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231  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / inspired by Arthur Rackham, and cherries galore on: July 18, 2010 09:07:47 PM
I made a few pieces of jewelry for the latest MAF swap recently, and thought I would share them here.

First, these are a couple of glass tile pendants done with Arthur Rackham's illustrations for Undine.  They were printed on linen paper, and backed with Japanese paper, and several coats of a clear glaze.  I edged the sides with copper and used copper findings, chain, or brown ribbon to string them on.  I thought the copper would look best with the earthy colours of the images.

For the same swap, I stalked her wist and saw lots of cherry pieces, so made this bracelet and necklace.  The cherries were done with shrink plastic, sharpie, coloured pencil, acrylic varnish, and there was so much wire wrapping to make the loops for the beads I thought my hand would fall off.  They are nice heavy, jangly pieces, and very colourful.

Finally, this is a crochet tattoo type necklace, done with shrink plastic and coloured pencil too, on a ribbon necklace, as my partner crochets

232  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Health care workers swap? on: May 27, 2010 12:52:10 PM
Anyone else work in the health care industry interested in doing a swap.  We are a group of innovative and creative people who often have to think quickly and outside the box to provide the care that we do.  Many of us probably craft/create to express some of that creative side.  Or, to relieve stress and take your mind off the work!  Or to help wile away some of those long long night shifts....

I think it would be nice if we did a swap just for us.  So if you are a doctor/dentist/nurse/OT/PT/EMT/dentist/RT/LPN/RNA/RPN/lab tech/vet/vet assistant (hey, pets get health care too!), etc,  and are interested in doing something specialy for ourselves to thank us for the care we provide others, let me know.

Wouldn't it be nice to sexy up those plain uniforms and lab coats with some embroidary, a sparkly bejeweled ID lanyard, a stethoscope cozy, cool scrub caps, funky nametag pins, fantastic pens, notepads, etc?  Or heck, toss that ugly green scrub top for something totally fabulous instead? 

I know I would just about kill for awesome, custom scrubs Wink

Anyone else interested in this idea?

233  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Tree of Life and Leonard Cohen image transfer boxes on: May 24, 2010 01:10:38 AM
I made these two boxes recently for  two different swaps.  The images were printed with a laser printer, with lettering/images reversed when printing if necessary.  Then place the paper with the images against the surface, and secured with tape, and burnish with a blender marker. 

The first is a Tree of Life box for the gardening swap, meant to be a seed box for my partner. 
I transferred various tree images onto the surfaces, and gardening quotes onto the sides.  For both boxes, I stained them both with an oak stain, and clear coated with a few coats of a spray varnish.  Next time, I will paint the varnish on, I hate the spray.

The Leonard Cohen box is my favourite.  I love how clear his pictures came out.  I used lyrics from Dance Me to the End of Love.  Inside, I lined the bottom with printed Chinese rice paper, edged with copper tape to hide the seams, and the bottom has a felt pad to prevent scratches.  I love it and made a tray for myself

234  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Cement garden signs - first time working with cement on: May 24, 2010 12:50:43 AM
I made these for the garden swap recently using some forms and letter stamps.  I made another one too that says GROW DAMMIT GROW!  But the DAMMIT sign broke when I tried to lift it (it was still too wet).  They come with little pedestals so they can sit upright.  I plan on making more for myself for the front garden.  I embedded some glass tiles and beads, and for the future, would like to experiment with other embeds.  I was told afterwards that if I use some wire or mesh, they would be stronger and probably do better with fluctuation temps (frosts, etc).

235  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Ferrous chloride in Canada on: April 26, 2010 01:11:12 AM
I can't seem to find it, but it may be the way I am searching on-line.  I think Radio Shack used to sell it as PCB Etchant, but from what I see on their website, they may no longer be carrying it.  Does anyone have suggestions on where I could find it and under what name?
236  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A little something to dress up the table for the mad tea party on: April 08, 2010 05:08:58 PM
I made these recently for the Alice in Craftsterland swap (and there are some awesome things that were made for that swap by everyone).  I was going to stencil napkins, but the images were too small and I was botching them up, so I went for broke, took a fabric marker, and hand drew these Mad Hatter napkins from the John Tenniel images of the Mad Hatter.  I was nervous about it, but they turned out much better than I thought they would.  I may have to make a set for myself.

237  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A spot of tea for your neck m'lady? on: April 08, 2010 03:27:15 PM
I haven't posted in awhile, but haven't done a lot of beading.  I made this for the recent Alice in Craftsterland swap.  I chose amber/topaz toned crystals to represent the tea at the Mad Tea Party, and interspersed it with some Alice inspired charms - a rabbit, a key, a crown, etc.

I really seriously started hating crimping after this project though, how annoying it is to do over and over again.  But I do like the overall effect of the necklace and would likely make it again.

Other than that, I have also made some more tile pendents

a few pins and cameos with Diamond Glaze (a friend liked them, so I made a couple extra for her too)

and some knicknacks like that, including a hat pin to go with the tophat I made and posted in the knitting forum awhile back

238  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Alice... who the <bleep> is Alice? on: April 08, 2010 03:19:01 PM
Anyone familiar with that song?  I remember hearing it for the first time when I met DH's very Irish grandparents and they got me tipsy on some form of Irish booze.  They were notorious for having big bonfires on their retirement property in cottage country, having all kinds of friends and relatives around, singing, being silly, and staying up until the wee hours.  Every time I hear the name Alice, I think of that.

Anyways, this is the other notorious Alice.  I made her for the Alice in Craftsterland swap recently.  She is knit basically from a Deb Birkin pattern, which she had for free on her UK site last year.  Except I hate sewing seams (really really really hate it), so I did her in the round as much as possible.

(please no comments about my hand up her skirt!)

I am oddly enough most proud of my little bottle with the little shrinky dink drink me sign Cheesy

I overstuffed her arms abit, so she has Popeye guns, but then again, she is a tough little gal...

A colleague saw her and really wants her, so she has commissioned me to make another one for her.
239  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Monty Python Swap Gallery - Sendouts April 7th on: April 04, 2010 05:22:35 AM

Post 'em if you got 'em!  If you can't post pics, please still let us know if you have received/what you have received, and maybe let your sender know in case they have pics to show off the silly goodness

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aethelberga---> MsPremiseConclusion
Dragonflywer--->goodmorningstarshine  <---- Retro_Rose will Angel
ojy---> Angelus

Myrna Minx had to leave the swap mid-way through, but ojy will be sending to Angelus instead.
240  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My mad hatter hat on: March 18, 2010 08:46:59 AM
I made this recently for a swap.  It is a knit hat done with an Icelandic lopi wool and fulled in the washer until it was about half the size I started with.  This yarn fulled nicely to a nice tight, thick felt, but it took about 6 cycles to get to this size. I am going to make another one, because I still feel it is a bit too big for what I want, but I still like it.  This yarn was also very very fuzzy when fulled, so I did have to take a razor to it and shave it down.  After shaping and drying, I sewed feathers, a faux veil, a ribbone, and feshwater pearls and beads on to decorate, and added a cameo I made in tribute to my inspiration.

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