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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Puddles Pity Party Tribute Shirt on: May 26, 2015 10:24:54 AM
For those who don't know who I'm talking about, Puddles is a giant singing clown on YouTube..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HtrbMy4mU4  <---Puddles singing Team

My Hub found him in April and I have listened to him nearly everyday since then.  I fake joined the Fandom Swap just to make myself a shirt....

There were about 8 steps to this silly shirt.  I just ruff drew the letters onto the freezer paper, used a chisel tip Sharpie to get the letters strait and such, then cut them out.  The red parts were just hand painted on.  I cut a separate stencil to do his crown.  I had to buy the rickrack...huge rickrack was not in my stash for some reason Grin.  I'm a bit AR when it comes to rickrack being sewn on....I hate it when it gets flappy.   SO I free motioned when I sewed it down and followed both outside edges.  I'm not sure how often I will wear it, but it makes me laugh when I look at it.  I also made a pompom wrist cuff.  Puddles has the habit of playing with his poms when he sings Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Memento of a Memory of a Moment: A Poseable Me on: May 15, 2015 04:42:58 PM
When I first read this challenge, I immediately remembered what it felt like to get a ticket to one of the last three seats at the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis 2013 World Tour in Seattle.  It was about 1AM and I couldn't sleep, so I was just looking at stuff about Mack and Ryan.  One of the sites was the tour dates of the 2013 tour.  I saw that it said tickets were still available in Seattle.  I clicked it and it sent me immediately to Ticketmaster.  I was able to buy my ticket within minutes of learning about the concert.  Not like the old days where you had to trudge down to the building to buy tickets.  I wanted to make an entry that expressed how I felt when I got my ticket so quickly and and knew I was going to that concert.  And here it is Grin

I chose the body paper from a roll of wrapping paper I bought at Archie McPhee's in Seattle.  I went there that day too.  The ball shapes reminded me of the Dale Chihuly museum that I visited that day as well.  It also reminded me of all the lights at the show.  The tiger legs reminded me of Macklemore.  They have a tiger on the tour poster too.  I used doll hands and feet.  I repainted the doll feet to look like my FAVO dancing Mary Janes.


I used the QR code for the Canadian Ticketmaster site for a bit of a string pull.

I found a picture in a magazine of a little girl who's head was the size I was looking for...then noticed she looked a bit like me when I was wee.  I thought that was cool as I felt like a little kid from the time I got the ticket till well after the concert.  I made my hair from wool flat cord and springs.  My second set of teeth (the ones not on the girls face) are glow in the dark duct tape.  I needed two sets of teeth since I couldn't stop smiling for 3 months Grin

I did have some craft fails happen.  I was trying to make a dancing doll, where you pull the QR code and the arms wave up and down.  The foam core I used did not like this idea.  I then tried some metal springs to get some movement into things...but they stretched......I even cut a straw to act as a spring...but well...another fail...So I just moved on to the poseable doll Grin

I finished it off by gluing a few glow resin bits I had made before onto a large plastic upholstery pin to make a little star with wings.  A cute symbol to remind me of a wonderful experience.

Thanks for looking, and HUGE Thanks to Ticketmaster Grin
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Stove Spacer Tile ...thingy.. on: April 27, 2015 01:58:26 PM
Stove Spacer Tile ...thingy..

So...our house is a result of "lets wing it" philosophy due to the last owners.  So many things are not square and sort of not all the way thought through.  One of the things that was bugging me was this kind of large space between the gas stove and the counter.  So the Hub made a wood insert and I went wiled with the tiles Grin

All the tiles were either bought a long time ago or given to me.  I used aluminum tape to enclose the edges as I also used the pour on resin to over glaze them all for durability and cleaning easy.  I'm pretty happy with the results, though it took MONTHS to get it all done due to the curing issues Grin

Thanks for looking Grin

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A wand for my nephew on: April 27, 2015 01:41:38 PM
My nephew is grading from Uni this month...which is odd as he is 8 as I tend to think of him Grin.  Now his brain works more like mine then any other folks in my family tree.  So what to make, what to make.  I finally did decided on a magic wand.  If anyone needs a magic wand it's when one transitions from college folk to grown up.  So I collected a few sycamore sticks from a park my sister and I learned to water ski at when I was at my folks house last and worked from there..

Here it is in the box I made for it to live in.

The box was designed to also be a display stand.

The white parts are glow in the dark FIMO, but I'm a bit worried the glaze, which is UV protective will block the glow  Shocked

After I was done with it all, I noticed that adding the eye at this joint kind of made it look like a one armed cephalopod Grin

And here is the back half of the wand.  I did drill out the handle a bit and added a Garfield newsprint cartoon as the core.  He was always a huge new comic fan as a kid Grin

And clearly the end of wands are perfect for more eyes...

I had to make the box, as the wand was very long...so that's when I got the idea to do the display stand as well.

Got the box made, and it would not stay closed.  Thus the ribbon and eye closure Grin

He seemed happy with it, so that is all that matters to me Grin  But I did feel a bit sheepish about giving my youngest nephew a stick for grad Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Canadian Ninni for rscowtown on: April 27, 2015 01:11:59 PM

This little guy came about because I had noticed rscowtown had posted in her shop swap that she had found safety eyes at a thrift store with no backs that she wanted to be rid of.  Well, anyone who knows me knows I love eyes, and the backs don't matter to me in most cases.  So I PMed her about an exchange.  I added the extra lure of mentioning I would be happy to make a Ninni for her.  She requested a Canadian Ninii as she had a relative from Can....and I live there Grin.  So, once she said YES, I talked to my Canadian Hub and he helped me make a list of what needed to go into the little guy.  He was super fun to make and I even got to try out a new craft that I've been watching on Youtube.  So here he is..

The check pattern is normally a wool jacket called a Mack.  Apparently it's a Can/French thing.  All I know is my Hub has one that he had worn to a frazzle Grin

I used two CAN. pennies for the eyes.  We stopped making pennies up here in 2013, so I kind of started being a bit ob/com about collecting them in the year before.  So I went through my collection to find two that were from 2011, as that is when rscowtown joined craftster.  The other eye is the Queen side.

The most obvious thing to put into this creature was a hockey reference.  I looked and looked for a pencil I saw a few years ago where the eraser was the blade of the stick to no avail.  So this stick is made from Popsicle style craft sticks and glow in the dark duct tape. His Ninni style tooth is also made of GID duct tape.

The hardest part was the hinged mouth.  On South park, Canadians are portraid in a simple format with a slit open mouth that leaves there the top half separate from the bottom half.  But I persevered and made it happen Grin

I also figured out how to make the little guy stand up with his beaver tail

This was the thing I had not done before.  It's called poutine.  It's a French Canadian thing.   It's french fries, cheese curd and gravy.  At this point you can get poutine at every fast food place, though it has only been the last few years.  But OMG it is YUMMY!.  I have been watching tons of how to make mini things out of poly clay on Youtube, so I got inspired at the last moment to make him a wee serving of poutine.

The other ingredients are moose horns (obvious Grin), the Toque (his little hat) and the mustache.  Up here Movember has become a rather large thing.  Movember started ion Australia I believe, but they love it up here.  It is to gain awareness for male cancer issues.  The idea is to grow out ones face hair for the moth of November.  Nearly all the news caster embrace this event.  I think it's partly due to custom of growing out ones beard if your hockey team is in the play offs Grin

I also made the heart on his chest as a pocket, so she could put in Can. stamp[ or coins or other momentous of this amazing country Grin  He was super fun to make...and he was my first Ninni as well.

Thanks so much rscowtown.  It was an inspirational swap for me Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Awkvaard Phayz--a Monster High Hack on: April 02, 2015 11:29:53 AM
I got paired with the ghoulish cackle for the recent Be Awesome (Redux) swap.  I knew I had to get my A game on for this one.  Thankfully, the idea formed relatively quickly and I was able to get it started the day we got partnered.  Which turned out to be a very good thing as every time I join a swap, my life suddenly goes all catawampus.  But I got her done and here she is..Awkvaard Phayz...the Odd little Hare Girl

Cackle loves hares, so I knew she would be a little hare girl from the start.  I'm not sure which MH doll she started out as, but when I got her, she had no forearms.  Also, her hips and knees were very loose.  Clearly, she needed forearms, so I did what seemed obvious to me and made her tentacle ones from Fimo...the suction cups glow in the dark...durh Grin.  I just carved away her rather large lower lip till it was nothing but teeth and then painted them white.  The pink eye is a tiny safety eye with Black dimensional paint to fill in the spaces.  Her other eye is glow in the dark dimensional paint.  Her cloths are random bits of trim, handkerchiefs and fabrics.  Her shoes are from a vinyl samples book.  They are glued and sewn on.

It took me awhile to figure out the best way to deal with the fact she couldn't stand.  I was originally planning on polio type leg braces, but could not settle on the best way to do that while still preserving her pose ability.  So I decided on making the little little backless chair....she needed the back off to leave room for her tail Grin

The chair is made from stacked foam core, card stock, glue and that FABO glow in the dark skull fabric, which seemed just the right pattern and size for this project.  The legs are wooden dowels covered in Fimo...the balls on the ends also glow.  This was the first time I have ever made doll furniture and I learned soooo much...but I think it came out well enough Grin

Her wee doll Froman is from an Archie McPhee play set from several years ago.  One could change the heads and bodies of all the critters, like those old school pop beads...Froman just looked perfect with her I thought Grin

And here's a few more pics of Awkvaard..

EDIT:  I forgot about the rest of her story!  Her story is written in side her name tag..

"Awkvaard is an Odd Child. Apparently, every so often in her species an Odd Child is born...they live backwards, so when they are born they are
sickly and decrepit. As they get older they heal until they spontaneously explode with health.
Right now, Awkvaard is unable to walk so she has a special chair and her little pal Froman to keep her company."

In cackles words...I forgot to save it when I put it into the computer *bonks head on desk*

Thanks for looking Grin
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Flat Thing In An Envelope Swap? on: January 27, 2015 11:28:27 AM
So, I just had a thought...believe me, it hurt a lot Grin !  A simple and cheap swap.  One would make something that fit in an envelope.  Unlike the fill an envy swap, any sized envelope could be used, as long as it fits in the width mailing rules of ones country.  Some options I've thought about so far are:  ATC, Wall art, not stuffed stuffies of the flat persuasion (like Ninnis), journal pages, pop up art, paper dolls, photos, wallets, pouches,  possible knit or crocheted 1/2 gloves, mug rugs, prayer flags...I'm sure there are many things that would fit in envelops Grin  It would depend on ones partners profile and like list.

Anyone interested?  I am not liking pintrists business practices at the mo, so I am thinking I will require a well filled out like list and a currant profile to participate.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Xena Princess Warrior Doll Hack on: December 13, 2014 12:28:50 PM
I was matched up with Smeddley in the recent I miss that SOOOOO much!!! swap.  She mentioned in forum that she would love a Xena poppet.  I thought about it a bit, then decided that by the time I built a poppet, I would not have the energy to make the outfit and gear she would need to be Xena...so I gave up on the idea.  But then I was looking for a bunny for another item at a thrift and this doll jumped out at me that kept screaming, "Make me into XENA please!!" (for those of you who worry about stuff like that...I don't mean literally...) .  So I just had to commit and make the transformation.  All she really needed was a hair cut and an eye color change.

The only before I managed to take was after the boil washing but before the hair cut..

I have no idea who this doll was to start with.  As you can see she had all one length hair, and as mentioned, all I did to her face was repaint the eye color from root beer to ice blue.  If anyone recognizes who she was to start with, please post it.  I'd love to know Grin

My FAVO part to make was this..

her Chakram.  The inner gold part is a metal part painted gold, the blade part is silver FIMO.  I have carried that gear around with me for ages.  It was nice to finally discover where it belonged.  The holder is just a bit of wire bent to serve it's purpose.  The sword is just a tongue depressor with FIMO accents

The doll was completely flat chested, so I made the breast armor out of two balls of brown FIMO with a coil added as detail to the armor.  The squiggles that join the breast bits to the shoulder are wire painted gold.   The rest of the metal details are gold MarthaS paint...love that stuff!  it seems to stick to everything!  All the armor is sewn and glued on....I just don't trust glue alone.  The details were painted while the armor was flat.  The armor pieces are all cut from a vinyl sample book from a decorating store.

Here's a detail pic of the skirt.  I cut all those little tabs watching Xena for research.  They are all hand sewed together.  I painted the back of the vinyl so that white didn't show.  Then I reversed every other tab so there was better contrast in the skirt.

The hardest part was the boots.   She had a semiheel foot (not the Barbie arch, but about 1/2 way in between) so she wasn't going to stand on her own, and as far as I was concerned Xena MUST stand up on her own.  I ended up using paper mache clay...but a new one I picked up somewhere for free to build up the back of the foot and the toe to help to even out the look.  I added wire for support around the foot (totally small and weak feet that girl had for the size of her head!  if she were real she would never have been able to walk around  Roll Eyes ) and then added those super strong magnets to the heals, hoping that would be enough to keep her up right....nope.  So she ended up getting an Altoid tin standing base.  There are wires around the feet to hold her to the mos covered tin.  Smed can add rocks or marbles or other heavy things that might fit in Altoid tins to help her stay even more stable.  The outside of the shoes are covered the same as the armor on the body...sewn and glued.  Xena can still be removed from the base so she could ride a horse or do a high kick if she needs to.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / The Purple Tentacle LIVES!!!! on: December 13, 2014 11:37:42 AM
and here he is...

(My camera didn't like takeing the pic of the purple and green together it seems....the first one is my attempt at editing it into submission..)  The Purple Tentacle is a video game charter from the 1993 Day of the Tentacle.  I made him for Smeddley for the I miss that SOOOOO much!!! swap.

He is built of FIMO around an old metal film canister, so she can hide things inside him.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fake Swap Faux Taxidermy Tiger Chair on: October 08, 2014 03:10:14 PM
Say THAT 6 times fast Grin

So...I've been on a tiger bender recently.  So, a few months ago, I started working on re-covering an old ugly scratchy fabric computer chair.  I had to back out of the recent Faux Taxidermy swap as my left hand was acting up, and I spent at least 5 weeks resting it.  So...now that I can work with it again, I took the opportunity to join the Fake Swap craftalong and get it finished up.

Oh!  Look at that!  The dogs managed to work their way into the photo yet again!  Clever little monkeys Grin

Here's what it looked like before...and don't judge my cluttered and unvacuumed house Grin

The claws are glow in the dark FIMO on foil frames with a screw imbedded at the end, so I could screw them into the arm.  I also quenched the poly clay in cold water to try and get it as strong as possible.

I was not sure what to do with the eyes...but then I realized the plugs on the sides of the arm rests were missing, so I just hot glued peg eyes into the holes, after trimming the pegs a bit.

The tail was a bit hard to decided on the method of attachment.  I wanted it to be stiff but not too stiff.  I settled on a coat hanger straitened out, covered in cotton batting with a pipe insulator over that.  I used some two part epoxy putty to make sure the coat hanger was good and stuck in.  I was lucky, as there was a hole in the chair back support just where I wanted to drill one Grin.  The wire extended past the end of the cotton batting and the pipe insulator extended past that, so I sealed up the rest of the pipe insulator side and filled the space with plastic bean bag pellets, so the very end is kind of flexible but not soggy.  I plugged the end with a wad of batting.  The skin is just a tube with the end rounded.  The tail is the only thing sewn by machine.  All the rest is just sew directly onto the chair by hand.  The tail hangs just right over the back of the chair, so i didn't have to attache it in anyway.  The ears are inch foam from a package, cut into the ear shape and covered by the fur.

When i bought the material...many many moons ago...like 4 moves ago, I was going to make tiger pants...just to wear around the house Grin.  I decided to not cover the back of the chair so I could save some to do another thing with.  I might pin stuffies to the back as a way to display them and pay homage to BirdBones stuffie throne.  It will live in my laboratory and from hence forth be called THE CHAIR OF UBER CONTEMPLATION!!!

Thanks for looking Grin
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