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Post by Lady Jayde on Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:39 am

colormyworld wrote:
Lady Jayde wrote:I'm an organizational freak, can't you tell? Of course, nobody looking at my family room would believe it. Kidsgotta love 'em cause you sure as heck can't put them back where they came from!!

Nope couldn't tell at all! Wink And yeah, with the kid thing...I'm the oldest of 5! And that place is a CONSTANT mess despite my mom cleaning constantly. You could just tell your son now that he's a dad he's gotta take some responsibility for keeping the house clean so it's safe for the baby. Smile

If that didn't work on his dad, I'm pretty sure it would be useless on him. I wish there were a market for raising slobs...I'd definitely corner it.
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Post by Judy on Sun Sep 13, 2009 2:04 am

LJ... How did you cut the holes for your pots in the mats? I really like your idea. Sure beats having single pots rolling around.
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Post by WyndyO on Sun Sep 13, 2009 2:19 am

I want to know too!! How did you cut those holes so beautifully?

I have a specific body painting kit in a lock tight cake carrier rectangular tub and I put a foam insert that I cut with a utility knife --- but my insert holes are AWFUL!!! I am doing the adhesive velcro to the paint pot and bottom of the tray to make it stay better!

Yours look so clean - did you trace the pots perfectly or use a template - I am thinking a heat gun or a special hole saw drill attachment would be TONS easier than sawing away.....
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Post by Lady Jayde on Sun Sep 13, 2009 5:09 pm

Okay, here's what I did...I figure I should give the step by step here incase I forget:

1. I laid out all of the pots on the uncut foam to get my positioning and spacing (it helped that the mat/foam has a fine criss cross grain that runs perfectly even...I was able use that to help eyeball the placement).

2. When you have them all positioned where you want, carefully move the pots that are adjacent to the upper left pot without disturbing it. Hold it down firmly and trace the shape.

3. You can either reposition your pots and repeat this action with the others or you can just do it for 4 and draw a guideline across the mat.

4. Get a hot knife (I got a pretty decent one for about $10 at the craft store...not for this project but for my other crafting ventures). Heat it up, and cut/trace around the circles drawn. For the Snaz pots, they are so big that there was very little buffer between the pots. In this can, I only cut 1/2 way through and then whittled out a recess that I could push my pots into.

Note: When tracing the pots, make sure you allow at least 1/4" between pots. Also trace close to the pots or cut a little inside (1/16) the traced lines so that the foam with "hold" the pots snugly. As you push your pots in, expect it to get a little more difficult to get them in as you are forcing the foam out a bit, but persevere and you will have a nice, economical little holder for your precious pots.
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Post by Judy on Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:07 am

Ahhhhhh, a hot knife!! This is one gadget I don't have!! lol I'm going to the city tomorrow..... I'm off to find a hot knife, a wonderful hot knife to cut (to the tune of I'm off to see the wizard) Very Happy

See, now you are all set incase Metina's October Challenge is a step by step paint holder!!

Thanks LJ
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Post by Lady Jayde on Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:31 am

Lol!
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Post by funfacesforu on Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:13 am

Your setup is great because your able to put paints on both sides of the case and the case closes with both sides of paints in it. I understand that the professional face painting cases can only hold one side of paints when closed up. So if you have those professional cases, where do you put the extra side of paints that don't fit in the case when you pack up?
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Post by aprilmoonflower on Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:34 am

I have a professional case (one that LadyJayde is lusting after!) but it's really not all that and it's really only conducive to the palette that came with it. I guess you can get foam inserts and take out the dividers though..still not perfect though.
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Post by Lady Jayde on Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:20 pm

...But...it's shiny...

that's gotta count for SOMETHING right???
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Post by aprilmoonflower on Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:46 pm

LOL.it's not actually that shiny! it likely looks shinier online Wink
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Post by Guest on Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:03 pm

And it scratches and dents...

Go to a hardware store or auto supply... they have those shiny aluminium cases for tools...you can use your hot knife to cut foam inserts for it....

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Post by Kristal on Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:37 am

I love hardware stores, haha. Since being out on my own, I've spent more time than I ever imagines I would in hardware and fishing sections. Even after getting my toolbox, I wanted an aluminum case...not as practical for me, but definitely shinier!
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Post by cassandra on Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:59 am

Caw! Caw!!
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Post by Guest on Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:07 am



I think face painting attracts the compulsive types... must have new colour, must have more glitter, must have shiny metal things...

Tell me... do many of you also have closets full of shoes????

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Post by Heather Timmons on Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:07 am

I plea the fith on the shoes.... But I grew up poor and we only got one pair of tennis shoes...I never had 'girly' shoes...just that one pair of all purpose tennis shoes....so I'm just compensating!

Nice Kit btw!
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Post by Kristal on Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:27 pm

Shannon Fennell wrote:

I think face painting attracts the compulsive types... must have new colour, must have more glitter, must have shiny metal things...

Tell me... do many of you also have closets full of shoes????

Poss- may- erm...yes.

Also a trunk (and garage!) of costumes, a room of balloons, shelves of (yet) unused journals/stationary, drawers of pens/post-its...

What can I say? I'm a sucker for a deal!

Caw!
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Post by Lady Jayde on Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:11 pm

I refuse to admit that I resemble that statement!
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Re: My make shift kit/setup

Post by starponysmama on Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:57 pm

OK, I am SO ENVIOUS! I've bought foam and am getting the boxes for the foam this afternoon. My question is...... where do you find empty paint pots???
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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:03 pm

You beg other painters for them.... or trade.

I often send the 15ml Grimas pots off to the UK in exchange for Cadburys.

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Post by Metina on Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:41 pm

I have some empty pots. Which brand empties do you need? PM me and I am happy to mail them.

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Post by starponysmama on Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:57 pm

Just a shot in the dark......

Did anyone ever think of using GLASS tealight candle holders?

No plastic toxicity and about the right size for smaller portions of paint?
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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:27 pm

... have you ever dropped your kit? I have... lots. No glass. You'd have to toss everything in the box if one glass item broke as you could never be sure that shards did not come in contact with ...

I dropped my toolbox while unloading it from the car in -34C and the box shattered... the handle and lid were toast.

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Post by Kristal on Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:42 pm

I used a glass tealight holder for my black once...dropped it. Shattered. Sad Never again.
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Post by Heather Timmons on Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:52 pm

I have lots of glass jars for my real paints...oils and solvents and the like...

I wrapped each jar in duct tape (the super sticky silver stuff) and that will help prevent the glass from flying about if you drop it. It also gives it a 'padded' effect for bumping in a bag or whatnot. It might make the glass too thick to sit in a sponge holder, but if you are transporting things in glass...it might save you some headache!

There is also blue painters tape that works. If you use the thinner width stuff, then you have some handy pieces to use if you are marking off areas or need to stick a reference pic somewhere near.

Just an idea for carrying stuff in glass jars.

I think I would worry too about face paints getting contaminated if something shattered though!
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Post by starponysmama on Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:58 pm

Thanks Heather. I was planning on placing them in thick foam inside of a large flat plastic container to secure them - bumper proofing. I've never "dropped" my stuff but, down here, you get to park RIGHT NEXT TO where you set up. I don't do that much toting or walking...

It is a good thought about the breakage though - contaminating paint. I just don't bang around enough that I think they would break.
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