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101  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / So I dug out my stash of broken jewelry... on: April 17, 2012 11:18:50 AM
Made a lot, here's a few.
 very simple. Blue shell from broken necklace, dragon charm, navy ribbon.

Fancy key, pearl strand, silver chain, gray ribbon, tiny clear beads.

lace and ribbon choker, a twisted bit of wire I found, letter beads painted gray and spelling out 'steam', and a little more metal.

A single old earring, added a key, put it on a chain-the silver of the earring looks nicely old and worn.

took a red and gold holiday pin, spray painted it black, hand painted it bronze/rust (hint of red and black shows through), turned it horizontal instead of vertical, used jump rings to add the fancy dangle I bought on sale.
102  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A few more shadowboxes! on: April 16, 2012 05:58:55 PM
I have fun with these. Even sold a few at the local scifi convention! Painted them up, and added a few metal doodads.

And a pair of very small ones, in pastels. Added a pearl and a gear to each. Hey, little girls need rayguns, too-but these are going to be hung in my bathroom.

And another!
 
And thumbnails of the two I posted a while ago.


103  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Be Prepared! on: March 20, 2012 08:09:47 PM
What every home needs. Or, at least every airship.
This one was made for the Steampunk for the home craft swap.


And then I made a larger one the other day. It's more purple than it looks in the picture. and the little black things are what it rests on-I had to take a picture of it flat, and not hung up, and it slid off its posts a little. It has a nut, bolt, and washer on top, and a gear on the side.

104  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.
105  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~
106  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.

 
107  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!
108  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.
109  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.
110  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!
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