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101  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / So DREAMY! Warning-Nerd Alert on: February 26, 2012 02:18:39 PM
So, I had a small piece of red fabric, with tiny white hearts, and I don't really sew. I was musing over what to do-look up tutes on fabric flowers? Hmm...it's cotton, and will fray. What else?
Then, my eyes lit upon a tiny frame I bought at the thrift store for 50 cents. Perhaps the fabric would make a good background? Then, it all clicked. A small photocopy of a Tesla photo, touch it up a little, glue it on a background, add a few gear looking wash lockers...(Yes, I know, electricity would be more appropriate for Tesla. Don't judge me.) Put it all together, and realized, 'holy cow, did I just make a Tesla pin up?'
(Tesla is from the same era as Edison-but you don't have to know who he is. Just look at those smouldering eyes!)

slightly crooked, alas.
He's now with my other little nerdy goodness, things made by others, and some by me. Resting on the top of a shadowbox I made, another lovely framed piece of art from a swap behind him. I was given the dingbot clank and the atcs, I made the clock robin, and he's next to a lovely bit of found metal, with the word 'imagine' attached. He seems at home there.
102  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Revamped a skirt for my kiddo on: February 25, 2012 02:32:35 PM
So,ages ago I bought two white wraparound skirts, one with green embroidery, one with purple, thinking I would make aprons. I didn't. Turns out they were kiddo's size. I used acrylic paint to color in between the embroidery, heat set it. Then I tea dyed that sucker. It washes just fine! She loved it. Here's a shot of the fancied up embroidery-can't get her to pose for a skirt picture!

EDIT-wrong picture~
103  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / paper bead attempt on: February 25, 2012 02:26:49 PM
So, I fished a sheet of kiddo's sheet music out of the recycling, and made beads. I didn't cut the paper neatly, I was sloppy, the beads aren't even. But I did it! And I think I need to make more. Taking my time next time, of course.
I strung them on a broken necklace, interspersed with random beads, and knotted the chain at the end. Ran wire around the last bead, too. Just something for fun, even if it is sloppy.

104  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Poe swap? on: February 15, 2012 09:57:52 AM
Who would like an Edgar Allan Poe swap? I can't organize, but I would sign up in a heartbeat!
105  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / plush xmas stockings? on: January 28, 2012 12:15:24 PM
All right, my Dollar General store has all the left over christmas stuff heaped on a table for a quarter each. And there's a ton of those soft plushy fabric stocking, in red and dark green. They're nice to pet, but what could they be made in to? I resisted buying any, because I hadn't a clue what they could become. I only hand sew, and not too much of that! If I can get a good idea, I'll go back and see if they're still there.
106  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mars, 1887 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.
107  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tea for one in style 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!
108  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Walking sticks 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.
109  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Last set of pictures-three larger boxes. 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.
110  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More boxes! 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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