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rebekah_lynn6
« on: December 19, 2005 05:45:22 PM »

I havent posted on here in FOREVER. Mainly because with a new baby there isnt much time for crafting! Due to lack of money this year, it is a homemade Christmas! Im not completely done, but here is the bulk of what Ive made.

LIFESIZE BOARD GAME
Im really proud of this one. Its for my niece (7) and nephews (5 & 3). I completely came up with this on my own. It is painted on a 6 x 9 canvas drop cloth. The outside is a board game that has silly actions to do in each of the squares. The premise of the game is the kids roll the big fuzzy dice (not shown), walk to the correct square and complete the silly action. Then in the middle of the board is a giant checkerboard and a giant tic tac toe board. I made the checkers and the Xs and Os out of those foam sheets. I also printed up a nice instruction booklet and put it all inside a Tupperware-like container.

The whole board


Close up of the checkerboard with checkers (got kinda messed up)


Close up of the Tic Tac Toe board with Xs and Os


ETCHED GLASSWARE
I used the well-known tutorial on Craftster to do these. These went to the guys in the family. On most of them I had a hard time getting a good picture.

For Mom - votives with her different names (Mom, Mimi, Rebekah)


For grandfather glasses with initials on one side and different names on the other. I thought these turned out really good


For FIL glasses with initials on one side and different names on the other.


For Dad glasses with initials on one side and animals on the other (he likes to hunt)


For grandparents vase with last name.


For brother glasses with initials on one side and card symbols on the other (he likes poker)


For sisters containers with different designs and names


BEADED BROOCHES
I used the following tutorials for these:
http://www.beadjewelrymaking.com/Kid_Art_Project/Kid_art_bead_project/october2005_bead_project.html
http://beadjewelrymaking.com/Kid_Art_Project/Kid_art_bead_project/august2005_bead_project.html
http://beadjewelrymaking.com/Kid_Art_Project/Kid_art_bead_project/november2005_bead_project.html

I made about 8 of these (all 3 designs) for different females in the family. Once again, I had a hard time getting a good picture.





As you can see, Ive been busy, busy, busy! And Ive got more to go! Ill post the rest once I get them finished. Ive got until Wednesday night when family gets to town, so hopefully Ill be done by then!
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mandalol219
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2005 05:55:07 PM »

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now im going to bombard you with questions  Tongue

i love the game board!! i might have to steal the idea for my cousins next year, if you dont mind, its a great idea!

i also etched glass this year, but i was wondering where you got the pattern for the card suits?

i simply love the brooches...

and now im done! again, great  job!!
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I'm just getting back into this, but if any pictures are missing, let me know. Photobucket hates me.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2005 06:05:56 PM »

Wow!  The game looks like a blast, the etching looks professional, and the beadwork is amazing!  I'm sure everyone is going to adore their gifts!
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2005 06:11:07 PM »

wow. that's wonderful. and homemade gifts are always appreciated so much more than regular ones. kudos.
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rebekah_lynn6
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2005 06:39:50 PM »

Shocked

now im going to bombard you with questions  Tongue

i love the game board!! i might have to steal the idea for my cousins next year, if you dont mind, its a great idea!

i also etched glass this year, but i was wondering where you got the pattern for the card suits?

i simply love the brooches...

and now im done! again, great  job!!


Feel free to use the idea! That's why I posted it! A word of caution, though... I thought that since it was a drop cloth I wouldn't have to worry about the paint going through to the other side. Wrong! I did this on top of a tile floor, and the whole design was on my floor when I lifted up the drop cloth! Luckliy, acrylic paint comes up really easily.

For most of the designs, including the card suits, I printed it off on the computer then taped the design inside the glass. I used masking tape on the outside of the glass and for the most part could see the design coming through, which I outlined, then cut out with an exacto knife. The only things I used stickers for were the small words. It was very labor-intensive!
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Tinted
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2005 05:40:58 AM »

First off, you're etched glass is beautiful! You did a really nice job on that. I still haven't tried it but would love to this year.
I also made a game for a present this year. I took an old game my daughter doesn't play, repainted the board and made up some game pieces out of polymer clay. I also hand drew some cards that have things like "go back 3 spaces, loose a turn". This was my favorite project this year. I never would have thought to do a life size game board though, this has given me some inspiration to try something a little different next year. Thanks for posting this Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2005 11:32:15 AM »

Tinted, what kind of paint (and surface preparation) did you use on the old gameboard??




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POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
Tinted
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2005 01:22:34 PM »

Diane B.--I used regular acrylic paints on the board, I didn't prime it first, but I did have to put down many layers so I didn't see the old board anymore. Once I had a neutral background, my husband drew on a woodsy fairy type theme, and then I painted that in. I drew on blocks for the places you move to in the game, and filled them in with glue and fine glitter. I tried to seal the board with clear contact paper, but that didn't work out so well. It is a present for my daughter, if the paint peels and cracks, thats OK, it just means that she has gotten use out of the game, and I can always make her another one Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2005 08:29:57 AM »

Tinted, gee, your game board sounds wonderful.. . . (would love to see it if you have a photo).  And btw, did you roughen the surface of your board or wipe it down with alcohol or anything to prepare it before the painting?


About the clear covering, since you'd already used acrylic paints you should be able to use a clear acrylic sealer over everything to keep the glitter from dropping off all over the place over time (like a wood finish --acrylic Varathane or something similar).  (If you do that and the glitter comes off a little when brushing over it with the sealer, you could pour on a bit of a puddle in those areas then gently thin it down, or you could spray it first with an acrylic sealer to give it a "skin" to work better with the brush-on sealer --or maybe the spray would be enough by itself with several light coats).

Are you familiar with gesso?  If not, it makes a good and very opaque primer, and even comes in several colors these days, I think. 

Painting old board is just such a good idea... I made a replica of a game I liked which my son had been playing in nursery school but which was no longer sold (it was a "cooperative" game, not competitive). I think I used some of that white board that artists buy, covered it with contact paper, but then I had to draw everything and glue it on separately.  I kept thinking I really wanted a folding sturdy board ...I'll have to try your idea!  (I also made polymer clay pieces for the game --nests with golden eggs in them, cherries, and I can't remember the other two, and the cards, etc.)

I've definitely been interested in making games though and also in gettting kids to make their own games.  If you're interested, you can take a look on this page of my site to see some suggested ways for using polymer clay to make games and toys (or just parts for them):
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/kids_beginners.htm
(.... click on Games and on Other Toys....)


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http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
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POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
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