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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Wind up doll on: October 21, 2010 01:22:02 PM
Once upon a time, I created this:

Complete with a working key:

I received a lot of requests to make a tutorial for it and I had started one, but a big move caused the parts and pieces to be thrown into boxes and hidden away for a long, long time.  However, just the other day I was looking through some stuff and happened to find the pieces again!  I was determined to finish the tutorial before Halloween came so hopefully some people could put it to use. 

The parts:

All glued up:

and painted!:

(Full write up here: http://www.chezlin.com/how-to-wind-up-key/)

Not pictured is how I attached it to myself for the night.  I literally duct taped this thing onto myself for the whole night.  I carefully taped the wind up mechanism part to a piece of cardboard to help stabilize it and then taped the cardboard onto the tank top I wore that night by wrapping the duct tape around my body a few times.  It worked awesomely, the thing didn't budge, but it was a pain to get out of at the end of the night.  If anyone else has any other ideas on how it could be attached, please let me know!  My boyfriend's mom is going to use this one I just made, so we're trying to think of how we can get it on her without duct taping it onto her. Cheesy
12  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Suede slippers on: August 20, 2010 03:44:27 PM
I just wanted to share these slipper things I made the other day, based off the shoes here: http://earthandliving.blogspot.com/2008/08/viking-shoes-tutorial-sort-of.html

I tweaked the pattern a bit to make them flats:




I bought leather remnants from the craft store so it was under $5 and the cording to tie up the shoes was about $5 so total it was about $10 Smiley

They're more suitable as house slippers, but I want to try to make another pair with thicker leather and maybe a shoe sole so they can be worn outside without my feet dying.
13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / We are Sex Bob-omb shirt! on: August 20, 2010 03:37:25 PM
I won tickets to a free screening for Scott Pilgrim vs the World last Thursday, and I'm a huge dork for that comic book so I had to make a shirt to wear! 

Here's why I (and my sister) won tickets to see this film early (photo contest):

That's her in the picture, as well as the Gideon shirt I made her... I posted mine here a while back

So anyway, freezer paper + spray paint + nerdiness = Awesome new shirt!

I was in kind of a rush, because I put this off for a while... I actually tried to make shirt by bleaching the design onto it, but that ended up horribly, so I had to throw this together last minute.  I had a plain black shirt in my closet and some silver Krylon plastic fusion spray paint and some freezer paper so I figured that was good enough.  My last spray painted shirt was with super cheap black spray paint and it faded a lot on the shirt and I kind of wanted this shirt to have that same kind of effect, but after washing and drying it actually didn't fade that much and still looks kind of silvery.  I guess it's because I used a better brand of spray paint or something.  I thought that because it was supposed to be used on plastic that it wouldn't stick to the fabric as well.  Oh well, the shirt looks awesome Smiley
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sailor's Knot Bracelet on: August 09, 2010 10:02:09 PM
A while ago on Etsy they posted a How-Tuesday about sailor's knot bracelets and I knew I had to make some. (Here's the link: http://postserver.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-tuesday-sailors-knot-bracelets-9314/

Here's a picture of two of them that I've made so far:

I love the silver one and I've been wearing it every day so far.  At first it was kind of confusing to figure out, but once I got it, I could sit here and make them while zoning out or watching tv or surfing Craftster Smiley 
Hope you like!
15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pinhole camera fun on: August 05, 2010 06:08:45 PM
I built a few pinhole cameras so I wanted to come here to share what I've done so far!
Here's one of the cameras all nice and built:

I haven't finished the roll of film in that camera, but I have some examples of how the pictures look from a matchbox pinhole camera that I made:

The matchbox pinhole camera has a super shallow body so it caused some intense vignette effects in the pictures.  Hopefully with my next camera I can iron out all the problems  Smiley

For more pictures of the camera check out my blog post -> http://www.chezlin.com/2010/08/pinhole-cameras/
16  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Hey man, nice shirt! on: August 02, 2010 04:31:50 PM
I recently got my hands on the final volume of Scott Pilgrim, and after finishing I really had to make myself a shirt.  Because it was impulsive thing and I'm broke, I had to use scotch tape as a stencil, which I wouldn't really recommend because it left adhesive residue around some edges which I have yet to get off.  But I guess it worked in a pinch.

Anywho, on to the pic!

Around the top right "G" you can see some of the residue that is being very stubborn and won't come off easy.  I still like how it came out though Smiley
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Arcimboldo style self portrait on: November 23, 2009 03:19:04 PM
In my drawing class we had to do a self portrait in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo using things that described ourselves, so I used sewing stuff Smiley

Here's a quick picture I took while I was spraying it:

18X24 pastel

It doesn't really look like me... but it's kind of hard to do that when your face is made up of random stuff.
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I need help identifying this Brother sewing machine on: November 13, 2009 12:40:57 AM
My boyfriend and I went to the thrift store to buy a cassette or two for around 50 cents each, and naturally we brought home a sewing machine.  After getting home we tested it out and it works perfectly, but we can't find what model this thing is.  There's no model number on it, just a serial number.  The only other writing on it is the "Brother", "synchro-matic" and  "Deluxe Precision built Made in Japan" on the side and "Precision sewing machine" on the top.

Here's a picture:

We got it for a whopping $20 for the sewing table and machine Cheesy
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cassette tape coin purse; Barbie edition on: November 19, 2008 08:31:32 PM
A long time ago, about a year or so, I started to make cassette tape wallets... ever since then, I've wanted to make a cassette tape coin purse with a metal purse frame thing, but I've been too cheap to buy them.  Finally I got my hands on a frame from an old decrepit wallet and the best part was that it fit perfectly with a cassette tape... I knew what I had to do.  And I wanted to share my new coin purse with all of you.

Ta da~

I love how it turned out Smiley
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Wind up doll on: November 02, 2008 06:34:34 PM
So I decided to be a wind up doll this year... with the catch being working, windable parts!  At first I was just going to rig up a key that spun all night long with a clock motor.. but my boyfriend's brother reminded me of how easy it would be to make it with actual wind up toy parts, so I took his advice instead Smiley

I made everything for this costume except the wig and the white shirt. 

These items include:
A corset-ish type top
a petticoat that I'm super proud of, but have no pics of it because it's pretty seethrough..
the skirt
the wind-able key

Anywho, here are the pictures!

And some videos of the moving key:

Testing it out.

Actually on the costume.

And my makeup:

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