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181  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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182  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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183  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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184  Steampunk cane with a surprise in Completed Projects by bookstorebabe on: January 11, 2012 09:08:17 AM
Ever since one of Alchamy13's steampunk swaps, I've been making canes, usually out of old umbrellas. This one is made from a curtain rod, a commission from a friend who's putting together a steampunk outfit.
The cane-

Detail shot! Poly clay gears, real watch gears, jewelry findings.

The surprise! Gently twist the finial at the top, and pull out an ultra skinny ray gun. Note the buttons on the side, and the spring coil at the end.
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185  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: January 06, 2012 05:04:24 PM
This one I'm proud of. I found a Lisa Frank box at Goodwill, like new for a dollar. Took a pic just so I could have a before and after! *Lots* of purple and orange. I was going to give it new life as a box to display jewelry in for sale, or maybe just sell the box by itself. I do a lot of taking small plain boxes and decorating them.
I painted a thick layer of white over it, and some sage green (which ended up mostly hidden), then started decoupaging. The rose paper is as thin as tissue, but is more the consistency of wax paper, I've had it for over 15 years, something at the store came with this gorgeous paper used as mere packing! Then a few layers of clear sealer.
The top drawer will be used for necklaces. For the insert, I glued a thin foam pad to cardboard, glued white cotton around it. I can use push pins to keep things from tangling if I wish. The middle is for earrings, I cut stripes of black foam left over from insulating around windows, glued them to cardboard, a spritz of white paint to keep the black from showing through, wrapped and glued more white cotton around it. The two smaller drawers are for everything else.
And I decided I love this and I'm keeping it.
And that it's going to be for jewelry I've made myself. I have sold or given away jewelry I'm happy with, and when I look at the ones I've kept for me-it's the not quite good enough stuff. Well, that's ending. They'll get any tweaking needed to make them something I'd be proud to give someone, then I will wear them and enjoy them.
So yeah. Project started in december, plain white and rose pattern, definitely upcycledj and recycled, and just for me.
The before!

The after!

Lid open, drawer pulled out to show bit made for earrings, ignore the glare!

Not bad for a dollar.
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186  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: January 03, 2012 10:57:23 AM
I'm doing the 50 projects in 2012 also. I need all the help and inspiration I can get! Love the cloth napkins! I should turn some old soft fabric scraps into hankies. Paper tissues always get so narly once they've been in a purse or pocket for awhile.
And a project! I used a small white canvas that I got cheap because it was damaged, paint and glue I had on hand, something from my paper stash, and art cut from a white envelope.
I'd ordered some books from a webcomic artist I follow-Shaenon Garrity, Skin Horse and Narbonic, and she'd doodled on the shipping envelope. Saved it, but it was already in less than perfect shape just from going through the mail, and it was time to use it before it got damaged. I glued the gerbils and swashbuckling silverfish to thin cardboard, carefully cut them out, more carefully tinted the space around them, leaving the main body white. Layered paint on the canvas until I got a background color I liked, glued down the art, added a 'mad science' logo I'd saved from an ad.  
Nerdy art, whee! And something just for me.

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187  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: January 03, 2012 10:36:14 AM
I'll have to change my sig and add a link, good idea. The woodburned cutting boards are such a smart idea! Cute, too. Love the necklace-wow, there's already so many projects posted!
Here's mine, which is retroactively getting added to the list. Smiley I read webcomics by Shaenon Garrity. Narbonic, and Skin Horse. When I ordered a few of the books, there were neat doodles on the envelopes! Which have been set aside carefully for a long time now. But the envelopes were already wrinkled from mailing, and they weren't going to last forever. So I glued the the gerbils and the swashbuckling silverfish onto thin cardboard, carefully cut them out, even more carefully tinted the white space with watercolors. Took a small canvas I picked up cheap because it was damaged, layered paint until I gt a background color I liked, glued down the art, added a scrap of paper from an ad I saved because it said 'mad science!', added a coat of clear acrlic sealer, and hung that baby up. Nerdy yes, but I like it.
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188  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: December 26, 2011 01:36:07 PM
My daughter was at a friends, they got pizza, and she saved me two plastic pieces from the box.

 "Mom, I thought you could use these for tables." Well, they're about 1 1/2 "  high. Won't quite work with the small shelf I'm using for a house, but....I got an idea.
I had a can of kryon fusion spray paint for plastic, in black. Sprayed them. I have scrap purse leather for making mini books. I cut a  loop to size, clamped and glued it. If I hadn't had leather, I could have used a toilet paper tube, and covered it with ribbon or decorative paper.

Take one plastic piece. Run glue down the inside of the three legs, and across the bottom of your cylinder. snug it into place. Take second plastic piece, run glue down the inside of the three legs, and across the top of the cylinder, press together.
Now me, I was in a hurry and it was messy. I have some thick black screenprinting ink, I went over the plastic with this. I brushed some clear sealer on the top. 

Had another idea, picked up a thin sample of laminate flooring and cut and glued a circle to the top! Black paint to cover the edge. I can flip the table either way. I could have used pretty paper and or paint to decorate instead.

Used e600 glue. If I only had acrylic paint, I would have sanded the plastic first, before painting. This may get saved for a different wee house since they're a bit big for my mini library, but there it is.  A drum table.
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189  first fairy wing necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bookstorebabe on: December 25, 2011 07:09:10 AM
Not my idea-I was inspired by the ones made by atlascoughed, and a book we were both inspired by,Enchanted Adornments. The ones by atlas are *much* cooler, but the pics don't seem to be there anymore, or I'd link.


Wing's about as long as my pinkie.
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190  Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: December 02, 2011 08:48:03 PM
I love your little bird, so sweet!

Okay, I pulled up my socks and made a tea wallet. This one is definitely not nice enough to gift! I mostly used this tute. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380532.0
I'll keep it and use it myself, and now that I have one under my belt, I'll attempt another. It's a good tute, but....See, I used to do embroidery and cross stitch. I keep seeing sewing projects, and get all excited. But I forget that I don't like doing fiddly sewing anymore. (can we say bifocals, boys and girls?). Anymore I think basting is what you do to a turkey. But onward!
I cheated. I didn't have interfacing, so skipped it. It seems fine without it. I didn't iron down and topstitch the long edge of the pockets. I found some handy dandy seam tape and fabric glue, and covered the edge with that. I forgot to trim the edges before I turned it right side out. The strap is sewed on crooked. The last few inches to sew shut? Oy, vey, is it crooked! It was late, I was determined to finish, butI should have set it aside to finish up tomorrow and taken my time.I found a package of nylon snaps, so used that. Next one, I may go with the good old cute button and elastic closure instead.

Outside, with wonky strap

Other outside, with truly messed up edge!

Inside, with tea!

Inside, empty
But I did it! Me and my crappy hand sewing did it! I'm going to try and make another one this weekend sometime. Cross your fingers...
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