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11  How to drop an "f-bomb" for fun (or profit?) in Completed Projects by kcli on: April 06, 2013 12:09:17 PM

I recently learned there is a difference between an "f-bomb" and an "F-bomb", and in researching the slang I eventually landed at the site:  http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/f-bomb-paperweight which suggested one could actually purchase an "f-bomb" for $45.  Whaaaat???    Huh

Wait...might there be a craft fair potential surrounding this slang???  Shocked

Anyhow a 2013 goal is to participate in my first craft fair (around Christmas) and I think this would make an ideal gift item for any hard to buy guy...or coworker...overstressed friend...or better yet, someone that just likes a good joke!  Also, since another goal is to enter a monthly challenge each quarter, why not write up this tutorial.    Wink

If you want to make/modify/sell this item without asking for my permission, that's fine but it would be nice to know what you think I should charge at my first craft fair.   (I'm thinking $2-3 since my materials are used/inexpensive and this is an easy project)  Thanks for looking!  Smiley

Step 1 - Scrounge up some materials

My prototype was based on using:
  *a baseball (to resemble the base)
  *some rope (to resemble the fuse)
  *a large washer (to give it something to rest upon)
  *balsa wood (to carve the letter "f")
  *silver metallic acrylic paint (to give the appearance of an iron casing)
  *patching plaster (to create texture surrounding the bomb)
  *glue gun, scissors, exacto knife, emery board/sandpaper, paint brush

Step 2:  Attach the fuse to the bomb

Using your glue gun, attach a 3" section of rope to your ball.  Don't worry about how it looks because once painted it will resemble a rough weld.

Step 3: Texture the ball/bomb

Spread thin coat of patching plaster around the ball to create a bumpy texture

Step 4:  Cut out the letter "f"

Cut out a letter "f" that extends about halfway up the fuse and smooth out the edges with an emory board/sandpaper

Step 5:  Paint it up

Using a gluegun, glue a large washer to the bottom of the bomb and paint the bomb separately from the letter "f".  Once the paint has dried, glue the letter "f" to the bomb.  If interested, tone down the metallic paint by rubbing some black paint on the surface then wiping off the excess so just the texture is highlighted.

Step 6:  Proudly display

Even if don't end up selling these, I love giving them to deserving friends and parking one in front of my grumpy cat.   Grin
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12  My world...where a book comes alive in CHALLENGE 84 ENTRIES by kcli on: March 10, 2013 05:03:21 PM
I like to read - - especially when I can identify with some part of a book and briefly join its world.

My entry to Craftster Challenge #84 - Book Worms attempts to symbolize the reverse, that is... having a character from a book briefly join my world.  

By using the Golden Book of Insects I tried to illustrate characters from the book (butterflies) initially leaving their 2 dimensional book-world and briefly venturing into my multidimensional world.

This shelf accessory(?)/wall hanging(?)/sculpture(?) is in constant flux as a result of airflow, viewing position and especially when attacked by my cray-z kat.

The butterflies were cut from the book, hot glued to wire, and attached to a foam cone which had been painted black to blend with the inside of the photobox.  The base of the project is the boxlid, which was cut at an angle and hot glued to the base of the box.  Finally, the book is opened to a page of just butterfly bodies.  The bodies were cut and raised from the page - - as if they are attempting their first flight into reality, yet are still hanging on to the book page.

(Didn't mean to provide so much symbolism,  but the more I worked on this entry the deeper I fell into a spiritual zone.  If you try to make this project, I'm sure you will too!  Smiley
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13  Childhood's End in CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES by kcli on: December 04, 2012 09:52:25 PM
This is my first posted project (be kind) and I call it Childhood's End.  

It's an embroidered/appliqued piece and is based on a doll that has been around the block more than she has been loved.

(I got her on clearance at a thrift store because her leg was cracked and when I took off her dress I thought it was sad that she had never been played with.  I figured it would be better for her to have lived a rough life than to be rejected for having a cracked leg.)

Please let me know if I have nhot completed the submission process correctely

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