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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Game of Thrones Mug - Pun! on: February 06, 2014 03:08:51 PM
I hope this is the right place, as I couldn't really find a super great place for it! But I designed this mug. It's the Baratheon horns with a coffee pun - "The coffee is dark and full of flavor."
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Marceline and the Lich from Adventure Time! on: November 06, 2013 09:38:39 PM
This year, my boyfriend and I went as Marceline and the Lich from Adventure Time. (Please ignore the Ice King, as I had nothing to do with his costume; unfortunately the halloween activities got so exciting that this was the only picture we got!)

For reference:

For Marceline, I hand-sewed the dress - the first successful clothing sewing project of mine. I also made the axe bass from insulation foam among other household objects.

For the Lich, the mask was altered with paint and a burlap material. The robe, cloak/hood, and cape were sewn from goodwill sheets and curtains. The horns were made by me from cardboard, painter's tape, and paint.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Lich (AT) Curled Horn - Made from basic household items (loose tutorial) on: October 16, 2013 01:14:24 PM
My boyfriend is going as The Lich from Adventure Time for halloween this year. He found an awesome mask to modify, some skeleton gloves, and sheets/fabric at the thrift store for the clothing pieces. However, since we are on a budget and needed everything to be homemade, the horn was the most challenging part of the costume. Here's the end result of my cheap and actually relatively easy project last night:

And here's The Lich, if you've never seen Adventure Time:

We'd seen projects online that involved carving the horn out of expanding foam, using foil to make a basic shape and then use ModelMagic around it, but the expanding foam seemed like a lot of work and while the ModelMagic is probably very lightweight, neither of us make much money.

I made the horn completely out of things I had around the house:
1. thin cardboard packaging (like cereal boxes)
2. tacky glue
3. duct tape
4. painter's tape
5. paint
6. scissors

So I'm not the best at making tutorials but here's a basic one, and if you have any questions about the process, I will try to answer them!

Step 1: Make tubes out of the cardboard using duct tape or tacky glue. These can be various sizes depending on how thick you want your horn as well as how "sharp" you want the angles of the curve to be.

Step 2: Besides the base piece of the horn, which will probably be the thickest/widest circle, you'll want to cut out a semi circle section like this. This is what makes it curve! These pieces will probably vary in thickness throughout.

Step 3: (sorry I can't be more helpful here lol) Tape the pieces together in the shape that you want. The curved part is the most difficult. You kind of have to think about the direction you want the tube to go in, and then twist the pieces around (before taping) until you get the achieved direction. When you get to the part where you want the tip to be, make tapering pieces by making a circle piece and then sort of make an "X" where the two ends of the cardboard tube piece meet before the glue dries.

Step 4: Cover the whole thing with painter's tape. You could use bondo or something like that, but I didn't have any of that but I had a big roll of painter's tape. This will give you a smoother surface. Around curves you'll want to notch part of the tape so that you can lay it flat against the curves. I also sometimes had to tape a small piece of cardboard against it when the tubes didn't line up completely.

Step 5: Paint it with a few coats of a base color. I used a light gray in Martha Stewart all purpose paint. I really like her paints - they are very good opaque paints.

Then paint it however you want with acrylic paints and add any other details you'd like.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Decorating cupcakes to look like they are in a beer mug? on: August 06, 2013 07:07:03 AM
I was hoping maybe the creative forces of Craftster could help me out! I am making butterbeer cupcakes and want to make them so that they look like they are in a little beer mug/glass, but I'm looking for a disposable option. It would be best if I could somehow make a tall cup from parchment paper since the batter would show through and it would look like frosted glass. However, upon searching online I can only find the regularly shaped parchment paper liners and haven't found any tutorials or anything. My next thought was to use paper souffle cups... but unless I could find the tall ones somewhere, the glasses would be slightly out of proportion and they wouldn't be as see-through as parchment paper.

5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Dr. Who / Futurama Head Jar Storage Containers on: May 05, 2013 07:46:02 AM
I made this for a Futurama swap. It's the three most recent Doctors' heads in jars, like at the Head Museum in Futurama. They are actually storage jars!

I painted on strips of canvas and wrapped them inside the clear jars.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Up to Three Tiny Adventure Time Things Swap on: March 13, 2013 06:55:28 AM
Post yer stuff!!

Original post
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / (Up to 3) Tiny Adventure Time Things Swap! - SU Closed - SO 3/25 on: February 11, 2013 08:04:46 PM
**This is the new thread swap. If you would like to be a part of this swap, please send your questionnaire to me. If you have already signed up, please send your completed questionnaire to me. Thanks!**

Swap name: Tiny Adventure Time Things Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: haroldlovesmaude
Sign-up date range: 2/3/13- 2/15/13
Date to send item by: March 25th 2013

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24 unless someone wants to co-organize.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Details of swap:
A tiny thing is anything that fits into the dimension 4" by 4" by 4". In this swap you'll be making UP TO three tiny things based on events or characters of Adventure Time.

Mini stuffies, jewelry, little hooplas, ATC collections, ect- if it fits into 4x4x4 it works for this swap.  

We're looking for quality! So take your time, and make something mathematical! You've got a whole month to craft! If you want to do extras, be sure to talk with your partner.

This swap is for ONE tiny thing. Please do not send more than the one tiny item to each of your partners. One tiny thing per partner.

Please, please, please keep in contact! If you're having issues, let me know! Let your partner know! No shame, things happen! The important thing is to keep everyone informed.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Tiny Adventure Time Things Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?
What sort of crafts do you dabble in?
Any specific crafts you'd like to receive?
Anything you'd rather not receive?

List your 3 favorite episodes:
List your 3 favorite characters:
Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your piece (Pinterest, Wists, Etsy Favorites, etc)?

How many Tiny Things are you interested in making:
1. One tiny thing.
2. Two tiny things.
3. Three tiny things.

Anything else youd like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Non-toxic clays for food use - for in home baking on: January 22, 2013 07:27:17 PM
I want to make a set of cookie cutters, but I'm clumsy with bending metal and I'd like them to be a little more solid and last longer than, say, "foil" cutters or cutters made from a disposable pie tin. Are there any clays that I could use? Or are they all too porous for this without having to use a varnish/glaze with an actual kiln?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cricut machine alternatives on: January 09, 2013 07:15:56 AM
I received a Cricut machine for Christmas but will be returning it, since I learned that I cannot cut my own images, which was the only reason I wanted it. I wanted to use it mostly for stenciling (especially designs with smaller pieces) and would probably use it for some other things, but I really don't scrapbook and I don't want to be limited by their predetermined shapes. I know about the Silhouette Cameo, but that's $270 (on SALE on Amazon right now). That one looks good, but does anyone have any experience with it or any other machines?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Music-responsive LED Triptych painting on: December 27, 2012 12:17:24 PM
My boyfriend sometimes hosts parties and has collected lighting for a little while. He has a couple black lights, a 'mirror' light thing that spins, and a few smaller LED changing lights which he connects to his computer and they respond to music based on an algorithm program. (He works with computers and I don't really know how the whole thing works)

Anyway, I saw a similar project to this on Instructables, but after some research discovered that the specific way they made the project would cost over $2000... so I found a way to make it myself without using their specific pieces. (I think my project may have ended up being around $40 - 60 total, not including the items I already had on hand, like the freezer paper, paint, and soldering stuff)

Here it is without the lights:

And here's a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G99y6shZOFA

a tl;dr explanation if you want to read about the project
The painting is one of Lichtenstein's brushstrokes. My bf isn't really that into art but he does have a lot of paneled paintings (his brother is a painter) and a large 'pop art' painting in similar colors. Plus I wanted a simple design where he could have some art when it was turned off but something where the painting didn't take away from or cover up the lighting. I stenciled the black parts using freezer paper (after I had already made the frames and stretched the fabric) and then hand-painted in the yellow parts. The fabric is just thin muslin I found at Joanns. I made the frames out of square dowel rods I got at the hardware store. The outside ones are .5" x 2" and the inside one is 1" x 2". The lights are LED ribbon lights and it reacts to music by plugging the lights into a box which is music-reactive itself. (so he doesn't have to use the algorithm software) The music box came with a remote to change the reaction speed as well as to give it the ability to make the lights change to a specific color or just generically flash or fade.
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