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1  Altered Thrift Store Paintings in Completed Projects by onthinice on: December 23, 2013 04:58:23 PM
I was invited to three white elephant gift exchanges this week, and I was looking for those perfect unusual gifts to bring.  I decided on altering some fantastically awful thrift store treasures.

This last one is a dorky motivational poster that says "RISK:  It's not the circumstance, it's your reaction to the circumstance."

I've loved making these and foresee an explosion of altered thrift store paintings in my house!
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2  Gaze of a Siren Brooch in Beads: Completed Projects by onthinice on: February 07, 2013 10:39:17 AM
Here is a brooch I made for the local bead society's competition.  We were each given a metal filigree circle that was required to be in the completed design.  I used it as a base to secure the rest of my piece, and it can be seen on the back of the pin.  The only other rules were that we use at least 10 beads, and the design must be our own. 

Siren mythology appealed to me for this design.  They lured sailors with their beautiful song, yet they were dangerous creatures.  I wanted to incorporate the weird into a beautiful beaded piece.  The blue fringe and rings represent sea elements of coral and suckers on the grasping tentacles of squids and octopuses.  The eye symbolizes the enticing gaze of the Siren.

This is the first time I have colored metal components.  It pleased me to be able to match my metal materials to my beads and to free myself from limited commercial color treatments.  I also found that adding an element in an unconventional way can be tricky, however that is part of the journey in creating your own design.  Attaching the ringed corona required more labor than I anticipated and required me to alter my preconceived image of the finished piece.  I am fond of the extra color the blue coral fringe adds, and I am pleasantly surprised by the steampunk feel the pin conveys.

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3  Re: Junker Jane Style Doll Swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by onthinice on: January 30, 2013 04:53:38 PM
I received my doll from Melissaurus!  She made me a Siren doll that is PERFECT!  I play roller derby, and my team's name is the Deadly Sirens, and our team color is teal.  She incorporated all of that into a cute but creepy doll for me Cheesy  Please note her cuteness is not marred by the tiny trickle of blood dripping from the side of her mouth, ha ha ha!  Her hair is covering up her little X stitches for nipples, tee hee!  The Siren is holding a sea bear, and there are hand made envelopes folded from a crafty book on how to plant trees, landscape, use various tools, etc.  This package is so full of awesome.  Thank you, Melissaurus!

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4  Silver and Pink Zebra Pasties (Modeled by Elmo) in Costumes: Completed Projects by onthinice on: December 20, 2012 01:04:06 PM
Not a complete costume, but here are my first nipple pasties!  I needed something to bring for a white elephant gift exchange, and as a joke I suggested I'd make some.  I hope the right person winds up with them on Saturday  Roll Eyes

Pink Zebra                                                                             Silver

Close Up
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5  Newborn Asian-style Top and Pants in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by onthinice on: January 22, 2012 12:55:28 PM
A friend of mine had her baby shower this weekend.  Never one to give what is normally expected, I made two Asian-inspired outfits.  The top is the Simple Kimono Wrap.  To get the free pattern, you need to email the designer.  The pants are Basic Newborn Pant by made-by-rae.  Hopefully my fabric choices won't make the parents' eyes bleed, ha ha!

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6  Glitterized Roller Derby Helmet in Completed Projects by onthinice on: July 06, 2011 10:49:43 PM

While other teams in my league are buying custom commercial stickers for their helmets, my team decided to glam up our helmets ourselves.  Here is mine after three layers of spray glue and glitter and two layers of epoxy. This is my first experience in playing with epoxy, so I'm not really sure why the texture did not come out smooth.  It's more of a soft sandpaper surface.  Maybe I need to add more layers of epoxy, I don't know.  Even with the imperfect surface, I love the look.  I have a ton of glitter left over, so now I have to figure out what to do with it, ha ha!

This is what my helmet looked like before it was glammed up:
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7  Robot Roller Skate Toe Guards in Completed Projects by onthinice on: June 11, 2011 03:50:00 PM
Here are my new toe guards for my roller skates.  They look all nice and purty today, but after tomorrow's roller derby game, I'm thinking they won't look quite as unmarked  Cheesy

My old toe protectors were toast.

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8  Dragonfly Ring with Beaded Bezel in Beads: Completed Projects by onthinice on: February 12, 2011 05:42:51 AM
My local Bead Society had a contest where they gave everyone one bead, and we were supposed to do something "outside the box" with it.  My normal thing would be to incorporate it into a necklace, so making a big honking ring is new for me.

The original bead is the base bead underneath the dragonfly.  I forgot to take a picture of the peyote stitch shank.  I peyote stitched the bezel which I messed up around the corners.  I haven't made a bezel around a square or rectangle before and had trouble with it.  I'd welcome any hints on how to make going around the corners easier.

ETA:  I swapped out a pic because I realized it was from before I added the crystals with green fringe.
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9  Roller Derby Helmet Covers in Completed Projects by onthinice on: February 10, 2011 08:48:37 AM
Last week a fellow team member and I made some helmet panties for roller derby team.  Our colors are black and teal.  We made two sets, so we can scrimmage amongst ourselves.  Not all covers are pictured, but we made a black-on-teal set and a teal-on-black set.

Thanks Thesingingllamas for the tip on where to get rad fabric!

Jammer                                                                                               Pivot

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10  Re: Creepy Dolls Round 2 Gallery :) in The Swap Gallery by onthinice on: December 13, 2008 06:54:44 PM
I received my doll from midnightrose today.  She came to me with a sad story...her mom put a trash bag over her head and pushed her down a well.  All she asks for is love.  So I put the poor thing with Sparks, so he could be her snuggle bunny  Wink

Thanks midnightrose!

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