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11  Retro-style flower hat from a trash can lid (photo heavy) in CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES by volcano on: April 01, 2008 10:51:44 AM


Here are my materials:

I had some really fugly floral garlands, a weird little styrofoam wreath, a cloth napkin, and a plastic trash can.

Proof of dollar-ness


The main frame of the hat was the swiveling lid of the trash can


I forgot to take photos of the process of making my little frankenhat.  Anyway, I deconstructed the garlands and sewed the flowers and some leaves onto the napkin, then glued on bits of the wreath on.  I trimmed the lid a little, then sewed the napkin around it.  I added a scrap of tulle for the veil, which was not from the dollar store but was probably worth about 20 cents. 

Finished hat:


Close-up (These damn flowers kept shedding little purple threads, which are now stuck all over my couch)


And now for the action shots:
From above


Veil down:


Veil up, troubled by the discovery that I am indeed mad:


Thanks for looking!
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12  Adult-y t-shirt recon in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by volcano on: March 27, 2008 10:09:34 PM
My friend just gave me this bitchin' shirt which is huge and also makes my hips look frighteningly broad (granted, the pants I'm wearing don't help much either.  Also, my giant hips.)


I want to do some surgery.  I've been looking through a lot recons others have done and they're awesome, but I feel like I'm getting too old for some of the popular methods.  I'm generally pretty basic in my clothing - I don't really do ruffles, lace, etc.  Any suggestions?
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13  I could steer the Great Salt Lake - Utah Saltair bracelet in CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES by volcano on: March 05, 2008 07:00:09 PM
Reppin' Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Salt Lake was once home to an ill-fated leisure resort called the Great Saltair, built in 1893.  Originally designed as a seaside-style resort, it had swimming, rides, roller skating, and dances.  The resort burned several times, floundered during the war, and was eventually abandoned.  It has since been remade as a concert venue, but it has never recaptured its former glory.  I adore the Moorish architecture and driving by it always makes me think retro glamorous thoughts.  More recently, for some reason, it makes me think of that episode of "Torchwood"  when the Jack Harknesses meet.  And make out.  And that makes me happy.





The train


The Giant Racer


The famous "Try To Sink" buoy


The main building / now concert hall







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14  Postage Stamp Side Table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by volcano on: March 05, 2008 12:37:02 PM
Yeah, I know there have probably already been a million decoupaged postage stamp tables, so here's another one for the heap.  I am pretty pleased with how it came out and I finally made a decent dent in my giant envelope of stamps I bought some years ago and forgot about.  The original table was part of an Ikea  nesting set.  The biggest table is currently being used to hold up my bird's cage, I usually sit on the middle one, so I figured the little one could use a shot in the arm. 





Some stamps:





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15  Re: Vintage 'dos and make-up (Come share your secrets!) in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by volcano on: October 19, 2007 10:30:50 PM
Okay, I'm trying to get a retro-esque, pinup girl type hairstyle for an event, but my hair holds virtually no curl.  I can let it set for days or slather it in product, but it's always back to straight in about 45 minutes.  So I worked up this  twisty updo deal.  What do y'all think?

From the top


Profile


Other side


Back
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16  Leather wrap bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by volcano on: September 18, 2007 01:15:42 PM
I've been playing around with leather lacing and made these based on a ridiculously expensive bracelet I saw:

Plain silver and black:



Millifiori cubes and black:



Black and white:


Autumn colors and gold leaves on brown:


Each bracelet is three strands about 40 inches long wrapped continuously around the wrist. 
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17  Re: Floating plexi photo pendants - new pendants on p.4 in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by volcano on: September 18, 2007 01:08:38 PM
More swimmers:





More French postcards:









And a zeppelin:

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18  Floating plexi photo pendants - new pendants on p.4 in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by volcano on: September 12, 2007 02:11:24 PM
I want to learn how to do resin, but my tiny apartment makes it near impossible.  So I've been experimenting with sandwiching photos between pieces of plexiglass.  More labor intensive, I think, but essentially fume-free.  I'm still working on perfecting the process (I'm still getting a few bubbles here and there).  Anyway, here are a couple of the pendants I've made:

Retro swimsuit girls


A pair of French postcard nudes


Robot on a chunky chain


Robot on a neckwire (for those times when robot on a chain isn't quite dressy enough)


Coffee and cigarettes
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19  Le Voyage Dans La Lune bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by volcano on: September 09, 2007 09:45:06 PM
I'm having a short love affair with all things retro futuristic, which the past couple days has very much involved the absolutely gorgeous French sci-fi film, A Trip To The Moon. 

I printed off some stills from the movie, glued them on to some neat silvery glass beads I found, and sealed them with acrylic.  Each image is on both sides of the bead.  Anyway, enjoy.  Comments are always appreciated.

The whole bracelet


The face of the moon


The scientists debark from the shell


Phoebe appears


Sweet action shot, featuring my fierce hitchhiker's thumb
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20  Sugared flower birthday cake in Dessert by volcano on: August 13, 2007 01:27:20 PM
I got put in charge of the cake for my mom and my uncle's wife's birthday party.  I was feeling bored and had the crafty itch, but my family is very dedicated to the chocolate birthday cake in its pure form, so I couldn't make any changes to the cake itself.  (The last person who messed with a birthday dessert was promptly divorced from the family... although I would guess the cake was not the actual reason for the divorce.)  Anyway, I made it a little wreath out of sugared mums.  They're sitting on a ring of freezer paper and glued on with frosting.  Supposedly, you can eat mums but they don't have a sweet taste like a pansy or a violet, so I wanted to keep them separate from the cake.  

The cake


The flowers



Sorry about the bad pics.  My camera battery was about to die and I'm not in the mood to fight with it.  
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