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31  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / My first fused glass pieces! on: January 11, 2009 01:09:20 PM
They still need to be fire polished, but I want someone to see them! Shocked

Comments, advice anything please! I got my kiln 3 days ago, I've never fused glass before. So far my main problem has been that when I constructed these I didn't know I needed to dilute the glue. And I had to mess with the baking soda and make crazy piece-ruining bubbles!

Also, if anyone wants to recommend a book, I have a gift certificate from Barnes and Noble I could use, there is such an abundance of info online, but even a book of eye candy would be great, I have nothing related to fusing.

Anyway, here they are, I made the orange "paper clip" with the blue background first, so that's my first piece ever. Then I did a batch of 2 layers, then a batch of 3 layers. I started out with purchasing a piece of white, a piece of clear, a pound of colored scrap, and a tube of stringer. All Bullseye. My kiln is a lovely little Caldera.


and my fiasco pieces, I can't leave the baking soda alone, but I need to play with it in plain scraps till I figure it out, it looks the same to me when it works and when it's too much.

I kind of want to drill out the collapsed part of the bubble and make some kind of miniature scene inside, but I am too scared of breaking it for now!

32  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Resin Knitting Needles - and Tutorial! [[Updated info for the larger needles!]] on: January 05, 2009 10:02:08 PM
****The bigger needles with the yarn inside, the molds for those are available at Michael's or online, they were made with these-
Just let them cure, I put fimo in the ends, and sort of twist/wring them to detach them from the plastic, and push 'em out with a pencil, or whatever's handy-

Ta-da, end of update!

I searched this forum, and apparently I'm not the only one confused about where to put knitting needles, but it seems they go here, since others did!

Hmm, they are all hand cast resin needles I made, the smaller ones are  size 10 and 1/2, and 7 and 1/2 inches long.
The jumbo needles are size 19s, and 11 inches long.

then ends are either polymer clay or buttons, and the needles are embedded with yarn, glitter, gold leaf, mica powder, and resin dye, but not all in the same pairs! Grin







Okay, quick and dirty pics and instructions, since I have to try to finish while Amelia naps!
You will need-

resin, a mask, wax paper for your table, cups to stir your resin in, popsicle sticks to stir it with, alcohol or acetone are what's recommended by the manufacturers for cleanup while resin is still wet, gloves if you want them, honestly I don't usually, MC DONALDS STRAWS, and polymer clay to stop up the ends and support the bottom while they cure, the clay is what will turn your straw into a mold. These things will give you a resin tube, the one shown included gold leaf.

To make points you need a Dremel, or some way to make a point on the end of your resin tube, another form of grinder? Maybe you're a heck of a whittler? And then sandpaper, and cutting and polishing compound. Resin compound can be found at Sherri Haab's website.

The mask can be found in most paint departments, runs about thirty dollars, and is necessary when you have THIS outside preventing ventilation!

I can't make you use it, but resin=hazardous, wear a mask if you're going to sit around breathing it. It won't get you high, it will cause neurological damage. anyway...

Yes, I have some resin! Grin

So, take your clay, and put your straws in it, in some way that the ends are plugged up with clay, but not too much so it doesn't take away from the length of the finished needle. Most of the clay is surrounding them so they don't fall over, don't stick them into an inch of clay! Don't poke the straw through your clay, or wiggle it too much, or resin will be everywhere. IF it's leaking from the top of where it's inserted into the clay plug it up with clay, have a bit extra in case. This has only happened to me once, but it's a mess!

Mix your resin! And mix, and mix some more. If you're not used to mixing it you may want to follow the directions and pour it from one cup to another to help make sure there's not unmixed resin in the first cup.

Add some junk, in this case gold leaf.

Put the resin in the straw. I don't advise trying to photograph yourself doing it, or you'll take many pictures trying to focus... but look ma, that fancy angle of my hand means no tattoos!

Fill 'em up! If you pour too fast you may have to wait for bubbles to rise to the top and then continue to pour, mainly with the gold leaf. With dye or glitter that doesn't usually happen.

When they're cured, you'll have this at one end.

Push that sucker outta there! If you push from what was the top you will have better success with this, it should slide out easily IF it's cured. No mold release, no magical abilities. And if you don't push the polymer clay through it you can reuse the straw! In the beginning I cut the straw away, DON'T do that, it's awful. It's difficult. Especially when you realize all you had to do was poke it out of there!  Roll Eyes

Then you'll have a tube, like this, but this one is short.

Now you're on to phase 2, which for me means moving to the sink. Resin should be wet sanded, I sort of sand over water, wetting what I'm sanding, wetting the sink holding the Dremel over it so it sort of kicks debris at the wet sink wall and the water catches some of what is in the air, sometimes sanding properly immersed IN water... You do NOT want to breathe resin dust as you sand, I am not technically doing this properly. Wear a mask, put a sink in your basement, go outside, just don't create or leave the dust around say your kitchen for your pets or your family to breathe or eat.


Sand with this attachment or whatever grinder your using till you get this-

If you have real sandpaper for wet sanding resin use that, I use these. First the black one, then the 6 sided one. I don't know haw to explain sanding resin, except that you sand with the next lightest grade in the opposite direction you used the last one, and move to another lighter grade as soon as the lines from the previous grade have been erased. Clear as mud, no?

I've finished the points with different combinations of these things, I am currently using the small felt wheel at the top of the picture that's not screwed into the Dremel attachment, and the cutting/polishing compound, and sometimes I still use auto wax. Your not supposed to use a Dremel for finishing/polishing resin because the heat from friction mars the resin. With the right SLOOOOOOOW speed and enough compound or wax on the wheel I can get them to a shine, I have no idea how to explain this to anyone else, except trial and error.

 I use a Dremel because I have arthritis and can't do any more hand finishing than necessary. You can do all the sanding and polishing by hand. But you'd still need the Dremel, or something, to make your point.

After about an hour, you have this-

For the other end, sand it flat, and glue something to it. You could make it all one piece if you cast a resin topper and stick the needle in it to cure if you're so inclined, sounds like too much work to me! Shocked

IMPORTANT! almost forgot, if you have any bubbles they will rise to the top, so make the point on the bottom end, where the clay was. Otherwise you may find bubbles on the inside as you make the point and they'll be unusable and you'll have to start over. Ugh.

For other sizes, hint, hint, find other tubes, don't ask me! I've given up all I can, I worked hard figuring this stuff out!  Grin
33  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / My best spent 15$ for a craft show display EVER! on: December 01, 2008 10:34:00 AM
Not sure where this goes, so I guess it goes here?!

My craft show display! about 3$ for the 4 by 2 foot pegboard, 5$ for 2 sets of pegs, 6$ for 2 cans of Watermelon gloss indoor/outdoor Krylon, and presto!

It's so perfect for my pieces, because I have so many one of a kind pieces that I need to display at once, it can potentially hold SOO much stuff. For a larger show I can use pegs with hooks that stick straight out and are like eight inches long with identical pieces stacked behind each other and not have to restock empty spots all the time too! And when I get home it stores everything!

I wanted to use it and make sure I loved it in action before finishing it, I'm going to frame it so it has more support, right now I have a 3 foot wooden dowel tied to the back lengthwise.

Somehow my mom and I both forgot to get a picture of my display in action because the show was always too crowded, lol, a good thing though Grin

I suppose it would cost about ten more for the easel, but I already had that. Need to paint it too. Obviously this will not work quite this way if it's outdoors and windy, still need to work that out, but I have months before THAT matters in NY!

34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bangles. And More. Resin. Of Course. on: November 20, 2008 10:29:31 AM
Hmm, resin bangles. Standard mold. Hand sanded and polished for about a thousand hours.

Side One-

Side 2-

Side 1-

Side 2-

Hand carved, from the same mold as above-

And just for fun, I ring I was sanding, and broke right after taking this picture, so sad-

You can still see scratches where I need to finish sanding this one-

A few others-

Scrap resin from other pieces-

These are SEPARATE pendants-

It's a handmade mold, you can see the seam pretty well here-

New babies for craft shows-

The closures for the button necklaces, I should straighten it, I love this picture!

35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Choo-Choo! on: November 04, 2008 10:26:59 AM
From the title you can see I live with a toddler.

I guess it's a yearly thing, since the last one I made was in the great Skull Swap last year! I started this at least 6 months ago. I have too many unfinished things laying around.

Mod podge, fabric, a glue gun, a train case, and voila!

36  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / I painted the Entry. And more - Image OBESE! on: November 03, 2008 06:42:36 PM
We bought our first house. It was built in 1920, and last decorated in the 60's. Mostly dingy white, ugh.
I am finally done with the entry, except up by the ceiling. Hanging up the coathooks made me decide it was done. Ignore the dollar store flowers! And that piece of furniture is a record holder, a sign of more records to come-

Key hook-

and before we bought it-

Living room before we bought it-

Now-Still have the previous owners ugly curtains-

All the carpet is getting ripped out, and we're refinishing the hardwoods. The parquet is going too, exept in the entry. The kitchen will get cork. Ignore pretty much all flooring. Ugh.

the tv is not permanently on the mantle, and I don't know that show.

Partly stripped stairs-

Living room Victrola-

Dining room- The light will get a makeover this week Our house is getting new wiring, nothing was grounded. as soon as it gets disconnected I'm doing SOMETHING with it.

Dining room Graphanola- jesus came with the house.

Kitchen today-

The house has almost no overhead light, and when it does, it's UGLY.

The reason there are 3 record players downstairs, and I think 6 total, is that  Joe collects records, he buys lots of them by the thousand. He collects 78's, so there are about 5 thousand records. A lot of the vinyl is just stuff included in lots of 78's, record lots tend to involve getting rid of the crap along with the good stuff, otherwise the seller is stuck with it forever.

and this room needs so much renovating it's ridiculous....

I swear I'm not completely insane, but I keep switching projects according to what I can do with a toddler around, and I do get entirely too sick of stripping wallpaper. And yes, I have a few old sewing machines to compete with his record players, or to hold them...

37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New Steampunk Piece, Almost no Resin! on: October 18, 2008 11:02:35 AM
I love her. She has a sister piece but it's not quite finished. I got 2 of these Hamsa Pieces a couple weeks ago, and finally started playing with them yesterday. The dragonfly was an extra when I got the hands in the mail. The vintage key is from an old set found in the trash. The chain is from my vintage rosary collection. The dollface/clockface part is resin covered. The whole thing is about 3" tall. I think that sums it up?


38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New Pretties!!!!!!!!!!! on: October 16, 2008 09:13:23 PM
Hello, here I am.... haven't been here much lately. Amma gets bigger, never naps, and we bought a 9 year old house a few weeks ago.
I made these.
They are hmm, polymer clay and resin. Stamps, paint, mica powders, occasional fingerprints. Questions welcome. Comments too...

39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some new pieces... on: September 22, 2008 05:27:04 PM
Our new house is finally online!! I haven't been here because we bought a 90 year old house that takes up all my crafting time, on top of having no internet for so long. These are the first new thing I've done in awhile... Forcing myself to finish off old findings and finally get new stuff! Now back to painting the house! (the bottom right one has a big fat bubble where I decided to go to sleep and not babysit them any longer...)

Sterling silver and resin-

Non-sterling pieces-

40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / One of my new favorites... on: July 17, 2008 06:39:21 AM
Many layers of everything but the kitchen sink...

hmm, wire scraps, a star sequin confetti thingy, embossing powder, gold leaf, red dye, mylar confetti, and NO BUBBLES, it's just the round shape of the embossing powder and whatever's in there not photographing well. It kept raining, and my light box always needs a bulb... (Sorry, the pics are bugging me) And hmm, the sterling silver star bail is handmade by Amy at Hippos Eating Alligators.

And of course it's resin...

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