Registered: February 4, 2006 Location: writing my novel :) Posts: 5490
Tue, May 30, 2006 @ 7:19 PM
oh--makes me wish extra that I could go!!
Registered: June 2, 2004 Location: Kailua, HI Posts: 1415
Tue, May 30, 2006 @ 7:28 PM
To make the pins: I prefer the rectangle D style stone from www.ClearSnap.com. The back of the style stone has lines on it. Pour 91% Isopropyl alcohol, found at the drug store usually on the shelf below the 70% rubbing alcohol, in a small cup. Stamp your image with StazOn and heat set. No need to prep the stone. After it cools itís ready to color. Scribble the watercolor crayon on the lid of the tin they come in, and using a small paintbrush dipped in the alcohol, pick up the color off the lid and paint your image. It may take a few layers to get a deep color, but just keep adding until you like it. After the front is done, take a cotton ball dampened with alcohol and pick up the color off the lid. Dab it on the back of the style stone. Then, color the sides with a black Marks-a-Lot marker. They have a perfect tip for beveling the color onto the front edge of the style stone. Looks somewhat like a frame when youíre done. Then, seal the stone with Krylon fixative. I use a matte finish spray, and coat each side twice. After itís dry, adhere the pin back with Crystal Effects. I bead them using SU wire, 26 gauge is my favorite to use, and SU beads. The style stones have predrilled holes, and each can take 2 to 3 strands of 26 gauge wire. Have fun with them!