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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / Re: Decorated ice-cream tub into flowerpot to decorate my window ledge on: June 08, 2012 07:55:09 PM
I love that you used "important" papers - I'm a saver, too, and it's nice to see simple ways to get those saved "treasures" into the light of day, rather than having them cluttering up a drawer somewhere!
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / Re: Fab Origami Shoes on: June 08, 2012 07:48:51 PM
Great placement, and I LOVE the heel treatment!
13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / Re: Washi Paper Tape Game Table on: June 08, 2012 07:45:52 PM
I kind of like the unevenness of where the legs end - it gives it some extra whimsy. i just heard about Washi the other day - is it hard to work with?
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / Re: Birds birds birds! on: June 08, 2012 07:41:22 PM
Thanks, everyone!
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / Re: Stars on: June 08, 2012 07:40:14 PM
This is lovely - they look VERY precise!
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / Birds birds birds! on: June 05, 2012 10:47:34 PM
Here's my submission! This challenge comes along right when I'm feeling both creatively blocked AND untalented - so this was a ideal way to get me to JUST. MAKE. SOMETHING. Not to mention decorate that big blank space above the dresser...

(sorry for the low-quality pictures)

Overall view - tree covered in birds, made from an old chemistry book and a lot of glue:


Detail #1 - and my favorite part! I love this bird and his branch confluence. If I'd just made this one part, I'd still like it:


Detail #2 - shows the double layer of book pages I used to give the birds some dimensionality:


Not my favorite piece ever, but it pleases me - and the hubby didn't completely hate it, either... I call that a win!
17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 74 ENTRIES / Re: Rock, Paper, Scissors Assemblage Shrine on: May 11, 2012 10:36:36 PM
You would LOVE my boss's basement - he's an assemblage artist, much like yourself, and he has PILES and PILES of STUFF just waiting to be assembled!

Nicely done! It's very thematic and gets the point across well.

Hats off!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Pony beads make awesome things! on: April 27, 2012 09:02:07 AM
Thanks, all!

Faemystique, I initially linked to the photos because I'm a first-time poster. LimeRiot edited my post so the images would just show up in-line.

Here's the post about the centerpieces: http://jessicalynhoward.com/?p=113

And a brief history of my forays into melting pony beads: http://jessicalynhoward.com/?p=100

Also, I'm lucky enough to have a semi-private oven that isn't used for food, so I can stink up the melty plastic anytime I want!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Pony beads make awesome things! on: April 26, 2012 09:17:02 PM
Thanks for the edit, LimeRiot!

I wish I did - maybe once the photographer finishes processing, there will be one. It was right behind the cake, so it got a lot of attention. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people assumed it was part of the banquet hall. Oops!
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pony beads make awesome things! on: April 26, 2012 08:41:38 PM
Hi, there! First-time poster, so be friendly (of course you will)!

So, my dear friends were getting married, and having many crafty friends, they asked if we'd be willing to make the centerpieces for the reception hall. I personally replied with a resounding yes. I had two ideas, one of which failed in a particularly epic fashion (and sadly, cost a LOT of money in the failing). The other turned out completely awesome (and was pretty darn cheap to make)!

The guidelines were this: use the wedding colors (true red, navy, and a chrome if possible), make it fit on a long, skinny banquet table, and use a string of LED lights for visual cohesion.

I happened to be fascinated with overlapping circles at that time (still am, truth be told), so I conceived of a chrome frame filled with overlapping circles of varying sizes in opaque and translucent forms of the wedding colors. I figured I could melt plastic (being a HUGE fan of makit-bakits) in cake pans, and that's where you guys came in. It was through your lovely site that I got a LOT of helpful information about melting pony beads, and that is what I ended up doing. I found a website that sold them pretty cheap, and the whole cost of this bad boy ended up being right around $35.

I realize it's a pain to go visit my site, but it's well worth it. I'm extremely proud of this creation, and for me that's a really big deal!

This first image shows the colors fairly true:



This image gives a better idea of how the translucency and opacity work together.



The frame is simply silver-painted cheap pine 2x2s with a kerf more or less down the center. The circles are (obviously) melted pony beads, held in place by the kerf and silicone. The bride loved it so much that I'm going to take the base off and put some hangers on so she can hang it on the wall. And my grandma just asked me for a square one to hang in her front window - and I want one myself - and my mom's been hinting - guess my hubby is gonna have to deal with melty plastic smell a bit longer!
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