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51  Science and Crochet in Crochet: Completed Projects by dizzydragonfly on: February 12, 2006 11:21:02 AM
It has been ages since I crocheted...but I saw this in Discover magazine and had to share! If someone else has already posted this, my apologies.

A professor from Cornell University created models of Hyperbolic planes in space (I haven't finished the article yet so don't ask me what this means!) by making crocheted examples. This was excited both my nerdy and crafty side...love them!

The Institute for Figuring has the examples on their website (http://www.theiff.org/oexhibits/05b.html)

Here's one from the site...
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52  Re: My no-sew ipod sock...from my sock! in Completed Projects by dizzydragonfly on: February 10, 2006 09:52:24 AM
I really appreciate your comments! It encouraged me to make a few more.

Here they are!




As a follow up...I may add them to my list of things I want to sell... Is $5 reasonable?  Huh

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53  My no-sew ipod sock...from my sock! in Completed Projects by dizzydragonfly on: February 09, 2006 12:43:02 PM
Some lovely Craftster did something similar to this...kudos for inspiring me!

I, however, do not have a sewing machine and really wanted to craft myself some cool ipod socks from my lonely dress socks. I always get so sad that I loose one in the laundry that I can't bear to toss the other. I just knew I would find something to do with them some day. Heck, once one even returned after several months!

So here is my ipod sock...





All I did was cut the sock above the heel, dig out my heat fuse tape, warm up the iron and viola!

Isn't it snazzy!  Wink
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54  Plain Jane hat, now with flair! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by dizzydragonfly on: February 04, 2006 08:53:40 PM
I had this nice (not hand-made) hat that was too dull to wear...so I dressed it up a bit since a cold spell is coming this week and a hat might be needed!

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55  It's not a glass marble magnet...it's a necklace!!! (Updated!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by dizzydragonfly on: February 03, 2006 02:54:39 PM
I was watching "That's Clever" on HGTV and loved the glass marble pendant they made and had to try it for myself!

Update...Here is the HGTV Tute...http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_accessories_jewelry/article/0,1789,HGTV_3225_4113751,00.html


Wearing it...




A close-up...





Now that I have done this one, I want to make more! I know the magnets are so addicting, this might be too.

What do you think?!?
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56  Re: Crafty Wedding in August, Need a Bit of Help with Invitations and paper stuff!! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dizzydragonfly on: January 22, 2006 03:09:10 PM
I would be glad to share!

This was my pocket fold...there are 3 views in this pic (the closed invite, a zoom of the center card and open to show full inside.



I put a very thin line of glue on each of the pocket and there was room for the RSVP post card and a thin card with travel info. Depending on what you want to put in the pocket this may be enough or you can use tabs on the pocket to make it deeper. (You can see it in the drawing below)

My invitation folded to a square that was 5x5". This meant that I cut a piece of card stock 5" x 17.5" I made folds in the card stock so that there were three 5" squares and one 2.5" side be side in that order (like the drawing).

I folded the 2.5" piece in, glued the two edges and that was the pocket. The same thing would happen with tabs only you fold them in, apply glue to the tabs and attach to form pocket.



I hope this makes sense!!!  Smiley
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57  Some of my art for your viewing pleasure in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by dizzydragonfly on: January 13, 2006 02:10:01 PM
So I thought I might share some of my work...it is not the most recent, but some of my best (IMHO) until recently. I hope to get my more recent paintings online soon but for now...

This is one of my Daphnae (tree goddess) paintings...


This is one of my B&W photos...


You can see more here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/82123338@N00/


Thanks for looking!
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58  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by dizzydragonfly on: January 13, 2006 01:34:53 PM
If I was not too chicken (I really want a tattoo...can't quite resolve the fear factor yet) I would want to alter this image I found to make it more me...



I did a series of art pieces based on the concept of the Greek myth of Daphne (who turns into a laurel tree to escape the unwanted advances of Apollo) plus I am fascinated by the tree goddess that appears in so many different cultures- each with her own unique story. There is also the gospel song "We shall not, we shall not be moved. Just like the tree standing by the water. We shall not be moved) that was covered by the Grateful Dead that is pretty awesome.
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59  Re: Duct Tape Ipod Cozy in Completed Projects by dizzydragonfly on: January 08, 2006 12:34:09 PM
Ok...here's the tutorial!!!

I created a paper template first so I wouldn't duck tape my ipod to death. I also used this paper template for measurements. I have a 3rd gen Ipod (15g) since sizes vary it should be easy to adapt this to any ipod (I hope).


1. I overlapped pieces of duck tape until I had a  rectangle that measured approx. 7.5" x 6" which is enough to wrap around the ipod plus enough to overlap and trim off.

2. With the duck tape rectangle facing sticky-side up, fold over the top 1/4" edge to make an even 1/8" edge across the top.

3. Find a thin, soft material to use as a liner that will protect the ipod. I used a Swiffer dust cloth (trimmed down to size), but I also contemplated sacrificing my eye glasses cleaning cloth. I am not sure how other fabrics might adhere to the duck tape- but the Swiffer cloth works like a charm...soft on the ipod and fiberous enough to stick well to the duck tape. Whatever you use carefully place the cloth on the duck tape with the fabric touching the top edge that you folded over in the previous step.

Tip: When laying down the fabric on the duck tape it helps to roll up the fabric with the top edge loose. Alighn the edge of the fabric and then roll the remaining down the duck tape (pressing in place as you go). I found this out after a very unsuccessful first attmept. Once the duck tape touched the Swiffer cloth it did not want to let go at all!!!

4. With the cloth attached to the duck tape I trimmed off the excess tape on all edges. This gives you a completely non-stcky way of figuring out how to best wrap your duck tape around the ipod. You can also cut it to a perfect rectangle- how precise you are depends on how anal you are....I'm anal!!! (Figure A)

5. I wrapped this trimmed piece of duck tape/swiffer around my ipod and clipped each end with clothes pins to hold it place. Using a single piece of duck tape I taped the end  so it formed a tube-like shape. I also trimmed the tape so it folded over the top edge and matched up...again, I'm anal! (Figure B)

6. Slide the ipod into the tube to make sure it fits! Careful though...I almost dropped my ipod - it slid right through the tube b/c the swiffer cloth is slippery!!! If it doesn't fit you may want to re-do what you did in the previous step- I did until the ipod was snug.

7. Using scissors make a cut one each corner at the bottom of the tube- make sure you are at the bottom so you do not ruin your nice top edge!!! I did this with the ipod in the tube so I was sure that I cut far enough. (Figure C)

8. You should now have 4 tabs- 2 narrow end tabs and 2 longer side tabs. Fold in one of the long side tabs first, then the 2 narrow end tabs and then the last long side tab. (Figure D)

9. To seal the bottom closed I used one piece of suck tape that had about 1/2" of overhang on each side. I somehow was able to make a hospital corner (like when you make a bed) out of the duck tape on each of the four corners. This must have been devine intervention because I can not figure out how I did it with paper!

10. For the pocket I created a smaller rectangle like I did in steps 1-4. I cut this piece down so that it only wrapped around the front and 2 sides. I then used a couple of peices of duck tape to attach the pocket by wrapping the tape all the way around my pocket piece to the back. I used enough so the piece was entirely covered.

Tip: My pocket is too tight to actually use. When attaching your pocket make sure you some how make it loose enough to put your head phones in or whatever!


http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/50350tutorial_fig.jpg

Viola! That is it...I am sure there are ways to improve this and make it your own. I would love to see what people can do to make it their own!!!
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60  Duct Tape Ipod Cozy in Completed Projects by dizzydragonfly on: January 08, 2006 11:23:30 AM
Hi there!

I just found Craftster and I feel like I have been reborn!!! After lurking for a few days I was inspired to pick up my roll of rarely used duck tape and make myself a new ipod cozy.

Since I have never attempted duck tape wallets (my Mom is a wiz at them) so it took a small feat of engineering to make this cozy complete with pocket and soft liner. I would love thoughts & comments. I really want some new colors to take this even further.

Let me know what you think!!!

Outside...

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/50350ipod2.jpg

Inside...

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/50350ipod1.jpg
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