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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / can anyone name this crazy toy? on: March 22, 2008 06:23:06 PM
I got this metal charm making gizmo almost a decade ago at a thrift store -- it wasn't something professional, it was definitely made for children. It was really strange. You had little pieces of metal (or something) that you melted down in their magical machine, and then you tilted the heated metal-like stuff into a mold and then it cooled down and you had a little charm. I remember there was one mold that made "best friends" necklace charms, and one that made a dolphin, I think.

It's driving me crazy! I know it's a long shot, but does anyone remember what this thing was called, or have any idea what I'm talking about?

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / paintings of rad music-making toys on: February 06, 2008 06:58:58 PM
I must have won the lottery, or something, because I haven't had to work since last Thursday.
thus, for no apparent reason:


music major (1986): my friend actually has one of these. it makes some pretty dope animal noises that don't sound like animals.

muson synthesizer (1978): I want one of these, bad.

speak & spell (1978): what should it be saying?! I didn't have any good ideas.

thanks for looking, homies.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / ART: houses, our lady guadalupe, gameboys, oh my. on: June 16, 2007 07:19:41 PM
Hello! I'm just showing off my latest art. Pardon my house and Guadalupe obsession.

This one was originally quite larger. I made it smaller just in case you're rockin' a Macintosh IIci or something, but it made it look kind of funny.

Thanks for looking. If you have any burning questions (about anything, really, not just the art) I'm so down with answering them.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / guilt-inducing swizzle sticks for my sister's 21st birthday on: June 11, 2007 06:37:30 PM
I was having a hard time thinking of something to make for my sister for her 21st birthday, and then it hit me: GUILT STICKS!

I made her these swizzle sticks so everything she mixes a drink she has to stare at the face of my grandma, or her fourth grade teacher, or whatever.

the back of the packaging. I'm obsessed with packaging.
I like things to have that "cheap candy at a truck stop" look.

money shot.
I mean, the last thing you want to think about when you're drinking is how disappointed Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli is with you.

they were really easy to make - I bought Spongebob drink stirrers from the party store and printed out pictures of people that were 1 inch x 1 inch. I glued them on where Spongebob once was and then sealed them with some mod podge.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Tetris silverware: Classy. on: January 13, 2007 04:29:28 PM

Last year in my art class, we had to make inexcusably dorky silverware in the style of some artist. I chose Roy Lichtenstein, and pumped out these classy gems.

It's snowing in Seattle and I'm too sick to go out and rendezvous, so instead I decided it would be an excellent idea to recreate the pure, unadulterated beauty of my original set with something I loved even more: Tetris.

You will need:[/b]
White Sculpey clay
Acrylic paint
Something to cut clay with (a razor works best)
An oven
Mod Podge sealer (optional, only if you're feeling fancy)

For now, I just made a Tetris fork.

1. Grab your eating utensil and a hunk of the clay. Cover the handle of the silverware completely, and then smooth it out and make it even.

2. Once that is complete (it takes some time to make it just right), take some clay, flatten it out a little bit and cut your shape with a razor. I used my Lichtenstein butter knife, putting it to good use. It worked fine.

3. Attach your shapes by gently pressing down pieces onto handle.

4. Shove the sucker into the oven on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet. The directions on the package of Sculpey says to bake at 275-degrees (130C) for 15 minutes per 6mm. I put it in for 10 minutes and it came out just fine.

5. Wait for it to cool, obviously, and then whip out your acrylics and paint. My L-shape got detached, so I'll add it after everything else is painted.

6. Don't let your cat/dog/household pet near uncooked Sculpey, or his/her hair gets all up in it.

7. After I finished painting, I waited for it to dry and then I covered it in Mod Podge, just to give it that glossy shine I have come to know and love.

Wasn't that EASY? Of course, you can do anything your young heart desires, not just Tetris. They are more for beauty than practicality, and I wouldn't reccomend sending them through a dish washer (however, I haven't tried).

You can totally impress your easily-impressed friends.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 1994 Apple PowerBook 150, whatever shall I do with you? on: October 08, 2006 02:26:37 PM
I have obtained a 1994 Apple PowerBook 150, 240-500 MB hard drive, 2 bit grayscale, totally sweet.
It doesn't work, or it doesn't have the proper cords, or whatever, but basically I just have it and want to do something with it. I NEED IDEAS. A picture frame? Some sort of clothes drying rack? Use the ball mouse in some kind of motion machine?
IDEAS, COMMENCE. Thanksalotagos.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / hold the phone!: A CONNECT FOUR BAG. on: July 10, 2006 07:52:34 PM
So, everybody knows that the only way to solve problems is with Connect Four, but it is difficult to do so when you can't lug around the old beat up Connect Four box everywhere you do in anticipation of conflict.

What is a girl (or boy) to do?




I'm not much of a bag maker, but I think this turned out really well. There isn't much to it. You just need Connect Four, box and all, and some masking tape (or, if you have skills, use some of that imagination of yours).

I put a piece of nice, clean, white cardboard behind the yellow plastic part and cut up the box to make the parts of the bag that weren't the yellow plastic part. I just used white masking tape on the inside and outside of the it to make it stay together. The masking tape really gives it that "Oh, hey, this is a beat up boardgame box," look (or at least that is my excuse).

I used a strap from another bag of mine on this because my resources were limited. But, I'm sure that you can use masking tape or fabric or something to make a strap.

It's actually functional, I just slid the pieces in there for all my Connect Four-ing needs. If you just want the look, you can glue them in there for maximum security. Or something.

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / pixelated friends make silkscreening fun! (in case it isn't fun already) on: January 19, 2006 03:55:01 PM
Whenever I see a blank t-shirt, I die a little because I feel as though it isn't living up to it's full potential.
I got a new x-acto knife (with 360-degree swivel tip!) and I wanted to take it for a spin (ha-ha, get it? Swivel... spin... get it? It's a joke!) I named it Craig.
So I don't know about you, but when I'm doing the x-acto knife cut out method of silkscreening, I tend to be really bad at curvy lines.
Then I discovered the beauty of pixels and my life changed forever.

I downloaded this font from dafont.com called "FolkDance". It is pixelated people holding hands! Hooray!

Above is all the characters in the font, so if you want to use them but can't download the font or something, there they are for your silkscreening pleasure.

I choose my favorites and then print them and started cutting them out. It is so easy because, although there are a lot of islands and little pieces, they are all just straight lines that are easy to manage.

I'm so glad that picture turned out because the camera's battery was three seconds away from dying and I only had room for one last picture. Whew!

Anyways, in conclusion, pixelated art is really easy to cut out and looks TOTALLY ADORABLE on a shirt... or anywhere else you may desire it.

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Toasty & The Shuttle of Tolerance: A Painting! on: September 05, 2005 12:35:43 AM

I made this painting a couple of nights ago with acrylic paint on a twenty-by-sixteen canvas. There is more to the painting on the top, but it is basically just a sun and two clouds. Milk Carton, Mr. Pear, Cake, Toasty and Bac'n are all going to go on quite the journey in the Shuttle of Tolerance. I only hope they can all fit.
Comments would be appreciated Cheesy

PS. I don't mean any harm by the statements of Toasty. You're supposed to go, "Oh, ha-ha, I get it... Tolerance!"
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Unremarkable Aquabats/Digital Unicorn Shirt on: July 15, 2005 12:55:36 AM
The Aquabats are coming to town tomorrow, and in all my excitement I decided to make a pretty unremarkable, but still lovely, shirt.

Yay! I'm excited!
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