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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "When In Doubt, Go To The Library" Altered Mini Tin on: June 27, 2014 08:47:41 AM
My partner in the recent mini altered tin swap, Alexampersandra, is a librarian and fellow book-lover. I knew right away that I needed to make something library inspired for her tin. While looking for a good library quote I stumbled across the perfect one - and BONUS it's from my favorite book series. Luckily, my partner likes Harry Potter as well. I made the tin into a tiny library bookcase. The shelves are painted cardboard. The books covers are painted cardboard as well with polymer clay used to make the inside pages. I covered the interior and exterior with scrapbook paper. I designed the silhouette of Hermione in Photoshop and then cut it out with my Silhouette SD craft cutter machine. The silhouette is mounted to the top of the tin using wire.

The back of the tin has a wall hanger so it can be hung on the wall, there's also a magnet so it can go on the fridge.

The quote is from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Because that's what Hermione does, said Ron, shrugging. When in doubt, go to the library.







2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Floral Pendant on: June 05, 2014 09:37:19 AM
A pendant I made for my partner in the twinchie swap. The pendant is just under two inches wide. This was my first attempt at stumpwork. I'm rather pleased with the result Smiley It was also my first time trying to do shading with long and short stitch (not as successful). Plus I got to learn a few new stitches. The petals are on a thin wire frame covered with buttonhole stitch so they are each adjustable.  This was a lot of fun. The complete piece start to finish (including mounting in the pendant) took about 6 hours. I'm a slow stitcher.





3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dimensional Hermione Painting with Tutorial on: May 19, 2014 12:38:45 PM
For the IYP 25 swap I wanted to make something unique for my partner chughes225. I've wanted to make a book painting for a while, inspired by this pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/63824519691605298/

However, I couldn't possibly hack up some books even in the interests of art. It took me a while to settle on a solution, but I finally figured out a way to pull it off. This was my solution:


I used a 12 x 12" wood frame base. Next I cut strips of thin cardboard and gave them a slightly bowed shape and then used duct tape to secure them to the wooden base.


After that I covered the book spines in two layers of plaster tape and allowed them to dry.


I gave the plaster a base coat of black when it was done. Next I found some faux leather textured scrapbook paper, cut strips of that and painted them. I glued them onto the base and then used acrylic to add details based on vintage book spines.


And last I sketched a profile image of Hermione onto the book spines and then painted in the details.




If I do this again I'll make the spines less curvy because the image distortion is a bit distracting. I like the dimensionality of the finished piece though. I just need a better balance Smiley
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tardis Necklace on: May 19, 2014 12:15:33 PM
For my partner chughes225 I decided to try my hand at micro-embroidery. The final Tardis image is a bit bigger than I wanted and I had to hunt hard to find a bezel big enough for it, but I'm happy with the end result. The bezel is 50mm on the outside. The design was free hand based on several Tardis I was referencing.



5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Celtic Crow Slip Cover on: May 19, 2014 12:06:57 PM
For the IYP 25 swap my partner Wulf asked for an embroidered pillow cover. After stalking his pinterest diligently I settled on making something with a celtic design and fell in love with a crow design. I printed it out at the appropriate size, used transfer paper to get it onto the fabric and then traced the design in permanent marker so it wouldn't rub off as I worked.

The finished design is just under 12 inches across. The main design uses satin stitch and was outlined with a chain stitch in blue. The entire design took approximately 20 hours of embroidery. I thought I'd never finish Smiley But at the same time it was fun to do. It's definitely going to be while before I tackle something this big again though.





6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A Charming Bookmark & Ravenclaw Owl Necklace 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.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey Spoon Necklace 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.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jack Skellington Mini-Canvas Necklace 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.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Catch Me If You Can" Mini Art Quilt - Pic Heavy 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.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Believe" Altered Art Bottle 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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