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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Newspaper charm necklace on: September 21, 2010 12:38:51 PM
I have been really into paper mache lately, but I botched up one thing I was working on and had to scrap it. I got the idea to cut some small pieces out of the scraps and use them as charms in a necklace, because they were a nice thickness and could have holes punched etc. I painted them and covered in polyurethane, and covered a wooden disk with letters for the pendant. It is a little busy, I think, but hopefully still interesting.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Mache pumpkins on: September 05, 2010 02:56:33 PM
These are my first paper mache pieces, two little pumpkin lanterns. I got a lot of inspiration from www.stolloween.com, www.pumpkinrot.com and www.ghoulfriday.com-these people really love Halloween and make the most amazing Halloween art and share their paper mache tips. These lanterns are inspired by paper mache ones from the 1940s, and I have a few more I am working on-a devil, a ghoul and a ghost.

One started out as a balloon, which was covered with newspaper strips and glue, and the features were built up with claycrete and paperclay.  The other was built over a plastic bag stuffed with paper and more bags and then tied to resemble a pumpkin, with more newspaper, glue and papreclay. Both are finished with acrylic paints and sealer.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Klimt inspired necklaces on: August 22, 2010 07:19:21 PM
My favorite painter is Gustav Klimt, and I have been wanting to make some jewelry inspired by his paintings for some time now. Originally I thought I would make beads with polymer clay, but I am still fairly new to polymer so this is still a work in progress. I hand painted some wooden beads, which are featured in these necklaces.  I love the burnt orange freshwater pearls in the second one, it was hard for me to actually use them (as opposed to hoarding them like a little treasure.)

What do you think?

4  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Greensboro Area craft meet-up December 3rd 1-3 Benjamin Branch Library on: May 30, 2010 08:59:06 PM
I don't know if anyone will see this, but here goes. I live in Greensboro and was wondering if there are any crafty people out there who would be willing  to attend a craft night. I don't have any details yet, I wanted to see if there was any interest before I located a meeting space, etc.

So, if you are interested, post a reply or pm me. Also, any ideas what we should do? I was thinking something small and fun where everyone can take home a finished item or two.  I think most of the public libraries have meeting rooms we can use for free.

My fingers are crossed people will see this!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Cooking up a hot mess-help! on: March 21, 2009 07:58:48 PM
OK, I think I am making something ugly and headache inducing and I need the truth. I am making a quilt to send to a member of the armed forces at some point in the distant future, so I decided to go with a star theme in red white and blue. I am new to quilting, and I was quite aware that this was not going to be a work of art like so many things I see here on craftster, but I figured I'd have a go at it. I enjoy teaching myself things and learning by trial and error (lots of errors!!!!) I saw a block I liked online and made a pattern for it, and have been happily sewing away. My plan was to have these blocks with a 2 inch blue sashing in between and stars at various key points, nothing amazing, but I thought it would be cheerful and colorful. I set them out on a piece the same color as the future sashing to have a look and it seems pretty hideous. Please pardon the quality of this photograph.

I think my big mistake was using the pattern I did, I guess with fabrics with such high contrast I should have gone for something simpler?
Should I start over? I really loved the blocks until I looked at them together. There is one with the blue on the outside that would need to be changed regardless.
Suggestions for a better pattern?

Thank you for all your help!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Double layer of batting?? on: February 22, 2009 08:37:17 AM
Hi there, I am making a tied quilt that has to be 100% cotton throughout. I want it to be extra warm, would anyone recommend two layers of cotton batting? The cotton batting is so thin! If one were to use two layers of batting, should they be basted together before the layers are sandwiched as to prevent bunching and mayhem?

I appreciate your advice!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Tied quilt durability question on: January 28, 2009 05:09:46 PM
Hello all! I am a first-time quilter and I am working on a small project first. If I feel comfortable, I plan to make a twin-sized quilt to send to a troop stationed in Afghanistan. I will have 9-10 months to complete this project. Here is my main question-if I decide to tie this quilt, which is what I would like to do, do you think it would be durable enough to withstand such an environment? Obviously it would be more durable actually quilted, but I have some doubts about my ability to undertake such a task in the time frame given.

Also, does anyone ever combine hand quilting with machine quilting? I would be stitching in the ditch, but I have a standard sewing machine and it might be better to hand stitch the middle?

Thanks for any advice you might have!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Octopus on: September 20, 2008 09:45:08 AM
This is the first time I have posted pictures of my work. Usually I work with beads and wire, but I made this piece for DanniQuee as an extra for the Vintage Halloween swap. I love steampunk, but this is my first time making anything in that style. The hardest part was figuring out how to join the pieces, I ended up using 3 different kinds of epoxy. I think next I'm going to do some sort of insect, maybe a scarab or a dragonfly-any suggestions? Comments and constructive criticism please! (and sorry about the photo quality...)

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