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81  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.
82  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.
83  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!
84  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.
85  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.
86  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.
87  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Little trinket boxes on: January 11, 2012 09:24:52 AM
This may be in the wrong place-to me, they're trinkets. If I need to move it to housewares or miscellaneous, I will. Anyway!
I have been on a box decorating  binge. Here's a few. Old cardboard jewelry boxes, metal gift card tins, mint tins, and the paper mache boxes you get at the craft store for a buck when I run out of free ones. Painted, and something nifty glued on top-broken jewelry, old keys, whatever appeals. I take these to the gallery where I have my canes and jewelry. I figure, hey, if people buy jewelry made by some of the other artists instead of my stuff, I can at least sell them a nifty little box to gift it in. Grin
You can't tell because of the glare, but the one on the lower right is an image of a fairy, behind a layer of mica. The box with the key, that's a small butterfly at the bottom. The first layer behind the key is an interestingly patterned bit of poly clay, cooler in person.

Again, the glare-the round metal tin has a compass on the lid, you can just make it out. Those were popular!

88  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Steampunk cane with a surprise on: January 11, 2012 09:08:17 AM
Ever since one of Alchamy13's steampunk swaps, I've been making canes, usually out of old umbrellas. This one is made from a curtain rod, a commission from a friend who's putting together a steampunk outfit.
The cane-

Detail shot! Poly clay gears, real watch gears, jewelry findings.

The surprise! Gently twist the finial at the top, and pull out an ultra skinny ray gun. Note the buttons on the side, and the spring coil at the end.
89  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / first fairy wing necklace on: December 25, 2011 07:09:10 AM
Not my idea-I was inspired by the ones made by atlascoughed, and a book we were both inspired by,Enchanted Adornments. The ones by atlas are *much* cooler, but the pics don't seem to be there anymore, or I'd link.

Wing's about as long as my pinkie.
90  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A fleet of zeppelins-and one submarine on: November 21, 2011 07:37:49 PM
I had these long drop ornaments, and they made me think of zeppelins. Teeny gear shape lock washer and jump rings attached to the top to make a loop for a hook,the  tail fins/rudders cut from an old gift card and painted . Where the original hanger was, at the former top of the ornaments which is the new tail-there's a wee propeller cut from a thin plastic lid, and another gear. The gondola is mostly paper mache-ish. Two matching shapes cut from thin plastic lid, sandwiched with foam, covered with aluminum foil, then tissue paper and glue, then silver paint, then glitter and sealer.
The fleet-

one ship-

And I had to make one of these a submarine. Made the same way, but a coat of darker grey over all, and a poly clay suckered tentacle on each side. Hey, it's the Nautilus, being attacked by a giant squid! ...green's a holiday color, right?

I'm sending them to the local Victorian Steampunk gallery.
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