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1  Tolkien Plugs in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by My_RubySlippers on: January 11, 2016 06:47:45 PM
On a whim tonight - listening to the BBC radio adaptation of Lord of the Rings, which is fantastic if you've never heard it! - I decided to try my hand at making some plugs. I recently was able to start wearing wood plugs in my 0g (about 8mm) ear stretches, so I wanted to make some that I could woodburn J. R. R. Tolkien's signature symbol into.



I cut a rough 1" long dowel from some scrap in our shop and started sanding it down to a circle. To make the flares (each earring has a smaller middle part and slightly wider outside, called a flare) I wrapped sandpaper around a pencil and sanded the middle of them. After sanding down to smooth, I heated my tapered wood burning tip up to as high as it would go so that I barely had to touch the surface and therefore didn't have a chance to burn something super deep. After practicing a couple times, I ended up free handing the symbol as it worked too fast to even follow pencil lines. I then finished them with jojoba oil and tried them on! The oil will eventually turn them a bit darker, but I like where they are right now, too.


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2  3D Printed House in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by My_RubySlippers on: January 04, 2016 06:08:50 PM
I have been tinkering around with my 3D printer lately and I decided to model my own new (old) home that we bought in May of last year. The print is great except for the fact that my top layers needed to be thicker to cover the inner fill honeycomb pattern, but this was a test print. I used a fine point tipped heat pen for brick details and acrylics for color.
Left is our home, top right is the model itself, middle right is the fresh print, and bottom right is with texture and color.
 



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3  Re: Skyline Pumpkin in Halloween Decor and Parties by My_RubySlippers on: November 02, 2015 05:46:31 AM
Thanks guys! Just an update: I won! Look at the stiff competition though:


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4  Skyline Pumpkin in Halloween Decor and Parties by My_RubySlippers on: October 28, 2015 08:11:30 PM
I hope pumpkins count as crafts, because I'm pretty proud of my Des Moines, Iowa skyline pumpkin! This is for a work pumpkin decorating contest.
And reference:



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5  Wedding Day Ornament in Weddings and Bridal Showers by My_RubySlippers on: October 21, 2015 08:00:46 PM
I just made this for my friend, for whom I was her Matron of Honor.



The tulle is from my bouquet, the white fabric is the extra that we cut from her lacings when we laced and tied her into her gown, and the other paper is her program, shredded so they all read like "Matron of Honor Kelsey Seay.......Friend of the Bride" and then curled and dropped into the ornament.
I am super proud of this and sad that I haven't done it for every other wedding that I've been a part of. It's really easy and very meaningful for the couple.


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6  New Micro Mini Book Lockets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by My_RubySlippers on: October 12, 2015 06:56:57 PM


I made these for a recent show. Smiley




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7  Micro Mini Better Homes Cookbook Living Locket in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by My_RubySlippers on: September 11, 2015 01:43:16 PM
Found these eensy little measuring spoons at the crafts store today and the wheels got to turning (or the blender got to blending may be more appropriate!) and made this today. Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook with red Swarovski Crystal beads and the measuring spoons.


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8  Bookish/Gamer Baby Photos in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by My_RubySlippers on: September 03, 2015 08:48:58 PM
Just did some photos as a gift to my good friends who just had a baby. I've done the studio thing, but it was too formulaic, I love photographing people in their own element/home. Here are a couple favorites: Ellie's parents do table top games, hence the level 1 human character sheet blanket and dice, and they were married with a reading from Don Quixote for the other photo's backstory.


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9  Hogwarts Textbook Stack Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by My_RubySlippers on: August 29, 2015 02:40:58 PM
While working on a few Harry Potter stack necklaces, I had an epiphany: I needed to make one with some magical textbooks!
And of course, I had to add The Maurader's Map to top it off!





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10  Scottish Renaissance Dress in Costumes: Completed Projects by My_RubySlippers on: August 24, 2015 12:35:55 PM
For my husband's birthday, us and a couple friends went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. We had found some tartan that was or very very closely resembled the Stewart hunting tartan, so he went in a great kilt and I had to make myself a dress and bodice to go under my earisaid. Here is the dress sans earisaid and with the sleeves that I ended up opting not to wear saying blast historical inaccuracy, it's going to be hot!


The under-dress is actually jut a shirt to keep me cool and create less bulk on what is a predominantly wool outfit.

Here it is with the earisaid hanging loose, then pinned up for a more dignified look.




I also made a quick bag cover for my camera case to hang on my belt.


Will add a couple more photos when I get home.



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