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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The 10pound key corset that almost was... on: May 05, 2012 10:00:20 AM
Yes this is an almost was post. I ended up ripping the grommets out of the side while trying to lace it up so i have to figure out a way to fix it before it can be worn. i was to excited about this not to post it anyway.
I was attempting to make an underbust corset kind of like the vest the Russian wears in the movie "the darkest hour". I waited months to watch this movie and as soon as i saw it (about halfway through the movie) i ended up missing the rest of the movie trying to figure out how to construct it.

anyway enough yammering... its got a duct tape base that was wrapped around my body then cut off. I then spray glued fabric onto the outside (all i had was white duct tape and i wanted a black background). I then hot glued and stitched a little over 200 keys to the base.  it was probably the first time anyone in history has muttered "if i don't have enough keys i'm entirely too fat" but i didn't have enough keys anyway,,, i was off by 5-10.

on to the pictures:




Im going to try to fix it eventually. right now though its going in the WIP drawer because my fingers are raw from stitching through 3 layers of duct tape  Roll Eyes
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Question for stretched canvas/poly-clay piece on: August 31, 2008 03:14:59 PM
I'm sure my 2 questions are on this board somewhere... I'm just under an extreme time constraint (as in I hang all work on Tuesday for a show)
I have these wings I made of sculpey III its about 1/4 of an inch thick and are quite wide/long. (just to give an idea of size)

There is a space between the wings that I want to fill in with more clay but i wasn't sure if I could put 2 baked pieces together with an unbaked portion into the oven. Will it connect the pieces? burn? What will happen?

And I was thinking of using gorilla glue to attach the pieces to the stretched canvas but wasn't sure if it would hold/last. the whole butterfly is very light but it will be hanging on a wall at a coffee shop... (just imagine that someone drinking coffee and a large butterfly falls off a canvas and attacks them...  Roll Eyes lol)

I am a complete noob when it comes to this kind of clay... and ANY help is MUCH appreciated.

Thanks a bunch
.mana
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Hit pink and lime green monstrosity... block help needed! on: July 16, 2008 07:56:05 PM
Ive been slowly finding my fabric stash from different places, fabric i've bought for projects that never saw the light of day and to be completely honest don't even remember what half the projects were.

So Ive figured out I have a TON of hot pink and lime green (my fav colours right now) so I was to make a quilt.... about queen sized. I sat down with graph paper and figured out a pattern I liked... spent a LOOOONG time doing this... I show the boyfriend and his first response is "it looks like one of those pot holders... u know the ones u do on the loom"  Roll Eyes

Sooo... now i'm clueless if its gunna be a nifty pattern or just look like a freakin huge potholder...  Grin

Here is a quick paint illustration of the pattern:


PLEASE help lol... I have a few other patterns in mind but they require WAY more black fabric and I kind of want this to be a bright quilt muted by the black instead of the other way around.

AND.... im still deciding if i want to use one piece for the black instead of 2 squares... what do you guys think for a first time quilter?
much thanks in advance.

.mana
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Magnet swap on: July 07, 2008 09:37:32 PM
I would so love a magnet swap.... after all you can never have to many...

Thinking like a 5 for 5 or a 10 for 10 swap.

Since magnets are not really time consuming (depending on what ya do) It could be fun to have it be a larger sized swap.

Id host if i could... a few more swaps yet for me to go b4 i can host.... Le Sigh
.mana
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Huge project... felting, zippers, hidden pockets, doll clothing HELP!!! on: June 27, 2008 03:56:13 PM
Ok so a friend of mine asked me to make a gnome doll (from WoW) and I have never really made a Somewaht human shaped doll. So I decided Ill make a test doll with a ton of lil projects to include in it this way i learn a ton from it. SOoooo.... I called my ex roomate and told  him he is now an experiment and Id give him the results.


Ok so far my list of things for this project is:
wet felting
needle shaping
Human shaped doll
possibly tea dieing (if i can get a skin tone)
a secret pocket
A zipper
Clothing
shoes
button jointed arms
And last but not least the shape of the head (which scares me the most)



So my list is huge and I have never done any of these things... I did a quick sketch of how i want it to look (kinda a crappy scan) but I want it to be about 12inches tall.

any kind of tips, tricks... I need lol I have no where to start I cant really find any patterns I like for the body and haven't found a single head pattern that I like... I want kind of a round head (ball shaped I guess) but i don't know how to get a nose out of a ball.
And does anyone know where i can maybe find a 12x12 (or even 8x8) piece of fabric that looks like a bandanna that black and has skulls or swords on it (anything gothy really)?

Much thanks to anything anyone can help with.
.mana


6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Inchie cutting issues... on: June 19, 2008 09:45:16 PM
ok... Im not new to the paper at scene Ive done Atcs for a few years now (wow time goes by quick)
Ive never had an issue getting straight and even Atcs...  Well i decided to try inchies... and I CANT get a straight and even cut to save my life.

I only have xactos/box cutter or scissors... And my ruler is wooden so its a huge pain to use as an edge...

Is there anyway to make inchies with out buying them?
Any tips cause i'm going crazy cause of these lil buggers  Roll Eyes
.mana
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / handmade flower and butterfly paper? on: May 12, 2008 01:29:27 AM
Skip to bottom if you don't want to read  Roll Eyes sorry I ramble.

My sister passed away a week ago today and she loved flowers and butterflys, we are holding a memorial service for her, but are taking a very different coarse in the planning of it. First off we are not mourning for her, she had many medical problems in her life and is now free from pain and the hardships she had here on earth. So while planning this service I found a site that had paper with flower seeds in it.. basically you plant the page and it grows. So the craftster that I am Looked at the price of 50 sheets and decided "i NEED to do this myself, cause even dear ol' sis would cringe at that price"

Ok resume reading here for questions:

First Ive never made my own paper I have a basic idea how its done but i'm still a newbie.... So any tips would be awesome.

I'd like for the paper itself to be in the shape of a butterfly (i was thinking cookie cutter for the "shape" when i sift the paper pulp) Would that work?

I plan on using the newspaper that the obituary was in (ie the whole thing but that one page)...how do I color the paper... food colouring? Acrylic paints? watercolours?

And would the paper-making process (i.e. the excessive water) make the seeds sprout, or rot while in the sifting/pulp stage?

I plan on making a few hundred of these things in a few weeks for the memorial service, And need to print a message on them too... probably just written on if the paper isn't too bumpy. Or if possible running it thru my printer... which id really like to do considering the shear amount of them and My handwriting sucks


Thanks ahead for any info or tips.

8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / mardi gras beads on: April 22, 2008 09:16:57 PM
Yeah i probablly spelled it wrong... but I have probably around 500 strands of Mardi gras beads
All colors and even ones with a plaque type beads... all are originally from New Orleans b4 Katrina so I want to do something special.

I have yet to try to break them off the strings but they don't seem to be "beads" they seem to be held together BY the string....

Any suggestions?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / helping finding notebook... on: April 17, 2008 07:03:21 PM
ok so i bought a notebook at borders (book store) its about the size of regualr printing paper (a lil smaller) its canvas covered nothing on the front no designs. It comes in grey, red, black and dark green I believe. But I remember the sticker that was on the front (i just had to peel it off) was oval. Theres 2 sizes (thicknesses) the smaller one is like $4 and the thick (about an inch) is like $7. I know this is incredibly vague but I always see them at every borders I go to and I'm hoping that a fellow borders lurker will know what i'm talking about.

 and I just realized I need another but I cant get to borders... So I was gunna buy one offline.
But alas I go to  my old notebook to find the company it was made by.. and theres NOTHING. No label no markings nothing. Sooo i figured "well borders.com should have it on their site" thats another big fat no.

So anyone know the company of these notebooks? Or at least I site I can get a blank canvas covered notebook?

Gosh I feel like a loser posting on craftster cause i cant find a new journal.. lol

Thanks to anyone who can help... and quite frankly anyone who stuck around to read this post lol
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Pop Art stitchalong on: April 12, 2008 10:55:38 PM
oooook... if anyone has an interest in this (a few of ya on the brainstorming thread) I'm putting one up.

I finally decided on a Keith Haring piece to start with ...then I plan on doing maybe a Warhol or a Lichtenstein I cant decide yet... I'm such a pop art freak and I love to many if i don't pick ill be stitchin' for years to come lol

Lets see those beautiful stitches! Break out the needle and thread and honor those beautiful crazy artists of the pop revolution  Grin


Ill post my progress in a few days when I can get a camera from the neighbor

cant wait to see everyones work
.mana
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