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1  Re: Complete Nonsense Swap - Gallery (Sign-ups Feb 14-28... Send Outs March 28) in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: April 11, 2014 11:22:24 AM
Gala_Apples is having trouble with her imaging hosting service so I thought I'd post pics of the crafts I sent her Smiley

A Jack Skellington canvas necklace (my first attempt at soldering)

A spoon necklace inspired by Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey novel

And finally a set of five notecards inspired by Tim Burton's poems. I drew his VooDoo Girl character in colored pencil and sharpie, scanned it and printed extras on heavy card stock.
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2  A Charming Bookmark & Ravenclaw Owl Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tapestrymlp on: April 11, 2014 11:09:49 AM
I made this little bookmark and owl necklace for Pottermouth as part of a private swap.

The bookmark is braided ribbon with a copper charm on the bottom. I used paints, mica powders, embossing powder and alcohol ink to provide a textured base. I have a bunch of Harry Potter stamps so I added a cute book stack with embossing ink and black embossing powder. Finally I made a little bead cluster to the bottom of the charm.

The owl bead was one I had laying around and I just added some Ravenclaw house-colored beads for a fun little pendant.
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3  Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey Spoon Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tapestrymlp on: April 11, 2014 10:52:33 AM
My partner in the Complete Nonsense swap wanted a spoon necklace because she loves the book Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (No it's not THAT book; it's a satirical novel about a future society where people can only see a limited range of colors and the range you can see determines you social class).

I discovered that spoons are really, really, really hard to drill. Or maybe I just have the wrong tools. Either way this was a challenging piece to make for me. I cut the bottom part of the spoon, used a metal file to smooth the edges, hammered the crap out of it to flatten it, and then etched the book title onto the spoon. Shades of Grey is about two characters in different color classes (a green and a red) who fall in love so I added heart beads in each color.

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4  Jack Skellington Mini-Canvas Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tapestrymlp on: April 11, 2014 10:44:08 AM
Lately I've been leaning toward embroidery and painting in my crafts. However, my partner in the Complete Nonsense swap said she didn't want any wall art or hooplas. What she did want was jewelry. So what the heck, I decided to try indulging my artist tendencies by making a mini-canvas necklace.

I painted Jack Skellington as my partner listed Nightmare Before Christmas as one of her favorites. I finished the canvas with clear acrylic sealer to help protect it. Next I glued soft felt to the back of the canvas and then soldered the edges of the canvas and added a jump ring. It's the first time I've used my soldering kit and I managed not to burn down the house or lose any limbs so I consider it a success. The solder is less than perfect, but I'm still happy overall.

And a last pic to show the size of the canvas.
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5  Re: Complete Nonsense Swap - Gallery (Sign-ups Feb 14-28... Send Outs March 28) in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: April 05, 2014 07:13:26 PM
I received from Gala Apples! She sent me two lovely little art pieces and a new ornament for my Harry Potter Christmas tree. Love eveyrthing, thanks so much!

First up, a quote from one of my favorite Monty Python skits:

Next, the irresistible Statler and Waldorf from the Muppets (their grumpy antics always make me smile):

And my favorite, a gorgeous stamped leather ornament celebrating my favorite Dumbledore quote:

Unfortunately the chain on the bottom-most row broke on one side but I can replace it easily - I just need to pick up some more silver jewelry chain - mine was mysteriously all used up.

Thanks again for a great swap!
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6  Re: FOCR 11 Winter Wonderland Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: March 08, 2014 09:46:53 PM
I came back from vacation to find a package waiting for me Cheesy I received the blue and silver jewelry set from Ratfinkz! So pretty! Thanks, I love them!

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7  Re: Terribly Important SOB - The Return GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by tapestrymlp on: February 27, 2014 10:33:17 AM
I received from the fabulously important Jillybeans! I love, love, love all my pretties. Behold the awesome I unwrapped last night:

First - I am so terribly important I was named Head Girl at Hogwarts Cheesy And thus warranted my own Hufflepuff Head Girl badge. It's actually an ornament and will look fabulous on my Harry Potter tree. Eeeeee!

Next up my favorite piece, a gorgeous owl statue. This is so amazingly cool. The owl is freaking adorable.

And for my medium, a seriously cool wall art piece. It's a hedgie! And he's got a gold crown! AND he's holding a banner with my terribly important title!

The hedgie is painted on burlap stretched over a wood frame. It's a really cool texture. Thanks Jilly! I love everything.
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8  "Catch Me If You Can" Mini Art Quilt - Pic Heavy in Quilting: Completed Projects by tapestrymlp on: February 26, 2014 12:35:05 PM
I love art quilts. Love, love, love them. I made this art quilt for my partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap, it's inspired by my sudden fascination with patchwork things, Harry Potter and layering texture. It took ages and I'd probably still be playing with it if the swap deadline hadn't arrived. I am super pleased with the results though:

I began by sewing together five different complimentary fabrics. Next I broke out my acrylics and swirled on some color washes over the fabric and then painted on some lovely gold spots with lumiere fabric paint (a personal favorite). I picked a dark blue thread and used the quilting foot on my sewing machine for the first time. The result is a bit choppy but I was just making random patterns and playing with the movement. I also added two flying keys with black thread - free-hand embroidering them on the machine.

I printed the words "Catch Me If You Can" onto white muslin (stiffed with freezer paper to go through my printer), cut them out and machine embroidered them with black thread onto the quilt.

Next I bought some shimmery blue & white chiffon and a pretty opalescent netting. I cut strips of each fabric and used my heat gun to melt them onto the quilt and layer them. It added a lot of texture which I really enjoyed. Then some more machine quilting, this time with a bright yellow thread to compliment the key and the gold spots and help secure my melted fabrics.

Here's a shot that shows the texture from the layered and melted fabrics:

I already had the gold key on hand and created wings for it using some fantasy film and my heat gun. Then I sewed it onto the quilt using clear nylon thread.

Not ready to call it quits, I broke out my ridiculously vast collection of beads and randomly sewed them in place all over the quilt. Finally I added two silver rings to the back of the quilt so it can be hung on the wall.
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9  "Believe" Altered Art Bottle in Completed Projects by tapestrymlp on: February 26, 2014 12:14:07 PM
Definitely not sure where to put this one. I created this altered art bottle for my partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap. The base is a small triangular bottle I had lying around. I stained the inside with alcohol inks (no good pics of this sadly) and then layered elements on the outside until I was happy. It's all rather random but I was going for a warm color palette. I finished the bottle off with some fun ribbon, a charm that says "Believe" and a tiny bead cluster, then spritzed the whole thing with a bit of gold shimmer spray (also not visible in the picture). I like the way it came together.

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10  Hufflepuff Night on the Town Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tapestrymlp on: February 26, 2014 12:04:47 PM
Another jewelry piece created for my swap partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap: a Hufflepuff inspired bracelet. I loosely braided some fancy ribbons and bead strands I put together. I'm not happy with the clasp solution I had to use so I'll be brainstorming a better solution if I ever decide to make one of these again:

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