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1  Re: Mini Altered Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: July 02, 2014 09:19:44 AM
I just received this spectacular tin from felicitybaby.

I was thoroughly stalked by fb! She discovered my fondness for the Fiji Mermaid and ran with it.

This piece is so well done, with all the wonderful little details. fb, am I right in saying you made the ringmasters coat and hat? They are awesome!
All the details are wonderful and the finishing is great.
And I must say, a very cool way to re-purpose a Barbie Doll!

I'm thrilled to own this! Thank you for swapping with me, felicitybaby, you are awesome.  Kiss

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2  Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: July 02, 2014 09:02:42 AM
I received the most charming spool from Knickertwist.....

Knickers knows how much I love hares and she really hit a home run with this winsome fellow!

The spool is dripping with gorgeous lace and the hare is hand sculpted from paper clay. Wonderful!
I really like the soft color palate she chose, I adore everything about this lovely, lovely piece.
Thank you Knickers!  Kiss

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3  A Little Silver Spool in Completed Projects by cackle on: June 26, 2014 09:22:18 AM
I made this spool for Knickertwist who is my partner in the Altered Spool Swap.
If I am remembering correctly, it's about 2 1/2 inches from the top of the bead to the bottom of the crystals.

It's meant to be a sort of all year 'round ornament, but it could be a pendant as well, so not sure what category the little thing belongs in!
It's made from PMC3 (precious metal clay) and it's my first hollow form bead. A 'tube' of paper clay was made to build the bead on, mainly for support
while the pmc is drying and to keep the bead from collapsing whilst firing.

The paper clay burns away along with the binders and water in the pmc and if you have success, what you are left with is a hollow bead.
It was so much fun to figure out how to do this technique and then actually make one. I loved it and am planning to make many more!

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4  Mailbox Makeover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: May 28, 2014 02:44:44 PM
We live in a fairly rural area and have one of those huge galvanized metal mailboxes that sits down at the bottom of our road. It was in good shape but looked terrible.
Discolored and covered with gunky tree stuff and bird poo. I've been saying I want to give it a makeover for literally years and I finally did.
We scrubbed it down and put a couple of coats of black enamel spray paint on it.
I didn't plan a design except I knew I wanted a little checkerboard border around the front edge. A row of squares cut from a piece of graph paper made a good template for that and I just free handed
the rest.
I used One Stop Sign Paint so hopefully it will last for a while!
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5  Re: IYP (invite your partner) 25 - Silver Jubilee Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: May 10, 2014 08:30:32 AM
My partner alteredmommy and I decided to do a jewelry/altered box swap and here are her amazing creations!

I love this leafy, organic pendant. She made all the leaves herself. The contrast between the rusty colors and that
pop of blue is perfect!

Flashbulb Pendant! I love light bulbs and flash bulbs and never thought to incorporate them into a piece of jewelry...

It's the eye!!! Aaah!
I love this thing! I don't know where the heck this eye ball came from, but I love it and I can't stop looking at it.

Detail shot of the beautiful box am crafted for me. Love the textures and colors.

The big picture....

Thank you, alteredmommy, I love everything you made for me. You are fabulous!  Kiss

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6  Little Birds Trio in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: March 11, 2014 09:36:04 AM
I made these little guys yesterday because it's so springy outside. I hear it won't last, but warm weather is just around the corner!
And if it gets all snowy again, I can look at these and know the cold won't be here long.


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7  Odd Bird, Strange Bird in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: February 20, 2014 08:40:01 AM
I made these two little guys with a bunch of stuff from Alpha Stamps.
Their wings aren't big enough for them to fly yet, but they have their bird pals to help them get around.
And get into mischief!

I used 4x4 artist board as the base and ric rac around the outside edges to cover the rawness of the board.
Working from the back, configured the bigger gears and glued them onto the back of the bird, then working from the front, I added smaller gears and watch parts to
fill any gaps and add detail.
I cut out the images, added a little color, crowns and wings and glued them on the birds.
I used double sided foam tape in two layers on the backs of the birds to stick the birds onto the board. I positioned them being mindful that I wanted to add title plaques to the bottom.
The last details were some crystals and a little bit of white acrylic paint dots in places that I thought looked nice!

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8  The Philosopher's Stone Reliquary in Completed Projects by cackle on: February 01, 2014 11:59:31 AM
I made this for pottermouth in the Artist Trading block Swap.
I know she has an obsessive mild interest in Harry Potter and so I asked myself a lot of 'what if?' questions and the one that clicked
with me was, what if shards of the Philosopher's Stones survived? What would Dumbledore do with them if they weren't destroyed?
I thought perhaps he might honor the memory of his old friend Nicholas Flamel and so I decided to make a reliquary for the fragments.

The wood is butternut cut to size for an ATB. I cut a slice off of the front, cut those in half and made doors for the front.
I attached them with hinges. Oh, and I hollowed out the inside. It was a bit of a pain, since I did everything a bit out of sequence
(which is what happens when inspiration hits) and basically just wood burned the heck out of the whole thing.

I've had that tiny bottle for at least 15 years. (No, I am not a hoarder)  Cheesy   I put some Czech glass beads in a baggy, wrapped them in a paper towel and
smashed the heck out of them!

The bottle comes out to reveal two larger shards of the stone inset into the wood.

View of the back

I finished it with mineral oil and beeswax.
So maybe there are a few shards of that stone kicking around in the cellars of Hogwarts......

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9  Waiting for Spring in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: January 27, 2014 03:23:59 PM
It's been unseasonably cold where I live. And windy.
I need something to remind myself that as pretty as winter is, it doesn't last forever. Thank gawd.

The flowers are raw brass findings that I enamel with nail polish. Make sure you have good ventilation when you're
using it....it's pretty dang noxious, but I love the results.

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10  The Lightbulb Ladies ATB in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: January 24, 2014 12:39:23 PM
It seems a few of us have caught the Artist Trading Block fever.
Here's one I made that was inspired by sifting through my stash and finding this snippet of paper from g45's Steampunk Debutante.
Sometimes you hang onto things for ever and then one day, something clicks.

My husband gave me a bunch of rusty washers and I used two of them here. I do love rusty things!
The bulb in the middle is a fake one, but the others were saved from an old flash bulb camera.
I love all the squiggly metal wires inside!

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