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21  The Purple Tentacle LIVES!!!! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by suereal on: December 13, 2014 11:37:42 AM
and here he is...

(My camera didn't like takeing the pic of the purple and green together it seems....the first one is my attempt at editing it into submission..)  The Purple Tentacle is a video game charter from the 1993 Day of the Tentacle.  I made him for Smeddley for the I miss that SOOOOO much!!! swap.

He is built of FIMO around an old metal film canister, so she can hide things inside him.
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22  Re: Cryptid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: December 13, 2014 11:26:25 AM
jennythor has been rather sick recently, so I thought I'd post the pics of what I sent her (because i am posting today anyway...) to take one more thing off her to-do list.  She PMed me with a glowing PM review so I know she's happy with the package Grin

I got this little guy at a yard sale on the day we were assigned partners...he cost 25 cents Grin

I made this little fella because I like to make jack-a-lopes LOL.  JT lives in a cold part of the world, so I wanted to make her a winter Jack...which is why he is blue.  He fits snugly in the palm of one's hand.

And here's the large I made her.  It's a Fae hoodie.  I didn't do anything on the front side....but the back got lots of attention.  First, I made a stencil to mask out the area for the wings.  Then I bleached said wings.  I then used Setacolors to paint the details into the areas of the wing.  It wasn't as detailed as I was hoping, so I sewed down the black details using a flat cording.  THENthen I had more bubbling ihnside the wings then I wanted, so I free motion stitched more details into the wing sections.  You can see some of the swirls in the left wing...thenthenTHEN I painted some fabric glow in the dark stay soft paint around the wings, to give a more ethereal quality.

It was a fun package to make Grin
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23  Re: I miss that SOOOOO much!!! Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: December 12, 2014 10:06:31 AM
Lots of cool things so far!  Now I get to add to the pile Grin  I got my package from Smeddley!

First is the Samurai Jack needle book..

I'm going to keep all my most dangerous needles and pins in him Grin

Then...Teen Titan peg people..

oh so CUTE! 

Then this great wee necklace..

It's the dragon from the the cover of A Wind in the Door , the second book in the Wrinkle in Time series by  Madeleine L'Engle.  I loved this series when I was a kid.  I've probably read A Wrinkle In Time (the first one) more than any other book.  So I love this.

and now, in conclusion...a walnut...

But not just any walnut..a MARTIAN walnut!!  It's from one of my favo episodes from any TV show ever.  The original Dick Van Dyke Show, epi It May Look Like a Walnut..
still so funny.....Grin
so Thanks Smeddley for the great package of flashbacks Grin
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24  Re: 3D Bug Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: November 24, 2014 03:27:03 PM
What an excellent bug infested gallery!  And now I get to add to the buggyness.  My package from Glamis arrived today and it is probably one of my new favo things ever...

An actual POODLE FLY!!!  And this one is clearly more domesticated than the wild photos I've seen.  This one has a high end grooming cut.  I imagine it belonged to some Fairy knight or princess or some such thing.  All I know is I'm terribly delighted that Glamis captured it for me...she said it was not an easy catch either...fought her the entire time it seems...She also sent me two adorable ATC..

This is Kyria.  She lives in a toxic waste dump.  She disrelishes daylight.  Her favorite hobbies are: Making snow angels and Art from pickles

And this is Mennowin.  He lives in a little lake fed by sewage water from a nearby nuclear plant.  He is highly intelligent and has a bubbly personality.  He fancies tacky suspenders and likes to suck on coins.

and some yummy Trolli candies, a cool sticker sheet and she covered the card, envelope and shipping box in these cute bug stamps.

Thanks so much Glamis!  I just adore my new little buggy friends Grin
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25  Re: Fake Swap Faux Taxidermy Tiger Chair in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by suereal on: October 23, 2014 01:09:40 PM
OKies, so out of the 8 or 10 pics the Hub took for me, this one is the only one my eyes are not closed...

You can't see that I'm wearing tiger ears much though...I did just buy some flannel to make tiger pants yesterday Grin
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26  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: October 23, 2014 01:05:55 PM
I promised I'd post pics of the drawings gozer did of my dogs, once I got them back from the framers, so here we go..

Mom has a framer friends who did them for us.  She has been framing for about 30 years and does most the framing for the pro painters in my home town.  And she was very impressed by gozer's drawing skills.  She said, (and I quote) "Who ever drew these is very talented!"  And I totally agree Grin  Thanks again gozer!

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27  Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by suereal on: October 16, 2014 04:52:31 PM
So...keep in mind I did this quickly with a sliver sharpie and 3 highlighters my Mom had, but something like this?

EDIT:  And I'm already rethinking...I think the top tails should dangle down the sides, and Society of Ernestly Embroidering Nerds should go across the top of the eye...
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28  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014 in Craftalongs by suereal on: October 08, 2014 03:21:28 PM
It LIVES!!!!!!!!*cough*...I mean...I mailed and received my faux swap faux taxidermy swap piece(es) today!!  Please, behold the wonders of THE CHAIR OF UBER CONTEMPLATION!!!

I sent AND received exactly the same item from and to my partner!  How odd is that?!?  I am starting to think my experiments in interdimensional crafting are beginning to pay off.  hhhmmmm.......anyway...the THE CHAIR OF UBER CONTEMPLATION!!! is going to live in my laboratory.  Here's how I made it Grin


I couldn't be any happier with my swap package...Thanks Partner Grin
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29  Re: Setting up my laboratory... in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by suereal on: October 08, 2014 03:13:07 PM
Howdy crafty folks Grin

I have a new fixture in the laboratory...THE CHAIR OF UBER CONTEMPLATION!!!

Here it is eating the dogs in the kitchen.  I still have to clean more in the laboratory before it will fit in there Grin  Here's it's personal post..


Hope you like it Grin
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30  Fake Swap Faux Taxidermy Tiger Chair in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by suereal on: October 08, 2014 03:10:14 PM
Say THAT 6 times fast Grin

So...I've been on a tiger bender recently.  So, a few months ago, I started working on re-covering an old ugly scratchy fabric computer chair.  I had to back out of the recent Faux Taxidermy swap as my left hand was acting up, and I spent at least 5 weeks resting it.  So...now that I can work with it again, I took the opportunity to join the Fake Swap craftalong and get it finished up.

Oh!  Look at that!  The dogs managed to work their way into the photo yet again!  Clever little monkeys Grin

Here's what it looked like before...and don't judge my cluttered and unvacuumed house Grin

The claws are glow in the dark FIMO on foil frames with a screw imbedded at the end, so I could screw them into the arm.  I also quenched the poly clay in cold water to try and get it as strong as possible.

I was not sure what to do with the eyes...but then I realized the plugs on the sides of the arm rests were missing, so I just hot glued peg eyes into the holes, after trimming the pegs a bit.

The tail was a bit hard to decided on the method of attachment.  I wanted it to be stiff but not too stiff.  I settled on a coat hanger straitened out, covered in cotton batting with a pipe insulator over that.  I used some two part epoxy putty to make sure the coat hanger was good and stuck in.  I was lucky, as there was a hole in the chair back support just where I wanted to drill one Grin.  The wire extended past the end of the cotton batting and the pipe insulator extended past that, so I sealed up the rest of the pipe insulator side and filled the space with plastic bean bag pellets, so the very end is kind of flexible but not soggy.  I plugged the end with a wad of batting.  The skin is just a tube with the end rounded.  The tail is the only thing sewn by machine.  All the rest is just sew directly onto the chair by hand.  The tail hangs just right over the back of the chair, so i didn't have to attache it in anyway.  The ears are inch foam from a package, cut into the ear shape and covered by the fur.

When i bought the material...many many moons ago...like 4 moves ago, I was going to make tiger pants...just to wear around the house Grin.  I decided to not cover the back of the chair so I could save some to do another thing with.  I might pin stuffies to the back as a way to display them and pay homage to BirdBones stuffie throne.  It will live in my laboratory and from hence forth be called THE CHAIR OF UBER CONTEMPLATION!!!

Thanks for looking Grin
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