Stuff You Make or Sell (GWJer Arts & Crafts)

More dice bags (these were given to people in my D&D group).

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Bah. Feel free continue making me regret losing the hand-made dice bag I once had several years ago. I don't miss the dice since my interest in tabletop RPGs has waned, but that bag could have held plenty of other things. :/

Still has the looks of good crochet work, though.

Oooh, I should try one of those. What gauge hook are you using?

psoplayer wrote:

Bah. Feel free continue making me regret losing the hand-made dice bag I once had several years ago. I don't miss the dice since my interest in tabletop RPGs has waned, but that bag could have held plenty of other things. :/

Still has the looks of good crochet work, though. :)

Thanks! If you like, I can make you a bag and you can still hold all those other things. Let me know!

clover wrote:

Oooh, I should try one of those. What gauge hook are you using?

I'm using a 4.5mm hook, and Red Heart Super Saver worsted acrylic (4 ply) as it seems to make the sturdiest bags.

The bags themselves are started with a magic circle, and then I use the arigurumi techniques to do the rest and finish the tops with a simple slip stitch. Everything is done as one piece too, because I hate sewing and avoid it if I can.

EDIT: in case you're wondering, I've put three sets of Chessex RPG dice, 12 D6, and 13 D10 in a bag this size with lots of room for more. If that helps with size at all. Let me know if you want more info on how I make these.

So, I'm starting to run out of soap...which is a thing I did not think would happen; as I had about 800 pounds at one point when the economy tanked. However, I'm thinking about making a couple of batches soon-ish. I was just going to do a small batch of a few bars, but if any of the gweejers wanted something, I could probably just do some big logs and we could co-op the costs, assuming I'm not labeling or packaging them like retail bars.

Would love to barter for other crafted goodies too!

I had in mind making some spiced orange green tea bars with goat's milk from the farm down the road; and some goat's milk coffee soap.

Ducki, if you do a plain goat soap at some point, or something oatmeal based (I've got really sensitive skin, so scents sometimes irritate my skin and make me scratchy), I'd love to buy/trade for a couple of bars.

Perhaps I could trade you for one or two of these?

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The dishcloths on the left are made of whatever is left over from making the tea towel and dishcloth sets on the right. I call them "Frankencloths".

duckideva wrote:

So, I'm starting to run out of soap...which is a thing I did not think would happen; as I had about 800 pounds at one point when the economy tanked. However, I'm thinking about making a couple of batches soon-ish. I was just going to do a small batch of a few bars, but if any of the gweejers wanted something, I could probably just do some big logs and we could co-op the costs, assuming I'm not labeling or packaging them like retail bars.

Would love to barter for other crafted goodies too!

I had in mind making some spiced orange green tea bars with goat's milk from the farm down the road; and some goat's milk coffee soap.

I'm in. I'm in like Flynn! I have crocheted potholders somewhat similar to those dishcloths, or would be glad to do other stuff on demand. And would be more than happy to pay for shipping.

We should do one of those craft pitch-ins, where you have like 8 people and everyone makes 8 of their thing, so we all get a complete set of goodies.

Soap, dish towels, pot holders... I better come up with something.

clover wrote:

We should do one of those craft pitch-ins, where you have like 8 people and everyone makes 8 of their thing, so we all get a complete set of goodies.

Soap, dish towels, pot holders... I better come up with something.

Hey, that's a groovy idea!

Mimble; the coffee soap has no scents, just some steel cut coffee suspended in goat's milk saponified soap. (not glycerin soaps) It's my go-to for kitchen soap because it the coffee will remove the scent of anything; onion, garlic, wet dog. But, because it's got the coffee it; it's kinda scrubby, rather than smooth.

That said; I do have about 20 pounds of pure olive oil glycerin soap that I made a while back. (It's a 12 hour process that requires no children being around because of the potential for the alcohol getting flamey, so I make it in huge batches and store it, and cut off bits to remelt as I need it.) It's got nothing in but some titanium, because I made it for a friend who had a baby with eczema. So; I could make you some bars from that, and not add anything; or if there's an essential oil that you like; I'm sure I have it. I have hundreds, literally hundreds of the best essential oils you can get; I bought them directly from the growers and distillers, or in the case of the Brazilian rainforest EOs, I bought them directly from the Brazilian government auction so I could verify providence and make sure they were sustainable. The only thing I'd rather not make is anything with patchouli. I made almost a thousand bars of a patchouli soap for a retail client, and having it dry for 6 weeks in my house...I still can't smell patchouli without gagging a little.

So; glycerin bars, I can make in any flavor/color that I have in my many steel cabinets of essential oils, or just plain. Traditional old-fashioned saponified soap, we'll probably all want to agree on a batch or two; as I'll probably make those in logs that can be cut into 14-16 4oz bars.

Also a note: traditional soap takes about 2 months from start to finish. I can send it sooner than that; but it's best to let it dry for 6-8 weeks before using it. That way the water from the recipe evaporates, and the bar becomes super hard and lasts forever. If you use them early, they get melty and squishy. Nobody wants squishy soap.

clover wrote:

We should do one of those craft pitch-ins, where you have like 8 people and everyone makes 8 of their thing, so we all get a complete set of goodies.

Soap, dish towels, pot holders... I better come up with something.

I also like this idea I'm in.

Ducki - that olive oil soap sounds perfect, actually. I sometimes get eczema as well (a little on my arms - very itchy and annoying). EDIT: I like the smell of pie (particularly pumpkin pie) - do essential oils come in pie scent?

On a crafty side note, I'm attempting to crochet a bath puff. Getting 40 double crochet stitches into that tiny ring is a total PIA (but I'm going to work at it anyway because I refuse to let a bath puff get the best of me).

Mimble wrote:
clover wrote:

We should do one of those craft pitch-ins, where you have like 8 people and everyone makes 8 of their thing, so we all get a complete set of goodies.

Soap, dish towels, pot holders... I better come up with something.

I also like this idea I'm in.

Ducki - that olive oil soap sounds perfect, actually. I sometimes get eczema as well (a little on my arms - very itchy and annoying).

On a crafty side note, I'm attempting to crochet a bath puff. Getting 40 double crochet stitches into that tiny ring is a total PIA (but I'm going to work at it anyway because I refuse to let a bath puff get the best of me).

Those would be awesome in the kitchen, too.

Mimble, do you know what a magic ring is? When I get to start doing anything but typing this bloody bedamned proposal next week I'm going to try to make one of these, and I think using that kind of idea instead of the hard ring to try to fit all those stitches in might help. Especially if you then use a pair of needle-nose pliers to help you pull it good and tight when you're done.

Mimble - How much for a blue or blue/black/white(if possible to get one in those colors) dice bag?

Also, I do leather work, mostly renaissance festival type stuff, but I can probably create a pattern for almost anything else. Here is a sample of my work....mug straps for hanging your mug or other item from your belt.

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momgamer wrote:

Mimble, do you know what a magic ring is? When I get to start doing anything but typing this bloody bedamned proposal next week I'm going to try to make one of these, and I think using that kind of idea instead of the hard ring to try to fit all those stitches in might help. Especially if you then use a pair of needle-nose pliers to help you pull it good and tight when you're done.

I use those magic rings for the bags I make, but it hadn't occurred to me to use them for the bathpuff (which is actually a really smart idea. I will do that next time as those 40 stitches are really the hardest part -thank you!).

This is the bathpuff so far:

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Rainsmercy wrote:

Mimble - How much for a blue or blue/black/white (if possible to get one in those colors) dice bag?

I've never actually sold one of these before - I only just started making them a couple of months ago, so I'd been giving them to D&D friends for free to see if people liked them. I'm not quite sure how much to charge for something like that. $10? $15?

I can definitely make you a blue one, and the the black and white stripy one also has some blue in it (the ones in the most recent photo in this thread, if either of those appeal to you - let me know, I can make it up for you).

I like your leather straps. Would they hold the weight of an umbrella? Perhaps we could trade a bag for a strap (if you think that a fair trade)? I like the red and the the brown ones and would be happy with either colour.

EDIT: Double-posting FTW!

Mimble, do you have a pattern for those dice bags or were you just freeforming?

I've recently gotten back into crochet, here's a few of my creations...

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A little Devil

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A little Cthulu

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A Ninja

And my favourite...

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The Doctor
"I wear a fez now. Fezes are cool."

I had to learn a few new things and experiment with a few techniques, adapting some patterns I had that would work. I'm extremely pleased with the result.

Strewth wrote:

Mimble, do you have a pattern for those dice bags or were you just freeforming?

I've recently gotten back into crochet, here's a few of my creations...

I had to learn a few new things and experiment with a few techniques, adapting some patterns I had that would work. I'm extremely pleased with the result.

Those are really cute!! I like Cthulu and The Doctor especially.

I was sort of freeforming it, but I can definitely try and write the pattern out if you'd like it. It's based on arigurumi, so you'd probably find it very easy. And you can always PM me/ask in the thread if you need clarification/help.

I can probably wing it if I try it. Looks like something I can adapt from what I know. Are the strings just wrapped around the bags or are they woven in somehow?

Strewth wrote:

I can probably wing it if I try it. Looks like something I can adapt from what I know. Are the strings just wrapped around the bags or are they woven in somehow?

For the drawstrings, I crochet a row of double crochets as part of the bag itself with two stitches in between (so: *DC, chain two, DC* all the way around) Then make two chains of any length you like (both should be the same length) and weave those in and out of the posts and tie off each off like so:

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I usually thread the strings through in opposite ways (over-under-over, one way - and the under-over-under for the other). And I generally tart them up with some beads, too.

Mimble wrote:
Rainsmercy wrote:

Mimble - How much for a blue or blue/black/white (if possible to get one in those colors) dice bag?

I've never actually sold one of these before - I only just started making them a couple of months ago, so I'd been giving them to D&D friends for free to see if people liked them. I'm not quite sure how much to charge for something like that. $10? $15?

I can definitely make you a blue one, and the the black and white stripy one also has some blue in it (the ones in the most recent photo in this thread, if either of those appeal to you - let me know, I can make it up for you).

I like your leather straps. Would they hold the weight of an umbrella? Perhaps we could trade a bag for a strap (if you think that a fair trade)? I like the red and the the brown ones and would be happy with either colour.

Cool, I would be up for a trade and yes, they would hold the weight and the leather wouldn't stretch out. I use 4-5 oz tooling leather, which is pretty heavy duty. I also have grey and green leather dye besides those 6 colors and can pick up other colors too if you would rather have a different color just let me know:)

I think I would like a mostly blue, so maybe just a blue one then with black/white beads if possible?

Ooh, bath puffs and Cthulhu and ninjas? I love you guys, so much. Can anyone make camels? I do so love camels. It's very hard to find camels. Cows, ducks, chickens...freaking everywhere. Camels? Not so much.

Re: Pumpkin spice - One of my best sellers was my seasonal pumpkin pie soap; but because it has clove and cinnamon oil in it, it might upset your skin. Also, because I use real pumpkin in the recipe, it has to be a saponified soap, it's not something I could blend into a glycerin because the pumpkin would end up spoiling without being "cooked" in for a period of time by the NaOH. There are pumpkin fragrance oils, but I've never used them or tested them.

I haven't made any amigurumi, but there's a free pattern for crochet camels here:

One hump: http://amigurumicat.blogspot.com/201...
Two humps: http://amigurumicat.blogspot.com/201...

Found this on Etsy a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

Star Wars amigurumi

Rainsmercy wrote:

Cool, I would be up for a trade and yes, they would hold the weight and the leather wouldn't stretch out. I use 4-5 oz tooling leather, which is pretty heavy duty. I also have grey and green leather dye besides those 6 colors and can pick up other colors too if you would rather have a different color just let me know:)

I think I would like a mostly blue, so maybe just a blue one then with black/white beads if possible?

I can definitely make you a blue one with black and white beads. As soon as I've got it done, I'll PM you for your mailing address and give you mine!

I'm very much liking this whole barter for cool stuff system we have going on here.

duckideva wrote:

Ooh, bath puffs and Cthulhu and ninjas? I love you guys, so much. Can anyone make camels? I do so love camels. It's very hard to find camels. Cows, ducks, chickens...freaking everywhere. Camels? Not so much.

Re: Pumpkin spice - One of my best sellers was my seasonal pumpkin pie soap; but because it has clove and cinnamon oil in it, it might upset your skin. Also, because I use real pumpkin in the recipe, it has to be a saponified soap, it's not something I could blend into a glycerin because the pumpkin would end up spoiling without being "cooked" in for a period of time by the NaOH. There are pumpkin fragrance oils, but I've never used them or tested them.

Maybe I'll stick to the plain bars then; better for my skin, and less spoiled pumpkin for the people at Canada Post to deal with. Still, those pumpkin pie soaps sound really nice. Do you have a site you sell them on? They would make nice gifts for people with less sensitive skin than mine.

EDIT: Those Star Wars arigurumi are great! I really like the little Ewok - so cute!!

Mimble - so what color would you like, I have the leather dye, can make any I mentioned above, I also just ordered a burgundy dye for another project so should have plenty left over.

Mimble wrote:
duckideva wrote:

One of my best sellers was my seasonal pumpkin pie soap; but because it has clove and cinnamon oil in it, it might upset your skin.

Maybe I'll stick to the plain bars then; better for my skin, and less spoiled pumpkin for the people at Canada Post to deal with. Still, those pumpkin pie soaps sound really nice. Do you have a site you sell them on? They would make nice gifts for people with less sensitive skin than mine.

So I thought I'd seen Ducki's site somewhere, and went searching. I found her Soapy Hollow site, which hasn't been updated in a while, but more importantly, found her soapy weiner bomb. (possibly NSFW )

I did it! Bath puff, complete!

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It wasn't all that fun to make, but it wasn't hard and I think it turned out pretty well.

Rainsmercy wrote:

Mimble - so what color would you like, I have the leather dye, can make any I mentioned above, I also just ordered a burgundy dye for another project so should have plenty left over.

Oops! Missed this (must learn to read things more thoroughly...). You mentioned you have green dye - if it's a nice emerald or foresty sort of colour, that would be lovely. Otherwise, I think I'd like a brown one.

I'm going to use it on my favourite backpack which has no outer pocket for umbrellas. It will be so nice to not have to remember a plastic bag to put it in when it's drippy so it won't soak the contents of my pack.

Your bag is nearing completion, too! I got very industrious yesterday and worked a lot on it. I figure another day or two and it will be completed and ready to ship out.

The green is definately not emerald and not quite forest, so maybe brown is the best choice then. I have a bunch of blanks for the straps already cut out, so just need to dye one, sew the clip on, and screw the lion head on:) Should have it ready by end of week.

I think this is going to be my holiday project for people this year. Sushi scarves!

(Not my photos since I haven't made it yet, but you get the idea)

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clover wrote:

I think this is going to be my holiday project for people this year. Sushi scarves!

That's an awesome idea, especially if you have a lot of bits and pieces of yarn around. Futomaki for the win!