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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Newsprint-covered-bead necklace OR Wow! check out that girl's necklace! on: August 11, 2013 01:28:39 AM
Hi!

When thinking about this challenge, I realised that Craftster has really helped me look closely at things around me and to think laterally about them. On Saturday at the art gallery I noticed one of the volunteers had an awesome necklace on. It was a simple strand of knotted beads, but every second bead was covered with comic strips. I immediately started think how I could make one for myself (this is not the first time this has happened at the art gallery, last time it was a baby's headband, at least this time it belonged to an adult!). When I got home I found some old white plastic beads I'd been hoarding and some newsprint tissue paper and set to work!



So from Crafters I have learned:look everywhere for inspiration, improvise with found materials, if you like something, make one for yourself and Modpodge Rocks!


boring white beads + tissue paper + modpodge =


awesome newsprint beads!


Necklace on its own.

-Ralph
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Kandinsky Teacup on: August 11, 2013 01:13:51 AM
Hi all!

Craftster has taught me: try new crafts, use those supplies you've been too scared to use, challenges are a great motivator and if you like something, make your own.

Hence: The Kandinsky Teacup!



A few years ago, at my local art gallery, I saw a teacup that had been designed by the artist Wassily Kandinsky and fell totally in love with it. A year or so later, I found a set of ceramic paints on sale at a craft store, wanted to give them a try, and remembered the Kandinsky teacup. Time moved on, I found the perfect teacup at the dollar store. Then, all of these things sat in my craft room until I saw this challenge and started to think about what craftster does mean to me, and I thought again of the Kandinsky teacup.







So this is my first attempt at ceramic painting, but I'm really happy with the result and feel I've really paid homage to the original,

-Ralph
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Found Object Printing-crafty tools dress on: August 11, 2013 01:01:46 AM
Craftster to me means: innovation, viewing everything as a potential craftable item and giving everything a second chance!
 

A few years ago I posted a t-shirt that I printed using cassette tapes and have contemplated giving this technique a second try, but it always fell to the wayside, until now.

I have always loved the look of scissors and craft tools, especially in silhouette and I wanted a go at printing something more challenging than a t-shirt, . so this dress was born:




The design wraps completely around the skirt and this was the first time I'd attempted something like this!



Detail of the top


And the tools! I used al of them with the exception of the hammer and the smaller pair of pliers. With all of the objects I applied fabric paint directly to them with a brush, then stamped them onto the fabric. I placed a towel under the dress to give a bit of cushion and allow the fabric to pick up a lot of the detail as most of them are not completely flat.


The small 'fiddly' items like the pencil, safety pin and buttons I stuck to acrylic stamping blocks with double sided tape to make the easier to handle and keep the print clean.

Overall I'm really proud of this, I wore it out yesterday and got some nice compliments,

-Ralph


 
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Hoopla tree wall mural. on: July 18, 2013 01:06:18 AM
Hi!

This project has been in the works for awhile but now its finished. I've been wanting a wall mural since I bought my own home over a year ago, and somewhere to display my hooplas in my craft room, so this seemed the perfect match.

The finished wall:


I used ordinary-left-over brown wall paint mixed with a darker brown acrylic for the tree and clear 'decorating hooks for my hoops.


The plain tree with no hooplas and a clean craft room.


Close-up of hoops (from top) Cola Girl by ZidishaLuxe in Local Attraction Swap, map by bubblegumphoenix  in Embroidery round 9 swap, Wizard by my mum.


(from left) buttons by Bec99 in the I love buttons round 3 swap, butterfly by me, bunny by my mum.


(from left) Indiana Jones hoop, brooch and skull cross-stiches by me, 'live your dreams' embroidery by, roses by my Grandma.


Airship hoop be Averia in the Steampunk Christmas Ornament Swap, Vowel A hoop by me.

Hope you enjoy! I look forward to filling it!

-Ralph
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Swap R9- Not just thread! (SO Mar 5) on: March 21, 2013 11:12:08 PM
While I'm posting.

Here's the hoop I sent to bubblegum_phoenix. She's recieved but can't post photos, so here I go.



She likes inpiring quotes, strong women and Alice in Wonderland, so I made up a sort of Goddess of Wonder for her.

Who made your hoop?  It is gorgeous!
I'm going to guess you are talking to me, my swap partner was ralph.

Thanks!  I keep admiring the details... Cheesy

And because I can, a detail from my hoop to ybunnygurl. Yes, those are false eyelashes I sewed to the hoop.



I really hope my partners like these and thanks for all the kind comments,

-Ralph
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Swap R9- Not just thread! (SO Mar 5) on: March 21, 2013 11:07:30 PM
here is the amazing embroidery I recieved from ybunnygurl.

I said that I liked steampunk, pirates and bright colours, so she took that and ran with it!



The full embroidery


Close-up of the pirate girl, see the rum!


The amazing airship!

I love this piece so much! Thanks ybunnygurl!

-Ralph
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R9 - The Not Just Thread Round (SU closed, SO Mar 5) on: March 05, 2013 12:14:36 AM
I have sent also. Yay! Although now I'm worried about how my babies will fare in transit!

-Ralph
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R9 - The Not Just Thread Round (SU closed, SO Mar 5) on: February 26, 2013 10:46:58 PM
I have my ideas sketched out, I'm just trying to find the time to finish them. I also have some pieces to finish for an upcoming comp! Ack! Panic!

I WILL be finished on time though.

-Ralph
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R9 - The Not Just Thread Round (SU closed, SO Mar 5) on: February 20, 2013 02:26:59 AM
I've planned both my hoops, I just hope there's enough 'not thread' to fulfill the swap requirements!

-Ralph
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R9 - The Not Just Thread Round (SU Jan28-Feb9, SO Mar 5) on: February 07, 2013 10:58:52 PM
I just sent my questionnaire! Yay! This sould be exciting!

-Ralph
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