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451  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Omebre / hombre / umbre glass attack? on: July 07, 2012 11:01:48 AM
the ombre effect in the first link looks like it's just the thickness of the glass; thin at the top leaves it pale, thick at the bottom makes it dark.

The others aren't really ombre, they're two-toned.  If artist-blown, I would expect that they used very fine frit to color the glass.  I don't know about commercial manufacturing, they may use colored glass to begin with.
452  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: what are the basics for making dolls with air dry clay? on: July 07, 2012 10:57:54 AM
For the head, I would start with a ball of crumpled paper or foil wrapped around a thin stick (like a kebab skewer).  The stick acts as a handle, reinforcement for the neck, and eventually the spine of the zombie chicken.  Cover the ball and a neck's worth of the stick with a thin layer of clay.  Sculpt the head/face and let it dry.  Use a bigger stick for bigger dolls.

http://wingsnthings.tripod.com/proportn.htm is a guide to zombie chicken proportions. 

For the limbs, bend a wire to pose the limb, and use the proportion guide to mark for shoulder, wrist, etc.  Leave the wire quite long where it will join to the body.  Sculpt the limbs, let dry.

Antique dolls usually have a cloth or leather body; do that or follow proportion guide to attach limbs to spine, trim off excess wire and skewer, then sculpt body.  Do let the head and limbs dry before assembling the zombie chicken; you won't have to worry so much about damaging them.

453  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Halloween Party Food-need ideas! on: October 28, 2011 01:38:35 AM
my favorite is graveyard dirt cake--that's regular dirt cake spread in a 9x13" pan and decorated with Mint Milano "gravestones" and gummy worms.  Dirt cake is ground oreos mixed with chocolate pudding.  Yummy!

I made bread "bones" with a mushroom "marrow" filling (substitute another flavor if you like)

Mixing purple and green punch or jello makes a pretty good black color.  Serve in a cauldron.

Look around for Halloween serving dishes; ordinary food in a fun container seems more festive.

454  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: mothergoose 1947 copyright?? on: October 28, 2011 01:13:21 AM
As I understand it, books written in 1923 or earlier are out of copyright; those later would have to be individually researched to find copyright information.  You would have to have the publishers and authors names; there was probably more than one mothergoose published in 1947.
455  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Alternative flooring on: October 05, 2011 08:52:25 PM
We finally ripped the carpet out of our bedrooms and painted the floors.  Sanded and primed, then used porch and floor paint; it's holding up pretty well.

But the BEST floor is the office; we got a large map (about 3 feet wide) of our island and decoupaged it to the painted floor using floor-grade verathane.  Then we gave it three coats of the verathane to protect it, making each coat extend a little further out from the edge of the map so it's like the water getting deeper and deeper (it's shinier than the floor paint).  Looks great, and we get our exercise walking across the island every day!
456  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Broken windshield glass.. on: September 29, 2011 06:35:21 PM
I used some for the background of a seahorse mosaic.  the seahorse was done in broken crockery and grouted, then the entire background filled in with the auto glass.  made a wonderful watery feeling.  I always meant to do some fish to go with, but never did.
457  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: leather pieces, big pieces but not great colours on: September 29, 2011 06:23:43 PM
if you have big pieces, you should make big projects!  floor coverings (rugs) and upholstery come to mind.  Leather also makes a great work apron (I weld and do glass lampwork, leather protects from burning sparks).  how about a valence or shaped drape across a door or archway?
458  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: big blue vodka bottles on: July 07, 2011 01:14:57 PM
I have found a great project for these.  We built a small pond, and needed a retaining wall to keep the dirt out.  I stuck the bottles neck down into the dirt, all lined up and tight together in a row.  I need to add a little concrete in behind them, then backfill with dirt and top with plants.  If I ever get a working camera, I'll post pix in an appropriate forum.

thanks for all the ideas!
459  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What should I do with my 35mm movie trailers? on: July 07, 2011 01:04:56 PM
Might be cool to weave the strips into fabric, then use that to make a purse, picture mat, wall hanging, etc.  

Is the film heat sensitive?  You might be able to line a mold (such as a steel bowl), then bake it until it fuses. 

Or iron strips together into fabric, and see first idea.  That might even be waterproof.
460  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: green sisal baling twine? on: July 07, 2011 12:57:47 PM
I've been looking for something to make a cat scratch post, that might be perfect. 

I've also seen furniture wrapped in twine--neat, even wrappings so the entire leg of a table, for instance, is completely covered.  It takes a lot, but you've got a lot!
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