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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best quality clay overall/least cracking? on: February 22, 2012 01:56:11 PM
Thanks Diane! I did forget to mention...I try to keep the thickness to about 1/4" all around...the figures are usually about 6" tall or so, and I start by making a wire skeleton for the figures. Sometimes I wonder if the wire expands more than the clay as it heats up or cools down, causing the cracks, but I don't know what else to use as a skeleton for an upright figure.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Best quality clay overall/least cracking? on: February 22, 2012 09:35:40 AM
Hey guys...I tried to do a search on this subject and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I hope this hasn't been address already.

I make small figurine-type sculptures as gifts/cake toppers etc, and I typically use Sculpey III, just because of its low cost. However, I'm having a great deal of trouble with it cracking. I know how to keep cracking to a minimum, and how to repair cracks once they've been made.

But because I'm using a cheaper clay, I have to wonder, are other brands like Fimo stronger or less prone to cracking? Does anyone have any experience with the various brands being overall better quality than others?
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mermaid! on: November 05, 2011 11:09:51 PM
I've wanted to go as a mermaid for Halloween for quite some time now, but this was the first year I was able to make it a reality! I think it turned out pretty spiffy...The only thing I didn't make or modify in any way is the tank top.

The full costume, on me:


A closeup of the 'seaweed' boa I made, out of yarn, scraps, and a couple of those bath poufs I unraveled.


The side of the complete costume, on my sewing dummy:


Closeup of the skirt.


Full view of front.


Closeup of the seaweed and seashell necklace:


Closeup of the seashell crown I made:


Earrings:


Bracelet:



What the crown looks like when worn:



4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Need help with prizes for an 80's costume contest? on: February 23, 2011 09:37:22 PM
So my boyfriend's birthday is in May, and we both love the 80's. We're also both in bands and book shows for many of the local bands around here. So I figured for his birthday I would put on an 80's themed show. I'd like to hold a contest for the best 80's costume, but I need help deciding what I should give away? Basically I am on a very low budget, and the more things I can make, or buy cheaply, the better.

In the past when we've had contests, I usually put together a basket with candy (so 80's candy is a must, but I'm not sure what was popular back then?), and a mix cd (so an 80's mix cd is a must as well), but other than that I'm drawing a blank.

Any suggestions would be really helpful! Thanks!
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: I give my heart to you on: August 04, 2009 10:08:58 PM
I really like this! It's quirky and cute, and the hand is really well done for someone without much experience.
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Victorian "Derby Murder Mystery" Dress! on: April 27, 2009 09:18:28 PM
Hello all! I still consider myself somewhat of a sewing novice, because I've only made a handful of wearable things at this point. But my most recent creation is a victorian dress (my fourth victorian dress to be exact), created for a Kentucky Derby-themed murder mystery my volunteer group puts on every year.

Firstly, a purse I made to go with the dress:

I later added some beads to the bottom and a cameo to the front of it, btu haven't photographed it since.

The necklace I made to match; I made the cameo out of sculpey and used beads from two old necklaces and an old pair of earrings.


A closeup of the dress, along with a hat I made:






My sad attempt at an action shot:


Thanks for looking!!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial on: April 15, 2009 12:43:16 AM
I made an Infinity dress last night!! I'm generally TERRIBLE at making stretchy clothes...I'm somewhat, er, oddly shaped. So far the only thing I've had success with is a few alterations to existing clothes, and a couple of very structured Victorian dresses that I was lucky to have a well-fitting pattern for.

anyway, this dress has got to be one of the easiest and most flattering things I've made. I'm sorry I don't have more or better pictures of it, I'm the only person in the house awake, and I'm terrible at taking pictures of myself.



I'm quite proud of it..the only changes I made from the original tutorial, was that I made the circle skirt fit right under my bust instead of around my waist (so it'd be babydoll style), and I made the waistband VERY wide so it would be like a tube top for extra coverage.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Bad Robot! on: March 15, 2009 09:38:56 PM
I love robots! and robot plushies! Very nice job. Even with an obscenity on his chest, he still manages to be adorable. lol
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Odd advice needed...UFC-style belt?? on: January 04, 2009 11:45:54 PM
Hey guys! This is kind of an odd craft idea, but I suppose on this board, odd craft ideas are pretty common. :-) Anyway, some of my friends are very much into mixed martial arts, aka UFC and Pride fights. A couple of these said friends participated in a fight recently, and being the crafty girl that I am, I offered to make a belt for the winner (and the winner said that would be awesome).

Essentially, an official UFC belt looks like a wrestling belt...large and made of black leather, with a huge gold emblem in the center... http://thefullmount.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/ufc-belt.jpg

Since the boy already has a belt that looks like that, I am going to decorate it differently. But my main problem is, how should I go about making the belt (and cheaply, at that)?

So far all I can come up with is to buy a leather jacket or something like that at the goodwill, and then cut it out in the shape of the belt...should I sandwich some cardstock in between two layers of leather to give it some shape and stability?

And is there an easy/cheap way to make the belt fasten? I believe on the real belt, there are snaps on each end and it fastens in the back.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help! I look forward to everyone's suggestions!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Help With Wings For Costume? on: October 15, 2008 06:09:39 AM
The only things I can come up with, is to find a way to attach the wings to either a strapless bra or corset (corset would be a lot sturdier, but you'd have to have or make one), and I don't know if you were planning on wearing any jewellery with it, but perhaps you could wear a choker (like a collar type choker, one that is wide and maybe leather or something like that) and draw some string up from the wings, between your shoulder blades, and to the back of the choker.
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