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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some Shrinky Dink Itemz on: July 05, 2009 05:56:38 PM

Group shot. Clockwise from cupcake (which is a ring): two fused pendants made by layering shrunken punch-outs from a regular paper punch on top of a square of shrunken plastic. An oversized owl ring. A fused rainbow pendant, just shrunken rainbow colored strips layered on a shrunken rectangle. A fused zebra stripe pendant, this one is my favorite, the stripes were just shrunk and layered on the shrunken white rectangle. And last but not least, a Goomba ring.

A close up on the zebra ring (try to ignore the pencil lines, I didn't even notice them until now!).

And look - LOOK at this travesty! I almost can't bear to speak of it. But I must.

I traced the JBs crest onto plain white shrink plastic, cut it out, and then traced that shape onto a piece of Ruff'n'Ready which I also cut out. I shrunk both pieces separately, and once they were done I layered the clear one rough side down onto the white piece, which had the design facing up. Then I tried to fuse them. That's where everything went awry! I turned the toaster oven up to 450, which is the temperature for fusing, is it not? I had the piece in there for about two minutes when it started to smoke and turned brown and ugly. It was a very sad disaster, and I don't know how I'm supposed to avoid it in the future! Any ideas?
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Filigree JB and HP Rings on: July 05, 2009 05:47:35 PM

I made these two rings to pay homage to the things I love. I just printed out the Jonas Brothers and Gryffindor crests on regular old printer paper (after I played around with layers and antiqued them a bit), cut them out, and slapped 'em into the cabochon-esque things I bought on Etsy with some Mod Podge. I also slathered a pretty generous coat of Mod Podge on the top of the paper once they were in there to seal things off. Then I put a bunch of coats of acrylic glaze to make them shiny and protected, glued them suckas to ring blanks and there you have it. Let me know what y'all think.

P.S. - I went to a Jonas Brothers concert on Thursday. IT BLEW MY DAMN MIND!! There were three people plus an irritable security guard between me and the JBs, not to mention that they put on an amazing show. INSANE! Oh yeah, and my tickets were a fricken steal.
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Wist Swap Round 2: FULL! Send by September 1 on: July 04, 2009 05:53:10 PM

Swap Name: Wist Swap Round 2
Craftster Members who are organizing this swap: staciey and SAHMama
Sign-up date range: July 5-19 (or until full)
Date to send by: September 1
Limited to a certain number of people: 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country: No.
Age requirement: Over 13

Swap Organizer herself meets these conditions:
-has fully read Swap Info Guide: YES
-has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
-is not organizing more than 3 swaps right now: YES
-will recruit a co-organizer if the swap has more than 25 participants: YES (have one)

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
-has been a member for at least a month: YES
-has posted at least 15 times: YES
-has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
-is not currently signed up for more than 5 swaps: YES
-participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES
-does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of the Swap:
This swap will involve creating items that are imitations of or inspired by the items on your partner's Wists (original swap thread). You are to use their Wists to get a feel for what they like and what their tastes are, and to craft for them based on that. It is important that your Wists have a variety of items. The minimum is 100 items, with at least 75 craftable items. This will make partnering more simple and your partner will have an easier time crafting for you. You also need to make sure that your Wists are up to date and delete things that you don't want anymore or now have. When crafting for your partner also make sure to check the comments section of the items, they may have included important specifications. For example, maybe your partner wants a knit hat, but only if it's in blue. Or maybe they like a poly clay pendant, but plan on making it on their own (in this case it would probably be a good idea for you to set these items to private on your Wists).

This is going to be a 6 point swap.
Here's some clarification on how the points work:
Small Item = 1 Point
Medium Item = 2 Points
Large Item = 3 Points
Definition of sizes:
Small: By time - 2 or less hours of crafting. By $$$ - $10 or less. By size - earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks, etc.
Medium: By time - 2 to 3 hours of crafting. By $$$ - $10 to $30. By size - single necklace or bracelet, scarf, etc.
Large: By time - 3 or more hours of crafting. By $$$ - $30 or more. By size - a shawl, a shirt, a skirt, jewelry set with 4 or 5 items, a purse, etc.

-All participants MUST keep in touch, either by pm-ing both organizers or posting in this thread at least once a week.
-If both you and your partner are within the US, you MUST get a DC and pm it to the organizers and your partner. If you cannot get a DC, make sure to get a receipt from the post office and hold onto it for proof of sending if needed.
-If you want to participate, sent the questionnaire to the organizer via PM and not in this thread!
-This swap is limited to 24 participants.

Name of Swap: Wist Swap Round 2
Craftster Username:
Email Address:
Your Real Name:
Mailing Address (including country!):
Are you willing to ship to an address outside your country (y/n)?:
Confirm that you are at least 13 years old (y/n):

Copy the link to your Wist here:
What are your favorite colors/patterns?:
Any colors/patterns you don't like?:
Is there anything specific you would really like to receive?:
Are there any materials or crafts that you really do not want to receive?:
What kinds of crafts can you make?:
What kinds of crafts would you like to receive?:
Is your Wist heavy on a certain type of craft (ie: knitted, sewn, poly clay)?:
Are you interested in crafting more that 6 points?:
Your clothing sizes (if you want to receive clothing):
Aversions or allergies:
Do you have pets or smoke?:
Tell your partner a little bit about yourself, help them get to know you (hobbies, interests, etc.):

Remember to read the Swap Info Guide for information on shipping items and general information on swapping.

List of Participants:
1. staciey
2. SAHMama
3. rlynn
4. mamarose22
5. 1boy1girl1kitty2
6. musiclady
7. melissa!
8. winstongang
9. littlebluegirl
10. deadbathducky
11. ariane.phillips
12. babalina58
13. beccas_song
14. RhymeswOrange
15. knit_core
16. pretty hate machine
17. EOcrafter
18. AbsurdAnnekuh
19. craftybeachgirl
20. dip_n_dot
21. Eloise24
22. amybarnett
23. thatkid
24. urnokey2myhart

14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dandelion Photos (tons of slow loading images!) on: June 19, 2009 10:43:28 AM
Some photos of dandelions I took with my Canon Rebel XS. Admittedly, dandelions aren't the most original subject but the dogs wouldn't let me take pictures of them, so there you have it. Plus, they're fun to use to play around with focus and light.
Without further ado:

Thass All! Tell me what all you cats think  Grin
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Wists Swap? on: June 18, 2009 04:15:58 PM
I haven't done a swap in a really long time. Nor have I made anything in a really long time. So I was browsing the swaps and nothing really jumped out at me, but I think another Wists swap would be fun fun fun. I tried doing a search and nothing too recent came up, so I'm not really sure if there's one in the works already. I could 'potentially' organize this if nobody else wanted to...
Any takers?!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felt iPod socks (6 pictures) on: July 18, 2008 03:47:12 PM
I bought some felt a few days ago and made some iPod cases:

^An unoriginal monster.

^A doggie. Or a bear. It's open for interpretation.

^A crazy guy.

^A dragon. (If you have any suggestions on how to make his face more dragon-like, I'd appreciate them)

^The back of the dragon.

^A panda.
They're made for my 2nd generation iPod nano, and they have velcro on the lip thing to close them.
Thanks for looking!
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Gumball Bracelet on: July 18, 2008 03:23:39 PM

I apologize for the blurry picture, my camera was being bitchy.
Anyways, it's made out of polymer. It was hard to get the colors to match real gumballs, hard to make them stay round while I cooked them, and hard to get an even layer of gloss. Putting them on the elastic was easy, though.
I think it's cute and if I can figure out a way to get the gloss less gloppy, I'm going to make another one!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / making lanyards for cell phone charms? on: July 14, 2008 03:11:56 PM
I've been working with polymer clay a lil' bit, and I wanted to make some of the smaller pieces into cell charms. I know you can buy the lanyards, but I would rather make my own instead of buying them. I was wondering if any of you had made them, and if so, did they hold out well? Any suggestions are welcome Smiley
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stars and hearts bracelet on: July 11, 2008 05:23:35 PM
This is my first post on the jewelry board, how exciting!
I got this beading kit for my birthday from my aunt a long time ago, and just decided to make something yesterday. It's not something I would normally wear and I made it small to fit my puny wrists, so I can't really give it to anybody. Oh well, it's kind of pretty.

20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / "Make it work" ala Tim Gunn on: July 11, 2008 05:20:05 PM
I stencilled "make it work" in giant letters on a plain white athlete's world t-shirt, with freezer paper and tulip fabric paint.

I wore it to school and everyone felt the need to read it out loud, in a puzzled way. Nobody got it.
I'm tired of living in a small farming community  Roll Eyes
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