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1  New Fall Scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by mansonette on: September 04, 2009 08:43:02 PM
I finished this the other day, and thought I'd share.  It took me almost a week because I did more relaxing than working on it. 



It is based on a scarf in the current issue of Crochet magazine, but theirs is with crochet thread, is much bigger, doesn't have a button, and would have taken a LOT more time.  I actually started one with crochet thread, but I didn't have enough patience.



It's pretty much a big triangle that I put a button on 1 end of and I can wrap the ends, crossing in the back, around my neck and button it through one of the holes underneath the front flap.  Does that make sense?  I really like how snug and comfortable it is, that it won't come unwrapped and the front flap is just the right size to fill the top opening of a coat.

If anyone wants to know the basic start, just let me know.  It's just the same stitches again and again, increasing at the sides.  I also put an edging on it that I just kinda winged. 

Sorry for the crappy webcam pics.  I just moved a little while ago and don't know where my camera cords are at the moment.  Hope you like it as much as I do.
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2  Glittery Bacon Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mansonette on: February 07, 2009 08:48:18 PM
Well...I don't eat pork, but a girl I work with does, and she loves bacon.  Her birthday is this next week so I thought I'd make her a little bag with one of her favorite foods on it.

What do you think?


I didn't do a very good job of making straight lines on the bacon, but if you step back a bit it looks sorta like bacon...
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3  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by mansonette on: February 05, 2009 04:39:52 PM
Well...I am not one to brag, but I know that you won't mind here.  I am SOOO happy with my new tattoo that I got last night.  It was hell getting it, but was so worth it.

What do you guys think?


I took a bunch of ideas from online, along with some of my own supplies and some paint chips for the colors.  The measuring tape banner is supposed to be a dirty yellow (called piss yellow by the tattoo artist), but it is funky looking now cuz it is so swollen and red.  The tattoo was done by Rich at Ultimate Arts in Madison, WI.  He is a really awesome guy!  He has also done all of my husbands tattoos.

Hope you like! 

P.S.  The buttons represent my immediate family.  From the left: my brother, my mom, my dad (passed away from cancer), me and my husband.
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4  Repurposed China in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mansonette on: April 27, 2008 11:39:37 AM
Ok.  I think this could be considered reconstructed. 

I've been on roll breaking plates and soldering pendants.  I think my soldering iron is my new favorite toy...or maybe new rediscovered toy.  I've had it for a while, but just whipped it out again not too long ago.

So here are some of the things I've been making:

This is my favorite piece so far.


This one is 2 other pieces I soldered, and one of my resin pieces.


This one isn't from the broken plates, but it is a rock I picked up on my walk today.  I thought it needed a new home.

And these aren't really repurposed, but they are other pendants I've soldered lately.

This is pictures of both sides.  I thought it could be multipurposed then.


This is one of my favorite...but not really work friendly.  I'll wear it proud on the weekends though.  I made the picture inside with Omni-gel and embossing powder, and then when I was soldering, the embossing powder started to bubble out.  I though I had ruined it, but I think it gave it a unique look that I've grown to love.

Any comments are welcome.
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5  I've jumped on the Poppet bandwagon - meet Mable in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mansonette on: March 16, 2008 10:28:03 AM
Well all...here is my poppet.  I was completely inspired by http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0

Thank you so much ghilie for all the wonderful links and completely amazing pattern!



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6  Resin Spoon Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mansonette on: January 03, 2008 07:38:17 PM
Inspired by www.spoonfedart.com and motivated by http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211720.0.

This picture is of me wearing it.  I really like how it turned out and will probably make more.  I am excited to try out one like the star pendant too!  ...and yes I realize I used a grapefruit spoon.  Oh well.  Whatcha gonna do.

Here you can see what is inside a little better...with no flash.

Here is the back so you can see how I bent the handle.  I couldn't really find any help online on how to easily bend it, so I used good ol elbow grease and pliers.  It ended up bending pretty much in half so I had to use a grinding bit I have for reaming out my lampwork beads to grind myself a hole big enough for the cord.  I still can't fit a chain through it.  Maybe I'll grind a little more to make the hole bigger.  I kinda like it the way it is too though.

Comments welcome.  I always love to hear what you guys have to think.
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7  Disney mirror in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by mansonette on: December 15, 2007 03:53:35 PM
Here is a hand mirror I made for one of my co-workers for x-mas.  She is a HUGE Mickey Mouse freak.  I can't stress the word HUGE enough.  She was very happy with it.

I took the swirly idea from mirrors and tins I've seen on here.  I wasn't able to incorporate it as much as I would have liked, but it's just my first try at it.
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8  Hospice Weaving in Weaving: Completed Projects by mansonette on: December 15, 2007 03:48:29 PM
I wanted to share with you a weaving that was made at a remembrance ceremony that I took part in for my dad.

Last year my dad was diagnosed with cancer and passed away June 23, 2007.  He was involved with Hospice, which is an incredibly wonderful group.  My mom has been getting invited to a number of holiday remembrance events and I attended this one with her.  We were to bring a piece of ribbon, yarn, fabric, whatever that would remind us of who we lost.  My mom spent some time looking around and found some blue ribbon that said Believe on it.  My dad was a very spiritual man toward the end and she could see him saying that.  As each persons name was called, the family was to go up to this loom and the ribbon was weaved in. 

Here are pictures of the weaving after the event ended.  I think it turned out beautiful and it will be displayed after the holidays at one of the Hospice Centers here. 




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9  Sequin X-mas Ornaments in Winter Holidays by mansonette on: December 15, 2007 03:35:56 PM
I saw something like this last year and made a couple for gifts but didn't get any pictures.  This year I made some for people I work with and wanted to share with you guys incase you needed a last minute idea. 

They take about 2 hours to make and you will hate yourself if you don't have a thimble handy.  I just used regular sequins, sequin pins(which are 3/4" and I have only been able to find them at JoAnn-pkg of 300 for 99 cents), styrofoam balls and various ribbons.  You should use the styrofoam balls that are called Smooth Foam.  One of my packages says 'Smooth Foam' and the other says 'Dylite, The Smooth Foam'.  Both packages were also purchased from JoAnn.

No one will believe you made them yourself.  They are beautiful among lights on the tree.  I suppose they could be made for any holiday in any variety of colors.

Sorry for so many pictures.

This one was supposed to be a blue ball that had ice dripping from the top.




I think this one is my favorite.  Here is also what the bottom looked like.

Comments welcome.  Thanks for lookin.
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10  Re: Polymer clay hand mirrors in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by mansonette on: April 22, 2007 08:21:58 AM


Ok...lets see what I all had.  Most of this isn't necessary, just I just had it already so I used it. 

I use Fimo and Sculpey III clay.  I mix them regularly, and haven't had any issues.  The baking temp. for each is slightly different, but I just go somewhere in the middle.  I have a clay knife, not necessary, but oh so handy.  Craft mirrors...obviously.  I have square ones, but haven't tried them yet.  I like the round ones a lot.  That orange thing is actually a scrapbooking supply.  It is just a Fiskar circle template thing.  I don't think it was expensive, and I use it more than I ever thought for a number of different projects.  I have the pasta roller.  I wouldn't have it if I didn't get a really good deal on it.  You can use a lot of different methods to roll out your clay if you don't have a pasta roller.  If you google rolling out polymer clay you will probably get a lot of good ideas.  I have the molds.  They aren't necessary, but I just wanted to try something different.  Don't know if you already saw this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=165506.0 but it is a good look at what you can do without molds.  And the stuff in the bottles is the glaze.  This isn't necessary either, but makes your mirror nice and shiny after they are done baking.  I also used a ceramics tool...the little pointy tool to help me cut out the circles.  You can use anything for that, even a pencil.

Pretty much the 'necessary' things are: clay and craft mirrors.  I'd say the semi-necessary things are: clay knife and glaze.  Everything else is fluff.  A pasta roller really does conditioning the clay easier though.

Hope this helps.
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