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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 17 ENTRIES / Time flies when you are getting crafty on: February 27, 2007 03:23:31 PM
*First off, parden the fuzziness of the pictures.  I need a new camera, as this one no longer wants to do close up shots*

I originally wanted to try some kind of water clock.  But the simplest versions weren't pretty and the prettier versions required math and...well.  As I was researching into the wee hours, I thought "My how time flies".  Then it hit me!  A time fly!

How about a small clock that can sit on a desk or a shelf?  So out came the air-drying modelling clay and a watch whose band had broken.  Some wire and crochet thread to make half pineapple wings, and this little guy was ready to air dry and wait for paint.

www3.sympatico.ca/ridsdale/FlyWaitPaint.JPG

After an overnight rest, he was sealed with acrylic sealer and painted using various acrylic paints.  His legs and probiscis are jewelry findings.  He is able to stand on his legs, but that air drying clay is not as strong as I thought and I am afraid to break him.  A front view:



A top view:

http://www3.sympatico.ca/ridsdale/TimeFly2.JPG

A side view:

http://www3.sympatico.ca/ridsdale/TimeFly3.JPG

Like all flies he has a short lifespan, as I did not leave access to the battery compartment.  Nor can the time be changed, as the stem is also not accessible.  Which is annoying.  Kind of like a real fly!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Cupcake carnage on: November 20, 2006 09:47:24 AM
I found the best way to make those, was one at a time in the MICROWAVE.  They take less than 30 seconds each.  Figure out your time from the first one.

Place a tablespoon or two of batter in a flat bottomed cone.  Place it in the dead center of your turntable.  Microwave on high, watch, as soon as the batter rises to the top it is done.  It may look a little wet on top, it will finish cooking as it stands.  Keep note of the time, as microwaves vary.  Now repeat with the remaining batter and cones.

They are not rounded over the top of the cone, if the recipe picture looked like that they are faking and it is all icing.  Or else they topped the cone with a regular cupcake and iced that.

The only caveat, is don't use a batter that has "bits" in it because they don't have time to soften properly.  Cherry chip and "sparkle" are out.

After ours were cool, I made them look like soft serve cones by piping a mound of whipped cream on top, but make sure to serve right away because the cream is not stable and will de-poof and melt.  If you don't mind the kids eating a glob of frosting, use frosting instead LOL.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Not all baby hats can be successes... on: October 05, 2006 11:30:33 AM
The look on that baby's face literally made me spit tea on the keyboard LOL.  It just may be the most adorable baby hat I have seen, even if it is sort of cruel at the same time Wink.

Love it.
4  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Windsor craftsters? on: August 11, 2006 04:34:13 PM
What area of Windsor are you in?

I have a female black pug, who is good with other dogs but sometimes she just ignores them the first frew times she meets them LOL.

I craft, but lately mostly knitting type stuff.
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