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« on: June 30, 2008 04:36:50 PM »

I recently bought this 1976 book by Better Homes and Gardens from Book Buyers in Moyuntain View, CA.  I was grabbed by the cover project, which I quite like:

It's an embroidered butterfly with shiny metal inlays fastened on with shisa stitch.  It's the same stitch used to put those little round mirrors on saris and other traditional Indian garments.  The mirror or inlay isn't pierced by the thread, just held securely in a little frame made of thread.  This project uses bits cut from soda cans for the inlays!  I looked around at the grocery store, and I don't think today's cans have big enough areas of solid color to be used for this, so I'm wondering what to use instead; I was thinking maybe pieces of old CDs.

I'm going to post a few pics in separate posts of this thread, so no one post is too pic-heavy.  I hope no one minds my filling up the "recent with pics" page with these un-recent projects!
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2008 04:39:24 PM »

This picture is just so perfectly 1970s:


The houseplants, the smock, sitting cross-legged on the floor, making chamois pillows... it's just so very 70s.

I don't know why the scan has that kind of checkerboard look; it's not there in the original photo.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2008 04:40:33 PM »

Feather mandalas!  I actually think these are really pretty:
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2008 04:43:02 PM »

And two final projects, a wood scrap headboard:

and some textured crocheted pillows:


Again, I don't know what caused the checkerboard effect.

There were also some omigosh-what-WERE-they-thinking pics, especially in the knitting section, but I thought I'd rather post the projects and pics that I actually like in one way or another. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2008 04:45:21 PM »

That is an awesome find!  Old school craft books are such treasures. I love, love, love the headboard(painted white - totally modern)
BTW What if you used the "inside" of the soda can, that's all silver.
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2008 04:48:17 PM »

Part of what I like are the different colors of the inlays.  But maybe it would be possible to paint plain shiny metal with transparent colors (glass paint, maybe?) to get the effect.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2008 04:55:47 PM »

Not even the store brand cans have enough solid color on them?
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2008 05:12:32 PM »

Not even the store brand cans have enough solid color on them?
Oooh, that's a good idea.  I was at a fancy place that doesn't ahve store brands.  I'll take a look next time I'm at Safeway; maybe they'll have something more suitable.  Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2008 05:54:39 PM »

Very cool find! Love the headboard idea.

For the metal you can get metal flashing cheap from Lowe's and use metal spray paint for the colors you want. Or just spray paint the drink cans on the inside.
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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2008 06:11:11 PM »

 Grin Seriously awesome!
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2008 07:59:38 PM »

i would use the inside of the can
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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2008 11:12:59 PM »

i will have to keep my eye out for that book, the town i live in has a great used book store. and maybe you could use the inside of a juice pouch? they are shiny and flexible and easy to cut. have fun with your book. i agree the feather mandalas are really cool.
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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2008 05:46:43 AM »

-Inside of the can..
-the inside of a juice pouch..
For that matter, some potato chip bags are shiny metallic on the inside (or you could use bits of mylar ribbon or wrapping paper)

My first inclination, though, because of the strength and convexity (if that's a word) of the aluminum can, is to just use paint remover, or even sand the paint off.
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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2008 06:18:50 AM »

 Cheesy I have this book! It has some great projects.
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2008 01:39:37 PM »

I found a copy of this book at Trade Days for $2.    I like the tote bag made of the legs of old jeans and trims.   Smiley  Trade Days are coming again this weekend and I can't wait to find more craft books!  Congrats on the great find. 

Oh BTW disposable cake pans have a lot of nice flat shiny areas for mirrors. Wink
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« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2008 02:16:35 PM »

Just FYI, that checkerboard effect is actually called "halftone"--printers, especially old ones, put down lots of rows of little dots. You can't see them at full size, but when you resize the scanned image, the dots get misaligned and you can see them.

Just my educational tidbit for the day!
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« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2008 02:22:47 PM »

What a great find!  Thanks for all the pics.  I immediately looked it up and put it on hold at the library. 
I love the idea of recycling (up-cycling?) soda can pieces.  Don't know if you're a drinker, but you could have friends save you beer cans.  Sometimes they have big areas of just color.  Or you could use the same technique with pieces of colored cardstock or cardboard.  Maybe some with fancy textures would be cool....
Okay, I have to go to the library now!
Thanks again for sharing!
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« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2008 03:07:38 PM »

What a cool book and even cooler that you post some of the projects!
I would love to see some "what were they thinking" pics.... sometimes they can lead to other good ideas
and at worst they're good for a laugh!
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« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2008 05:12:36 PM »

Thanks for the half-toning info, Calliel!
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« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2008 06:43:55 PM »

if you have a local asian grocery they've got some pretty wacky soda cans.  you might be able to get some cool colours from them if there are any big enough.
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« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2008 08:25:09 PM »

Very cool projects.  I am actually quite fond of the wood scrap headboard.  It would look great against a modern painted wall (not against that infamous wood panelling and orange coverlet!).

For the butterflies - many dollar stores carry tiny mirror shapes in the craft section.  Today's popcans may be a bit too "bendy" as the popcans of the 70's were much stronger (remember boys bragging about crushing one in their hands or on their forehead? nowadays a small child can do that).
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« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2008 08:49:27 PM »

i bought this  book too! the butterfly definately caught my attention. keep posted of any projects you do from it;i haven't tried any yet.
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