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1  Re: Squid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by teenage_moth on: February 01, 2006 05:13:48 PM
hey guys here are close ups of the ornament i got from team_wang
sorry for the late reply but it takes a while to get a camera, and i dont really nkow how to use it well? so sorry if its blurry.
thanks to team_wang for posting the little felted squidly!




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2  Re: Squid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by teenage_moth on: January 10, 2006 11:57:07 AM
I'm so sorry. I've been neglecting Craftster. It won't happen again. Forgive me craftster? 3 weeks of limited internet acsess. For give me team_wang for my delayed posting? I actually just recieved my package only because I had it sent to my school adress and just got back from break. And I just was able to check out a digital camera. Phew. Enough of that though. Here's my lovely squidy loot!



In the center is this super cute red/pinkish needle felted squid squid, which is reall simply adorable. The picture doesnt really justice. I am thinking of safety pinning it to my winter coat. The tentacles are really fun because you can move them around to make it look like he is swimming, or better yet, dancing. I'm wondering too how team wang even made it, its really cute and would be fun to make a little collection.
To the left is palm sized stuffed octopus, which will making its new home on the top of my monitor (:  I love googley eyes. And there's something about it  being made out of cordoroy that i really like, something very warm and cozy for a very wet and slimy animal. 

The clock (to the right and up. and also directly diagonal) was the first thing i saw when i open the package, which was awesome. I am really impressed. Its a really cool collage/decoupage piece, and I'm wondering if you drew the designs on the the squid, fish and coral yourself...? I wish everyone could see a more detailed picture the pattern on the squid and the drawing on the fish, but all the pictures I took came out crummy because of the glare on the clock cover.

My printmaking friends were really impressed with the octopus ornament (next, to the right) and although, I'm not sure if you screen printed it on their its pretty professional looking.

The little charms on the bottom are a bit hard to see, I'll try and take another picture and post it. There is a little octopus one with multicolored tentacles that all form a square, it looks kind of like a quilt. It reminded me of that radiohead album..? I dont know what it was called though, I'm sure someone does out there. The other one is a tiny little black and white squid on a black squishy square, which I think i'm going to put on my keys. There is another little octopus charm which i pinned on one of my bags which is now sitting in my ex boyfriend's car, ugh (but i'll get it back soon don't worry we're on good terms, most of the time)
Teem wang wrote her note too on this goofy... and kind of creepy picture of an old man (looks sort of like a sea captain) standing next to a dead giant squid, as long as him. Its especially crepy because its black and white. But thats sort of just my style. one of the walls in my apartment has a bunch of odds, ends and obscurities taped up on it, so it will fit in nicely.
THANKS TEAM WANG  (now my next door neighbor [the printmaker] is jealous too!)
Please let me know if you want to see anything more in detail or described better!!!!!
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3  Re: Squid Swap (SIGNUP 27 Sep - 18 Oct; MAIL BY 18 Nov 2005) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by teenage_moth on: September 28, 2005 09:34:30 AM
i love that octopus that runs! its possibly the cutest thing ever....

also, i wanted to show this link to you guys: they found this totally new type of squid

http://www.mnh.si.edu/cephs/vetal01/vetal01.html

it has... elbows!  and, unlike most squid, it has 10 tentacles that are exactly the same... most squid have 8 tentacles that are the same and then those 2 feeler things... so this is super exciting. that website has videos that you can watch (all thought there isnt any sound...) but its kind of peaceful to watch them just sort of float around like jelly fish.


http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1200/is_2001_Dec_22/ai_81861069

theres also a link thats just an article about them.. my favorite qoute is -
"They're pretty weird squids"

http://www.anomalies-unlimited.com/OddPics/Squid.html
and theres another!

whats also cool is that because this is so radically different.. it may not even be a squid... it could totally be a new type of cephalopod!  isn't that great?
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4  Re: Pretty pasta in Completed Projects by teenage_moth on: December 06, 2004 10:15:01 AM
my sister and i used to make really pretty (grown-up hehe) necklaces,  chokers,earrings and bracelets out of tiny pastas. The best kind are stellini (little stars), tubettini (little tubes), other small pastas with holes. 




or to see for bigger pastas and pretty curlicues: http://www.culinarycafe.com/Pasta/Tube_Pasta.html

We would dye ththem earthier colors (like maroon, sienna, periwinkle, etc) and you could even use a marker or something to make little designs. with the right colors (we would soak them in food coloring/vinegar/cold water solutions, like egg dying) you can get absolutely beautiful beads. after a while of soaking in the dyes, we would fish them out, and lay them out in the sun (or just in your house) on a tray to dry. to be honest, i know there was some problem with the wet pasta sticking to the tray, but i cant remember what we did to fix that. maybe shake them up a bit after they dried a little but not completely? 

we then sprayed them with a shellac so the dye would stay and if you got it wet it woudlnt bleed (but still be careful about wearing these over nice clothese if theres the potential of water hitting you, just to be safe) anyway, they can look really pretty, like shells or wooden beads and you can find neat shapes. sometimes we would take one bigger piece of pasta, dye it, shellac it and string it on some cord and it looked really pretty. pasta come in really beautiful shapes! 
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