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221  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Resinastrophe !!! on: September 12, 2008 07:36:32 PM
I am so glad I found this forum because I seriously need to vent after the botch-job I did on my latest project  Angry

I got an idea to use resin to create a mosaic suncatcher type thing out of broken pieces of glass and a picture frame. I hot glued the glass to the frame thinking that that should be enough to seal the resin from seaping through any gap....uh apparently not.

I just tried laying down a layer of resin and it leaked almost immediately. I had probably a good 1/4 to a 1/3 of a cup of resin literally leaking all over my work table (thank god i put down some wax paper to work on beforehand). On top of this I just ran out of rubber gloves so I was working with just one glove.

I managed to salvage the resin by pouring the resin that I poured on the glass back into the cup (for the most part) and then poured out a whole tray of molds. Of course I wasn't prepared for that so I just put random crap in the molds and now I feel like I wasted so much resin!!!!!!!!

 Cry My boyfriend says that's how you learn, and I know he's right but it doesn't make me feel any better. The only thing I can hope for now is that the resin turns out correctly (non-tacky, etc) and that there's at least one or two decent pieces out of all the crap I threw in there.


Ok, end rant.
222  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More paper beads on: September 09, 2008 07:42:10 PM
Everyone has got to make some paper beads someday! Its so easy and awesome looking. Here's mine  Grin

For my friends for xmas. I hope they love it!
223  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Newb quilt. I have no idea what I'm doing on: September 09, 2008 06:16:40 PM
When I was growing up I had a patchwork quilt my mom made from old scraps of my favorite clothes, and other materials around the house and I loved that quilt. So I've never made a quilt before and just decided one day to give it a shot. I found the most adorable owl fabric at Joann's (never go there to browse - you will spend money) and then set out to find some other fabric to go with it. I definitely wanted to keep it simple so I ended up doing a simple square pattern. Of course being impatient and not lining up the squares perfectly, I improvised by offsetting each column slightly so you can't really see that each square isn't the same exact height (or width for that matter). And I'm sure the seams aren't straight completely either, but I dont really care. I love it. And I'm sure my friend, whom I will be giving it to as a birthday gift will love it too...though it looks a lot like a baby blanket and no one is having a baby. But how can you deny when the fabric calls to you??


Close-up of the fabric

Close-up of the owls

Comments and criticism (I can only get better from here) welcomed. Im planning another quilt for my parents with a dog theme. I'm definitely hoping to take what I've learned from this and doing better with my next quilt.

Thanks for viewing!
224  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Are you feeling mexi? on: September 09, 2008 06:10:07 PM
Here is a pin I made for one of my best friends; it reads "Feeling Mexi." We're both half mexican, and have a HUGE love of mexican food. We always call each other and say "are you feeling mexi?" which translated means "are you up for mexican food tonight?" as if the answer would ever be no  Grin

Its made out of polymer clay (of course) molded onto a regular sized pin.
225  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Spooning with resin - and other works on: September 09, 2008 06:04:45 PM
I've been working with resin so much lately and my successes and failures seem to be a surprise each time. My second to last batch came out tacky (I thought I had mixed thoroughly and with the right amounts) but I will try spraying those pieces with some gloss spray to see if that might help.

Anyway here are two spoon pieces I did thus far. I wish I had a vice and a hammer so that I could bend the spoons better, but for now all I have are my (poor broken) hands. I like the way I bent the second one a lot. It was a lucky fluke. (Sorry for the poor picture quality. If I use the flash it blinds the picture, and if I don't its blurry - I can't win!)

And here are some resin pieces I haven't done anything with yet. I am planning to make a Batman themed bracelet for my friend for her birthday (huge BM nut), and thus far I have to pictures of the Joker embedded, and the two of Batman and the logo are being set in resin as I type.

The second pic of resin has a small square with these cute face charms I found, a clay poo lump with a fly hovering closely, a lock and key (everyone does this at least once but I still love it), and a heart shape with three aqua beads.

And lastly, I made my sister a necklace for xmas. I wrapped the resin in wire since I don't have a dremmel tool to make a hole. Its a rainbow of mushrooms.

Let me know what you think  Cheesy
226  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hey you camel head! on: August 31, 2008 10:46:28 AM
I'm not 100% sure if this is the right board to be posting on, if not please accept my apologies.

This is a camel head I made from paper-mache a few years ago for a local parade. It is made from cardboard for the frame, tape, and lots of paper-mache and newspaper and paint. I had a whole costume for it too but have no idea where it is now.

Now what am I supposed to do with a camel head?
227  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Tribal deer skull on: August 31, 2008 10:42:49 AM
I made this piece back in my senior year of high school for my dad's birthday and painted it with acrylics. When I gave it to my dad the first thing he asked was "where did you get the deer skull?"

Haha, I didn't think it looked so lifelike but I'm definitely happy with the outcome.

228  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bandaids and bunnies on: August 31, 2008 10:40:31 AM
I've been playing around with my clay and had a few spare messed up bits laying on my table. Thus bunny fufu was created:

I used a sharpie pen for scale. I'll probably be making more of these since its too damn easy and cute. I actually like the lack of detail. I think you can give it as much or as little personality as you want.

Also I am trying to think of something to make for my boyfriend's mother for xmas (she's a nurse) and came up with these. Not sure what I'm going to do with them from here yet, but I'm in love with the bandaids.

Sorry about the crappy pictures. I hate flash but can't get it to not be blurry without it.
229  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / sweet momentos in xstitch on: August 31, 2008 10:33:46 AM
I made these for a couple of very close friends of mine for xmas (I am so getting all my presents done early this year). I got the idea from the subversive xstitch website, and changed the border to suit what I wanted to be a nice homey touch.

(Please don't take any offense, some of my closest friends are gay and I support gay rights completely.)

I think I like the red version better, but both are very cute and I think they'll love them.

Also I made this one for my sister, who I used to call "flower killer" when we were young. She hated it but hopefully will find this humorous and endearing.

I still need to iron them all.

Let me know what you think!  Grin

230  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Newb trying out resin - results... on: August 31, 2008 10:24:57 AM
I am so happy I joined Craftster otherwise I would have continued living life without having known about resin...

That being said, like many others here I am posting my results for my first (sort of) shot at resin casting.

(Sorry the pic isn't that great - damn flash won't cooperate).

This is actually my second time casting - the first attempt was with two different candy molds which resulted in me having to cut the thing apart just to get the resin pieces out. Aside from ruined molds (at least they were a thrift store find, i'm not too heartbroken), I discovered and learned that if you want whatever you're embedding to look like it's floating, you have to cast in layers and be patient  Shocked My second try wasn't a complete success with the floating look (I don't think i let it set long enough) but there were a few pieces that I kind of like. Also my second try was with a resin mold (I didn't use resin conditioner and it popped out just fine) from resinobsession on ebay (i love her videos).

The robot, couple on a bench, and mushrooms are all made from sculpy clay. I found a string of mini xmas lights and put that in one which I thought was kinda cute. The frootloop looking one are some plastic beads, the stars are sequin type things (god I can't believe I forget what they're called), and the weird orangy-white one is this weird beaded foam stuff that wouldn't stay embedded. It kept floating to the surface so the back isn't smooth, but it still looks kinda cool.

Let me know what you think!
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