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« Reply #140 on: October 24, 2013 10:55:23 AM »

I love friendship bracelets.

I think this weekend I may have to give in to the zentangle! All of them are great. I really like the one with the hearts.
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« Reply #141 on: October 26, 2013 05:35:42 AM »

Hi all!  I joined Craftster this summer, and while this is hardly my first project to post on the boards, I wanted to share it here because it represented a totally new skill set for me, and I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out.



I crafted a zombie mermaid for my partner in the Creepy Cute Stuffie Swap.  The tail is made from two pieces of felt machine-sewn together and stuffed with poly fill, and the tailbones are painted on with white fabric paint.  (The texture was unexpected though -- I ended up buying "velveteen finish" paint, so the heat from my blow dryer activated the effect.)  I had a terrible time trying to draft a pattern for her upper body, but thankfully, I found a blank stuffed doll form for $3 at Joann, so I just cut off its legs and glued it into my pre-made tail!

I figured that crafting her chest would be pretty difficult, so I went with the requisite mermaid shell-bra -- one inspired by Madonna, apparently, since it is pretty conical in shape.  Tongue The face and scratches are all painted on with fabric paint (the red is actually from a Tim Holtz paper crafting distress paint, which I daubed onto a paper plate in order to get it onto my brush).  My absolute favorite part is her ridiculously-long hair, though:



I went searching for yarn for the hair, and knew this was the one as soon as I saw it.  The black, white and gray colors would be very appropriate for "zombie", and it was all knotted in weird places, which really helped to add a lot of volume to the hair.  My best friend had the very smart of idea of creating a small-ish tear-drop shaped base out of black felt, so that I could shape the wig separately instead of just trying to glue hair randomly to the doll itself, and I am so glad I did that.  Still managed to almost permanently lose the use of a couple fingers to the hot glue gun... but, y'know.  Crafting problems.
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    « Reply #142 on: October 26, 2013 06:03:39 AM »

    I love her fish skeleton tail!   Cheesy
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    « Reply #143 on: October 26, 2013 06:36:18 AM »

    She's great! I love her little bra and her tail is great.
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    « Reply #144 on: October 26, 2013 06:58:57 AM »

    Hi again. Thanks for all your nice comments. They all mean a lot to me.
    Just thought I could add the link to the pattern for my bracelet. http://friendship-bracelets.net/pattern.php?id=58805 And I don't have a link for the pattern of my pouch because I make it up.
    Oh and I love the way vincentvanbuck knotted the hair of the mermaid. Smiley
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    « Reply #145 on: October 26, 2013 10:33:01 AM »

    Vincentvanbuck--I love the mermaid!

    Karen31415--Thank you for sharing the link! I think that is stunning!

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    « Reply #146 on: October 27, 2013 12:20:13 AM »

    Vincentvanbuck, that mermaid is so cute! And I love the Madonna look she's got going on. Very different Cheesy
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    « Reply #147 on: October 27, 2013 04:27:29 AM »

    Great job!
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    « Reply #148 on: October 27, 2013 06:58:24 AM »

    I love it all! And I love mermaids! Everyone is doing a fine job on their posts here. Keep up the good work! Crafting and art is FUN! Frustrating sometimes, but the results that you share are FUN!

    And remember, a Boo boo can't be seen by most regular people, so don't tell about it. Make it look planned  Grin
    They will never notice what you had in mind. That was only in your head, and I don't believe in ESP  Wink

    You can always start again with something more to what you envisioned. And create something new! Some of my boo boos turned out better than I could have originally expected, and have led to neat ideas for other things, too.

    Everyone is doing great here, and I love to look at all the new projects! They give me new ideas for things, too.

    Thanks to all the lovely crafters. You are well on your way! Happy to have you aboard!

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    « Reply #149 on: October 28, 2013 08:53:11 AM »

    very fun...and I enjoyed reading the process the best...

    learned a few things: doll bodies can be had! sew hair on a base...bling out...sea shells will never look the same to me now... Grin

    love the mermaid!

    and this thread is really bringing out some wonderful new talent!

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