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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / I'm on a shoe painting fix. Galaxy heels! on: June 03, 2014 01:47:57 PM
I'm having so much fun painting shoes lately. I had a pair of heels I painted years ago that I finally sanded the old image off of, and wanted to put a new image on. The mister had suggested I try my hand at galaxy heels, so off I went.
Does anyone else find it harder to do abstract stuff? It's definitely more challenging for me.







C&C would be greatly appreciated on this. I was nervous that these would look too little like space and too much like random blobs of colour, but they're growing on my quite steadily. Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cowl Neck Dress/First experiment in drafting on: May 10, 2014 05:29:01 PM
I picked up a book on drafting a while back and and finally got to try it out with an old design I had sketched up last year. I did a muslin first to test it and made my adjustments, and ended up with this. It's exactly how I wanted it to be and I'm so excited about it!

There's no zippers, it pulls over and cinches around the waist with the ties. Such comfort!











Thanks for looking Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Painted Octopus Shoes & Making of video on: May 05, 2014 01:33:17 PM
Hi guys! I finished painting some heels a few days ago, wanted to share it with you. I'm more or less pleased with them, never took myself for much of a painter if you don't include nail polish, but they look alright. Smiley









I also started a youtube channel in the hopes of documenting some of the things I make, so I have a little video here showing a bit of me making them. It's not indended to be a walk through tutorial, but it might be helpful or interesting to check out none the less. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOpSEzmIoP-PIoP6LbuWCLw
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Nautical Striped Dress on: April 26, 2014 01:02:33 PM
You know how you plan on making all sorts of things, and then you work on something else? Well instead of making cold weather dresses I made this little striped t-shirt dress. I've got some anchor tights that are begging to be worn with it, as soon as the temperature goes above 5. It is darn cold in my corner of the earth!



I don't have a picture of it on, so the mannequin will have to do


And the back goes across straight, as opposed to the front that has a curve on the red


Can you believe I ironed this thing? Sheesh.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First silversmith project! on: February 04, 2014 08:32:48 PM
I've been saying for years I wanted to get into working with metal but was fairly intimidated by it all (and the price tag attached to yet another hobby..). I got to do a silversmith class last month and it's definitely the beginning of a new obsession. Anyone curious about it if you have a workshop in your area I would definitely suggest it! I wanted to learn as much as possible so I sketched an idea that would use the most tools. The ball hammer, the dapping block, and soldering.





6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Charms for a charm bracelet swap? on: February 02, 2014 12:56:10 AM
It would be ages until I would be able to run/participate in a swap (June-ish) but I had a neat idea. What if there was a swap where everyone is put into groups and makes a small charm for all the others in their group (say 5 or 10 people, depending on how many sign up). By the end of the swap, you'd have a fully loaded charm bracelet in your theme/colour choices/what have you.

Would anyone be interested in doing this this summer? I haven't organized a swap before but I would be more than ok with doing so.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Metal Dapping/Doming questions on: December 15, 2013 01:10:42 AM
I've looked through here and haven't found anything yet. If there are any threads on the subject feel free to link them.

What I want to know is if you can dome just part of the metal, aka: if I had a large square and put it over one of the doming areas and started hammering, could I end up with a dome with a flat lip around the side (think like an ice cube tray) or would that just cause the excess metal that doesn't fit in the dome area to pucker?

Also, what kind of metal exactly is it that people use for metal doming, and how does one go about cutting it? It seems people have all these perfect circles and I cannot fathom how.

Thanks for any help!!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My 'Sundae' Dress, Self made pattern a success! on: August 08, 2013 10:36:11 AM
I'm trying to get better at sewing, so I've made a point to start properly drafting patterns, adding the seam allowance, doing linings, etc. This dress pattern I made and am in love with (besides the fact that it makes me look a little flat chested, but whatever), and have been pumping out dresses since I've been on vacation with my sewing machines. I'm thinking of dubbing it the Sundae dress, since I want to name my patterns for fun, and my SO suggested dessert names. Tongue

Anyway, enough rambling, dresses!


Thanks to my SO for getting up at the crack of dawn to take pictures for me. (His photoblog is 3ark.ca Smiley)


Awkward bathroom selfie..


And I don't have a picture of this one yet, but it's more of the same, hah.

Now I need to learn how to grade patterns, any advice for this? I've mostly seen people doing the cut and spread method on blogs, but is that the best way to go about it?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Prosthetic eyes turned pendants on: July 09, 2013 02:21:14 PM
These are probably (definitely) the weirdest things I've ever made. I bought some prosthetic eyes off ebay, and made some necklaces out of them. I don't have pictures of the chain details (the blue one was on a tiered chain, simplebut nice) but I had to share the main pendant with you.



10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Glitter heels that won't lose glitter! on: April 04, 2013 03:49:37 AM


My heels were begging to be spiced up for a while now, and I finally decided what to do with them.
Two base coats of a frosty mint nail polish, and then 2 coats of a super glittery polish did the trick!

While the glitter was tacky I make sure all the pieces were laying flat with my finger, now it's super smooth and doesn't fall off like I imagine the mod podge/glitter would. (I also used a polish with hex glitter, which is super thin and isn't rough, that will also help it's staying power I do believe Smiley )



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