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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cheap way to work with art clay silver! on: September 12, 2008 11:43:45 PM
These are my first experiments with art clay silver.

I didnt use all the fancy tools they sell on their site but I used things that I already had: a big marker as a rolling pin, a stamp as a stencil, backing paper instead of a work mat, nail shiner file instead of polishing tools, stacks of paper instead of rolling strips, So you dont have to buy expensive tools to work with art clay!
 
Just make sure that you put a little bit of olive oil on the tools you work with otherwise they will stick to the clay.



2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky dinky flower pendant experiment part 2 on: August 25, 2008 01:16:12 AM


Pendants made out of regular shriky dinky that I put into my printer. To give them a special gloss I used thinner.

The first part can be found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=264636.0
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / sawdust into beads tutorial (and matroesjka's) on: August 25, 2008 01:06:30 AM


What you will need:

Sawdust (real fine with no lumps)
wood glue (Waterproof)
acrylic paint
varnish (transparent)
painting brush (small sizes)
oven (or some days of patients)
sanding paper (I used 360 and 180 thats one with a fine texture and a rougher
 one)

Take some fine sawdust and mix it with wood glue. knead it together until you get a bal  thats not to sticky and not to dry (just experiment adding more glue or dust). It is best to make small amounts at a time because it dries pretty quick. Now you can make all kinds of beads out of them (I made matroesjka shaped ones). Dont make them to big otherwise they wont dry on the inside. Dont forget to make holes in them. Preheat your oven until about 160-180 (you can also let them dry whiteout an oven but it may take some time). Put your beads into the oven (mine have been in there for about 40 minutes). Get them out of the oven and let them cool. Once there cool you can check if they are completely hard. If they are still a bit soft put them back in the oven for a while. If you want smooth beads you need to sand them, first with the rough paper than with the fine one. Now you can paint your beads with acrylic paint or just put some varnish on them. Ive finished mine of with some varnish after painting them. If the holes arent big enough you can drill bigger ones in your beads.


The sawdust I used


Wood glue


The one on the left is varnished


finished matroesjka's

you can find other matroesjka beads that I made that way on my blog http://craftegem.blogspot.com/2008/08/beads.html
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Matryoska heat pillow. on: August 22, 2008 05:45:31 AM
I made it as a gift for one of my friends. She's going through a sad period after her grandfather died. I wanted to make something that would give here warmth and comfort.
I filed this matryoska with rice, so if you put it in the microwave for some minutes it stays hot for a long time.





5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky dinky flower pendant experiment. on: August 22, 2008 05:42:34 AM
I printed some regular shrinky dinky with my printer. The ink isnt absorbed quick enough so it bleeds into the other colors. That way you get some kind of aquarelle effect. After Ive baked them I put some thinner on the shinny site with a rag. That way you get a stripy kind of 3D effect. I really like the outcome of this experiment!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kimono nightgown out of an old pillow. on: August 22, 2008 05:40:54 AM
I bought a big old pillow in the secondhand store last week it was really cheap.  Because it was to big I couldnt use it, so I decided to use the fabric to make something new. At first I wanted to use it for a quilt or something like that. But I didnt have the patient to wait until I had enough fabric to make a quilt.

In the end it became a kimono inspired nightgown. I didnt use a pattern I just measured myself and started drawing. I used some kimono images to help me with the shape. The basic shape is really easy, a bit like a T shape.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Briefs from self printed fabric (Tutorial) + New designs on: August 12, 2008 09:14:30 AM
Briefs (with tutorial!)

Because I was quite happy with the patterns that Ive designed, I looked for a way to get them onto fabric. I had printed my own name labels before so I knew it should be possible to print my own fabric. I will tell you starting with the fabric how I made my own briefs!







What you will need:

An old white T-shirt (you can use a colored one your print has to be darker than the fabric)
Glue spray
Paper for your printer
Scissors
Pattern for Briefs (you can draw it yourself or take a look at this one cheeky panties)
Elastic
Pins
Thread
Iron
vinegar
Sewing machine

Design a pattern and place it in photoshop (or whatever program you like to use) on a paper thats the same size of your printer paper.

Cut large pieces of fabric out of your T-shirt. Spray glue on your paper. Let it dry for a minute. Place the paper on your fabric. Make sure its nice and even. Cut around the paper to remove excess fabric. Repeat this step until you have enough fabric to print on.

Put your fabric in the printer make sure that the print gets on the fabric. Print the pattern on your fabric (Quality High, glossy paper or cotton if you have that option). Let the fabric dry for a minute and remove the paper.

To make sure your print will last longer, put the fabric in water with a lot of vinegar for a couple of minutes. Get rid of the excess water and iron the fabric until its dry.

Im not going to tell you whats the best way to make a pair of briefs becouse Im not that good in sewing. Ill give you some advice:

The fabric is stretchy so make sure the stitch you use is stretchy to (Look into the guide of your sewing machine for more info)

If the pattern pieces you use are to big you should split them up and sew them together later.

Use pins to put your pieces together before sewing.

Dont stretch your elastic when your sewing it onto your briefs.

If you have A bigger or smaller size than the one you can find on burdastyle try making your own pattern by tracing a pair of your own briefs.


If you're intrested to see more patterns I've designed take a look here craftegem patterns
Have fun trying this out and let me know if you have any questions!

New designs!!!







8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / vintage embroidery on an old jeans on: July 30, 2008 01:25:26 AM
I made an old jeans a bit shorter to give it a second life. When I saw this cute vintage patern I knew it would make my jeans special.







9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Seahorse jellyfish and an owl. on: July 30, 2008 01:17:46 AM
Here are some stuffed animals I made with scraps of tissue.







10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Amelie from Montmartre skirt on: July 30, 2008 01:06:06 AM
This is the first skirt I made with a self-made pattern. The Amelie drawing I made with black textile marker. For more pictures of this project take a look on my blog craftegem.

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