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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Another paint necklace! I call it the Outpour Necklace :) on: May 09, 2011 10:43:30 AM
The result of more experiments with acrylic paint for jewelry! I call this the Outpour necklace. The dry paint was varnished, then glued onto black fabric, cut out, and sealed at the edges by brushing modpodge to prevent fraying. I used wooden beads and a gold silk cord finished with leather crimps to tie it all together.





Will definitely be coming up with more of these, might even add some feathers to give it more of a boho look!

Thanks for looking!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pom Pom Fascinator. on: May 07, 2011 02:10:44 PM
I needed something to dress up my plain outfit for a wedding dinner, and decided to take some inspiration from the Royal Wedding Philip Treacy parade to make a fascinator. Saw a pom pom one on Asos, and thought for sure I could make one. It was really easy and fun to do, and more importantly, I got to use whatever I had lying around.





It was the only fascinator of the night, which really surprised me! Am I the only one recovering from Royal Wedding fever? I could also have been the only 26 year old female there that night, not in heels.

Thanks for looking!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Paint brooches and bracelets on: April 13, 2011 09:56:02 AM
The result of more experiments with acrylic paint!

The bracelet's got a cotton cloth backing glued on, plus chain and findings.





The grayscale brooch also has cotton cloth backing, and were then punched together with an eyelet.



The blue brooch has a felt backing, and is 'lined' with metallic silver acrylic paint to look like a metal frame. They had to be glued together first and then stitched at the back. I worked on it mostly at night, and in poor lighting, and didn't realize my clumsy fingers got mod podge and silver paint stains on it, it's pretty blemished. Sad
The brooches will all double up at barrettes as soon as I get my hands on the clips.



That's all for now, thanks for looking!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Paint necklaces (and bracelets) - Now with more pieces and photos! on: April 01, 2011 02:09:34 PM
Hello again! I'm back after a long while working on a new collection of trinkets and this is what I've come up with - ready to wear paint!





My inspiration often comes from my encounters with the children I teach, who also show me the way back to my childhood, stirring memories of play. The acrylic paint skins left behind in the studio are great fun to tear away when there's nothing else to do, it's even more fun than bubble wrap. I started to think that we could use these paint skins to create works of art, and was certain that there were ways for paint to serve as a sculptural medium. After a series of experiments in my colour lab, I came up with loads of pieces in different colour schemes. Some were like accidental pieces formed from pouring or squirting paint in a totally organic manner, some were more thought out and planned and sculpted. These were simply concentric circles formed by pouring one colour on top of another. They dried completely to a pleathery texture  and were stitched together and hung on a crocheted chain.



Will return with better photos of the rest of the pieces soon!
Thanks for looking!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Origami Ring - Image heavy! on: September 16, 2010 09:19:05 AM
Hi Craftsters! It's been ages since I posted a project on this board, and the last project on here ended up being featured, so I'm feeling the pressure to do better this time! Here I go with my fabric origami ring!



The silver ring is sewn from silver fabric and is made to be a little plushy with a strip of felt sandwiched within. The fabric origami pieces snap on to the ring so for now, I can choose between a butterfly, bow, or rose. All three pieces are from the same black fabric off an old pair of pants that I stiffened. They're each folded from a single piece, as you would in origami, and stitched down in places so they wouldn't unfurl.





I blanket stitched around the raw edges of the butterfly, and added a silver fabric body for it. Would have loved to use a shiny long rhinestone for the body instead, but I wanted to only use what I already had lying around.







The snap on the bow is a little more exposed than the rest, but only from the side. Ideally, I would have had smaller, black coloured snaps, but again, I wanted to use up what I had.





The rose was by far the hardest to learn to fold, but it ended up being easier to make in fabric. Paper just kept tearing along the creases.

This was the most fun I've had with fabric in a while, and it's got me really excited about the collection of fabric jewelry I've got in the works! Can't wait to share it with you again! In the meantime, thanks for looking!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Where The Wild Things Are inspired fort - Photo heavy! on: June 21, 2010 10:17:27 AM
Hi everyone, I've never posted anything in this community before, and I'm not sure if this goes in here but I made it for an art show my colleagues and I organized, so I hope it qualifies!

Though I don't consider myself an artist, I do work as an art educator and a while back, my colleagues and I decided to use the studio space where we teach to kids and hold an art show featuring our own work, instead of the kids', for a change. The theme was 'Making Space' and my idea was to literally create a space by building a blanket fort installation.

I don't recall exactly how, but I think the idea for a fort manifested in a dream. In the dream, I was under layers of sheets and blankets, all curled up and comfy like in a womb. Then I remembered that even Max made a fort in Where The Wild Things Are, and then it just sort of turned into an excuse to wear my Max costume that I had made for Halloween last year.

I made the sheets from scratch with calico cloth and batting, and tried to give it the look and texture of tree bark by running jagged stitches through it on my machine. The sheet on the inside was also sewn from calico, then printed with acrylic paint and leafy sponge stamps. After that I just dragged in my furniture and all my favorite nostalgic things, like vintage adventure and mystery books (hardy boys, famous five and the like) and kitschy toys, and after an all-nighter of tethering with cable ties and cord, and draping fabric, I built my ideal idyllic home in a home. I also made some firewood out of cardboard for a tiny piece of a woodland fantasy, and scattered leaves cut out of felt all over the roof and bed.








That's an old Hardy Boys hardback called The Clue in the Embers, handed down from my brother. I hung a reading torch fixture.


That's a picnic basket filled with more books like Famous Five and You, it also has an old wooden toy piano and a transistor radio that I used to listen to every night when I was young. My brother and I tuned in to the jazz station and had tap-dance offs. Neither of us took dance lessons.


It was a hit with kids during the night of the launch. They loved playing with the felt leaves, feeling the sheets, tinkering with the piano and banging the keys on the typewriter. This darling baby girl started to cry when her mum peeled her away from the typewriter! I left notepaper in there for anyone to leave a message or note.


The lady sitting on the bed is reading Where the Wild Things Are for the first time!

I'd never exhibited anything before this, and unlike my colleagues who are excellent fine-art trained painters and sculptors and illustrators, I just like to sew and craft for fun. So I think I made this for my own pleasure and satisfaction more than anything else, hoping that random strangers would step in and find a common memory.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ichat window mini cushion - very esoteric on: December 25, 2009 08:06:45 AM
This is probably the only thing I've made all year. I've been sooo busy working and saving up all year for trips and family expenses I haven't made anything at all. I usually craft christmas presents, but since I was finally in a place where I could afford to buy something practical for my boyfriend, I did just that, and got him a vado HD camera. Still I felt odd not actually making him anything so while I had some days off work, I spent some time trying to create a fabric portrait of him - an idea I've been putting off since Valentine's. Somehow, the portrait turned into a re-creation of our Ichat window on the Mac. And because I didn't think it through properly, it turned into a silly mini cushion/plush that serves no purpose at all. In a bizarre twist of fate, while I was enjoying time off work and catching up on crafting, I did a lot of googling and found a school abroad that I'd really like to study in. We started talking about the implications of me moving away. He was really supportive and said that we would always have Ichat to see each other with. And that's how this silly cushion took on a new meaning.







That's me in the corner, of course. Smiling to myself because of his adorable look of concentration while he's trying to Ichat me up and work on his computer at the same time.

I think he's the only person who would be able to see the beauty in this. Least I finally tried my hand at sewing a fabric portrait. Will work on bigger, more elaborate ones when time permits!

Happy Holidays craftsters!

Jo
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Magic Spinning Lamp help! on: September 28, 2009 10:54:27 AM
Hi everyone!

I'm in desperate need of some lamp-making advice! I've been looking at Magic Spinning Lamps and really wanna make one of my own. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, here are some photos!










It's a cool night light that projects moving images on your wall. I know that it has a spinner with a printed design and a fan shape at the top that allows air heated by the bulb to travel upwards, causing the cylinder to spin. It also comes with a box screen that helps project the images.

What I need to know is what kinda materials to use and how to make the spinner spin. Will I need high-energy bulbs in order to get the air hot enough? Will I need very heat resistant material for the spinner? Does the spinner  have to be a transparency-like material for the light to pass through and project images? Do I need a particular fan shape in order for the spinning to happen? How do I fix the spinner to allow it to spin freely?

I'm due to submit an idea for a competition and really wanna give this a go if it's at all possible to be cheaply produced. I've been looking online for tutorials but to no avail! If anyone knows of anywhere I can find a how-to please do share!


9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / No-sew Russian dolls kids project! on: August 10, 2009 11:24:45 AM
Hi guys, I've been sooo busy with my job as an art educator I've hardly had time to craft anything for myself. But no matter, crafting up ideas for the children is just as fun! I just came up with a no-sew doll-making project as a parent-child activity and pictured below are my test results. The seams were glued with ordinary white glue and blow dried/ironed till completely dry before stuffing. The designs were drawn on calico (I think) cloth with regular dobble markers we use in our classes. The idea is for the kids to learn a little bit about drawing faces and figures with simple lines, shapes, patterns and textures and in the process bring home a tangible item they can display around their rooms. Parents are able to help with the assembly of the doll while the children can have their fun designing, drawing, coloring and embellishing their creations. Let me know what you think!

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Polly Pocket bracelet! on: June 04, 2009 05:22:55 AM
Remember these pretties? I used to carry them in their little houses for the most part of my princesshood. The new Polly Pocket toys aren't nearly as fun as these! Plus they look like a right bunch of floozies. Haha. It was really fun and simple to make. I just drilled a hole into their little heads, made hooks out of beading wire, super glued them in then completed it with some perler flowers. I'm thinking I might give it away to a little princess  I know!





The one holding the bear in her PJs is my favorite Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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