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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Projects using a heat gun? on: January 29, 2008 02:59:53 PM
Does anyone know of some fun jewelry projects that can be done with a heat gun? I've done some plastic bottle beads and they're awesome, so I want to see if I can expand the use of the gun at all...if anyone has any projects that they know of off of the top of their heads (and tutorials, if possible), could you please let me know? Thank you, loves!
42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pretty simple - magnetic accessory for an accessory... on: January 24, 2008 06:47:26 PM
I wear this ball-chain necklace everywhere and all the time (unless I'm dressing up), but sometimes I want to have the slinkier, layered look too. However, whenever I wear little necklaces, they always end up wrapped around my neck, threatening to kill me by suffocation.

So, I took some spare chain and a super-strong magnetic clasp that I had lying around, and made a little accessory for my necklace.

That's a picture of most of it (it's about, um, probably a foot long).

Here's a picture of it connected to my necklace. The magnets stick to the metal, so I can stick it anywhere on my necklace to add as little or as much length as I want.

It can also be worn as a separate necklace; it ends up hitting me just below my clavicle bone if I do that.

I know, I know...but I was excited that I came up with it. Cheesy
43  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Nirvana jean patch on: January 24, 2008 06:42:38 PM
I was looking at my "started topics" on Craftster and realized that I really haven't posted a lot. The thing is, I really DO craft a ton, but I usually make jewelry. My camera doesn't take good pictures of jewelry, so that equals that I don't post a lot.

Anyway, I made this patch back in my Nirvana phase. I lived with foster parents who were very anti-rock, so I needed to make something that didn't look too obviously Nirvana. This having been said, I made a stencil of the "angel" from the cover of In Utero and used that to secretly rebel. Cheesy

If the colors have been warped by my camera, the patch is a denim blue, the stencil is yellow (looking back on it, I don't know *why* it's yellow because I don't really like yellow) and there's some random red heart buttons sewn to the patch too just because I liked them and wanted to put them on a little project where they would be noticed.

Thank you for sharing in my reflections back on my rebellious teenage years. Cheesy
44  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "Craft for my significant other" swap? on: January 22, 2008 06:03:37 PM
Well, since Valentine's Day is coming up and those of us with a boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse/partner are working our butts off to make their gifts, I thought this might be an interesting idea.

Basically, you would secretly (or not secretly, whatever) send in a questionaire with your significant other's likes/dislikes, sizes, and so forth to the organizer and then get paired up with someone else to craft for their significant other.

We could have signups at the beginning of February and then send outs at the end so that they get another present at the end of the month as a surprise! Smiley Or, you know, signups in March/send at end of March if that'll work better.

I figure this could be a pretty low-commitment swap. I'm envisioning a medium gift for the partner and an optional small for your real partner. Just kind of a "hey, honey, look what came in the mail for YOU this time!" type of thing.

What do you guys think? If we can wait until March, I can organize.
45  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / what IS this article of clothing? on: January 16, 2008 07:03:10 PM
Hey all,
For my cosplay at the Detour this year I'm making what is essentially your basic Japanese schoolgirl uniform, which is turning out to be a fun little challenge. I freehanded the skirt and some wristbands that I need, but I'm stuck on one of the more major parts of the stereotypical schoolgirl costume, mostly because I have no idea what it's called.

What I'm stuck on is the little thing she [Tokiko] wears over where her collar would be. Does anyone know what it's called and where I could find a pattern for it? Since I don't think people will be looking too closely at my skirt and such I'm not too afraid to work patternless, but I really don't want to screw this one up.

Also, does anyone know of a pattern/instructions for making knee-high socks? I figured I would just go out and buy them, but if I have enough fabric left over, I'd prefer to make them.

Thanks so much for all the help!
46  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone have a Blue Man Group stencil for me? on: January 15, 2008 06:09:27 PM
Pretty self-explanatory...I want to make a shirt of the guys for their tour here in St. Paul, but searches yielded nothing and I don't have Word, Photoshop, or anything else to make a stencil with. Sad

Any help would be appreciated...I'm looking for something without a lot of bridges, though. Two layers is fine. Smiley
47  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Shortening a shirt and fixing a jacket... on: January 14, 2008 04:59:33 PM
One of my pieces for my cosplay is a blue schoolgirl skirt that has to be pretty short. I bought a long, grandma-like circle skirt from the thrift store and cut it...and cut it...and cut it. I couldn't figure out how I could cut it evenly, but when I put it on the back came out shorter than the front. My boyfriend then pointed out that it might be my, erm, "asset" that is making it shorter in the back. I guess it's not *too* noticeable, but has another craftster out there run into this problem, and if so, how did you fix it? Obsessive sewing/cutting/hemming?

The other problem I'm having might be a sewing machine problem instead of a clothing problem - I am trying to sew through a vinyl (?) raincoat to resize it and whatnot, but my thread always ends up looking perfect on one side and snarled/tangled on the other. I think this is a tension problem, but how exactly do I fix it (like, high or low tension or what)? I'm on a $20 beginner machine, so that might also play a part too.

I apperciate all the help! Thanks!
48  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Portal swap? on: December 28, 2007 10:36:29 PM
Does anyone else out there play the game Portal? Would you be interested in doing a swap with crafts related to the game? I obviously can't organize yet (but I signed up for my first swap! Yay!), but if someone would be willing to organize in the spring, I would love to help out with craft ideas and whatnot.

We could craft Companion Cubes, play Handheld Portal Devices, Aperture Science mugs, or even little cakes!

Oh, wait, no, we can't...the cake is a lie. Cheesy
49  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I made some rolled-paper beads...*MATURE* on: December 19, 2007 01:40:36 PM
The only explanation I have for these is that I religiously listen to Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast as I craft.

I apologise for the blur, but maybe it's a good thing in this case... Cheesy

The beads are made of two pages of these corny-as-all-getout porn magazines. My boyfriend and I bought a pack of three as a gag gift for a friend but only gave him one. They look tons better in real life...or is it worse?

Far away picture...nothing special, really.

Action shot - I wear these on my right wrist actually, but whatever.

Thoughts? Wanna tell me how much of a perv I am?

50  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / How a Capri-Sun purse holds up after two and a half years... on: December 19, 2007 01:35:18 PM

How it normally sits.

Handles up.

As you can see, they're quite durable. Smiley It does look a little dirty since after two and a half years some dirt and dust has managed to get up into the tape, but I still get at least one compliment on it a day. The sides have also torn once or twice and a strap has fallen off here or there, but it's nothing a little packing tape can't fix.

This is by far my favorite purse - I've tried buying "real" ones for use in the cold and the rain, but I just keep getting pulled back to this one! Cheesy
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