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31  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Ring Bearer Pillow on: August 07, 2013 04:47:48 PM
What a special gift that your sister will greatly treasure.  Very pretty!
32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Anniversary Challenge - Uthando Project doll on: August 07, 2013 04:44:14 PM
What a wonderful write-up and a fun gift.  You should be very proud of your achievements!

Nice job Cheesy
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Phrenology Helmet on: August 07, 2013 11:26:33 AM

To me, Craftster is a great way to express myself with my hands! 

When I got married one of our wedding gifts was a book on Phrenology, a pseudo-science popular in the 1800's which suggested there was a relationship between a person's character and the morphology of the skull.  Later I came across http://bellehelmets where illustrator Danielle Baskin transforms the dull bicycle helmet into a unique fashion accessory.   I really like her designs but because I don't have a bicycle (just a minibike) and not very much disposable income, I attempted to make a Phrenology Helmet for myself using illustrations from Wikipedia.

After spray painting my helmet, I placed 1/4" black stripes to resemble personality sections.  Wording for each location was penciled in and then filled in with a black Sharpie.

Phrenology images were enlarged/reduced to fit the sections, printed, roughly cut and taped into place.  Once satisfied with the layout, I removed the illustrations and recopied them using a toner based copier (so the ink wouldn't run when wet).

In order to give the helmet a dark aged look, a few tablespoons of STRONG coffee was mixed with Elmers glue, painted over the helmet and allowed to dry   The xerox'd illustrations were trimmed and attached using the same coffee/glue mixture.   After allowing each layer to dry overnight, additional layers of coffee/glue mixture was applied.   As the final step, the helmet was covered with several coats of waterproof sealer.

Even though my minibike helmet is not handpainted, I love the way it came out.  Also, it will be nice to know which part of my brain has been damaged after I get into my first accident! Cheesy
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Repurposed Cowboy Boot on: August 07, 2013 10:01:47 AM

What does Craftster mean to me...it's a great way to express myself with my hands!  (After quitting a job that required an excessive use of logic/left side of my brain, I now have the opportunity to explore my creative/right side and Craftster lets me document my growth!) 

Whenever I'm at a garage sale, it's difficult for me to pass up cowboy boots that are only a few bucks.  Who cares if they don't fit...the leather and decorative stitching is generally beautiful and by using a soft, well loved pair I'm going to show you how to repurpose a pair into a purse.

Using a rose pruner (or beefy scissors) I separated the calf section from the shoe section.  I then cut the upper calf section (without loops!) of each to give me two flaps of leather.

Using binder clips to hold the two pieces of leather together, I then used a tiny drill bit to drill holes on the three raw edges of the flaps.

I then cut two 4" strips of pleather, to attach to each flap...one is for the outside bottom base and the other for the inside bottom base.  Again using the binder clips to hold them in place along with the predrilled leather holes, I am able to handstitch one of the pleather strips to the leather...

...and handstitch the other pleather strip on the inside to act as support for the interior base.  Likewise the sides were then clipped together and handstitched (using 6 strands of embroidery floss).  Finally to give shape to the bottom, a box corner was formed and also handstitched in to place.

For the purse strap I used my sewing machine and sewed a 72" continueous (reinforced) strap and then placed it around 4 links that I had untwisted from a decorative chain.  The links were then slipped into the bootstraps and twisted back to a closed position.

(Example of how the purse strap is created.  Notice a section of cord is inside to provide support.  Pleather is generally not very strong, but the nice thing is it can be stitched on a sewing machine.  By having a cord running thru the inside, the strap will stay strong and support a lot of weight.)

When the purse was completed, I was pleasantly surprised at how pretty both the front and side of the purse appears.  If you have any questions, I'll be glad to provide more info.  Thanks for looking! Cheesy
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: NEWBIE CRAFTALONG on: August 07, 2013 06:57:17 AM

I'm an old member (lurker?) but new to posting (finally!). 

This has always been a supportive site and having a newbie craftalong will give me the confidence to post more.

36  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge!! (Enter Aug 7-13) on: August 07, 2013 06:50:31 AM
Yep I am psyched to enter this category (and others) but can't find the link to do so.   Undecided

Can you give me a hint  Cheesy

37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A clutch fit for ...breakfast! on: August 06, 2013 04:13:27 PM
Gorgeous work!  Someday I would love to see how it was created  Smiley
38  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 89 ENTRIES / Re: Celebration Plaque on: August 06, 2013 06:18:53 AM
This is such a fab technique...going to hit 'this rocks' ...Very cool & thanks for sharing.   

 Smiley I really appreciate your kind words!
39  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 89 ENTRIES / Re: Moving Quidditch Tin on: August 05, 2013 07:14:37 PM
Haha...pocket-sized fun!   Cheesy
Now your daughter needs to make one for you 
40  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 89 ENTRIES / Re: A Circus-y Birthday For Craftster! on: August 05, 2013 07:09:50 PM
wowOwow...you have beautiful attention to detail and I love the sentimental symbolism placed throughout!  Grin
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