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51  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / geeky circuit board jewelry on: March 30, 2013 12:20:49 PM
Not the best pics, my camera is dying! Probably need to replace it soon.
Bought a few baggies of the rings at the thrift store. Circuit board from dead electronics my nephew gave me. The coppery foil printed circuit board had to be used! Only a little of that, sigh. Long brass piece was from a key ring, the black/green/brass beads don't show up well in this pic. The big pendant has a wash of gold on it-I made a similar one earlier.
Three pins from transistors. Or capacitors? Something!

Blurry picture of pins/brooches. Beads, rhinestones, brass flowers, ect.

Another pendant shot. Still need to put them on chains, cord, or ribbon.

52  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 31 key brooches, used up my stash! Pic heavy on: March 17, 2013 04:42:27 PM
I have used up all my keys, had to buy pin backs and more e6000, and even some charm embellishments on sale from the craft store because my supply of suitable ones got low. Old keys, new embellishments, old jewelry, dollar  jewelry for filigree, bead stash. For my sale table at the con in a couple of weeks.

and obligatory group shot.
53  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 17 key pins/brooches 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!

54  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2.00 desk clock steampunked up 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.
55  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Circuit Board necklace 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.
56  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jewelry covered mirror! on: December 13, 2012 11:55:10 AM
I'm proud of this. It's a present for my younger sister, who's wanted one ever since seeing them on pintrist.
I decided to make a smallish one.  I had a hard time finding a mirror with a frame I could cover so-the base is a seven dollar ceiling medallion from the home improvement store. The mirror is a makeup mirror from the dollar store-I heated an old knife in a candle flame to cut off the handle. E6000 glue. Paint the mirror frame white, glue on a string of blue beads to cover the edge, glue a string of pearls around the outside edge of the medallion, glue a plain white string of pearls between the mirror edge and the frame to fill in  abit-that one is mostly hidden by the jewelry.
Cue old broken jewelry from my stash, from my mom and another sister, from the Goodwill, from other craftsers, ect. Add in fancy buttons. Fill in with glass gems, and tiny beads and pearls. The back is cut to size cardboard-and some insulation foam I had to fill in and make a flat surface. Painted and a hanger added.
I'd do this different next time. The medallion I chose had a curved surface, which was challenging to cover at times.
I still like how it came out!

Detail shots.

If you look closely, it's circle of blue beads, pearl circle (that matches the outside edge), and a plain pearl string filling in the valley-that third strand is mostly hidden by shinies.

The back.

I can't wait to see her face when she opens the box!
57  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A few more rayguns on: December 05, 2012 09:21:33 PM
Because why not.
Small, but I like this one.

This one has planets, stars, and brackets made from poly clay.

Gutted a Dollar Store clock to make this look like a porthole.

Wanted to do more femme guns that weren't pink-then ended up using a pink background! Message on plaque is "And they say diamonds are a girls best friend!"

The usual, 'in case of space pirates, break glass".

Enjoyed painting the background for this! Also, the usual 'in case of"
58  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Keyboard Lamp on: December 05, 2012 08:53:23 PM
So, my sis gave me a big bag of dead computer keyboards.
This is made from four of them, keys removed, lined with the clear plastic printed circuit board that was inside. Good old E600, plus copper wire woven through it, and some of the keys reattached at top and bottom, and a small lamp inside-don't worry, the small lamp is shaded, no worries about a bare bulb being too close to the frame!
It looks very cool lit up in person.
59  UNITED STATES / Kentucky / Louisville, ky, Winterfair, november 30th and december 1st on: November 17, 2012 11:23:30 PM
Friday, November 30th , 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and saturday December 1st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, Ky, 40222. 80+ juried artists-not a church craft bazaar! Featuring photography, wearables, glass, sculpture, mixed media, wood, watercolors, ceramics and more.
There will be chili, hotdogs, vegetarian soup, and lots of dessert, too. Fine art and very fine crafts at affordable prices.
60  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need ideas for steampunk crafts for teens to do! on: October 29, 2012 06:45:24 PM
Out of the blue, I received an email from someone asking me if I could run a steampunk craft for a group of teens at their library. She found me through another website I frequent. It's a couple of hours away from me, and the youth coordinator has offered to pay for supplies, transportation, and my time. We're working out the details now.
It'll be me running it, with perhaps an assistant or two. So, she was thinking possibly jewelry, like a fancy badge or necklace-but this needs to be something that'll work for boys and girls. She also liked the idea of a fancy bookmark, but is pretty much leaving this all in my hands.
I'll be drafting my own teen to make whatever I can come up with, to get her opinion of too hard/too easy/cool/lame.
What would be a steampunk craft that would work for teenagers, both boys and girls? Not too complicated. I'm fine with using glue, and maybe markers, but it's probably a good idea to stay away from paint.
I need all the ideas I can get! Thanks!
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