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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Marble Chess Board And Pieces (Pic Heavy) on: February 24, 2010 08:30:54 AM
That is really beautiful. Could you say something about the wood frame? I love the antique look. Is it reclaimed too? How did you finish it?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Tazo, the Calm Robot on: November 16, 2009 07:32:20 AM
Thanks,
The head is an antique doorknob I picked up at an architectural salvage place. They are both a bit chipped, but I think that adds to the charm. The neck is simply part of the doorknob. It's attached with a bit of threaded rod, and a washer and nut on the inside of the tin-lid.

The feet are Doorknob rosettes (that were screwed into my basement door for some odd reason...) I smashed a couple of bottle caps to serve as washers to hold the end of the twisted coat hanger that forms the "bones" of the legs.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tazo, the Calm Robot on: November 15, 2009 08:02:55 PM

Charlotte (my 9 year old daughter) fell in love with Hillbilly Healy's Metal Men http://www.popcornposters.com/catalogs/metalmen/index.html at the Maker Faire in RI, and has been wanting to make one since. We have been gathering parts for while and finally sat down this weekend and did our first (what Charlotte calls) Art-bot. It was a great experience for both of us, and we're both quite satisfied with the result. Thanks Bill for the inspiration!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My daughter's "worry" dolls. on: August 14, 2009 12:06:20 PM
My daughter recently learned how to make these, and I think her results are terrific. She even specifies what worry each doll is for, or is personalized for a person (she made one to resemble her older brother.)
She twists pipecleaners into the basic shape, puts a wooden bead on for a head and then wraps the torso and limbs with embroidery floss. She then cuts out and ties on clothes made out of felt. The hats are attached with hot glue.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie foot earrings on: May 12, 2009 02:11:34 PM
Totally Totally cool!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Alien Flying Saucer Costume - Progress photos on: November 01, 2008 04:51:57 PM
Here's the finished costume:


The finishing touches were to line the inside, (leaving a flap to turn on the lights) and adding the straps.
I spray painted the head/big brain and it ended up melting the styrofoam balls. I ended up covering them in
Metal foil tape (real duct tape). We wanted him to have silver makeup too, but we didn't have any and we
were putting this together right up to the last minute.

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2008 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) on: November 01, 2008 09:16:16 AM
Here are the finished costumes:
Space Alien/saucer and Vampire puppy.





We got lots of oohs and even a round of applause during trick or treating!
The saucer looked especially awesome after dark with the lights around the rim. Unfortunately I didn't photograph it then
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Alien Flying Saucer Costume - Progress photos on: October 30, 2008 08:37:06 PM
Thanks folks. Boy, I feel like I need one more day...
My wife made a wonderful silvery shirt for him and we had some shiny gloves in the costume box.
I decided he had to have a big brain and antennae. So hmm, I know.. Whip out the duct tape!



This is before painting (more on this later...)
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Alien Flying Saucer Costume - Progress photos on: October 30, 2008 04:33:35 AM
Taping the seams


Almost done, need to add strap and interior walls


My wife did up a skin tight shirt out of silvery lizardy material. Coming up with a headpiece tonight
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Alien Flying Saucer Costume - Progress photos on: October 29, 2008 05:40:04 PM
I don't know why that one pic isn't showing up
here's another try:
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