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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Painted Keds "Wingtips" on: September 18, 2009 01:25:15 PM
I saw these shoes on "academy for wayward girls", and thought they were pretty sweet
but uhh... not for 350 dollars! But since they're just paint, I figured I could do it myself.
But my questions are:
- what kind of paint should I use?
- is there a certain brand of shoe you think would look most like this? I have size 10 1/2 feet if that helps...
- any tricks for painting this kind of project, especially to get the sort of layered natural texture they have?

thanks a lot,
I'm sure many people have done this before, but I'm kind of a beginner!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Aqua Teen Hunger Force! on: December 20, 2008 09:48:53 AM
my friend who I got for secret santa LOVES aqua teen hunger force, so...

I made moonitites!

they have wire in their arms and legs so they can move

and of course,

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Headbands, Snoods, and Hats Oh My!!! (Loads of Pictures) on: November 30, 2008 09:31:31 PM
I figured I should should stop being lazy and show you guys all the crocheting I've done this november Smiley
I tend to go on little binges of certain accesories, and after last months feather headband fiasco, I figured I'd get back to something a tad less messy.
Anywho, I hope you guys like them, and have some advice for my completely patternless attempts...
if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them

I find that snoods are really a great way to avoid frogging a hat you spent ages on that turned out huge  Tongue


i folded the edge up because I made it a bit too long

heres a better look at the stripes though

this is from my halloween costume, I knit it up in ultra bulki yarn the night of october 30th

action shot! I was clearly mayonaisse

the patch is stitched on

it has a reversable side in opposite colors

also stitched on w/ embroidery floss...

I often wear this as a belt, but I don't have a picture off-hand : /
it's a tie, so you can adjust the length

Aaahh picture overload!
My mouth hurts from just looking at that many pictures of myself smiling

thanks for looking  Smiley
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Obama/Mccain Yin Yang on: October 19, 2008 06:57:15 PM
I'm layout editor for the music magazine at my school, so I whipped this up for the cover of our political issue last night (really last minute on my part, considering we're sending it out to be printed on tuesday!)
what do you guys think?

I used corel draw...
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Feather headband/hat pads - tutorial! Picture heavy on: September 22, 2008 02:50:12 PM
Here's the goal:

Sorry about the mediocre tutorial, its my first try!

I've seen these all over for 30$+, so I tried to make my own!
I found out after making about 8 that you can buy premade hat pads, but uh, this is way more fun and original

you need...

-black thread (color varies, depending on if you want it to blend in or not)
-small/medium feathers (i got mine fairly cheap from http://www.tonyhill.net/, but there are plenty of companies that sell them)
-backing fabric (leather seems to work best because it's sturdy)
optional - a thimble might help if you have sensitive fingers/a hard time pushing through the leather and feathers

you want to cut a teardrop shape about 4 inches (or whatever size you want it to be...) that's even on both sides (fold it in half it helps)

Thread a *really* long needle. Its a lot easier to not have to worry about running out of thread while doing this, and to not have to change thread. You should probably double the thread too, because its more supportive.

Pull out a big pile of feathers!

Its easier to use ones like this that are fairly flat on the top

Lay a long, flat feather with the end facing the pointy side of the teardrop, and *important* curved down! You need the whole finished pad to curve towards your head, so you always have to face the feathers in a frown on the fabric.

Stitch right next to the base of the stem and over. Do this a few times around the stem in a few different spots. It also helps if you can sew one or two stitches actually into the base, but it can be hard to pierce.

It should look something like this. Keep in mind that the bottom will be covered up, so it doesnt matter much if it looks messy

Lay two more feathers around the sides in a fanning out shape, and tack them down as well. (The same way you want the pad to be a frown lengthwise, you want it to be a little curved down widthwise as well, so try and find feathers that accommodate this)

Add three more feathers in a fan on top of this, lining the middle one up with the first feather you did, and covering the stitches. Tack them down too!

Keep adding more feathers in the fan layers

since I already made 4 or 5 already, I decided to change feathers and do a multicolored one, but normally youd just keep layering until you reached the end, getting less and less feathers each row until you have just one with the stem tip matched up with the point of the teardrop

heres what my finished one looked like

Once you do all that, you can attach it to a pin, clip, headband, or whatnot
I ran out of headbands, so I dont have a tute of how to put it on the band! But I can put one up as soon as I get more headbands (if you do want to make one, I suggest fabric headbands for sure, I got mine from joyce leslie for really cheap)

Heres some pictures of the headbands Ive made though

And some clips Tongue

If you have any questions, Id be happy to help!
Happy feathering!?

ok, so I finally got my stuff together, and took some pictures of gluing it to the headband, + a few new headbands I've made. For this, you need a hot glue gun, a few pins, a sharpie, and obviously, a headband (fabric works best)
hope this is what you needed!

line up your feather piece where you want it on the band

pin it down so it doesn't move too much

trace around the outside of your headband

pulling from the non pinned side, glue it down! Pull out the pin, and dab some on the other side as well

cut out another teardrop and glue it over the top so it's secure and so that your threads don't show


so, here's some more I've done recently. I bought some long feathers and tried experimenting w/ some layering, but there's one regular one too
excuse the disgusting faces on my part...

( think this kind of looks like a claw?)

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / antler necklace and blobby jewelled necklace! on: September 19, 2008 08:26:02 PM
I made these two recently...
this one is just an anonymous shape that I sodered some jewels onto

and this antler one is a little unfinished/scraggly
but I haven't done this recently, so I'm happy with it : )

hope you like!
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