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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ellen Degeneres Swap on: July 23, 2008 07:08:24 AM
I'd love to see someone do a swap with Ellen's talkshow as the theme!
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / GILMORE GIRLS NEEDS ANOTHER SWAP ROUND--PLEASE! on: July 15, 2008 06:02:12 PM
Hey,

I'm really new, so I'm not brave enough to run a swap myself yet, but PLLLLEASE, someone do a Gilmore Girls round so I can participate! The show may be over, but it lives on in my heart!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / HARLEY QUINN SKATEBOARD on: July 08, 2008 05:18:56 PM
Hey!

You may have seen this in this month's "Childhood Heroes" craft contest, but I wanted to post it somewhere more permanent, too, and people had some questions about the finish.

I'm pretty proud of this one.





If you like it, check me out in the contest and vote on it!

So this is on an old skateboard; the steps are as follows:

1. Sanded the board with a medium-coarse sandpaper
2. Primed the board with a water-based (low odor) primer
3. Drew my image on with pencil
4. Painted with acrylic paint (not the craft stuff, it's too watery)
5. Filled in small details with permanent marker
6. Waited THREE DAYS to apply finish (paint and marker needs to off-gas)
7. Applied spray finish (I think? I've also used liquid finish), water based, so it wouldn't respond negatively to the paint or marker. Be careful about your finish choice: water-based, low odor type finishes are better for avoiding any bleeding of permanent markers. Even then, always do a test of your finishing product before applying it to your special project. Take a similar piece of material (in this case, a piece of wood), apply paint and marker to it, wait three days, then test out your finish. Apply more than you plan to apply to your project, so you can be sure nothing will happen. Certain types of permanent markers WILL streak! Beware! I trial test my markers and stick to specific brands.

And then you, too, can have a killer board! Or, you can always buy one of mine; I'm currently selling this one and two others at a local comic shop, but I also sell online. Smiley

 
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Challenge 29 entry: HARLEY QUINN (BATMAN) SKATEBOARD on: July 03, 2008 02:57:44 PM
Harley Quinn has been a favourite of mine for a long time. She's quirky, funny, crazy, and a little evil: I could always relate to her. Harley is a fan favourite, which I like, because she's not the typical comic grrl: no long ridiculous hair, short skirt, or ridiculous "armor" covering nothing but their naughty bits. She's whimsical, crafty, and wears pants. A good role model to have, if you gotta choose a villain for your role model. Smiley

The illustration I worked from on this skateboard was by Bruce Timm, an awesome Batman artist. Harley here is painted onto an old skateboard.



25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / BUTTON AND BADGE MAKERS--the best of the cheap ones? on: June 19, 2008 06:36:38 PM
Hey, everyone!

I'm looking to buy a button/badge/pin maker (you know, buttons with sayings one them). I don't want to buy a fancy-pants pro one, I just want a little cheap one...but some of the cheap ones, I hear are TERRIBLE. Does anyone have one of the cheap ones (30.00 or less, roughly) that is good?

Lemme know!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / GUITAR MAKEOVER--First Steps on: June 06, 2008 07:33:11 AM
Hey ya'll,

So I recently bought a little Jay Turser Stratocaster--not a stellar guitar, but I'm just learning to play so I didn't want to buy anything fancy. Anyway, there were no fun coloured guitars in my price range, so I've started to apply my craftiness to this baby and really make it something special. The first pic is the "before" pic (not my picture, but the exact same model of guitar). You can see it's pretty standard-looking.



Then I got some checkered MacTack (the stuff for lining shelves), took off the pickguard, traced it, and MacTacked the pickguard. What a difference!



I've continued the makeover by adding cloth-covered checkered brads (I think they're called brads?) to the already-cool guitar strap I bought. I will be adding more patches to the strap over time, I suspect.



I also found the great hula grrl sticker.





Stay tuned, I'm likely going to be adding a lot more special touches to this strat, but I thought I'd show you what a little MacTack and ingenuity can do!

Also, feel free to send me some ideas on what else I can add.
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