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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / tobias fnke action figure on: January 14, 2007 03:01:52 AM
my boyfriend and i are david cross/arrested development fanatics.  after reading a discussion here about reconstructing ken dolls, i decided to give it a go and made a tobias fnke doll:

he's in his standard never-nude denim shorts, and is equipped with a framed photo of carl weathers.

it was really hard to remove the doll's hair in a horseshoe balding pattern style.  there was a row of hairs across his forehead that was impossible to remove, so we're pretending it's a reference to the hair plugs episode...
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / alex gray clock on: October 23, 2006 10:33:54 PM
my boyfriend loves the artist alex gray.  (seriously, he hitchhiked to nyc in june just to go to his gallery- the 3 year anniversary of the gallery was on his birthday- june 3.)

soooo...yeah, i made him an alex gray clock in celebration of our one-year anniversary.

the hands aren't totally dead-center, which kinda bugs me, but it was a fun little project.

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / pac-man studs! on: September 23, 2006 09:38:55 PM
i made some sweet lil pac-man earrings with super sculpey...

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / bubbly enameled dish on: September 14, 2006 02:17:51 PM
i tried metal enameling recently and came up with this fun little dish.  it wouldn't be a good thing to serve food on, so it's purely decorative, but i think it came out pretty cute:

the concave side:

the back:
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / fun soap mold! on: September 14, 2006 02:11:30 PM
my boyfriend recently bought a jesus nightlight, and his plastic packaging was a perfect soap mold!
it's a bit more flimpsy than most glycerin molds, so it has started to look a bit wonky over time.  but we found the nightlight at the dollar store, so i might get another just for the mold.

you can see jesus on the right; he smells like cinnamon.
just thought i would share this fun lil tip with all you soapmakin' ladies.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / sapporo earrings on: September 11, 2006 06:47:16 PM

i work at a sushi bar, so we have a hefty stash of sapporo keychains.  they were possibly the easiest earrings i've ever made.  i removed the keyring part, threaded some jewelry wire through, and attached earring hooks.

best of all, they can open bottles!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / solar system ring on: September 11, 2006 06:33:08 PM

pardon the bad cell phone pic...this was my first venture into lost wax casting.

the ring is made of sterling silver.  it's rather bulky, and kind of dangerous (think brass knuckles), but it's pretty fun and a great conversation piece.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / butterfly trinket box on: September 11, 2006 06:25:30 PM

i made this little box out of copper.  i used a scribe to trace my design of the top and bottom onto a piece of sheet copper, then i cut out the shape twice with a jewelry saw.

after that, i cut out a strip of 2 inch copper and used a hammer to form it into the same shape as the top.  then i soldered the ends together and soldered the sides to the bottom.

for the next step, i soldered a few 2 cm tabs on the underside of the lid, so that the lid would stay in place.

the last step was the most fun:  i bent a small piece of copper to make the handle/body and soldered it to the top, then i soldered a couple of pieces of brass wire for the antennae.  i used a few different stamps and a hammer to print a design around the sides of the box.  finally, i used a sandblaster to create the little oval shapes on the lid, and polished the box up with a buffing machine.


9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / paper mache lucky cat! on: September 08, 2006 04:16:21 PM
i have a bit of a lucky cat fetish, so i made one for myself out of paper mache!  

(sorry about the poor quality cell phone pics...)




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