December 1997
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For polymer clay baking, use a sturdy piece of card board to bake your clay projects on, now you don't have to worry about someone accidentally grabbing something that you used to bake clay on to cook with plus, it doesn't leave shinny spots on your project!
Tip sent in by Gloria Davis of Independence Missouri!
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Crocheted Bell for the Holidays!  
Sent in by: Patti Fix, Sterling Colorado 
(Finished Bell above is 1.5 X 2") 

    Size #20 Thread 
    Size 9 Steel Hook 
    100 Seed Beads 

Begins at the top of the bell and is worked downwards. There is a series of little pineapple designs. 

String on all the beads to the thread before you begin crocheting. 

Beg: Leave an 8" tail to make a hanging loop; Ch 6. Join to beg chain to form a ring. 

Rnd 1: Work 12 dc in ring. (don't sl st to join) 

Rnd 2: Substituting Ch 2 for first dc, *work 1 dc next st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat * around. (18 dcs) 

Rnd 3: Substituting Ch 3 for first tr, *work 1 tr in next st, 2 tr in next st. Repeat * around. (27 trcs) 

Rnd 4: (Work tr in each of next 3 sts. Work a beaded trc in each of next 4 sts. Work tr in each of next 2 sts. ) 3 times. 

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in same trc. Ch 5. *Work a beaded sc in each of next 3 sts, between last row's beads. Ch 5. sc in 3rd tr. Ch 5. Repeat from * around, substituting the last ch 5 with a ch 2 1 dc in first sc. 

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same space, ch 5, sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 5. *Work 2 beaded scs between lst rows beads, ch 5, sc in next ch 5 space, ch 5, sc in next ch 5 space, ch 5 ## Repeat from * to ## until one ch-5 remains. Ch 2 and 1 dc in first sc. 

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same space, ch 4, *Work 5 beaded scs in middle of ch 5 space. Ch 4. Sc in next ch 5 space. Ch 4. 1 beaded sc between last rows beads. Ch 4. Sc in next ch 5 space, ch 4 ## Repeat from * to ##, until one ch-5 space remains. Ch 1 and 1 dc in first sc . 

Rnd 8: Ch 1, Sc in same space, Ch 3. Sc in Ch 4 space, Ch 3. *Work beaded sc in each of next 4 sts, between last row of  beads. (Ch 3. Sc, Ch 3) five times Repeat from * until last ch 3. Ch 1, 1 hdc in first sc. 

Rnd 9/10/11: Work as Rnd 8, except *Work beaded sc in each of next 3/2/1/ stitches, between last row of beads. And work (Ch 3. Sc, Ch 3) six/seven/eight times. Repeat from * until last ch 3. Ch 1, 1 hdc in first sc. 

Rnd 12: * Ch 3. Sc in next space. Repeat from * until last ch 3. Ch 1, 1 hdc in first sc. 

Note for next Round. If you crochet tightly, you may need to add a sc between each beaded st to ensure that the bottom of the bell is big enough. 

Rnd 13: Sc 1, Ch 1 in ch 3 space. *Sc 1, beaded sc in next st. Ch 1 ##. Repeat from * to ## around. Bead sc in last ch 3 space. Finish Off. 

Finishing Touches:  
With the beginning tail, Ch 8. Fasten to opposite side of chain 6 beginning ring. This makes a hanging loop. 

Starch bell using 2 parts sugar and 1 part water. 

Options: Add a clapper with a pearl bead or tie a ribbon bow on top. 

Designer's Notes:  
This Bell is crocheted inside out. 
Beaded Trcs: Work the Trc as normal until the last sequence. Then push the beads up close to the hook in place and work off the last two loops of the stitch. 
Beaded Scs: Draw up the loop, push bead up close to hook. Work off the two loops for the sc. 

Etcetera would like to thanks Patti Fix for allowing us to use 
her beautiful Holiday Bell idea! 
What idea can you send in to share to Etcetera?
.....Always make sure you get permission before working!
Continued from Issue #20 
It's time to finish your batik right?  Well, the last steps are easy, just make sure you're ready before continuing.  What's ready?  Well...if your crayon drawing isn't as dark and waxy as you can make're not done!  But if it is waxy...and it's just as shiny as can be...let's get on with it! 

Step 4:  You might think this next step is a little crazy, but batik IS crazy and enjoy.  You need to take your drawing into the kitchen and as quick as you can, run it under cold water.  You want to get it damp, slightly wet, but NOT soaking okay? 
Step 5:  Use a paper towel to pat the extra water off...don't rub it...just pat it gently like you would a small little bunny rabbit. 

Step 6:  Now...don't panic, but you need to crumple your paper up into a ball!  EEK!  Yes, be gentle when you are crumpling, it's not a contest to make a tiny ball.  The idea is to crack and crinkle your paper and the crayon wax.  Notice the cracks in the image to the right...  

Step 7:  Okay, your paper okay?  Open it up and smooth is out on a few newspapers.  With your watercolors, brush and a small cup of water have a seat and make a careful decision.  What color watercolor will you brush over your crayon?  The three colors that work best are black, purple/violet or blue.  You need to brush your batik carefully all over.  Just enjoy slathering the paint on your paper! 

Step 8:  You're almost done now!  All you need to do is re-use your paper toweling to carefully pat all the extra watercolor paint of your batik and let it dry!  Simple! 

Now find a place to hang your batik and dream of people in other countries that create batiks! 

What did you think of the batik idea?  Did you enjoy it?  Did you batik turn out different from how you thought it would?  How is it different? 

We would love to see your finished batik!  Send in your drawing, a photograph or you can even email a scan of your drawing!   

We will send your batik back and show it in an upcoming issue! 
Send your batik to: 
Eclectic Etc., Inc. 
P.O. Box 10 
Willow Grove PA  19090-0010 
and please include your name, address and age.     Thank you!

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