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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Steampunk Speakers on: August 29, 2011 02:21:53 AM

This a project thats been in the works for awhile, steampunk ipod speakers!

They started out life as these:

slightly ugly, fold-up promotional speakers I got free with purchase.

I liked them, but they just weren't for me, plus I've been dying to steampunk something for awhile, so I did. I used a plain gift box with a faux leather covering that I painted brown. The 'pod' speakers were easy to dismantle, they were held in place using a 'clip' system, so I just had to unclip them, cut two holes in the lid using the old speakers and a template and popped the speakers in. I cut a slit in the side of the box to allow the cord to come out, but mostly the cord lives inside the box as contained storage.

action shot!

I used old jewelry as the source for the 'filigree' pieces and gold pen to colour the surround.

C+C welcome!

12  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Etched beads on: August 29, 2011 02:12:38 AM

Just a simple little project I wanted to share. I etched store-bought glass beads with stickers and etching creme:

Simple but effective. They make nice subtle feature beads for a necklace. A good way to jazz up simple beads. I got all of these on ale at my local craft store.

13  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Stick-weaving belt and cuff on: August 29, 2011 02:06:55 AM

This is my first weaving project and I'm so happy with it I've been running around in my belt all afternoon demanding people look at it. I wanted to try weaving and discovered this method looked the easiest for a newbie. I even made my own weaving sticks out of dowel. But now pics!

First: my pride, the belt.

And the slightly unflattering action shot!

This cuff was my first project, a trial to make sure I got the method.

And my sticks:

I got my info from these two places:

I really enjoyed the process, though alot of it was trial and error. Things I learned:
1.Do not make your waving sticks out of tapered chopsticks as you will never get the piece off.
2. sand your sticks as smooth as possible as any rough spots or splinters will cause the wool to snag and be difficult to remove from the sticks.
3. continually check your work for mistakes as the only way to fix a skipped stck is to unpull the work!
4. I found it easiest to push your work down in stages from the bottom of the stcick, working up to the top.

Any other tips or comments are most welcome as I'm looking forward to more projects in the future!

14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Team Bela! (Lugosi, of course) on: July 29, 2011 01:51:41 AM
Born out of my Bela Lugosi fan-girl-anti-twiliight-ness and my sisters keen sense of humour: the Team Bela Tee:

Made using the embroidery-hoop-mod-podge-and-tights method. I liked the process and the effect is nice for this project, but I think I prefer traditional stencils.

That being said, I love my new tee and the wonderful in-joke geeky-ness of it! Now I just need to take it for a test drive and wait for any geeky comments that might come my way!

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Indiana Jones Hoop on: July 29, 2011 01:43:27 AM
Here's my newest hoop for my accidental hoopla wall:


It was inspired by one that prettyrustyrobot made for the three tiny movie things swap:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369746.msg4366314#msg4366314, and my love on Indiana Jones. Its simple, but I love it!

C+C welcome

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Coathanger accessory organisers on: June 05, 2011 12:59:40 AM

I was wanting a way to organise and successfully store some of my accessories in my overfull wardrobe and wanted to reuse some child-sized coathangers that my grandmother had painted for me when I was little and thus these were born:

Some cup-hooks and drawer-pulls later and I had two organisers.
The double one is for my belts, the smaller one is for headbands and light-scarves.

The small one in action. I used curtain rings to hold my soft headbands and a ring that came with a scarf to hold my bandanas.

And the belt hanger. I bent the hook on the second coathanger to ensure it hung straight. I used some bookrings and an old ribbon spool to hold the belts that would not hang on the hooks.

So basic, yes, but I thought they might inspire someone.

17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Steampunk Portraits on: June 05, 2011 12:45:42 AM

Here are some victorian inspired Steampunk portraits I've been playing with. One was made for H-chan in the small Steampunk swap and ended up as a clock. The other two were experiments for me. I've used random plastic objects to experiment with a reverse painting technique and then layered printed vellum and a backing to create the backgrounds. I'm fairly pleased with how they turned out even though it was my first time using the technique and I learned a lot as I went, but overall I'm happy with the effect. Now the photos:

The first one, a portrait for h-chan using a clear protective disc that came with a pack of CD's and then backed with printed vellum and an unwanted CD. I used metal tape to join the CD's together and then added the clock mechanism.

My second attempt on an old CD case, backed with the same vellum and painted chipboard. The border is a decorative lace tape from the scapbooking section.

My final attempt, using the rest of the CD case, veluum and chipboard and edged in the same metal tape.

Any questions or criticism welcome. I am so tempted to paint more!

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felt Sketching Wallets + Ipod cozy on: January 30, 2011 01:22:14 AM
I've been making alot of little felt wallets for my sketching supplies, ipod, other things lately and I thought  I'd post them here. They are all made of craft felt and hand stitched with embroidery thread. They look kindof rustic and funky and I like the feel of them.

Water colour wallet.

holds an A6 watercolour pad and mini watercolour set.

Sketching wallet (Jack Iron on hides my stitching)

Holds 6 mini coloured pencils and an A6 sketch pad

Ipod cozy for my sisters oldschool Ipod. Snap closure.

Dino embroidery

I mostly made these up as I went along to suit my needs. Next up is a card wallet to hold the gift/store cards I cary, but don't need on a daily basis.

Hope you like, C+C welcome,
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ringing in my new crochet skils - belt and necklace. on: January 30, 2011 12:45:47 AM
This is my first completed crochet project and post. My sister (who is a craft newbie and recent lover of crochet) taught me and found a project I actually enjoyed (granny squares elude me). So here is my first project: a retro ring belt:

It is made by crocheting around plastic curtain rings (double crochet? but apparently Aussie double crochet is different? I'm a newbie, sorry for the confusion)

bad action pic.

Inspired by this, I made a necklace using the same technique and varying sized rings (the smaller rings are jumbo jump rings)

The necklace ties are ribbon

Detail of the rings.

So thats my first crochet project. C+C welcome.

20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lottie, The Steampunk Dress-Up Doll on: December 23, 2010 12:33:20 AM
After the success of Pierre the dress-up Pirate made from a dollar store playset
I decided I could do my own. This brought about Lottie, the steampunk girl!

I used a victorian era paper doll found on the internet as my inspiration, traced the doll onto chipboard. Then design my own outfits. The pieces were then cut out and painted. As with Pierre I couldn't help coming up with a story for each outfit:

Lottie in her 'house' clothes (base outfit)

Captain Lottie of the Airship Rustbucket

Captain Lottie at rest

Professor Lottie on her way to a lecture

Clockwork Lottie (Professor Lottie's secret invention)

I now have plans for more.

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