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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / M is for...Magazines? on: March 09, 2011 12:54:22 PM
Originally inspired by http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365239.0, I finally got around to making one of these.  I printed my design in reverse onto regular paper then used spray glue to attach it to the back of a sheet of card stock.  Using an exacto I cut out the image.  The rest is pretty obvious.  I did learn on thing about this type of project; don't use strips of folded magazine with too much (if any) white.  The white in the background will mess with the image.  Thanks for looking!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / How Much Does Time Weigh? on: July 17, 2009 12:14:36 PM
We all know how easy it is to make a clock so I decided to make one when I found this face of an old produce scale.  I thought it would be a hoot as a clock because the numbers on the scale are only 1 - 10 and they are counterclockwise!
A good portion of the paint was rubbed off by the hand of the scale so I hit that area with that make-it-rust stuff from the craft store.  Then I dismantled an older clock and put the works onto the scale face.
What I came up with is a clock that is near impossible to read!!!  See, when a clock face has no numbers your mind will work with the position of the hands and imagine the numbers needed to read the time.  However, when a clock face has numbers your mind goes all lazy and just reads the numbers.  Check the photo below and you'll see what I mean.


Tell me your brain didn't tell you it was about 10 minutes to 8.


I hung it above the window over the kitchen sink.  Here's a broader shot.



C&C WELCOME.
Thanks for looking!  You guys are the GREATEST!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / LOTS and LOTS of SPOTS and DOTS on: June 04, 2009 10:48:22 PM
A while ago I tired of the seriously ugly downstairs bath and needed a fix that was cheap.  Leafing through catalogs looking for ideas I realized I had what I needed right there in my hands (and on the end table, the nightstand, the kitchen table and most any vertical surface in the house).  Catalogs!  Twas the season and the mailbox brought more every day.
Using a 1.5 inch hole punch I vandalized catalogs and magazines for months till I'd accumulated a couple of thousand dots.  I painted the walls and door then armed with a sponge brush, modge-podge and mess of circles I started a wave across the walls and built on it from there.  It's a project that may never be 'done' since I continually add to it.  Cheesy






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4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Circling the drain (um, pix tubby) on: April 08, 2009 06:19:22 PM
A couple of years ago I decided to redo the powder room in the basement.  The walls were a sort of smooth paneling.  Unbelievably fugly.  Seriously on the cheap I though I'd cover all four walls including the door in waves of circles cut from mags.  For months I vandalized any magazine and catalog I could lay my hands on.  Kept my hole punch with me at all times.  I ended up with a couple of thousand dots.  I didn't use all of them but will definitely add more with time.  I painted over the fugly and just started mod-podging dots.

           

Some of my favs


So even after a couple of years I still find new things.  It's FUN!

Yes, I know, the puns in the subject are sad..."circle"-ing the "drain" and pix "tub"by.  Potty humor  Shocked

C & C welcome!!!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / padlocks find home on: March 24, 2009 11:33:34 PM
Longtime lurker finally posting.  You guys are so creative.  I'm always amazed at what you come up with!

DH collects vintage padlocks and I collect, well, anything. Grin  Ages ago I picked up a door to an Ikea hutch (discontinued, so no link) in the as-is.  99 cents!  Finally found a use for it.

I sanded off the door's finish then hit it with a couple of coats of dark gel stain.  Next I cut a piece of thin plywood to fit in the insert.  Covered the plywood in old encyclopedia pages about locks and keys and gel stained it.  Unfortunately I got turned around when mod-podging and put the pages on SIDEWAYS! Embarrassed  Oh well.  We'll just say it 'adds movement'.  Lastly I screwed the board to the door, added a bunch of cup hooks and hung it on the wall.  Not much of a project but it made the DH happy.  C&C welcome!
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Fried Green Marbles on: May 05, 2008 12:57:27 PM
So there I was, wandering the local junk store when I passed an aged box of marbles and craft sticks.  Id seen it many times before, in the back of the store with all the other unloved, unpopular stuff.  But this time I looked more closely and I realized the marbles were fried.  I remembered making fried marbles with my mum many, many years ago.  I picked up the box, bargained down the price to a couple of dollars and left the store wondering how I was gonna explain yet another box-o-crap to hubby.

I got the box home and discovered it was once a lamp.  Sadly almost every craft stick was bent or warped and many of the marbles were missing.  

So I did what any of you would do, I googled fried marbles. Thats when I stumbled across your great site.  Then I found the contests.  I clicked on the wonderful examples and The Stacked Wooden Slats Lantern by nemka caught my eye.

I spent the last week gluing (under $5 for fancy glue) crafts sticks (box of 1,000=$3.84) and marbles.  By spacing the marbles further apart I was able to stretch the supply.  The original socket and wiring was in good shape so that saved $$. Even the light bulb still worked!!!

Here goes!

As Found, missing many marbles and kinda warped


Rebuilt!!!
daytime


nighttime

Thanks for looking!
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