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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jewelry tree display thingy on: July 29, 2012 07:44:06 PM
Does the coating you used accept spray paint, or will it just run off. Very cute idea!

Yup, Mod Podge is paintable! Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: New Steampunk goggles! on: July 19, 2012 07:41:08 PM
AMAZING!! These are AMAZING! i Love them! Great job!! I'd love to see what else you've made for dagoncon

Thanks! I will be posting the full costume pretty soon.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / New Steampunk goggles! on: July 19, 2012 09:47:23 AM
A while back I made some steampunk goggles out of an old purse and some other random junk:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283815.0

But after 4 years, cheap faux leather and hot glue haven't held up very well, so I decided to remake them for my steampunk costume for this year's DragonCon.



This time, I got real leather from a leather store. I bought quite a bit because I need some for other projects too, but you could just as easily use leather from a thrift store purse, boots, or old jacket or something. I used the same party favor tin lids from last time, but Dollar Tree doesn't have them any more so I had to get a container of 25 of them from Party City. Which means I have plenty to make more goggles! Or, I could use them for storage for small craft doo-dads. They were still less than a dollar each.

To attach everything together, I poked holes in the leather and the tin lids with a . . . sharp pointy tool I have, I don't know what it's called but I call it "that pokey thing" and I used brads from the scrapbooking section of Michaels. That's also where I got the gears on the sides. Here's a shot where you can see the brad prongs on the inside:



For the lenses I used a purple binder pocket from an office supply store. Since the plastic isn't quite stiff enough on its own, I left in the plastic insert that came with the tins and just put the purple pieces behind it. To color the tin more brass looking, I just used a sharpie, which does wear off with handling but I think that just makes it look more old and weathered. I also used brads to attach the strap of elastic in the back.

Here are some more pics from different angles, just because Smiley







Thanks for looking!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Stempunk leather belt pouch on: July 15, 2012 06:54:03 PM
Could you have burned in the images? Just wondering? Love this.

Thanks! I don't know how I would have burned them, I guess I'd have to trace them and then fill in with a burning tool of some sort? I don't think I have a steady enough hand for that, lol.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stempunk leather belt pouch on: July 15, 2012 12:39:45 PM
Ok, this was my first time working with leather, so please don't be too harsh with the critiques. I know the dye job is terrible, but I did want an old, weathered look, so when I noticed it was going on all splotchy I just went with it and tried to make the unevenness look intentional. I made this from a kit where the pieces were all pre-cut and pre-hole punched, but I did stamp it myself.



I wanted a design with gears so I can use this with my steampunk costume for DragonCon, but the only gear leather stamps I could find were too pricey for me, so I improvised. I had some metal gears in my stash from the Tim Holtz line of altered art embellishments, and some others made by Bead Landing, (both purchased at Michaels). So after wetting the leather then waiting for it to dry out like I read to do online, I just clamped the gears to it with a c-clamp like so:



I actually stamped before dying, this is just a dramatization after the fact to show how I did it. I'm thinking this could be a way to stamp leather with all sorts of things, without having to buy leather stamps. I'm sure I'm not the only one to ever think of this, but I wanted to share anyway! Thanks for looking!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Paper covered cabinet on: July 11, 2012 09:46:12 AM
Yeah, you can Mod Podge with almost any type of paper! What I used was actually wrapping paper. It is high-quality wrapping paper, but still not as thick as most scrapbook paper. If you use thicker paper, you won't have as many wrinkles as I did. I have tons of scrapbook paper too, and I almost never do any scrapbooking, but I use the paper for all sorts of decorative projects instead.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Paper covered cabinet on: July 07, 2012 07:16:28 PM
Amazing transformation! I love the mix of papers you chose. I just featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley

Oh wow thanks! I don't know why it won't let you show a teaser pic, that's weird.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Small Pops, Huge Difference (Covering Faceplates) on: July 03, 2012 11:01:10 AM
Thank you! Yep, I used scrap paper. It was way cheaper for me and I love the crisp corners.
YES! You can DEFINITELY use fabric! I'm assuming you'd have to use a better adhesive than Mod Podge, but you could definitely do it! There's tutes all on Pinterest with doing it on scrap paper, and I wrote one that followed through the process on my blog. You should definitely give it a try!

Yours look great! And I have Mod Podged with fabric before, it works just fine. It might slightly darken some fabrics when it soaks in, so just test a small piece first.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pretty pretty mirror on: June 25, 2012 06:13:51 PM


So, I had been looking all sorts of places for a makeup mirror, but I couldn't find any that were sufficiently pretty that I could afford. So I decided to decorate my own.

Here's what I used:



Wooden disc, mirror, paint, glitter, flower embellishments, jewels, glue dots, and a little easel stand.

And here is the finished product:



Close-up:



And the stand it's on is adjustable so I can angle it however I need. Thanks for looking!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jewelry tree display thingy on: June 18, 2012 08:28:03 PM
Thank you! It was a lot of work, but it wasn't difficult.
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