You can cover Styrofoam in gesso (found in the painting area of a craft store), which, once it dries, can be sanded and reapplied until you reach the desired smoothness. I do wonder if you could apply it thickly and then trowel one of those cake decorating edge thingies through it, or if it'd smooth out, that I'm not sure of. But the gesso allows you to paint the foam without it warping, or soaking in, or looking splotchy. If you did want to do a texture to the edges, you could always do the gesso, and then apply drywall patch to it (you can get it in a tub in the hardware department of any store, usually near the glue), and I know you can use the cake decorating thing on that, though I don't know if I'd use it on a cake afterwards... You might need to prime that before you painted it. And you can make roses and other decorations using clay (think like fondant). Maybe? Good luck!
Crafting is my therapy, as well. Whenever I'm down or bummed I grab my knitting (which is repetitive, but I have to stay focused, because I'm not very good at it). BUT! I will say that if I'm truly pissed, or in a mood, I don't attempt anything constructive. Also frustration does not lend itself well to making things. That is when I either clean out my supplies (or fridge, or closets, or anything else that allows me to throw things away) or deconstruct projects or pieces that I can later use for other things. My seam ripper and I grab some ice cream and old shirts and go to town, and after I've vented all my frustrations on said shirts, I feel much better. Attempting to do something new, or involving fiddly machinery generally adds to frustration for me, and doing repetitive things just makes me stew.
I will also say, though, that visiting Craftster can almost instantly better my mood because (not to sound too cheesy) everyone here is so supportive and friendly, and everyone makes such beautiful and inspiring things. Just picking around here in different threads is at once constructive, soothing, and pleasing. It's awesome! Good luck with your hubby, I know how that story can go sometimes.
I will! His birthday's not until October, but that gives me much planning time ::grin:: I'm thinking a Potion and an Ether (I need to see if there are specific colors associated with either) and a Phoenix down. And I'd like to incorporate a ribbon in it somewhere, as its one of the better items that shows up in just about every game, and I torment him about it. It's going to be so fun! This is the best idea!
Thank you all so much! I really love making them. I wrote a tutorial a while back for those that asked "how?" It's here: http://www.freewebs.com/faeriemuse It's long, or I'd post it here. Thank you, again!
Yay! So, I think I have actually found the place on Craftster which would be most appropriate for these. Wingmaking was my first love of crafting, and it gave me an awesome creative outlet through school. So, I wanted to share some of the work I've done! I hope you enjoy.
These were for a charity auction.
I just like how the light reflects in this picture.
This is a friend of mine, who wanted to be a Fairy Princess Pirate for Halloween.
These were my attempt at being conceptual, with fire and water themes.
And yeah, these are my babies. Or at least some of them. Tres fun in the making. I hope you like them!
This is so awesome! I am completely inspired to make one for my DH now, for his birthday. Though his will have to be Final Fantasy themed. WoW didn't last long enough in our house...nor do any of the other MMO's... But FF is forever. Do you think the liquid-water-looking resin would work instead of distilled water? I'd be afraid of it evaporating over time, or spilling...