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A sad request.. [Jan. 26th, 2005|10:23 am]
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Dear Rustyfish folks,

Yes, I have moved to San Mateo, Yes, the studio needs to get packed up. Yes, I have to ask you guys for your help in putting stuff away, claiming what's yours, etc. The good news is that Gary has graciously allowed me to take my time in doing so, but I'd like to be able to wrap it up by February 15th at the latest.

So, if I could ask for your help in getting things squared away, I'd sure appreciate it. I'll happily transport whatever I can in my car for those of you without a vehicle.

Thanks, you gals and guys... it was awesome! I hope to do something similar in the new place once I get all settled. It felt so good to be part of a crafting community!

- Gwynne
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Halloween Crafting [Oct. 29th, 2004|04:21 pm]
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I almost forgot. For those who are so inclined, we will be crafting at Rusty Fish Studio on Sunday, Halloween. (Costumes not expected, since bohemian artist is a look all its own.) Tentatively we may go hunting branches to make dreamcatchers, otherwise it will be random crafts, possibly with an emphasis on holiday presents. Being a holiday, I'm planning to get there before 1, and probably will go home by 5, unless we're really wrapped up in things. I hope to see folks there, and anyone who has other plans, may they be fun and spooky, and full of chocolate.
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My Crafty Experience [Oct. 15th, 2004|11:58 am]
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[mood |creative]

I'm totally into the trading ideas/skills thing that lemurling talked about in her last post. Maybe we could all bring samples of the stuff we've done one of the Sundays and do kind of a show and tell?

My (successful) past projects include:

Rubber stamped everything - Velvet for pouches, fabric, cards, picture frames, wrapping paper, you name it, I've stamped it. I have vast amounts of rubber stamps to lend in-studio, though not a lot of very bold images, which work better for velvet and fabric stamping. ($0.25 - $25)

Hot Water Bottle Covers - I make them out of fake sheepskin in the shape of cute little sheep. Very very cute. I have made a pattern from scratch and would happily share it with sewing types. ($8 or so each)

Lariat Beaded Necklaces - I made a few of these really simply but they turned out beautifully because of the beads I used. ($4-$40 depending on beads)

Jam and preserves - I have a sooper sekrit jamming method which I've shared with lemurling and merovingian, and would happily share with you if you want to learn. I can share my recipe, also, for Lemon Curd, which is always a hit with friends and family. ($1-4 a jar)

Fleece Items - Like Thea, I have found the wonder that is fleece fabric. I mostly made scarves last year, but did some sewing of hats as well. I also have a few patterns for fleecy things.

Traditional Christmas Puddings - I will again be going through the loooong involved process of making, steaming, and curing traditional English puddings this year. If anyone wants to join me, or even knows what I'm talking about, you're welcome to come over and do it with me. (around $7.50 a pud)

The list goes on and on... dream pillows (flaxseed and lavender), Smudge sticks, Flower Pens, Wine Charms, Earring Holders, blah blah blah. Lemme know if you want details on these or any of the above!
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Simple Present Crafts [Oct. 15th, 2004|08:46 am]
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Hello crafters!

$WinterHoliday is still quite a ways off, but if you are planning to make most of your presents this year, it's not too soon to start thinking about things.

I thought I would let you guys know some of the crafts I know how to make, in case anyone wants to try them. I'd love to know what things you guys know how to make. We could even do a craft exchange, sort of like a cookie exchange, where everyone makes a bunch of what they're good at, and we trade around so we get a variety to give our families.

I have tons of soap molds for Melt-and-Pour soap, and I've been working with this rather fun and only slightly finicky medium for several years. I know how to embed various things in the soap, from other soap to foam pieces to loofa slices. I've done lots of work with adding ingredients to basic mixes, and I have plenty of scented oils, glitter, colorants, etc. that I wouldn't mind sharing if you want to experiment. Soap base itself can be expensive, the best way to get it is to watch for sales, and even better, sign up for JoAnns and Michael's email lists, and wait until you get a coupon for 40-50% off one item. I would call this a moderately expensive craft. Depending on how much of my stuff you use, it's going to cost you about $1 a bar, maybe a little more.

I also have done a lot of research on bath salts. This is a super easy craft, probably the easiest craft present ever. I can help you come up with good recipe proportions, and let you know the best places to get oils, scents, additives, etc. If you add extra oil, you end up with salt scrub. Sugar scrub I've also made, though it tends to go bad a little faster. I am probably going to order some Potassium Sorbate, an additive that you use in small amounts to inhibit mold growth, for my scrub mixtures. You can leave out some or most of the salts and make bath teas. I'm ordering heat and seal envelopes to package my herb laden teas, but bottles and jars are pretty traditional. Salts and scrubs are very cheap, bath teas almost as cheap. I'd say $0.25 to $0.50 a 'serving' depending on how big a batch you make. A whole jar of something would be about a $1 plus whatever you pay for the packaging.

Still in the bath products line, I've had some success making lip balm. I'm ordering cocoa butter to make an even softer mixture. This is another fairly easy craft, the only trick is getting the proportions right. The packaging is often one of the more expensive parts, figure $0.50 a tube.

Once you start doing bath stuff, it gets pretty easy to get more creative. Just about anything you find in the stores can be replicated, often with better results and less chemicals. Some things you can make completely from scratch, other things you buy the base for, and work from there. Adding baby shampoo to a salt scrub, for instance, makes it foam and bubble.

In the non-bath stuff line, I know how to make all those fleece blanket things, and I've purchased a whole bunch of fleece scarf, hat and mitten patterns recently. Fleece is really easy to work with, and the most basic blankets and scarves don't need any sewing at all. Fleece itself can be expensive, so watch for sales.

I also have had a lot of success with Scupley flat ornaments. Using the same photocopy transfer technique, you create your flat shapes out of Sculpey, then transfer Christmas (or other) patterns, to the clay. The black from ordinary copying shows up very nicely against colored backgrounds (I use metallic clays), but you can also use colored pencils to color in your transfers, or a color toner printer to make transfers with color already in them.

There's a few other things I make, but they're going in the crackers this year, so I'm saving them for me. ;)

Anyone want to trade skills?
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Prayer Flags [Sep. 18th, 2004|06:25 pm]
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At the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (in SJ, very nice labyrinth spot), they had a bookstore with lots of nifty things, and one of those things was miniature prayer flags. You could buy one, or a string of five, and they didn't have traditional sayings or traditional colors, they were just screened with things that the artist thought were important, sayings about the earth and mother nature. The prayers he felt like offering, in words he expressed himself.

And I thought, of course, what a great idea, I could make those! They're just bits of fabric, hemmed. And then I could pick the colors that were meaningful to me, and put images and words on them that meant something to me. Does anyone know anything about painting/stamping/silk screening onto fabric? I know you can buy textile medium and mix that with acrylic paint. Can you use regular stamps with acrylic paint? Since I would like to have sayings on there, and my hand is not so steady, does anyone know an easy way to tranfer text to flags? I suppose I could do iron ons..... but I don't know how those would interact with the paint, and I'd be limited to black. Does anyone have any ideas?
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werewear [Sep. 13th, 2004|05:31 pm]
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[mood |pleasedpleased]

Another from the first session I attended of rustyfish. This photo showcases the art of meganc86.

Hope you don't mind the name. I couldn't resist.

Presenting Werewear:Collapse )
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craftiness image captured [Sep. 13th, 2004|03:44 pm]
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[mood |happyhappy]

This pic is from a couple of Sundays ago, the second or third gathering of what was officially named that day rustyfish.

There is a photo of meganc86's necklaces all ready to go; it'll be posted as soon as I get permission from her to do so.

who knew altoids could be so pretty?Collapse )
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Pictures are ready! [Sep. 13th, 2004|04:11 am]
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[mood |enthralled]

I have mastered Photoshop just enough to be able to crop and resize images. There are some from a couple sessions ago that I'd like to post, but not without giving everyone the opportunity to not share their work if they so choose. So, in the interest of privacy, if anyone has an objection to having their likeness and/or their art posted in rustyfish, please comment here or via my LJ email.

Hmmm, I wonder if I need to come up with some sort of release form for participants to sign off on... any ideas?
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Item needed [Sep. 10th, 2004|06:08 pm]
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I have a craft project in mind for the gathering this weekend but I need an empty can of Red Bull or Code Red soda. I do not drink those things, so could someone who does possibly bring an empty can to the craft gathering?
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QUESTION: Fake sinew [Sep. 9th, 2004|10:51 am]
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[mood |curiouscurious]
[music |Cul An Ti]

Anybody head of this? I seem to recall that it works well for stringing dreamcatchers...
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