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71  Terra cotta clay bowl in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 09, 2013 12:55:07 PM
One of my earlier pieces made with terra cotta clay & the only one I've made on the wheel.  It's only about 4-5"in diameter but I'm pleased with it.  I carved the designs into it when it was leather hard.

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72  Votive Holder in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 09, 2013 07:06:08 AM
A votive holder about 7" tall.  I carved the leaf design openings before assembling.  I love the colors---Unfortunately, my lastborn did too. 

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73  Clay Dish in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 08, 2013 11:07:36 PM
I've been taking clay classes for the past couple of years.  I've posted several of my projects in the past & have intended to post more.  I've not had much luck remembering but will see if I can catch up soon.

My dish is about 4x4" with a branch carved into it.  I added the tiny pink flowers as an accent & was quite pleased with the somewhat Asian look I achieved.

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74  Jilly Giraffe---Christmas Feltie in Winter Holidays by Jenxx on: May 03, 2013 09:47:56 PM

I've designed a new Feltie as requested by a friend.  Meet Jilly Giraffe.  She stands 8" tall, is made from felt & stuffed with polyfil.  Her legs & neck are strengthened with pieces cut from kebob skewers.  I've painted on her patches & hooves.  Her tail is a length of braided twine.   Come Christmas, I'll add some gaily colored ribbons & hang her on the tree with the rest of my felt ornaments.
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75  Wire Heart Valentines in Valentine's Day by Jenxx on: February 07, 2013 09:24:20 PM

Today I finished making Valentines for my 2 Kids & 2 Grands.  This year I was inspired by hearts I saw on one of the craft sites.  Of course, I made them a bit different to suit my taste.

Using heavy floral wire, I fashioned a heart & covered it with white floral tape.  Then I crisscrossed it with a web of gold thread.  On 2 of them, I ran the threads across a smaller center heart & for the other 2, I made the webbing around it.  I found that touches of glue stick keeps the strings from shifting & are invisible once they're dry.  I think they'll look pretty hanging in a window or on a wall.   Initially, I painted the trial one red but it wasn't as delicate because I used a heavier twine.  I might have to do some more experimenting because it would make a nice Christmas ornament if it was shaped differently.

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76  Christmas Ornament Display in Winter Holidays by Jenxx on: January 10, 2013 08:26:05 PM
I participated in a Christmas ornament exchange with a group of online friends but soon realized the variety of colors wouldn't look good on my all silver & white tree.   I considered hanging them on a piece of garland above the windows but wasn't enthused enough with that idea.  Instead, I was quite pleased when I thought of hanging a single strand of fluffy garland from the ceiling (behind the door)to the floor.  I simply hung the ornaments from the vertical garland.  It didn't take up much room, was out of the way & looked great.  I'll look forward to adding another strand beside it next Christmas.

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77  Plastic Dome Christmas Ornament in Winter Holidays by Jenxx on: November 18, 2012 11:07:51 AM
Plastic dome Christmas Ornament

You will need:
Disposable 2 piece plastic wine glass
Small ornament, package tie, etc
Bit of polyfil stuffing
Bead or styro ball (I used a glittered styro bead from garland I found at Michaaels)
Length of cord for hanging.  I use 6 to 8 inches.
Ribbon & flower trim
Braid trim for bottom edge
Fine gauge wire to secure bow
Spray adhesive
Hot glue gun & sticks
Large eye needle
craft knife (Exacto)
Shape the polyfil into a rough donut shape.  Spray a bit of glue on the wine glass base & affix the cotton  to the base leaving the center "knob" exposed.   Very lightly spray adhesive on the polyfil & sprinkle with glitter.

Hot glue the inverted  wine glass over the base after tucking in the polyfil.  I glued only in a few areas of the rim---didn't glue the entire rim.
Glue the braid trim around the base, beginning & ending in the back.

The beads I used were 5/8 to 3/4" in diameter.  you can use a plain styro ball, spray it with adhesive or white glue & cover it with glitter.  You can also use a wooden, plastic or glass bead.  

Fold the length of cord in half & knot the ends.  
If you're using a bead, thread the cord thru the opening, glue the knot to the bottom of the bead & hot glue the bead to the top of the inverted wine glass.
For the styro bead, knot the cord & thread the folded end thru the needle.  Press the bead down over the inverted wine glass stem to make an impression.  Use the craft knife to carve an opening & press again on the stem to form it.  push the needle thru the opening & out the top of the bead.  Pull the cord thru, leaving the knot inside the opening.  Hot glue it over the top of the stem.

Fashion a bow from the ribbon, glue it to the front of the wine glass stem (Be sure the figure inside is facing forward) & secure the flower to the bow.

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78  Reconstructed TV Cabinet in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Jenxx on: September 10, 2012 11:00:23 PM

With the advent of flat screen TVs a lot of people are finding themselves stuck with a dinosaur in their home in the form of a large entertainment center.  The new rectangular shaped TVs won't usually fit into the older style cabinets.   We were part of that crowd ourselves & found it's almost impossible to get rid ours.  We considered putting extra shelves in it but don't really need another bookcase---& we did need a TV stand.

I found the solution.  Even tho we paid a fairly good price for it, our entertainment center was a knock down one that was only bolted/screwed together.  By taking it apart, we were able to salvage enough pieces to rebuild it as a TV stand for the new flat screen.   We actually used most of the top part with the feet from the bottom.  The boards from the outside of the bottom section became shelves.  We removed the wine racks & mirror. BTW, if breaking a mirror is bad luck for 7 years, if 2 people drop it, do they each get 7 years or is it divided between them (3&1/2 each)?  Perhaps they cancel each other out & neither has bad luck.

We spent most of the day working on it but we saved money by not having to buy another & we were able to get rid of most of the dinosaur.  It's a plus, too, that I don't have to get rid of the cabinet I liked so well.

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79  Solar Lit garden Mushroom in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: August 28, 2012 09:40:11 PM
Garden Art.  A second mushroom I've created from recycled glass pieces---The dome from a light fixture, upturned candle holder, glass jar & a solar light.  Baked on painted finish.

The dome in this one has a much smaller opening in the top than the previous one.  I was afraid the sun's rays wouldn't penetrate & charge the battery but I left it 7 hrs in the sun & it shone for about 7 hours after that.  Evidently, the UV rays aren't blocked significantly by even the colored glass,

I've added a nighttime photo.  The dome has a very soft glow but the splendid display at the base offsets any lack above.  By using the faceted jelly jar, the light is fractured to give a lace like pattern on the countertop.  The light also shines thru the amber colored candleholder to present a golden aura around the base.

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80  Solar Lit Garden Mushroom in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: August 11, 2012 07:37:38 AM

I'm totally chuffed with the way my garden mushroom turned out.  It's made mostly from discards & (With a bit of engineering help from Hubby) it's solar lit.  

It's made from an old vase, the discarded glass from a  torchere floor lamp, a glass jar, & a cheap solar light.  I used one stroke technique & Glass paints to make the flower decoration.

I put it out this morning so it can "Catch some rays" & take on a glow this evening.  I can hardly wait to see it lit up.  I'll have to take another photo then.

I've been trying to get a good photo of my garden mushroom but haven't had much luck---too dark, I think.  This is the best I can do but it shows a nice glow from the solar light.

A bit more as to how we did it & how we'll do it differently next time:

The vase was clear glass and didn't match the frosted lamp shade so we spray painted the INSIDE ONLY.  It still isn't a perfect match but ---good enough for who it's for.

  Photo B

We purchased the smallest solar light we could find.  The one pictured is a bit larger than the one we used but good enough for demo purposes.  A slight twist will separate the top from the base (photo B ).  I covered the little solar panel with masking tape & spray painted the top white.

  Photo C

We then glued the solar disk to a jam/jelly size canning jar with E6000 glue.  (Photo C )  We made sure we removed the tab before glueing so the battery would begin charging.   We didn't paint the jelly jar because it would have cut down on the amount of light.  The jar not only allowed light to escape but added height to the stem.
When it was dry, We glued the jar to the overturned vase & the shade to the top.  Done!

After it was glued we realized what we did wrong.  Next time we'll screw a canning ring to the jar and attach the solar disk to it before adding the shade.  That way we will be able to replace the battery when needed by unscrewing the top.

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