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31  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 82 ENTRIES / Re: Vintage Gingerbread Circus Wagon on: February 04, 2013 03:15:41 PM
Congratulations on the win!  I'm so happy for you, and your wagon deserved it!
32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Grumpy cat is not amused on: February 04, 2013 10:36:27 AM
Oh, this is too awesome for words!  Your sister's going to love it!
33  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Evolution of a mask on: February 01, 2013 08:54:51 PM
Thanks guys!  Turns out it's still evolving!  I added a few more high contrast details so that it'll look cool even if the lights are low.
34  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Harry :) on: February 01, 2013 06:59:37 PM
This is astonishing!  Your attention to detail, and the amazing work you put into this is truly, truly mind-blowing!
35  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Posey, the Junker Jane Style Greyhound :BROKEN PICS on: February 01, 2013 06:58:28 PM
She is so cool!  I love how eclectic she looks!
36  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Evolution of a mask on: February 01, 2013 06:30:42 PM

So I got a very last minute invite to a Mardi Gras masquerade.  I got the invite on Tuesday, and the ball is tomorrow.  I am incredibly short on funds, but the only real requirement of attendance is that you have to be wearing a mask.  No problem!  There are cheap masks all over this time of year.  But I wanted something special.  So I went to the party store and bought a two dollar mask.

I could have just left it, because it was actually kind of pretty.  But the jewel in the center was off-center, the weird bow thing was weird, and so were the weird designs under the eyes.  I thought, surely, I could do better.  Plus the plastic was rough around the edges.

So I trimmed up the edges a bit with a utility knife, primarily cleaning up the fleur-de-lis shape at the top.  Then I covered the entire thing in tissue paper, applying it with a water-glue mixture, like papier mache.  This is one of my favorite techniques, because it creates a great texture (if you want that) and it's easy, if messy, to do.  And it dries really well.

Then I painted it gold with just one coat of acrylic paint.  I could have done two, but with the yellow tissue underneath, it wasn't necessary.

This whole time, I left the original ribbons intact.  They're attached with brads, and they're black, so they're not a problem.  I briefly considered cutting them short (about 1") and sewing new ribbons on, but I want to hide them under my hair, so these are fine.  I could have replaced them with elastic, too.  The big pear shaped gems on the sides do a great job of covering the brads, which sort of tented the tissue paper a bit.

Anyway, paint dry, I used Aleene's Tacky Glue and a mechanical pencil to trace out where I wanted the glitter details.  A fine paintbrush would have been better, but I can't find mine, and the tip of the mechanical pencil was, well, almost as good, for getting the fine details.  I used my fingernails, too, to push the glue around into finer lines.  Then I sprinkled on superfine glitter.  I also glued on some flat back acrylic gems, for emphasis.  (The below picture was taken while the glue was still tacky--I used a big, soft, DRY paintbrush to brush off the excess glitter before moving on, after the picture was taken.)

I thought maybe I was done at this point.  But then I took some photographs and tried it on, and it seemed a little, well, subtle.  Subtlety isn't a virtue at Mardi Gras.  So (and if I had thought ahead, I'd have done this part FIRST, after painting the gold, but before doing the glitter details), I carefully spread watered down glue around the exposed gold areas of the mask with a paintbrush, and then finely dusted on an iridescent gold glitter.

The effect is dazzling!  I hope I can get some better pictures tomorrow in the daylight, but I was too excited not to share right away!
37  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Question about purchasing e-copies of Big Company patterns... on: January 31, 2013 10:56:02 AM
Yeah, it looks like they're vintage patterns that she scanned.  Because they're vintage, they'll be harder to find, which may be why she's scanning them and selling copies, so that they can be more widely distributed (plus she's making significantly more money).  However, it's really not an ethical practice, unless she's got permission from the original company, or they've let the copyrights expire on those patterns.  And I'm not sure how copyright law works with patterns...
38  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: cheating! on: January 31, 2013 10:50:13 AM
Where do you live?  It might be possible for someone to suggest a shop near you.

There's a sticky at the top of this board with recommendations for fabric shops.  Check out the link here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160810.0
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Postcard bracelet (aka my adventures in Shrinky Dinks) on: January 30, 2013 03:13:55 PM
It's so pretty!  I'm glad you finally found success, it was totally worth it!  The bag is adorable, as well!
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Green linen jacket on: January 28, 2013 12:49:24 PM
It looks fantastic!  I'd have never known you struggled with the collar just by looking at it.  It came out great!
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