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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Using magazine pages without the other side showing through? on: September 12, 2014 07:57:20 PM
So, I saw some lampshades on Pinterest decorated with comic book pages. And I just happen to have a small spare lampshade and some beat up comic books. Decoupaging them on things like boxes, they're fine.But something light shine through? Not so good. I tried painting the back of a test panel with white paint. I tried gluing another test panel to a white sheet of paper. You can still see the printing on the other side when they're help up to the light.
The obvious solution is to make color copies. But, I do not have a working printer, and going to Kinkos to make color copies would get expensive fast.
Anyone know of a technique for this? Thanks!
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Rocket Ship...thing on: September 11, 2014 07:35:12 PM
The round thing is some part to some toy, who knows what? Painted the red plastic black, then went over it with silver. A sample piece of fabric in a retro atomic print glued to cardboard to fit inside, and a space ship. You know I couldn't find a toy spaceship anywhere?I bought a party favor bag of plastic planes,or maybe they're space shuttles?, from Dollar Tree. Took two,cut off the wings, glued them together, painted it red with a little silver, and glued a couple of thumbtacks to the back. Reminded me of an old metal toy with the paint wearing off.
Not completely happy with it, but it's done for now.
rocket ship ect 009 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More mirrors! on: September 11, 2014 07:22:42 PM
I had two weird plastic circle things from the odd toy bin at the thrift store. Orange, clear plastic, I have no idea what they were. Painted them, added mirrors from a compact, and flower stems from Dollar Store clearance garden decor.
rocket ship ect 002 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
The metal stems are held on with strips of aluminum tape from the hardware store.
Neck, a white glass plate with a scalloped edge from the resale shop. It already had a plate hanger on it. I took a Dollar Tree makeup mirror, took off the suction cups, painted it, glued on shiny purple beads, glued itto the plate where it fit perfectly, then edged it with a couple of rows of tiny pearl beads.
Lookit my fancy hawaiian shirt! ^_^
rocket ship ect 004 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
And a pic that came out too dark, but shows of the scalloped edge.
rocket ship ect 005 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
Last,an old compact! The gold was all scratched up. Painted the top in a mix of gold and green, darker green and purple for the center leaf and flower. The inside had a mirror on top, and the bottom was meant to hold face powder. I brushed some black and gold inside, and added three tiny circle mirrors.
rocket ship ect 006 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
rocket ship ect 007 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Simple raygun on broken wall clock on: September 05, 2014 01:14:31 PM
The base is a plastic wall clock from Goodwill, that I broke when taking it apart. So,painted it and used it to hang a small raygun.
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thrift store mirrors on: September 05, 2014 01:07:26 PM
And one from a yard sale.
This was was very simple. A little spanish copper rub 'n  buff. Then I found a tiny metal ballerina that matched perfectly in my stash.

This reminds me of those eye of god things we used to make with sticks and yarn. I used three beaded necklace my daughter gave me from her stuff for Goodwill bag.

The gold mirror was a yard sale find. And the long necklace I think was Goodwill? I lose track, people clear out their jewelry boxes and give me things! And it fit perfectly. So I painted that part black, and also the outer edge. I still need to clean up the painted edges.

36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tesla on Circuit Board on: August 22, 2014 01:10:31 PM
Had a chunk of circuit board too large to make jewelry with, so added an image of Tesla,a button with his name, various washers and bits, and filigree from a cheap earring, and an old fleur de lis hook, oh, and some old transistors. I think they're transistors...

37  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Record bowls and record earring holder on: August 22, 2014 12:57:53 PM
Nothin' fancy,just finally started using up the record stash. No good vinyl was ruined, this was all either scratched up, or saved from being thrown out.
hanging earring holder.

Three of them-I made three regular ruffled and one square.

One of them the label was messed up,so I covered it with a circle of scrapbook paper.

38  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bead Mosaic-what was going to be coasters evolved^_^ on: July 25, 2014 05:35:01 AM
So, I picked up a few tiles from the Habitat Restore, and tried out the pour nail polish in a pail of water and dip them real quick technique. And fell in love with how they came out. Then decided they needed to be part of a piece of  art, instead.
Got a frame the right size from the Dollar Store, removed the glass, painted the artwork black for a background,replaced the glass, started messing with it.
It was originally going to have an underwater theme. but ended up random. I used almost every purple-ish bead I had, and a lot of gold, black, white, and clear to completely cover the space. Then poured on a LOT of sealer-I think that's a bottle and a half of jewelry sealer.
It theoretically could hang on the way, but it's a bit heavy. You'd just have to be careful to find a stud. Or it could just lay on a table.
So yeah-it's neither the coasters I was originally making,or the sea scene I vaguely envisioned,bt it came out okay anyway. ^_^
EDIT-Argh,it posted before the pics uploaded! Trying again!
Okay,it won't let me just upload my photos. And Craftster photo hosting isn't working at all. Let's try flickr.
Mosaic 018 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
There we go!
Mosaic 015 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
Mosaic 016 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
The swirly beads next to the black tile, bottom left? Made them years ago,with the plastic bottle marker heat them tutorial elsewhere on crafster. There's several scattered throughout this. And I had six small black tiles, so they're interspersed evenly around the border. And a broken necklace gave the row of tiny black beading at the edges.
Mosaic 017 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
Mosaic 019 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr

39  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Muses Mechanique on: June 23, 2014 02:16:02 PM
A couple of old disc drives, some art postcards I've had forever, and random stuff. Jewelry bits, metal dollar store garden art. Any gears still turn, Dang it,I need more old disc drives!

group shot

40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Raygun rack,ect. on: June 08, 2014 06:47:49 AM
rayguns! I bought this long green metal rack for 1.00  (I love Goodwill), hoping I could adapt it to hold a rifle sized raygun. Nope, but it holds three small ones nicely! You can't see it,  but it has two small built in loops for hanging. I still need to get a plaque that says something like 'Home Sweet Home',or maybe 'Home Security System' or something to hang from it.

I had two fancy brass frames that I bought for cheap at a thrift store, so I did a matching pair of small rayguns for them.

This one is a work in progress. I found the wooden piece at Habitat ReStore for 1.00, stained it with a small bottle of burgundy color I picked up for a quarter, them did a raygun in blue and gold. It's not attached yet-I've bent some copper hanging tape for now, but it's not fastened down.

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