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1  butler's rack, re-imagined & girlie(r) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by SilverBamboo on: August 20, 2004 01:29:27 AM
I'd been wanting one of these things forever, though I'm sure it goes by different, and more explanatory, names than "butler's rack":

That (above) is what it looked like after one coat of high gloss, blood red latex paint. Originally it was a wood-stain finish, that was nicked, chipped and dinged here and there.
Long story short: bought it for boyfriend at yard sale (score), cat peed on it, cat knocked it over, etc.; cleaned it up, started thinking about how it could be more appealing...

...and that (above) is how it turned out, after a coat of crackle-glaze, followed by a perriwinkle latex top coat and a few embellishments. She (the rack - hey, check out my rack!) started speaking to me... she wanted a belly-chain, with a few French coins, a loose pawn from a chess set and a plastic poodle on it; she also wanted a boa, though I could only provide a partial one. (Used most of it in a previous project.) Some itty-bitty bows (that's what the package says), a couple of fake flowers (corsage...?), a necklace, etc.

Above is a closeup of the top; I painted a little fairy gold and glued her on the top rack (meant for wallet, keys, loose change, if you're a guy, or a butler for a guy) and painted a little wooden book charm with the words "little secrets", and, well, that's all I did. Just thought I'd share; hope you like it, and thanks for your time.  Smiley
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2  Re: mini-altar / fertility shrine in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by SilverBamboo on: June 07, 2004 12:07:14 AM
Okay, I know nothing and this probably won't work, but I really want to see your altar, so I'm going to try it anyway...


edit: hey, I was right... it didn't work. Damn.
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3  Re: Prayer boxes (tutorial added) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by SilverBamboo on: June 06, 2004 11:49:06 PM
Your prayer boxes are truly beautiful, and I hope you don't mind me sharing an inspiration/cheaper alternative in your topic. (Now is the part where I *humbly* assume it's okay to continue.)

I've been playing around with Nat Sherman cigarette boxes, among other cigarette and cigar packaging, and thought a cigarette package or small cigar tin (or altoid tin) might also serve a similar purpose - though it might be bulkier under a pillow, depending what you use. They could be used as prayer/intention/wish boxes/inspirational thought repositories... whatever your need or desire, really.

As an example, here's one I re-made to house a few marble magnets for my former boss's b-day:

On the inside, I glued 4 painted bottlecaps so the magnets would have something to stick to:

(some identifying images are intentionally blurred)

Just my thought; if you know any smokers, they're usually an abundant source of useful materials, from the package down to the lining foil, which is great for decoupage and a gold or silver-leaf look. Thank you for posting your prayer-boxes, I think I will try one of those next. Smiley
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4  Re:empty cigarette packs in What the heck can I do with THIS? by SilverBamboo on: February 19, 2004 10:29:53 PM
I've been obsessed with cigarette packages since I found this thread... I even have people saving specific style packs for me.

One thing I did was cover a binder with gold foil from inside cig packages - just decoupaged it on. I started a jewelry-making class today, and she gave me a zippered pouch with 3 holes punched in it, so I put it in there:

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5  recycled box/comic book clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by SilverBamboo on: February 19, 2004 10:12:04 PM
I found this in one of my bins of half-completed projects and finished it last night:

The box is reinforced cardboard and originally packaged some kind of spa kit. I decoupaged comic book pages onto the exterior...

...and I used found objects to create a handle and closure. The handle is an old drawer pull; the closure is made from eye-screws (with washers and gear thingies, and the screw-points on the interior are secured with wine cork cut to about 1/3 normal length), beads, wire, and a sliver of wine cork that threads into the bottom eye-screw.

I was able to make the entire thing from start to finish with things I had around the house. (Just happened to have a bit of black grosgrain ribbon to finish the top edge.)

Thought it might make a good digi-cam accessory tote or something... it's unlined; I was thinking about fake fur, maybe. Smiley
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6  mannequin becomes bulletin board in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by SilverBamboo on: February 11, 2004 01:44:08 AM
I finally completed a project!

This is a styrofoam underwear display mannequin I bought at a department store fixture sell-off.

I took apart an old floor lamp, painted the base black, and mounted him on it. (He already had a hole in his right leg for mounting, but it would've been easy enough to make one if he didn't.)

I borrowed a pair of my nephew's cast-off shorts and adorned him with bottlecap thumbtacks.

Craftsters: thank you for the inspiration to get something done again! (Hope the images work).
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7  Re:personal shrines in Discussion and Questions by SilverBamboo on: January 09, 2004 12:45:31 PM
Okay, here goes... my first found object shrine: (assuming I can successfully load the image)

It's made from a wooden "inbox", a spindle found in the rubble from a demolished church, put together with various nuts, screws and washers found in jars in my garage (from previous homeowners), a discarded drawer-pull...
It's decorated primarily with objects found by a friend of mine (I'm going to send it on to her as a gift), like a brandy bottle shaped like a matador, a vintage Spanish ad-leaflet, a photo that was contained in the leaflet, a sperm-ring earring (don't ask - I didn't! Wink), a bottle of jinx remover, a skull charm that I added some beads to and put on a keychain... and the bud vase is one of those individual florist thingies wrapped with twine and secured to a wine cork...

Phew! It only took a couple of hours, and I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out, and the way everything kinda fit together. There are a few fortune cookie fortunes decoupaged on it too, that are applicable to my friend.

Hope you like it... and I really hope the picture works! Tongue
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