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1  Mr. Boo Plaque in Completed Projects by custardfairy on: October 23, 2016 03:51:33 PM
I wanted to work with paper and die cuts this weekend.  Here's the result. 



Some angl-y shots to show all that sweet, sweet dimension.



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2  Ars Technica Shrine Necklace in Completed Projects by custardfairy on: July 10, 2016 07:22:04 PM
A wearable shrine to technology & art.

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3  Birds & The Bees Shadow Box Collage in Completed Projects by custardfairy on: March 14, 2016 01:00:38 PM
I've had a block for a while and this is the first thing I've made in months.  Whew.



It's a wooden cigar box, painted haphazardly with green acrylic and then the inside was covered with various ephemera, commercially produced papers, etc. 



I also made a bee hive texture with gel medium and spray inks, then covered areas of the collage with gold metallic and clear encaustic wax.  Some metal embellishments, moss, sticks from my hydrangea, tiny beads, and hopefully the result is an interesting piece with natural elements.

I left the paint pretty rough with some areas of the box coming through.



Upside down.  Oops.


Nestled in with some of my other stuff.
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4  Found Sculptures: Portable Protection Shrine & A New Friend in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by custardfairy on: October 26, 2015 12:47:53 PM
I recently took a Found Sculpture class and *loved* it.  These are two of the projects we completed.  The first was a wearable found sculpture.  I started with a sardine tin and used broken jewelry pieces, an iron spike, wire, bottle caps, and part of a steamer basket to create a protection shrine that can be worn as a necklace or on a belt.  It's inspired by a sci-fi book (A Canticle for Leibowitz) which is about a futuristic religious order that makes relics out of everyday items from contemporary culture.



The steamer basket "shield" lifts up to reveal a golden cross and the Latin word for "safe" or "protected."


The second project is a face.  We made faces to construct a family "photo" at the end of the class.  I made the family pet.  The steamer basket segments appear again, this time riveted to some kind of metal flower holder?  A wooden checker, watch face, finger cymbal, and more jewelry finish up the features of the face.

HALLO I AM FRIEND


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5  Gothic Tombstones in Completed Projects by custardfairy on: October 26, 2015 12:39:38 PM
I made a set of tombstones for Halloween!  These are prefab tombstone blanks (paper? cardboard?) from JoAnn that I painted and embellished with a variety of findings.  Several of the ornamental pieces are paper clay molds.







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6  A Curious Cabinet of Curiosities in Completed Projects by custardfairy on: October 11, 2015 10:53:35 AM
My version of an Apothecary Cabinet done with miniature bits and bobs.  Many of the paper goods, bottles, and labels came from Alpha Stamps.  The cabinet itself is part of a Melissa & Doug toy that I picked up at a thrift shop.  It was originally bright green with stars and hearts all over.  The jar of eyeballs is paper clay balls in yellow-ish resin.



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7  Our Lady of the Waters Shrine, Frida Shrine, Octopus Treasures Box in Completed Projects by custardfairy on: August 17, 2015 06:57:02 AM
Instead of making three different posts I'm putting all of these together.  This is what I've been working on lately.

Our Lady of the Waters Shrine (thrift store cigar box, old spoon, findings, paper clay)



Face detail


Top detail


Message in a bottle


Octopus Treasures Box
Small wooden box, painted black all over.  Embellished with metal bits and paper clay octopus.
(I didn't show the inside; it's boring)



Frida Shrine
Frida is my #1 inspiration for art and life.  I just saw some of her pieces at a special exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts; my first time seeing her actual work in person.



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8  Our Lady of Galaxies Shrine in Completed Projects by custardfairy on: April 30, 2015 04:51:15 PM
I've started a making little art dolls and some of them are going into shrines.  This is Our Lady of Galaxies.  She goes Above and Beyond.






The shrine is a painted tray from the local thrift store covered with sparkly paper and (obligatory) glitter glue.  Above and Beyond embellishment is a little lapel pin I got in a $1 bag of random junk from a local shop.
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9  Chalkboard Potluck Food Tags in Completed Projects by custardfairy on: March 05, 2015 06:14:49 AM
Long time no craft.

This is what I've been doing lately.  These are prefab chalkboard clothespin thingies.  I arted on them with chalk markers and gel pens.





I have a lot of potlucks and know a lot of people with various allergies or dietary restrictions.  So this is an easy way to say "this is safe to eat" without having to hover over the food table.

I have more sets planned but I need to study up on some different lettering styles first. 
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10  Heart in Hand Shrine in Completed Projects by custardfairy on: July 26, 2014 04:43:41 PM
This is a jewelry box covered in wordy washi tape and mounted to a resin frame I found at Michael's.  Inside is a porcelain doll arm, mini spool, bakers twine, buttons, and dresden trim.


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