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41  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Steampunk Cereal Box Hat (pic heavy) on: June 02, 2011 11:58:08 AM
On a tight budget, but need a unusual hat for an event?  Well, I did.  Wink



This is a hat I made for the last weekend of our ren faire.  We went steampunk for "Day of Wrong".  It's painted to look kinda like an old trunk.  It's made entirely out of painted cereal boxes, except for the ribbon scarf hatband that hangs to my knees.



I used a "family-sized" Frosted Flakes box to make the brim all in one piece.  The crown was pieced together out of smaller boxes.



After gluing everything together and smoothing out some seams with paper mache, I covered the hat in wrinkled up tissue.  Then, I painted it with waterbase acrylic paints.



I glued on the hinges and other doodads on last and ran the scarf through the loops around the crown.  The nails are just painted on.  The long scarf was an idea inspired by the HBO series "Deadwood".  A character named Joanie Stubbs wears a similar scarf on her grey top hat.



Sadly, it doesn't open.  Wish it did.  If I make another, I may attempt to make it actually function.



Thanks for lookin'.  Any feedback would be well received.  I share more about this hat with more pics on my blog here.
42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Dyed Pistachio Shell Hair Falls - for Daughter on: May 14, 2011 08:57:08 AM
...I am not a pistachio fan but the Hub is -- maybe I will have to convince him to buy and eat a couple dozen...

LOL!  You sound like me with colored pop tabs.  Caffeine doesn't agree with me, but I want to use the colored tabs.  I had my man drinking the green Monster at work so I could get enough to work with.  Cheesy  He informed me the other day that he'd eat more pistachios if I'd shell them for him.  Sheesh.  Well, I guess fair is fair.  Smiley 
43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Dyed Pistachio Shell Hair Falls - for Daughter on: May 14, 2011 07:57:51 AM
Thanks, Hermetus.  Besides the hair falls and a future bracelet, we're still thinking up other uses for the shells, too.  Let us know if you think of anything clever.  Smiley
44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dyed Pistachio Shell Hair Falls - for Daughter on: May 13, 2011 06:10:56 PM
Made another pair of pistachio shell hair falls like these, but making better use of the shells we dyed with our leftover Easter egg dye.  This pair is for the daughter.



We used scrap yarn I've saved to string the shells on.



The white yarn was supposed to match the natural shells, but my lighting was playing awful tricks on my eyes. Smiley



I'm really happy with how these are turning out.  And, it's great that they are made from things we already had.



Above is a pic of the Easter egg dye we used.  Shells had to soak in it a few hours.  We left them in overnight.  If you want more info on how we did it or to see more pics, visits my blog.
45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Hair Falls made with Pistachio Shells and Pop tabs on: May 07, 2011 06:05:48 PM
...After all, many falls have animal shells...Do you trade?

Yeah, guess these shells are more humane (and tasty!).  Cheesy  Oooo...I love trading!  PM me with your thoughts.  Smiley

...God knows what my hubby would think of me  Shocked  Though, I've already tried his patience by creating wall hanging pictures from painted rice, beans, and cone seeds...

LOL!  My man has already come to grips with my insanity.  Cheesy  I'm a pack rat with no hope of a cure.  Where others pick up stray animals, I take in stray things.  It's nice to give them a new life.  Smiley
46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hair Falls made with Pistachio Shells and Pop tabs on: May 06, 2011 04:14:48 PM


I love finding ways to avoid throwing things away.  This time the daughter and I came up with a project to use a container full of pistachio shells I've been saving.



This past Easter we had leftover egg dye that we didn't want to go to waste. So we dug out the nut shells and dyed some of them.  Then we began contemplating what to do with them.  Daughter is planning to make a bracelet, but I had other plans.  Cheesy



I wanted hair falls.  The kind tribal belly dancers wear.  To me, the pistachio shells look very similar to the cowrie shells.



Well, maybe from a great distance.  Smiley 

As you can see in this pic above, I also made one using pop tabs.  I tried a bunch of  different ways to string the shells and tabs.  I'm working on yet another different variation for the tabs.



I realize I didn't use many of the dyed shells on this pair of hair falls.  I will be making others, but wanted to experiment first.

This was a really fun project.  If you want to read more about the hair falls, check out my craft blog here.  I also talk about the egg and shell dying here,  And, the pop tabs are on my "tabistry" blog here.



As an added bonus, the shells made a nice pattern on the papers we dried them on.  I think I'm going to use it as end sheets for a hand bound journal.

Thanks for looking!  I appreciate any/all comments.
47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Tab Prom Dress (Quite a Lot of Pics!) on: April 19, 2011 10:13:42 AM
Wow!!  Shocked  Amazing job you did there.  Its gorgeous!
48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: NEW Tabistry Project - Oversized Sun Hat made of Can Tab on: April 19, 2011 10:09:36 AM
Do you have a tutorial for this hat?...

Yes, I did create an illustrated tutorial.  I'll pm you.  Smiley
49  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spellbook - Family Recipe Book on: April 13, 2011 06:13:21 PM
...don't you just hate it when the stains end up (for instance) on the number of eggs you'll need? =)...

Always the case in our books!  Cheesy  That and my chicken scratch notes everywhere for substitutions and calculating half and double batches don't help legibility. Wink  The book holder is great.  It folds up to the cabinet out of sight when not in use.  No idea where we got it.

...Jackson Pollock using food for painting.

Hehe.  Made me chuckle.  Cheesy
50  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spellbook - Family Recipe Book on: April 13, 2011 08:14:22 AM
...I was just looking through my recipes and noticed how they always seem to get messed up and blotched by actually using them....

Yeah, we intentionally age and distress the pages so you can't tell it from the stains we put on it cooking.  Wink  You should see some of our old recipe books.  You can judge the recipes by how illegible and filthy the pages are.  Cheesy  We finally got wise just a while back and installed a book holder under the cabinets above the counter.
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