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1  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: December 05, 2013 03:54:30 AM
WOW  Shocked Shocked Shocked The gallery is EXPLODING! I really love the gourd birdhouse that Beeker made, and everything I have seen! Can't wait to receive too Smiley

Only because I know that my partner, SweetYetEvil, already received, here is a quick teaser-pic of one of the items I made for her:



I was so excited about this little guy, I HAD to post!!!

Here's a tute showing how I made him, and how u can make your own for less than $2:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429486.0#axzz2mbEzpxMf
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2  Day Of The Dead Christmas Nutcracker (Written Tutorial) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by WingsOfClay on: December 05, 2013 03:50:59 AM


I recently made this nutcracker for SweetYetEvil, my partner in the Christmas Stocking Swap:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427490.0#axzz2hVVDFaMj

And, I made him for LESS THAN $2 WORTH OF MATERIALS! Here's how you can do the same:

1) Purchase a wooden nutcracker at Dollar Tree, or another discount or thrift store.
2) Strip the nutcracker of all accoutrements, including beard/hair, etc.
3) Spray paint nutcracker FLAT BLACK (Walmart 97 cent brand).
4) Paint details with acrylic--whatever style you like.
5) Seal nutcracker with clear gloss spray paint (Krylon).
6) Once dry, glue on beard and hair...I used faux fur I had, but you could reglue the same hair it already had if u saved it from step #2).
7) Glue on any ribbons or additional items Smiley

Here's more shots of the one I made:











Thanks for looking!
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3  Re: Rodent Revolution 5 Gallery -Sendout 09/16/2013 in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: September 25, 2013 06:28:34 PM
Here are the pics of the beautiful package I received from Leashhh:


This pic shows the whole kit-n-caboodle (or should I say, BUN-n-kaboodle?!).
Leashhh crafted a hand-painted treat jar, a fabric cage cover and water bottle cover for the bun-bun, and a pretty rabbit charm necklace for me. She also included some store-bought treats, and a rabbit-shaped soap (or is it a candy? dunno what it is?).




The fabric she chose for the cage and bottle covers is lovely...the colors are great!  Smiley


The necklace has a really cool asymmetrical design that suits my style, and I love the rabbit head charm!

Thank you, Leashhh, for a sweet and thoughtful package! This was a fun swap Smiley

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4  Re: Rodent Revolution 5 Gallery -Sendout 09/16/2013 in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: September 23, 2013 04:44:31 AM
Just saw on USPS tracking that my package to Leashhh was finally delivered! (Yay!)

So, since it won't be spoiling any surprises, here are the pics I took of what I made for Leashhh before sending out (sorry about the rushed "carpet-photos"!):

Since she has ferrets, I decided I wanted to crochet a ferret amigurumi:





I found a really cute pattern at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ferrets but I made some changes to the pattern (leaving off the eyes and ears) to make the 'gurumi completely smooth and ferret-safe...crocheted using cotton yarn for safety and durability.

Next, I made a stretchy "bed" or giant "cuddle cup" for her fur babies; it was inspired by this item that I saw on her pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/150659550004276188/



I created the pattern myself: inside is fleece, outside is cotton. And I filled it with fleece scraps and swatches that the babies can cuddle with when they are inside Smiley

Lastly, I added a necklace I made using polymer clay and glass beads...I thought it went nicely with the colors of the other items, and would be something special for Leashhh:



Thanks for looking! Leashhh: hope your furbabies love their items Smiley
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5  Re: Rodent Revolution 5 Gallery -Sendout 09/16/2013 in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: September 19, 2013 06:57:40 PM
I received from partner "hippycannibal" today!
For some reason had trouble logging on and I keep kicking myself out Roll Eyes. I'm also having trouble uploading photos. I can only upload 1 photo so I'm going to post a photo of everything received for now and again try later.




LOVE love that purple-and-gold contrast on the painting, the bright pink "minky" fabric, and looks like some fun twine toys there! what a great package Smiley
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6  Re: Rodent Revolution 5 -Sendout 09/09/2013 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by WingsOfClay on: August 14, 2013 06:28:57 AM
Here are some pics of our family bun-bun, "Flopsy"

She is a grey dwarf bunny with tiny ears; she currently lives with my little sister Smiley









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7  Beatific Bald Goddess from Discarded Thrift Store Doll in Completed Projects by WingsOfClay on: August 01, 2013 09:57:32 AM
Hey everyone--forgive the mediocre pictures in this post; I can't get my camera to capture this piece properly...oh well   Undecided

Here's something I made recently: a bald goddess/icon to watch over my apartment...made her using all thrifted supplies, plus a small mini canvas I bought:



Her backstory:
About 6 months ago, I was very obsessed with art dolls while I was doing the Junker Jane Swap.
So, I was buying up any dolls, or parts of dolls, that "spoke to me" at the thrift store.
Here's a pic of the "bald goddess" when she was still a tiny, ugly little ornament/doll I bought at Goodwill:
(she's the doll in the middle)



So, I tore her clothes off  Roll Eyes removed any decorations, and found that beneath her tiny Dylon wig, she had a beautiful bald head.

After rotting away in my "to-do" bin for several months, she was grabbed out, wrapped in ribbon, embellished with paint and found objects, and glued to a small canvas:



The other materials I used on the canvas include:
--a giant bag of mardi-gras type plastic bead necklaces (hot glued down to form the background "mosaic")
--gold spray paint
--acrylic spray paint
--a small tin baking dish (hammered flat on one side to form her "halo")
--beads, copper paint, wire edged ribbon, decorative ribbon around the edge, etc
--pipe cleaner to "bulk out" the legs
--wooden beads for the feet (each toe is a bead)
--HOT. GLUE. high setting for strong bond.

Basically, this piece was all about hot glue  Grin



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8  Ten-Minute Art Deco TIN EARRINGS! No sharp edges! :) in CHALLENGE 89 ENTRIES by WingsOfClay on: August 01, 2013 09:15:08 AM
I was on a 6-month Craftster hiatus (busy with work), and the only thing I missed more than Swaps were the CHALLENGES! So, here I am, back with another fun tutorial:

TIN FEATHER EARRINGS that you can make in 10 minutes, with stuff you probably already have, and which won't give you any SCRATCHIES  Cry because the "tin tape" is backed with soft vinyl  Grin
Plus, they are suitable for vegans, or others who do not use feathers due to allergy or preference!

Here's a close-up of what the finished earrings will look like:



And here's what you will need to make these earrings:
--"Tin Tape" (I used ShurTape brand)
--a scrap of faux leather or upholstery vinyl
--scrap paper for template
--dry erase marker for marking the tin tape
--scissor
--pin
--two earring wires



First, coat one side, and then the other, of your vinyl with a long strip of tin tape. Make sure the tape lines up on both sides (ie: you have evenly coated front and back with tin tape):




Next, using a paper template you have created, and a dry erase marker, trace off two "feathers" onto the tin-tape-coated vinyl. If your feather is asymmetrical, be sure to flip template to get "mirror-facing" earrings:



Once the earrings are cut out, draw a center line down each with the dry erase marker, to give yourself a guideline when cutting the "fringe" of the feathers:



Begin cutting in from the edge TOWARD the center line (NOT thru it) on an angle...the spacing and angle of your cuts are largely a matter of personal preference...do NOT cut all the way TO center line...leave a thick "rib" down the middle, like a feather would have, for stability:



Once you've cut in from both sides of both feathers, use your finger or a tissue to wipe away the dry erase marker guidelines. Then, poke small holes at the top of each earring with a pin, and thread an earring wire through:




You will notice that these earrings are SUPER LIGHT, quick and cheap to make, they catch the light beautifully, and NOT SCRATCHY (somehow, the vinyl backing makes for a nice rounded tip on each fringe, even though BOTH sides are tin tape)....

I made my quite large, but you could really do any size you like:



YAY for awkward, unflattering selfies!  Grin

INSPIRATION DISCLOSURE: Though this project is completely my own design, I DO think I got some inspiration from a crafting book I read a couple years ago, The Big Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano...
In that book, he uses HUGE sheet of metal, and strong tin-snips, to create large "feathers" to decorate your home in vases, etc. His feathers were just made of jagged metal, and so could never be used for jewelry, but nonetheless, I am sure his project was inspiring my subconscious mind when I created these earrings  Kiss

His book is awesome, and can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Ass-Book-Crafts-Mark-Montano/dp/1416937854
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9  Re: Sweet and Easy Valentine's Day Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: February 14, 2013 04:40:14 PM
 Smiley hey everyone!

since my partner was curious how i made her items, here's the brief deets:

book: took a bunch of bookmarks that they were throwing out at my job. coated each with white gesso. lined up, punched holes, bound with glue and tape, distressed with paint and waxes. voila!



pencil holder: base is half of a coffee can. "poles" are paper straws, horses are polymer clay pressed into a mold, base with words stamped in is polymer, can painted with copper paint and patina, heart "roof" built with wooden hearts and epoxy, inside lined with pattern paper and mod podge



thanks so much for the valentines love! great swap everybody!
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10  Re: Sweet and Easy Valentine's Day Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: February 06, 2013 11:15:59 AM
These are the awesome items I received from BluPaisan (sorry bout the delay in posting pics!!!):



The main item is this GORGEOUS original art by BluPaisan, in a cool frame that she made in the most perfect color, with room on the sides for me to add 4 photos! She painted bleeding hearts (one of my fave flowers; i even have a them in one of my tattoos), and added these lines from Shakespeare (LOVE!). Can't wait to show off this art to everyone who comes over:



And all the other items she sent were really cool too!
A card made using (real?) birch bark! A romantic key magnet for my fridge, and a candy box filled with...found objects! I can use these to make jewelry!!! Since I don't eat candy really, these are the perfect "sweet treat"...she even painted the top of the candy box!!!



Thanks so much, BluPaisan...I will be sending you your items soon! Hopefully tomorrow!!!



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