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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / plastic tape holders on: January 31, 2008 01:59:49 PM
I just started working at a library and we have hundreds of plastic tape holders.  What can I do with them?  If you come up with an awesome idea you want to try on your own I will send you as many as you want or will fit in a flat rate box.  Smiley  PM me.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ouija Board on: October 12, 2007 08:54:22 AM
My boyfriend makes horror movies and the last one he did required a Ouija board. He was just going to use the Parker Bros board, but I said, Hey!  I craft - I'll just make one.  Besides, it was an opportunity to learn woodburning, which was something I was already interested in doing.

Here's the finished product with the planchette:


And another angle:


And a close up:


Thanks for looking!

3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Cheap and awesome Halloween tree (with tut!) on: October 12, 2007 08:32:17 AM
This is my favorite project I've ever made.  I've been crafting for years, but I've really just started being able to create things from scratch or come up with my own ideas (not a pattern!) and run with it.  This project has insipred me to go beyond all that. In short, I really like it!

My camera's broken so these are crappy cell phone pics.

You will need:
About a dozen wire hangers
A wooden base
Black spray paint
Crafter's moss
Artificial leaves
Glue Gun
Staple gun
Any other spooky elements you want to add

The whole:


I started with about a dozen wire hangers.  I wrestled the twisty ends off and straightened them.  You'll notice, if you have a lot of different hangers, there will be some that are very thick and others that bend easily.  I separated one of those that bent easily and gathered the rest together.  About a third a way from the bottom, I began twisting the odd hanger around the others to create a bundle for the trunk.  I then bent the tops to look like branches and the bottoms for roots.  It helps if you kind of stagger the bundle so some branches / roots are longer or shorter than others.

Next, I pulled out my trusty staple gun and stapled the roots to the wooden base.  I trimmed the ends of the roots that stuck out over the edge.  I took some artificial autumn leaves and glue gunned them to the various places on the tree.  It helps to glue them on before so the glue doesn't stand out so much after the finished project.

I took the whole contraption outside, placed it on some newpaper, and sprayed it all with black paint.  I also sprayed the remaining leaves so if any fell off or I thought I need more later I could just add them as I pleased.

I took everything inside and pulled out the moss.  I glue gunned it down so it basically stayed in place, making sure some was over the edge so it didn't all seem neatly placed.  Finally, I glue gunned two ravens to the tree and added some neat Halloween ornaments that I had lying around.  It would look cool without the ornaments though.  Hopefuly I'll have better pictures eventually because these don't show it as nice as it really is.

The branches:


A view from above:


The base:

Let me know what you all think!
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Spooky Plaque on: October 11, 2007 06:34:11 AM
I've just gotten into woodburning, so I took my roommate's pumpkin carving directions and transfered it to a plaque to woodburn.  Then, I stained it three different colors with antiquing stains.

This is what I came up with:

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I want to be Cherry Darling, but I have too many legs! on: September 18, 2007 05:19:08 PM
So, I've decided it would be the coolest things if one of my costumes was Cherry Darling from Planet Terror (Grindhouse) this year.

Here's a pic of her.


So my dilemma is (besides worrying about what I will look like in such skimpy clothing) how do I create a machine gun leg without cutting off my leg and adding a machine gun?  Come on you crafty people - I know you'll come up with my best solution!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stencilling Program on: July 30, 2007 02:03:15 PM
I am going to have a freezer paper stenciling program for a group of teens at the library next month.  I think it will work well, but I'm interested in any suggestions that would make this flow smoothly.  I figure that I'll have several tables around the room with different steps (choosing a stencil, cutting it out of freezer paper, ironing and painting) and tables in the middle for working on things and spreading stuff out.

I've just started doing freezer paper stencils, but I know simple ones can be done quickly and that's what I'm planning on ... and hoping they'll enjoy it and go home to do it on their own!

Thanks!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / First projects on: July 06, 2007 06:38:30 AM
I just started experimenting with stencils and it's so much fun.  It's the kind of instant gratification crafting that I love - so different from knitting.  Anyway, I showed my roomie how to freezer paper stencil last night and here are our results.

Most of the stencils are from Stencilry.


Amelie shirt made by moi.


It's my 13-yr-old cousin's bday this week so I thought I'd make her a shirt. 


My roomie's first project.  It's the white tree of Gondor.  She just found a picture and traced.


This is the first stencil I made on my own.  Of course, it's really basic but I like it.  It's for my bf for his bday next week.  The picture's kind of crappy because this one was taken with my camera phone.  Here's a closeup:


The "Restricted" is just a little crooked.  I think it works though. 

Tell me what you think!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tree Swap on: April 22, 2007 11:27:16 AM
What do you think of a tree-themed swap?  I was out walking in the woods last night and I remembered how peaceful and beautiful trees are.  Wouldn't it be nice to carry them around everywhere?  Crafts could feature pictures of trees or use materials from trees or be for trees (such as ornaments or hanging windchimes...).  There are a lot of options there.  I'm in two swaps now and want to do one other one that will be starting soon, but I'd be willing to try my hand at organizing mid to late May if people are interested.
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Color Etching on: April 21, 2007 10:08:44 AM
I searched about and couldn't find anything on this so I was wondering if you good folk could help me out.

I am etching some glasses and I'd love to add some color.  Is it even possible to add color to etching?  If so, would you paint the image after it dries or add color to the etching cream itself?  I want it to be ver subtle, but just give it a little more energy.

Thanks!
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Painting on Windows on: November 20, 2006 11:27:14 AM
I'm a teen services associate at a public library and my supervisor just showed me this: http://flickr.com/photos/davidking/247964637/

He wants to do something like this in our library.  Now, I am a knitter and not so good on the drawing and painting so I have a few questions for you glass crafters.

1. What sort of paint would work best on glass like this?  It will probably be up awhile so anything that's not going to crack and fade very much over time would be plus.

2. How would you make this display better?

3. I don't want to copy them exactly.  Is there anything cooler than polka dots?

Thanks so much!
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