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3741  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
3742  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: 
3743  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


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.



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!
3744  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!
3745  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
3746  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!
3747  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: 3 Chocolate Bagskets on: December 23, 2008 09:19:13 PM
Those look really neat!  I bet they're going to be a hit!  About how big are they?
3748  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Loud Neighbors on: December 23, 2008 09:15:52 PM
thats funny. great idea and great job!

Thank you!

Very creative - and if the pins won't fully get the frustration out of your friend's system, because it's soft she can whack it into a wall or jump on it without damaging anything!

How hard/easy to use is the printable fabric?  I've only recently acquired a printer and haven't been game to look into it yet, but the possibilities are mind blowing...

I'm actually an offender at Loud Bad Neighbour Music.  But since I only play loudly, badly and with the windows open when my neighbours are either shouting at each other or playing the same hideous Country & Western song over and over again so loudly I can hear every word from the other side of the street, I consider it a form of revenge.  Cheesy

Thank you and you have some good points there... this thing slices, dices AND Julianes (however that's spelled).  It's SUPER easy, but it's kind of expensive.  So get comfortable loading different papers into it for printing one-offs so you know how it will react before you try this stuff - mine likes to suck multiple sheets in if there is a single sheet of a different kind of paper on top of the regular printer paper, but won't pick it up if there's only one sheet in there, so I put my finger on the stack under the single sheet to keep the others from feeding in.  Also, know which side it prints on - for instance I have to load mine with the side I want to print on facing down. This company also makes silk to run through ink jet printers!

This is awesome!  Esp since at this very moment, I'm embattled with my very annoying noisy neighbors... do you have any other voodoo dolls?  Smiley

I've got like 20 other voodoo dolls, but they're all for critters that you don't want in your home or yard (mosquitos, fleas, squirrels, raccoons, etc.).  If you stalk me, you'll find most of them posted here.  I also did one of a yelling guy, but I don't remember if I posted him.  Hmmm.

That's hilarious!

Why thank you, audioscience.
3749  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Tricycle Onesie... or is that a "Threesie"? on: December 23, 2008 09:06:33 PM
A threesie.  Cheesy You always do fun things with appliques and transfers. Hope your cousin is able to make it up. I'm in Tacoma, so also sharing that crazy weather. Waiting on my brother to come up from the Oregon coast...

Aw, thanks!  I hope he is, too.  We only get he and his wife every other xmas so...
3750  COOKING / Dessert / Re: It was a Red Velvet Birthday on: December 23, 2008 06:03:23 PM
That looks fabulous!  Good for you for celebrating!  My birthday is in January, so it gets overlooked by some people. A few years ago I threw myself a party and from then on I've taken the situation into my own hands.  Not that I do something extravagant (for instance last year I was super sick and just stayed home), but I make sure to celebrate in some fashion.
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