I got the BIGGEST BOX EVAR from nmcakemom07! It was so exciting! HUGE!
First up is a pop-art collage on canvas!
Some of the things it says on the white strips:
"What's the point of wearing your favorite rocketship underpants if nobody ever asks to see 'em?" "It's no use! Everybody gets good enemies except me." "Do you really think Bogeymen exist? I'm not sure, but if they do, I think this is where they live..." "That's the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!"
Hehehehe! Hubby is asking me if he can take it to his office, which he decorates in all sorts of cool video game and manga stuff.
His request is under consideration.
Next up is my VERY OWN BOMB OF CHOCOLATE FROSTED SUGAR BOMBS! ETCHED! Oh that's right. Gosh darn it though, it was really hard to get the etching to show up on camera! I did my best, here...
Check it out, there's bombs on the back, too!
These are going IN MY BELLY and then I'll use the bomb in my kitchen! Man, it's really sturdy and beautiful! Thank you, nmcakemom07!
Then there was the glasswork pendants!! She sent me THREE! These extras are pretty, thank you! wow!
Then there are two felt and paint and embroidery plushies/fascinators!
And this beadwork is SO intricate! Look at that! Spaceman Spiff ahoy! (Also the third glass pendant! )
A Spaceman Spiff eye-cover (facemask? what are these called I can't remember, lol!) for sleeping! I've been needing one of these!
Some pretty flower fascinators/hair clips! She's getting into Millinery work! Awesome! (and some Autism Awareness bands. Everyone needs some of these!)
A picture of almost everything: note the extra in the upper left corner, a fun measuring tape! also the silk-covered box on the right, very pretty!
And last but not least, a pretty double-thick fleece blanket/Throw, so I can cuddle up with hobbes and calvin! <3
Thank you SO much, nmcakemom07! You really outdid yourself this time! =D =D
YEY! I'm so glad you liked your things, Winged_Soul! =D I had a ton of fun crafting them! ^_^
I has some more pix for the thread, here, and some explanations-
Here's the Kiki glass BEFORE I touched it up:
And here it is AFTER touch-up:
The touching up consisted of me scratching at the un-baked dried black paint caaaaarefully with an Xacto blade.
Here's the kitty close-up:
Some quick pics of the corduroys:
The Shirt I did with freezer paper, cut using my Silhouette cutting machine, so the cutting part was fairly easy, but the ironing-on proved to be a mite difficult, here's how it looked after I'd finally got all the pieces off the cutting mat:
Many tiny pieces later: SUCCESS!
But first, before that, I'd got two of my swap partners completely mixed up, and made the shirt in the wrong size and color DOH. Time to start over, dear...
Correct color and size compleated!
Thanks again for being such an awesome partner, Winged_soul! <3
My favorite thing is the box it came in! And she was worried I wouldn't LIKE it! =O
It's a hatbox! Painted blue and with "Pendragon Millery" on it! SQUEEEE! I LOVES ET!
I really do! I'll keep crafting stuffs in it. <3
A Glowing Calcifer! Neato!
There's this thingy that runs on a 9volt battery, and if you set it on its side, it turns off, but standing up, it's on, and glows red! You put it behind the picture. That's so cool, where'd you get that?
(I'm so sorry, Winged_Soul, but the rest of the frame rig did not survive the trip, it was in many pieces, but NEVER FEAR! I am a crafty lady and I will jimmy it up nice and I will use it for its intended purpose!! )
GINORMOUS SOOT SPRITE!
=D =D He's crocheted out of black yarn, and also a black sooty-hair fun fur! I used an old hairbrush to tease up his little hairs! My Hubby and I LOVE him! Hubby has placed him in a spot on sooty honor in the living room! ^_^ (Hubbs is also a massive Miyazaki fan!)
The awesome isn't over yet, folks! That's right, there's MORE! =D These bangle bracelets are inspired by the Nightwalker Spirit in Princess Mononoke! Aren't they curly and fun! And glow-in-the dark, too! I don't usually wear big chunky bangles, but as of today, I am a convert! I absolutely have to wear these. ^_^
This Kodama shirt is also Glow-in-the-Dark! WOOT! If I ever go to a rave, (yeah right) I'll totally have to wear this, because they'll glow like the dickens in a blacklight!!! I'll wear it with pride to the sorts of places I *do* go, though. ^_^
Here it is all together! Note the pocky extra of deliciousness! all:
I really like everything! Thank you so much, Winged_Soul, for making these gifts for me, and I think you will like the stuff I've made for you! I finished the last piece today, and it'll head off to you tomorrow! =D
Whoever gets Winged_Soul for a swap partner: You're a lucky lady! She does a great job! WOO!
Click here for a set of calvin images, ready to use! They're sort of High Resolution. This links to a flickr page. To get the hi-res versions, click on "All Sizes" just above the image (after you click on an image you like)
This is my first Shrink Plastic (Shrinky-Dink Type) project! I can't be more pleased with how it came out!
I started with one of my favorite pictures of my Miniature Dalmatian, Pixel! It's from about a year and a half ago, so he looks very slightly different, but not too bad. (He's 2.5 years old)
Then I hand traced it in Illustrator to get an outline:
And after this point, I completely forgot to take any pictures until it was done. FAIL
But I can describe it! I fed the vector outline into my Silhouette craft cutter machine, and placed my clear shrink plastic sheet in there and hit go. The torque of the blade depressor is not strong enough to cut through the shrink plastic (I ordered a new, sharp blade to test that, though, later) but it does score it really nicely.
I took the shrink plastic and cut out the shape very roughly, leaving about 1/4 inch around the actual shape.
I used sandpaper to roughen one side of the plastic, so the colored pencils would have something to grab hold of.
I printed out the image on my regular printer, and laid the shape down on it, it lined up exactly, and used this to trace the black spots and shaded areas with a black colored pencil.
Then I used a Clear Acrylic Sealer in a can to spray one coat onto the black colored pencil spots.
After it was dry (Like, 4 minutes), I used a white colored pencil to color over the black spots and the whole shape entirely. I was sure to make sure that my strokes all stayed at the same angle, and tried to make the coverage even. (the sealer was an attempt to preserve the black spots and not smear them all to hell with the white pencil. Seemed to work! Go me! I do have good ideas once in a while LOL)
Then, the cutting out for reals. I took my #11 exacto blade, and, flipping the shape over, got to work. I could see the scoring the cutter had made, and tried to follow that as well as I could. I did a great job, with the huge exception of lopping off one of my beloved's ears. -_- ProTip: Shrink Plastic is slightly brittle, and somewhat trixy! Bah, nothing a little superglue can't handle.
I remembered to make the holes for necklace-affixing prior to shrinking, but only just! I was on my way to the oven....
It shrunk SO fast. Like, 20 seconds, and it was over. The severed ear did not want to reattach, no matter how soft the plastic was. I was informed of this behavior of shrink plastic in tutes i'd read before. Ah well.
Then came the jump-ring wrangling, and it was done! I used some old beads that I loved very much, that used to be in a different necklace of mine years ago that I made (friendship-bracelet-style) and of course the floss wore down and my beads fell off it, but I kept them. So glad!
And now, MOAR PICS!
And, my money shot! woo hoo!
Bonus pic of my dalmatian fingernails: (I'm going to a gathering of Mini-Dalmatian owners very soon, hence all the over-the-top Dal gear. ^_^ )
Anyhows, I hope this inspires some of you to try out shrink plastic as a medium for your ideas! If you have a photo that's simple enough, you can even convert your photo to a nice shrinky dink piece! Shrink plastic is my new crafting love, and most of it is bound to be jewelry, so you're very likely to see more of my shrinky stuff here hopefully soon!
The set of paperclips I bought had White, Red, Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue. No Orange?! So I bought a can of clearance Orange spray paint for 0.97, and spray painted all the pink clips to Orange! This did make them orange, but it made them even harder to work with, since they dried to a slight tack. The plastic paperclips weren't a joy to work with. They seemed to be coated with... I dunno..... vinyl or something, and they were slightly grabby. The smooth silver paperclips are really fabulous to work with, by comparison.
My hubby has an idea for another one with rainbow colors, but a different color pattern, so hopefully I'll be back with more later on!
These next two link to very short vids that pan around it a bit to give better visualization:
This links to a slightly longer vid that shows the way it twirls in a nifty way when it's unfinished, I wished I'd taken a vid of this with the silver one, so I was sure to remember it this time: (it also illustrates the 'grabbiness' of the plastic paperclips, that would not have have happened if it was sliver paperclips)