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71  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Sculpture of race driver Jim Clark on: April 23, 2013 10:45:30 PM
GREAT! I love it!
And besides, I learned a little about toy cars - I NEVER gave a thought about how to get the likeness of the drivers into them. Cheesy

Salad
72  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: i paint shoes on: April 23, 2013 10:43:52 PM
They are great, wonderful colors, lovely motives.

I guess your paints don't crack BECAUSE you use the cheap kind. Few pigments, a lot of "glue" to hold them together and on the fabric, but they don't cover up very well.
Back in my times, I used a special brand of airbrush colors (Createx, I'd say; can't remember the name right now... will have a look later). They've got a textile medium to mix into, got fixed with heat (ironing or, in some cases, I've put it into the oven). The textile medium prevented cracking or washing out. The colors themselves had a lot of pigment in them (remember, airbrush, they were meant to be watered down to fit through the nozzle) so they covered really well. So if you can't get this brand, it may be worth a look in the airbrush compartment.

Salad
73  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: This is Raichu on: April 22, 2013 09:19:57 PM
gigiriv, I *had* to. Never underestimate the power of sad puppy eyes!

Salad
74  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: This is Raichu on: April 22, 2013 02:54:58 AM
Thank you.
My two other daughters wanted to participate too, this year. So it seem this year I have to create FOUR costumes out of the blue. Wink

Salad
75  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / This is Raichu on: April 21, 2013 11:52:08 PM
My daughter went to a pokemon tour day last year and happened to tell me two weeks in advance she still needed a costume.
Should I be flattered or bursting in anger? TWO WEEKS! No pattern, no fabric and naturally not the slightest idea who this Raichu may be. Well, the last was fixed by my daughter, telling me over and over it's the last evolved stage of Pikachu.
She went together with a friend of hers being Pikachu - and hey, they won fourth place having about 60 competitors! Seems I did *something* right. Smiley
I'll stop talking now and give you the pics:

Front. She's looking through the mouth - I sewed black tulle in two layers into it. She had quite a good view and could breathe easily this way. Me personally, I hate it when you start breathing your own warm, wet exhalations. Yuck.

Back - I fixed the tail with nylon cord and a safety pin so it could swing but not be stepped upon.

Sideview

Everybody absolutely LOVED her! Wherever she went, people cuddled her and wanted to take pics.

Absolutely able to compete, isn't it? She could have been a little more stuffed up, but I remember the faces of the actors wearing the original costumes - they were all puffy and sweaty, even on this not-so-warm-day. My daughters belly just holds it form due to wires and reeds - no extra stuffing (and she's a thin little fishy).
Oh, and I made the hands with a slit to get your own fingers out to handle something. For further convenience (especially bathrooms) I made the costume being three parts: trousers, body with crotch closure, head. Everything is stiffened up with wires and/or reeds (like the ones you use for baskets), the legs are stuffed with styrofoam(?) like you find in cheap pillows.

Hope you enjoy,
Salad
76  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: DIY Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose on: April 18, 2013 12:44:31 PM
Me, too.
You show us that lovely rose and crown, but no action shots. Sad

Salad
77  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need Ideas for Nerdy Friendship/Hemp Bracelets on: April 17, 2013 01:20:35 PM
How could that be... bet it's because they are beautiful.

Cut the nerds. Do what you like best. The rest will follow.

Salad
78  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: flat pack bathroom cabinet with fabrics on: April 14, 2013 10:54:50 AM
I love it. This has such a bright and happy feeling to it. And I can see your duvet-to-be as a background. Wink
bugger, no idea why all these pics are coming in sideways, tried this three times!..they are oriented correctly on my computer!...arrgh
That is because your current photo-showing-program reads the orientation off the jpg-file your camera produced. Download IrfanView and look at the files again - they'll all be sideways. Luckily, you can rotate them in IrfanView and save them after that. THEN they'll really be in portrait format. Maybe your current program has an option somewhere asking you if it should rotate photos to desired format. Then you could check that, but I guess you'd have to save them after opening to really get them rotated.

Salad
79  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Precarious Pots on: April 13, 2013 01:32:34 PM
I love it. Especially the bee on the flower - nifty detail!

Salad
80  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Woven or braided cords - you decide on: April 13, 2013 11:54:57 AM
Last year I spent a lot of time with braiding, weaving or whatever you call it when there are more than five cords in your hands.
Well, I ended up with some nice bands I want to introduce to you:




Hope you like them as much as I do.

Salad
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