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31  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk goggles! on: December 22, 2008 07:50:00 AM
This is merely part of a costume I am working on for DragonCon '09, which will not be until September. I know I have tons of time, but when inspiration hits, I have to make it NOW!  Eventually I'm going to be a steampunk airship pirate, and so far all I have are shoes (purchased) and these goggles:







Unfortunately I didn't take process pictures, but the process was basically trial and error anyway.  No, I didn't do the rivets myself, that whole side piece was part of the purse I cut up.  Here's the remains of it, plus the rest of the supplies, minus the hot glue gun, sewing stuff, and translucent green plastic plates I used for the lenses:



That little silver thing is a trinket box from the wedding section of the Dollar Tree. They come three in a pack, that's my leftover.  I only used the lids, which have a bit of a rim to keep the lenses in, but they don't have a center so you don't need to cut anything out.  I traced them with a sharpie onto a green translucent plastic plate (bought at Wal-mart, probably find them lots of places) to make the lenses. 

I used paper to make a pattern for the eye cups, just doing it over and over until I got it right, (well, almost right, I still had to add an extra piece of leather after I put them together) and I hot glued everything together, then started adding more pieces like the back connecting strap and the extra strip towards the front for stability. 

The adjustable strap to hold them on was just the purse's strap, which is glued and sewn (just a few stitches by hand) for extra stability. And then for extra-extra stability and to neaten things up a bit I lined the insides of the cups with black duct tape.  Oh!  And to keep the lenses from falling out, they're retained with strips of the black adhesive foam, as you can kind of see in this blurry picture:



I have seen lots of ways to make steampunk goggles online, and I always thought the lenses would be the hardest part, but using these Dollar Tree tins and the plastic plate was super easy, so I just had to share.  Smiley
32  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly Window Shade Thing on: October 19, 2008 08:44:55 AM
This project was a "I just quit smoking and need something to do with my hands" sort of thing.  An image of a butterfly found online, stretched out and sectioned using Adobe Illustrator, printed and traced onto transparency sheets with sharpies, joined together with chain, held up by pushpins.  The window is about 8 feet wide and 3 feet tall. Images should be clickable for larger versions.

Without flash, light shining through:



With flash, blinds closed:



Closer up, from the side:

33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Playing card book on: September 30, 2008 11:33:33 AM
So, I have this guy friend, and I have this crush on him, and he has this birthday coming up . . .

I wanted to make him something to show how much I care about him, that hopefully won't make him too uncomfortable.  I actually do make stuff for my friends all the time, so it's not like I'm only making him something because I have a crush on him, because I actually do like him as a friend too, very much.  Ok, here it is.

Inspired by this post by Grousewater, I have made a book from a deck of cards.  But I used a jumbo deck of cards instead of the regular size.



Here's a few pages from it:







Oh, and of course, being all crazy, I had to make a box the exact right size and cover it in scrapbook paper and make a bow out of strips of paper too:



I think he's either going to love it or get completely freaked out and stop calling me.
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Jurassic Punk! on: June 01, 2008 06:00:38 PM
Introducing the newest alt-rock sensation . . . all the way from 65 million years ago . . . Jurassic Punk!

(pic is clickable for the larger version)

(pic is clickable for the larger version)

Here it is with flash, and a quarter for scale:

(that pic also comes in larger)

And some close-ups
The drummer:


The bass guitar player:


The lead guitar player:

(his mohawk is really painted purple, not blue, darn flash!)

And the lead singer:


I didn't make the dinosaurs, just everything else. Well, I didn't "make" the lights, but I glued on the black covers for them.

See, what happened was, I was at work (after-school program with 1st and 2nd graders) and we were playing with the dinosaur toys, and I noticed that one of them had a crest that looked kind of like a mohawk. So I thought he should be a guitarist in a punk band.  So of course I had to find the other members of his band in the toy box, and then they all sort of ended up in my pocket when I went home. It's ok, I was the one who bought them and I never got reimbursed, so technically they're mine anyway.

I know they're not holding their instruments correctly, but come on! They've been extinct for millennia, it's amazing they remember how to play at all. And poor little T-Rex gets stuck being the drummer when he has the shortest arms.

ETA: The font I used for the banner was Xerker from www.braineaters.com.  I just wanted to give them credit, because searching for the right font was the most time-consuming part of making this . . . thing, and I loved that one soon as I saw it.
35  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Totally weird photo printing problem on: May 28, 2008 05:21:21 AM
I got some 8 x 10's printed at Walgreens, and they looked really nice.  Then I put them in some frames and saw some spots.  I thought maybe the glass from the frames had spots on the inside, but when I took the photos back out and looked, nope.  Then I noticed that wherever I touched the back of the frames, there were spots! Wherever there's pressure on the backs of the frames, I see these grey spots!  Like, where the hinge is for the standup thingy, and the little clips that hold everything in the frame.  I put some cardstock in there and now the spots aren't there normally, but return if I touch the back. I tried putting some foam sheets in there to cushion them, but that makes it too thick for the clips to latch. 

What the hell? Does Walgreens just use really cheap paper?  It said Fuji on the back.  Has anyone else ever seen a problem like this?  I'd like to keep using Walgreens because it's so affordable and convenient, but maybe somewhere else will be better?
36  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Earrings and prints, how much? on: May 26, 2008 07:57:31 PM
Ok, so at the school where I work for an after school program, we're doing a sale to raise money to maintain our garden.  We'll be selling stuff mainly to the parents of the kids in our program, and we'll have stuff made by the kids and by the staff.  I'm making shrinky dink earrings, and I'm selling some prints of photos I took this weekend, but I have no idea how much I should charge!

Here's an example of the earrings:


I'll have different colors of this design, and a simple flower design too.  As you can see, they're slightly warped, but sometimes that's just the nature of the shrinky dink.

Here's an example of my flower photos:


I've got them in 8 x 10 prints, in basic black metal frames.  The prints cost me $2.50 each at Walgreens, and the frames were $4.00 from Michaels. The photos I got printed are all of different flowers, but from underneath, because I'm weird.  I like them, but I have no idea if other people will and what I should charge.

Thanks for any advice! (even if the advice is "they suck don't sell them!")
37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrink plastic robot!!!! on: May 18, 2008 07:52:01 PM
Oh my god, y'all, I'm so excited to post this. Been thinking about it for weeks, couldn't decide what material to make the robot, finally tried shrinky dinks and I love it!!!



For the chain, the large circles are from Michaels, and the little things that look like gears (to me anyway) are toothed locking washers from the hardware store.



I don't care if I'm 32 and all the other grown-ups at work will laugh at me, I'm wearing it tomorrow anyway, so  Tongue

 Grin

Edit: Since I've been asked, and others might miss the answer, I thought I'd add that for the circuit looking designs on the robot I traced sections of the plastic thingy from inside an old keyboard.  That idea was inspired by the following lamps in the Light Me Up challenge, and if you click the links you can see what the plastic sheet thingies from the keyboard look like:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244187.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244126.0
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky butterfly earrings on: May 16, 2008 05:41:20 PM
More playing with shrinky dinks.  This time I used a Pigma Micron pen instead of a Sharpie for the outlines (thanks varuna for the suggestion!) and I did the scribble/wipe with the Sharpies on the back again. Originally, the wings were going to each have a hole at the bottom too, to hang more beads, but they broke off.  It's ok, they're already kind of big anyway.

39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Me shrinky too!! on: May 14, 2008 08:49:44 PM
Ok, I finally did it. I've been wanting to make something with shrink plastic for like, a year now, and the recent spate of beautiful projects got me inspired.  So, after making a few things I don't really like, here's something I do:



I designed it in Adobe Illustrator, starting with a set of free brushes from http://createsk8.com/ and manipulating them until I got what I wanted.  I printed it on regular paper and traced it with a black sharpie on the frosted shrinky dink plastic.  I'm not thrilled that the sharpie kind of bled into the texture of the plastic and made the design fuzzy, but oh well, I'll use something else next time.  I also had to sand it a bit to get it more round because it warped when it shrank, so part of my design got sanded off on the edge. Again, oh well.

When I baked it, instead of a paper grocery bag I placed it on waxed paper, so the back ended up with this cool texture. I sort of scribbled on the back with sharpies and wiped it off with a napkin as I went, (scribble, wipe, scribble, wipe) to try to bring out the wax paper texture more, and it worked! 

Here it is with light behind it:

40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I made earrings! on: May 10, 2008 07:14:32 PM
Howdy. I cut a couple of squares of scrap cardboard (not corrugated, the other kind) and painted the edges gold, cut some paper scraps I had, and Mod Podged them onto the cardboard, and made earrings! I think I will be making more jewelry with paper, since I have so many scraps from scrapbooking and card making. I probably won't always use the cardboard though, because I can only cut squares and rectangles cleanly.

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