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Shrinky Dink Jewelry • Sept. 16th, 2015

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This Wednesday, Sept 16th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Shrinky Dink Jewelry
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials: Unleash the Beast 

The Autumnal Equinox will arrive. Once that happens,we will launch a bountiful harvest of artsy-fartsy projects from our cornucopia of crafts! For now, however, in our last week of non-autumn, there is one glaring omission from 2015’s craft roster.

We haven’t made shrinky drinks ALL YEAR!!!
Such a thing must be remedied immediately, and this is the perfect time.
Shrinky Dinks are the ultimate test of a crafter’s faith. They really take you through an emotional journey, one that involves hard work, anticipation, abject horror, and then jubilant celebration. If you don’t know what a Shrinky Dink is, then I think you’d better get in here and make one, because these plastic miracles are game changers for your life.
Not only is it an easy project, but it’s lots of fun, looks dangerous but isn’t, and creates a fine keepsake that will last for years.
I’m going to bring jewelry parts so that you can make a pair of shrink dink earrings.
And I’ll make it possible for you to also make a matching necklace pendant or charm bracelet.
Also: Like Mod Podge, Shrinky Dinks are a “right-on-woman” craft, invented in 1973 by Betty Morris and Kate Bloomberg of Wisconsin. These two home makers and best friends were seeking to make a cool project to do with their sons who were in Cub Scouts. This highly unusual plastic styrene craft trend exploded in the 70s, and then tapered off to a nice mild existence that is kind of unbelievable. Generations of people have grown up without them, but whenever I introduce crafters to shrink dinks for the first time, they freak out yelling “How did I not grow up with this?!?”
I always try to give an understanding nod when this happens.
I’m not kidding about the therapeutic value of shrinky dinks either.
Got problems? SHRINK ‘EM!!!
I mean, you take thin plastic, draw on it, cut around it, put it in the toaster oven, and watch it transform into a durable object… it is the perfect metaphor for shrinking a problem to a size that is manageable. I mean, you can even make shrinky dinks of things you want to work on, a bracelet of “health” charms, for example, a drop of water to remind you to hydrate, a salad leaf to remember to eat your greens. You can make small totems that will act as motivators, reminders of goals, evidence of achievements.
You can really delve with shrinky dinks, they can be as meaningful or as frivolous as you need them to be, so please come in and make yourself or someone you dig a few unique pieces of hand hewn wearable art.
See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

COMING UP SEPT 29th: BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!! FIFTY CENTS A CARD!!!
AKBAR >> 8pm to 10pm >> Booze, Boys, Balls, Girls, Prizes, Gambling!!! WOOOOOO!!!!

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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Coloring Craft, Wearable Craft

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Rainbow Necklace • June 10th, 2015

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This Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Rainbow Necklace 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials, you’re in good hands with Akbar
[Attend an Artist Block Talk with JP THIS THURSDAY! Also other things! [info below]

Just in time for LA PRIDE is our oh so posh and showy RAINBOW NECKLACE KIT that you MUST have. Darlin’ it’s that time of year, where you gotta flaunt your queer. Honey, these colors don’t run, we will be waiting for you with all hues blazing so that you can create your very own bejeweled adornment for the high holidays of LGBTQ visibility, activism and kickass celebration!

I certainly hope you’re planning your outfit, you don’t want to be a colorless blah out there on Santa Monica when party weekend hits.  In the name of legal equality and social acceptance, you’d be so classy to put on something sassy or brassy in honor of those who fought before us, and those who are fighting now. This means if you CAN be visible this month, DO IT.

Here’s the parade info, in case you wanna get a nice tan and give a cheer to some fine upstanding queers this weekend!

Parade Day/Time: June 14th, 11am
Parade Starts: Crescent Heights and Holloway, moves westward
Parade Ends: Santa Monica and ends at Robertson.
Bathroom spots: Crescent Heights, Sweetzer, La Cienega, Palm, and Robertson

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

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SIZZLING SUMMER SYMPOSIUMS

JUNE 11th: ARTIST BLOCK TALK WITH JP (that’s me) at Echo Park Film Center! I’m an artist and I know things and I have advice about artist blocks, and making stuff! Come get knowledge and treats! More info FB Event

JUNE 12th: DYKE DAY in ELYSIAN PARK! Free, all-ages, inclusive DYKE EVENT! Find out more!

SPONSOR BILL COLE!!! You know the beautiful blue-eyed door fellow at Akbar? He’s stern but ever so amiable? That’s Bill Cole, and he’s doing the AIDS Walk San Francisco. Please send some cash toward his campaign! 

COMING UP IN SUMMER>>>> CraftNight Campfire Resort at Akbar, Bears in Space, Bingo… oh it’s a great month!

 

Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Assembly Craft

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