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1  Re: Recrafting Stoneware in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions by DragonRhapsody on: May 16, 2012 08:55:59 AM
Thanks for the answers! I found this picture on theBerry, and was wondering if the pen shown would be a "pebeo ceramic pen?" Or if anyone else knows what kind of pen it is, that would be awesome to know! In the meantime I'll see what I can find at my local art store for some ceramic pens!

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2  Recrafting Stoneware in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions by DragonRhapsody on: March 30, 2012 04:48:28 PM

I have these two mugs that I want to paint some designs onto for my parents.

I would like to find a ceramic paint (in orange, in case anyone was interested) that:
1) doesn't need to be put in the kiln (I don't have one and I don't think you can do it twice) - "fired" in the oven is fine.
2) can safely go into the dishwasher
3) can safely go into the microwave
4) is permanent (obviously!)

Does anyone know of a product that can do this?

Or what kind of product I should be looking for?

I have some glass-paint that you fire into the oven, and once it has been you can put in the dishwasher, but it's for glass, so it doesn't say it's microwave safe (the paint is called Vitrea 160 with a tube of gold Pebeo).
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3  'Wendy' the Knit Doll in Knitting: Completed Projects by DragonRhapsody on: January 05, 2012 11:35:51 AM

This was a Christmas gift to my best friend's 2.5 year old daughter. She named her 'Wendy!'


I used black foam, with acrylic paint to paint her eyes. And some nice brown wool for her hair.


The body and dress are made out of Eco-cotton, reused cotton - I think it's from Red Heart?


The straps ended up being a little long, but that's okay. Because I hear Wendy likes to go naked. LOL

Sorry, I should also add that the pattern comes from Whimsical Little Knits by Ysolda. Great pattern, really easy to understand and there were other beautiful patterns in the small book, too. I will probably borrow it from the Library again!
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4  Quilted "Hot Pad" Table Runner in Quilting: Completed Projects by DragonRhapsody on: January 05, 2012 11:28:47 AM

For my SIL this Christmas, she asked for a table runner. I decided to give her something better.


It's a "hot pad" table runner. I added the quilted batting that you use for pot holders or oven mitts inside it.


I could have done the binding better, but I didn't realize it was twisting until I was half-way through sewing it down!


I love these two fabrics, they are my favourite!
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5  Native Quilt Design in Quilting: Completed Projects by DragonRhapsody on: January 05, 2012 11:25:17 AM

I came up with this pattern for my MIL who loves Native art. I looked up some Native designs and decided on this pattern.


Unfortunately, I started this project two years ago, and finished it this year, so the quality is totally.....off. LOL And clearly my skills have grown over time, but I'm probably NOT going to be doing a triangle-styled quilt again......for a long while at least.


I love the red fabric that went onto the back! It's really beautiful!


Thanks for looking!
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6  Sailor Galaxia in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by DragonRhapsody on: November 28, 2011 10:31:35 AM
I did this Amigurumi doll up for an awesome Sailormoon Swap, and for my partner, HoneyD.


Her outfit is sewn on with embroidery thread and felt.


Her skirt is individual pieces of cut felt and sewn on.


Her cuffs have little sunburst embroidery around a glass bead.


I didn't have very gold beads, unfortunately, to add to her tiara, but I thought it came out well.


I wanted to do a little clay brooch, with a clay head piece, but they were destroyed while they cooked. Unfortunately Scupley III sucks for small detail items.


It took a while to cut everything out, and trying to get it all even, but I totally enjoyed it - it was a tough project but so rewarding in the end!

I also posted the doll on my DeviantArt account.
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7  Re: Sailor Moon Manga Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by DragonRhapsody on: November 22, 2011 03:26:25 PM
WOW! All of these packages are amazing!!

I love the Bunny plush and those little masks! XD Super cute! And those sun catchers are GORGEOUS!
That painting of Sailor Cosmos is amazing! And Pluto's key is pretty fabulous too! XD
I really like the butterfly bag, the crystal was a really pretty touch! And the plushed Katzi is super cute!


EDIT: My post is photo heavy! Mostly because of my excitement and wanting to get the best photos of the items! XD


The whole package!


My three favourite photos of Usagi and Mamoru - I plan on putting them in my room! XD Also, their quality is perfect, despite my terrible photos! ANd on some heavy cardstock, so I don't feel like I'll destroy them while touching them! <3


Some AMAZING HANDSPUN YARN!! *squeel* Cosmos inspired, of course! <3 I think they will end up as cute little set of chunky ankle-warmers for my flats! Or some chunky mittens/arm-warmers!


My fabulous new bag! *squeel, again*THe back has the part of the comic where Cosmos meets Eternal Smoon!


All in colour, too! XD


I especially love the inside fabric! Very cosmos inspired, as well! I use this bag as my project knitting/crochet bag, it's perfect size and fits all my wips!


A beautiful wall-hanging, with Sailor Cosmos embroidered on it!


Detailed shot. I love the fabric it's on! I don't know where I'll be putting this yet, but it will have a special spot!


Some beautiful extras! The post card was made by HoneyD, and I totally love the wool-braid, I've been wearing it in my hair and everyone calls me a hippy! LOL It's perfect! Also, the lovely string of beads and dangles is perfect as a necklace:


...or a bracelet!



Everything is super gorgeous! I loved everything! Thank you so much HoneyD! Best swap partner EVAR! XD
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8  Little Red Fox in Costumes: Completed Projects by DragonRhapsody on: October 31, 2011 10:58:22 PM
I decided that my son would parade around as a little red fox this year!



I found a great hat tutorial at http://clearkid.deviantart.com/art/Typhlosion-Hat-Tutorial-116825139?q=gallery%3Aclearkid%2F9494194&qo=4 and decided that I could alter it into a lovely little fox! Which I did!



A cute little fox-tail, some black arm-bands and an applique white fox-belly and the costume was done! I am glad I took the extra time on the little details, like the tail and the ears! The whole toque came out looking really professional, and everyone loved his little outfit!

More pictures are available on my DeviantArt account.
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9  Little Birds Quilt - 18.5"x 16" in Quilting: Completed Projects by DragonRhapsody on: October 02, 2011 01:56:09 PM
I made this sweet little quilt from a beautiful book I purchased called Little Birds by Design Collective - this specific pattern was designed by Anita Peluso. I really loved making it because it was super quick and a perfect baby-shower gift for my friend who doesn't know the gender of her baby yet.


I had some issues with my machine, though.

It's not suited for free-form quilting, the feed-dogs don't lower; so I had to do a tight zig-zag stitch around the birds, and reduce the amount of extra details the birds originally had.


The birds were all supposed to have little feathers on their heads or little loops.


Plus wings and tail feathers or loops.


And because I didn't know my machine wouldn't do this BEFORE I sewed the quilt to the back, I would have embroidered little details by hand.


I do really love the binding fabric, I was looking everywhere for some nice fabric and this was the only one that really looked good with the other fabrics.


Finished size is 18.5x16" - perfect for transport between the car in a baby-bucket {carseat}.

Next time I'll be borrowing my mom's machine for detailed quilting work. I know her feed-dogs go down and I can always purchase a free-form quilting-foot for her machine -- I don't think my machine even has options like that {it's like a kids model with very little stitch-options, but it was all I could afford at the time}.
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10  Re: Crafty new Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DragonRhapsody on: May 19, 2009 11:06:04 AM
LOL Sorry for the delayed reply!! I forgot I posted these and I've been waiting for my first baby to show up {he's 10 days late already}.

Anyway. I didn't detach the ENTIRE spiral, I actually just flipped the front page to the back, and slipped them both off.

To get that clean edge, I folded the paper over the holes and then I cut out the holes using an exacto-blade. The exacto-blade method is very time-consuming, and I was surprised that I had the patience at all! LOL

I should take a photo of how I removed the covers, it's really simple and it doesn't require bending or re-shaping anything....

Here we go:


The inside of the back cover looks like this. Here you can see the type of spiral binding, and by flipping the front cover to the back, it's easy to remove both pages.


Like so. By pulling the little prongs to the side, and slipping the front covers up, it just pops them out of the binding. Very easy.


Binding after it's been man-handled. It's not as in rough shape as that tutorial binding - might also be because of the metal binding used. It's super durable and doesn't warp easily. {Another reason I love Strathmore sketchbooks! XD }


Finally, both backing and front cover have been removed. It takes all of 30 seconds to pop it off. And maybe a minute or two to pop it back on {another reason to REALLY GLUE DOWN the paper you cover it with!}
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