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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Butterfly mobile on: October 22, 2013 05:19:41 AM
I made this in the summer for the FOC Secret Swap, for crazyda79.  Butterflies had special meaning for her and this came together rather organically.  I wanted to do something decorative with some butterfly images I had, but was not sure.  So I initially transferred the images onto muslin and played around with colouring them with chalk colours.  Then I cut them out and sewed them onto some quilting scraps I had.  I thought maybe I would try making a mini quilt, or decorating kitchen linens with them.  But then I layered them together and decided to make them focals on a mobile.  I had DH cut me the wood, and I sandwiched the images over ribbon and made danglers from denim with some creativity related words that I thought applied to butterflies (and Craftster members).  I was pretty happy how it turned out.

I posted about this earlier in the summer on my blog. If I do this again, I may play with the colours - I wanted something soft and was experimenting with a chalk palette, but I am not worried about the colours fading in the sun.
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snow globe inspired Christmas ornament on: October 22, 2013 04:58:25 AM
I made this recently for the OTT Holiday ornament swap, but unfortunately it did not make it intact in transit.

I took a glass ornament, and removed the topper/hanger.  I coloured it silver, and etched snowflakes around the ornament with etching cream.

I punched holes in the hanger and made a banner from shrink plastic, and letters and snowflakes also.  I coloured the banner and letters before shrinking, and cut in the holes too for the banner.  After shrinking, I glued the letters on, and tied some fine nylon thread onto the banner and secured it to the topper, as well as some of the larger snowflakes, so that when they were put into the ornament, they would dangle in the center.  Inside, I added some pearl and clear glass beads and some micro snowflakes made from shrink plastic.  I glued the topper on, and wrapped an piece of inked twill ribbon around it, which I stamped with a sentiment - Merry & Bright.  Finally, I made a curled hanger for the top with an 18 gauge wire that I hammered to add hardness and texture to.

I am very sad and sorry it did not make it Sad  This was actually an idea I had in my mind, for awhile, that come out again when pjr107 mentioned snow/snowflakes as a potential theme.
33  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / FOC Secret Swap - 1 angel FOUND on: October 05, 2013 02:19:39 PM
This is for the FOC Secret Swap.  I have one FOC swapper in my group that did not receive and in need of a wonderful angel...

spidermom is in the US, and sent a lovely package to her recipient and needs someone who can do likewise for her as she did not receive her package, though one was sent.

Here is the brief detail about the swap in question:

This is going to be a secret project - You will be matched up with a partner and we will make several things for them and send them.

We will be making 1 medium item and 2 small items.   Of course you are free to send extra's, but remember that you don't know who is sending to YOU, so there's no telling if you'll be getting extra's or not. Wink   Each participant will also be giving 5 themes in their questionnaire - your partner may craft to your themes or by post stalking you or stalking your wist/pinterest - it'll be a surprise!!

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425429.0#ixzz2gsuElIic

If you are interested, please PM me to keep it a "surprise", rather than post a reply here.  If you are chosen to be the angel, I will pm you her questionnaire.  Please have your package out within 2 weeks, and PM myself and primary organizer SevsOnlyGirl when you ship, with the DC number.  I want to maintain the surprise element so please don't PM spidermom; and if you have stalking questions, PM me so I can pass them on for you.  When spidermom receives and posts, I'll go about getting you your angel status.  

A pre-emptive thanks to anyone to offers to be an angel - it's always appreciated greatly!

UPDATE - angel found.  Thanks everyone for the offers!
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Nothing quite so good as a good book... on: July 25, 2013 01:13:48 PM
I made this recently for Whistley in the One Item Swap.  She listed Princess Bride as a theme to go with, and needlebooks as a want, and after doing a bit of stalking, I decided to try my hand at combining the two.  I came up with this idea in the middle of the night and it came together so quickly.  I just loved making it!

I wanted it to look a bit like an old antique book or journal, so I made the covers from leather, which I embossed.

The inside pages are made from felt, and I added a couple of little pockets to the inside covers for holding some extra floss or what not

I made etched and stamped brass plaques for the spine and cover, antiqued them, and riveted them to the leather before gluing the inside cover and pages in, and added a snap closure.

I loved making this, especially as I love making mini books of varying types - though this is extra large compared to some of the ones I made.  I just love how it looks like a little chunky journal.  It is about 4 inches high, about 3 and a half inches wide, and 1 inch thick.  I think I may actually make one for myself too - if not as a needle book, then at least as a little journal or something like that.

Here is a bit more about it on my blog
35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Little robin red breast on: July 25, 2013 12:38:59 PM
I made this little beady eyed birdy for the One Tiny Bird Thing swap.

My partner's first name is Robin and listed as a want, robins.  I found this 3D beaded pattern and decided to make one for her.  It was a necklace pattern, and I made some adjustments to make it to hang from a small hanger instead.

He is actually the third incarnation.  I made one from regular seed beads first, with the right colours, but wondered if making it from Delicas would give it better structure, even though it was worked in the round.  I felt it did, but the colours weren't right, so off to the bead store I went.  Such hardship  Wink

Finally I ended up with this little thing.

I added a couple of larger 8/0 beads to the back of the wings, added chain, and made a hammered wire hanger for hanging the bird

He even has wee little feeties!

I quite enjoyed making him.  I feel like I have just not been doing enough beading lately - maybe I will make a bunch of cardinals in this way for Christmas?
36  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hatter - old and new on: July 07, 2013 09:52:18 AM
I have been trying to find Citrasolv for the last little while, to work with image transfers.  It is not readily available as the concentrate in my city.  I tried one of the stores listed on the website as carrying their products but they no longer carried it.  They carried something else they recommended, as a cleaning product, called Orange TKO.  It is made by a Canadian company, which makes more sense environmentally too.  At the very least I had figured that if it did not work as a transfer medium, I could still use it to clean.

However, as luck would have it, it did work - and awesomely!  Also, it smells faboooooooolous.  My craft room smelled like oranges for a couple of days!

Anyways, I used it for this project, transferring a printed image of John Tenniel's from the classic Alice in Wonderland onto unbleached cotton muslin.  You have to use a toner printed image.  I soaked the back of it with the Orange TKO, and burnished the heck out of it.

Then I used the piece in a sewn project - I made it into a pocket for a cotton book tote I made from scratch, with black twill handles.

On the opposite side, I used a regular printed transfer, and printed the image of the Mad Hatter from the recent SyFy version of Alice - a juxtaposition of old and new.

Here is some more details about the Orange TKO on my blog

and a posting specifically on this bag project.
37  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Alice, the Hatter, and the Cat - a tag project on: July 07, 2013 09:39:19 AM
I made these for the Easy Peasy Alice projects.

This was inspired by a Pin on one of my partner's boards.  It was a tag project, and I made mine with transfers of a couple of the John Tenniel images, and some of her favourite quotes.  I transferred the images with Chartpak markers onto cardstock, after cutting the shapes for the envelope and the tags.

I embossed over the lettering, and coloured the card stock with Distress inks.  I sewed the edges of the envelope together.

I quite like how they turned out, and my thought was that the tags could be used as bookmarks.

I shaped the top edges of the envelope and the top and bottom edges of the tags by playing around with my Spellbinders dies and off-setting them.

Some more about them on my blog.
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / You've lost your muchness - and I happened to find it! on: July 07, 2013 09:24:42 AM
I made this as part of the package I sent to my partner for the Easy Peasy Alice swap.  One of her favourite quotes was from the Mad Hatter in the Tim Burton movie...

"You used to be much more... 'muchier'.  You've lost your muchness."

My partner had a muchness pendant on her Pinterest which inspired me.  I cut and stamped this on brass and attached it to chain.  To add a bit of flare, I added some red flowers to the side and as a dangler on to the chain for the clasp.  They were made with AB finished red and black Delicas.

Not bad for a lady who felt like she was seeing out of a batch of yogurt in her one eye at the time, because I had a bad inflammation of my iritis at the time and had some tissue debris on the front of my lens  Undecided

I posted more about it on my blog too, if anyone is interested.

I also made a  complimentary bag to hold the necklace, like for my cuff.

39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mad Hatter's Tea Party on: July 07, 2013 09:07:31 AM
I made this recently for the Alice Easy Peasy swap - It was awesome, and slightly sated some of my desire to make Alice goodies.  I do lurves my Alice!

It is made with an etched brass metal piece, attached to embossed brown leather, with copper findings.  This was an idea I had for awhile and this was a great opportunity to bring it to fruition.

I posted some more about it on my blog.

Alice in Wonderland cuff post

I made complimentary bags to hold the piece also.

40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Etched metal bar bracelet - tutorial link on: June 30, 2013 03:10:41 AM
I made these bracelets earlier on this year (Madness and Curiosity) and had been sitting on the pics for a tutorial for awhile, but I think a couple of people may have mentioned they would like to know how to do them.  Anyways, I finally published the instructions on my blog recently, and wanted to post the link here - it shows an alternative resist and a different way of using that resist to etch with ferric chloride, but others may find it helpful, I hope.

Anyways if you are interested in making something like this or trying metal etching, here is the tutorial I came up with - if you have any questions or need clarification, please let me know!

My blog post for the instructions for this bracelet
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