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21  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 84 ENTRIES / shadowbox book on: March 05, 2013 08:59:16 PM
I do not know where this idea came from.  it just hit me after I read about this challenge.  I am so incredibly happy with how this turned out!!!  so of course, I now want to make more.  Grin Grin Grin

first I'll show a picture of it straight on, then some closeups, then a picture to prove that it is an actual book:

most everything is stuff that I've either bought over the years or got in a swap (thank the gods for the cabochons I got from corduroy cat.  I needed something to go under the windup key with the star buttons, and I was going crazy trying to find something to put it on so the hearts would swing freely).  I need more frozen Charlottes now that I used my only one in this.  Tongue  the opening is covered by a thick piece of plexiglass (so I don't have to dust it!!!  lol).

hope you like it!
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / thimble necklace on: February 22, 2013 05:07:32 PM
when my grandma died back in 1992 (wow.  it'll be 21 years in November), I was given her sewing box because I was showing an interest in sewing and other crafts.  needless to say, I suck at sewing.  lol.  but I still use it to hold my pins, needles, zippers, scissors, etc. for those rare occasions when I do sew.  the box included a LOT of vintage thread on wooden spools and even a thimble.  I had seen a LOT of thimble necklaces online and I was really inspired to make one.  so I found the thimble, drilled a little hole in it, and added some dangles.

I love it!  I used a mix of quartz (both the point and die-shaped beads), pearls, clear seed beads, and silver lined bugle beads to give it a kind of vintage feel.  I love it, I love it, I love it!!!  Grin
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dia de los Muertos necklace!! on: February 21, 2013 01:41:23 AM
I made one last Dia de los Muertos item tonight.  this time, it was a necklace!  it isn't the same skull or rose color as the item it's meant to go with, but I really don't care.  Cheesy  in case you haven't seen the other items, here is the bracelet (the red and turquoise one is mine), and here are the earrings.  now, here's the necklace!

I found the tiny rose beads at Michaels yesterday and I just fell in love with them!  they were 40% off and there were only 2 strands left, so of course I snapped them up!  the bead strands will be 50% off next week, so I'm hoping they get more in so I can buy more!!!  to create the rose crown, I just strung 4 roses, then just kept running my needle through them to create a circle of roses.  then, to keep it stable on a headpin, I stitched a 6 or 8/0 seed bead in the middle.  I just love this necklace!  I hope you do too!  Grin
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Arizona state quarters made into a necklace! on: February 09, 2013 11:06:52 PM
so my parents went to some place yesterday where they had people selling handmade jewelry and whatnot.  she picked up this necklace that has a pendant made from 2 Arizona state quarters.  that was cool.  what wasn't cool was that it looked like it was strung on a piece of hemp with a crow bead, and that just made it look cheap.  she said I could have the necklace, and I said thank you, but I'll be putting it on a chain.  I'm pretty proud of how this turned out.

sorry about how washed out it looks.  Undecided  but you can see in the heart that it's an Arizona quarter, there's a rising sun and a cactus.  I of course had to make matching earrings.  the turquoise were just some cute little square beads that I got from random people that just happened to be the EXACT same beads.  amazing how that worked out.

with only 12 turquoise necklaces, I don't think I have enough of them.  Cheesy
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter shadowbox on: February 06, 2013 02:14:21 PM
it's finally done!  I'm pretty proud of this piece since I made the table myself.  Grin


the table was made from 2 wooden tags I just happened to find at Jo-Ann's and 2 strips of wood each for the legs.  I just cut off the odd end of the tag and cut the pieces down for the legs.  then I filled in the space between each piece of wood with wood filler, sanded them down, glued everything together and painted it all.  the one leg is a bit wonky and I don't know why, but I'm still really happy with it.  Smiley  on the table you'll find Polyjuice Potion, Unicorn Horn, Bubotuber Pus, Salamander Blood, a Jobberknoll feather, Salt, Tom Riddle's destroyed diary, Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, and a crystal ball.  on the floor under what is supposed to be Nagini is a flowerpot full of Floo Powder.  Salazar Slytherin's Locket can be found in the middle of the Deathly Hallows symbol with a Snitch hovering above it.  the movie tickets are for Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows Part 2 (I'm guessing not too many theaters actually care what the tickets say as long as it's similar to the movie name.  "Harry Potter and the Deathly Holllows Part 2" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Prince of Caspia" really got on my nerves...).

hope you like it!
26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / goopy acrylic paint on: January 26, 2013 03:02:57 PM
what do I do about goopy acrylic paint?  what really makes me mad is that the bottle was brand new with the plastic seal still around the cap.  the problem seems to have been the fact that the cap was loose.  I only think this because when I took the cap off (after trying to squeeze paint out of the bottle and nothing happening), I didn't have to use any force.  a small amount of the paint is normal, but when that gets used up, I'm still left with a nearly full bottle of ooey, gooey sunshine yellow mess.  is there anything I can use to make it useable again, or is it a lost cause that can only be solved by buying a new bottle?
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Silent Hill shadowbox on: January 23, 2013 12:38:46 AM
I was on a roll!  I technically finished this one last night too, but I didn't get around to taking a picture.

so by now, you may or may not know about my Resident Evil shadowbox and my Twilight Shadowbox.  if those weren't enough (which they weren't), I also made a shadowbox based on the latest installment of the Silent Hill movie franchise and the game it's based on [Silent Hill 3]:
  (click the picture to see it bigger/zoom)

I made the cookie tin based on rackycoo's Altered Altoid Tin Tutorial.  is it just me, or is it hard to find the Altoids smalls tins?  I finally found a 3 pack at Wal-Mart (and then singles at Hobby Lobby).  I tried to get it as close to this as I could:

that's an actual picture from Silent Hill 3.  the picture I wanted to use had words on it, so I had to go with a different one.  but I'm still happy with how it turned out.  Smiley

next up...well, you'll see.  Tongue
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Twilight shadowbox on: January 21, 2013 10:22:21 PM
it's finally finished.  Grin Grin Grin

after finishing my Resident Evil shadowbox, I was inspired to make more based on movies I've seen and loved in the theater (and which ones I can find my ticket stubs for.  I seem to have misplaced my stub for "The Hunger Games" though.  Sad)  this time I've made a "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" shadowbox.

  (click the picture to see it bigger/zoom)

I do have the apple in there because that's what started it all.  and every time I make something Twilight related, I like to throw an apple in there if I can.  Wink  I even painstakingly made little pictures for Renessme's locket.  if you look closely at Bella and Edward's pictures, you can see that they're rimmed in red.  I wanted to use black ink, but I couldn't find my black ink pad (which I had to move to get to the red one.  how stupid am I?) so I thought the red would be kinda cool.  and I really like it.  the jewelry display was a bit of a letdown since it is more than the depth of the box, but since it's so black in there, it works.  Smiley  the box wasn't in the greatest of shape.  it seemed to have been beat up during manufacturing, so I lined it with black velvet paper to hide dents and scratches on the inside.  measure twice cut once?  yeah right.  I measured like 5 times and still made the paper strips more narrow than they were supposed to be.  Roll Eyes

anyways, I'm pretty happy with it overall.  I do wish the crest had been like a cameo cabochon, but you gotta work with what you have.  or in my case, what you don't have.  Wink
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / bullet shell necklace on: January 07, 2013 04:28:09 AM
I finally got a hold of some bullet shells after all the pins I have for different ideas of what to do with them.  Grin

I made this one with a Luger 9mm and goldstone point.  I had made one with a tiny quartz point but I'm not very happy with it, so you won't see it here.  at least, not until I have another look at it to see if I can make it like this one.

now I need more points!!!  I still have some quartz ones, but I want to make a variety.  this was my only goldstone that just happened to be in a bead mix I got a while back.  hope you like!
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / wine cork necklaces on: January 07, 2013 04:22:22 AM
so after pinning at least 2 inspirational pictures of people using wine corks to make fabulous necklaces and decorations, I finally got around to making my own.  it was going to just be one, but while looking for pieces to use for the first one, I came across a second cork I had forgotten that I had.  happy surprise!  Grin

the first cork necklace comes from a $40 bottle of Anubis from Caduceus Cellars (for those who don't know, yes, that is Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer fame).

the second cork necklace comes from a bottle of Gnarly Head.

I fell in love with these after all was said and done.  now I need more corks!!!  lol.
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