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101  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: December 13, 2012 11:58:28 AM
Mirror for my sis for christmas. Post with a few more pictures is here. That's another project for the list!

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102  Jewelry covered mirror! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: December 13, 2012 11:55:10 AM
I'm proud of this. It's a present for my younger sister, who's wanted one ever since seeing them on pintrist.
I decided to make a smallish one.  I had a hard time finding a mirror with a frame I could cover so-the base is a seven dollar ceiling medallion from the home improvement store. The mirror is a makeup mirror from the dollar store-I heated an old knife in a candle flame to cut off the handle. E6000 glue. Paint the mirror frame white, glue on a string of blue beads to cover the edge, glue a string of pearls around the outside edge of the medallion, glue a plain white string of pearls between the mirror edge and the frame to fill in  abit-that one is mostly hidden by the jewelry.
Cue old broken jewelry from my stash, from my mom and another sister, from the Goodwill, from other craftsers, ect. Add in fancy buttons. Fill in with glass gems, and tiny beads and pearls. The back is cut to size cardboard-and some insulation foam I had to fill in and make a flat surface. Painted and a hanger added.
I'd do this different next time. The medallion I chose had a curved surface, which was challenging to cover at times.
I still like how it came out!

Detail shots.

If you look closely, it's circle of blue beads, pearl circle (that matches the outside edge), and a plain pearl string filling in the valley-that third strand is mostly hidden by shinies.

The back.

I can't wait to see her face when she opens the box!
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103  A few more rayguns in Completed Projects by bookstorebabe on: December 05, 2012 09:21:33 PM
Because why not.
Small, but I like this one.

This one has planets, stars, and brackets made from poly clay.

Gutted a Dollar Store clock to make this look like a porthole.

Wanted to do more femme guns that weren't pink-then ended up using a pink background! Message on plaque is "And they say diamonds are a girls best friend!"

The usual, 'in case of space pirates, break glass".

Enjoyed painting the background for this! Also, the usual 'in case of"
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104  Keyboard Lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: December 05, 2012 08:53:23 PM
So, my sis gave me a big bag of dead computer keyboards.
This is made from four of them, keys removed, lined with the clear plastic printed circuit board that was inside. Good old E600, plus copper wire woven through it, and some of the keys reattached at top and bottom, and a small lamp inside-don't worry, the small lamp is shaded, no worries about a bare bulb being too close to the frame!
It looks very cool lit up in person.
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105  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: December 04, 2012 05:44:29 PM
Okay, doing a photo dump of some of my stuff from the art show/craft fair last weekend. Don't know how many projects I'll call it yet, hee, but it ought to add to my list a little bit.
The lamp made from 4 gutted keyboards, lines with the clear printed circuit board sheets-it looks cool when lit.

Stuff! Circuit board brooches, small boxes I'd painted and gussied up (the boxes in this picture were made a while back, I did make several new ones, too), and on the left is a circuit board frame that is holding one of my kid's school photos. it's made from a mouse.

A few more. The computer keyboard keys were made into button covers. Brooches have chain, beads, charms, ect. added.

Shadowbox steampunk pistol, behind it a lot of misc. pins I made, some new and some old boxes.

I like the wooden box. Used poly clay &metal jewelry pieces, on a fabric background for the lid.

Painted the frame, the space background, the raygun painted and added bits, made planets, stars, and brackets from poly clay and painted them.

55 book thongs, and made the stand to hold the metal bracket.

Gutted a clock to make a port hole shadowbox.

Wanted to do a femme gun without pink, then ended up with a pink background. Message is 'And they say diamonds are a girl's best friend!"
The usual 'in case of space pirates, break glass.'

My fanciest one. I had a Star Trek buff ask if I could make backdrops like that and line boxes for his phasers!

This box looked terrible before I painted it.

Also made a buttload of necklaces. I need to take some individual pics of them and post them later, I just took a group shot of the displays, which doesn't show them very well.
Yep, I was busy! Now, to update my list a bit.
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106  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: September 26, 2012 07:56:44 PM
Okay, my latest thingy.
Here's the thread-

I still need to take a picture of my goggles...oh well!
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107  Yes, more rayguns! I'm getting the hang of this... in Completed Projects by bookstorebabe on: September 26, 2012 07:49:32 PM
Being hung up for a church art display, and possibly a chance for more of these to be in a small winter art show the church sponsers.

And a close up of the label. I bought the teeny label frames from the scrapbook section, and had the librarian help me with word to print the message. Looks better than my older ones where I just wrote with a metallic pen on the frame itself. 'In Case of Airship Pirates, Break Glass.'

Plastic water pistols, sanded and painted, gear looking lock washers, fancy metal beads from cheap earrings, old electrical resistors, and painted a background  and put it all in a shadowbox. Used a little coffee on the label.
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108  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: July 03, 2012 06:40:14 AM
Okay, my partner received in the Dieselpunk swap, so here's a link.


Necklace, jetpack planter, giant robot and space guy magnets, and a compact.  Compact, I cheated-I had a lady head pin in my stash. I just broke off the pink floppy hat and rhinestones, and added polyclay hair, hat, goggles, ect.
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109  Re: Dieselpunk swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: June 29, 2012 07:05:41 PM
Okay, I asked Alchamy if she wanted me to post my pics of what I sent her, since her camera cord is hiding, and she said sure.  They aren't great, so if she wants to post some later she can.

Jetpack! Two water bottles and other recyclables, the front has a couple of shoulder straps made from an old belt. The tops were cut off so it can be used as a planter! Or, it might fit a bear okay, too.

Looking up from the bottle. Umpteen layers of cardboard inside the drink lid jet nozzles for stability, and painted to look glowy.

The compact! It began as a lady head pin. I broke off pin back, pink floppy hat and rhinestones, and made hat, hair, goggles, and sweater from clay.


Giant Robot and Space Guy magnets!

Everything! I tossed in a couple of skull bookmarks I'd picked up, and some neat shiny red and black spider fabric that I'll never use, since she likes halloween.

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110  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: June 26, 2012 11:47:17 AM
Dress up boxes are awesome! Great idea! And, I like the beanies.

Well, the urge hit to do something the other day, so I painted some shoes. The first pair were cheap canvas black flats, they already had a little paint spilled on them. I mixed some pearlized bright purple airbrush paint with some liquitex gel, and poured in a little acrylic green, too, got a shade I like, painted. Went over the rubber with a little of the unadulterated purple on top of that. Took the green and did vines on the side, outlined in permanent marker. Decied to leave the front of the shoes plain.

Then, I took my pair of awful wear around the house or out in the garden sneakers. They were an off white/light brown with dark brown faux leather bits. Used two colors of acrylic paint-a metallic brown and a brassy color. Outlined ridges with black screen printing ink, painted the rubber and part of the shoes with copper screenprinting ink.Left the original brown faux leather stripes as they were. And I  ifound some navy shoelaces in the box with the shoe polish! I'll put some sealer on the rubber, but that's it. Both shoes-the canvas soaked up the paint very well, they're old cheap shoes so I could just have fun with it, and if a bit of paint flakes, I'll touch it up. I have some spray acrylic sealer, but it won't be flexible like the paint, and maybe it'd make it flake more? I'll see how they do. Maybe use some outdoor mod podge later.

So yeah, my old shoes are somewhat spiffier, and that's something on my list, altering shoes. I still plan on making a pair of sweater boots, and I'm keeping a pair of shoes back for that.
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