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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Chainmail Earrings and Bracelet on: April 17, 2015 11:33:38 AM
I have spent some of the sick days I've had reacquainting myself with some of my previously purchased craft supplies, and learned through Youtube how to do a new weave called a Love Knot, which I decided to make rainbow earrings out of.

I made a pair each of the large and small love knots and connected them to each other and the earring loops with black rings. They are made of 18g 3/16" coloured aluminum rings and 16g 5/16" coloured aluminum rings. They are pretty light too.

I also made a rainbow bracelet of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) and aluminum rings which is a type of rubber that is used in roofing apparently.

This is made with 18g 3/16" Aluminum and EPDM rings in Red, yellow/gold, green, blue, violet, pink and black.
It is made with a Byzantine weave so it has a kinda square look to it, also very light and I didn't want to have to struggle with clasps.  It is very stretchy but it's still a little big for my wrists (they measure 5 5/8" around lol).

I just don't really like the fact that my yellows oranges and greens aren't a perfect match with the hue of the aluminum and the EPDM.

I really liked how quick both of these worked up, because I have joint issues that don't really allow me to work on a lot of chainmail, one of the many reasons why I purchased aluminum rings to begin with.

Thanks for looking C&C appreciated.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kermit The Frog Puppet **Full Body** on: December 31, 2014 07:48:10 PM
I wanted to post this earlier, but I forgot lol

My dad asked me a few years back if I could find him a full body Kermit the Frog puppet as a gift.  I found a nice one on eBay for christmas '13, but I was outbid in the last minute of the auction. -sad face-  Subsequently I had also run out of time before Christmas morning and couldn't make it.  This year I planned ahead, and actually made the puppet.  This is my first "real" puppet ever (aside from the puppets you make in kindergarten)  The only thing I used a pattern for was his head, and even that had to be scaled up by a lot and the rest was freehanded by me.  He was half hand sewn and half machine sewn out of felt, "standing" 2.5ft tall (he actually has no support in his legs whatsoever).  He thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Pre-eyes, but this was to show his fully posable fingers.

the back of him. and the hand hole

Thanks for reading, C&C are greatly appreciated.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Good and Evil Minion Keychains on: August 27, 2014 11:39:11 AM
I made these a few months back (and forgot to post them)
I based them on a tutorial I found on youtube last year.  It's a part of my minion kick from the last year.

The purple "evil" minion has wool roving as hair.
I just wish I had some TLS to make the eyes shiny, although I could use clear nail polish couldn't I...

Anyway, C&C is always appreciated.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Dino Robe on: March 12, 2014 03:08:06 PM
I made a hooded dino type bath robe for a friend's baby.  She turned 1 in February.
I had less than a yard of green fleece to work with and a lot more white fleece maybe 2 yards.

I ended up having to add a 2" strip of fabric to the seam of the sleeve (making it a 2 piece sleeve) because when I was drafting it I didn't have all the measurements I needed, and the kid "has little meat cleavers for hands and chubby arms" (her parents' words not mine)  which I don't have photos for.  I lined the body and hood of the robe with the white fleece, added belt loops and a matching belt.  the original robe was fully lined but I had to revise it because the sleeves were too tight. so in the photo there is white coming out of the bottom of the sleeves but the robe now just has a turned up green hem. (no photos)

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tiny Happy Batman on: January 27, 2014 06:01:09 PM
I wanted to start dabbling in dolls again.  After doing my mini me (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428004.msg5105701#msg5105701) and having it turn out so well I wanted to try doing something a little more fun.  I decided to do a Cute little Batman for the sister of my boyfriend.  he helped me stuff his body.  I painted on the face and bat symbol.  He's made with the Lil Cupcake pattern from Good Cookie Creations again http://ghilie.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/img-width375/.  I really like this pattern, but I made a few modifications to it..  I made the underwear, boots, cape and gloves separately, so they are removable. the only part that is stuck on is the mask because it's just his head.  I posted it on facebook and someone else had asked me for one.  My dad suggested that I make the avengers, and I also have to make the Joker, Harley Quinn and maybe Robin, because it would be funny.

for a bit of a size comparison (it's for his youngest sister)

As usual C&C is appreciated.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Minion Mascot on: October 25, 2013 03:45:48 PM
For some odd reason I keep making minion things.  This is a Minion mascot-type costume I made for my brother.  If he doesn't destroy it this halloween then we're dragging him to AnimeNorth in this next May.  I don't know if this is violating the rules since he's gonna wear this multiple times.  we went outside to test it out, and wave at traffic/people.  he got a high five from a neighbour and some waves from random people.  This is my first attempt at something so big.

This was before i finished the sleeves and gloves.

The inner construction of the costume is made up of some wire mesh i got from Rona and it's "sewn" together with wire.  I cut out a face and arm holes and covered those with muslin, quilt batting and hot glue as a preliminary safety measure. I had to get one of those giant 4ft balloons and blow it up to fit it inside the minion body, then I paper mch'd over the entire thing with one layer of glue and news paper then did another 3 layers on top of the balloon portion to strengthen it.
some in progress shots:

I made a tube of yellow fleece for the body, made the top like you would a hat, and slid that over the top and tucked the tube into the bottom of the metal/paper mch tube and hot glued that inside.  I cut triangles into the arm and face hole, pulled them open and glued the flaps down.  The sleeves are attached in the same manner.

I made the overalls by making a pair of basic GIANT pants out of blue fleece and fitting them to the minion body, then after glueing the top portion of the overalls to the body I glued the back half of the pants to the body as well and added a long strip of velcro to the front so he can get in and out of the costume.  There is also a pocket glued on the front for fun and I painted on Gru's emblem as well.  the mask is cardboard and tulle painted (and he can still see out of the eye - you'd never know i used pink tulle) i put braided yarn on the top for the hair and used a tshirt for the gloves and strap.

Here is the video of him running around our street.

All in all I think I spent about $50 total on this costume, and a few days for construction.  I went through probably 40-50 mini hot glue sticks and maybe 2 cups of white school glue on this and surprisingly only had 2 casualties with this entire project! (a little poke to the finger from the metal and a burn on my arm when I was trying to glue things on the inside) I can see why mascot costumes go for $250+ online.  I'd definitely do this again, I hope my brother gives me another challenge next year.

If you read all this Thank you! and as always C&C are much appreciated.


My brother loves wearing his minion costume so much that he put the fake moustache and hat on and became an undercover minion.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / What?! A Mini Me?! on: October 06, 2013 07:52:04 PM
A co worker of mine decided that in the second week of me working with her that I was so cute that she wished she could stick me in her pocket and take me around everywhere with her.  My sister came up with a brilliant idea to make a doll of myself for her to put in her pocket with a little sign/speech bubble that she holds onto.  I procrastinated on this doll for about 2 weeks because I wasn't sure how exactly I was going to make a doll version of myself.  I ended up using a pattern from Good Cookie Creations, for the Lil' Cupcake Doll http://ghilie.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/img-width375/

This is what I came up with in the night before I gave it to her.  I think I spent maybe 3 hours on the doll total, including her little dress.  I also painted on brown eyes, and my facial piercings.  In hindsight, I should have also painted on my star plugs on the ears..

This is the outfit I based the doll clothes on, partially because I had extra fabric for it and this is something I had worn to work one day.

This is her with mini me

8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Minion and a CooKey on: September 04, 2013 11:08:02 AM
My front door had been broken for a few weeks, and my dad just got a new doorknob and deadbolt, so we all got new keys.  I was a little sad that he didn't let me get a fun key again (my other house key is Tinkerbell.  I'm 21 and oh so mature Tongue)

I made mine into a chocolate chip cookie, mixing a few tutorials I saw online, and I made a minion for my brother just from some photos online.  This is one of my first ~nice looking~ polymer clay projects, so I am proud.

sadly one of my chocolate chips has fallen off since I made it last night, but, no big loss, it just gives me a place to put my thumb when I use the key Tongue

I also had to trim down the bottoms slightly because I made them a little too long for the keys to work.  You can't tell though Smiley

Thanks for looking.
C&C appreciated.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bow Headband on: August 29, 2013 11:39:21 AM
I wasn't sure where to put this, so I'm putting it in here.

a couple days ago, I made this pretty bow headband out of some grosgrain ribbon, crepe-back satin and 1/2" elastic.  I had the fabric pre-sewn into a rectangle satin side out for about 3 or 4 years (I salvaged it from a skirt I made in skills canada in 12th grade) so all I really had to do was sew some straight lines to break up the strip and make it more bow like (2 rows of stitching) and added some ribbon around the center, added elastic to the ends of another piece of ribbon to make a headband and attached the bow to the headband.  Total working time took maybe 10 minutes. It's my new favourite bow.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Anchor's Away Baby Blanket [img heavy] on: August 28, 2013 07:46:11 PM
My sister recently commissioned me to make a baby blanket for one of her friends who is expecting in October.  She was sneaky with this one, because she had asked me for links to patterns with anchors in them for a nautical themed baby blanket, and knowing her knitting speed, this blanket wouldn't be done by October, so I ended up doing this for her.

When finished it measured about 32x40 inches I think. Each square was 7.5" plus the border.

I posted instagram updates daily for her to see my progress.  I ended up finishing this blanket in a little under 5 days.  I did 20 squares in a basket-weave (so I wouldn't get bored knitting a garter or stockinette piece 20 times over) in navy and white (10 of each colour).  The camera was absolutely awful at capturing the true colour of the blue.  It's a really pretty deep navy, but some photos it came out grey, others a paler blue, some black.. oh well, can't be mad at the equipment.
I did a mix of knitting and crocheting in this blanket, the border was crocheted around the blanket and the anchors are chains that were stitched onto the squares, but I figured I would put it in knitting because more than 90% of the blanket was knit.

these were the first 2 squares I finished I did a close up to show the texture, but the colour was way off.

2 days later I finished 3 more squares

then another 3

The next day I finished another 4

and finished the last 6 squares 2 days later

In the end I looked like this

from all the knitting and crocheting. I think I have carpal tunnel or something, so 5 days of non-stop knitting (plus 10 garment repairs/alterations in the mix) put a huge strain on my wrists, which I still haven't fully recovered from.

anywho... thanks for looking.
C&C welcome Cheesy
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