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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: What does one DO with 20 mouse jawbones? on: December 08, 2013 05:08:42 PM
That was my first thought, but the bone is extremely thin. I shattered a couple of them even trying with a sharp little jeweler's bit. Probably for the best, because this turns out to be a little more wearable, than had I managed to get rings through them. I even tried wire-wrapping the jaw upright myself, but had the same problem -- just too thin and fragile!
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / What does one DO with 20 mouse jawbones? on: December 08, 2013 04:57:00 PM
I try not to search auction/sale sites for bones and skulls, but sometimes I can't help it. This is how I accidentally came across a listing for 20 mouse jaws.

After a little thought/experimentation, I landed on pre-wrapped wire coils as a mounting method. I glued each jaw carefully, with gel cyanoacrylate.

Once they were all glued in, including any loose teeth, I attached all of them to a short length of chain, as a fall. To give the fall some visual and literal weight, I added a faceted black beaded ball which I strung on an eye pin with a metal teardrop at the bottom. That whole assembly was then attached to a silver chain, which was decorated with deep red faceted oblong glass beads, which are effectively black under most lighting. I hung the fall off-center for a little added interest.

This is a piece that has to be worn with a certain type of top. In this case, a black knit with snap-front. The chain itself is simple enough to wear with a collared shirt; it's the centerpiece that needs a frame of its own. It never fails to draw a lot of commentary when I wear it, usually including variations on, "Really? REAL mousejaws??"

Of course! Only authentics for me!

A slightly wordier version of this post also appears on my website: http://www.shefightslikeagirl.com/2013/11/mouse-jawbone-necklace.html
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Distorted appliques on: December 05, 2013 04:29:47 PM
How are you attaching the appliques to the finished project?
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Simplicity 3741: The Skulls-n-Roses Dress on: October 26, 2010 01:25:01 PM
Okay chicky- You started this thread a while ago, and there are still no picture of you in this amazing dress! I have to tell you I find it inspiring and I'm headed down to buy the pattern now. Hopefully it's still around. Beautiful job and what a great find on the pattern. Thank you for sharing!


Yaaaaaaaa know? I totally forgot. This is me last year in Vegas, on my birthday (in my crappy hotel bathroom), just about ready to head out to Penn & Teller. Still easily one of my favorite dresses.

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: SEEKING Plastic Earring Findings on: June 28, 2010 11:47:28 AM
If anyone is still looking, I just found this site and I don't know if anyone else posted it...too busy to go back and look!


That's another one I hadn't seen before! Great link, thanks -- cheap and with colors!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: fist post "grandpa's shirt gone rockabilly" on: June 12, 2010 08:27:45 PM
I definitely vote for leaving the curved hem. I think it's charming and gives a wink to the original cut. Nice work!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My various Psychobilly T recons ~evil shirts rock~ on: June 12, 2010 08:26:12 PM

Has anyone mentioned yet how hilarious it is that, in one of your photos, your sewing machine is on the bathroom counter?

Seriously, though, I've been looking for ways to modify t-shirts in ways that make sense for a while now. After I made a full-on ballgown with a fairly typical princess bodice, I realized that was just the pattern to use for your technique here. The first one I did was literally about 2 hours before the Buzzcocks show -- used a woven plaid for the sides and some random black tee. Didn't even bother to finish out the hem and the arm holes. But MAN, the difference in how the fit of the shirt LOOKED? Enormous. Princess seams FTW. (And still got my favorite question: "Did you make that?" How much do you love being asked that?)

After I did this second one, I realized another of the cool things about this is that you can use wovens or knits for your side panels -- the "Tractor" tee uses a fairly stretchy knit, as you know cuz you have it! So, really, ANY fabric you've got, what, a half-yard of becomes the perfect detail!

This is going to be my stash-bustin', kickin'-around summer wardrobe staple for 2010, I'm pretty sure.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Vinyl and Recycled Plastic Strapping (!!) Corset on: June 12, 2010 08:00:58 PM
I have to say this is probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen! I want a corset so bad I can't see straight! lol
The plastic strapping is 2 different shades of green and one looks thicker then the other, um why?!
I can, sew but I'm not great at it, so I have to say I'm a bit JEALOUS! lol  Grin
The corset is amazing though!

The strapping I randomly grabbed is of a couple of different materials. While they probably all have the same strength, technically, one of the materials seemed stiffer, more apt to hold the vertical shape. It looks like it might be some sort of heat-bonded plastic composite. It was all just lying around on the floor of the lumber department, so I grabbed a bunch of different pieces to take home and see what would happen.

The beauty is, I got just about infinite footage for zero dollars. In fact, the checker looked at me like a crazy person when I asked if she minded me taking them. Since there will almost certainly be more corsets in my future... Smiley
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My various Psychobilly T recons ~evil shirts rock~ on: June 06, 2010 08:54:59 PM
Very much inspired by the shirts in this thread! I did this a little differently. I cut up the sides and around the sleeves, but kept the shoulder seams and neck in place. Then princessed the hell out of it (using a bodice pattern from another project I'd done). The arm holes are just edged with more of the same leopard knit ($4/yd!). I loved this shirt before, but now, well...!

30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Simplicity 3741: The Skulls-n-Roses Dress on: May 22, 2010 10:10:48 AM
I'm going to have to pick up this pattern.  It turned out beautifully, and it's nice to hear a review about it's fit.  This looks fairly simple too.  I wish I could find that bolero pattern, but when I search for it, all I find are vintage patterns.  Is the pattern you used vintage?

Amazing dress!

It's vintage style, yes -- with a close-bodice dress and very full skirt. Didn't make that dress, just made the bolero. Goes very well with the more simple dress.
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