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91  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.
92  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!
93  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"
94  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.
95  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.
96  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!
97  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Yes, more rayguns! I'm getting the hang of this... on: September 26, 2012 07:49:32 PM
Being hung up for a church art display, and possibly a chance for more of these to be in a small winter art show the church sponsers.

And a close up of the label. I bought the teeny label frames from the scrapbook section, and had the librarian help me with word to print the message. Looks better than my older ones where I just wrote with a metallic pen on the frame itself. 'In Case of Airship Pirates, Break Glass.'

Plastic water pistols, sanded and painted, gear looking lock washers, fancy metal beads from cheap earrings, old electrical resistors, and painted a background  and put it all in a shadowbox. Used a little coffee on the label.
98  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / the laptop's dead, now what can I do with it? on: August 16, 2012 07:11:17 AM
Yep. The motherboard died. It was cheaper to replace it. It was an older one, and I bought another from the friend who sells reconditioned laptops.
Anyway! What do I do with it now? I've never taken a computer apart before. I know I should save the hard drive, and I don't even know what one looks like. I'm sure all the innards and circuit board can be made into nifty things. But how do I go about dismantling it in the first place? And, what to do with the case and screen once it's been looted for the inner bits? Thanks!
99  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altered stuff-pic heavy on: April 18, 2012 08:37:54 AM
Old box. Still needs a handle on top, so I can hang it. The rectangle bases are old gift cards. Dunno what it is, but I like it.
open

half. the far right one has a resin butterfly I was given, painted the back in purple and copper mix.

detail . tiny black bird behind opening in  top one, glowbug on bottom right.

more detail.

another
100  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.
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