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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: chainmail jewelry for my mom on: December 27, 2009 12:31:28 AM
Looks great!  Hope your mom liked them.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Campfire Kit on: June 29, 2009 05:14:04 PM
What a great birthday present! I really like the boy starting the fire with his laser vision Grin

Agreed!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reconstructed gift box from VHS tape sleeve on: March 25, 2009 08:43:26 PM
This has been done many times.  I've done quite a few myself.

Still, yours looks cute.

Ah, I figured someone else would have come up with this earlier!  Thanks.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconstructed gift box from VHS tape sleeve on: March 25, 2009 04:10:51 PM
OK, this project is pretty ridiculously simple, but either I was searching with the wrong keywords or this hasn't been posted before.

I've seen some of the gift boxes people have made with old LP covers, so while browsing through Goodwill the other day and looking at all the forlorn VHS tapes, I couldn't help thinking, "Hey, these are made of cardstock... surely they could be reconstructed into gift boxes."

Surely they could.


This is my proof of concept box, recycled from a Disney Reluctant Dragon tape sleeve.  Dimensions of the finished box are approximately 4" x 4.25" x 1.25"; it's about the right size to hold a large jewelry item or a specialty card game, or maybe a set of small square notecards.  I used some white cardstock I had on hand for the box bottom, but I could just as easily have used another VHS tape sleeve, maybe turned inside out so that the inner white side showed.

The basic template was tweaked from Mirkwood Designs' match box bottom template; I just made two box bottoms, one a bit smaller and with higher sides than the other.  They fit VERY snugly, so next time I might reduce the dimensions of the box bottom by the tiniest bit.  Also, because of the location of the image on the front of the sleeve, one of the sides didn't have quite enough paper to make fully doubled sides, so I just didn't double that side.  No biggie.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrink plastic + Swedish hearts = earrings! on: March 24, 2009 10:22:44 AM
I don't particularly look it, but I'm a quarter Swedish.  This becomes most obvious when you visit my house around Christmastime, and the heart baskets, flag garlands, and tomtar come out with a vengeance.  But I haven't really attempted to craft anything new related to my Swedish ancestry...

...UNTIL NOW.


We have a Daiso near my house (yay Daiso!) which sells small sheets of shrink plastic for $1.50 (yay cheapie craft supplies!).  After experimenting a bit with shrinkage--shrink plastic always seems to shrink more in one direction than another--I drew some Swedish heart baskets with red Sharpie marker, cut 'em out, craft-punched two strategic holes and set them in the oven to shrink.

I am not the Shrinky Dink Whisperer, so they came out less than perfect.  The bottom of one of the hearts twisted around in a way that was less than aesthetically pleasing, and I didn't work fast enough to scootch it back into place before the charms hardened for good.  So I just got out the scissors and trimmed off the offending area.  If you look closely, you can also see these earrings are not perfectly flat; there are a few pits and warbles here and there.  But overall I'm very pleased.

Next on the docket: Dala horses.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sushi charm bracelet on: March 24, 2009 10:01:11 AM
Serious kawaii.  You did a fantastic job.

My niece wants to make a shrink plastic charm bracelet with the charms she made of Lego Batman, Catwoman and Poison Ivy.  Only the holes she punched for them shrunk to a teeny size and now I'm not sure I can get the jump rings in!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: cha cha charmtastic on: March 24, 2009 09:56:52 AM
Wow! There's more charm than bracelet!  Very colorful and happy-looking.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My Senior BFA Exhibition: Three-Dimensional Art Quilts (IMG & TEXT ROTUND) on: March 17, 2009 02:11:35 AM
Wow.

This is truly one of those things I never could have conceived of existing before you showed us.  It has elements in common with "Griffin and Sabine" and "Like Water for Chocolate," in that it uses supposedly "everyday" items and elements to tell a remarkable story in a beautiful fashion.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Burnt tree of life. on: March 17, 2009 02:01:42 AM
You have made a thing of beauty.  I'm duly impressed!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: this is not a pipe (mario magritte) on: November 01, 2008 04:07:21 AM
This is all kinds of awesome.
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