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2131  COOKING / Dessert / Re: my first try at marshmallow fondant on: May 08, 2008 11:58:02 AM
Wow. Your first try came out awesome.  You did a great job.  I love the marbled effect in the fondant.
2132  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Holly Hobby Birthday Cake on: May 08, 2008 11:50:31 AM
Hope you do make one, sparrowowl.  If I'd had more time to do this one, I would have enjoyed it more...and maybe even done the decorating better.  Don't tell anyone but I didn't even have time to decorate the sides of the cake.  The worst part was getting the marg. into all of those nooks and crannies.
2133  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: From used plastic soda bottles to butterflies on: May 08, 2008 11:16:24 AM
Thank you all again.  I am overwhelmed by your responses.  Thank you. 
Some hints that I learned doing this.  Even though I used paint left over from using the paint on a very boring window, I still had loads left over so try to buy very small bottles of paint or be ready to have enough to repopulate the world with butterflies.  A little goes a very long way.  Also I did it in stages. Cut bottles..Had a few, then "tacked" them down..I had room for about 8 "bottles".  Paint the black outline...let dry. cut some more bottles. Next day paint inside of outline...let dry...at this stage friends were driving me nuts by bringing me more bottles....cut out more....when dry I just took them off the bulletin board and cut individual butterflies.  Put more bottles down and outline.  Then cut out the leftover (outside the outline) plastic.  Yes, I made alot of butterflies and have maybe a fourth left.
I tried to take more pictures one for scale and one on an outside window.




Thank you all again.

2134  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Trilobite Cookies on: May 07, 2008 11:20:19 PM
These look soooo good!!!
2135  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: From used plastic soda bottles to butterflies on: May 07, 2008 10:40:34 PM
Thank you all.  I am really looking forward to seeing your take on this.
Don't forget that there is a "negative" or other side to these. They will look different from the side you didn't paint.  Again, I used "liquid" (faux) lead so it looks "different" from the other side.
How many did I make?  I never really counted them.  These were made over a period of time and were made mostly of green bottles cause that's what I had. I could count them but then I gave some away too.
I am really wanting to try something with the link stellato_escuro posted (that generated this post) Now that looks classy.
I had used the bottoms for tea lights plants etc. It will be real nice to see what other people come up with.  A challenge to you all.  I mean like the things that come out of Craftster. Roll Eyes

Obviously, my next challenge will be how to use a computer.  Sorry about the underline thing.  I meant only to underline the word "classy".
2136  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wedding Shower Gift (Pinfish, no peeking!) on: May 07, 2008 02:17:30 PM
Thank you for the help!! Cheesy
2137  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: From used plastic soda bottles to butterflies on: May 07, 2008 02:06:06 PM
I have finally found that site I was looking so hard for. The one with the pretty butterflies.  It also has the templates for the three types of butterflies.
(I sure hope I'm doing this right...link....)

http://www.geocities.com/kraftproject/Instructional/heavenlybutterflies.html

It is a great site and explains everything better than I can.  It's where I learned to make my butterflies.
Hope this helps and that I'm not breaking any rules or anything.  Just wanna be helpful.

Dreambelle. gotta laugh at that.  While looking now for hours for that site I found an interesting amount of ways to recycle plastic bottles. Thank you for sharing.
SaphireFaerie...I know what you mean...I hoard glass bottles...If I remember correctly I got 3 butterflies out of one bottle.
Eliea. Hope I helped with the templates (with the link).  It also explains which paints. 
BTW I got some of the black paint type for a faux lead affect.
Hope you post pics.  They are fun fast (not counting drying time--overnight)and a great conversation piece.
2138  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: From used plastic soda bottles to butterflies on: May 07, 2008 12:14:30 PM
Thank you again for your comment.
funtobewith I used thumbtacks and just stuck 6 of them in the plastic.  You just need to paint the butterfly with the wings on the curve so that they come out right. You bend between the "body" and the wings to get the "flutter" effect.
CamOovas, that is one interesting kitten.  I once had heard of pickled people as a craft and searched it...I'll be more careful in my searches next time.lol.
I'm still searching for that site I mentioned.
Cheers!! and thanks
2139  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: From used plastic soda bottles to butterflies on: May 07, 2008 08:15:32 AM
Thank you all so very much.  You all are so kind.  You all give me courage to post some of the other things I have made everyone here is so very talented.
To answer some comments.  First Panda!!! You are an angel!! That is exactly the site I was looking for.  It shows\describes perfectly.  I just made some adjustments.  There is another site also that I can't find.  Its an incredible site...all animated and shows even more beautiful butterflies...I'm still looking.
I didn't do all of these butterflies at once.  I did download the 3 pictures and multiple copied them and did three of the same at once cause that was the size of the bulletin board I had.
Also I need to give credit to stellato_escuro for posting that incredible site with another way to utilize plastic bottles.
Lmcbride, that is a wonderful idea.  I love butterflies (not many where I live...sad...so I made some)
I tried to make some with magnets but couldn't get them to adhere enough then the magnet was too small (body of the butterfly) to be strong enough to stick to the fridge so take that into account if you make them.
I got the suction cups at the $ store.
Thank you so very much for hitting the "hot" button.  I'm grateful.
2140  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / From used plastic soda bottles to butterflies on: May 06, 2008 11:14:28 PM
A while back I decided that I wanted to do something with all of those soda bottles that we generate.  I only had green ones so I surfed and found a site (which I now can't find and wouldn't know how to add it here)  Sorry, I don't have any pics of the process.
It is basically cutting the straight part of the bottle with scissors, straightening them with tacks on a board.  Put the pic of a butterfly under and paint over it.  I used faux glass paint (that I had left over from a previous project).  I know it's been done before but if was fun and luckily.. time consuming.
Here are the "butterflies" drying after I put the suction cups on



Here they are on the door of my new craftroom



A bitty close up.



I do apologize for the poor quality of my pictures.  I'll just have to learn.
Anyone else done this?  Thank you for looking.
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