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141  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: January 30, 2012 06:11:03 PM
Trinalocakary, wow! You've made some beautiful things!

One more for me-I took a cheap framed piece from the Dollar Store I'd bought for a dollar on clearance ages ago, and painted over it. It had an irregular surface, which suited me fine for this. Kind of an abstract starry sky? Blue and silver paint, white splattered on, and pearl x iridescent powder was sprinkled on top. When I used some clear sealer over it, it turned all purple and shimmery and spread nicely. Then I painted the frame purple. Not a lot to it, but it's hanging in my kitchen now.

And a corner closeup.
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142  Re: Sherlock Holmes Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: January 28, 2012 10:45:52 AM
Cute magnets, and I'd have to hang up that keychain somewhere, too! The bag makes me giggle, well done! And neat bookmark! Hee, my poor old eyes would have trouble with that note even with a magnifier! Very cool swap package, indeed.

And I received from Sirael! It was probably there yesterday, my husband didn't bring in the mail, and I found the box leaning against the door, just slightly damp. Fortunately, everything inside was in bubble wrap and bone dry!
First-how cool is this? A silhouette of Irene Adler! I've just made a spot for it on my wall.

Then, a set of nifty bookmarks based on the BBC series Sherlock!

My photo isn't the best, the one with the circles says, "It's a three patch problem." And I especially like the 'we can't giggle, it's a crime scene!"
And last, a beautiful necklace and earring set, made in Irene's style.

It's lovely, and I can't wait to wear it. Thanks, Sirael!
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143  Mars, 1887 in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by bookstorebabe on: January 26, 2012 05:22:04 PM
If Jules Verne's stories were true. If Steampunk was real, it would be more than our present time changed. More than our future. It would mean a different past, too. And a historian of today could unearth artifacts of the british settlement on Mars from 1887.
Yeah. All that means is I found a chunk of rusty pipe and a lightbulb went off. So, an assemblage piece.

And a slightly different view.

The handled I assembled and then painted matches the rusted metal, in color and texture. Shadowbox background is a lovely rough nubby blend of copper and black. Gun trim and firing button is more found metal, plastic drink cup bits, and foam insulation. Ect. Hung on a bronze chain. Incredibly fun to make, and the first in a series I'm slowly working on.
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144  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: January 25, 2012 10:07:34 AM
*Raises hand* Okay, I'm guilty of complaining, 'I wish I could knit/crochet!" It'd be more accurate to say, "I am so envious of your great skill in that craft. I really do love yarn, and all the wonderful things made from it. But I am both too lazy and too busy to learn, I get too easily frustrated to be able to teach myself how and the one time I did take one crochet lesson at the LYS, it didn't go well. If I wasn't such a slacker I'm sure I could learn, but again, only so much free time which at the moment I am devoting to other crafts. But all that is too long to say, so I merely go, 'ooh! wish i could do that!', so please accept it as a clumsy compliment."
All right, I'll try to admire people's skill and crafts with whining that I can't do that from now on.  And love the cartoon! Wish I could draw like-oh, right, nevermind.  Wink

Ahem. While I'm here, a destach. A plain handleless terra cotta teapot I bought on a whim to craft something with ages ago, has been living in the heap of craft supplies ever since, forgotten. Nice little clay pot, complete with brewing basket, and nothing wrong with plain unglazed, but I felt like fancying it up. And adding a handle to make it useable!
Handle of four fancy beaded ornament hooks(stash from a yard sale) and braided/twisted gold wire(also stash from a yard sale), 5 colors of paint, daubed and blended until I was happy, and sealed. The right size to brew a perfect cup or two.

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145  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: January 25, 2012 09:47:05 AM
Made a little thing for me! I bought a terra cotta unglazed, handleless teapot at the Goodwill so long ago I've forgotten, to do something with 'someday'. The handles are 4 fancy ornament hooks-really long, gold, and beaded-and a lot of braided/twisted 24 gauge wire. Kept daubing and layering paint, and sealed it. Black, old brass, true gold, metallic rust, and metallic gold colors. Left the tip unpainted so no qualms about using it.  It's just the right size to brew a cup or two of tea-even has a nifty perforated clay basket inside to hold the tea while it's steeping.
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146  Tea for one in style in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by bookstorebabe on: January 25, 2012 09:34:37 AM
I bought this little teapot impulsively at the Goodwill years ago, so long ago I've forgotten! Rediscovered it while searching through my craft stash. Wish I'd taken a before picture. It was plain unglazed terra cotta, just like a clay flowerpot. And the handle was long gone. It also has a perforated terra cotta insert basket, for tea steeping.
I pulled out some shinies I bought at a yard sale, and found fancy ornament hooks-large,gold, beaded top and bottom-and a light bulb went off. The handle is 2 hooks per side, securely twisted, and a lot of braided and twisted 24 gauge wire (which was another yard sale find).
Note to self-next time paint *before* I start attaching the handle.
I just started daubing and layering colors. Some screenprinting black first, then acrlyic old brass, true gold, metallic rust, and a little airbrush metallic gold. Kept layering, painted on some clear sealer. I left the tip unpainted, so no qualms about still using it to steep tea.

It's living with my tins of tea and such. You can see some of my cookbooks behind it. And the title is Low Fat, not Fat Meals-although if it really was full of yummy fat meals, I might actually use it!
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147  Walking sticks in Completed Projects by bookstorebabe on: January 20, 2012 07:07:33 PM
I'll post some individual pics later, but here's a group shot-the top,the middle, the bottom-because it's hard to get a full length shot of a skinny stick and show any detail!



Umbrella, curtain rod, umbrella, umbrella, curtain rod, cane. Yup, that's a wee compass on the cane.
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148  Last set of pictures-three larger boxes. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: January 11, 2012 10:44:08 AM
 love the thrift store, and yard sales! Found a small hat box in a black and white pattern. Carefully used black, silver and gold over it. The original pattern shows through slightly, it looks neat.The lid is a round metal plain button I painted in two different golds, swirled. Made that the center of a painted gear. And down the side-I accidentally dripped a line of black paint, so I just went with it and made a tree.

This last one was a brass woven box from the thrift store. I cleaned it up, painted rims and edges black, brushed some black over the rest for a more aged looked than shiny brass, and attached a brassy skeleton key to the lid.

This one I really like! About the size of a cigar box. I found a dead butterfly in the parking lot, it was tattered. Sealed it onto the box, painted with dark shades and gold, a little silver, all mottled looking. The outline of the butterfly is visible, but it looks ghostly. I did not paint over it-it's just the painted box under it showing through, and the clear sealer over it, the already faded colors of the butterfly faded more and almost vanished.
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149  More boxes! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: January 11, 2012 10:31:28 AM
I'm splitting this up into a few post, since it'd be overwhelmingly pic heavy otherwise.
A group shot-metal doodads, poly clay, you name it. The tentacle mustache is textured like suckers. The colors didn't show up as well in this one.

Another group shot. A better image of the compass boxes in this one. I found a trio of stacking black lacquer ware boxes at the thriftstore, finish wasn't great. I sponged copper paint over the sides and top, leaving the flower image in the center.

Last group shot. The one on the top right, with the green enamel flower has an image of a skeleton key stamped on the lid, only a bit of that showed up. One compass was broken, so I glued mica around the edge like broken glass, and wrote 'directionless without you' in copper pen around the rim.

I'll do the two larger boxes in another post.
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150  Little trinket boxes in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: January 11, 2012 09:24:52 AM
This may be in the wrong place-to me, they're trinkets. If I need to move it to housewares or miscellaneous, I will. Anyway!
I have been on a box decorating  binge. Here's a few. Old cardboard jewelry boxes, metal gift card tins, mint tins, and the paper mache boxes you get at the craft store for a buck when I run out of free ones. Painted, and something nifty glued on top-broken jewelry, old keys, whatever appeals. I take these to the gallery where I have my canes and jewelry. I figure, hey, if people buy jewelry made by some of the other artists instead of my stuff, I can at least sell them a nifty little box to gift it in. Grin
You can't tell because of the glare, but the one on the lower right is an image of a fairy, behind a layer of mica. The box with the key, that's a small butterfly at the bottom. The first layer behind the key is an interestingly patterned bit of poly clay, cooler in person.

Again, the glare-the round metal tin has a compass on the lid, you can just make it out. Those were popular!

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