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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Doggies! on: February 23, 2014 11:41:08 AM
THey really are adorable and amazingly skilfully made!!

Too bad felted sculptures can't be bent for gazillion times, it would be fun to make videos with them.

If you felted around pipe cleaners, you could bend them a bit more...?
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding gift plate on: February 12, 2014 11:26:26 PM
I think it was arbout 30 cm in diameter. The lettering I did in underglaze and then just a clear glaze on top.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Wedding gift plate on: February 09, 2014 11:32:17 AM
I made this plate in a ceramics class for my friend's wedding.



Perhaps a bit twee for my liking, but I think she thought it was ok.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Renovated Rococo chair on: February 05, 2014 12:31:56 PM
I have wanted a chair like that for ages, but wouldn't know where to start with re-upholstering etc...Well done!!!  Grin

I definitely recommend a course! Upholstery has so many different, complex phases (especially if you have to recplace any of the insides) that I at least coudln't have just winged it.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Renovated Rococo chair on: July 19, 2013 03:43:48 AM
Great work. I love that you stripped the paint too, it looks much better this way.

Thank you! Stripping the paint from the floral decoration at the top was the most time-consuming bit. I had to do it with the tip of a craft knife - tried paint stripper with no results and then a hot-air gun and almost set the whole chair on fire!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Renovated Rococo chair on: July 19, 2013 02:15:38 AM
Not really sure whether this belongs on Craftster or not, but here goes...

This is a chair from the late 1800s which came from my grandmother, before and after one furniture renovation course and two upholstery courses (they were four-day courses, I calculated about 60ish hours of work in total):



And a couple of in-progress shots (these are links to bigger pictures):



I expected the work to make a difference in how the chair looked, but I never thought that that hideous thing could end up looking so pretty! I can't take that much credit for it as I didn't really know what I was doing with the upholstery - the teacher was fantastic.

P.S. The fabric is Chinese Lanterns by Sanderson, which is discontinued but I was fortunate enough to find on ebay after it had taken us hours and hours to decide on the fabric, only to return to the shop and find they didn't have any!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Beginning calligraphy practice on: February 15, 2013 03:41:04 AM
Well done! I agree with the previous commenters re. the spacing of laughing and emphasis.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Blackwork Eiffel Tower? on: February 10, 2013 11:30:31 AM
I'm after a pattern for the Eiffel Tower done in blackwork. Anybody remember seeing one in a book or anywhere?  Huh
9  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate "basket" cake on: August 22, 2012 12:28:57 AM

This contains a chocolate cake made from this recipe, which I highly recommend - although whenever I've made it I've put buttercream and raspberry jam in between the layers, rather than the ganache (I recommend doing this for a bit of freshness, in order to make it less sickly sweet). I did put the ganache on top.

The cake is then wrapped in a chocolate "wall" higher than the cake, and the resulting "basket" I filled with mixed berries from the garden.



To make the chocolate wall, measure the circumference of the cake and then the height you want it to be. Add a little to the circumference to make sure the ends overlap a little (maybe half an inch?). Draw a rectangle that size on some greaseproof paper, making the lines go well beyond where they cross so you can see them even when the rectangle is covered with chocolate. Trim the paper to about an inch from the line. Turn the paper over. Melt chocolate (I used about 100 grams but it turned out a bit too thin, so I recommend making more than that) and spread it over the rectangle which you can (hopefully) see through the paper, going over the lines a bit. It's best if you have a stone surface to do it on as it will help with the cooling. (Don't do it on a hot day!) Now keep an eye on it while it cools, and when it's set just enough - i.e. it is malleable, not dripping, but not solid - trim off the edges of the chocolate along the lines of the rectangle you drew, and then trim off the paper along the edges of the rectangle. Now, working quickly, pick the whole thing up and wrap it around the cake (with the paper on the outside!), making sure the ends overlap (peel the paper away from the end so the chocolate sticks to itself). They should still stick together if the chocolate is soft. If they don't you could gently brush some of the ganache or something like that in between. At this point it's best to leave it alone to set, don't poke at it too much! It may look like it will be a disaster, but it will probably turn out ok. Leave it in a cool place for an hour or so, then peel off the paper.

If you get any holes in the chocolate, don't try to fix them with hot melted chocolate! It will only melt a bigger hole (I say this from experience). You'll need chocolate or ganache that is still liquid but not hot. Anyway, any holes will only add that nice homemade touch! Smiley
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: No, no, no! We Dare Not Marry!-- A Painting (Pic Fat!) on: July 23, 2012 12:36:58 AM
That's awesome. Great job on figuring out how to make the dots!

I agree it doesn't need framing.
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