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61  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Future and polymer clay jewelry? on: December 28, 2007 05:13:17 PM
I really hope this hasn't been asked... I tried searching, and didn't get any clear answers.

I have been using the same sealer on my pendants for a while, now... and I always end up with brush strokes. It's quite thick, too... making it difficult to apply.

I discovered the Future floor stuff yesterday. I applied it to some of my practice pendants, and I love how it looks. It was so much easier to apply. But, I read that it can be removed with water.... so I'm sort of hesistant to use it on the items I will be selling. I doubt that somebody would soke their pendant in water overnight... but I'm still slightly worried.

So would it be ok to use Future on my pendants? Would the Flecto Varathane be better? I also paint some of mine with acrylic paint. Would Future protect and seal that?

I really hope somebody can help me out with this. I'm so unsure about what the best sealant would be for my poly clay pendants.
62  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A super cute cat-like thing made out of felt! on: December 26, 2007 06:23:42 PM
So around 9 PM on Christmas Eve, I decided that I needed to make my 17 y/o neice something. I thought about pulling out the polymer clay, but I remembered that I had gotten some printed felt when I was in Alabama at Hobby Lobby. So... I decided on a stuffed animal. After an hour or two, I ended up with this.



It's only my third felt animal thing ... haha. She liked it. Smiley
63  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Painted hi-tops for my 7 y/o neice on: December 26, 2007 04:48:37 PM
Last year I painted my neice two pairs of cheap Wal-Mart slip on shoes for Christmas. She wore both pairs out. They were the only things she'd wear. So when I asked her what she wanted for Christmas, she told me she wanted some more shoes.

I couldn't find any cheap slip-on shoes this year, and I wasn't forking out the money for actual Vans because I don't trust my painting skills enough. Wal-Mart did have some cute Converse-like hi-top shoes for $6.00, so I figured they'd work.

After a couple of hours, I ended up with these.

I painted a cupcake and an ice cream cone on the outsides of the shoes.







And I painted donuts and a lollipop on the insides.







I also added the white polka dots.

I was pretty proud of them. :-)
64  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old crappy dresser into piano key awesomeness! :) on: November 23, 2007 09:57:44 PM
My Mom and I went thrift store shopping about a year ago and I came across this old dresser. It was a complete mess... had tons of coats of paint on it, which were peeling off. There were chunks out of the wood. The drawers were screwed up. The top was un-fixable. BUT... it had a great shape. It was also completely made out of wood. That sucker was heavy. So I had to have it.

It sat in the garage for a long time because I was too lazy to begin working on it because I knew it needed a lot of work. A few months ago, I finally decided to get busy and re-finish the sucker.

I took off the top and back, sanded all of the old paint off, filled in the holes with wood putty. I primed the entire thing. (and... being me, I HAD to paint the inside, too. I couldn't use it knowing the inside wasn't all pretty, too) I decided to go with a bright turquoise paint because I wanted something different and bright. My walls are dark brown, so I knew it'd go nicely. Then, the brilliant idea hit me. I wanted to add piano key detail to the sides. Mom sort of helped with that idea... she suggested tiling the sides. But that was too much work for me, haha.

I used slabs of wood, cut them to size, and painted them white and black. I attached them with wood glue and staples (well... my Dad did the stapling, I'm clumsy and probably would have stapled myself to the darn thing. I (more like my Dad) added the new top... new drawer tracks and knobs. No... wait. I did the knobs! I mean... I couldn't hurt myself putting the knobs on, right?

Pictures. Smiley


The best part... the sides!:







The front:



I love it. Smiley And it's unique, too... which I like. What do you guys think? It's my first furniture re-con.
65  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A pink robot purse! on: November 07, 2007 12:10:18 AM
I haven't made a purse in quite a while... but I was in a sewing mood after making my halloween costume, so I went fabric shopping. Yay! I decided to make one for myself first. (I know... I'm so sellfish.  Sad )

I found this awesome black & white striped canvas for $3.99 a yard... and it's double wide, so it's more like two yards. AND THEN... it had a half a yard left, and they gave it to me for free. SCORE!

I love robots. I don't know why. They're cute... and.. robot-y. And I like pink. So I figured I'd make me a cute pink robot to attach to the front. She's made with vinyl. And also.. I added some felt hearts.... because hearts are easy and they make everything better. And buttons... because buttons are awesome.

I ended up with this.



I lined it with black and pink polka dot fabric, and I made a little pocket with musical note fabric. As you can see, my inhaler fits perfectly in the pocket. (Or... sort of see, anyway)



And a close up of the robot. She looks sad... poor robot girl.  Sad



I really should end my robot obsession. It's getting sad. I even bought a t-shirt which is THREE sizes too small because it had robots all over it. That'll be my next project....
66  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Cupcakes, lollipops.... and a strange head? on: November 06, 2007 11:46:40 PM
I've been browsing the boards and I always see the cutest little polymer clay cupcakes. I had a bunch (and I mean a BUNCH) of clay scraps... so I decided to put them to use.

These are my first charms like this. I'm pretty proud with how they turned out... although I'm a little bothered with how I can see my fingerprints in a few of them.. haha. Oh well. If I ever go missing or something, they can get my fingerprints off of these babies.  Tongue

And I made the lollipops out of clay that I already had mixed together. I had no idea what to do with it... until now.  Grin









I really like these two:






Oh... and ignore the creepy head in the first picture. My sister makes clay dolls... and I've been wanting to try it... so I tried making a head. It looks sorta funky... but it was my first try, give me a break. Haha.
67  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A Yoshi costume! Mario & Luigi, too! on: October 30, 2007 07:29:04 PM
Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. I have 6 neices and nephews, and I love going around with them while they trick-or-treat. I like going with group costumes... because it's more fun that way. For example, 5 years ago we all went as characters from Spongebob.


I wanted my older two nephews and I to go as a group. I thought about a pencil, pen, and paper at first. Then possibly Pac-Man and the ghosts. Then my oldest nephew suggested we go as "the people from mario."

GENIUS! I decided that my nephews would be Mario and Luigi... and I... I would be YOSHI!

The Mario and Luigi costumes were easy. Over-alls, red and green shirts. After a few trips to the thrift store and K-Mart, they had their costumes. I used white felt for the letters on the hats.

I knew I had to make mine. I thought about using a hoodie and sweats... but after searching all over the place for either some bright green sweats, or some white ones which I could dye... I found nothing. It's quite difficult to find stuff when you're "fluffy". Boo.  Sad

I finally found some bright green scrubs! I picked up a shirt and two pairs of pants. I cut off the bottoms of the legs on one pair of pants and added some elastic. I used the other pair of pants for my tail and for the hood. I used red felt for the spikes, which I should have added some cardboard to because they flop over... but oh well. I hand-stitched white felt to the front. I added some white tights, white gloves, and red socks... and Yoshi was born.

Took me a few days to finish my costume, but I'm very proud of it. It was my first semi-big sewing project.

My nephews and I. They'll be wearing mustaches tomorrow night.



Without the hood



Nephews.



The back of my costume (with the spikes all flopped on their sides... ugh).



Action shot!




68  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My super cool heart pendants on: October 17, 2007 07:28:07 PM
Hi guys! I haven't posted on Craftster in a long time, but I've been lurking for quite a while.  Grin

So I wasn't sure where to put this. I was torn between the art section because I painted some of them or the jewelry section because they're jewelry.

But I thought that since I spent hours at the table kneeding clay and baking, that they belonged here. I hope I was right, haha.

I starting making polymer clay heart pendants several months ago when I wanted a Piano-themed necklace and I couldn't find one anywhere. I came up with the idea of a piano heart. I had a myspace friend make me one, but before it even arrived, I tried making some of my own. I made simple white hearts and painted the keys on them... but eventually I ended up making this one completely out of clay, which I absolutely LOVE and wear all the time.



So yeah... from then on I've gone polymer clay heart crazy, haha. This past week I've been having a creative spell (or something like that) and have been getting loads of ideas. I now present to you a weeks worth of polymer clay heart madness.



A close-up of my Dino Love and Rocketship pendants. I dropped the Dino one earlier and nearly had a heart attack, but thankfully, it didn't get hurt.  Smiley



My Jack Skellington pendant.


A close-up of my dessert pendants.



My Bomb pendant. I don't know how I came up with the idea for this... it just sort of started out with me painting a pink circle. I think it turned out kind of cool.



I also made two Pac-Man ghosts and two Nintendo controllers. I hand-painted images on a majority of them, and I'm quite proud of how they turned out since I've never really attempted to paint anything before. They are all sealed with a glossy finish. I'll be adding chains sometime this week.

EDIT!!
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I made most of them into necklaces. The pictures aren't that great, and the collage kind of sucks because I had to use MS Paint, haha. But yeah. So here you go.









69  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Fabric paint pens on shoes? on: June 03, 2006 12:22:23 AM
Ok, so I've been making a lot of these 'Robot Love' shoes recently. I used sharpies , but the only problem is that they tend to bleed so I'm not ending up with the results I want. (I ruined a brand new pair of shoes today) I was wondering if you can use those paint pens for fabric on shoes? The shoes will be worn a lot and I'm worried about the paint cracking where the shoes bend when walked in. Does anyone know? I really wish I could stop the sharpies from bleeding... but sadly, I am not a magician. :-(
70  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Plastic pistol & skull charms on: May 25, 2006 01:42:53 PM
I have been buying those plastic gun charms off of Ebay in lots but I was wondering if anyone knew where I could buy them in bulk. I did a search to see if anyone has asked before, and several people have but no one could tell them where to get them other than Ebay. I make so many things with those charms and sometimes getting them on Ebay can get pretty pricey. Also, does anyone know where I can get those plastic skull & crossbones charms in bulk? Those people on Ebay have to be getting them from somewhere, haha. I've searched on google a million times and I've found nothing. Can someone please help me? I would greatly appreciate it. :-)
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