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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Big Head: a papier-mch office lamp (tutorial in post # 5) on: October 02, 2008 12:26:40 PM
I needed a lamp for my home office.  So I asked myself: Can I make one in papier-mch?  But of course! 

And with light on:

Thank you for looking.

If anyone is interested, I can post a text-only tutorial (my computer crashed last week, I lost almost nothing, except the very last pics of my making of this lamp...)
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Your-Laptop-Is-Smoking memory cosy on: September 16, 2008 12:52:42 PM
after I made mine (at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266642.0), my twin sister wanted something for her USB key.  So I obliged, again with WireForm and papier-mch :

and off duty:

It turned out a bit too square for my taste, but she likes it

Thanks for looking!
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Clovis #2 : more a poodle! on: September 13, 2008 08:39:00 PM
I'm really amazed by the process of needle felting!  It feels like sculpture, but in a magical way!  Here' my second dog:

Thanks for looking!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Flower-in-a-pot cosy for a memory stick on: September 05, 2008 12:21:34 PM
Cosy in action:

cosy when not in use:

My twin sister wanted a cosy for her memory stick, so I whipped this one quite fast:  I sewed a green ribbon around it, up to the 2/3.  I took 3 circles of tulle (sold at Dollarama), dotted it here and there with white glue, sprinkle over it some glitter, and gather the circles for the petals.  For the stamens (that are not clearly seen here Cry) I mounted some beads on very thin wire.  I had to find the perfect re-usable cap to use as the pot,  in which the cap from the USB key would fit snuggly...  (not too hard : my twin has a collection of said caps, all shapes and sizes...)

Thank you for looking

(And you know what?  Now my twin wants a cosy in the manner of this one:
so I'm ripping the flower this weekend!)
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / amputated lady's finger with memory on: September 01, 2008 05:08:38 PM
I'm a newbee too, and my cosy is in papier-mch.  I used WireForm (http://sculpt.com/catalog_98/wireform/WireForm1.htm), newspapers, flour glue, Gesso, acrylic paints and varnish.  Ohh, and a very artificial ruby!

 the cosy "in action"

and just open

Thank you for looking!

Perhaps some of you would like to know how I made it?  So here is somewhat of a tut, without drawing or pics, sorry Cry

1.uncap your memory stick.  Trace, on let's say a paper towel, a larger finger (or toe, as courtsi has suggested here, or a thumb, or a bone, etc.) around your memory stick, and the base of the finger around the cap.

2.VERY IMPORTANT:  cover tightly  your memory stick and its cap with 4/5 layers of plastic film (Saran Wrap), then grease it all with petroleum jelly

3.from your two patterns, cut the WireForm twice, so you'll have 4 pieces of WireForm; wrap them, one after the other, somewhat tightly around your memory stick and its cap.  Leave them inside.

4.On to the flour glue; I'm sure all of you Crafters know what it is , but for the few who don't, here it goes.  Pour some cold water in a non-metallic bowl, and sprinkle the flour on it, 2 tablespoons at the time,  each time whisking after until smooth:  you want to reach the consistency of a heavy pancake batter.  Add a few drops of Javel water, and mix.  Zapp it all in a micro-wave, for a minute at the time, until the glue bubbles a few seconds, no more:  you want glue, not a paste.  Whip it smooth and let it cool

5.With the glue, lay thin strips of newspaper over your finger and its base (with the memory stick and its cap still inside), layer after layer after layer, until your reach the ideal thickness.

6.The worst part:  wait until both parts are completely dry, it can take  from 2 days to a week;  at night, one may hear the memory stick crying:  Release me, oh release me!  When it's all very dry, pull free the USB key and its cap, unwrap, and let them breathe.  Wait a night more for the inside of the finger to dry... sight...  When the finger's inside is dry, put your USB key inside the finger:  the key will probably will slide too deep in the finger;  so wrap the memory stick in new plastic wrap, put a ball of paper soaked in flour glue inside the finger, and push the wrapped memory stick inside, until the fit is perfect (you may have to repeat the operation);  take out the USB key, unwrap it.   And do the same for the memory stick's cap.  Let everything dry solid again,  sigh...

7.Adjust the finger to its base, and if necessary, cut, rasp, and sand.  Gesso the finger and its base inside out, as to seal the papier-mch (otherwise it will drink your paint), and wait until that dries.  sight...

8.The best part:  paint the finger, glue a cardboard nail (I used real nail polish on it, it gives the perfect finish), let the paint dry, and varnish.   

9.Make the ring out of cardboard, or metallic chocolate wrapper, decorate with whatever bauble is lying around;  wrap tightly, and glue (here I use regular white glue) around the base of the finger, as to hide where it meets the finger.  Voil!

(hum...  is that clear?  English is not my first language...  Feel free to ask for any clarification.  And post pics!)
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / 1rts showable needle felt project: Clovis, a small dog on: August 30, 2008 02:10:40 PM
First, I want to thank very much each and everyone in this forum for educating me in a brand new craft!!!!! 
I first made 2 micro teddy bears (1 and 1/2 inch tall) out of acrylic/wool knitting yarn, but after seeing other 1rst projects, well, I became too shy to show them...   So, this is my third attempt, made of roving (much easier).  The nose, mouth and insides of the ears are in regular felt.  Clovis is movable.

Thanks for looking, (and please don't be too harsh...)
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ubald, a 2nd sock monster on: August 27, 2008 12:07:37 PM
I could not stop myself, and made this one.  It was made with 2 unmatched socks, white felt and glass German beads for the eyes, and a bit of the palm of an odd glove for the teeth  (his full name is: Ubald, the Monster-who-smoked-too-much-but-whom-we-love-nevertheless)
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Adalbert, my first sock monster on: August 22, 2008 12:31:20 PM
I adore my public library, where I found yesterday this book:


and I HAD to try my hands at this!   (You all know this urge!) So here's Adalbert:

Thanks for looking!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / the caterpillar-croc pin cushion on: August 14, 2008 01:44:03 PM
I like to wear my pin cushion while  I'm sewing, but, frankly, the usual tomato does not do it for me...  So I whipped this one in about an hour, and since I filled it with steel wool, my pins are always sharp!

thanks for looking!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My very own bear, Eugene on: August 12, 2008 02:32:22 PM
Hello all!   I began making plushes and cloth dolls for friends and family when I was 12 (quite some time ago)  and, one night, it occurred to me that I never had made  a bear for myself!  So here is the result, pattern by me!  He is very floppy, and quite more expressive than I expected

Thanks for looking!
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