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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Stained-glass Wax on: April 01, 2008 08:40:24 AM
Materials used: foil baking pans, crayons, and ribbon.
Final cost: 7 dollars

The result? Stained-glass looking art that you can color with, should you choose. Inspired by sweetsforevers crayon favors (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=190245.msg1998153#msg1998153)

the first one, all about fall.

close up.

the "abstract" one

the group of four wall pieces

and the gang all together!

Hope you enjoy!

Here's how you make them:
stick in one color combo at a time, i.e., letting the tree trunk fuse to the sheet before you add in the grass and sky, etc. It's important to only let the crayons begin to melt, b/c once they go into liquid form they can't be controlled. I had plans to do a four-seasons theme, but it seems dollar-store crayon boxes have no rhyme or reason. I didn't have enough of some colors, and too many for others. Hence, the other art pieces. It's definitely a project I'll have to do again.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Will Shakespeare Gone Punk on: March 29, 2008 05:17:56 PM
My campus Shakespeare Club is putting on various interpretations/rewrites of famous scenes from Shakespeare. I happen to be co-directing and acting (as Bianca) in a scene from Taming of the Shrew, which is being done with traditional language but modern dress and props. The shirt below is the begining of Katerina's costume.

The shirt is actually red, and was done with spray paint and a handmade Shakespeare foam stencil. Yes, I am enough of a dork that I made my own foam Shakespeare stencil.
Also, the electric blue mohawk shows up much better on the shirt...doesn't really transfer on film.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / 1 Dozen Lemons on: March 23, 2008 06:40:34 PM
Okay, could go in any number of topics, but was made as a Valentines gift, so...
Backstory: The boy is a fan of eating lemons (weird but cute, I know). As such, what better gift to give on V-day than a bouquet of lemons?

from one angle

and the other

Made from a variety of random objects--the "tulips" were made by wrapping the lemons in yellow tule a certain way. I really think it could be done with any round fruit--I'll post a tute if requested.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Postcards on: March 07, 2008 10:40:13 PM
The first semester of school can be rough, what with being away from friends and family, so I made up these postcards.

Sorry for the shinyness--I covered them in contact paper for the sake of having them survive the mail. Each one is made of cardstalk, scrapbooking paper, photos, and famous quotes on friendship.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Food tote on: March 07, 2008 10:15:40 PM
So, I was tired of having to use numerous plastic bags, and knew I only needed one tote. Reason: I typically walk back from the store, and I need to climb up a rather large hill--and the less bags, the better.

Hence, the super-sized grocery tote, which took about an hour to fashion. That included the bag and the felt food, though it probably would have gone faster had I not made the bag and felt sans pattern. Total cost? Three dollars because I was low on thread. All other fabric was scrap I already had.


close up of the carrot

slightly fuzzy, sadly

the bag as modeled by roomie to show size.
I'm taller than she is, and so it hits waist-to-hip on me.

The bag works wonders--I've already used it--though the pictures don't really do it justice.
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