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1  Little Birds Trio in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: March 11, 2014 09:36:04 AM
I made these little guys yesterday because it's so springy outside. I hear it won't last, but warm weather is just around the corner!
And if it gets all snowy again, I can look at these and know the cold won't be here long.


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2  Odd Bird, Strange Bird in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: February 20, 2014 08:40:01 AM
I made these two little guys with a bunch of stuff from Alpha Stamps.
Their wings aren't big enough for them to fly yet, but they have their bird pals to help them get around.
And get into mischief!

I used 4x4 artist board as the base and ric rac around the outside edges to cover the rawness of the board.
Working from the back, configured the bigger gears and glued them onto the back of the bird, then working from the front, I added smaller gears and watch parts to
fill any gaps and add detail.
I cut out the images, added a little color, crowns and wings and glued them on the birds.
I used double sided foam tape in two layers on the backs of the birds to stick the birds onto the board. I positioned them being mindful that I wanted to add title plaques to the bottom.
The last details were some crystals and a little bit of white acrylic paint dots in places that I thought looked nice!

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3  The Philosopher's Stone Reliquary in Completed Projects by cackle on: February 01, 2014 11:59:31 AM
I made this for pottermouth in the Artist Trading block Swap.
I know she has an obsessive mild interest in Harry Potter and so I asked myself a lot of 'what if?' questions and the one that clicked
with me was, what if shards of the Philosopher's Stones survived? What would Dumbledore do with them if they weren't destroyed?
I thought perhaps he might honor the memory of his old friend Nicholas Flamel and so I decided to make a reliquary for the fragments.

The wood is butternut cut to size for an ATB. I cut a slice off of the front, cut those in half and made doors for the front.
I attached them with hinges. Oh, and I hollowed out the inside. It was a bit of a pain, since I did everything a bit out of sequence
(which is what happens when inspiration hits) and basically just wood burned the heck out of the whole thing.

I've had that tiny bottle for at least 15 years. (No, I am not a hoarder)  Cheesy   I put some Czech glass beads in a baggy, wrapped them in a paper towel and
smashed the heck out of them!

The bottle comes out to reveal two larger shards of the stone inset into the wood.

View of the back

I finished it with mineral oil and beeswax.
So maybe there are a few shards of that stone kicking around in the cellars of Hogwarts......

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4  Waiting for Spring in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: January 27, 2014 03:23:59 PM
It's been unseasonably cold where I live. And windy.
I need something to remind myself that as pretty as winter is, it doesn't last forever. Thank gawd.

The flowers are raw brass findings that I enamel with nail polish. Make sure you have good ventilation when you're
using it....it's pretty dang noxious, but I love the results.

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5  The Lightbulb Ladies ATB in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: January 24, 2014 12:39:23 PM
It seems a few of us have caught the Artist Trading Block fever.
Here's one I made that was inspired by sifting through my stash and finding this snippet of paper from g45's Steampunk Debutante.
Sometimes you hang onto things for ever and then one day, something clicks.

My husband gave me a bunch of rusty washers and I used two of them here. I do love rusty things!
The bulb in the middle is a fake one, but the others were saved from an old flash bulb camera.
I love all the squiggly metal wires inside!

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6  Compass Pillow in Quilting: Completed Projects by cackle on: January 24, 2014 10:14:01 AM
I've been wanting to quilt for a long time, but felt a bit (a lot) intimidated by it. Yesterday I bit the bullet and took a quilting workshop at the local fabric store.
The ladies were awesome, I had a great time and I feel like I can maybe make a quilt now!

I started small, but I have big plans!

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7  Re: Artist Trading Block Swap (ATBS) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: January 24, 2014 10:06:18 AM
We've got such an awesome line-up of superb ATB's!
Hold on to your hats, because I'm adding another awesome work of art!
I received from pottermouth today and I can honestly say she got me on so many levels, it's a little scary.
There are many pictures, but I could have added so much more.

She's gorgeous and she is articulated!

The details are wonderful. The back cover opens to reveal....

A water baby! pottermouth, you couldn't have known this, but 'The Water Babies' was a favorite book of mine as a child.

The little message comes out of the bottle and says, 'atb swap 2014'.

Oh, no! The giant squid is after the mermaid!

Whew, I saved her by pulling on the button. She'll live to swim another day!

Thank you, pottermouth, for this amazing, brilliant and so very thoughtful ATB.
You're a peach!

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8  Large Birdhouse Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: January 13, 2014 07:52:49 PM
I'm getting a bit obsessed with making these birdhouse necklaces and I made this one for my sister for Christmas.
It's .999 silver, precious metal clay. I cut a base shape and then ornamented it with various stamps, sculpted images and piped slip.
It was dried to leather hard and fired in a kiln at 1200 degrees. I forgot to measure it before I gave it to her, but I think it's about 1 1/2 inches long.

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9  2013 Fourth Quarter Featured Projects in PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) by cackle on: December 29, 2013 09:34:46 AM
Find yourself a comfy chair and a hot cuppa and feast your eyes on the wonderfully creative projects featured this quarter!

Advent Calendar with mini drawers by kosmicgirl

Paper Snowmen by Phizzychick

Death's Playground by themysticmuffin

Postal Station No. 45 by Knickertwist

Black and white inchie frame - completing the trifecta! by nilmerg

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10  2013 Fourth Quarter Featured Projects! in POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY by cackle on: December 29, 2013 08:37:38 AM
Here are a few of the wonderful art objects that were posted on the Pottery, Ceramics and Polymer Clay board this quarter. Take a look and be inspired!

Earthenware Christmas Decorations by blottedcopybook

Knocker from Labyrinth by chughes225

Kitchen Witch by Ludi

Christmas Pottery by cinnamon teal

Viserion, Rhaegal and Drogon by teapotdnky

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