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11  Silk means something else in this context . . . in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by heathersy on: December 07, 2007 08:37:28 AM
Inspired by Phranc's piece in the holiday issue of Craft, I was going nuts making gift boxes from grocery paperboard scraps and magazine pages (of which I keep multiple file folders. I have a bit of a magazine addiction and the only thing that keeps me from suffocating beneath a stack of the things is my Xacto-aided save and purge sessions.) And, well, I got to the Silk soymilk two pack cardboard and got carried away with the handle and its potential. Instead of a gift box, I ended up with a clutch.

Front and back views.*

I used magnet tape for the closure.

This little bag is going to my Niece Momma, with these earrings inside.

*The stripes are actually photos of paintings. I cannot remember the artist's name. His work was featured in Breathe magazine about three years ago. That is all I can recall. A quick Google search only confirmed that these paintings are sharper and more compelling than any other stripe paintings I have seen. So if anyone out there recognizes the work, please let me know.
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12  Orange Crush in Beads: Completed Projects by heathersy on: December 07, 2007 08:14:08 AM
I have been playing around with braiding wire lately.
Originally, I was just trying to get a good weight for making rings;
but then I whipped up these earrings for my Niece Momma for Christmas.

Nevermind my model's existential crisis. (Her fingers aren't loaded.)
The DH commented that my wire work is getting better.
It's still a bit wonky, but the Niece Momma know that I'm a bit wonky, so . . .
What do you think?
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13  It's the story of a lovely lady . . . in Completed Projects by heathersy on: December 04, 2007 05:15:16 PM

 . . . who happpens to be my mother's twin. (I think my aunt and uncle look very Brady in this picture.) She married her lovely guy 35 years ago and my mom rang recently to remind me to send a card for their anniversary. Like I ever make anything that easy on myself!

I looked online to find that the traditional material for a 35th wedding anniversary is coral. Great, I thought, I'll get some coral beads at the craft store and do a his and hers earring and cufflinks set. Found the beads, but nothing vaguely resembling cuff links findings. Not enough time to have them shipped, either. So I hung onto the beads and waited for inspiration to strike.

It came in the form of a heart shaped glass ornament.

I decoupaged the pictures on the back and very carefully glass glued the beads to the from, with the help of tweezers and a wooden skewer.

And that's my card.
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14  modern upcycled ornaments in Winter Holidays by heathersy on: December 03, 2007 01:00:20 PM
When I saw these I swooned.

The Design Sponge blog entry that this photo is from is here:
It includes a tute.

Then I got to thinking.

I have been bothered by the elusive use for yogurt containers that are not locally recycled. (I checked the recycling board here and the big topic on cans, bottles and plastic containers is pretty can centric. The best solution I found there is to send the yogurt cups off the the worm poop fertilizer- Stonyfield Farms yogurt brigade for reuse as planters. But that requires nonprofit status, a nonresidential mailing address and hundreds of the containers --rather than the dozens I am contending with. I may still try to organize something with the local organic market or my neighborhood assn. but in the meantime . . .)

This is a very rough mock up. The ornament is made from one 32 oz container and is much smaller than the inspiration piece. It is tree scale as opposed to room scale. I think the plastic will endure year to year ornament use in a way that the paper is not meant to.

I am planning to make more and use jump rings where staples go on the paper version. I might paint the printed side of the containers with plastics spray paint. That would produce a cool two-toned effect.

I'll post more when I have a real working version; but I got excited and thought I would share the germ of the idea before I run off the the library to check out more craft books.
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15  How Sweets I'm Not plastic soldier bowl in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by heathersy on: November 30, 2007 09:09:31 AM
This is my first go at a melted army men bowl a la sweets4ever ( you can see hers here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187014.230) and, well, I shall try again.

I learned a lot about the shrink factor, melt times and molding techniques out of this trial run. And since the army men (two smallish bags of them) "came with the house," the only cost was to my health  Tongue (I do not love toxic plastic fumes nearly as much as I love photo developer chemical stink or the machinery smell the DH wears home from welding class.)

While I like the irregular shape of the bowl and its small size (I would guess 2 cups -- nothing like a chip bowl), my next attempt will aim for more definition in the men.

Aaaaaaand, I will try to be more patient with the cooling time. I think my eagerness to see the finished product resulted in the foil remnants on the outer surface of the bowl.

Also, I started with the loaded bowl technique and then switched to the flat melt technique (Grieney gives a good explanation of this on p.15 of the original thread, Reply #91) and, in so doing, seem to have scorched a few of the poor sods.

That said my D, DH said the whole thing looked just fine and that he thought the foil was intentional. I am still going to keep at it (Dollar Tree, here I come) but it is great to have some reassurance about a project I have been looking at all day and can no longer see.

Please let me know what you think.

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16  liquid crystal destruction - cyberpunk jem for the postapocalyptic dance party in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by heathersy on: November 21, 2007 04:25:00 PM

Backstory: I am hard on personal handheld digital do-thingers. I have crushed three LCD's in my day.

It sucks to not be able to access the data once the screen goes all parking lot oil spill on you.

But it does look captivating.

My Palm Zire was the last to go. I finally cut the (USB) cord and went to deconstructing it for craftablilities.

This is what I did with the touch screen.

I drilled holes into the wide part of the frame (where the keys were on the device.) and attached a salvaged chain with ready made jump rings.

The beading skills came into play on the closure, pictured below.

I am debuting this piece tonight at a Paul Oakenfold show. I only go to dance clubs once in a blue moon. Luckily, the urge hit just as I came up with the idea for this necklace and my electronic music happy friend hit town for Thanksgiving. So we shall see how it holds up on the dance floor.

p.s.: the colors and composition of the 'spill' change when fingered from the back.

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17  droppin' the white hot bombs in Beads: Completed Projects by heathersy on: November 17, 2007 10:41:07 AM
Pearls are fine and good for going all Chanel with layers of necklaces or for classy understated earposts, but I really wanted some white earrings to compliment the graphic mod dresses I love. So what's a girl to do? it herself, of course!

These are my little bombs --

--what better to evoke the atomic age?

With obligatory goofy action shot for scale.

Lastly, a close up to better show the earwire.

Very simple, yes, but that is what I was going for.

What do you think?

Also, do you think the photos demonstrate the craft well or does one do so better than the others?

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18  How Old Are You? in Vegetarian / Vegan by heathersy on: November 15, 2007 08:57:56 AM
A good friend of mine had a birthday party last weekend . . . with a Gumby theme. (This should be a pop culture age calculator.) I could not resist the kitsch and made this salads plate.

Gumby is spinach-avacado dip with bell pepper facial features and egg white-black olive eyes. Pokey is eggplant 'caviar' (full disclosure: this component was store bought. I was thinking of making a mango salsa but folded to the time crunch.) The background is a black bean and corn salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette and multicolored diced bell peppers.

Originally, I wanted to go all the way and make molded salads (think tomato aspic); but the vegan store was closed for Veterans' Day Sunday and we all know I could not very well serve real gelatin to the vegetarian birthday boy.

Lest I forget the whole crafty element here, I freehanded the image on an open pizza box and scored along the lines with my razor knife. Then I cut 1 1/2" strips of cardboard and stood them up in the scored outline, securing with masking tape as I went. Once I had the image outlined in raised cardboard, I pressed aluminum foil into the form and filled the 'serving tray' with the salads.

While my photo is not the best, the dish was a big hit at the party and was photographed by three other people. What I really like about it is that the idea could be adapted endlessly to any shape/characters with any grab/scoop/spoon-able foods (salads, dips, puddings, candies, etc.)

As Gumby says, "Be Flexible!"
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19  Acessorize as You Dress in Beads: Completed Projects by heathersy on: October 29, 2007 12:37:09 PM
So I was knocking around my mom's house and had only packed one pair of earrings, which did not quite go with what I was wearing BUT had brought my beading kit to stave off boredom while out in the sticks. This made for a good opportunity to make some custom jewelry for one of my favorite garments. (This is a minidress with zippered slash pockets at the hips.)

Yes, wonky wire work, it is. I am thinking I will redo the ring with another band of little yellow glass beads. Look for more chunky bead and wire-wrapped stone rings to come! I love the chunkiness.
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20  Re: Weird fitting dress thing to cute top! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by heathersy on: October 29, 2007 11:05:16 AM
How funny, I think I have the Target version of the same dress.

I like mine so much that I want to use it as a template to make dress recons.

That said, I love what you did with yours.

It could be that the two dresses are structured differently or it could just be my long waist. Anyhow, it is all about making it work, no?

Great job. I am curious, did your dress have a stretch lining in the waist band and, if so, did you transfer it up when you made the top?
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