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1  Re: Dark Knight Indeed in Needlework: Completed Projects by Patraw on: March 21, 2017 03:20:45 PM
Cool text and brooding portrait of the caped crusader.  Did you use some pixel artwork as a basis for this?  It reminds me of the NES/SNES Batman video games, but then artwork built up out of little squares always make me think of pixels.

My favorite Batman quote, to the Joker, from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns is, "From the moment I met you, I knew there was nothing wrong with you that I couldn't fix with my fists."

When it comes to drunken superheroes, my mind always turns to Tony Stark/Iron man and this classic cover:

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2  Re: You put your left arm in, you put..... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Patraw on: March 13, 2017 03:34:18 PM
Depends where you shop.  My local St. Vincent de Paul Society thrift store only charges fifty cents for most of their Barbies (and the "special" ones get put in a locked glass case for $2-3, which still isn't too bad); some of the fifty centers are in terrible shape but I've also gotten many flawless or nearly flawless dolls from that bin.  In comparison, my local Goodwill always charges two dollars for naked Bratz dolls missing both of their feet!

These are the last two fifty cent Barbies I purchased, along with a large talking Doc McStuffins Stuffy the dragon (that still works!) for the same low price:

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3  Re: Cat Tales Paper Doll Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Patraw on: February 20, 2017 09:11:34 AM
Some more photos/scans:

In addition to the book itself, the accompanying note that Pottermouth included was written on the back of this thematically coordinating image which sports a trio of adorable dressed-up kitties. That tomcat in red is a total playah!

Feline Robin Hood can't be trusted:

I wish I had a Fairy Catmother:

Examining the paper dolls, I got to thinking that they looked awfully familiar to me. And, sure enough, these very same ones were pictured in the 1991 A Victorian Celebration: Parlor Cats book that I bought and read at the end of November. On the back cover, you can see the Robin Hood sheet, and the one with the Aladdin pieces, which is titled "Aladdin, the Princess, and the Magician" (the same images are shown in the interior of the book, in collage fashion, along with a third, Little-Red Riding Hood sample). The authors don't go into a lot of detail about them or anything, they just mention paper dolls in passing while discussing vintage feline art/merchandise in general. The notes in the back of the volume state that they were all from the Dressing Dolls' Fairy Tale series, produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons, in London, England, circa 1910, and illustrated by Louis Wain. Anyway, it's always cool when you unexpectantly end up with something that you recently read about or saw--the stars were in alignment when Pottermouth chose her subject matter!

Methinks that "Merry Christmas" cat on the bottom right is a little too happy though . . .
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4  Re: Cat Tales Paper Doll Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Patraw on: February 18, 2017 07:49:22 AM
Purrfectly precious!  All three paper kitty scenarios are wonderful, but I'm most partial to the Cinderella one (I particularly dig the little fairy cat godmother figure.)  I also liked that the Aladdin set has more of an Asian flair, because, if memory serves, I believe the original story in 1001 Arabian Nights was set in China, or another Asian country, not the Middle East, contrary to what popular culture, and Disney in particular, would have us believe.  I adore that rotating kitty head on the front cover too, such a clever little bonus touch that adds a lot of personality to the mini tome.  The whole affair is very professionally and creatively done--I love cats, paper dolls, and books, so it hits on all three of those interests simultaneously--thank you very much for your fabulous feline creation!  I shall doubtlessly spend a considerable amount of time trying to set up the perfect display arrangement for them over the next couple of days or so.

I'm still at the beginning of the process of shooting/scanning images for Pottermouth's project, but here's some of the silliness I made this morning before I left the house; I'll probably post some more Monday:

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5  Tragedy has been bugging my heart lately . . . in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Patraw on: February 14, 2017 08:41:44 AM
Since she received them in the mail yesterday, I can now share scans of a couple of ATCs I made for Pottermouth in a private swap:

The first was for her "insects & bugs" theme.  I leafed through several insect tomes at my local library before deciding on this long-legged fly.  In addition to it just appealing to me, I felt the side view of the bug would fill out an ATC's boundaries pretty well (in my opinion, it can be tricky to fit many insects' anatomies onto a rectangle without also cropping out their legs, antennae, wings, etc.)

For the second card, I combined Pottermouth's "body parts" and "Harry Potter" themes and came up with the nasty thing from J.K. Rowling's The Warlock's Hairy Heart short story found in The Tales of Beedle the Bard.  I'm not much of a Harry Potter fan myself (said volume is the only Rowling book I own and have ever read), but I am partial to internal organs that desperately need a shave.  I considered using my real hair for the heart, but that'd be kind of creepy/gross (plus I recently trimmed my buzzcut, so, hair from my head would have been too short anyway), thus, I went with sewing thread instead.

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6  Re: Three different Tree of Life pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Patraw on: January 28, 2017 08:01:57 AM
I done rotated/cropped your images for you:

All three are beautiful, but the malachite (the stones' green color really resembles actual leaves in appearance) and the agate are tied as my favorites (I really like the shape/design you achieved with the wire there).
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7  Re: How do you organize your craft supplies??? in Discussion and Questions by Patraw on: January 25, 2017 09:32:17 AM
Here's the Ziploc bag that I mentioned previously, full of all the tools/implements that I use most often (cuticle scissors, tweezers, sewing needles embedded in a "pin cushion" eraser, emery boards, sandpaper, toothpicks, permanent markers, pencil sharpeners, etc.)  I typically make my artwork at home, but I occasionally do some figure modeling elsewhere, so, when that happens, all I have to do is slip this Ziploc bag into a jacket pocket or backpack, along with a bottle of glue and some sheets of newsprint, and I'm all set to go.  Sometimes I'm not very good about putting things back in here where they belong, which is how things like my X-acto knife end up disappearing on me, and I always have a tiny panic attack when I misplace one of the needles, because I REALLY don't want to impale my bare feet on one of those if it ends up on the floor.

This is my cardboard box of paint/glue bottles, rulers, and assorted other odds-and-ends.  It was a LOT messier than this before I shot the photo, so I made it somewhat more presentable before I captured an image (gotta at least pretend that I'm not as much of a slob as I really am you know).  If you're wondering, I write the abbreviated names of the paint colors on top of the caps because (1) it's easier to quickly find what I want, and (2) I sometimes re-use bottles when I mix new colors, so, the hue of the bottle itself doesn't always necessarily reflect what's actually inside of it.  A line underneath the letters indicates gloss versus matte.

Not too exciting, but that's where I keep most of the stuff I routinely use.  I've got all sorts of other tools and kits/supplies scattered around too, although most of those are buried under, or even propping up, my other possessions.  However, as they are mostly things that I seldom, if ever, use, that's rarely a problem (the bag and box above generally meet 95% of my needs).  And when it is, I just have to roll up my sleeves, unleash a litany of curses, and go excavating.
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8  Re: old cat scratching post renewed in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Patraw on: January 21, 2017 07:35:24 AM
Nice job repairing that scratching post, and it's great that you were able to get the carpeting for free too!

We used to have a room-high cat tree tower that I reupholstered years ago and it too was full of staples that I pulled out and discarded.  I think I tried to hot glue the new carpet on, but that wasn't strong enough, so, I ultimately just ended up putting more staples into it again; what did you use to attach your carpeting?  The cylindrical tower segments are what I reupholstered, the lighter-colored platforms were fine, so, I left them as-is.  The tower eventually became structurally unsound and went to the dump, so we don't have it anymore, and the bottom-most orange tomcat, Chauncey, is the only cat in the photograph that is still alive today, the other two female cats above him passed away years ago.

None of the cats I have ever owned in my life have ever used our scratching posts regularly--as far as the kitties are concerned, those items serve no useful purpose.  They scratch on everything but the scratching post, including the knees of my poor jeans while I'm wearing them!
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9  Re: Science project materials? in Discussion and Questions by Patraw on: January 20, 2017 11:46:45 AM

I did a quick Google search and this is the funniest thing I could find in relation to calcium/science:

And this has no academic value, but it was just too adorable not to share:

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10  Re: Armature advice? Making a wing and not sure what I ought to be using... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Patraw on: January 12, 2017 08:28:16 AM
I almost always use bendable wire when I make articulated figures, so, yes, pipe cleaners or floral wire would work.  However, keep in mind that metal is subject to stress fatigue, so, wire tends to eventually break if you bend it too much/often (if you don't overdue it, your dragon should be fine).  Pivot joints would be better and much more durable, but you'd probably have to customize/make them yourself to fit your intended project.

There are plastic, sturdy, ball-jointed armatures you can buy for dolls, but those are probably far too large for the scale you mentioned.

You could steal some articulated bat wings off an existing action figure too, or, if you just happen to have the right LEGO Technic pieces lying around, you could construct a working wing armature out of those like this example:

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