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[personal profile] lusentoj2017-09-05 10:01 am

Hand-held Sewing Machines

Hi, I don't really know where else to post this question haha. I just found out that electric hand-held sewing machines exist; seems like there's a ton of different brands that are all just clones of each other:

Has anyone here used them? I've tried reading about them but it's hard to find anyone who's actually tried to "sew" with them, everyone's just "testing them out" and then going back to their real machines. I won't have a real machine.

I've been living in a house where our only sewing machine is one of those 100-year-old electricless ones that only has 1 stitch and only forward-stitch, so the "lack of features" doesn't really bother me (although backstitch would be really nice). I was planning on using it for all kinds of general sewing just like a normal machine. I even tried searching on kickstarter to see if anyone's improving these things and can't find anything...
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[personal profile] lusentoj2017-09-04 01:04 pm

Book Modding

Hey guys! I'm going on exchange for a year (to Japan) and while throwing out all my junk realized I have a ton of books I own but've never read. If I wanted to bring them with me they'd take up a lot of space/weight. To try and solve this I'm reducing their bulk and (eventually) giving them new covers so they look like something I'd actually want to read. I think that ESPECIALLY if you buy large-print books, or textbooks, doing this could really help out. The books definitely feel more "accessible" and "readable" now, it's kind of hard to explain.

For example, this 477g (22x15cm) hardcover book was reduced to 295g (18x13cm).

Read more... )

I don't know what to tag this as, sorry!
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[personal profile] calzephyr2017-06-14 08:20 pm


Hi there, I just wanted to introduce myself. I guess I joined awhile ago, but I'm only starting to use DW more. I posted a lot on Craft Grrrl on LJ. I do a lot of machine knitting and papercrafts along with drawing and painting too. I hope to share some projects this weekend with you all when I have more time to round up pictures.

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I have been trying and trying to find cardboard easel photo frames small enough for my purposes. It has to fit flat in a Royal Dansk 12oz cookie tin. My booklets just fit—they're 4.25x5.5"; looking at the tin and booklet with a ruler in hand, 4x6" would work, but only just—which means a frame designed to hold a 4x6" photo is going to be too big. Hence my problem, because apparently 4x6" is the smallest photo anyone would want to put in a store-bought cardboard easel frame!

So I am thinking my best bet is to take card stock, cut it so I have a stack of pieces where the outside dimensions are 4x6", and cut a centered 3x5" hole in half of those pieces. I could then glue each such frame itself and my 3x5" art to a hole-less 4x6" piece of card stock.

If I cut carefully enough when making the hole in the frame piece, I can use that piece to make the easel back. I think what I want for that is a right triangle with a rectangle on the longer leg, and I score along the triangle-rectangle border so it will fold without complaint, and I glue the rectangle to the back of the frame so that the triangle can either be out to the back (for display) or flat to the frame (for storage). I guess that means slicing a right triangle with 2" and 5" legs off of the 3x5" rectangle I'm cutting out.

Does that sound like a thing that will work?
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[personal profile] moem2017-06-03 09:58 am

A solar chandelier

I made a thing; it's a lazy, quick&dirty, happy hippy version of this thing.

solar chandelier

I used fake seaglass, wrapped in glow-in-the-dark 3D printing filament, as a decoration; in the daytime, that looks nice with the sunlight shining through it. At night, you won't see the colours of the glass but the filament will light up green. And the solar 'candles' give a nice cold blue glow.

The 'candles' are crooked because I don't care and also because they can removed for transportation. I'm going to a hacker camp this summer and plan to take it along and hang it between two trees on a dimly lit foot path somewhere. (Good luck finding a dimly lit spot in a hacker camp...)

Anyway, simple as can be, but I had fun. I really felt like doing some simple easy carefree low-stakes tinkering and this hit the spot. And I have a metric fuckton of the fake sea glass so it's nice to use it in some way.

Pics taken at night are here and in my comment below.

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[personal profile] momsalive12017-04-25 09:27 pm

New obsession

Tassel earrings made with seed beads. There are seven strands per earring, making them heptapods like in the movie "Arrival"!
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[personal profile] moem2017-04-24 09:35 am

A circuit board belt

I love making things from circuit board. I love the way it looks, and as a material it's very versatile: light and strong. It can be sawed into any shape, sanded, and drilled. It is also often thrown away and so it can be easily obtained for free.

Here's a leather belt that I covered in pieces of circuit board. I used pop rivets to fasten the pieces. Of course, I had to take all the components off the board first.
After I was done I covered the leather up with tape and then spray-varnished the circuit board; it made things nice and shiny and it also prevents lead getting on your skin. Yes, sometimes there's lead in solder. Better safe than sorry.

leather belt covered with rectangles of circuit board
Click makes big.
I made this as a gift for a friend and after it was done, I got so jealous that I had to make a second one for myself. The newer one has sea-blue circuit board and I wear it almost every day.

Bonus cat picture! Here's the belt being modeled by one of our cats.

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[personal profile] redsnake052017-04-22 11:13 pm

Made things? Made things!

With the new influx of people, I'm hoping people might want to talk about craft things. If you've been crafty lately, or thought about it, or wanted to craft, or anything else, then please tell us here! Pictures, progress, planning and questions are all good.
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[personal profile] 3y32017-02-15 03:49 am

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c l i c k // )

Interested in charity knitting or sewing or crochet?

My friend is a Rec Therapist at a Children's Rehab Hospital in Washington, DC and is looking for child-size Picc Line Covers and brown (versus white) Medical Play Dolls. Details over at my journal if you are interested.

cross-posted to [community profile] knitting 

Operation: Trick Out the Walker

Question: I am in the midst of tricking out my walker. It has aluminum legs that are coated with some sort of paint, and also a fake leather/vinyl seat thing.

If I wanted to paint either/both of these things, what kind of paint should I use? I was thinking of puff fabric paint on the seat, but I know that can peel rather easily off of t-shirts even, so that seemed ill-advised. It is black, by the way. Black and boring.

I have already knitted removable & washable yarn bombing for some sections of the walker, but in other areas the yarn would interfere with the walker.

ETA: I should mention that I have a stash of model paints.
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[personal profile] moem2012-08-29 09:16 am

Instructable on how to make fake sea glass

I just published an Instructable on how to make fake sea glass at home. If you like, check it out!

sea glass

Paint for metal bottle caps?

If you were going to use some sort of paint and sealer on metal bottle caps that wouldn't chip, which paint would you use? I was thinking both a base coat and some sort of decoration (nothing too complicated). I know they make certain paints just for metals, which I've seen in hardware stores and the like. I thought spray paint might work for the base coat, but I wasn't sure about something I could spread with a brush for detail work. Does anyone have any particular recommendations/suggestions?

Thanks in advance, dreamwidth hive mind!

Calligraphy resources online?

Before I start a duckduckgo search that may lead me down the rabbit hole, I was wondering...
  • if anyone here does calligraphy?
  • if anyone has a recommendation for a teach-yourself-calligraphy online resource (preferably not YouTube because they and my Gnash player don't always play nice and I'm trying to stick to Free Software)?
Whilst cleaning out my pens I found a few calligraphy pens, and I thought it might be worth learning a bit so I could make some stationary or something. Or keep myself out of trouble for a bit, at least.
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[personal profile] patelyne2012-07-25 03:04 pm

Adventures in Dyeing

Possibly this post should go in the knitting group instead of here, but the fiber in question hasn't become yarn yet so I'm not really sure...
Either way it is crafty to dye your own fiber so I'm not too far off topic, right?

I ended the Ravelry spinning event Tour de Fleece on a high note, and what else would I want to do after working with fiber for over 20 straight days but mess with it some more! I tried out natural dyeing using tea and blueberries on some white Shetland wool I'd bought.

Here's my finished fiber

And if you want to see how I did it, I posted step by step with photos in my journal
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[personal profile] moem2012-06-17 01:16 pm

A geeky, faux-metal helmet

Hello! I'm new here, and I'd like to post about something I did yesterday.
I spent a fun afternoon at Hack42 yesterday, and made myself a geeky looking, sciency faux-metal helmet. It has blinky LEDs too.

Click to see how! )

Mirror painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I do a lot of knitting crafts, but I decided to dabble in Chalk Paint after some blog articles I'd read about it finally got to me.

  • No sanding/priming necessary - just slap it on there
  • Pretty colors!
  • You can do cool things with distressing it and making it look "old"/antique
  • It is supposed to dry quickly (this is debatable when you really want to get to the next step like me. I was literally waiting for paint to dry and it takes so long when you are waiting by it omg.)
  • Easy clean up - it's water based so it washes right off
  • It is fun
  • The Annie Sloan kind is rather expensive, especially if you're also getting the wax and the brushes, etc. I managed to split the costs with my mom, as she has plans for a table. (I also have plans for a chest of drawers, honestly the mirror was really to test it. And because I couldn't wait to open that paint can.)
  • If you're painting furniture from the 1930s or 1940s there can be a bleed through effect, which I thankfully didn't have. The remedy for this is on the manufacturer's website (scroll down), you use shellac to cover up the bleed through.
Glorious photographs )
There are a ton of step-by-step how-tos for chalk paint on the internet. I didn't use just one, kind of a conglomeration of all of them, so you're best of looking on your own if you want to try. There's also some instructions for "DIY chalk paint" if you want to try that (cheaper but more labor intensive, peoples' results look pretty but no guarantees.)
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[personal profile] patelyne2012-05-26 06:28 pm

My Project in Progress from Knit a Fantasy Story

I've just started a big project. Actually a HUGE project.
I'm going to be making two of the Knitted Farmyard playsets from Knit a Fantasy Story by Jan Messent.

Since it'll involve knitting, crochet, embroidery, and latch hook (plus who knows how many other things by the time I'm done) I thought it might be of interest to the group.

My first post on the project is here on DW, and I'll also be making progress posts here and under the KaFS tag on my new craft blog.

For a sneak peek, here is the pattern picture

and here is what I've done with it so far

Either link will take you to more pictures and better descriptions of what I'm going to be doing.

Please check it out!

(cross-posted in the knitting group)

Hello and jewelry

Hi there. I'm a craftster who dabbles mostly in fiber art and jewelry. I like to do wire-wrapped jewelry, with stones and such. I did a bit of playing yesterday in an effort to (a) improve my skills and (b) make some little giveaways for a meetup I'm attending this weekend where swapping supplies and finished products is encouraged.

This was my favorite piece from yesterday, and the rest are located in my Deviantart gallery. I also made the brocade pouch in one of the images. :)
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[personal profile] berangere2011-05-01 07:58 pm

Three Weeks For Dreamwidth - [Tutorial] Easy felt flowers

  Since a few people said they were interested, here is the tutorial to make felt flowers as in this post.
(Note that you are not obliged to use felt, I used polar wool successfully too).

  First, have a look at the really-easily-hand-made-patterns you'll need :

  Have acut, this is picture heavy... )