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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / So I learned to Needle Felt Yesterday... on: February 17, 2015 03:38:20 PM
Yesterday we had a snow day and after messing up three rows I went on a crochet hiatus. I had bought some tan and brown wool roving intending to make dreadlocks for myself but never got around to it and after seeing a needle felted squid knitting a squid on pintrest I decided it was time to give sculpting a try! I was so in love with the squid, but I've been on an octopus kick lately so Olivia the octopus crocheting octopus was born! This is my first needle sculpting project ever. Her little crochet hook was made from a tooth pick and I mrico crocheted her tiny pink octopus with embroidery floss. I ended up running out of roving so I wired her tentacles for lack of having any more to keep their shapes. Im so proud of her! But I would like to dye her red. I couldn't find anything about dyeing already made and felted projects so if anyone has done so please let me know how to! Anywho, here she be!








2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Coyote skull folk art doll on: September 29, 2014 06:09:12 PM
It's been such a long time since I've posted anything! Lately I've put crocheting aside and concentrated on doll making.
This rad lil guy's head is a real coyote skull a taxidermist friend gave me. I wired the skull on through the hole in the back (where the brain stem connects to the spine) and made him a wire spine for poseability  and added strength. His cloacal was made from a shiny red shirt I found at a thrift store. I'm pretty proud of him Smiley and I have quite a few dolls planned since after I finished him he had such personality it was kinda like giving life to a lost soul....so my hunt for poor road killed animals that would be long forgotten began this summer, so  expect some more neat dollies my friends Wink






 





3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Painting faux leather/pvc leggings on: May 12, 2014 04:08:35 PM
I have a pair of faux leather/pvc stretchy type leggings that I want to paint a design on in white (they are black) has anyone done this? I've been searching and the best suggested paint I can find is rustolium vinyl and leather fabric paint. Will it crack or scratch off? Also I'd really like actual paint brush paint since my design is detailed
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Be there or be square-Rockabilly Swap on: April 11, 2014 05:29:18 PM


I really want to do a rockabilly swap, and do a large one...like a 10 point swap with ample craft time. Being that it's after christmas I have a ton of scraps and left overs and it's time for some spring cleaning! This can be pretty diverse, from baby things to grease/cry baby/outsiders/ect. Themed packages, random rockabilly goodies, there's so much! Small crafts could even be painted or blinged out dollar store cat eye glasses, maybe a rockabilly poppet, a up cycled denim thrift store shirt find, so so much we could do with this!

P.s. The quilt is just for craftspiration Smiley
I'd like to start the swap in a few weeks, not months. I'm going to start working on the questionnaire so I can put lots of thought into it sibce it's such a broad topic.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Primitive Candy Corn tutorial on: May 02, 2013 07:19:19 PM


Primitive goodies have become quite the rage lately. These candy corns are super easy to make and turn out super cute!

Things you'll need

Elmer's or tacky glue
White, orange, and yellow acrylic paint
Cheapy sponge brushes, the small ones
Sewing machine
Pencil
tin foil
baking sheet
oven
1/2 yard of muslin fabric

Step 1:


Draw yourself a candy corn, or print out mine if you like and cut it out. I drew mine on lined paper so I could judge where to put my lines for the colors. Figure out how much you want to space the colors on the candy corn and draw them on your template.

Step 2: The muslin I used was the cheapest one from JoAnn's. Its the 36' wide natural stuff, 1.99$ a yard. Iron your fabric, fold it back half to match up your ends. Fold it in half again (hotdog like) Now you should have enough fabric to make bunches of candy corns! I make four at a time. Pin your template to the muslin and cut them out. Make 2 sets of four.

Step 3:
Once you have 4 candy corns cut out (8 single pieces) Line up your fabric candy corns with the lines on your template. I used the dvd case in the background to make straight lines across 4 candy corns. Pin the lines on the inside of your other candy corn piece.

Step 4: Time to start sewing! I start not quite in the middle of the bottom, a little closer to the rounded end. Make sure to round off your candy corn ends or if your making pointy ends i suggest sewing a V on the points and carefully cutting in between the V so when you turn the candy corn it points. leave a small opening in the center of the bottom to turn and stuff.

Step 5: Once all your candy corns have been sewed, turn them right side out. I usually use the end of a pencil to poke the edges out. Stuff them and whip stitch or ladder stitch the bottom closed. Take your pencil and work your lines from the front to the blank side and connect them in the center.



Step 6: At this point you can do two things, you can mix some coffee grinds and hot water together and paint over your candy corns with a lot of coffee grinds on your brush to make them look more grundgey or you can just begin painting. I did not coffee grind these. Wrap your baking sheet in tin foil and begin!



Mix your paint and glue together in equal parts. I started with white at the tip, then orange, then yellow. Use the edge of your sponge brush to line along the lines, use a thick line of paint on the lines so when it drys they dont show through.





If you have used coffee grinds, wait for them to dry before you paint over them.

Step 7: This is an optional step. Preheat your oven to 250 and place the sheet with the candy corns on it inside. Monitor constantly. once the glue paint is no longer shiny on the top, flip them over, be careful to lay them back on the same color if the paint smeared onto the tin foil. This should only take a few minutes.

Step 8: also optional, I dust mine with ground cinnamon using an old face powder brush. It didn't show up very well in the picture though.

And there you have it! Have fun making your candy corns!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / sugar skull cadles with tutorial on: March 11, 2013 01:37:11 PM


These candles are so easy to make! You can use any image you like on them including color ink. I choose sugar skulls becuase Im doing my living room in day of the dead.

What you do:
1. Find an image you'd like to put on a candle. This can be anything from a photo or a picture you find on google.
2. Size your image to your candle. I saved the pictures and then pasted them in a word doc. I kinda eye balled it, and had to cut small pieces off of my image to fit on my candles, so this may be some trial and error.
3. Figure out which way your printer runs paper through the printer if you dont already know. I typed a few "aaa"s on a new word doc., put a piece of paper in my printer, wrote up on the paper so i knew which side i put face up, and printed. whichever way your letters com out is the side you want the image to be on.
4. carefully tape a piece of flat tissue paper that is as wrikle free as you can make it and that matches your candles color onto a piece of printer paper. I just used small pieces of tape and taped down the edges and corners.
5.Print your image out on the tissue paper side. cut them out as close to the outline as you can get.
6. Lay your image ontop of your candle where you want it to be, then wrap a piece of wax paper around the image and crumple it up in the back so you have a hand hold.
7. Take a heat gun (like an embossing gun, you might be able to get away with a hair dryer set on high heat) go over the candle in an up down motion with the heat gun. When the wax paper gets shiney you'll know the tissue paper has melted into the candle. After its all shiney over your images, its finished and you can turn the heat off and unwrap and enjoy!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Need help with a wallet! on: February 21, 2013 10:04:21 AM
So I have this wallet made by iron fist, http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517b-AD8lfL._SL500_SS500_.jpg , I've had it for a really long time and the the image has worn out pretty bad, (the black outlines). So one night I sat down and colored it all back in with sharpie and it looked great! I started using it again and the sharpie started to rub off on everything it touched! My question is, can I remove the sharpie with alcohol? Will it take the whole picture off? And what kind of marker/paint do you guys think might work to go over it again and stay?
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Sugar skull/ dia de Los muertos themed swap? on: January 14, 2013 10:30:32 PM


Doesn't have to be ACTUAL candy sugar skulls, just wanted a pic Smiley

I've really been fancying all the popularity sugar skulls have been gaining latley, anyone else feeling it? I'd like a 5 point swap thow with a fair amount of craft time.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Primitive Batz! on: September 29, 2012 03:07:10 PM
I finished these a little while ago but fininally got around to hanging them up today. They are really fun to make, especially when you get to the "making them primitive part" which is bascially coffee staining and painting them with glue mixed with paint. I wanted to make about 10 before Halloween decorating, but They are a lil time consuming. Anywho, Im so proud of all of them! probably the thing I am most proud of making this year.

Here they all are together



Some close ups



And an action shot!


They are in the living room, but since the weathers been so nice the kitchen window is open so the breeze makes them spin a little, like they are fluttering. I hung them up with that invisible threat on pushpins so you cant hardly see the strings Smiley




I got the pattern off etsy from homespunheartprim its called Primitive Batz


also, dont froget to check out they new facebook fan page dedicated to horror crafting www.facebook.com/CraftsFromTheCrypt
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Inspired from craftster zombie needlebook on: September 29, 2012 02:54:26 PM
So not to long ago v3nu5 posted an amazing needlebook she made!  check it out! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392129.0

I was totally inspired and loved it so much I had to have one! Sooooo here he is!

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