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1  Question about reupholstering and repainting wood chairs? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by ShammyCrafty on: May 15, 2010 06:00:14 PM
I recently purchased some old chairs that I would like to spray paint and reupholster. What grit of sandpaper should I use to remove the varnish?
And does anyone have any ideas on how I can get the cushion off the seat back?? It appears that the studs are holding it in.
I'm not sure what to use to remove those, or what will happen once I do.
And if I have to remove the studs, what do I do to put the cushion back on?
Any ideas or suggestions are welcomed!
Thanks!




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2  Zombie Pin-up Painting (kinda gorey) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ShammyCrafty on: May 09, 2010 03:08:37 PM
I wanted to try a mixed-media painting using acrylic paint and polymer clay.
I don't know why, but a zombie pin-up was the first thing to come to mind.
But, beware- it's kinda gorey. Just in case some people are squeamish.
Here it is.





And here it is taking shape:




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3  Coloring Shrinky Dinks in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by ShammyCrafty on: March 17, 2010 12:58:56 AM
What mediums(besides color pencils and permanent ink) can be used to color shirnky dinks before baking?
Is it possible to use acrylic paint on the shrinky dinks before baking? The instructions that came with it say that you can use acrylic paint to color them, but doesn't specify if you can use it before baking.
Here is my first attempt ever at Shrinky Dinks, done with a slim tip Sharpie and Crayola colored pencils. It has a cool 3d effect that is not really visible in the photos. I like it, but I am interested in safely trying other mediums to create different effects.





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4  Super-Awesome Cool Golden Rollerblades!! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ShammyCrafty on: July 27, 2009 07:52:19 PM
So a few months ago I saw Xanadu for the first time.  So when my friend recently asked if I would rollerblade with him on our beach trip, Xanadu immediately popped into my head.
I found a $10 pair of rollerblades in my size at Goodwill, and immediately became obsessed with the idea of painting them a strikingly shiny Xanadu disco gold.





Well, since I was short on time my awesome boyfriend spray-painted them for me. He did a few coats of a flat gold, because he said that it adhered to the plastic better, and did one final coat of the high shine gold.
I painted the straps with hot pink nail polish, and mod-podged some pink poster paper onto the 'tongue' of the bootie that goes inside the skate. I hope to replace the straps and bootie at some point.

I've never rollerbladed before, and I have to admit that the moment I first stood up with the skates on, I fell flat on my butt, breaking the door to the battery compartment on my camera. LOL. It was easily fixed, and I have to say that I did learn to rollerblade pretty quickly- within the first 15 mins I had the skates on!



ps- I wasn't sure where to post this, so if you know of a better place, please suggest.
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5  Faceless Alice in Wonderland Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ShammyCrafty on: November 07, 2008 02:40:39 PM
  I tried to make a polymer clay pendant with an Alice in Wonderland T-shirt Transfer image. It got all fudged up- and when i removed the transfer from the clay, The only part that transfered was her face.  Sad
 But I thought that the faceless alice transfer, looked kind of cool and spooky. So a pendant & frame using copper polymer clay, threw on some beads, and glued the transfer on to it. Then I coated the whole thing (including transfer paper) with Sculpey Glaze, and painted Alice's hair & dress & the playing cards with acrylic paint.
Add a sterling chain, and TA-DA Grin!!!
 Tell me what you think!!!








Sorry the close ups are blurry. Sad I had to take pics with my iphone.
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6  Polymer Happy Tree Friends jewelry ***Warning Gruesome Cartoon Violence Ahead!!! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ShammyCrafty on: November 01, 2008 01:47:49 PM
I think this is my first actual post with photos of my own work. Yay!
Anyway, if you've never seen Happy tree Friends, you should. It's hilariously awesome. That short cartoons about these cute little animals, who get killed in the most HORRIBLE ways on each episode. (Think Itchy & Scratchy.)
Here's the link to their site where you can watch cartoons:
 http://mondo.happytreefriends.com/index.html
Since, I love them these characters, I recently went in search of HTF merch. They didn't have much in their online store, so I decided to make something of my own to show the love!
Here are a couple of pics of the actual characters for reference.



My sculpts are a bit "off-model". There's something a little weird with Lumpy's jaw, and I sculpted the wrong antler down; Giggles got squished because I forgot to put the headpin in before adding details, and I don't have a drill yet (so it was before curing. or never!).

Lumpy:



Giggles:



Hope you like! Thanks for looking!! Comments appreciated.

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7  Re: Paging Diane B! Paging Diane B! (or anyone else who can help) in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by ShammyCrafty on: November 01, 2008 12:22:48 PM
Hi Diane! thanks for replying.
Yes when I said "coated each piece" i meant only the parts that were touching.
Maybe some of TLS was pushed out of the piece; I baked it on a piece of paper, and a few parts of the cured piece was stuck to the paper a little. Kinda like what happens to really candy sometimes when you unwrap a piece. But I was able to just pull the paper off. *GASP* Could the paper have had something to do with the problem. I baked it on a piece of clean white computer paper. I know that when you need to "leech" clay, it is suggested to sandwich between to pieces of paper. Could the paper that I baked the piece on top of, have accidently leeched out some plasticizer?!
Oh, and I did use an oven thermometer. It said 275 the entire time. (as suggested for curing Premo). And yeah, I did think that I needed to bake them for 2 hrs. But during my sculpting process, it didn't even occur to me to use an armature.

Well here are some pics of my piece- well what's left of it anyway. By the time I got home, several pieces had dropped off.




Here you can kinda see where it actually cured the first time around, and where it didn't and I tried to fix it.


these are a few of the pieces that broke off. Others were lost out on the street.


 a close up of one of the joins. I kinda got desperate here.
I wish I had pics of what it looked like after first cure, before I tried to fix it.
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8  Simpsons Shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by ShammyCrafty on: July 28, 2008 12:18:35 AM
This is my first attempt at this. Hope you all like. Homer's head got a little distorted during the painting process Sad Which is weird because initially Homer was dead perfect to the model, and Bart was a little off. But somehow Bart came out pretty good, and Homer- Oh well. Sad



That is obviously the toe. The heels say El Barto on the Bart one, and a word balloon with "Doh" on the Homer. (u can't really see that it's a word balloon. it got cut off in the pic. i'm too lazy to retake the photo)

My boyfriend thinks that I should fill in the white parts of the shoes with something else. But I don't know what. Any suggestions?




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9  Re: Pinky the stuffed Bunny in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ShammyCrafty on: July 19, 2008 11:46:28 AM
I think my bunny is your bunny's distant cousin.



Except, my bunny has fangs, and is sticking out her tongue. What can I say? She's mischievous.
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