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51  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Girly Mirror, Chain Mirror,and a compact on: November 14, 2013 05:19:28 PM
Ceiling medallion,mirror,old jewelry,beads, 'rhinestone' gem stickers, metal garden decor from dollar store I painted,more beads!

cheap makeup mirror,clearance plastic halloween plates,chains, lots of paint,bit from the broken jewelry stash.

and a compact. paint,nail polish,sealer,a star.
52  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Triple Moon on: November 14, 2013 05:09:56 PM
A piece of cherry cabinet from the Habitat Restore, almost all my broken chains,a few beads, a broken compact, a small mirror from the candle section at Dollar Tree, a few charms and odd earrings, and iridescent glass tiles from the craft store. The dragonfly is from some clearanced metal garden decor, that I painted.

detail shots

The tiles are very iridescent in real life.

Little frog

I'll go over it again and fill in a couple of places a bit more. But I'm pretty happy with how it came out.
EDIT-putting a link to my inspiration here in the top post, I forgot to do that when I originally posted! I don't know her,but this artist makes cool stuff. https://www.etsy.com/shop/TUTreasures?ref=l2-shopheader-name
53  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Leaf Box on: November 01, 2013 12:24:22 PM
Started as a battered wooden bible box from the thrift store.

The sides have a daubed on layer of black screenprinting ink, and then some antique gold rub n'buff. Screenprinting ink takes a few days to dry, but it's just perfec for some things. 

The inside is scrapbook paper,flocked ribbon, and a little more gold rub and buff.

Leaf close up.

Real leaves,foil,rub n' buff, spray paint, three shades of luminere acrylic paint, and glaze. And old gift cards. ^^

54  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Steampunkish butterfly mirror. on: October 31, 2013 07:46:39 PM
Steampunkish butterfly mirror. A ceiling medallion I painted, a few rows of chain, a Dollar Tree mirror, and a butterfly. The butterfly was from some brightly colored metal garden decor vastly marked down at Dollar general.I painted it and added a few red glass beads. Just needs a hanger.

55  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A couple of raygun shadowboxes on: October 26, 2013 01:29:28 PM
I needed a break from making mirrors, so whipped up a couple of these.  Grin I love buying cheap shadowboxes at the thrift store to take apart!

Can't really see any detail here, but there's metal bits added for a trigger, a metal cap on the nozzle, and a green brad at the end. Silver, white,and purple paint on a tiny water pistol from a pack of party favors, scrapbook paper, and a thrift store frame, and the word 'Imagine'. Most of my shadowboxes are 'in case of airship pirates/space pirates break glass, but I wanted to make a few different ones.

Second shadowbox! An old earring, a tiny key, a copper coil, the green bulb is from electronic innards, a disc, a pointy bit of plastic. Scrapbook paper and thrift store frame. The label-printed, cutout,glued on cardboard,wrapped in some twisted thin yarn from a tassel. The green leaves? From a sheet of temporary tattoos.
56  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Something simple on: October 26, 2013 01:17:03 PM
I bought a humongous pair of hoop earrings just for the pretty iridescent beads. Took them apart,strung them on a thin gold chain.

57  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Black & brown mirrors,and how not to make ring holders on: October 21, 2013 01:26:51 PM
Mirrors! Found a brown ceramic plate/tray,fit an octagonal mirror inside,and beads in the corners.

I think that was worth fifty cents, don't you?

Then,I bought a frame on clearance for 2.50 at Dollar General. Removed the glass. The fancy embossed mat was a dark grey plastic. Lots of rub n'buff, then paint, then sealer.

More beads from the multistrand necklace I used in the blue mirroe.

The mirror is one of these, frame painted black. Locker mirror,one dollar.

And another compact. I should have just used the swan and left the background black.

So, I picked up some small frames from the thrift store to make ring holders. Found the perfect scrapbook paper for each of them,was smug at how easy they went together. The little ceramic frame I promptly dropped the second I finished it, and cracked the frame in four places. The green frame-I brushed sealer over the paper,since it'd be going by the sink. The paper promptly buckled. I tried to smooth it back down right away, and tore a hunk off. That's why there's a flat gold bead there.

Ah,well. One's in the bathroom,the other in the kitchen. Next time will be better!
58  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Not another hanging mirror... on: October 15, 2013 09:38:32 PM
This time it's a vanity mirror and two compacts.
I bought the red and silver vanity mirror at the thrift store. The mirror itself swivels in the  frame,each side is  a different magnification. One side of the frame is covered with small beads. A tiny piece left from a pearly necklace I'd used on another project around the 'neck', a string of red beads around the base. And on the frame, six crystal drops that had been in my jewelry stash forever! They originally adorned a huge,gaudy pair of earrings. Brushed some clear sealer over the beading, and the red glass.

You can't tell from this,but the drops have a nice iridescent sheen.

A little fuzzy,but you get the idea.Larger rhinestones on the middle at each side,and left plain on the back.

The base.

And the two compacts.

An earring,some chain,rhinestones,silver and clear glitter beads, and clear jewelry sealer on the black one. A green heart brooch,paint, gold glitter beads and a few larger beads, and more sealer on the gray one. Mirrored compacts 1.00 each from Dollar Tree, everything else from stash.

59  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jewelry display tray and quick how to on: October 10, 2013 04:17:25 PM
So,I picked up a set of four 9 1/2" square metal black trays from Goodwill for three dollars, and also a full length stretch velvet black gown for five dollars. And ended up with this. You can't make out the individual rolls, but trust me,they're there and the pins are nestled between them.

The basic idea was cut out fabric,roll it up and glue the edge,cut a piece of velvet and glue around the fabric roll, glue down in the tray. Don't do what I did and cut up a beach towel. A thicker fabric would have been much easier and made nicer rolls. A felted sweater would probably have been perfect. But, I was stubborn and used what I had.

Rolled up the fabric, used an old, bristleless paintbrush,i.e. a stick, to daub tacky glue on the edge. I put rubber bands top,bottom,and middle, or tied scrap fabric there. Made enough to fill the tray. If the rolls are a little too long, they can be trimmed.  But yeah, don't use a beach towel. It is also helpful to know exactly where you safely put the good fabric scissors to keep people from using them for paper.
Here's the empty tray. I used E6000 to glue the rolls down after they'd been wrapped,but hot glue would have worked as well, and smelled better,too.

Anyway! After making all the fabric rolls,next step.Remove the ties. Cut a piece of the pretty fabric, and you want it long enough to overlap the ends. Stretchy velvet was perfect. I ran a thin line of E6000 down one edge of the velvet, placed the fabric sausage on it, rolled it up, did another roll of glue at the edge to secure it, squirted glue at the top and bottom and mushed/folded the overlap down. Ran a line of glue in the tray,including up the edges. Placed roll in, seam side down. Repeat. Use packing tape to get the fuzzies off the velvet. Fill with pins to try it out.
The first roll I made was saaad. I didn't roll it tightly, and I smeared glue on the velvet.
Not perfect, but good enough, and the other three trays will be easier. And this was cheap! I'll end up with four trays for pins/earrings/rings for a total of 8.00, plus the cost of a tube of glue/hot glue sticks.
60  UNITED STATES / Kentucky / Louisville,Ky., WinterFair, December 6th,December 7th on: October 09, 2013 09:20:45 PM
At Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Rd. 23rdAnnual WinterFair. 80+Juried artists, www.tjuc.org
photography,wearables,glass,sculpture,mixed media,wood,watercolor,ceramics,andmore.
Chili,hot dogs, vegetarian soup and lots of desserts.
Friday December 6th, 2pm-7pm,saturday december 7th, 9am-5pm.
From the website-"WinterFair! showcases uncommon art for uncommon people. Fine art and very fine crafts at affordable prices in time for
the holiday giving season.
See you soon!  (Church bazaar, we are not!)"
I'll be there with jeweled mirrors, a few rayguns, recycled jewelry-especially key jewelry, and a few extras.

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