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1  Carved Grateful Dead Bead in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by petuniastarshine on: May 24, 2010 12:44:51 PM
So.. life pretty much revolves around The Dead. Naturally, then, my jewelry and art does as well.

I've been trying to do a miniature carving of the skull for so long, and I've finally gotten one I'm happy with - and its about the size of a dime!!

I used ivory polymer clay and carved it free-handed before I baked the bead. After it cooled, I rubbed black acrylic paint into the grooves to give it more dimension. I didn't seal it, I kind of like the way it looks without any shine.

What do you think?
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2  Free Winona in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by petuniastarshine on: April 26, 2010 08:57:35 AM
So Winona Ryder. I kind of love her. So when my friend the photography major told me she needed me to be Winona for a photo shoot I was pretty (read:VERYVERYVERY) excited.

Those are the pictures used to base the shirt/photo shoot off of. She said for me to just wear a white shirt and she'd photoshop the graphic on, but will a crafty girl allow that? NO WAY. So with only three hours notice before the shoot, I skipped class to make the shirt.

First, I had no plain white shirt, so I took two old white tees and cut them apart, and sewed the backs and sleeves together. Then I freehanded the graphic and painted it on. While it dried I did my hair and ran to the studio.

Thats a picture from our photo shoot. Look similar?
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3  Geometric Ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by petuniastarshine on: April 26, 2010 08:33:59 AM
I've had two shops this week reply and said they were interested in carrying my jewelry (YAY!!) so I've been making all sorts of stuff non-stop, finally turning all of the sketches from my notebook into real pieces. I made this ring, but I can't decide if I like it.

What do you guys think? Its 7/8" long, and 1/2" tall. The main frame is 18g copper, the thinner wire is a 28g gold, and the beads are tan wood.

(Also, sorry for the bad pic quality, I just did them on photobooth.)
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4  Re: HUGE Mumu to cute summer dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by petuniastarshine on: April 06, 2010 06:21:10 AM
Cute!  I'm sure your friends are not laughing now!

This is true! Now, everyone loves this dress!!

That was on my Facebook, and there were four more similar comments that couldn't fit into the shot  Grin I'm so happy everyone else loves this as much as I do!
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5  HUGE Mumu to cute summer dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by petuniastarshine on: April 05, 2010 02:02:19 PM
Last year, I found a HUGEEEE red mumu in one of my favorite vintage shops. I tried it on and my friends laughed at me, but I bought it. There is really beautiful embroidery details on it (Some say it looks Spanish, others say Renaissance inspired?) and I hoped I could make this huge ugly tent into something cute.

Well, I brought the hem off the ground and up to above my knees, and took it in by probably at least a foot. In the bust, I tightened it to fit me perfectly, then altered the sleeves so they didn't look like they were just these ugly things hanging from my shoulders. Now that I'm done, its one of my favorite dresses, and I get compliments on it all the time!

Sorry I don't have any before pictures, I got started on it right away and forgot to take pictures before  Lips sealed And also, excuse the state of my room. Its currently the storage/craft space, but about to be turned into a nursery (hence the primer on the floor).

The front of the dress.

Beautiful sleeves!! They are so much fun Smiley

The back of the dress.

Detail of the sleeve showing the lovely flower embroidery.

What do you all think? Any comments or questions are welcome Smiley
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6  Gift bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by petuniastarshine on: March 21, 2010 01:48:24 PM
A friend of mine had fabric-lined walls in his apartment to soundproof the place (and because it looked so beautiful!!), and when he moved out, he gave me yards and yards of the canvas cloth he had as the main sound absorber (there was a prettier fabric on top).

I've made patches, clothing patterns, pin cushions, and a few other things with this, but my latest project from it was draw-string gift bags! I wanted a cute, personal way to package my jewelry or give it as gifts, so I cut out a bunch of rectangles, sewed up a few straight lines, and used leftover ribbons to make the drawstring. Super cute and easy!

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7  Tshirts to Patchwork Skirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by petuniastarshine on: March 17, 2010 10:16:40 AM
I always have WAY more tshirts than I can wear, and lots of scrap fabrics, so I decided I needed to make a nice patchwork skirt. It helped empty out my closet of some of those shirts I was attached to but never wore. I did it all with no patterns or plans, just a really rough sketch done as I was already cutting pieces up. I think it came out great, I get compliments on it all the time!!

Sewing the first row together

Two rows and a drawstring finished

Three rows

Finished! It fits perfectly so that it hits barely above the ground when I'm walking, just what I wanted!

My little cousin loved the skirt so much, she begged for one for Christmas! I got her mama's help and stole all of her favorite shirts that were too small, cut them up, and made one for her too Smiley
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8  Mushroom earrings! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by petuniastarshine on: March 17, 2010 09:01:53 AM
This is my first post on Craftster, yay!!

I have experimented with Polymer a little in the past, but since my craftin' mama bought me a TON of supplies for my Christmas gifts this year, I've been doing a lot more of it.

I recently made both of these mushroom earrings by hand. I'm really proud of how well they turned out!

In the picture, these look kind of sparkly. I wish they really were, but sadly they're not. I guess the sealer I put on them just looks sparkly in the sunlight.

These are my favorite of the two. I used three different shades of purple for the base, top, and spots.
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