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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help for my future prom dress?! on: July 08, 2008 09:46:24 PM
So! I'm a little eager to graduate next year so I was browsing for prom dresses today and found this:

And I love it! The problem is I think it's made in Japan, and the price isn't posted. To me, this is a red flag that screams EXPENSIVE! I have a lot of time, so I figured that I might be able to make it myself. I was just wondering if you guys had any idea how they got the bottom part to look the way it does. Any suggestions are welcome!
(If I'm not allowed to post the picture for some reason, I appologize!)
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / flowy top and pinafore thingy on: June 15, 2008 11:31:13 AM
I made these two things a couple weeks ago.
They were made to wear to our school's grad. It's hard to figure out what to wear, because some people dress up and others don't. Anyways, I made this first one the night before. It has a band of black lycra with polka dot satin attached to it. The satin is ruffly where it joins the lycra. I decided not to wear this one because my mom thought it was inside-out, and it made me feel pregnant. And at my age, the thought is horrifying.

I made this one the day of grad, about two hours before I had to leave. Procrastination, I know. This one is based on the one cuddlemonkie made (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=232710.0), which I loved. It's made out of the same black lycra as the shirt-dress, and I just wore a plain yellow t-shirt underneath.

And my face is blocked out because my expression was horrendous. I don't like it when people take pictures of me.
Tell me what you think Smiley
23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / DINOSAURS (7 pics) on: May 04, 2008 10:11:27 AM

Here are my polymer dinosaurs, gathered around a penny watering hole. I made them just by pinching and pulling the clay. Once they were baked, I dipped them in gloss.


Anonymous dinosaur.

the terrifying T-REX!!!

and the peaceful, leaf eating Brontosaurus

And lastly, a taco. . .

. . . and a very, very small burger

24  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / 4 Stencilled T-Shirts on: May 03, 2008 09:17:55 PM

From left to right:

A From First to Last band shirt, on a Walmart t-shirt. Stencil from www.stencilry.org/
I printed the stencil a little too small.

A yellow cassette on another Walmart t-shirt. I don't remember where this stencil is from.

"It's raining men", also from stencilry. . . I think it's based on a Fullbleed design. This is on a SAAN store t-shirt.

"Jesus Was Wrong", from Little Miss Sunshine, and I actually made the t-shirt myself. I didn't use a stencil for this one, I just found the font on my computer and typed it out. The words are a little bit small.
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Innocent looking books. . . on: May 03, 2008 08:59:25 PM
. . . or sinister place for hiding things?
So, this venture started with a trip to the thrift store. Me and AliBos picked up some books that we wouldn't feel too bad about destroying. The titles on the yellow one (in case you can't read them) are: Sweet Savage Eden, A Pirate's Pleasure, and Love Not a Rebel. The filthy stories in the purple book are: Malibu, Beverly Hills, and Palm Beach. Pure smut.

The tutorial is from here: http://how2dostuff.blogspot.com/2006/02/how-to-make-secret-hollow-book.html
We followed these instructions, but it's time consuming, and the result is... shaggy.

(Note shagginess)
If you take your time and cut through one page at a time, it looks better, but is tedious.

This one isn't quite done yet, it's not deep enough. I think the process could be streamlined with the use of some sort of saw... I'll need more books to test this theory.
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Floral Bag on: May 03, 2008 04:07:58 PM
I made this bag a little while ago out of a pillowcase. The fabric is pretty old, probably from the 60's. I got it from my great grandma's fabric stash. I didn't use a pattern, but I used another bag for reference.

27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Small foods and some other things (sooo many photos, 10 to be exact) on: May 03, 2008 03:49:18 PM
I did these a long time ago but i kind of forgot about them. They're made out of Sculpey III. The pictures are taken with a penny for size reference.

Shiny red octopus made from a tutorial in the archive.

This pony is one of my favorite things I've ever made. Most people don't show the same enthusiasm. I don't know why I like it so much, and I've tried to recreate it, but I can't. It's unpainted because I don't want to mess it up.

This is a small brain. I like it.

This is a double cheeseburger. It has a lumpy top, because I tried to make sesame seeds, which I didn't like and tried to smooth out. I failed.

This is a bologna sandwich, on white bread.

Here is a curling rock. Yes, I curl. Incidentally, I am also from Canada.

An icecream sandwich and a revel. Sorry for the bad focus.

A clubhouse sandwich on white bread.

Lemon meringue pie and a chocolate cake.

A hot dog with lots of fingerprints and lint on it.

So that's that.

28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Paper stars into potpourri on: January 30, 2008 07:49:10 PM
Kay, so I am addicted to folding paper stars. The tiny origami ones. And so I thought it would be nice to make them practical by making them smelly. Then they would be like potpourri! How lovely. I thought maybe i could toss 'em around in some smelly oil, but then they would get all spotty and ugly. Sooo. . . i was wondering if there were any other ways to do this that would work.
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Somewhat Smooth Record Bowl on: January 07, 2008 05:27:52 PM
So... my mother came up with this crazy idea of making the smooth sided record bowls, and I didn't think it would work. But it did! We have this giant glass bowl that you are supposed to fill with water and float candles in it. So we set the record on top of that, and put a heavy drinking glass in the middle. Then I heated it up from the outside in with a heat gun and when it got warm enough, I pushed down on the glass, stretching it a little bit. It is extremely hard to get the bowl really symmetrical and it didn't make a very deep bowl (it's more of a deep plate), but I think the idea has potential. I think I just need a better bowl, and I have to figure out how much I can stretch the record without tearing it.

The Record being made into a bowl. . .

The bowl. . .

The finished record bowl (it doesn't look this wonky in real life). . .
30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / weensie pies on: December 30, 2007 08:21:04 PM
I made two more tiny pies today.
I saw a picture of a chocolate mint pie in a cookbook and made this one to look like it, but I can't really picture it tasting minty. Oh well. It has some little chocolate curls on the top too. I added some hooks to the side of the slices, so I can attach them to something if I feel like it.

This one is a pumpkin pie. It has hooks in it too. At first I tried piping the whipped cream on top, but I got frustrated and just formed the blobs with my hands.

Tell me what you think Smiley
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