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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Crown for Fancy Hot Lava Royalty on: January 27, 2012 01:58:12 PM

I made another fancy beaded crown! I made a sea-themed mermaid crown here, first, and couldn't resist making another in a hot color scheme. This time, I made it a little differently, but I remembered to take some in-progress shots so if anybody wanted to make their own, it might be easier to decode.


I used the thickest gauge of wire they had at Michaels for the foundation of this one, and wrapped it all around with much thinner wire to hold it together.


Then, I used the thick wire to make this piece to create tiers for the many gleaming jewels.


You can see here how I wrapped more wire around to attach it to the circle.


So without any beads, the base for the crown looked like this.


Then, I took about a 2 foot section of thin wire and strung beads onto it. I secured one end to the base by twisting it around, then began wrapping the beaded wire around the base, spacing them about 1 bead per wrap-around, if that makes sense. When you run out of beads and wire, just secure it, then add another length of wire and beads. It's easier to do it in pieces instead of one LONG piece of wire, because wrapping that crap is crazy. It'll be everywhere.


Then once you get to the pointy-bits, pull the bead wire across the centers to fill in the empty bits.  If anything looks sparse by way of beads, just keep wrapping more strands of beads onto it until it's thoroughly encrusted.


A crown fit for the queen of hot lava monsters... For that "fresh out of a volcano" look.


Thank you for looking! Now you go and make a fancy crown... You'll feel good wearing it, I promise Smiley


12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My Inexpensive Homemade Light Tent on: January 23, 2012 07:24:14 AM
I do not have an awesome camera. In fact, I have a pretty basic point-and-shoot digital camera ( Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12, I think it's outdated and they have a newer model a few times over.) But I like to think that my pics are alright! They used to be "meh" but they're better now! I wanted to share my photo set-up in case anybody was wondering how it's done Smiley

I had seen make-your-own-light tent tutorials around the internet, and after looking at several and getting tips from other bloggers, I came up with my current set-up.

1. The light tent is made out of a big clear plastic tote on its side. Many people suggest making it out of a cardboard box with the sides cut out, but this seemed much easier. Any opportunity to avoid using a box cutter, am I right?  Grin The suggestion for using a plastic tote came from Saint Angel.
2. To diffuse the light coming in from the sides, I taped sheer white fabric to the outer sides of the tote. I actually used the lining of a skirt I had ripped apart, so it was pretty sheer.
3. I attached 2 small work lights to the shelf(found them at Walmart) and pointed them at each side. I used the GE Reveal light bulbs that are more similar to natural light. My photos still turn out a little yellow, but not as terribly yellow as with normal bulbs. I just fix that on the computer by hitting "auto-color".
4. The background is white posterboard trimmed down to fit inside the tote. There are 2 pegs that I drilled holes for to keep the posterboard from sliding out. You can use pushpins, too, but it takes some muscle to sink them in the plastic the first time! Also, you can choose other colors of posterboard if you wanted. I have a black sheet of posterboard behind the white one to swap out when I want a dark background.

BEFORE: So I went from pics like this (just on my craft table with the lamp on, lots of shadows, meh colors, hard to get a good focus)


AFTER: To pics like this (In the light tent, minimal shadows, good colors, easy to focus)


So that's that. I always take the photos with the flash off, then once I put them on the computer, I hit "auto-color" and "auto-contrast" in my editing software, and it's good to go. I hope this info is useful! Smiley


13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Narwhal, Love Dog and Birdy Canvas Board Notebooks on: January 23, 2012 06:32:03 AM

(edited to add this pink one that I just made Smiley)


This weekend I've been getting busy making canvas board notebooks! I'm starting to grow a healthy relationship with my bind-it-all machine... We weren't friends before, friends don't pinch the heck out of me. But lately I've been learning to avoid serious injury while using it.

I used multi-colored paper for the inside pages on this one.

My friend made a special narwhal request, so I painted this guy.


All three of these notebooks are made from 5x7 canvas boards which I painted and stamped then cut in half width-wise to make the covers.

I added a little beaded strand to this one in addition to the fun fur yarn. It needed a little extra sparkle...

The dog is a stamp from the Alphastamps "punch/toby" set. Cute, no?


 The last one is pretty simple with a little birdy that was cut out of a nature encyclopedia.

I messed up and accidentally punched out holes on the wrong side of the back cover, but I had a genius reader on my blog comment that I could just bind in another book on the other side. I think I might!


Another! This one has a bee theme.
Thank you for looking!
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Imagination! Little Red, Black and White Book *pic heavy* on: January 17, 2012 07:56:00 AM
(Blergh, I just accidentally closed this tab and now I get to do the whole post over again! YAY!)


This is a little book that I made for Alwaysinmyroom for being so totally awesome. It was outside of my normal bright color scheme and cute themes, but I was happy for the variety and pleased with how it turned out.


The book is aboooout 2.5 x 2" if I remember properly.


This was my favorite spread out of the whole book.





This page had a flap that opened up to reveal the JAWS!





The whole quote is: "Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it, we go nowhere" -Carl Sagan

I used my cricut to cut the shape bases out of cereal box, then once I painted/embellished all the pages, I used my zutter bind-it-all (AKA Dr. Finger-pinch-pinch) to put it all together.

Thanks for looking!
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 9 Triangles! For a pennant garland! (Pic Heavy) on: January 08, 2012 10:28:28 AM


I had a bunch of triangle bases cut out of cereal box to embellish and make a garland. Finally got around to doing it! I actually remembered to take pics of the individual pieces before I glued them onto the string... Photographing completed garlands is something that I'm just not good at! So the detail photos:










Each triangle is about 2 inches tall. It was a great way to use up a little bit of scrap paper. I used tacky glue to attach them to a length of fun fur novelty yarn to make the garland


Here is the garland finished and attached to decorate my bird's cage. Thank you for looking! Smiley
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Fancy Beaded Sea Crown on: January 05, 2012 07:42:44 PM
Tonight I sat down and made a little something that I have wanted to make since I stalked the "I really need a friggin' crown (or other lofty headwear)" swap gallery. I thought that was the cutest swap idea and was sad I missed it!


Anyway, I broke out the spool of safety wire I had and my bead stash and made this mermaid tiara, sea crown of fancy.


The base is about 4 loops of wire, wrapped with more wire and then beads all over the place. For the initial beading, I just strung about 20 beads on and wrapped and wrapped semi-loosely sliding a bead in place every 1/2" or so.


Bead close-up! I wanted it to be messy to hide any mistakes and places where I had to snip wire off and start a new piece.


I'm a mermaid. Thanks for looking!
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Red Hummingbird Necklace/Bracelet on: January 03, 2012 01:09:58 PM

I made this as my first craft project for 2012! It's been a long time since I've done any legit jewelry making, and it was fun to whip out the wire and roundnose pliers. I've had a few of these red coral hummingbird beads, and thought it was time to finally use one! Hooray for stash-busting!

The chain can be removed via the clasp to use for a bracelet. That's also a goal for this year: wear more jewelry Smiley

I already posted this over in the 50 Projects Craftalong, but I did make it a resolution for this year to post more projects on Craftster Smiley Thanks for looking!
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Kitties Tiny Book on: December 27, 2011 12:38:28 PM

I haven't posted on Craftster for ages Sad I want to make it a goal this new year to be as active as I used to be over here... So many good, uplifting, inspiring people to interact with! I've gotta start again sometime, so behold, a kitties tiny book I made for Audio!

The book page bases were cut out of cereal boxes with my cricut machine, then I covered the printed, shiny sides with paper and painted the plain brown sides.





The kitties and words were cut out of an old kids poem book for the most part. The pages are bound together using big ol' jewelry jump rings. The book measures about 2.5" if I remember properly...

I have several other tiny books that I haven't done official posts for here on Craftster... Perhaps I will sometime Smiley Thanks for looking!
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Tiny Book Rd 2 GALLERY on: September 12, 2011 08:22:32 AM

Post your excellent tiny books here!

Link to the swap thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388845.0

Sent
Received
Sent & Received
Sending Late with Communication
Received and Sending Late w/ Communication
Feedback Given
Contact Organizer Immediately

Nooo's Group:
sheepblue <--> noooitaremybirthday
goatgoddess<--> noooitaremybirthday
munltstmpr <--> -zoma-
nicoleburdsall<--> kimchery
cackle<--> loves2experiment
seeuudee<--> oodelally
rougeraven <--> Phizzychick
meowari <--> ale0059
ralph<--> correlating
ramona q <--> belladune

LIST FOR CRAZYALIEN8'S GROUP --- Just scroll down a few posts!
20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Book Rd 2 - FINISHED (SU 8/22 to 8/29/11, SO 9/19/11) on: August 22, 2011 07:38:43 AM


GALLERY!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390637.0

Swap name: One Tiny Book Rd 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Noooitaremybirthday
Sign-up date range: 8/22/11 to 8/29/11
Date to send item by: 9/19/2011

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 50

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES


Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES

Details of swap:
This swap is in the same spirit of other OTT swaps. We'll be making tiny books! Each participant will have one partner and exchange one tiny book. Books must be smaller than 4" x 4" and crafted with a high level of skill. Since you're only preparing one item, focus on the details Smiley Altered tiny books, or handbound tiny books are just fine. You'll have 3 weeks of crafting time, so make sure your book displays your very, very best effort! We want a gallery full of awesome little books.

Here's the gallery from Round One:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360138.0

Because many of the tiny books can be sent in an envelope, a DC# won't be required for this swap, but you may choose to still get one if you wish. If your package for any reason becomes lost in the mail without a DC# and your partner does not receive, you will need to re-send in order to avoid negative feedback.

Make sure to notify your partner and organizer promptly as soon as you've sent and/or received, and respond to your PMs. Please post in the thread or PM the organizer at least once a week. Poor communication will be reflected in your feedback.

As the organizer, I'm reserving the right to turn away any swapper who has a history of chronic late sending or poor communication. I'd like this to be a flake free swap!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
-Name of swap: One Tiny Book Swap
-Craftster username
-Email address
-Your real name
-Mailing address including the country
-Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
-Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
-Any allergies or aversions (Pet hair, smoke, animal products, etc.)
-Any allergens in your home?
-To help match up partners, how would you describe your crafty skill level? (Beginner, intermediate, advanced)
-Do you have a preference on how small you would like your book to be?
-To help inspire your partner, please list at least 5 of your favorite themes (feel free to add more):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
-What are your favorite colors/patterns/shapes/etc?
-Any certain themes/dislikes that you definitely would not want to receive?
-Do you have any plans for the tiny book you receive (i.e. making it into an ornament, jewelry, just a book, etc)?
-Do have a preference for text/quotes or pictures or both?
-Would you want blank pages to finish your own, or prefer a completed work of art?
-Anything else you would like your partner or organizer to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide (http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html) to find other rules about participating in a swap.

List of Participants (Limit-50):
1. noooitaremybirthday
2. hgddm
3. seeuudee
4. imera
5. Krafty_Karasu
6. spidermom
7. loves2experiment
8. sharalee
9. crazyalien8
10. stepharella
11. Oodelally
12. audio
13. spookypooky
14. zombielili
15. Correlating
16. ralph
17. meowari
18. goatgoddess
19. phizzychick
20. onecrazymom
21. thisbirdsabsurd
22. -zoma-
23. sheepblue
24. jillhogan
25. munltstmpr
26. smmarrt
27. Belladune
28. Ramona Q
29. mistressH
30. RougeRaven
31. ale0059
32. DawnsTrees
33. SuzannahAshley
34. Calixita
35. cackle
36. kimchery
37. nicoleburdsall

PARTNERS!

Nooo's Group:
sheepblue <--> noooitaremybirthday
goatgoddess <--> noooitaremybirthday
munltstmpr <--> -zoma-
nicoleburdsall <--> kimchery
cackle <--> loves2experiment
seeuudee <--> oodelally
rougeraven <--> Phizzychick
meowari <--> ale0059
ralph <--> correlating
ramona q <--> belladune

Crazyalien8's Group
crazyalien8 <--> audio
spidermom <--> hgddm
thisbirdsabsurd <--> sharalee
smmarrt <--> Krafty_Karasu
stepharella <--> dawnstrees
spookypooky <--> SuzannahAshley
mistressH <--> zombielili
calixita <--> JillHogan
imera <--> onecrazymom
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