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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mini Shrimp made from Drinking Straws on: March 31, 2010 09:21:28 PM
I was stumbling one day and came across a tutorial ( www.creativeblythe.com/shrimp.htm ) for making shrimp out of bendy straws, and finally got around to trying it and was surprised that my first attempt actually looked like it was supposed to Cheesy I plan to make a few and set them up in a little faux fish tank (well..it's on my list, at least)

The body will take a little practice for me to get it *perfect*. I'm still tickled with it, wish I could take credit for being that clever.

(excuse the dirty desk >.> )

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Bloodbath Theme - painting tips/suggestions(Finished - Pics inside) on: August 07, 2009 11:37:03 AM
So, my boyfriends birthday is coming up in September, and I decided one of the things I'm going to do for him is redecorate our bathroom like a murder scene(but i don't want to go too cheesy with it, no police tape or stuff like that). My inspiration:

sorry i have to post links, haven't met the 10 post requirement for direct linking pictures =/

Of course I refuse to pay for such things, when i can do it myself. Here's my ideas so far:

  • Recreate the rug and shower curtain(going to try to find a sheer cloth one), of course.
  • Generic solid white bathroom cup, toothbrush holder and so forth with splatters or a handprint.
  • Have his name embroidered in a bloody-looking font on a white towel, and a couple other towels with blood splatters, etc.
  • I have a white over-toilet cabinet thats going to get some red paint on it.
  • I'm going to make a hand-towel holder, picture someone stabbing a bloody knife through the towel into the wall - thats what im going for: going to take a butcher knife, cut about half the blade off, drill holes in it and use small L-brackets to mount it to stick out from the wall next to the sink, and make a hand towel with a button-hole just big enough to slip over the knife with some blood on/around the button hole and knife
  • And im going to think of how to work in some red candles(dripping wax) or something similar

and that's all I've got so far. we've got hideous wallpaper in there, so I don't really want to do anything with the walls.

But my questions are:

Would fabric paint work for everything? Or do I need seperate paint for the non-fabric stuff? (I'm going to put sealant over the paint on the cup/toothbrush holder so it won't flake) But it looks like I'm going to need quite a bit of paint, so should i buy a big container of a different kind?

Are there any tricks I can use, even with fabric paint, to keep it from being stiff/sticky, and still be wash-proof? I used to paint on my own t-shirts, and I vaguely remember if i worked the paint into the fabric, and made sure there wasn't any excess on it, then it wouldn't be stiff, and held up to many washes.

And any other ideas/suggestions would be great =)
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Able Cane Slicer on: January 29, 2009 10:43:43 AM
I was just looking around into different methods for polymer clay (not big into it myself, lack of time/money/space at the moment -_- ) and found this interesting and thought I would share this for the more hardcore clay players. (I searched the forums first, so hopefully I'm not re-presenting old news.) And, am I crazy, or is there a biblical reference in there? o.O

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's Day Project...long post =/ on: January 26, 2009 03:26:17 PM
Alright, so, I'm going to go long-winded here and explain my plans. I've got it mostly figured out, except for those darn leaves >_< I'm looking for any ideas/advice/warnings/etc. I'd rather ask before I mess up than to ask what I did wrong after I ruin it, so if you see something that you don't think is going to work, by all means let me know. Cheesy

I'm going to be making an edible bouquet for my man for our 1st anniversary/valentines combo day.

Here's what I have:

- Nordicware Sweetheart Pan (won't let me post the picture because I'm a noob, I tried  Undecided, google it Wink)
-2 boxes of red velvet cake mix
-cream cheese icing
-green sugar sprinkles
-dowel rods that I've already wrapped in floral tape (since that's the only thing that can be done this early in the game).
-heart-printed tissue paper to use as filler for said vase.
-1/2 ball of that...green foamy stuff they use for flower arrangements.
-clear cellophane (to wrap completed cakes in)  

I'm going to make the red velvet cake mix in the (expensive!! Angry ) pan. (Goal: 24 'roses') Let it cool, then poke some holes in the bottom..melt some icing, let that run down into the cakes. Cool that. Pop them out, ice the crevices of the rosebuds to add a little definition, then cover the little leaves on the sides with the icing/green sprinkles. Wrap them in cellophane. (leaving a fairly thick bit of cellophane on the bottom so that when i attach the dowels they don't become skewers for my roses!) and then brutalize the 1/2 ball of foam with all of them. So. the only thing that I haven't QUITE got figured out is how best to appreach the lack of greenery issue. I'd like to be able to buy some loose artificial rose leaves and attach a few of them to fill in the blanks. but I don't know if that would be enough, or if I should just go all-out and buy some fern bits to put in there and fill it out nicely? (I've spent WAY too much on this as it is...so cheaper = better) I think I may just have to wait and see how much room is left after I put 24 rosecakes into that vase...
(Once I'm done I will get pictures and do a more thorough step-by-step if anyone is interested)
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