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3671  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ikea Glass into Ye Olde Pimp Chalice (SOOO many pics) on: December 24, 2008 08:15:04 AM
Golly T,
I'm truly choked up just thinking about what happens when inspiration, creativity, talent, and love, in the largest sense, all converge with our desire to connect with another human being...this is a masterpiece and I can only imagine how amazing you must feel about accomplishing this. Congratulations!

I hope all of your Christmas plans with that lucky man work out the way you dream they will...weather be damned.
Be safe and well.
 Kiss


Well, now you're choking me up!  I do feel pretty accomplished, but am holding back a little until I know he likes it or let's me believe he likes it. 

Thank you so much for your encouragement and support!  A dear friend with 4-wheel drive, chains and a youth spent in a place that generally gets snow offered to taxi  me to his house today!  I was going to take the bus, but this means I can more safely transport the Chalice!  Have a wonderful holiday, MrsBowles!
3672  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ikea Glass into Ye Olde Pimp Chalice (SOOO many pics) on: December 24, 2008 08:10:07 AM
does the resin coating make it safe to actually drink from, or is it decorative only?  I've given painted decorated glasses as gifts before but I've always kept the decoration to the lower half of the glass so it never comes in contact with lips...

I should be safe to drink from, yes. I believe this is how John Derian's decoupage glasses are done - I've been wanted to do something like his for a few years and now I know why the glasses are so expensive... doing the resin is a long and attentive process!  I'm not talking about his Target line.  It's not submersible or dishwasher safe.  If anything were harmed by drinking from it, it would be the chalice... being new to resin there are some flaws and there may be some places where stuff could get under it.
3673  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Platform Boot Stocking on: December 24, 2008 08:04:35 AM
so cute!!! Cheesy

Thank you!

HA!
I saw this on the home page and instantly knew it was yours! Fabulous and Pure T. And, happily, it started me on my quest by which I found your Holy Grail...isn't life wonderful!?!


It's one of those special stockings that gets stuffed when the owner is naughty all year long! You're the second person to recognize it as mine from the home page!  I'm not sure what to think about that?  Maybe I need to shake things up a bit.  I thought the chalice was different from my other stuff... what do you think?
3674  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Loud Neighbors on: December 24, 2008 08:01:01 AM
Thanks!  Me, too.  Wicked and/or humorous.  All the images are from Dover Publishing (http://www.doverpublications.com).  They sell books of clipart, many of which now come with a CD-ROM.  I also get a weekend "Sampler" from them with sample pages from at least a dozen books available for free download: 
http://www.doverpublications.com/sampler4/

Thanks so much  Smiley

My pleasure! I'm a big fan of Dover and love to spread the word.

There are no words... Grin

Who can hear words over that racket!?
3675  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ikea Glass into Ye Olde Pimp Chalice (SOOO many pics) on: December 23, 2008 11:37:52 PM
How could he not just love it, amazing!!

Thank you! It's so ridiculous and custom, I think he will.  But I always get last minute gift anxiety.  Undecided
3676  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Loud Neighbors on: December 23, 2008 11:35:51 PM
Oh my goodness, this is so cool. I love crafts with a wicked side  Wink

The images you used are awesome too, I'm always looking for these 'vintage' illustrations. May I ask where you got them from?

Thanks!  Me, too.  Wicked and/or humorous.  All the images are from Dover Publishing (http://www.doverpublications.com).  They sell books of clipart, many of which now come with a CD-ROM.  I also get a weekend "Sampler" from them with sample pages from at least a dozen books available for free download: 
http://www.doverpublications.com/sampler4/
3677  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ikea Glass into Ye Olde Pimp Chalice (SOOO many pics) UPDATE: I made ikeahacker! on: December 23, 2008 11:16:46 PM
This is The ManFlesh's main xmas present.  It took something like 10 hours over a couple weeks, plus all kinds of time ruminating  and hunting up supplies.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out I'm about to bust!  If he doesn't like it, I'll be kind of crushed.  I'm pretty sure he will, though.  Smiley

Front:


This was probably the most complicated project I've done outside of building a house about 10 years ago.  All the decoration is on the outside of the bowl or the bottom of the foot.  First I gilded it with faux gold leaf, then I sealed that with spray lacquer. I made the crests and other decorations using digital collage and decoupaged them onto the sealed gold leaf. After that I coated all the gold leaf surfaces plus a little extra with 2 layers of resin.  It was my first time using resin and that was fun and anxiety inducing!  Finally I glued on the rhinestones.


Back:


Bottom:

Those are the "artisan's initials" there.  Ahem.

This is a pretty accurate representation of how the inside GLOWS in the light.


Close up of the crest

That's the digital collage using all kinds of clip art that I altered every piece of before added it.  That was the single most time consuming part - about 5 hours.  I'm sure a better photoshopper could've done it quicker. It's full of things that represent his personality and life.

A view of the rhinestones that shows how the gold glows

If I could do it over, I'd use higher quality rhinestones, but these I had on hand.  They hide the ridge where the resin and glass meet at the bottom of the bowl.

I couldn't just hand it to him and I wanted to kind of go with the style-theme of it being aristocratic and old so put together this box.  Originally I wanted to find a wooden chest to alter or something, but I've been snowed in for days and had to make do with what I have in the house.  I'm pleased with how it turned out and feel great about not having to buy anything or drive around burning fuel.

An old Harry & David fruit gift box covered with purple and gold paper.  Purple is his favorite color & a royal color and the gold ties in with the chalice itself - plus it's gold!  I had bought the gold paper the circle is made from thinking I would use it for the decoupage, but didn't. 



I printed the crest onto shrink plastic for printers and attached it.


And finally made a purple velvet pillow to hold the chalice safely in the box.  I got lucky; the velvet matches the paper on the box really well!




This project made it to ikeahacker!
http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2008/12/post-christmas-hacks.html
3678  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Loud Neighbors on: December 23, 2008 10:43:27 PM
Haha, that's awesome!  I'm an RA for a freshman floor (I'm a junior) in my residence hall at college.  There are 55 of them on the hall, and not only are they loud, but I *have* to go say something to them, because it's my job.  I can't just sit and try to tune them out, I gotta get up and go "confront the situation", as we call it.  Ughhhhh.  Not only do I get all irritated by their noise, but it also stresses me out because I *have* to do something about it, I can't just choose to ignore/drown it out (I don't like confrontation, so I stall, which gives me time to get more annoyed/stressed).  I can totally feel your friend's pain!  They always misbehave when I've got a major paper to write, too.  Sharing walls with neighbors is hard!

But it might make me a bad RA if I make voodoo dolls of all my residents  Wink

Thank you!  Maybe the peace of mind and peace-in-hall a voodoo doll would provide would make you the best RA ever!
3679  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Christmas Dress from a Wool Skirt on: December 23, 2008 09:38:11 PM
That's so adorable!  I surely hope you'll give us an action shot... even if she has to wear the belt.   Wink
3680  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mature completed project!!! on: December 23, 2008 09:23:30 PM
Teehehe!  Holy moly that made me laugh!  It was my first time clicking on a project with the new "mature content" image.  I often find that "mature content" usually means "immature content for adults only"  and I was not disappointed!

I especially got a kick out of the picture of you holding that giant, sort floppy thing!  I hope your sister enjoys getting it as much as I enjoyed this post!
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