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141  17 key pins/brooches in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: March 12, 2013 06:40:39 PM
So I went through my stash of keys and my stash of junk jewelry and made some pins. Still have a lot more to make! Most of the keys were ordinary old housekeys, or big clunky car keys-they'd been in the lost and found at work for several months and were going to be thrown away. So, I felt free to experiment. I still need to put pin backs on them, hitting the craft store after work tomorrow.

Obligatory group shot

I'm not crazy about the big one on the far left, with the red/gold fabric top and gold beads. Or the orange one in the middle, but I was determined to try and use the clunky odd orange earring!

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142  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: March 07, 2013 10:38:07 AM
Found a small black desk clock with the battery cover missing at the Goodwill, and painted it up. With DH's glasses for size comparison.

Posted here, with a few more pictures.
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143  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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144  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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145  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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146  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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147  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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148  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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149  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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150  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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