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21  dragonfly earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by BadVal on: December 22, 2007 05:14:40 PM
My mother is dragonfly obsessed. So I made these for her. I was going to try a whole mobile of them but after I finished two I decided to try again another time. I just put the two I finished onto some hooks and called them earrings.

I hope she likes them. Sorry for the blurry pics, my camera sucks!
Thanks for looking!
Comment are always welcome.
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22  Shrinky necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BadVal on: December 22, 2007 05:09:55 PM
So for X-mas I made necklaces for my sisters. I just traced the pattern off some fabric onto shrinky-dinks (I LOVE shrinky-dinks) using prismas. I sealed them with some rattle-can sealer. I strung the chearms on leather and twisted wire around the ends so I could attach the clasps. The whole thing took about an hour. I think they turned out pretty good. Hopefully the girls like them.

Sorry about the blurry pics, my bastard camera hates me.
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23  old shirt recon in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BadVal on: December 16, 2007 12:38:00 AM
I'm on a recon kick lately. I decide to try a shirt to kids dress like some I've seen on the board. I think it turned out pretty cute. It originally had elastic at the neck but that didn't work out. After a little hacking and re sewing this is what I came up with.

 And one more cause she's too cute!!

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24  Cardboard Christmas Tree in Winter Holidays by BadVal on: December 09, 2007 10:06:07 PM
In an attempt to have a no-buy-holiday I decided to construct a Christmas tree. It turned out pretty good I think, check it out.
The first thing I did was to tare apart a couple of cardboard boxes. Then I cut them into triangles and put slots in them so they would fit together to make a star kinda shape.

Next I painted them green with some cheap acrylic paint. assembled each layer and hot glued them together.

Decorate and Ta-Da!! I was done.

I think it's kinda cute, but hubby didn't like it and snuck off to buy a tree. Oh well! What can you do?

Thanks for looking!
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25  sheet/skirt dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BadVal on: December 06, 2007 01:19:02 PM
I made this dress for BelLee this summer. It's from a pattern I just spent half an hour trying to find.(I'm very organized...not!) Anyway I'm sure it's not hard to find as these dresses seem to be pretty popular. The paisley is a recycled skirt my sister gave me. The floral is an old sheet and the buttons are stolen from my mother button box. The pattern comes with bloomers but I'm lazy and didn't make it that far.

I don't have an action shot as my model is in a BAD mood. I'll try again later
Thanks for looking!
Comments are always welcome.


I found the pattern!! It's McCalls 2213 and I used view A.
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26  vegbee knock offs in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BadVal on: November 30, 2007 01:50:03 AM
So my niece's birthdays coming up and I'm broke, as usual. So I decided to try some of vegbee's tuts. (Which, by the way ROCK!!!) It was super easy and came out great! My daughter liked them so much she is demanding her own.
Anyways thanks for looking!

Thanks to vegbee for making the awesome tuts!!
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27  CD Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BadVal on: November 19, 2007 03:53:50 PM
I was inspired by Inna's CD necklace (I'd link it but I don't know how). I used the same theory, however I don't own a microwave. I gave mine away, it's a diet strategy. Anyway mine don't have the same cool crackle effect, but I think it's pretty cool anyways.

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28  The cloning of Doggy Barker in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BadVal on: November 13, 2007 12:07:29 PM
My favorite toy growing up was a sock dog named Doggy Barker. We did everthing together. He even stowed away in my sleeping bag at slumber parties until I was twelve.
Fast forward to present time. Although we don't spend as much time together (his health is beginning to fail) we do snuggle everynight. Recently my daughter took an interest in my buddy and started to pack him around. This wouldn't be a problem, except for the fact he is basically falling apart. After an incident with some apple juice and markers, he was forced to go into hiding for his own protection.
Although he can never be replaced, he has been cloned. I set to work in my sweatshop with a couple of socks and an old, ripped pillow. The end result:

We are pretty happy with the new clone. Especially my daughter who now has a Doggy of her very own.

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29  Creepy Crawler *now with tut*image obese!! in Beads: Completed Projects by BadVal on: November 10, 2007 10:23:28 AM
I know it's a little late for a halloween post but I hadn't found craftster when I made these. I made about 15 to sell at my sister's salon, this is the only one I got back. I mounted some on bobby pins and some on pin backs. This creepy crawler measures 2 inches. I made some that measured 4 inches also, but they sold out first.

Comments are welcome. Thanks for looking!!

*Update*Here is my first attempt at a tut. A lot of my supplies came to me second hand so I have no idea what gauge wire or size of bugle beads I used. I'm sure you crafty craftsters can figure it out. here goes!

Make "legs" using wire thin enough to go through the seed beads 3 times. it should go like this:
o=seedbead -=buglebead
make sure you leave a little wiggle room to allow for bending.

do this four times and bend into "M" shape

 use a length of wire to thread through the two center seed beads on the first leg

Thread wire thru the center beads on the second leg and pull tight

continue to thread thru center beads of last two legs

You should end up with something like this

give the wires a twist to hold them together to thread on 35-40ish
seed beads

Bend end of wire to keep beads on while you coil it into a spiral shape

bend wire underneath the coil and twist around the joint where the legs meet the thorax. I loop the wire thru the spiral to help straighten out the thorax

All that's left is to pose as desired

I used glue to attach pin backs and bobby pins to mine, but you can wire them on too.
The bugle beads I used this time are a little longer than the ones I used last time. I like them! This one has a more spindley look. Let me know if you have any questions.

Good Luck!!
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30  Benny Bunny in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BadVal on: November 10, 2007 10:09:35 AM
I am making Christmas presents for the kids in my family. My Sis-in-law is a hippie so I thought I would make a recycled project for her new baby boy. This was constructed from a pair of cords my daughter grew out of and a tie-dye maternity shirt I wore during my pregnancy. He measures 10.5 in from the tip of his ears to the end of his toes. We named him Benny Bunny.

My two year old likes him so much I had to make a second so we could part with this one.

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