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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lego Earrings! on: October 11, 2004 04:08:19 PM
Today I had off from school, so I decided to make earrings. I simply heated up a needle, stuck it through the plastic, and used wire to connect them to the earring-pieces. I saw the idea for the heads on some other post, which I can't find at the moment. But thanks to that person for the idea.



Funny thing is, I don't wear earrings. My ears aren't even pierced. Haha, oh well.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Noise-maker stuffed doll...thingies? on: September 07, 2004 01:46:00 PM
Alright, so you know how some dolls, when you squeeze them they talk? I'm looking for those things inside the doll- the button-like thing that when you squeeze it, it makes a noise. I have no idea what they are called, so I didn't come up successful on google, but I would like to know where to buy these things. I'd like to have it so I could record my own sound into it, not have like a pre-recorded cow mooing or something silly like that. Does anybody know if they have a specific name, and where I can buy them from? Any help would be appreciated!
13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Hey, mother, I come bearing a gift. I'll give you a hint... on: September 04, 2004 08:01:41 AM
So my guy friend had a birthday coming up and of course I had to think of something good to make him, since I can never find anything good to buy people. And he loves Family Guy so I set to work on making something out of that deliciously evil Stewie.

I found a picture, and turned it into a stencil. And then came the hard part. Since I wanted a big Stewie, I had to cut up the stencil into six seperate pieces, print them out and then piece Stewie back together again. Transferred the image onto a large piece of contact paper, cut it out and placed it on my fabric (I used the "wrong" side of a nice denim I bought). Oh and I used acrylic paint w/ fabric medium, sponge brush...you know the deal.

Here's what he looked like after I was done stencilling.


(You'll notice in the above photo he's missing an eyebrow that he later acquired in the below pictures.)



And then later...Stewie became a pillow.





Some people seem to mis-judge his size so I say he's the size of a "small toddler". I believe he was about 2 feet tall but I forgot to measure before I gave him away. Anyways I was so happy it turned out awesomely. And he liked it  Cheesy

"Yes, but no sprinkles. For every sprinkle I find, I shall KILL you."

14  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Spiffed up Vans-style sneakers on: August 17, 2004 07:11:06 AM
So I found these boring white plain canvas sneakers at K-Mart. For how much you ask? Six dollars! And they were just screaming to get all spiffed up.



Soooo...I got:
  • black acrylic paint
  • fabric medium
  • a pencil eraser
  • newspaper

And then I...
1. Stuffed shoes full of newspaper.
2. Mixed black paint with fabric medium.
3. Dipped eraser into paint mixture and stamp onto shoe, repeat to cover entire shoe in dots.
4. Let dry, then iron over all the shoes to set the paint.






And there they all being all exciting on my feet.

Oh and "Put that in your back pocket" is a line from the movie Superstar, that my friends and I enjoy a lot so I just stuck that on there.

So what do you think? I think I'm going back to K-mart to get another pair...
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Anyone ever dyed stockings? on: July 07, 2004 06:59:18 PM
I was looking for fun colored stockings the other day and couldn't seem to find the colors I wanted in stores. They were all nasty blues and blacks and greys, so I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to dye stockings- the flesh toned or white ones- colors using clothing dyes, like RIT, I was thinking. Just wanted to check and see if anyone has tried this successfully before before I attempted it and if you had any suggestions. Thanks for your help!
-Kelly
16  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Zoolander stencilled shirt on: June 26, 2004 03:18:49 PM
Alright so, Zoolander is my second favorite movie ever and I hope there are other people out there who love it as much as I do. If you do then you'll understand this shirt.

So basically, I made the three seperate stencils using Photoshop. Then I printed them out on regular paper, and transferred them to the contact paper using carbon paper. Cut out the shapes using an exact-o knife, stuck it to the shirt, and painted it using acrylic paint mixed with textile medium. Let it dry and voila, my very own unique Zoolander shirt.



Here's the image I used for the face.


The front of the shirt.


Close up of the face. It came out kind of weird, I think. He just looks kinda wonky.


And the back of the shirt.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Necktie Skirt!! (Pics + Tutorial) on: April 12, 2004 07:21:24 AM
FINALLY! After many days of waiting, I finally completed my tie skirt! I'm so so so happy with it. Well I knew people wanted to see pics of one, so I certainly have tons of pics here. It's actually very simple. Hopefully the instructions are understandable, if not please feel free to ask questions! Enjoy!


Step 1:
Gather a bunch of ties. For my waist I needed 15- but depending on your size you may need less or more. Measuring your waist and the width of the ties helps here.

Step 2:
Decide how long you want the skirt. I wanted mine to my knee, which was 19 inches. However, when you sew them together they tend to bend to one side, I'm not too sure why. Because of this I added about 6 inches to the 19 and sewed the ties so that they were sewed to the 25 inch point. This also allows for a waistband.

Step 3:
Pin together the ties and, using a zig-zag stitch, sew them together until the point where you wanted to stop (I stopped at 25 inches). Be sure to backstitch at the place where the pointy ends of the ties meet.


Here's what it looks like when they were all sewed together.

A detail of the stitching.

The underside of the ties sewn together.

Step 4:
Cut off all the excess ends (You now have lots of skinny ends that can be used to make chokers, bracelets, etc. Yay!) . Be sure to not cut off too much- it's always good to have a little extra.

Step 5:
Try it on for size! This helps a lot at every step. Fold the top over so that it's at the right height and wrap it around your waist. If it's too small, sew on more ties, and if it's too big, use a seam ripper to remove a tie or two.


Here's what it looks like when I folded it over. You can see how the ties bend- at one side it's folded over a lot more.

Step 6:
Once you have the size right, cut off any excess (but leave enough for a waistband) and sew together the two ties at the end so you have the basic "skirt" shape. However, since I used a zipper inbetween the last two, I left about a 6 inch space between the top of the skirt and the place where the zipper would end.

Step 7:
Use a zig-zag stitch around the top of the entire skirt so that the ties don't fray. Then, using heavy thread, hand-stitch the top to the inside of the skirt so that it forms a waist.


This shows the inside of the waist, where I used a zig-zag and then hand-stitched the top down.

Step 8:
Now I had a basic skirt, with a 6-inch spot between two of the ties to put the zipper in. Put a zipper foot on your sewing machine, and sew the zipper into this spot.


Here's the zipper when it's closed. When I sewed it in I made a little flap out of the purple-polka-dotted tie so that it wasn't as noticeable.

And here's the zipper when it's open.

And you should be done! That wasn't so bad, was it?


Here's the finished front...

...and the finished back.

And here are some of me wearing it:






Voila! Hopefully I didn't forget anything Cheesy
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Elliott Smith Lyrics Bag on: March 08, 2004 12:42:03 PM
Okay, so this was obviously inspired by the Beatles pants. I'm a fan of Elliott Smith (sadly he committed suicide in October of 2003) and have been listening to his music a whole bunch lately, hence, an Elliott Smith bag! The lyrics are to his song "Waltz #1". Not necessarily his best tune, but I like the lyrics.

Just done with simple fabric paint and a paintbrush. Oh, and the Hard Rock Cafe pin is there because I accidentally painted the word "day" twice. Oops..
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Domino Bracelet on: February 02, 2004 02:26:21 PM
Hello crafters- I was inspired by QueenOfIndiana's dice bracelets and domino bags at http://craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=15;action=display;threadid=1364. I put the two together and, voila! Domino bracelet!

I dominos from K-Mart and the elastic string I had lying around. I measured .5" in from each end of the domino and drilled a hole using a Dremel drill with a small bit. I did this to 6 dominos and bam! Instant bracelet. Just thread the elastic through the holes and show it off.

http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/dominobracelet1.jpg
Three of the pieces
http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/dominobracelet2.jpg
A bird's eye view


Plus, dominos (normally) come in sets of 55, so you can make a whole bunch of stuff out of them.

20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Homemade Chess board and Pieces on: February 01, 2004 09:37:31 AM
I saw this idea a while ago on an episode of "Trading Spaces", a TV show on TLC and decided to make one of my own. It's a home-made chess board and chess pieces.

http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_board.jpg
First let's start with how to make the board. Mine was an 18x24 inch cutting board that was sitting in the garage. It was kind of rough so first I sanded it with some sandpaper so it was smooth. Next thing you need to do is draw out a grid on it in pencil. The boxes on mine are 1.5" x 1.5". There are 8 rows and 8 columns for a total of 64 boxes. Draw LIGHTLY with pencil or else you won't be able to erase the lines later. (I made this mistake and my pencil lines are still slightly visible.)

http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_closeup.jpg
Next you need a sort of "stencil" for making half of the boxes darkened. On the TV show they used a blowtorch, which looked fun, so hey, why use paint when you can use fire? My dad took a piece of scrap wood and used a jigsaw to cut out a 1.5" square in it. Next, my dad lined up the stencil he made with every other box on the grid while I torched it. It looks really cool and it's quite fun, just please don't burn yourself! As for the border of the grid, I put two long pieces of scrap wood next to each other and torched it inbetween to get a border on each side.

When you're done torching, stain/polyurethane the entire board and let that dry thoroughly before you play on it.

On to the chess pieces...
For the pawns and rooks (or castles), we measured out twenty 1" pieces out of a piece of copper piping, then cut off the twenty pieces using a pipe cutter. The bishops and knights are 1.5" pieces of pipe. The kings and queens are 2" pieces of pipe. This is the pipe cutter I used:
http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_pipecutter.jpg

To distinguish the different pieces, we paid a visit to the hardware store to buy some copper attachments. They have a huge assortment of these things at places like Home Depot or Ace Hardware and they're not expensive at all. Bring along one of the cut pieces of pipe to test the attachments to make sure they fit. We also bought 32 washers to glue to the bottom of every piece to stabilize it.

http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_pawns.jpg
The pawns have no attachment on them. They are simply 1" pieces of pipe with a washer on the bottom.

http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_rooks.jpg
Rooks (or castles) were made with a 1" piece of pipe with a cap attachment.

http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_knights.jpg
Knights (the horses) are a 1.5" piece of pipe with a 90 degree angle attachment.

http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_bishops.jpg
Bishops are a 1.5" piece with an attachment that gets smaller at the top.

http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_queens.jpg
Queens are a 2" piece with a screw  attachment.

http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_kings.jpg
Kings are a 2" piece with a double-sided attachment.

All of the attachments and washers were attached with Epoxy. Epoxy is the stuff that comes in two seperate tubes, and you must mix the liquids in each tube in order to get the bonding substance. One half of the pieces I spray painted black so  there are two teams- copper and black. Here's the finished product:

http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_board3.jpg
http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_board2.jpg

If you like playing checkers too, all you have to do is make 4 extra pawns for each team. This way you have 12 checkers for each team. They serve double duty as pawns and checkers!
http://chs.mcvsd.org/2006/kellyg/Assets/chessboard_checkers.jpg

Phew! That's about the entire project. It's a great gift for any chess or checkers enthusiast, but I just made it because I was bored on a rainy day. I'm still terrible at chess, but I certainly have a cool board. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and good luck with your own board if you decide to make one!
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