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« on: February 05, 2012 06:20:31 AM »

I was in a pinup swap a while ago and was officially introduced to the work of Olivia. I fell in love with this piece and it may be the only image that has ever inspired me to make 2 things from it. The other thing is still a WIP, but this one just took one day. I've had the stuff long enough, though, so it may as well have taken a year and a half. This was part of my Crafting ADD that overtook me when my husband was out of town last weekend.
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the mirror with frame is about 18"x24" so the image is about 20 inches long. Used the contact paper method for etching. I was really worried about her face and hands but I think they came out OK.

My question: what to do with it? Can't hang it with a growing 5yo boy in the house. Can't mail it. Well, I guess I could but I would be super worried about my packaging job and I would need a really bug box and who would I mail it to? Can't sell it, legally. Don't know anyone I would be able to gift it to... What to do? I really don't want her to just spend her existence crammed between my dresser and the wall, ya know?
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012 06:27:58 AM »

It's great  Grin
 Id hang it and not make a big deal of it, women have breasts.
If you dont make a deal of it, neither will your son.
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2012 07:25:29 AM »

This is awesome! I love it, you did a great job getting the image transferred - I almost like your etching more than the original, because it looks more subtle and simplified.

Not to say the original isn't superb, because it totally is!  Pin-up style mermaid = two of my favorite things in one.

As far as what to do with it, I sort of agree with ScrappySue.  Hang it up, maybe in some place that the bean doesn't go often/at all, like your bedroom or (assuming you have your own bathroom) in your bathroom.  I will say that, if it were smaller, I'd offer to do a personal swap to, um, take her off your hands.  But I don't have the resources right now to make something of similar size/awesome.  Maybe if you still have her in a little while . . . .
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2012 07:28:26 AM »

Thanks you guys!
Sue: Another issue with hanging it is I just dont know where to hang it. Not much wall space.

I just realized I didn't put a mature image tag on it but I don't know how! The button doesn't work for me. Sad I am so confused. Curse you HTML!
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2012 07:49:24 AM »

There's no reason you couldn't sell this! This image doesn't fall under any kind of obscenity category that I know of, it's not even erotica. Women have breasts.

I agree with Sue: don't make a big deal out of it.

Why not hang it on the ceiling? Velcro will do the trick nicely.
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2012 08:10:57 AM »

this is so cool!  would be a shame not to have it displayed somewhere!
any "kid free" zones in your home?  my kids are banned from my bedroom unless its an emergency  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2012 11:55:04 AM »

I'd just hang it somewhere, anywhere! You love the image, so why not? She's no more offensive than a naked Barbie  Smiley
If you don't want to hang it, tuck it in a suitcase and come for a trip to NZ  Wink I'll hang it up  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2012 12:36:37 PM »

I would either find someone to do a personal swap with or put it in "shop the swap".
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2012 06:53:54 PM »

If you are really worried, why not make her a little bikini top and glue it to the mirror until the little one is older? Although, I don't think tasteful breasts are anything to be worried about.  We had a huge picture of a naked lady in our den for years and years and years, and I turned out fine. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2012 07:49:10 PM »

Thanks for all of your encouragement! C-ster is the best! C-sters are the best!

 I really want to be more open and un-prudish with my kids but Russ gets giddy when he sees my cleavage so... And we really don't have the wall space for it! Even if there was a "kid free" zone. In a house this small, though, that's really hard. And it's not really my style anyway. I love it, but it isn't something I would actually buy somewhere or hang in my house. The bikini idea is really cute, though. Cheesy

CrazyGlassEye, I'm pretty sure it's a copyrighted image so yeah, legally I couldn't sell it unless I got specific permission from the copyright holder, which might be cool to have a convo with Olivia herself (since I assume she is the holder) and show her the work, but I really wouldn't feel right selling it.

Trip to NZ does sound really fun, though...
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2012 10:06:39 PM »

please don't start your work with an apology... that is beautiful, and needs no qualifacation.
just lovely...
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2012 10:32:00 PM »

This is fantastic! I have a friend whose house this would look amazing in, but you are right - shipping would probably be outrageous. I hope you find someone local to give it to, it deserves to be enjoyed!

I have yet to try glass etching - it intimidates the heck out of me! Since yours started out so nice, do you have any suggestions on how to start?
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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2012 07:23:30 AM »


I have yet to try glass etching - it intimidates the heck out of me! Since yours started out so nice, do you have any suggestions on how to start?
My first etchings were done (over 2 years ago) with paint instead of contact paper and I basically just followed Onyxnox's tutorial including her tips. Big thing that I was super worried about: make sure all of what you don't want etched is covered, even the parts far away from where you are etching because when you rinse it off you stand a chance of creating a kind of halo. Also, the first time I used contact paper some of the spots weren't completely flush with the mirror and spots got under and totally ruined the image. Another reason I was afraid of the contact paper method was because the first time I was a little too hard on my knife and ended up cracking the glass a little. Those 2 things are probably why this stayed on the "to-do list" so long. But I got over it and I'm really glad I did. Also, etching cream is a little expensive so either make sure it's something you want to do or get a coupon before you buy or BOTH! I've been using the same jar for the past 2 years and it's still very full. I read somewhere some lady saves the cream when she's done etching with it and the jar has lasted her like 10 years.

aheartofglass, I don't see an apology. Is that how I came across? I think I may have been going for timid, not apologetic.
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« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2012 07:31:08 AM »

It's a great piece, I agree with the bikini idea if you can't just hang it up all natural. You could just cut out a piece of contact paper and stick it on there, then you could pull it off when he's old enough to not care!
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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2012 07:18:15 PM »

Just FYI, I gifted this to my sister for her birthday. I've had her in mind the entire time I've been even thinking about this and when I offered it to an auction but they graciously declined it, I asked myself why I was trying to think of what to do with it when I knew all along it was going to Jenny. Dur. She loved it. It surprised her so much. I'm glad I made her happy with it.
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« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2012 02:49:29 AM »

Im so glad that it has gone to someone who loves it!
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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2012 01:55:39 AM »

jexxican - sorry that I didn't thank you earlier for your words of wisdom on trying glass etching! I know that I want to try it at one point and will definitely come back to this for your tips and link to the tutorial when I do!

And, I am glad that you gave it to someone who loves it!
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« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2014 09:33:42 AM »

Gorgeous!  I'd hang it in my bathroom, even if son goes in there, just answer questions honestly and simply. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2014 11:51:37 AM »

Sevs, that is what I'm learning you have to do sometimes. My son is now 7 and man, the things he says and asks... If you lie about things now or refuse to answer the questions then when they are old enough to be asking they will go to someone else. Thanks for the compliment!
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