Archive for February, 2009

* urbanfusions pendant

Posted on February 28th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.

Fused glass is one of those crafts that I’ve always wanted to try, but that requires too much overhead (anybody know of a DIY place in Seattle?)  So instead I content myself with resin and buy cool fused glass jewelry.  After seeing a post about urbanfusions at modish (with a coupon code!), I added another pendant to my collection.


* anti-factory sweater

Posted on February 27th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.

I was finally online right when Stephanie from anti-factory posted an update, so I was able to snap one up.  I’ve wanted one of her reconstructed sweaters forever. I find a lot of reconstructed clothing too patchworky/homemade/unfinished looking, which is also a reason I haven’t tried it much myself.  Maybe my new sweater will inspire me to finally hack up the weird vintage dresses I have stashed in my closet.


* webclip advice?

Posted on February 25th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

Ugh, I just spent like 45 minutes retrieving all the linked photos I had saved in MyDecoFile at Domino.  Annoying.  Anybody have any good recommendations for a replacement?  Ideally it would let me save photos with the links attached, organize them, and browse them relatively painlessly.  Oh, and hopefully unlikely to go out of business in the next month.


* new resin molds

Posted on February 20th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Fun with Lab Supplies, Resin.

Testing out some new molds.

Candy molds take 2, including the owl and buttons from my previous post and some vintage ones my sister got me for Xmas.  The vintage ones and the hard candy button one were the clear winners, since both popped right out without destroying the mold.  This one has a lace cutout in it.  It’ll be a necklace, I think.

The owl and little buttons had to be torn out of their molds, but at least they worked.  I’m going to try some sort of mold release next time to see if I can avoid destroying the mold.

I don’t like the sickly green color, though. :/

The orange turned out better.

Pill box.  It’s one of those circular ones with a segment for each day of the week.  Piece of origami paper embedded.  This one might be my favorite since it’s the most wearable.  This mold worked great; I didn’t even have to put it in the freezer.

Weird ice cube tray I found at a thrift store.  Actually, I just used the caps; the tray itself was these long tubes.  I have a couple more funny thrifted ice cube trays that I’m saving for later.  These ones are embedded buttons with thumbtacks to match my new corkboard.  I also did a few colored disks to mess with for rings or something. Not happy with the mold; they’re still all sticky for some reason, and there’s a leftover residue.  I also broke one manhandling it out of the mold.

Little plastic case from a free sample from Origins.  I’ve also seen them at the Container Store for travel.  Embed is a big white button.  I’m planning a set of different white embeds in this size to use as knobs for my dresser.  This one also worked really well, which I was expecting since I have another one in a different size that worked before (apparently I never posted a picture, though).

Other molds that worked, but were too plain to bother taking a picture of: cubes from a freezer box and triangle from a multichannel pipet basin, both free samples from lab.  I have another style of pipet basin too, with sharper corners, that I might try out next time.  Not sure what to do with the results, though.

Things that didn’t work: little plastic domes from a seed germination kit.  I had to tear it off, and the resin reacted with the plastic to make a weird frosted effect.  Double fail: the embed I tried was a piece of thicker, shiny paper.  It didn’t saturate uniformly and looks pretty bad.


* frecklewonder

Posted on February 18th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.

Just got this cute skirt (aqua! pockets! tie!) from Frecklewonder.  I’ve gotten vintage from her before, and I like her taste a lot.


* iron on

Posted on February 16th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Another stained shirt (I’m clumsy, ok?) rescued, this time with an iron-on cut out from the Lush fabric line. The backing stuff claims it’ll stay on in the laundry without sewing the edge, but we’ll see.

ETA: Sorry, I just assumed everybody knew about the iron on stuff. I used HeatnBond Ultrahold, which you can either get in precut packages or off the bolt at fabric stores. I ironed it on to the fabric I wanted to use, peeled off the paper backing, cut out the design, and ironed it on to the shirt. Hope this helps!


* little boxes

Posted on February 15th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.

I was rummaging through some old boxes of supplies and came across these tiny origami boxes I made pre-craftlog.  They’re about an inch wide. Teeny!

Astonishingly, I remembered the name of the pattern, and, even more amazingly, the link still exists: towerboxes PDF

Don’t remember where I got the pattern for this next one, though. (I bet googling pentagon origami box would bring up some similar ones.)

I was also looking through my old stamp collection and came across this feat of childhood OCD:

It continues onto the back too.  Apparently, I had exactly 3616 stamps at some point!



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