Sunday, 11 September 2011

Esmaltes! nfu-oh rivka holográficos bases

Vou postar sobre um assunto completamente diferente, em português, só para ser "achada" pelo Google e consequentemente pelas outras malucas que como eu se apaixonaram pelos esmaltes de unhas holográficos.

Como todas sabem os holográficos Nfu-oh tem uma duração péssima, mas as outras brasileiras que vieram antes de mim descobriram uma técnica excelente que funcionou muito bem para mim: leia sobre ela aqui.

Bom, minha obsessão com esmaltes começou há pouco tempo, durante 8 anos eu sequer fiz as unhas! Claro que fiquei louca com os esmaltes que temos à nossa disposição agora, especialmente os holográficos. Quando tudo isso começou, há uns 2 meses atrás, nós já tínhamos aqui os holos da Rivca, eu comprei o Jenny e esse foi meu primeiro holo.

Na semana passada comprei 3 Nfu-oh de uma vendedora no Mercado Livre que foi muito atenciosa. Escolhi o 61, o 62 e o 66. O primeiro teste foi com o 61, e já de cara usei a técnica da base fosca + roxinho. Na hora de aplicar o 61 foi aquele terror que eu já li em outros blogs, a textura dele estava super viscosa e com uns grumos (mesmo depois de agitar bastante), e eu entendi o que vocês todas dizem quando ele "arrasta" e que não podemos passar o pincel 2 vezes no mesmo lugar. Mas enfim consegui passar uma primeira camada que não ficou perfeita, apenas razoável. Não fiquei muito impressionada com a holografia do esmalte, me pareceu menos holográfico que o da Rivka. Daí resolvi pingar umas gotinhas do diluente de esmaltes da Mavala para baixar a viscosidade e deixar a textura mais homogênea. Melhorou, e foi mais fácil de passar a segunda camada. O efeito holográfico desse esmalte não foi nada impressionante, ele não brilhava a não ser no sol, e não era mais que o Jenny. O esmalte ficou perfeito 3 dias, mas hoje eu tirei para testar o 62, então a técnica descrita acima realmente funciona, porque eu inclusive lavei louça todos os 3 dias.

Bom, com o 62 eu resolvi fazer um novo teste, usei como base duas camadas do Mavala Barrier-Base Coat. A textura dele também está perfeita e não usei o diluente. A aplicação foi totalmente normal, super fácil, nada de arrastões! E ele brilha muito, mesmo na luz artificial, dentro de casa. Sim, agora eu entendi porque os Nfu-oh são tão famosos! Bom, temos duas coisas a levar em consideração aqui: primeiro, a base da Mavala deve ter ajudado a aplicação, além do fato desse esmalte estar OK. O meu 61 deve estar velho, estragado ou simplesmente não foi bem feito, talvez seja o resto do lote, vai saber! Agora eu quero saber o quanto ele vai durar nas unhas. Passei 2 camadas sobre a base da Mavala, e vou postar novamente sobre essa experiência para vocês daqui uns dias.

Não pretendo continuar a postar sobre o assunto quando as experiências se esgotarem, mas eu quero dividir isso com as outras consumidoras brasileiras que estão extremamente mudadas e me ajudaram muito com os artigos publicados em seus blogs. ;-)

Monday, 28 February 2011

Venting...

I need to vent something... I really, really HATE Doris Chan's Everyday Crochet. Unfortunately I do. HELL. I think her designs are beautiful but the way she writes her patterns, or the way they edited them, it drives me nuts. I really wanted to make some of those projects, specially Jewel, but the constant coming and going and looking for the right directions in that "directions labyrinth" of a book isn't for me. I give up.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

freeform, Prudence Mapstone

I'm very interested in freeform these days, but I haven't found confidence enough to try it. I'm afraid I will just ruin a bunch of pretty yarn. Maybe I should start practicing with cotton. I love mercerized cotton and is cheap, so maybe that's the way to go at the beginning. Also, I'm mainly interested in crochet freestyle, and I feel I don't have enough experience for it.

I think I'm going to order a book written by the lady who did the scrumble pictured in this post. Her work is amazing, and I need some guidelines while I'm such a wimp at this!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

International Crochet Day - September 12

International Crochet Day is coming!

Jimbo has a great contest going on at his blog. I plan to do something special too, besides crocheting in public, but I'm not sure what to do yet.

Do something special too, and promote the event at your blog!

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O Dia Internacional do Crochet está chegando!

O Jimbo, que faz agulhas de crochet de madeira muito especiais, está promovendo um concurso em seu blog. Eu estou planejando fazer algo especial também, além de fazer crochet em público, mas ainda não decidi o quê.

Pense em fazer algo especial para comemorar o dia e promover essa deliciosa forma de artesanato!

Monday, 23 August 2010

amazing discoveries


New and great finds:

-Wooden crochet hooks made by Jimbo. I had to order one of those made of Bois de Rose. I'm such a sucker for beautiful wood...

-Jane Thornley Knitwear. I've signed up for one of her KALs, very exciting. Her projects and patterns are freeform and very elegant.

-FridaKahlo's interesting crochet/knitting freeform projects. Here's her Ravelry and her Flickr page.

My crochet passion is developing fast... now I must try freeform! Actually I want to try freeform on both crochet and knitting.

And 2 of of the new crochet hooks I got at Purlescence got here today. One made by Ed Jenkins (in pink ivory), the other by Lantern Moon (ebony). Since I'm a freak, I had to "correct" a few things about them. I took the little pearl off the pink ivory hook, and I sanded the glossy varnish finish off the ebony hook. Then I rubbed a bit of my blend of carnauba/beeswax on it, and polished it. I like my wood feeling and looking like wood! Now I'm happy, and I'm going to actually try crocheting with them.

ETA: I love the Lantern Moon hook, but I'm not crazy about Ed Jenkin's head/throat style. Of course this is highly personal stuff!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

the first granny square we never forget...

spinning head

Today I woke up feeling battered again, with muscle pains and a terrible headache, just like last saturday. I had a bunch of nightmares.

But on a more colorful note (and a very colorful one), I found this. So I decided to rip the other blanket I started yesterday and make this one instead. It will be much more portable, instead of those long stripes I was making, or at least trying to make because my count for the eyelet row was off. What's up with this crochet math anyway? It's crazy! But I still want to make a striped blanket, but instead of the one I was making I will just choose another of Lucy's designs. Much prettier than the one I was attempting to make. But that will be a project for the future.

Monday, 2 August 2010

to the tool obsessed



This post is for those obsessed with their tools like me. :-)

Comparison of Addi hooks (silver) X Tulip hooks (golden). I much prefer the tulips. See how the addi's throat taper too much? After working with them I discovered I really don't like that.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

crochet, crochet & crochet

Today I did some shots of Arabella, my first amigurumi and my first crochet project ever. She is full of flaws but I like her a lot. Looking at her I realized that what I most like about amis is their simple, minimalist style. Although I love those fancy amis made by B. Doherty, these are even more the type I like. Simple, but with a strange quality and full of character.

Friday, 30 July 2010

dark waters

photo taken by ming mong
(click the image to see it larger)

Imagine you are at the beach... the weather looks dark but calm. You are sitting on a chair at a very small beach kiosk. Suddenly you look at the ocean, and a gigantic wave has formed and is so near, and surely everything will be under water in seconds... some people run, but you know there is no time to run. You just grab the table in front of you, and you hold your breath... and then you are covered by the water and you just hope you are not dragged by it. In 10 or 15 seconds it is gone, and you look at the devasted beach, and at the ocean again, and there it comes another one, even bigger! You barely have time to recover your breath, and you are under water again. This time it takes much longer and you don't know if you will survive...

That's the dream I had last night. Now, writing about it, I feel a slight asthma crisis. But I'm ok, and I have survived. :-}