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1  Re: Terrific (Faux) Taxidermy Swap - SU 08/15 - 09/05/14, SO 09/22/14 in Craft Swaps by suereal on: August 18, 2014 12:46:05 PM
Well...I think taxidermy is more then just heads.  One could felt a taxidermy mouse say...or a moose if they were terribly dedicated.  I was thinking about it last night and I think I think that taxidermy has to look a bit more realistic then a stuffed animal is all.  So, if I were to make a unicorn, I would make it to look more like a horse than that So Fluffy unicorn from Despicable Me.  And then there is that whole line of taxidermy where mundane creatures are doing odd things.  Mostly seen with squirrel, mice, and toads.  I've seen some very realistic stuffed animal toys.  I suppose one could destuff a stuffie and then pose it oddly and make it a little outfit and a lawn mower.  There are a few places I've seen large heads done in cardboard, but I think the mounted heads in a real size format would be difficult to ship.  Then there are the mounted fish to think about as well....I think there are lots of options when it comes to taxidermy...I just know I don't want real animal parts involved in mine....probably Grin

This little jackalope I made is on a wooden plaque that is only about 4 inches long..

so things don't have to be giant Grin
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2  Re: Snarky Housewives Swap SU now-8/15 or full; SO 9/15 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by suereal on: August 11, 2014 03:22:29 PM
A bit of inspiration...

Not only does Luna not clean, she sheds like she means it...but at least she doesn't drink my wine..and doesn't whine much Grin

(I mostly wanted to show the cool over sized cat eye glasses I got at a dollar store the other day...they seemed appropriate Grin)

....Luna was not impressed and got a cookie for letting me take this pic Grin  So did Cosmo, as he hates it when I do anything with her Grin
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3  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014 in Craftalongs by suereal on: August 07, 2014 05:49:50 PM
I received!  My partner pulled through and I feel terrible I wasn't able to get a better picture.  But it is FABO and I'm so happy with it.  She used my Tiger theme, which I have been SO into recently.  Some how, she managed to transport the little green plastic tiger that I have had since I was maybe 3 (back then they used to give kids all kinds of things to choke on...) and had recently found again, to her place!  It looks to me like she used the tiger, sushi grass, a small frame, the bottom of a paper box, some (fake) tiger fur, a little disco ball, a green plastic tiki shooter glass, some safety eyes (she said in her note that I clearly have an absurd obsession with eyes...), glitter stas and a short string of lights she bought at a dollar store.  Just have a look...

And here it is lit up...even harder to take a pic of Grin

She says it's called Dance For Your Stripes.  I am not sure how she found out (she is starting to scare me....maybe I have a stalker?), but I always felt sorry that this poor tiger didn't have different color stripes.  She has molded in stripes, which is how I knew as a youngling that it was a tiger and not a female lion...It's to help me remember to be who I wanted to be when I was a wee one...and how dancing solves everything! Grin
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4  I am Groot! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by suereal on: August 07, 2014 04:27:52 PM
I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot.

As you can see, my BFF suereal has recently been possessed by Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.  Thankfully I, Cosmo the Telepathic Space Poodle, am able to translate for you.  So, please continue.

I am Groot.  I am Groot.  I am Groot. 

She wanted to make a shirt before she went to see GotG.  So she simply took some of those sign stencils, a Sharpie Stain marker for fabric and a shirt, stretched over cardboard.  She hand drew the roots, leaves, and curly bits inside the stencil.

I am Groot.

And here she is wearing her new creation.  Mere minutes before they ran off and abandoned me and Luna the pest to wonder if they would ever come back to us.

I am GROOT!  I am Groot...

*sigh* Ok...she says she didn't say that last part...and that I shouldn't call Luna a pest....

I am Groot

Thanks for looking Grin
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5  Wishfish in Resin in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by suereal on: July 31, 2014 08:06:38 PM
I was paired up with fancybutch in the recent Enchanted Forest Swap.  I've been goofing around with resin recently, and since she said she wears larger pendent necklaces sometimes, I thought I'd try out something I'd been thinking about for awhile..

I bought these tiny "gold"butnotgoldfish the last time I went to Seattle (for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in Dec!!!) at Archie McPhee's.  I have bought waaay too many of those little corked glass bottles at dollar stores, hoping to force my self to do something with them.  So, I used a hot gem setter and some gems to glitter it it a bit, and made one big eye for it out of a peg eye.  Then I shoved it in a bottle and filled it with resin.  I call it a Wishfish...because the pools in the enchanted forest in my head are FILLED with Wishfish Grin
The little leaf is cast resin and glow powder.  The little added stars are from the need to use a 40% off coupon at a mega craft store Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
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6  Martha the Disco Rhino in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by suereal on: July 31, 2014 07:55:15 PM
So, one of my crafty idols is Martha Stewart (she even has art in her name!)  i don't care what some folks have to say about her, so if you are haters, go away.  She did a lot for me in lonely times (ie. The 90's).  One of the things I still follow that she said was, "It's not a collection until you have three of them" (my words not her's...i don't remember exactly how she said it...).  So, when my father recently bought me Ghost Rhino Head, and then I bought Ecco the Red Rhino at a thrift (I'll show you soon Grin) I was angsty because I only had two....and THEN!  I remembered I bought a bag of plastic animals a VV at some point last year, and I was actually able to find it!  It was rather nicked up, so I decided to pull out my Martha Stewart special effects intense glitter paint.  it took a few coats to get it as glitter as I wanted, but her paint is so awesome to paint plastics with.  But, it seemed to need a bit more...so I took a pair of green glitter/glow butterfly wings that I cast in resin from one of her molds recently and used some epoxy putty to apply them to the back.  Now...butterfly aficionados will notice the wings are on .."backwards'  but I thought, if rhino's had wings, they would need more lift at  the back end, so the larger wings are at the back....it's my world, you just get to visit sometimes Grin

So...I'm happy to introduce...MARTHA the Disco Rhino!!!!

And here is her posse Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
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7  Re: Woodland Creature & Enchanted Forest Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: July 08, 2014 10:46:18 AM
and here's the front of the Entling stump..

And it's personal post..

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8  Bog Roll Ent Stump Pencil Holder in Completed Projects by suereal on: July 08, 2014 10:43:27 AM
No, I'm not British...I just thought Bog Roll sounded more enchanted then toilet paper roll.  I made this pencil holder for fancybutch in the recent Enchanted Forest Swap.  All it requires to make it is the TP roll, hot glue, paint, glaze, some extra bits of stiff paper, and a face mold...

I started by hot gluing the TP roll to the stiff paper.  You want a piece quit a bit bigger than the TP roll so you have room to make roots.  Then just keep building up the hot glue.  I used bits of the paper to fill in the roots and make them join to the stump up higher.  I also did some of the bark at this time.  Once my glue gun got super hot, it was too runny to be much good for bark, so I got out my face mold (sold to use with FIMO) and used the super hot glue to make the face.  Once I filled the mold, I stuck it into the frig to help it to completely cool the mold faster.  I let it cool for several hours.  It has to be totally hard, or it would distort if you try to remove it.  Once cool, heat up your gun again and stick it where you want.  I also did more bark work then too.  After it is all hard, cut off the paper bottom that didn't become the root system.  After that, just start painting.  I think I used 4 different coats of paint to get the depth I was looking for.  Then I glazed it and I chose to glue felt to the bottom, just so it looked more finished..

The little Ent looked a bit lonely, so when I found this little crow bead, I decided it wanted to live with the Ent Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
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9  Re: Woodland Creature & Enchanted Forest Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: July 08, 2014 10:23:45 AM
Here's the personal post link for the Wild Stick Fairy..


And a pic of it's packaging

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10  Wild Stick Fairy in Completed Projects by suereal on: July 08, 2014 10:21:29 AM
I made this wee creature for my partner fancybutch in the Enchanted Forest Swap.  All it is is natural materials, wire, a rock and resin.  I found the technique in a book called Resin Alchemy by Susan Lenart Kazmer (the developer of Ice Resin).  If you have always wanted to try resin but can't quite get started, I would recommend this book.

I started by taping a white plastic garbage bag (which I bought at a dollar store) to a board.  I used kitchen sponges (also bought at a dollar store) cut into wedge shapes to apply the resin.  I started by glazing the maple spinners into pairs of twos with a bit of wire between the join points(I recently found some spinners that were still joined in the middle.  If you have those I would not break them apart but use them joined).  I did mine flat on the plastic, but when I do it again, I'll try and hang them so they resin doesn't pool so much.  Wait 24 hours.  In the mean time, I gathered or dug out of my stash all the other parts.  The body and legs are one  root that were collected along a logging road.  The arms are another root that I wired to the body.  The head is the rock inside of a sycamore bomb.  The hair is the inner part of a dried rose.  It took about...5 different resin applications to get it all together, but now that I've done it, I think I can do it in three steps.  Then I just wired it to a rock and one more resin coating.

This was so much fun to make.  And though it seems very delicate, it is way tougher then it looks Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
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