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301  Floral tote - my first acetate stencil and a few lessons learned in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: September 06, 2009 11:07:27 AM
So I started out earlier this summer making a stencilled Ozzy apron very simply with cardstock, and I have moved on to freezer paper stencils since (not posting here because some of it is for a swap I am in and want to keep them a surprise).  I decided I would try to make something that was reusable, and made some stencils from acetate/transparency film.  This is my first attempt using them.  Lessons learned - when one has a can of stencil glue for more than a few years, the nozzle may be a bit gunky.  There is a reason the instructions say to blot some of the glue before applying it to the surface.  Also, read instructions on how to clean the stencil and make sure to have cleaning agent on hand before using said stencil.  Hopefully I can salvage the stencil after I get some baby oil to clean it :C

Anyways, the adhesive came out a bit gloppy and the adhesion was not great in some spots so I had some bleeding, but overall, not bad for my first try.  I will do another with a freezer paper stencil and see how I like it.  I am pleased with how the colours blended for the flower - hard to see, but the white centre is actually a pearlized paint, so there is subtle glitter.

I will be doing a variety of designs for bags for Christmas, now that they have banned free plastic bags for shopping in our city.

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302  Re: Random Swap Round 2 - Signups 08/30/09 - 09/13/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: September 05, 2009 06:34:03 PM
Here's another little random bit of trivia.  Seeing as how the send out date is November 1st, everyone should know that is also Hello Kitty's official birthday.  Also, for that matter, my DH's birthday.  The fact that the two are one and the same drives him nuts.

I think I may make a Hello Kitty cake for him this year....

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303  Re: Random Swap Round 2 - Signups 08/30/09 - 09/13/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: September 05, 2009 08:06:27 AM
It's not quite pancakes on the head, but here is a pic I took of my dog Ginger, when I thought that half the beaded ornament I had been working on looked like a crown.

Here she is.... Princess Gingerella!!!!

I tried to crown Toby too, but he wouldn't have any of that nonsense!
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304  Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: August 31, 2009 01:38:47 PM
I don;t remember how to post pictures!  Can anyone help?

Upload the pics to your computer, then upload to either the Crafter photo hosting, or to whatever other photo hosting site you use (I tend to use my photobucket account).  Then copy the link, highlight it, and press the button on the second row, far left - the one with the little picture.  Just copy and paste the link that has this code (I know that Photobucket has that option, but not sure about the other sites [img ]  (link address for pic)  [ /img]
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305  Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: August 27, 2009 10:25:17 AM
OK, here are pics from the package I got from Sarahbug.  Lots of pics......

First off, the necklace and earring set she made me.  I really like this - it's various beads wrapped on wire.  Unusual, eclectic, and quite delicate looking.  I may steal this idea Cheesy  So very pretty!  A great way to use odd or small amounts of beads that would not be enough to make a bigger project too. 

And my soup:

Lots of really neat little bits and bobs in there caught my eye right away:

I love that little leather birdy - I saw part of that sticking out of the soup and wondered what the hect that was.  He's adorable!  Love the little metal filigree pieces, and that cute little Buddha.  The paint embellished glass beads are really pretty too.

Am loving the little charms, and other goodies.  LOVE that big silver floral pendent, and the copper leaf/flower, and those cute cafe charms too!

Thank you so much sarahbug, and to jennieingram for organizing this swap.  It was a nice, quick, fun one to make and receive for.  My only regret was that I limited myself to one partner.  Now I really wish I signed up for two!
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306  A super quicky etched project - owl votives in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: August 21, 2009 04:04:22 AM
Usually I wait for the paint to dry fully in case I want to cut away or make any adjustments, and to make sure that it has adhered fully to the glass.  This time I waited only until it was touch dry.  Just because I was impatient.  What I SHOULD have done was make sure the taped sides adhered fully before applying the compound, otherwise, I am pleased with it.  I thought the owls look cute.

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307  mini beaded irises in Beads: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: August 21, 2009 03:57:39 AM
I was fiddling around with these recently, just for the sake of making them.  I haven't fully decided what I am going to do with them yet.  If I get ambitious, it would be neat to make a picture of irises in flat peyote and have a few of these sticking out for some dimension.  Especially as a good friend of mine loves irises too.

They are only about an inch high.

Please ignore any dog fur that may appear in the picture.
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308  Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: August 19, 2009 03:21:16 PM
OK, you guys have motivated me to get my butt in gear.  I have communicated with my receiver, peihan17, and already told her I would be sending a few little extras, and I have cooked up my soup, and started on her beaded craft, and the extras.

Here is a little teaser pic.  Her package will contain everything in this teaser and a little bit more Cheesy
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309  Re: Really stupid question: What are delicas used for? in Beads: Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: August 07, 2009 05:36:18 AM
I just started using Delicas this past year or two and really love their precision and consistency.  The large hole allows for multiple passes of needle and thread too.  Previously I used a lot of czech seed beads for off loom weaving, and I probably will continue to use them, but for things where there is a more open weave, like netted projects, or stringing, or where the roundness of the beads doesn't detract from the project, such as a weaving a spiral stitch, right angle weave, etc.  But for when there is a need for a tight fabric of beads, or some dimensional work, I would continue to use delicas (or would like to try Toho brand cylinder beads too, if I could get more selection in my neck of the woods).

Here are two things I have done that show the difference between the two.

A star sphere I did with regular seed beads.  Note the gaps and and irregularities.

A smaller sized sphere (but with bigger stars) I did with delicas.  They fit together like bricks, so it looks more cohesive, and the structure was stronger too.
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310  Re: Summer is for... \../ METAL \../ - A Gallery of Hardcore Craftiness in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 23, 2009 03:11:53 PM
Oooooooh - metal socks - love that idea!  Great packages!  I got mine from aada the other day and took pics last night.  Warning, it is pic heavy!

Here is a group shot of my package:

KISS face pictures that I will be putting up on the wall of our office when the renos are finished.

Gorgeous metal magnets for our fridge - KISS, Iron Maiden, GnR, Judas Priest - I love them

A Judas Priest necklace, I wish that the detail was better, but again, that balancing on a cane thing while holding camera still thing wasn't working out well for me

A gorgeous altered book - aada said it was her first attempt at one, and I totally love what she did - I would never have guessed it was a first attempt.

Inside, lyrics from some of my favourite bands/songs:

KISS - Gold Gin

Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks

Whitesnake - Fool For Your Love

Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell

Gorgeous work.

Thank you so much aada, this has been a great swap!

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