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11  Re: Local Attraction Swap in The Swap Gallery by Ralph on: October 13, 2011 03:41:25 AM
Here is my package from Crazyda79.

A disneyland shirt!

A BubbaGumps shirt (this makes me laugh)

Lovely shopping bag made from a Hard Rock Cafe shirt

Candy goodness!

Thanks Crazyda79! I love it!

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12  Re: One Tiny Book Rd 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Ralph on: October 13, 2011 03:37:04 AM
But first let me post the awesome book I got from Correlating:

cute card, funny pirate stickers and the harmless looking brown paper book...

The book turned out to be:

Secret American Pirates! such as:

All pages had these cool windows with the patches drawn on. I love the mixed papers and textures.

The other 'secret American pirates'...

I love my tiny book that made me laugh until I cried, much to the concern of my family who had to atch me roll in fits of helpless laughter until I showed it to them. I think the Steven Tyler one is my favourite because he looks quite miffed to be called a pirate!

Thanks Correlating!

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13  Re: FoC Acrylic-Free Bead Soup Swap (Round 5) GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Ralph on: September 28, 2011 02:40:25 AM
I apologise to Killiam Creative for my slowness in photo-posting. I loved her package! so here are some extra shots:

The beautiful bracelet, card and funky bag.

Some of my favourites from the soup. Yes those letters spell out my user name! Love!

Love these Pandora-stye beads.

Thanks again Killiam Creative!

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14  Re: Local Attraction Swap in The Swap Gallery by Ralph on: September 28, 2011 02:36:46 AM
I recieved from ZidishaLuxe yesterday!

I was so spoiled!

The haul: T-shirt, towel and pom-pom, local newspaper and guide, cool cook-book and the craft.

Back of the shirt which has the names of popular/famous bands and locations in Athens, GA. I like rthe street-arty feel of it.

The craft: a coca-cola girl hoop. She's been printed onto fabric and the embelished with embroidery. I love her!
Thanks ZidishaLuxe for a great and thoughtful package. I love everything. The pom-pom has given me hours of amusement.

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15  Steampunk accessories: Top-hat, goggles, cuff and watch-hider. in Costumes: Completed Projects by Ralph on: September 28, 2011 02:23:51 AM
I figure these go here as they are made to wear with my steampunk costume (which I did NOT make, I can't sew). But I love my steampunk accessories!

First: the top hat!

Made with this tutorial. http://overthecrescentmoon.blogspot.com/2011/08/mini-top-hat-tutorial.html I used plain cardboard moulded around my party cup as the one I had had strange ridges on it that wouldn't have worked as a hat. I used black crat felt and left over ribbons. It is sewn to ribbon to tie into my hair when I want to wear it.

The goggles:

Made with an old pair of swimming goggles and leather off-cuts. All pieces are joined with scrapbooking brads, There is white elastic at the back but as I mostly wear them on my head the elastic is hidden behind my hair.

The cuff:

Made with an old belt cut to size and new holes punched. It looks really chunky and industrial.

The 'watch-hider':

A result of being dressed in my steampunk costume and then going "what do I do with my watch?" I obsessively need to wear a watch at all times, but my watch happens to be a blue plastic super-man watch. This cuff is made with lace and felt with two slits that the watch band slides through. Then I can simply do the watch up as normal and snap the cuff closed around it, hiding the watch and making it blend-ish into my costume.

It also works without the watch.

C+C welcome!

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16  Felted cat toys in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Ralph on: September 28, 2011 01:56:50 AM
A simple craft but it seems effective. After a crash course in wet felting I went home and tried some simple cat toys for my furbabies. The large blue ball is the result of my felting class, the smaller three are my own solo-act of felt making. The three smaller balls have bells inside that rattle more than jingle, but still attract cat-attention.

Nike clearly not getting the point of the photo session.

I can hear rattling behind me, so they seem to be working!

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17  Shadow box frames from store-bought canvases in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Ralph on: September 28, 2011 01:51:00 AM
I was looking at some store-bought stretched canvases the other day and decided they would make great shadow box frames. I combined them with some paper and some things I was looking for fames for and ended up with some art for a blank space on my wall.

The three together:

1. Robot clown:

The artwork is an ATC ade by Wulf for the Steampunk Circus Swap. I was inspired by the colours in the piece and used matching scrapbooking papers to cover the frame then aged the piece with a graphite paint and PVA mix. The papers looked too new and the graphite picked out the tears in the paper.

2. Repo Inchies

The artwork here is a set of Repo! The Genetic Opera Inchies made by DeadbathDuckie in the Three Tiny Movie Things Swap. The frame is covered in red and black craft paper I stamped with a text stamp, black ink for the red paper and white ink for the black paper. The backing paper is a red and silver scrapbooking paper and an offcut of the black stamped paper.

3. Federal Department of Odds and Ends

This is an embroidery I did and loved based on the picture book The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. I was inspired by the book itself which has a background of old, torn book pages. I used old dictionary pages which I aged further with brown acrylic paint.

The procedure was the same for all frames. First I removed the staples and canvas. Then I sanded the frames. The frames are quite rough and have holes and imperfections. If you plan on painting them I would suggest wood fller as there are large holes at the joins. These didn't worry me as I has already planned to cover them. After sanding I applied torn pieces of paper to the frames using PVA glue. I used big pieces first then smaller ones to fill in gaps and ad interest. You may need to cut the pieces slightly so they fit around corners. After the paper had dried I aged the frames with watered down paint. The final step was a coat of spray sealer. To mount the works I cut a piece of thin ceareal-box-weight card board the same size as the frame and stuck the work down with glue stick. The inchies and ATC were attached with glue dots so I could remove them without damage if I wanted to display them differently at a later date. I then used hot-glue to attach the artworks to the frames.

C+C welcome!

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18  Steampunk Speakers in Completed Projects by Ralph on: August 29, 2011 02:21:53 AM

This a project thats been in the works for awhile, steampunk ipod speakers!

They started out life as these:

slightly ugly, fold-up promotional speakers I got free with purchase.

I liked them, but they just weren't for me, plus I've been dying to steampunk something for awhile, so I did. I used a plain gift box with a faux leather covering that I painted brown. The 'pod' speakers were easy to dismantle, they were held in place using a 'clip' system, so I just had to unclip them, cut two holes in the lid using the old speakers and a template and popped the speakers in. I cut a slit in the side of the box to allow the cord to come out, but mostly the cord lives inside the box as contained storage.

action shot!

I used old jewelry as the source for the 'filigree' pieces and gold pen to colour the surround.

C+C welcome!

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19  Etched beads in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Ralph on: August 29, 2011 02:12:38 AM

Just a simple little project I wanted to share. I etched store-bought glass beads with stickers and etching creme:

Simple but effective. They make nice subtle feature beads for a necklace. A good way to jazz up simple beads. I got all of these on ale at my local craft store.

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20  Stick-weaving belt and cuff in Weaving: Completed Projects by Ralph on: August 29, 2011 02:06:55 AM

This is my first weaving project and I'm so happy with it I've been running around in my belt all afternoon demanding people look at it. I wanted to try weaving and discovered this method looked the easiest for a newbie. I even made my own weaving sticks out of dowel. But now pics!

First: my pride, the belt.

And the slightly unflattering action shot!

This cuff was my first project, a trial to make sure I got the method.

And my sticks:

I got my info from these two places:

I really enjoyed the process, though alot of it was trial and error. Things I learned:
1.Do not make your waving sticks out of tapered chopsticks as you will never get the piece off.
2. sand your sticks as smooth as possible as any rough spots or splinters will cause the wool to snag and be difficult to remove from the sticks.
3. continually check your work for mistakes as the only way to fix a skipped stck is to unpull the work!
4. I found it easiest to push your work down in stages from the bottom of the stcick, working up to the top.

Any other tips or comments are most welcome as I'm looking forward to more projects in the future!

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