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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 'Cult Classics' Film Swap? on: March 03, 2011 10:28:47 AM
I had not seen this done yet but I thought it was an awesome idea for those out there who truly have an appreciation for cult films as a whole (instead of just 'Rocky Horror' or 'Big Lebowski' etc. specifically).

Swappers would choose (in their surveys) their top 5 (or 10) favorite cult films from the following list:

http://www.filmsite.org/cultfilmsew.html

They could then choose their favorite characters, scenes, quotes, actors, etc. This would allow for plenty of  flexibility and variety in the crafting/swapping process.

I figured it would be a standard 1 big/1 medium/1 small type of swap, but could be flexible on this.

I have never organized a swap before and am looking for imput, or perhaps a co-organizer.  

I really think this could be a big and successful swap! Tell me what you think!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Derby Hat Swap? on: December 31, 2010 07:53:44 PM
I was born and raised in Louisville, KY so the Kentucky Derby and it's traditions have always been a major part of my life. One of the traditions I loved most was that of the 'derby hat' which has been around since it's inception. Here is a short excerpt with more information:

"Wearing a hat to the Kentucky Derby is believed to bear good luck!  The long-established fashion was started by the women, however, over the last few years, many men have taken part in the tradition as well.  Wearing a hat is much like getting into costume, you might be pleasantly surprised to see what type of character you become. From the fantastic to the sublime, there are no rules or limits.  In the clubhouse and paddock, women of grace and taste sport classy, fashionable styles. In the infield, the head wear has tendency to take on a zanier character.

Within the seated sections of Churchill Downs, you will find hats of elegance and style. Generally speaking, women wear wide-brimmed, Southern Belle inspired Kentucky Derby hats. The hats can be decorated with flowers, feathers, bows and ribbons of any color to express creativity and individuality. Men's Derby hats are generally solid in color and inspired by the style from the 1920s. In the Churchill Downs Infield, hats are a bit more eccentric! You will see hats in all shapes and sizes, as well as some hats exuding humorous themes!"

I have been wanting to organize a swap for a long while and to my knowledge this has never been done. I think it would be a fun and creative swap, even for those not necessarily interested in the derby, because one can be versatile in their design (fancy or casual, traditional or eccentric, etc) to make the head wear for other purposes as well.

Hats wouldn't necessarily have to be handmade either, one could be bought and decorated; Also, one could make several small hats or hair pieces instead of one large (could all be based on latter determined point amount).

Just wanted to get some feedback before I started getting it together. I probably wouldn't even get it started till late February or early March, as Derby is the first Saturday in May.

Constructive criticism - GO!

Examples: http://www.louisville.com/content/kentucky-derby-hat-gallery-winners-circle-kentucky-derby
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Katy Perry Candy Button Dress/Shoes on: October 26, 2010 08:18:08 PM
Based my costume on the candy button dress/shoes from Katy Perry's 'California Girls' video.

Originals:





My costume:



Majority of the dress was made by my friend Soreyda, I only added some of the finishing touches with the 'buttons' and straps.



Not a great picture, but these I did myself from a cheap pair of Goodwill shoes and actual candy buttons.



Another crappy picture with distorted colors. Sucker and wig shown here too. Dress is folded.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / 'Alice in Wonderland' Stencils (Shirt & Tote) on: September 07, 2010 09:39:44 AM
Enjoy!



Image shows a multi-pocketed tote bag that I created. For the image, I created a stencil out of card stock, gulf wax, and white textile ink.



Image shows a basic black t-shirt with a stencil I created on it. Once again, I used a card stock/gulf wax stencil with white textile ink to create the image. I also added red rhinestone appliques.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Handmade 'Alice in Wonderland' Tote on: September 07, 2010 09:37:20 AM


Image shows a multi-pocketed tote bag that I created from a basic black canvas material.

For the image, I created a stencil out of card stock, gulf wax, and white textile ink.

Enjoy!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Burlesque-Style Hairpieces on: September 07, 2010 09:34:24 AM
I am a burlesque performer who loves to make my own accessories and costumes. Here are a few of my recent creations:



and



Enjoy!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some of my handmade jewelry (hot process). on: September 07, 2010 09:30:30 AM
Just wanted to share some recent jewelry projects. All of these were made from raw materials through hot processes. Hope you enjoy!



Created from pieces of bronze, copper, and sterling silver sheet metal.

Manually shaped, cut, soldered and sandblasted to create finished look. Inner circle of copper is covered in a black patina.



Created with bronze and copper wire. Also includes die cut bronze domes and epoxy (with enamel pigmentation).

Wire headed and shaped repeatedly to achieve final presentation. Copper wire and domes added later through soldering. Black patina added to copper wire.

Epoxy (basic clear) mixed with various enameling pigments and placed/swirled in domes.

Serves as a functional ring over the three middle fingers.



Created from pieces of bronze and copper sheet metal and copper wire.

Stem and leaves created through manual cutting and shaping. Pieces joined with solder, etc. Grapes created through die cut and shaping. Chain-linked with copper wire. Hot magenta patina used on leaf.

Handmade pin affixed to back for functional wear.

Thanks for taking a look Smiley
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