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181  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Mold making, what to use? on: February 06, 2008 06:56:34 PM
I want to cast a mold of small doll faces so that I can use them to make sculpy faces. I'll be using a piece of metal jewelry, a metal door knocker, a small plastic doll and possibly some ceramic dolls.

If I press a lump of sculpy onto these things to make the imprint will I be able to use the baked sculpy mold to make sculpy reproductions? Will the soft clay just stick to the baked clay? Should I paint it with a varnish of some sort to make it less sticky?

Is there something else i should be using for this idea instead of clay?

Thanks so much!
182  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My latest little horror. on: February 06, 2008 01:17:56 PM
I made this for gatheredthread's bf after she sent me something awesome.
Here's the bunny zombie hoo yah!

The guts are a length of hand spun yarn, they pull out and can be stuffed back in.

Ears wired for posability.

First time making a face out of polymer clay, turned out ok.
183  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Oops, i don't know how long it's been in that oven for! on: February 01, 2008 11:30:44 AM
How long is too long? What happens if I over bake it? How can I tell that if I did?

Thanks a bunch!!
184  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Owl note paper in fabric covered box. on: January 31, 2008 05:26:52 PM

185  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Slightly creepy but kinda cute owl with mouse in claw. on: January 31, 2008 07:21:33 AM
I made this for an owl swap, it was originally supposed to be a pin cushion but it's a bit big for that I think.

Wings are fussy cut for a feather pattern.

Fussy cut batik so the back part looks like a tail, there are swirls in each ear, and the front bit looks like belly and beak.

I could have gotten a closer picture of the wee mousey. His body is one of those strawberries from the classic tomato & strawberry pincushion combo. It's filled with this stuff that sharpens pins, emery sand.
186  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Many Owls! on: January 31, 2008 06:57:19 AM
From owl images found online, drawings, stuffies and jewelry. Each patch took about 2 hours (darn blanket stitch!) and the journal cover, well, that one took forever but I love it.

I used this tutorial to get perfect circles when I pressed the edges of the patches under.
187  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cannibalized old boots to make an Owly keychain! on: January 31, 2008 06:48:02 AM
I snagged these ugly boots from the thrift store for about $2 and hacked them up.

I made the eye and beak imprints by hammering the ends of stuff I found in the tool box into the leather.
188  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Owly crochet hook roll. on: January 31, 2008 06:25:24 AM
I suppose this might go here, it is a fabricy wallet of sorts.

I made this for the owl swap, it's the first time I've made a crochet hook /knitting needle holder. I notice that most of them are flat but I wanted to give the pockets a bit of poof to fit more than one hook or some of the bigger ones and still be able to fold up right . I think it turned out ok. I didn't use a pattern (I never do, so lazy Roll Eyes).

With a flap to keep hooks from escaping


189  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted owl wallhanging. on: January 30, 2008 10:42:59 PM
The marvelous gatheredthreads totally inspired me with her Roman Wall quilted wallhanging here:

She was so incredibly helpful with information on how to do it myself and even did me the huge favour of printing an image onto fabric for me (for which I can't thank her enough and am sending her something nifty!).
I added a border of funky batik fabric that I had in my stash, did some machine and hand embroidery (the eye highlights are beads) and sewed leaf buttons carved from coconut to the bottom. I'm really very pleased with the results, I think it turned out pretty good.

Fairly plain so far


Close up

190  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / fat quarters, charm packs, what does it all mean? on: January 29, 2008 07:01:31 AM
I would like to do something like this
Hancocks fabrics has an auto ship 4x's/year of charm pack squares but very little info on how many squares, how big they are etc. Is it worth it to purchase the fabric this way?

Thanks so much for your advice!
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