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11  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Mosaic garden balls on: April 05, 2015 11:50:38 AM
Thanks Camillion! They were a ton of fun to do. I used e6000 glue and some packages of mosaic stained glass that I picked up at Hobby Lobby, I like the misc. glass packs because you get such a variety of colors/textures. I also used some flat backed marbles, some safety glass from an old busted up shelf, and a package or two of random mixed glass beads I had laying around in my stash.

For the beaded portions on the blue/white ball, I threaded them on a piece of wire and bent them into the design I wanted - it was VERY fussy attaching the beads to the globe. I ended up using some masking tape and sort of tacked the beaded wire down every 4-5 beads with glue. Once it dried, I went back in with a toothpick and stuck down almost every bead.

I will warn you, that you have to work in pretty small sections when you're working with a sphere, otherwise the pieces tend to slide around a bit. I was happy that I had two globes going at once.
12  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic garden balls on: April 05, 2015 10:47:31 AM
I ran across a couple light fixture globes at a yardsale for 25 cents each, so I decided to bring them home and turn them into mosaic garden balls. I worked on these during the winter when it was too nasty to go outside, but finally got around to grouting them this weekend. Oddly enough, I loved the blue/white one before I grouted and hated the black/red one - now that they're finished, I feel exactly the opposite. Funny how that works out...

13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Out of Africa quilt on: February 01, 2014 07:26:16 PM
That is simply gorgeous. Very nicely done!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Makin' my crock rock... on: February 01, 2014 07:23:14 PM
It all started with an ugly crockpot. I've had it since our housewarming party 12 years ago. It served its purpose and I didn't really hate it, but it was starting to look ROUGH. Like "embarrassing to take to a potluck" rough.  So I ran across this tutorial: http://angela-thesimplethings.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-paint-crock-pot.html and thought I'd give it a try. Nothing to lose but an ugly crockpot afterall...

Here she is in all her glory (please don't judge how gross she looked before)

Taped off with plastic bags (bottom/inside), masking tape (top/knob) and packing tape (handles). I recommend the packing tape because it tends to go around the curves better than masking tape did.

Planning the layout...

After 50 coats of yellow automotive paint - if I had it to do again, I would have primed it in white to cover the flowers better.

Final vinyls applied and ready for the red.

I just finished early this afternoon and took the vinyl off about an hour ago. I have NOT cooked in it yet (and honestly will probably give it a week or two to cure to be on the safe side.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Oven mitts - 'hot' off the press on: December 09, 2013 05:26:15 PM
Those are really great! Love the french fry fabric - so cute.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kitchen towel/potholder sets on: December 08, 2013 08:35:00 AM
A couple of kitchen sets that I made for my best friend (flowers) and my mom.

Also did a peppermill, I have one for my mom as well, but don't know if I want to use the same design, or something different - suggestions?
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Yarn Bowls and Mugs and Pots, Oh My! on: September 05, 2013 06:52:04 PM
It's hard to pick a favorite. I love the shape and line of the yarn bowls (and the depth of color on the green one). But I love the motif on the tree mugs, but I think the fish bowls are my favorite because I'm a Pisces, so I have a thing for fishes, and the sgrafitto work is stellar!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My Woodburnings on: September 05, 2013 06:14:50 PM
You are obscenely talented - I am amazed that you've been at woodburning less than 2 years. Really incredible work!
19  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My elven costume on: September 05, 2013 06:13:04 PM
That is truly a lovely work of art, and you look beautiful in it!
20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Backsplash accent tiles on: September 05, 2013 06:09:42 PM
Thanks for all the kind comments! I am completely smitten with the new backsplash.

I'm thinking you made the tiles yourself and rolled the leaves into the clay before firing?

Yep! I am fortunate enough to have access to a fantastic pottery studio with a slab roller, so that made things very simple. There are a few tiles where the clay reacted with certain plants and made dark, shiny spots in the finished piece - something I wasn't really expecting - just a word to the wise in case anyone else wants to try it.
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