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101  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Japanese-y storage box (WITH MINI TUTORIAL) on: October 02, 2005 02:59:01 AM
After attending a recent craft fair and buying more card stock for my card making,  I realised that I really needed something to hold all of it in.  Hence the box below.





1.  Take corrugated cardboard box and cut down to size, with box knife. Inside dimensions of the box are bigger than required. Tape box sides together with masking tape.

2.  With cardboard offcuts, tape pieces of cardboard to the sides and base of your new box.  Each side has two layers of cardboard.

3.  Make sure all raw edges of cardboard are covered with a layer of masking tape.

4.  Paper mache the entire box, including the inside with tissue paper and PVA Glue diluted 1:1 with water.  You need several layers to make sure the cardboard corrugations and masking tape are well consealled. Modge Podge can also be used.

5.  Once glue is dried, paint with black acrylic paint.

6.  Glue Japanese yuzen paper to front side.

7.  Vanish inside and outside  with at least  10 coats of PVA Glue /Water diluted 2: 1, allowing each coat to dry.  Modge Podge can also be used.

8.  Embellish with Asian Coin and small tassel (purely decorational),  Coin is attached with hot glue.


102  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Bohemian Turquoisite (now its a whole matching set) on: September 21, 2005 01:08:42 AM
I have had a turquoisite donut bead for ages that I use to wear on thin black leather thong.  But I haven't worn it for over 3 years.  I wanted to do something interesting with this bead so that I would want to start wearing it again.   It has taken a long time but I have come up with this to match the spring (southern hemisphere) fashion colours of brown and turquoise.

Edit: Bracelet is on page two



Close up


Earrings


Comments appreciated


103  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / What happens when you are bored and have just finished watching POTC on: September 21, 2005 12:49:22 AM
I made this a couple months ago and have only just got around to taking a photo of it.

It was a Sunday afternoon, I was bored and had just finished watching Pirates of the Caribbean DVD and I found some gold sculpey left over from another project.  I decided that I wanted my own pirate medallion and this is what I came up with.  It has been antiqued with some black acrylic paint and gold metallic paint has been applied thinly to give it that precious metal look.



Close up


Comments appreciated
104  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Warning - McCalls pattern M4248 Size 16 - 22 on: February 06, 2005 07:31:28 PM
Every year the Social Club at my work (very large employer) has the annual summer ball (very formal dance) and each year I make my gown.  And this year is no different.

The ball is 4 weeks away.  I decided that I wanted a corset style top and skirt so I picked McCalls pattern M4248.  I like McCalls patterns and usually find them very reliable on their sizing.
http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/mccallspatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.M4248=x&TI='m4248'&pageNum=1
I'm making view B with a few modifications.  Thats the small drawing at the top - blue dress.

Now I made the skirt on Saturday. Other than making a small modification to the waist(my hip/waist ratio measurements are different to the pattern sizing) the skirt made up perfectly.

Because I am long waisted, I nearly always have to lengthen the pattern pieces and because this is never the same amount,  I always make up a toile (mock-up) using a cheaper fabric like unbleached calico or muslin on the original pattern pieces.  Then I can determin how much I have to lenghten the pattern by.

Well,  Sunday morning I start cutting the pieces for the top using calico.  I cut all the pieces for the corset and the attached sleeves and yoke at the back.  It was just as well that I made a toile.  The corset part made up about 6 sizes too big and it was way to big for the attached sleeves and yoke at the back.  To fit me properly I have to take 7 inches out across the back.  The sleeves and yoke then fit perfectly. 

It is just as well that I can draft patterns and can adjust the pattern pieces accordingly. Sunday afternoon I am tracing the corset pattern pieces and making the relevant adjustments to the lenght and width.

I have never had such a botch up with pattern mismatching like this before and never from McCalls.
105  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Velveteen with shoe prints on: February 05, 2005 03:18:25 PM
Spotted a cute purse here on craftster and I had to make my own version using the same prints.

Here is my inspiration.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21907.0

and here is my version
Height: 25 cm
Width: 25 cm
Depth: 8cm (at base) 6 cm (at top).

Front and back are the same.
The outer is black velveteen,  the prints are inkjet t-Shirt transfer on white cotton which  is then hand appliqud to the purse.  I made the piping using a black and white cotton print.  It is lined with red satin and has a zipper on the top.  Mat board was sewn between the lining and outer for front and back panels for stability.

Comment are appreciated.



Thanks
106  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Link to TUTORIAL: Magenta satin brocade A-line & 3 more on: December 02, 2004 01:40:05 PM
Just finished this purse last night and I am so pleased with the results I just had to show the whole world. Grin

I made a Cheongsam top for my sister using dark magenta almost red polyester satin brocade.  I made this matching purse using the off cuts as a Christmas present.   I drafted the pattern myself.  This bag has a hard base made out of mat board sewn into the lining base and a zipper at the top.  The purse is fully lined.



Height at side  19 cm, at centre 16 cm,( strap not included)
Width at base 21cm
Depth at base 9 cm

As always comments appreciated.



Side view


Base


Thanks


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Edited 15 January 2007

Here is the link for the tutorial

Here is the link for the side pattern



I would love to see other people's interpretation of my pattern.
107  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse inspired by a craftster on: November 23, 2004 01:23:43 AM
I am new to craftster.  I spotted a purse by sushimifune.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=14447.0

I liked the purse so much that I made my own version.  The base is an elongated oval and has a hard base sewn into the lining.


Height: 20cm (8"), width: 33 cm (13"), depth: 8 cm (3")

Comments appreciated




Fully lined.



Thanks
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