fabulously!

In the meantime, I'm just using Chapstick, as well as using the St. Ives brand apricot scrub to keep the dead skin off my lips.

When the term exfoliating first became popular enough that most people knew what it meant, I just thought it was a fad. A few years later, I tried an exfoliating lip mask, and finally understood just how much of a difference getting the dead skin off makes. I love the apricot scrub, and have some large-grained salt for my hands. Smooth skin makes me happy. Smiley

Sorry, got sidetracked. Smiley Anyway, please post any lip balm recipes you've tried successfully!
29  UNITED STATES / Kansas / WICHITA CRAFTERS UNITE! on: March 28, 2008 01:53:43 PM
We're now on Meetup.com!

    Thursday, August 19
    6:00 p.m.
    Panera (Central & Hillside)

    If this does not reflect the upcoming Thursday's date, it's probably because I forgot to update it. Feel free to message me if you want to be certain we're meeting.

    One final thing: I would appreciate as much communication as possible on how we can make this the best crafting group ever! Don't be shy - if you have criticisms, concerns, suggestions, hints, or anything else, please post them in our Yahoo group or bring them up at the next meeting.


    Original Post:

    I've noticed there have been a couple of requests for info on crafting groups in Wichita, but no one ever seems to answer.

    If you are in the Wichita area, PM me (Orrkid) if you want to make a new local craft buddy.

    Better yet, if you're in the Wichita area and would like to get some sort of crafty informal group or even an organization together, post here! I know of a few groups who meet, but all of them are geared toward just one craft. I would LOVE to get something going for just general crafting.

    Perhaps we could get a local swap going to save on shipping. Smiley

    Please, if you're interested or have suggestions to offer, post, and do it post-haste! Roll Eyes

    And if something like this already exists, by all means share it with us here!
    30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Geek Pride Swap Round 4 on: February 21, 2008 12:25:29 PM
    Would anyone be able to organize a new round of the geek pride swap? I've only participated in one swap so far, so I can't organize until I've done another swap (if I do another swap, I might consider organizing), but I'd really like to be in one. I love all things geek!
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