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141  2.00 desk clock steampunked up in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: March 07, 2013 10:32:26 AM
So I found a plain black desk clock at the Goodwill this week. The cover over the battery compartment was missing, but hey, 2.00.
The front, back, top and bottom I used Old Brass color. The narrow sides are metallic gold, metallic copper, and the last wider side piece in metallic rust. Put a couple of layers of triple thick glaze over it. Took four lock washers and painted them gold, then glued them on the corners and glazed them. For the back, I cut out a circle of black plastic from a broken dvd case, painted and glazed it to match, and attached tiny strips of velcro to keep it in place, yet still have it removable for battery access. Not an ideal fix, but it'll do.

side view.


with cover

by Mr.Bookstorebabe's glasses for size comparison.
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142  Re: Steampunk for the Home 2013 in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: February 27, 2013 03:20:58 PM
Pictures! Leather and Lace had her sewing machine break, and still sewed amazing things!

A lovely bag!

And a look at the lining.

And a sewn robot! Her name is Gidget, and she belonged to an Esmerelda-it says so on her tag! Nosy kitty had to get in the picture.

Here's her tag, and a look at one of the copper coils on the side.

And the key on the back of her head.

here's the pretty card that was in the box, and lamp oil and lamp oil color.

Unfortunately the lamp didn't make it.  Cry She hollowed out a light bulb, painted designs on it in copper, found a nice metal piece to be the base for it, and even put a gear over the opening.

Leather and Lace spoiled me rotten! She's such a talented craftster. Thanks for being my partner!

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143  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: February 22, 2013 03:36:52 PM
leatherandlace, I love thesketchbook!

deathbeforedishes,  that cross stitch is amazing! I hope it shows up.

Gaudiknight, those are cute dresses.

Here's a sparkley crown I made using the stiffened lace technique, for my partner in the Givers and Needers swap. She had something like this on her pintrist.

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144  Re: Givers & Needers Round 11 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: January 30, 2013 03:48:29 PM
We had the tornado watches and warnings, too. Fingers crossed for all of us!

I just got my package from Koreena, and she spoiled me!
Here's everything dumped out on the bed, with my cat who decided to investigate.

Some closeups. She sent me tons of jewelry to repurpose, lots of lovely beads, findings, wire, chains, pendants,tubes to store beads (which I needed!), screenprinting ink, a set of paintbrushes, two baggies of lovely floss, a wooden tray, glitter, nifty wooden pieces, a pretty bookmark from Korea,and more.

I love the pendants! I need to do something special with the black bird one, it's nifty! And the package of smokey glass beads behind the bird? I have a few like that in my stash already-now I have enough to make something!


Thank you so much, Koreena! I'll have your thank you sent out soon, it's almost done!
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145  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: January 15, 2013 02:26:10 PM
Finally made something!

close up

Just playing around.
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146  Circuit Board necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: January 15, 2013 02:23:28 PM
Just having fun. This piece was a little too big for a brooch, so I thought I'd make a pendant. It conveniently already had a hole in each corner! A thin wash of gold paint, a few beads, a few tiny stars, and some clear sealer, plus the tassel from a broken necklace.
and a close up.
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147  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: December 30, 2012 10:26:41 AM
I was determined to get to 50 this year (even if I didn't do m ost of the ones on my list!), so I went digging for anything I hadn't posted.
Here's a couple of necklaces made from melted sunglass lenses.

And a small shadowboxy thing I made. The butterflies are different types of thin cardboard. I had a little bit of the stone spray paint, so I used it on a couple.

That makes 51!
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148  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: December 17, 2012 12:27:19 PM
An old one from my list-make gazpacho! Yep, in december. And a blurru picture as proof. Cheesy
V8, fresh tomato, diced carrot and bell pepper, basalmic vinegar, a tiny bit of sugar, hot sauce, basil, a little lemon juice, minced onion and garlic. Made two bowls full, which we snarfed right up.

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149  Re: Year of Homemade Gifts Craftalong 2012-2013 in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: December 13, 2012 08:05:35 PM
Well, I just finished the present for my younger sister. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417895.0
Post with a few more pictures here.
As for everyone else-some of it's handmade, but not by me,and some of it's storebought.
Three nieces-Books from the used bookstore, came across some great finds. And an enamel animal pin for each of them from a craft fair I attended. The artist was clearing them out because he'd moved on to making other things, so they were a bargain!
Niece's bday the day after Christmas-a nice copy of the Wizard of Oz from the used bookstore. Think I'll try and make a nice bookmark or something, too.
Three great nephews-All got funny animal hats on sale from Dollar Store. The oldest gets a homemade monster plushie from the same craft fair. There was a nine year old boy who had a booth of monsters he designed and sewed himself!
Work friends-Will be baking, probably biscotti. Have a new stash of treat bags I bought after the holidays last year.
The adults drew names, I and husband got two of my sisters.
Younger sister-the jewelry covered mirror. She's been wanting one so much!
Older sister-a piece of stained glass to hang up and catch the light. It's from the same craft fair, and I got a deal. So, again, handmade but not by me.
Mother in law-Foodstuffs. Fancy stuff bought from where I'm working part time, bought the weeks they were on sale and also using my discount. So, frugal, anyway. Tin of ginger thins, lemon curd, strawberry jam, and shortbread. Yes, I could have tried to make some of that, but I ran out of time what with two jobs for the holidays. And again, it's nicer than I can make for a frugal price.
Dad-Food he likes that I can't make. Mincemeat tarts, fancy liquorice, and some locally made cream pull candy.
Mom-A pretty white cyclamen plant. It's covered in buds, and will still be blooming. I'm making either mini orange cranberry muffins, apple bread, or both. I'm picking up a soft throw for her to use when she's in her recliner-it's not something I can make myself. Unless I get a better idea first!
Husband-we don't do much christmas for each other, just stockings.
Daughter-Stack of books from the used book stores. Movie she's really been wanting, from the same place. The traditional bag of silly socks. Japanese candy from work. An asian inspired mug and the tea she likes. Last year she got some Hiroshigi and Hokusai prints and a frame, and she's broken the frame. I'll look at the thrift store first for a replacement, before I buy new-but only if I can find a nice one. Oil pastels, from local art store's clearance. A new alarm clock. Funky folders and notebooks with skulls and such, bought on after school sale clearance. An old plate with asian style art.
Not sure what else she will be getting yet! I'll make her a bookmark, and maybe a necklace.
So, only a few treats made by me, and the mirror. Some things bought from the thrift stores/used book stores. Some things hand made by other people. And some bought new, but on sale.
It's a far cry from me making all the presents, but it's what I can do this year. At least it's frugal.
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150  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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