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* failed coaster experiment

Posted on January 18th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review, Crochet, Experiments.

I really like these crochet coasters that Yvestown made.  Cozy Crochet (by Melissa Leapman) has a coaster pattern, and I have a stockpile of white cotton yarn my sister-in-law gave me, so should be an easy project, right?  The coaster does crochet up pretty much as advertised, but it is not very pretty.  I like the little bit of lacyness to the Yvestown ones and the CC one is more solid.  Hmmm, first sign project is not going as planned.

Next, add in my brilliant idea to try to Kool Aid dye the yarn for the colorful edges.  I know, I know, everybody on the web says Kool Aid doesn’t work on non-animal fibers, but Biscuits and Jam did a very scientific study of tropical punch Kool Aid on cotton and had some success.  And my grandma’s couch had a red Kool Aid stain on it for like at least a decade, so that’s a good sign, right?  Well, let’s just say I was unable to replicate those results.  fwiw, I strongly suspect red Kool Aid is probably stainy-er than the random green and blue packets I had leftover from my last experiments.

Well, at least the house smells nice. :/


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* failed resin experiments

Posted on March 13th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Experiments, Resin.

Mostly for my own future reference: Normal poly 96-well plates don’t release resin. Not even 12-well plates are flexible enough. Also, mix the pastel dust into the resin before you pipette it into a small mold, because otherwise it’s really hard to resuspend.


* fun with resin

Posted on December 26th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Experiments, Jewelry, Resin.

My sister got me casting resin for Christmas, and boy did we have a fun time with it. Look at all this stuff we made. I’ve been wanting to try resin for a while (ye olde craftlog archives say since 2004!), and it is as fun and cool as I’d hoped. Comment with any favorite/inspirational resin links because I’m definitely hooked.

We tried all sorts of stuff for molds, and shockingly everything worked except for a tiny petri dish (I have a feeling a larger petri dish might still work because it’s more flexible), a very rigid contact lens case, and a thin plastic candy mold (which sort of worked except that I had to destroy the mold to get the thing out, see below). No mold release for anything, though 15 minutes in the freezer helped considerably for some of them.

My favorite one, a piece of Japanese fabric in a ~1.5×2 inch mold. Kind of Amy Ruppel-ish, no?


My favorite one that Ariel made, a zombie in a ~.5x.75 inch dollar store pill box mold with fabric background and a vintage model railroad figurine.


The pill boxes were really good molds. This one has a piece of washi paper embedded.


And these ones are buttons. Ariel is going to make a bracelet from them.


Another good mold idea I got from Crafters Coast to Coast is a plastic paint palette. The embeds are a carefully cut out fabric flower and a 1 inch punch from my 2007 Snow and Graham calendar. I am in love with the fabric flower.


plastic flowers


A candy mold with a plastic flower embed. The resin kind of melted or reacted or who knows what with the mold and I had to cut it off. Because of this, the surface is not as smooth as the others, but I think it’ll look great after some sanding.


My mom also got me a box of chalk pastels to use for coloring. They seemed to work, though I have to pay better attention to adding only really fine dust. There are a few clumps or bigger pieces in them. The cubes have one layer clear, one layer colored, but it’s hard to see. I think if I pour them deeper next time they’ll look super cool, kind of like plastic versions of P1 Unless Otherwise Noted’s awesome glass jewelry. The upper left one was molded in a contact lens case and you can see the starburst pattern in it. It looks like a piece of candy.


Now to drill holes in them all. :)


* pine cone prints

Posted on November 11th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Experiments.

I’ve had pine cones on the brain lately. I believe it started a while back with Karen Gelardi’s pinecone prints (which you can buy at ferdinand.)


The last week I’ve been seeing them everywhere:

DeLuce Design


Walter Erhard reprints


and these 2 beauts from blissen


I signed up for some ornament swaps and decided pinecone prints it is. First order of business is doing the drawing. I found a nifty website for a cone collection. Who knew there were so many types of cones? Fascinating. Anyway, I printed out a bunch of different ones and tried tracing them with a sharpie (one of the 29-pack I got for my birthday!) I kind of like the effect, although you can see this method worked better for some than others.


The gocco prints are drying now, so tune in later for the finished ornaments.


* painted computer

Posted on October 23rd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Experiments.

How lucky am I to have a crafty husband? He’s been working on painting his laptop for weeks now. He mainly worked from these instructions, but also a lot of trial and error. First, he took apart his laptop, then sanded off all the existing paint down to the metal, then primed it with several layers of car paint primer, then painted it with yet more layers of green glittery car paint, then waxed it and buffed it. You can see why it took forever. The pictures just don’t convey the sparkly shininess of it.




* failed Blythe stocking

Posted on June 24th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe, Experiments.

I tried to make Blythe a fishnet stocking with my fun knitting spool. I used sewing thread with an 8-poster in the hopes of making a tube big enough to fit over Blythe’s legs. You can see the result of this experiment below. Main problem, the tube was not wide enough. I dropped a stitch in the back to make it go on this far. Also, the thread tube is really hard to handle. It’s easy to snag and pull out of shape. Also, Blythe’s legs are made out of this kind of sticky plastic, so it required some pulling to get them on, further aggravating the snagging problem. Anyway, I think I will abandon this line of work and make Blythe stockings out of fabric instead.



* wax experiment

Posted on December 6th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Experiments.

Inspired by the Lauren Dyer stuff I posted the other day, I’ve been playing with wax. These are made of shrinky-dink, hemp, and tea-light wax. I learned that wax doesn’t adhere to smooth shrinky-dink all that well, among other lessons on wax behavior. I think they’re definitely a good start, though. I might play around with it some more later.




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* failed Polaroid transfer experiment

Posted on November 9th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Experiments.

I saw someone do a Polaroid transfer on Crafters Coast to Coast the other day. That show is seriously bad for me to watch. I found myself shopping for glass-fusing kilns the other night. Anyway, back to Polaroid transfers, it looked so easy on the show. All she did was peel the sheet off too soon, then let the emulsion or whatever soften over steam for a few minutes before slapping it down on some paper. Yeah, yeah, you need a specific type of camera and film. Well, my i-zone camera says Polaroid on it, and, oh yeah, here’s a packet of expired sticker film. Great.

So, it’s no surprise that I couldn’t get this to work. Maybe there is a way to do it, but it seems to be unknown to Google. I tried a few things. Most variations shared the first few steps: take the picture, let it develop (or not, tried that too), cut the edges off, and let sit in warm water until the layers soften up.

i-zone film seems to be made up of at least 3 layers. They will be stuck to each other in different ways depending on whether the picture is developed or not. There is a backing layer, an emulsion or something layer, and a thin plastic/acetate layer. Right when you take the picture, the emulsion layer seems to be stuck to the back. If you cut the edges off, you can easily pull the acetate away. The emulsion won’t come off unless you douse it in hot water. More to the point, no picture develops. If you let the picture develop before cutting the edges off, the emulsion seems to stick to the acetate. It requires soaking to get the layers apart. The emulsion layer is fragile. You can rub it off really easily. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it to stick to anything. I would smoosh it on the paper, and then try to peel the acetate off, only to get an icky gray mess. I wrecked four or five pictures and gave up.

If you happen to know of a way to get i-zone film to transfer, please email me.



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