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1  Game of Thrones Dragon Egg in Completed Projects by Arachnea on: May 20, 2015 09:17:57 PM

In April everyone else was decorating Easter Eggs. I decided to decorate Dragon Eggs a la Game of Thrones. Everything I used was from the dollar store - the base which was a "dinosaur egg", layered with scales cut out from kids craft foam. I added texture paste and painted it to try and mimic Khaleesi's green egg.

My husband was nice enough to pose with it to show scale.

The most time consuming aspect was cutting out all the dragon scales - not the most fun thing ever, but I just sat in front of the TV and did it.

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2  The Geeks Bedroom (Picture Heavy) in Completed Projects by Arachnea on: May 06, 2015 02:33:44 PM
I'm a geek and so is my husband. I've created a roombox miniature of a geeks bedroom, more specifically - a comic book geek.

^ Dollar store dresser refurbished into a Batman dresser. Rug cut from furniture upholstery sample book. Stack of balsa wood books.

^ Chair refurbished from cheap dollhouse furniture. T-shirt made from discarded t-shirt. Harry Potter book, Sandman comics, candy wrappers.

^ Close up of Batman dresser - featuring various Batman logos throughout the ages.

^ Bulletin board made from cork for a coaster, newsprint about super heroes, a schedule for the CKExpo (a comic con in my town), Harley poster from magazine that's been well used.

^ Candy wrappers

^ The name "stan" is etched into the dresser. Because I said so.

^ Top of dresser. Books, journal, pencil, Magic the Gathering cards and cards.

^ Books that can open stacked on a balsa wood shelf

^ Clock made from old button.

^Outside of box covered in comic book scrapbook paper.
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3  Dinosauria - An Ancient Tome (photo heavy) in Completed Projects by Arachnea on: March 27, 2015 05:45:41 PM
My husband has always been obsessed with dinosaurs and has had a certain book since he was a wee lad. The signatures were coming apart, the cover was no longer attached and the spine could no longer be read - so in my craft wisdom I decided to refinish it for him. Possibly for his birthday - possibly because I just love making prop books.

^ The book!

^The spine. I've freehanded the title "Dinosauria" Possibly not my best work, but I still like it.

^I sketched out the dino claw and then used hot glue to make it into a raised carving.

^I used my technique for making fake leather here...

^I used wallpaper as my inside pages...

^As you can see, the inside of the book is indeed a book on dino's - haha

^The back of the book - aged.

^A Better view of the spine...

So that's it! (He loves it, by the way Wink )
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4  Panda's Skully Baby Blanket (and similar for a friend) in Crochet: Completed Projects by Arachnea on: August 09, 2014 10:44:04 PM
I'm expecting my first kid (a girl) in December and wanted to make her a baby blanket. I mostly used the box stitch, which is one of my favourites.

My friend is also expecting, but expecting a boy, so I made her a simpler version:

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5  Faux-Leather Altered Book Tutorial (picture heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Arachnea on: March 18, 2014 08:14:30 PM

So I made this ^ from a book I had in the "donate" bin in our spare room. I decided to call it "Deep Ones" and use a sigil from the Cthulhu mythos.

Before it looked like that, the book looked like this:

"What Has Religion Done For Mankind" is an old Jehovah's Witness book from the 1950's. No comments on religion or the book itself - focus on the crafting Smiley

Glue gun
Craft knife

A cardboard box
An old book
Glue sticks for glue gun
Various acrylic paint colours including red, brown, black and gold
White gesso
material big enough to cover book
Mod Podge


Grab a corrugated cardboard box - using your book as a guide, cut out a border. I cut out two - one for the front and one for the back.

My box was double corrugated, so I had to separate it, removing one part of the corrugation.

Glue each one of your cardboard bits to the book using white glue (I used Weldbond)

Grab your glue gun and add some "rings" around the spine.

Using some material (any colour is fine, it won't be your final colour), cut enough to cover your book. Use white glue (DO NOT water it down to do this part!) and push it into all the crevices.

Once cut and glued, it will look something like that ^

Gesso time!

Gesso the whole book (don't forget inside the covers!)

After the gesso is fully dry, give the whole book a base colour - I chose red for mine. From here onwards it's all about building up your colours, mixing colours and adding your own details.

This is my super messy paint palette - I had a red, a dark brown and then a pot of both mixed.

The book spine - I used some black here, dry brushing it along the edges.

After I had a good base of paint - I sort of dabbed some globs on the book where I wanted the red to shine through and with my fingers I sort of "smacked" at the paint. I don't know how else to describe it. lol

After all my smudging and smacking, etc. it looks like that ^

Mod Podge time! One layer - maybe two. I used glossy, but that's only because I didn't have any matte.

Then I used my glue gun to make a sigil and title
(Check out my tutorial here for a little more info on that:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432220.0#axzz2wNGOXkyk    )

I glued them on using white glue and then adjust paint on them - Mod Podge over them.

Once it's dry, you're done! Here's some "after" pictures:

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6  Leather-Bound (Re-used) Dark Arts Book Tutorial (picture heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Arachnea on: March 15, 2014 07:28:52 PM


I was playing about with some aged-leather techniques and rescued this book from the trash bin to work with. I tried to take as many pictures as I could along the way and figured I should share it with you lovelies Smiley

-Glue Gun
-Paint brushes of various sizes
      (especially a tiny one for doing lettering and one you don't care about too much for glue)
-Printer (and ink)
-Craft knife (X-Acto Knife)

-White glue (I prefer Weldbond)
-Glue gun sticks
-2 ply Kleenex (tissues)
-An old book (I happened to have a very thick book from the 1930's that was falling apart)
-Paint (For a brown leather, at least 3 shades of brown. I also used gold for lettering)
-A neat computer font
-Image of some sort of magical symbol
-Card stock


Find a book! Mine was a rather old book that was destined for the trash bin. I needed something to play around with, and it fit the bill perfectly. It can be any size or thickness - whatever look you're going for.

You're going to mix together some white glue with water. I'm just sort of guessing here, but I think I used about 3 parts glue to one part water. To be honest, though - I just dropped water into some glue all willy nilly and mixed it up.

I separated the ply of the facial tissue, so it was really thin and delicate. Then I smooshed glue all over one area and pressed the tissue into it.

I made sure some parts were thicker than others, variegating it to create texture.


Cover the entire book - glue an area, then cover in tissue. After it is covered in tissue, brush the watery-glue mixture over all the tissued areas.

I covered the front, let it dry and then covered the side and back, letting it all dry.

Once entire book is dry, you need to decide what you're going to call your book and what you want to have on the cover. I decided on "Dark Arts" (I think I was feeling a bit Harry Potter-ish)

The font I used is called "Black Castle" and can be found here: http://www.dafont.com/black-castle.font

The symbol I used is the Tree of Life sigil:

But you can search Pinterest for your own. Here's my "Symbols" board on Pinterest if you want to have a poke through: http://www.pinterest.com/arachneawebb/symbols/

Cut out your image, as close to the line as possible. Get as intricate with your fussy cutting as you can - the more fussy-cut it is now, the better it will look in the end.

Then, glue the symbol to the front of your book. Then spread glue across the whole of the symbol, like so:

Also - this is my favourite glue. I Get it at Home Depot, though I'm pretty sure craft stores carry it, too. It's pretty solid stuff.

Now for the super-duper intricate bit! Heat up that glue gun of yours and get some sticks of glue set to go. Once your gun is heated and the card stock with the symbol is dry - we're going to glue the heck outta it!

I actually used some dollar-store magnifying glasses (pink ones!) to help me with this bit. What you do is trace over the symbol with your hot glue. Do a little bit, let it dry, do a little bit more - let that dry. Before you know it, this part is fin!

Next comes pretty much the same thing, but on the spine and in title form! Print off the name of your book on card stock and fussy cut the heck out of it.

And theeeen, we also do the glue-ing bit with the title, just like with the symbol:

Then hot glue, slowly and surely the whole of the title...

Now, if you're not already messy, it's time for gesso! Brush your gesso all over the dried hot glue symbol and title.

Wait for those to dry, and then grab some paint. I decided on a brownish leather look with a couple splotches of red. What I did was start with black - I painted the whole thing black. Before it dried, I used "burnt umber" brown and painted and mixed it in with the black. Once that dried completely, I added some splotches of "deep red", then used two lighter shades of brown to finish it off.

Everything after the "burnt umber" was dry brushed carefully on. For all of this, I used dollar store paint. It's a nice size and cheap (a dollar!). However, when it came to the symbol and title, I used my very lovely "Game Color" in Polished Gold.

Here's some finished project images:


Have some fun with it and get messy Smiley
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7  Steampunk Spells Tag Spellbook (picture heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Arachnea on: March 12, 2014 05:18:32 PM
So....I made this. Knickers sent me some neat Graphic45 stuff and I'm a tad obsessed with their "Steampunk Spells" shtuffs, so I decided - Steampunk...Spellbook - made from one of G45's tag albums. Witches and gears and little spells that rhyme. Lots of fussy cutting - there's a miniature spellbook in there as well as a magic scroll...

The front! Dun dun duuuuuuuun!

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8  Love Spell - Altered Shrine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Arachnea on: March 12, 2014 12:50:15 PM
My second shrine! I love purple and black, and I bought a new scrapbook paper pad from Michaels that was all purple and black - so yay! I have a thing for magic....voodoo and the like.

Made from a dismantled wooden box from the dollar store. Painted and then slapped on some neat paper

I used some paper flowers here, and of course some buttons. You can also see one of the skulls I made. The bottom is "lavender flowers"

On the top of the shrine are some miniature books I made (all magic related, of course!) along with another of my skullies (sculpey)
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9  Fae Shrine - Fairy on a Bicycle in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Arachnea on: March 12, 2014 12:35:13 PM
This was my first attempt at making a shrine - I found a wee bicycle at Michaels (who apparently now carry some miniatures for fairy gardening) and I thought my good deed for the day should involve giving the bicycle to a fairy so she can ride around and do all her fairy errands.

I used old music sheets as the sky,
Chess pawns as shrine feet
A dollar store box I dismantled for the shrine box itself
Some buttons, a key, and scrapbook paper
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10  Spell in a Box - altered box in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Arachnea on: March 12, 2014 12:25:33 PM
I had an empty box left over from earrings and it told me it wanted to be made into a spell box. So I did. True story.

Inside the box:
-bundle of sticks
-bundle of incense
-tiny skull
-spell book
-jar of graveyard dirt
-shaman stick (with buttons and bells)

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