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3961  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: March 06, 2011 11:42:10 AM
<snip>Anyone here ever successfully drill through baked polymer clay?<snip>

Yes, but keep in mind, I generally work in sizes so small, much of what I do doesn't work for larger projects.  Wink

I use a scriber to make a "starter dent" (keeps the drill bit from slipping out of position) and then a hand drill (no electric!).  Once I have the dent, I start with the smallest drill bit. Then, once the tiniest hole is drilled, I move to the next size bit and use that to enlarge the hole.  I keep moving up, one drill bit at a time, until I have the requisite size hole.

You still run the risk of ruining a project by making the walls too thin, but if you work "one bit at a time", you usually have fair warning that the next bit might be "one bit too far."

Not that that stops me.  Grin

Thanks for the information and advice, microjivvy! 
3962  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: March 06, 2011 10:13:37 AM
Hot diggity dang!  I was just reminded of the sparks caused by cutting through metal with the Dremel tool!  Exhilarating!   I'm having so much fun figuring this out and making (slow) progress!  Exclamation point!

Anyone here ever successfully drill through baked polymer clay?  I'm not entirely sure I'll need/want to, but when I was rifling through boxes and tool boxes in the basement I found my grandpa's hand-operated drill and thought it may work.  I also have real construction worker drills and the Dremel, but not a low-voltage electric drill.

3963  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: March 06, 2011 06:53:38 AM
Not realizing the Altoid Tin Situation in this great nation of ours, I recycled a few of them last summer.   Shocked   Cry  Since beginning this swap, I've found 4 more in various boxes and drawers holding small things like rubber bands, old coins and shelf supports.  When I find replacement containers for their contents, I'll be stashing them away.  I have a feeling my first altered Altoid tin won't be my last.  Bwahahahahaha!
3964  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: March 05, 2011 08:00:12 PM

2. Vague hint for thisbirdsabsurd: "5/8" brassed linoleum nails."

What the..??   Wink

A teeny tiny iron maden?  Or bed of nails...

When digging around for a specific need I came upon these and they were perfect.  Also I just love "brassed" - it sounds like anger, "watch out, the elephant is really brassed off tonight."
3965  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: March 05, 2011 02:48:32 PM
Just wanted ot say a couple things:

1. I've learned so much already from all of you, but today I also learned that anything with the word "polymer" in it is a thing I want the puppy not to eat.  However, I also want her not to eat things with the words "kitchen sponge" and "cat poop" in them and those haven't seemed to harm her.

2. Vague hint for thisbirdsabsurd: "5/8" brassed linoleum nails."
3966  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: March 05, 2011 08:25:52 AM
Thanks for all the wonderful research and advice y'all!  I've been thinking this whole time that polymer clay would play a big part in realizing my vision (does it sound fancy when I say it that way?) and just last night as I was drifting off to sleep it occurred to me to be concerned about adhesion.  I found an old Altoid tin in my sock drawer, but still my instinct is painted clay for big parts of the exterior.

Last night I "engineered" and built the undercarriage for my wickedness!  This morning I see a trip out to the craft store for some poly-clay specific supplies!  Woo!

You would think the Altoids people would realize that many of their customers are only buying the candy to get the tins. Why mess with a good thing?

I thought the same thing, Wulf.  Not only are they  benefiting from people buying the mints just for the tin, they benefit from the "publicity" of people using their tins to make wondrous things.  Heck, even if you just used them as-is for storing or organizing things, they don't stack as nicely when embossed.  An un-embossed tin has to be cheaper to manufacture and ship, too.
3967  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: March 04, 2011 05:59:15 PM
I got to spend over an hour in my basement office rifling through my crap ephemera and supplies this afternoon!  When I finally reemerged upstairs, The ManFlesh says to me, "you get your tin done?"  "Pah!  I haven't even started-started!"  Silly non-crafter.  
3968  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: March 04, 2011 11:14:47 AM
Eee!  I knew going out to a couple grocery stores would pay off in activity here!  I see that there's a PM in my inbox, but first I'm going to look at the partners in proper order.  And then that will be the last proper thing I do associated with this swap!  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
3969  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: March 04, 2011 07:33:27 AM
I've never swapped with anyone in this group and I honestly am in awe that I'm included.  I feel like the awkward kid sister who gets to hang around the periphery of her cool older sibling's friend group.
3970  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap 1 spot left! S/O April 1 on: March 03, 2011 08:30:03 PM
Sorry to keep you up tonight, MistressT.  Cheesy

Our puppy, Betty, will be relieved that she will not be taking the blame for tonight's lack of sleep.  Speaking of creepy circus and puppies, anyone know a gypsy that would want to buy a puppy?.   Shocked  Sigh.

I'm not a gypsy but I heart Betty and with as many dogs as we have in this house, we probably wouldn't even notice one more.

I'm planning on staying up late too. I want to work on some of my other swap goodies so I can free up time to focus on this one!!

Oh, I heart Betty to pieces, but... puppies!

Oh, I'm not staying up late... we're terribly elderly in our habits since the puppy and go to bed at 8:30 many nights!  I just didn't sleep very much last night and now that I'm all excited about partners and making....  ACK!  Squee!
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