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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / beaded tree gift for a beach wedding on: March 16, 2010 05:00:27 AM
First off, this was very much inspired by this lovely beaded tree by beadedbyamy: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291431.0

Second: details! My eldest brother finally got married to this lovely girl I totally adore (and I say 'finally' because they've been together for ten years now), and they decided to have a beach wedding. I wanted to give them something keeping with that theme, and flailed about for a bit before remembering the aforementioned tree. (I'm usually a stickler for 'useful' gifts, but I also did the photography for the wedding, so. They get this. *G*)

I used copper and silver wire, green glass chips and white shell chips from a broken necklace my GF gave me. This was the first time I've played with tree-making, though I've toyed with wire stuff before. I thought the entire project would take forever, but it was actually surprisingly easy!

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / anime fancel (Kurau) on: December 20, 2009 03:38:35 AM
So, my dad is very big into anime. And by very big into I mean obsesses over. Half of our library room is now completely taken with anime and manga and memorabilia.

My dad is also very hard to shop for, since he buy anything he needs or wants...

So! For Christmas this year, I decided to make the old man an anime cel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cel). He collects them, but there are certain animes now that are hard to get cels of (even reproductions or rilezu, for those who know the jargon). I decided to make a cel from a screenshot of one of his favorite animes, Phantom Memory Kurau, because he hes never found any kind of cel-like things from that particular series.

The finished piece:

The original scene (not the particular screenshot used, but you can get the gist):

This was a traumatically lengthy project. I had to go with what supplies I had, which meant a crash-course in paint color mixing, and the paints themselves were so thin as to need multiple, multiple coats (and they're still kind of thin in areas). I watched a lot of Stargate Atlantis while, literally, waiting for paint to dry. Urk. Nevertheless I am rather proud of the finished monster, and think it's at least decent for my first (well, 1.5; I restarted halfway through because the colors were too dark...) attempt.

My dad's birthday is on Dec 31, and I was planning on giving him a 'certificate' for a cel of his own choosing, so I suppose the agony isn't over quite yet...
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Music and Lyrics 'Pop!' shirt (image heavy) on: July 22, 2009 08:19:41 PM
So, my brother's birthday was today, and he's been saying for a while how he would love a campy 'Pop!' t-shirt from the fake band Hugh Grant was in in the movie Music and Lyrics. The quite hilarious music video can be found here on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqGBGDgVJeA

Anyway, I decided to make him the shirt since they were stupidly overpriced where I could find them online--though I had to substitute colors, because I had no red fabric paint. D'oh.

I traced the logo from this image in photoshop:

So I could print out this:

And after cutting up an oversized t-shirt my dad randomly gave to me...

...I sketched/traced the logo onto the resulting piece of white fabric...

...started painting...

...discovered that painting checkers is way easier when you use a flat brush instead of a round one...

...and sewed the finished logo onto a new shirt!

I left the logo unseamed a la the style that seems to be going around of late.
...plus it's just easier, and I'm lazy

He seemed very happy with it, and if I don't see him wearing it I will hit him. Little sisters' rights. ^_^

Hope you all enjoyed looking!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Requesting some help with a 3-D peyote beading pattern. on: October 14, 2007 10:22:04 PM
Hey there all! My name's Liz, and I recently became a bead-a-holic. *g*

Whilst wandering the web for patterns, I came across the site Checker Beads (http://checkerbeads.tripod.com) and the lovely peyote people (http://checkerbeads.tripod.com/gallery/people.html) created therein. I immediately fell in love with one in particular (the little hockey figure; one of my favorite players incidentally *G*), and while the talented creator provided me with a basic pattern on how to make them, being an extreme novice, I sort of...do not know what to do with it. I'd really like to make them, but unfortunately, I can't quite figure out how to do so--and I really don't want to ask her seeing as she's been generous enough already.

Since the pattern she emailed me isn't readily available on her site, and I didn't ask permission to post it, I was hoping if anyone felt they could help, I could send/link you to it privately. Any assistance will be muchly appreciated! ^_^
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