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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rustic Wine Bottle Holder With Korean Plaque on: August 10, 2013 01:49:12 PM
So I think this goes here. My Korean Friend just had his birthday so for his birthday present I got him a bottle of wine and made him a counter or table wine holder. I work with his wife and I asked her what I could put on the plaque in the center and we settled on "Cheers" in Korean. The base is made out of a rafter that came from a salvage yard. It came from a 100 year old house. The uppers were made from a piece of pallet wood. I wanted to keep it rough and keep the saw cuts on the rafter. I used a walnut stain on the wood and then sealed it with lacquer. The plaque is from a piece of firewood that I had outside, cut a round out of it and wood burned it. Then I added some felt to the cradles on the uppers.

Funny side story, I found my wood burner but I had lost the slanted pointed tip for it. I had a piece of brass round stock so I filed down the end to make a slanted point and then cut it to length and put it in the wood burner. Worked pretty well.

Overview with Wine bottle.



Without the bottle



Plaque "Cheers"



Felted



Thanks for looking. Any feedback is appreciated.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gentleman's / Manly Suitcase on: July 18, 2013 03:56:17 PM
I'm Back Smiley
So for my friends 30th birthday was coming up he had gone through a rough year and I wanted to make him something that would cheer him up but didn't know what. I saw something similar to this that someone else had made and decided it would be a perfect gift for him. I made the whole thing for $35 dollars with some luck goodwill finds. Enjoy:

Case Closed



Open the case to show the manliness contained inside.


Contents:
- Hatchet (for manly things like chopping trees and fighting bears)
- 2 shot glasses (for drinking by yourself or with another gentleman)
- 1 Flask of Gentleman Jack (A gentlemanly drink if I ever had one)
- A case of Cigars (to smoke and look manly and not girly with little cigarettes)
- An ash tray (To not be a savage while you smoke your manly cigars)
- A deck of card (to play manly games)
- Poker chips (to make gentlemanly wagers)

Contents removed

When you remove everything all the routed out spaces are lined in a dark green felt.


And here are the cigars



Hope you enjoyed

Materials Breakdown
Suit case = $3.50
Ashtray = $0.50
Poker Chips = $1.00
Cigar case = $1.00
Cigars = Free from a friend who works at a cigar shop
Hatchet = $10.00
Deck of cards = $0.50
Shot Glasses = $1.00
Bottle of Gentleman Jack = $15.00
Felt = $1.00
Wood = Scrap wood from a pallet
Stain = Left over from other project
Lacquer = Left over from other project
Leather straps = Scrap leather from other projects
Beads = Donated by my wife
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hand Made Rocking Horse (Pic Heavy) on: May 05, 2013 11:42:42 AM
So this was my first attempt at making a rocking horse. I had gone to the Salvage yard to get some old 2 x 6's to make a shelf out of and when I had finished the shelf I had one 2 x 6 left over. I said to my self "Self, this wood has a nice patina and would make a good rocking horse." So I decided to make one, I think it came out pretty well. We decided to give it to my wife friends daughter for her 1st birthday. So my wife painted the face to be cute for a little girl and not all wood. So I will start with the finished product and then go through my progression of building it.

Finished Product


So I started by cutting out the seat and planing it down. We don't want any splinters in baby bottoms.


Then I cut out the outline of the head


And after planing down the head I chiseled out the jaw line to give it some definition


Then I made some legs.


After sanding everything down I wanted to make sure the head wouldn't wobble so I created a lip at the neck the would sit past the seat, then I cut out a mortise and tenon joint further back to make sure everything was joint together nicely and solid.


I added an oak dowel for the handle and put the top part together.


After a coat of Tung Oil it was looking pretty good.


Attaching the legs and finishing the rockers was annoying and I was so annoyed I didn't take pictures. Before I knew it it was the kids birthday and my wife had already painted the head before I took pictures. I added little ears made out of some scrap leather I had. Here is the completed piece




So from the party this is the only picture I have but she really liked it.


Also when friends and family saw what I was building I don't remember how many times I had to say "No she is not pregnant it is for someone else"
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / TARDIS Yarn Cabinet (pic Heavy) on: April 08, 2013 05:59:28 PM
So it has been a little while but I thought I would throw up one of the projects I did a while back. A friend of mine was moving in with her boyfriend and she was going to have a craft room. Now one of the things she really likes to do is knit so I wanted to make her a unique cabinet to put her yarn and projects etc. in. Well I made her a TARDIS. Now she had never seen the show but her boyfriend agreed that she would like it and it actually prompted her to watch the show so a win win. I am still waiting for a final picture from her with everything set up but without further adieu here is the project. Hope you enjoy it. (wife threatened it wasn't leaving the house)

It just seemed fitting.


Full View


Here are little cubby holes that can be used to store all sorts of things. I also made it so the whole "Pane" section of each window can slide out in case you want to have 1 big cubby on that side, or slide them both out and have 2 big cubbies.


Here is a close up of the poles. I opted for poles that she could hang skeens of yarn from instead of shelves, and added hooks from the top so she could hang the spinning things she uses to make yarn or any other tools that can hang. I did the police box sign by hand... with patience.


Now I am just having some fun


If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Over all dimensions if I remember were HxWxD 48" x 24" x 10".
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / NES Controller Fossil on: January 12, 2013 03:06:43 PM
My friend is building a game room for all his classic video game systems and is looking for art so I decided to make a Fossil of an NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) controller. I created a sand mold of the controller and then used plaster to cast the piece. I used a light wash (a dab of black paint mixed with a lot of water) to bring out the details. Then I built a shadow box for it out of some Pine and under laminate (Painted white inside and black outside). I used a dremil to etch the North American release and Discontinue dates on a small piece of brass to make a plaque. All and all I think it turned out well.
Full View


Fossil Close up


Plaque close up


Full Image 2
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tiny Bone Dice on: December 12, 2012 09:30:13 AM
Ahh, back to the Miscellaneous craft board where I belong. So just a smal project this time. I took a Cow bone (one you buy with the marrow in it to give to your dog, and after they have finished with it) and made some tiny d6's for a friend of mine. I drilled the number holes and dyed them with black ink. Enjoy.

Note: He only got two in the end because one disappeared, and I think the dog ate it.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Poly Clay Pixel Art: Wonder Woman on: December 11, 2012 06:13:23 PM
Ok really this is my last one (ok maybe not I may make 1 or two more before Christmas) I still had a bunch of left over squares from the other ones I made

The Tick: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417499.0
Blue and Green Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417664.0
The TARDIS: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417788.0

And some one asked if I could make them a wonder woman, I told them not until after the holidays but since I only needed to make like 100 squares I decided to make it and get it to her as a present early. So this is a sprite taken from the Justice League Heroes Game Boy Advanced Game. I adapted it slightly to give her the bracers and better hair. I think it came out well. The frame that I made for this one was a lot smaller, but then again so was the picture (18 x 38) I think it came out well. I will probably end up doing a much larger one for my wife, cause she also likes wonder woman. Enjoy

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Poly Clay Pixel Art: TARDIS on: December 11, 2012 04:31:30 AM
So here is another picture I made. I already had a lot of the squares left over from the other pictures so I only needed to make like 200 or so to have all the pieces I needed to finish this. I am not entirely happy with the shading that happened in the boxes, when baked some of the colors turned a little darker than I wanted. But I was very happy that I came up with the sprite all by myself. I plan on doing another on larger than this one (which is 23 x 41) so I can add more detail to it. But for a small picture I think it turned out well.

Again this is how I made the squares
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / More Poly Clay Pixel Art: Link on: December 07, 2012 02:59:23 PM
Well like I said in my other post I had made 3 other pictures using the same method of cutting out a bunch of square from the polymer clay, baking them, and then sticking them to a frame that I made from under laminate and pine 1x2's. These are smaller (26 x 34) than my first picture (80 x 60) so they are only 884 squares apiece but I really like them I plan on giving my friend these 2 for Christmas and the Red and purple link (from four swords) in different poses for his birthday.

Enjoy

 

Cutting out the "pixels"
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pixel art with polymer clay on: December 03, 2012 03:12:58 PM
I am going to assume this goes here and not in polymer clay. Been working on a Christmas present for my friend. This was my first attempt at this and I thought it turned out well (I have made 3 other different pictures now) I rolled out polymer clay then used a cutting tool that I made from a piece of iron stock cut out the squares, baked it, then glued them to a frame that I made from under laminate wood and scrap pine. This ended up being 4800 squares and is about 32 x 23 inches.

Here is how I cut out the squares (before baking them)

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