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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Iron Man tote! on: June 14, 2012 05:29:57 PM
This looks really fantastic! This gives me renewed hope/ambition to do an Avengers suitcase. As for a template for the circles, I've used everything from a bowl or dinner plate to a dinner table (for a circle skirt!) for guides. Once you start looking for circles around the house it's surprisingly easy to find the right size.
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: trial by fire. on: May 08, 2012 07:58:59 AM
Those are gorgeous! And I agree that the easiest way to replicate this would be to buy 2 sparkly necklaces and stitch/glue them to the toe box (or whatever it's called). Good luck!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Leather Mask on: May 08, 2012 07:48:48 AM
It reminds me of Frank from Donnie Darko combined with Batman. LOVE it!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Kids Summer Art Camp- Need Project Ideas on: April 16, 2012 07:49:36 AM
I've seen this around, but totally hadn't even thought about it. This is a great idea though! We did tie-dye (the real deal with dyes and t-shirts) with a smaller group and they went crazy for it, some kids even came back a few hours later with more shirts. I definitely think this is age appropriate, and much much cheaper than traditional tie-dye (and cleaner!!).

And I don't know much about volunteering at a hospital, but I know for our organization the kids camp was a great way to bring younger people in, get them excited about art, and bring parents in that hadn't even heard about the gallery. Anything you do with kids is great community outreach.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Kids Summer Art Camp- Need Project Ideas on: April 15, 2012 05:44:28 PM
I'm part of a local art guild and last year I was roped into helping conduct a kids day camp. We called it the "Green Art Camp" and even had the local summer school join us several days over the 2 weeks that it ran. We decided to conduct it again this summer since it was such a hit last year.

I'm looking for crafts that take 30 minutes to an hour and appeal to 3rd and 4th graders (most of the crafts I've found are for toddlers and would be entirely too simple). The supplies can't be outrageously expensive because we expect around 30 kids most days.

I would greatly appreciate any help you can provide because the camp is in June and I definitely don't think I have enough projects, even though I've been looking since December. Thanks so much!!
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Marie Antoinette Shoes on: December 03, 2011 05:31:47 PM
These are absolutely fabulous! And maybe it's because I never really considered re-covering a heel, but I never thought about removing the heel tip to properly recover the heel. That's wonderful advice and now I'm going to hunt down some shoes......I'm thinking I need some leopard heels.
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Hand Made Shoes on: November 12, 2011 06:33:17 PM
These are absolutely breathtaking! I love seeing quality shoes and these are fantastic. It's really cool to hear that you are going to start a new career and I definitely think you will succeed, especially because there are so many people that can't stand cheap shoes that don't fit.

I viewed the link you provided on the classes and I desperately wish that I still lived in Oregon. I've looked into a local school (that is still like a state or two away) and they are ridiculously expensive while providing little other information on their actual processes. This looks like a wonderful school and I think I'll put it on my life goal list!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Rubberized Bicycle Tube Armor for Joan of Arc on: November 10, 2011 08:04:39 PM
This is amazing and absolutely breathtaking! I'm also kind of in love with your tattoo sleeve, do you have any photos showing it off better?
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Beach Glass Sun Catchers and Pendents (image intense) on: August 12, 2011 09:07:20 PM
I LOVE the mermaid, it's beautiful!

If you can't take photos outside (I've tried and gotten frustrated too) make a light tent. I made one with a cardboard box, computer paper (lining the inside), and 3/4 of a yard of white cotton fabric. Super simple and there are tons of directions online. I use desk lamps and the photos do turn out pretty yellow. Every camera, especially a DSLR, has a white balance setting and if you turn it to Florescent (sometimes it looks like a light bulb with little rays) it should cancel out most of the yellow. Sometimes you can even select how blue you want the white balance to be which cancels out ALL of the yellow.

To get really close to your subjects it usually starts to get out of focus, use your macro setting. It's usually represented by a flower. I would have given up taking photos if I hadn't discovered it.

I don't really have any suggestions for getting the light your pieces through other than maybe find a seller whose photos are exactly what you're looking for and ask them how they get that photo. Everyone I've encountered on Etsy is really nice and they worst they could say is "I don't want to share my secrets".

Good luck!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quick sort spilled beads? on: August 09, 2011 11:41:35 AM
These are great ideas and I'll probably just sift the beads through a large hole colander. Now I need ideas on what to do with the seed beads. I'm not going to sort all the colors out, so those will still be mixed up (which is okay with the woman I'm sorting them for). She's spilled her seed beads before and has several jars of them. I don't want to just stick another mixed jar on her shelf, so what should I make with them? They're all different colors, shades, and luster, so they look kind of terrible strung together (I tried that already).
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