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121  Formerly ugly vintage table. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by krissykat on: June 25, 2007 07:59:34 AM
I forgot just how ugly until I went looking for the before picture! Fake woodgrain laminate, paint stained, gold-coloured base. (Thrifted. $7.)

Before:
Out in the shed, about to be attacked by my power sander!


After: (I took these to send to the gal I bought the coasters from, then my batteries died before I could take any pics without the coasters.)


You can kind of see the speckled finish on the top here.


Action shot!


I spray painted the base a metallic silver (it has a slight shimmer that you can't see in the pics). Painted the top black with silver speckles and topped it off with several coats of high-gloss varnish. I think it makes a huge difference. I also refinished an old gossip bench/telephone table to match. I'm still waiting for the varnish to cure so that I can bring it in the house.

Thanks for looking! Comments welcome.  Cheesy
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122  Tattoo flash pendants. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by krissykat on: June 18, 2007 02:04:55 PM
Yep, they're shrinky dinks. You guessed it. Grin I ran out ages ago and finally bought more last week. I don't love the texture I get with coloured pencils, but it's all I've ever used. Does anyone colour theirs with acrylics? If so, how much do you have to thin them? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Cherry blossoms


Brass knuckles (not as blotchy as it looks in the picture.)


Rose and dagger. Seems like this one shrank more in the width than in the length. I've had that happen with another brand of shrink plastic, but never shrinky dinks.



Comments welcome!
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123  Re: Necklaces - seed beads and skulls! in Beads: Completed Projects by krissykat on: June 18, 2007 05:56:13 AM
I just ordered those beads too. Smiley

I like the skull set.

I've been trying to find some small silver plated or pewter skulls, but can't. I hope what I do with the acrylic ones I ordered will come out as awesome as yours. Smiley
Thanks.  Cheesy I don't know if it's quite what you're looking for, but I was looking at these on ebay a couple of days ago and thought they were pretty cool.

I wish I could see the pendant better! Sad  Oh well. 

Your necklaces are very beautiful!
Thanks. I wish you could too.  Tongue
This one's a teeny bit better.
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124  How do you improve an ugly jacket? Leopard print, of course! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by krissykat on: June 16, 2007 05:49:20 PM
So I got this jacket for like $2.00 at Value Village. I don't have a before pic, but it was plain black, wide, boxy, the sleeves were at least 2" too short (I'm only 5'3"), and it had elastic in the cuffs and the bottom hem. And it had shoulder pads. So ugly. I took in the sides and sleeves, put darts in the back, ripped out the shoulder pads and elastic, stencilled the sacred heart on the chest, and added the leopard collar and buttoned cuffs. *Whew* A lot of work, and luckily it bears no resemblance to how it started. I love how it turned out.



Sorry they're fuzzy. I tried some with the flash, but they were over exposed. No happy medium for some reason. The bumps on the chest aren't on the jacket, they're "pasties" that I glued onto my dress form.   Grin


Any comments welcome!

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125  Necklaces - seed beads and skulls! in Beads: Completed Projects by krissykat on: June 16, 2007 11:43:50 AM
I've never really worked with beads much, but I found these seed beads in an awesome kind of bloody brownish-red. I thought they went well with this charm (it's a sacred heart, I couldn't get a pic with no glare. Sad)


Then I made a double strand necklace with the same beads. I like the way they look together. Really dresses up the first one.


And my skulls and red beads. Just for fun.


I still have more than half the red beads left. Not sure what to do with them now. lol

Any comments welcome!  Cheesy
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126  More needle felting. Some veggies, some noisy things. in Felting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: June 16, 2007 09:33:36 AM
Just a couple of small, short attention span type things that I figured I'd share.


A djembe for a buddy of mine who's a percussionist.


A black disc thingy with cherries on it (I'll probably make it into a magnet) and an eggplant.


Just an olive.


And a strangely out of focus cartoon-style bomb and an 8-ball.

(Please forgive the pics. My camera's not working so I borrowed my mom's and I have no idea how to use it.)

Comments welcome, of course.
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127  Re: Cactus pincushion! (New pictures added on pg. 1) in Completed Projects by krissykat on: June 16, 2007 09:26:43 AM
Thanks!

As soon as I can get my hands on some felt, I want to make one of those round, "old man" cacti...you know, the kind that look like they have long, soft hair.  Which is a lie, they have thorns (I swear I didn't find that out the hard way)

That sounds so cute. My ex boyfriend had a very fluffy looking cactus. Turns out the fluff had very sharp barbs on the ends. I also did not find that out the hard way *ahem*.

Oh, the girlfriend cactus is too cute.  Grin I'm still hoping for a sombrero.

Thanks.  Smiley I'm still trying to figure out how to make a sombrero.

But in the meantime....

'Cause I'm a geek.  Cheesy
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128  Moody gal's welcome sign. in Needlework: Completed Projects by krissykat on: June 16, 2007 07:33:09 AM
This is a housewarming gift for my sis. She is, in fact, a little moody but it's  just a joke... mostly.  Grin  It's not especially well made, it was sort of last-minute.





Definitely Subversive Cross Stitch-inspired!

Comments welcome!
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129  Glitter, glitter, glitter! Oh, and some resin too. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by krissykat on: June 16, 2007 07:08:32 AM
I bought this bangle last summer, and I've been looking for some earrings to go with it ever since. No luck.


I haven't worked with resin in ages, but I finally decided to make some! I pulled the backs off an old pair of studs and used Castin' Craft Mold Maker to well, make some molds! And a paint palette pendant for good measure.  I figured they'd be a little off, but my wrist doesn't spend much time next to my ears, so no biggie, right? But I'm impressed with how closely they match. If anything, mine are even more glittery than the bangle! One of the earrings looks really wonky there. They're not perfectly round, but I don't think it looks that bad in real life. And they look fine from the front, which is the only thing people are going to see when they're on my lobes.  Smiley

The picture doesn't do them justice. They're sooo sparkly!

I forgot how far an ounce of resin goes, so I just kept filling up wells in the paint palette until it was all gone. Now I have all these left over!



Comments welcome!

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130  Re: Needle felted body parts. (A little bit of cartoony gore. Lots of pics) in Felting: Completed Projects by krissykat on: June 16, 2007 04:07:06 AM
Aw, shucks.  Grin

I have to agree, this is a pretty fun way to store your needles.  I think every gal should have one! lol



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