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221  Re: One Tiny Pirrrrrate Thing, here be the viewin' of the loot in The Swap Gallery by hgddm on: June 21, 2010 05:11:58 PM
Arrrrrr! Today I be receivin' one fantastical package from me matey, Aisy!! Bewarr if ye be lookin' fer only a few pictures!

My hat, it be havin' three corners!




Aisy be findin' a three-cornered hat on me Wists, so she rustled up this here steampunk miniature tricorn hat!





This side here be havin' a old hearrrrt on it. Be it the silver heart of old Cap'n Blackbeard?



This be the front. This side be havin' a fancy lace bow there on it, maybe Ol' Aisy be stealin' that from some of dem fancy frilly wenches' pantyhoses...



Aisy even be attachin' a comb and barrette to keep me hat close to me hair (what be left of it, har har har).



This here be my trusty mutt Herriot modelin' this here hat...t'aint very happy-lookin' as she once had a fierce run in with a crusty ol' fella wearin' a hat much like this 'un.



This here be my other trusty mutt Founder. He don't seem to mind that hat as much.

Well, I just wants to thank Aisy from the bottom o' my rusty ol' heart, aren't much more you coulda done to please me than craft up that hat from what I had on my Wists, I'm certain I'll be wearin' this here hat in style to me next plunderin'.
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222  Pirate Skull in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by hgddm on: June 19, 2010 11:48:05 PM
One of my first few attempts at polymer clay, and my first ever for a swap! This was made for blupaisan for the OTPirate thing swap. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo so this is blupaisan's photo.



Sculpey III. His teeth are yellow clay with some metal beads thrown in there for fillings. He has two earrings, one of which is a gold hoop. The other is the end of a pin, which I used to make the jaw move. I shaped the skull and jaw parts separately, made a hole through both, baked, and then stuck the pin through. It worked, more or less.

I had a lot of fun making this! Thanks for looking.
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223  Embroidered Pirate Map in Needlework: Completed Projects by hgddm on: June 19, 2010 11:43:52 PM
This is my first needlework post!

I made this pirate map for blupaisan in the OTPirate Thing swap. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture so this is blupaisan's photo.



I freehanded the design after checking out some images online. I made up some piratey sounding terms and translated them into Latin before stitching them. Top to bottom, left to right, it says:

'Adventure World'
'Gold'  'Pepper'  'Safe Harbor'
'Loot Route'  'Unknown' (the land on the right side)
'booty' (next to the ship)
and 'in the year 1500'

I did the whole thing inside a 4 inch hoop. My favorite part is the ship, although I think the whole thing turned out pretty well. Made me feel good for my first try! Thanks to everyone for the inspiration from this board.
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224  Steampunk Charms in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by hgddm on: June 19, 2010 11:34:56 PM
These are the charms I made for the steampunk charm swap. All of my partners have received so I thought I'd post them over here. These are one of my first attempts at polymer clay and my very first at resin.







I also made this resin thingy, just messing around.



Thanks for looking!
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225  More recycled vintage rings and bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by hgddm on: June 10, 2010 03:57:28 PM






And a few closeups of my favorite rings:







These are all made from found objects/broken or neglected vintage jewelry and jewelry blanks from Michaels.

Are they appealing to you?  C&C welcome!
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226  Re: Steampunk Charm swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by hgddm on: June 03, 2010 07:22:31 PM
Seat taken!

The Coopered Lushingtons

1. ceemonster sent 6/4 received 6/17
2. emopenguintoast sent 6/4 received 6/17
3. loopylamb sent 6/4 received 6/7
4. sweetyetevil sent 6/4 received 6/10
6. Lique sent 6/4 received 6/17
7. Habitat lady sent 6/4 received 6/7



From sweetyetevil...I absolutely LOVE this charm...it's made from a clock face charm, another metal circle with great colored stripes on the back, a gear, a turquoise cat's eye (not a real one...right, Beth?? right?!?!?), and a dangly bead! It's amazing, and the color of the eye is perfect! I'll have a new necklace soon. Thanks so much!!!



From loopylamb! I love the amber colored resin and the cool gear inside, and the bottlecap charm is wonderful. I love the blue dangly beads! And excellent job with your first time using resin...it's so smooth and lovely! Wish I could say the same for mine  Cheesy Thanks, loopy!



From ceemonster...this charm is awesome. I ADORE the wings and there is a beautiful green patina on them. The gears are arranged really nicely and you can't see it, but in the center is one engraved with the letter 'L' (for Linsey!). Beautiful work, Cate, thanks a million!



This is from Lique! I love the square setting and the little gears peeking out all over...my favorite part is the watch face with roman numerals in the background. This is beautiful, thanks Angelique!



From Emo Penguin Toast. I really like the combo of large and small gears here and the danglies on the bottom are always awesome. Thanks, Angela!



And from habitat-lady! This charm is awesome, it reminds me of a fancy old telephone for some reason. I love the chain and the little watch face thingy with the days of the week. What a clever way to do the jump ring, too! Thanks, Renee, I love it.
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227  Precious stones, vintage jewelry, and glass beads! Pic heavy. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by hgddm on: June 02, 2010 05:47:04 PM
Hello! I've been working on some swaps lately and it's motivated me to finally use up some of my great jewelry stash on some things I can actually wear.



These rings are all from findings I've had lying around FOREVER, or old clip on earrings from my great-grandmother that weren't my style to wear. Got the idea from a local vintage store...the best thing is you can make two of each!

Some close-ups:





And these are some fabulous earrings I've made from beads I either had or got at Michael's or on eBay.







Yes--they're all clip-on backs. I don't have pierced ears. I really wish there were better resources out there for us hole-less gals...Sad



And the obligatory cat-shot. Mookie's internet debut!

C&C welcome...thanks for looking!
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228  Re: Illustrate My Favorite Story Swap Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by hgddm on: May 14, 2010 11:28:12 PM
I received from Sophieangele!

And I have NO IDEA what she was talking about, worrying her pages wouldn't be fancy enough. I loved this so much that I literally screamed when I opened the package.

My poem was Shakespeare's Sonnet 141.

-----Section 1 (sophieangele):
In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes,
For they in thee a thousand errors note;
But 'tis my heart that loves what they despise,
Who in despite of view is pleased to dote;





The even awesomer part is that the ribcage opens to reveal this:





It's a steampunky, anatomically correct heart with a creepily awesome guy inside! Wearing a hat!

And here's the beautiful artist info card she sent:



I'm so blown away by this creation. I told sophieangele I loved steampunk and her papercrafting skills, and she totally delivered. Sophieangele, thank you SO much for this awesome piece of art. What an amazing thing to receive for my first swap. I showed it to some friends tonight who were completely jealous and enchanted by your artistic skills.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I hope you like mine as much as I do yours.


-----Section 2:

Nor are mine ears with thy tongue's tune delighted,
Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone,
Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited
To any sensual feast with thee alone:

-----Section 3:

But my five wits nor my five senses can
Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee,
Who leaves unsway'd the likeness of a man,

-----Section 4:

Thy proud heart's slave and vassal wretch to be:
Only my plague thus far I count my gain,
That she that makes me sin awards me pain.

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229  Super-easy brown molasses bread in Recipes and Cooking Tips by hgddm on: May 04, 2010 11:03:21 PM
One of my local steakhouses serves this fantastic molasses bread as an appetizer. I found a recipe to make a similar bread at home. I found this by googling I think, but it's actually a great recipe!



Molasses Brown Bread

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1 egg
1 cup all bran or bran buds cereals
1/2 cup seedless raisins (optional)
1 tbsp. shortening
1/3 cup molasses

1. Stir together first 4 ingredients with 3/4 cup of very hot water.

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg until foamy. Mix in the next four ingredients. Add water until shortening is melted. (Doesn't need too much water, I'd say not more than 1/2 cup.) Add dry ingredients, mixing until combined.

3. Fill 2 greased metal cans about half to three-quarters full or spread batter evenly in 1 greased 9x5x3 loaf pan.

4. Bake 350 degrees about 45 minutes for cans, or 35 minutes for loaf. Done when toothpick/knife comes out clean. Let cool after removing from can or pan. Brown bread is especially easy to slice 24 hours after baking; cool on wire rack. Wrap lightly and store.



So I live in a very small studio apartment and only have a toaster oven for baking. I use cleaned out tin food cans for these and it works perfectly! The recipe makes about two can-sized loaves. Be sure not to fill the cans too full of batter! I'm sure a loaf pan would work just fine and plus you could multiply the recipe.

The bread is delicious and the molasses adds just the right amount of sweetness. No white sugar, butter, or bad stuff (except the shortening I guess!) and plus it's full of bran! (I use regular store-brand bran flakes.)

The only problem I've had is with getting the bread out of the cans...I've tried greasing them, greasing and flouring, but the top half of the loaf just falls out  and then I have to scoop the rest out with a spoon. Which is actually okay with me because my favorite part is the hot steamy middle! The bread holds up just fine for a week or so in a plastic bag and stays nice and soft.

Let me know if you make any! Smiley
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230  A special kind of kitten! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by hgddm on: May 04, 2010 10:48:05 PM
Hello! These are some clay beads I made for a friend. They are going to be earrings as soon as I get around to it. They are Scottish Fold kittens!



Scottish Folds are pretty much the best cat ever. My friend and I love them. Here is a cute Youtube video if you want to see one in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAKroNeQhf0

I'm also posting these WoW hearthstone earrings I made for another friend. I've seen many variations of these on Craftster before, but they were my first attempt at polymer clay and I enjoyed making them.



Thanks for looking!
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