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1  Re: shrinky dinks and stamps in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by runningwolf on: January 31, 2008 12:58:03 PM
Thanks runningwolf, Sounds like I definately need to have a go at that!! Think I'll try and get some of the sort that's used to make the dragonfly pendant  Smiley

Here is the website where I purchased mine: http://www.shrinkydinks.com/

Since I was so obsessed I ordered the 50 pack for $20.00 USD + tax and shipping... hate that part... but the sheets are very large, 10" X 8". I have seen smaller sheets of 5" X 4" (half the size) from companies like Klutz which come in smaller quantities; packs of 10 or 12. So basically with the 50 pack (10" X 8") you get double.   

...Translucent shrinky dink paper peeping on corner...

What I tend to do is use a separate piece of paper (preferably plain white) to draw my creation and fix all the little imperfections before tracing onto the shrinky dink paper. Once I'm happy, I use prismacolor colored pencils to trace through shrinky paper since they are so vibrant. I like to fill in as many gaps possible but whats neat is that once it shrinks, all the colors bunch together and you achieve a solid color effect. After the whole process is done, I usually spray a gloss over to seal the work and give it a shine. You don't have to but I noticed that after many touches the work can get smeared or scratched. And with the spray you will have it looking the same, like the day you made it. You can also cut the paper to your desired shape. I like to leave a bit of an edge for a cool look. Wish you lots of luck Wink
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2  Rainbow Shelves *IMG BLOATED* in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by runningwolf on: January 30, 2008 10:26:48 PM
About 2 years ago, my mum picked me up from school and on our usual route home we saw a yard sale. As she was curious, we stopped and rummaged through the items. She found many treasures as did I. Before we left, the friendly lady running the sale gave us freebies and among them were two, 10", dusty, unfinished shelves.

For a while they were sitting on the counter useless and I was next to them bored... so I decorated them!


...Easter ready! Wheres the eggs?...

Marabou, paint, fabric and small details were added. The backs of both are open. I glued some felt to the back so they wouldn't ruin the wall. I also put some on the bottom panel so that I could have a hiding spot for a little sumtin sumtin... shhh... don't let the cat outta the bag on my secluded spot Lips sealed

...Some candy could go there. Mmmm... chocolate!...

...Or a secret key...

Mum tucked them away in a cabinet because she likes them. I was thinking about giving them away or selling them but she didn't even want to hear it. For them to be practical, holes need to be drilled for mounting. 

...They sure would stand out on plain, white walls. My room...


You could tell how bored I was by that slugger. I made the snail from hot glue that leaked from the gun and I painted black dots for eyes. Hope you like them!

Happy crafting Wink

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3  White Baby Totoro in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by runningwolf on: January 30, 2008 05:57:04 PM
...4 1/2" tall...

I found this little cutie from: http://heavens-hellcat.livejournal.com/

...Side profile...

I used thread to create him rather than worsted weight yarn. So he is a small dude. I really like the way he came out but I'm not sure if he needed to be stuffed more.


Once I got to the feet in the pattern I got soooo confused! I thought I had to turn the work the whole time but nope... make sure your well rested before attempting any pattern. Hehe.

... Shocked Eyes Shocked ...

I tried crocheting the eyes, as the pattern suggested, but they just didn't strike me. So I used my old time method as I do for all the dolls. Good ol' clay, black sharpie, paper clips for the back to attach, sparkly clear coat nail polish for the glam, and shiny top coat for the glitz. Can't be happier Wink 
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4  Compact Camera Tripod in Completed Projects by runningwolf on: January 30, 2008 05:22:18 PM
...10" tall, light weight, and flexible...

I've needed a tripod for quite sometime now. Been with my camera for about 2+ years. Love it to death but there was one setting I could never use because of my unsteady hands and it was the one with no flash. In the past I have tried several methods from trying to balance it on a table, surrounding it with items to keep it propped up, and even holding my breath since the smallest movement would trigger disaster.


The previous night I googled tripods for my camera model but found that they were somewhat pricey... and just for kicks, I googled diy tripods. I didn't find too many but came upon a tutorial which stole my heart. Not much was required for it just: wire, electrical tape, and a bolt. For the wire, I just went to my closet and located a wire hanger; Snipped it into three sections, 10" each. The tape was lying around as was the 1/4" bolt.     

...Pink felt feet...

One feature that I added was to put felt beneath the wire feet so it wouldn't scratch our wood table or any delicate surface. I cut 3 - 1" x 1/2" strips of felt for each foot, placed the felt over the feet, and wrapped them around with electrical tape. My main reason for leaving the felt last was because if it ever got dirty, I could rip it off without ruining the tape surrounding the wire. It would be a pain to re-tape the whole piece as you have to disassemble it...

I'm so pleased now. I can achieve the soft look I have always wanted. If yall don't have a tripod, I really recommend making it yourself. Here's the link:

Happy crafting Wink

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5  Re: Kerochan! *Now with pattern!* in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by runningwolf on: July 26, 2007 04:59:47 PM
Hello! I admired your pattern from the beginning and created one of my very own. I'm not very good at these cuties as I am still learning how to crochet but your pattern seemed quite simple and I thought I might give it a go. I altered mine a bit but nothing is better than the original you made. Here it is and thank you very much for presenting your pattern to all of us on Craftster Wink

Here is the front view. I made the eyes myself and used what I had to create Kerochan. The eyes are made of clay and colored with nail polish. HEHE! Didn't have any buttons as you can tell... ^_^;

This is a side view of him and with the tail I decided to make a pompom because I like the fluffiness aspect. Also I filled the ears with poly-fill for the squishyness instead of them being flat. Hey, who doesn't like a cuddly little guy?

The back of course. Well as for the wings. They are a huge difference from the ones of the pattern. I wanted to have the majority of the doll crocheted and I had to figure out how to make my own pattern to create the wings. With trail and error I created them and added the swirls. I filled them with poly-fill. My main problem was getting them on. I already had the little guy sewed so I had to think of a concept as to how to get the dang things on. My Mother was saying to velcro them with seemed like a good idea but I was afraid of messing up the stitching. Took me FOREVER! So I took a black ribbon. If you look at the other photos you can see the bow tied around his neck. That's from the ribbon and if untied would take the wings off. I thought that would be the best choice. Plus I LOVE BOWS!!! All he needs is a tuxedo!

Lastly, here he is next to my wallet. Excuse the dirtyness of it but I wanted to show how tall he was. My wallet is about 4 1/2 inches tall.
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6  Shrinky Dinks Window Thingys in Completed Projects by runningwolf on: July 17, 2007 08:43:00 AM
I had no clue where to put these things up but I'm hoping this is the right place. I made these like last year when my God Sis was visiting. My Mom bought the Shrinky Dinks paper in Texas and I had never seen then stuff before. She let us use them and by the time we knew it we were hooked. I made these four and my God Sis made another set as well. I just had to draw deer on cause I love em without a doubt. I also threw a bear in for kicks too! Hope you like them Wink

This one was the first one I made

Prancing deer

One where I made a beaded heart for

The big bear
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7  Re: Twin Teddies (Amigurumi) *tutorial added in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by runningwolf on: July 16, 2007 12:44:03 PM

I tried making one of the bears cause I thought they were so adorable. I kinda had to make do with what I had too. The yarn was a dark brown and I stuffed the bear with poly-fil. The eyes..hehe...I didnt have any so I had to think of a way to create then. I had some clay laying aroung and I shaped it like a round button with a flat bottom. I also made two holes in the back so that after it was done baking I could put a wire. I let them cool off after baking and took a paper clip and snipped the ends off that way I had a "U" shaped wire. I took some super glue and glued it into the holes. Now for the color. I took a black sharpey (perminent marker) and colored the entire eye(s). Then I got some nail polish with glitter that was clear and painted it on a couple times. Then at the very end put a top coat on. The nail stuff stinks but looks good! HEHE! And of course to finalize the animal I put a bow on top. It came out cute for the first one! Thank you nat_neko for sharing your creation and its pattern with us Wink
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