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Can’t Keep Time? Old Clock Craft Ideas to Repurpose Your Favorite Time Pieces

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can’t Keep Time? Old Clock Craft Ideas to Repurpose Your Favorite Time Pieces

If you have a watch that simply won’t keep time any longer, repurpose it into something that you can wear or use every day. Instead of filling a jewelry box with broken time pieces, do something fresh and new with these often sentimental items. Don’t be afraid to take your old watches apart using needle nose pliers or other horology tools.  Some ways to repurpose your favorite watches include: Something artsy. A watch face makes a great addition to a wall-hanging or collage. Cover a stretched canvas or panel with velvet, stapling to secure. Use hot-glue to attach old jewelry, beads, buttons, and watch faces to the panel. Arrange the items in a design or shape that is aesthetically appealing. New jewelry. Remove the glass front of your watch face to fill the casing with beads, charms, and trinkets. These items will appear to float in the casing and make a unique bracelet when retired as a time-piece. Personalized pendants. Create pendants out of old watches by snipping off the strap or bracelet and securing a finding. These can be used in charm bracelets, necklaces, or pins. Photo faces. Fill the face with a photo, either by opening-up the watch and sliding the photo behind the glass, or by gluing the photo to the front of the face. You can use decoupage glue behind the photo as well as on top when it is in place to help keep it secure. Use cool, older pictures in black and white for a vintage-style accessory item. Great gear ideas. Take apart your old watches and repurpose the gears in art, cards, or crafts. Sort these tiny fixtures and glue them to your crafts for a unique, vintage accent that also has an industrial flair. Add some inspiration. If you want to make your own distinctive gift to share with someone special, add an inspirational message to the face of an old watch. Use the same techniques as with a photo, or paint the front of the face with acrylic paint and allow to fully-dry before writing your message with an oil-based paint pen. These are cool, contemporary accessories that young people will also enjoy receiving. Try these ideas with any old or not-working watches that you have laying around. These will become treasured keepsakes that also make thoughtful gifts. Visit a crafting store and sites like TED CROM BOOKS for more ideas related to horology and repurposing your time-pieces in creative...

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From Your Ceramic Floors To Your Popcorn Ceiling: Tips For Painting Unusual Surfaces

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you’ve moved into your dream home, are trying to make your current home more desirable to buyers or simply want to update your interior, chances are one of the DIY projects you’ll tackle is painting. When it comes to painting the walls or trim, you’re an expert, but you’d like to take on some more challenging projects. If you’re planning to paint your ceramic tile floors, ceramic bathroom walls or hardwoods, here are a few tips to help: Painting Ceramic Tiles From the walls in your bathtub to the backsplash in your kitchen, it’s possible to paint any ceramic tile found throughout your home. However, before you get started, keep in mind that unless you want to paint each tile separately, you will lose the color contrast between the tile and the grout lines. If you keep the grout do paint matching to make sure that you’ll like the outcome. If you’re still interested in proceeding, here are a few tips to help you expertly paint your ceramic tiles: Start by cleaning off the tiles with an all-purpose cleaner and a rag. If you’re planning to paint the tiles in your shower, use a product that also removes soap scum. Lightly eliminate any finish on the tile with a fine grit sandpaper. If you’re painting a large area, Today’s Homeowner recommends using an orbital sander, which will help speed up your job. Wipe down the tile with a damp rag to eliminate any dust. Once the tiles are completely dry, tape off any area you don’t want covered with paint before covering the tiles with your first coat. An epoxy or latex paint will provide the best coverage. Ask the Builder recommends using a roller to apply the paint because it will leave fewer streaks and uneven spots. Apply at least two coats of paint and allow them to dry overnight. Once the paint is completely dry, applying a thin layer of a clear urethane sealant will help protect your new paint job. Tips for Painting Hardwood Floors Nothing is more elegant than hardwood flooring, that is until it begins to show its age. However, before you apply another coat of finish, consider painting the hardwoods, instead. Before you begin, it’s important to purchase the right gear and types of paint. A roller is a great option because it allows you to cover the surface area in much less time. An oil-based primer and an oil-based paint designed for use on decks and wood flooring will provide the most even, long-lasting color. The first step to creating unique painted hardwoods is to remove any furniture and mask off any trim with painter’s tape. Next, use a fine-grit sandpaper to remove any finish and roughen the surface of the hardwoods, which will help the primer and paint adhere more effectively. Next, eliminate any dust or dirt with a vacuum or mop before applying a thin coat of the primer with a paintbrush or roller. Follow the primer’s directions to see how long it should dry before once again lightly sanding the floor to remove any imperfections. Once again, you must eliminate any dust created by the sanding before applying the first coat of paint. Use even, long strokes to prevent streaks and uneven spots. Let the first coat dry...

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3 Things You Must Do When Purchasing A Handgun

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re looking for a gun that is small and easy to shoot, you might want to look into buying a GLOCK 42 (G42). This gun is a .380 and offers so many great features, and you can try one out at a gun shop to see how you like it. If you like it and end up purchasing one, there are several things you will need to know and do. Get a Permit The gun laws in the U.S. are strict, yet each state has different rules. Most states will not allow people to purchase guns without a permit, and this includes all types of guns. A G42 is a handgun and you will need to apply for a handgun permit through your state. In Indiana, you can complete the process online, and many other states may allow this too. To do this, you will need to fill out an application which asks you a lot of personal information about yourself. You will also need to complete a fingerprinting process so your fingerprints can be on record. There is also a fee you must pay when you apply for a permit. There are several types of gun permits in the U.S., and you should make sure you are applying for the right one. For example, you may need a different permit to carry a concealed weapon than if you simply wanted to keep the gun at home in your gun case. Learn How To Use It If this is your first gun purchase, it’s important to learn about gun safety. Gun safety involves learning how to: Carry your gun Shoot your gun Keep it out of reach of children, thieves, and visitors Load it with ammunition Lock it when not in use Many people purchase guns for protection and self-defense. They keep their guns at home, and a lot of people lock their guns in cases to protect them. You will need to decide where you will keep your gun so that it does not end up in the wrong hands. With a G42, you will need to learn how the safety features work, and how to load and fire the gun. All GLOCK guns come with safe action systems. One of the key components of this system is a trigger safety. This stops you from being able to fire the gun when it is engaged. This particular gun also has other safety features as well, and these are essential because a G42 is a gun that is really only used for self-defense. Purchase a Holster For The Gun Finally, you may want to purchase a holster to hold your new gun. While there are numerous options to choose from, a G42 inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster is probably the best choice. GLOCK 42 IWB holsters are used by people that have a license to carry a concealed firearm. When you put this holster on, it will be around your waistband and your shirt or coat will cover it. As you choose an IWB holster for your gun, you must make sure it is: Designed for your gun – holsters are made for particular guns, and you must buy a holster that is made just for G42s. This type will hold the gun perfectly, and this is important for safety...

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