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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Jungle Mirror on: January 15, 2013 05:56:09 AM
I think covering mirrors is my new favorite thing!
This is a 7" mirror I picked up in the candle section of Michael's.  I scraped off the little non-skid feet things before covering it in clay.

There are a ton of beads and stones embedded in the mirror.  Howlite, imperial jasper, crackled amber glass, peridot chips, glass bugle beads, metal filigree leaves, glass teardrops, dyed shell sticks, and glass lamp work beads.

Sorry about the collage picture.  I would have liked to upload a few larger detail pictures but I'm having trouble posting with multiple pictures from my iPad. 
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Polymer Clay Red Stroppel Cane Jewelry Set on: January 02, 2013 10:31:12 AM
I love Stroppel canes.  It's such a great way to save all the pieces of polymer clay that would just get tossed into the scrap pile.

The pendant is strung on black leather.

I love the way the earrings came out.

The bracelet is nice and thick and feels substantial without being heavy.

They're all glazed to a high shine.  Looks great in person but it's really hard to take pictures of.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Faux Wood Pendent on: December 15, 2012 06:54:04 PM

This pendent is made from polymer clay mixed and blended to mimic wood.  It was then hand carved and sculpted with a dragonfly and flowers.  After baking the pendent was then antiqued and glazed to a satin finish.  The pendent measures 3 long by 1 1/4 wide by 1/4 thick and is strung on an 18 1/2 tan leather cord.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Another art necklace on: November 30, 2012 05:34:26 AM
I was playing with the idea of multiple chains and colored chain.

The flower centers and some of the drop beads are glass, the other drop beads are amethyst chips and a silver filigree leaf.
Thanks for looking!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Polymer Calla Lily Art Necklace on: November 27, 2012 11:34:50 AM
I'm very proud of this:

The center pendant is a little over 5" long and is handmade of polymer on a wire armature.
The flower centers are red tiger eye sticks.  There are a few random glass beads, and a bunch of handmade polymer beads. It's strung on ribbon and cording caught in ribbon clasps.  It's adjustable with a red tiger eye accent at the clasp.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mario Cuff Bracelet on: November 17, 2012 03:16:32 AM
After seeing this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416081.0

I had to try to do this:

I'm not really sure why Mario's nose grew like that but I'm really happy with it anyway.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Sunflower dish garden on: November 11, 2012 04:24:43 PM
I finished this yesterday.

After looking at the background of the pictures in my last post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416455.0 I threw some white craft paper down for the back drop of these pictures.

8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fish bowl vase on: November 04, 2012 05:23:11 AM
I worked on this while hurricane Sandy rattled our windows and sent sparks and arcs of electricity flying from the transformer in front of our house.  I finished baking it just as we lost power. Now that we have power back I finally got a chance to take pictures. The fish are adapted from Christi Friesen's tutorial.  Here's her website http://www.cforiginals.net

Here's another view

And another

A close up of the treasure chest

This one is my favorite. Lit up in the dark
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Hair Stylist Apron on: August 22, 2011 06:25:45 PM
My cousin is awesome.  If DH, DD, or I need a hair cut she comes right to our house and cuts our hair.  She refuses to let us pay her so I made her this:

(Sorry for the cruddy pics)

Awesome skully design from urbanthreads.com

And her name is just done in one of the fonts that came pre-loaded on my machine.

I just used a blank apron I picked up in the craft section of WalMart (Our WalMart is getting fabric back!) since good black canvas was impossible to find around here.  The pockets are made from some quilter's cotton backed with unbleached canvas for strength.

 **edited because I can't spell**
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Brother SE-400 Review on: August 10, 2011 12:45:30 PM
Brand: Brother

Model: SE-400

Year: 2011

Cost: $365 USD

How long have you had the machine? 1 month

Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? Sewing and embroidery  It also does two needle overcasting but I haven't tried it yet since I still use my Janome mylock for serging.

What are your favorite features? It sounds silly but I love the automatic needle threader.  It's so easy to use and makes things go so much faster, especially when I'm stiching a design with lots of color changes.

What are some of the unique features it has? I'm not sure it's unique but some important stuff- You don't need to load special software on your computer, you just drag and drop to send designs via the USB connection.  The way to change the foot is super simple.  There's a foot holder that you screw on and then the feet just clip in, really useful when you're switching back and forth a lot.
How well does it run? PERFECTLY  I've had this machine running almost constantly since I got it a month ago and I haven't had a problem (at least not a problem I didn't cause due to my own stupidity).

Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself? nope!

What are your least favorite features? I wish the embroidery area was bigger.  It will only embroider 4x4.  There is a larger hoop available but that is just so you don't have to re-hoop.  The machine will only stich out 4x4.

Would you recommend this machine to a friend? YES!

One last note:  This machine is awesome for the price.  I've lusted over vikings that are more than 10x the price but am so happy I didn't spend all that money.

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