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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Childish Desk to Grown-Up Faux Wood Chalkboard Craft Desk on: November 19, 2008 06:03:57 PM
My boyfriend's mother dropped off his old desk at our apartment the other day. I've been wanting a craft desk for a while so I was super excited about it, but it was so childish looking at it didn't go at all in our bedroom, so I busted out the sandpaper, acrylic paints, sculpey, etc. and got to work!

I also bought this awesome chalkboard paint for the top of it so I didn't ruin the top with little doodles and notes. Now I can jot down any future craft ideas or notes in chalk and wipe it off later.


And a close up of the painting and the knob:

I still need to make 2 more knobs, but there it is.


What do you all think?
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted Zombie/Pulp Novel/Tarot Knife Holder! [img heavy] on: November 05, 2008 11:26:02 AM
I have been meaning to paint our knife holder ever since we moved, and I finally got around to it yesterday:

This is from Ben Templesmith's comic Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse

I used acrylics and then sprayed it with a sealer.

13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded Amber Knit Bracelet on: November 02, 2008 04:34:53 PM
I'm starting my Christmas gift crafts early this year because last year I ended up running out of time. So here is my first gift for my Aunt.

I've never knit any jewelry before, but I think it came out well. I tried to make it a little earthy and a little fairy-ish.
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Wheel of Time Aes Sedai Oroburous Ring on: October 27, 2008 06:39:24 PM
I just finished reading the first book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and loved it. So, I made an Aes Sedai ring.

I made it out of sculpey and then painted over it with this Mirror Finish nail polish I found that is awesome (when it's on your nails you can actually see your reflection in it, although it's a little fuzzy looking).
15  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Mask Dyeing Question on: October 27, 2008 11:11:04 AM
I recently made a soft fabric mask that looks like similar to this: http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/8849/watchmen7hv.jpg where I dyed on the black spots. However, I can't rinse the mask or else the dye will run and slightly dye the white. I dabbed the black spots with a damp cloth to get off any extra dye that would flake off and it looks great, but I'd like to be able to eventually wash it, or at least not worry that it will rain on Halloween or that something will one day spill on the mask and ruin it. Does anybody know of any way to do this, or of any type of sealer that I could put on the mask to prevent it from bleeding if it got wet? I checked in Joann's and some craft stores with no luck.

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Switch a color on a completed scarf? on: September 22, 2008 07:44:57 PM
I recently finished a very long scarf (a copy of the Dr. Who scarf) that is made up of blocks of 7 different colors. It's a present. After finishing it I really think it would look much better if I changed one of the colors to a darker green because the light green in it currently looks off.

Is there any way for me to change the green blocks to the darker color without destroying the scarf?

I spent a very, very long time making it and even though I thought maybe I could just selectively snip stitches and then re-knit the green part and then seam it back up, I want to make sure I am going about it the right way.

17  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / How to make a soft face mask for a costume?? (Rorschach from Watchmen) on: July 13, 2008 03:47:33 PM
I'm trying to make a mask for my boyfriend for his Halloween costume this year but every time I try it either doesn't work out, is too tight, or bunches up.


This is what I need it to end up looking like. My first thought was to just grab the fabric in the back or on top and sew it but it makes fold lines all over.

Sewing is not my craft and I'm really bad at trying to figure out how to make a pattern or how to go about this so any suggestions would be a huge, huge help.

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