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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / paper grocery bags into baskets! on: February 22, 2004 12:22:40 PM
Finished product:


Okay, all you need is glue, old paper bags from the grocery, clothespins, and scissors.  It's cute, strong, and recycled, and I know all you craftsters can come up with a million cool variations!


1. Cut the bottoms off your paper bags (and handles).  For this project, I think I used 3 bags.  Then cut what's left into (4) 1-inch strips or so horizontally (The size is really up to you, depending on how big you want your basket to be!)  I like to keep the double width of the bag to make it strong and then fold those strips again horizontally, so that I end up with strips that are 4 bags thick.  For this project, I made a total of 9 strips--6 for the bottom, and 3 to weave in the sides:


2.  Place them in a weave--over and under pattern.

Then use the clothes pins to clip all the top edges together.  Fold up where you want your sides to begin (where there's no weave--just strips) and crease that fold.

3.  Begin weaving paper strips around the perimeter in an over-and-under pattern.  When you get to the end of the strip glue it to itself and secure with clothespin until it dries.  Keep going up the basket, securing each strip and gluing its ends:


4.  When all your strips are woven in, make sure everything is tightly woven...keep tugging and arranging until it is. **This the key to happiness**.  Then trim the top edge.  Glue each top piece in place:


5.  Then use one strip over the top edge to finish it, and crease the corners:  

6.  Then use twine of some sort to secure it in place, sewing between the intersections of weave:


That's it!  You're done, and it's ready to store craft supplies!  I've also used them as gift baskets, bill holders, etc.!  
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / felted french market bag from Knitty on: February 19, 2004 04:39:47 PM
I made the french market bag from the Knitty website--

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTfrenchmarket.html
and I like it!  Smiley.  It's fun to learn how to start off knitting on double pointed needles and to knit the whole thing in the round!  It's great for toting knitting projects around!  


13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Honor your ancestors! on: February 17, 2004 05:07:41 PM
I got a great picture of my great grandparents last summer, so I decided to do something with it.  Got a cool box at the thrift store, and then put down their picture inside it.  Made a frame for it out of an image I'd scanned from a book of old Hebrew manuscripts.  Used velvet like paper (from Paper Zone) as an edging and used Hebrew stamp letters and English letters to emboss words and their names with gold powder on the velvet paper.  I like how it turned out!  The hebrew letters spell out Spirit and Peace....

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / How to do mosaic tile on an old box tutorial on: February 10, 2004 03:46:24 PM
End result:  


Okay, I decided to do a mosaic box for my friend.  So here is a fairly lengthy tutorial on how to mosaic.  Sorry it's so long, but I wanted to show all the steps, which are basically the same for any size project!  I've done bigger ones--like a mailbox and very tiny ones--like a small suncatcher.

1.  Here is the box--I got it at the thrift store because it has an indent where the metal is, which makes it easy to grout:


2.  Draw picture right on the box (I used a sharpie):

3.  Start cutting tile to fit image.  You need tile cutters for this and ceramic tiles (all available at hardware stores or tile stores or online):





4.  Generally, I cut out the pieces to fit the main image, glue them down with any kind of tacky glue and then do the background last.  


This is fun! It's a bit like a jig saw puzzle figuring out how to fit the pieces together--it's also okay to be a little messy with shapes.  When I've done really perfect ones, they end up looking all wrong.



5.  After letting it dry for an hour, mix your (SANDED!! I find grout "with sand" way easier to use) with water and acrylic paint:


6. Put it on your piece until all the crevices are filled.

7. After waiting 15 minutes, wipe off with special WET sponge (wet, but wrung out) (note: these are cheap enough at the hardware store...do NOT try to use a regular sponge; it doesn't work!):



8.  Keep wiping until it looks like how you want it to be--tiles uncovered, grout in between them!  As it dries, you may have to wipe it a few more times with a wet, but wrung out sponge.   Then let it dry 24 hours.  At the end, you'll probably want to wipe it again with a wet sponge to get off the filmy cover of grout.   I'll probably paint this box and give it to my friend for her birthday.


The whole thing probably took about 3 hours, but I love tiling.  Try it out!   Wink





15  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Frida mosaic on: February 05, 2004 07:44:48 PM

Well, I've been doing tile art for a while, and I wanted to share my most favoritest piece.  




It's better to work up to bigger pieces like this with a small piece, but I have a few tips for anyone who wants to try mosaics/tiling and would be happy to answer any questions.

Tips:

a.  Before tiling--pick out a suface that is smooth and has a natural lip around it--anything with an indent is easier to grout at first.  It's good to just use a frame and then tile right on top of the glass as long as it is securely attached to the frame.  That way you have an indentation.


1.  Draw out your picture on the surface.
2.  Cut our your tiles all as a variation of squares and match them onto the surface.
3. Glue them down.
4.  Mix a grout yourself from the hardware store...it's much easier to control the consistency that way.  You can also add acrylic paint to color it yourself.  Test out which kind of consistency works best for you...I like it pretty thick...thicker than the pre-mixed kind.
5. After smearing it onto the suface and letting it dry for about 15 minutes, wipe off the excess grout from the tiles, and do so as many times as you need to in order to get the look you want.  

Next time I tile, I will try to take pics as I go.  It's really fun!  
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / embroidered kitty cardigan on: February 04, 2004 08:55:17 AM
So, I took a stab at spiffing up a plain black cardigan by embroidering a kitty on it!  I just used the basic split stitch and chain stitch.  I started out trying to do a complicated cat pattern (a la Jenny Hart), but it was hard to do on sweater fabric, so I ended up simplifying it quite a bit.  But I still like how it looks!  Wink

Close up:





Back up:

17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Somerset Studio on: January 31, 2004 10:26:40 AM
This paper arts magazine is really cool, especially (for me anyhow) because it isn't super cutsey, like a lot of stamp art magazines are.  They have great instructions for all kinds of projects, including stamping on dominoes and making shrines and image transfers.  The most KICK ASS issue is Sept/October 2003 issue "Journey to San Miguel," which has AMAZING ideas for making all kinds of Mexican inspired art.  If you're interested, you can order back issues!

http://www.somersetstudio.com/html/main_magazines.html
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making Shadow Boxes and Shrines on: January 31, 2004 10:20:48 AM
This kick ass book by Kathy Cano-Murillo has tons of cool ideas for making little and big shrines and shadow boxes.  

_Making Shadow Boxes & Shrines_ (http://store.yahoo.com/patrickandkathymurillo/kathysbooks.html)

This is craftychica (http://www.craftychica.homestead.com/intro.html)

She was the inspiration for my Frida casita ( http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=14;action=display;threadid=2129)

And possibly for mamakitty's altoid pocket shrine!  http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=42;action=display;threadid=2175
19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Lucinda Williams image transfer on: January 30, 2004 06:00:24 PM
This omnigel stuff is so cool! http://www.houstonart.com/omnigel/omnigel.htm
You can transfer images onto any surface, including, as is shown here, copper.  All you do is:
1. Put 3 coats of omnigel on the picture
2. Let it dry an hour or so
3. Put it in a tray of water for 15 minutes
4. Pull it out, put it face down on wax paper, and carefully roll the paper off the back with your fingers.
5. Use omnigel to glue it onto any surface.
6. I think it's really cool because it gives you this flexible image that is shiny on one side, matte on the other side, and it's semi-transparent, so, in this case, the copper shines through.

So, that's what I did to get the image and then I glued it on the copper.  Used thin sheets of copper to cut out copper hearts and then a letter set to emboss her name and xo's, and then my cool mini-torch to color and darken the copper and glued it all on there.    I love omnigel!!  

20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / turtle box! on: January 30, 2004 05:50:31 PM
Got this cool box at the thrift store that looks like a book.  Painted it.  Put on a great postcard of sea turtles.  Decoupaged it.  Glued on a bunch of beads, sea glass, a few rusted bottlecaps, and then grouted the whole thing!  It was fun!  

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