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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / what to do with discarded bullet casings...?? on: January 07, 2014 09:37:29 AM
Manflesh hunts, a NRA member, snowshoes .
I am a vegetarian. tree hugger, beach bum.
Conflict? nah....'cause I craft!

As he shoots targets, I collect the spent casings off mother earth.
Add a plastic mannequin, some 'hunter orange' spray paint...and new wall hanging!
"guns don't kill people, bullets do"

(I can't figure out how to rotate pix...)
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 01/14/13 - Craftster Best of 2012 announced! on: January 14, 2013 08:08:44 PM
I've had the Best-of-Craftster.org bookmarked since 2009...
I NEVER imagined my silly project (penny floor) would be included.
Yeah! I feel legit.

Thank You! Cheesy
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Have you turned that beautiful, avocado-green, vintage blender into a lamp yet? on: October 24, 2012 07:51:36 AM
I constantly find inspiration on this site...

I DID do this! A few years ago even.
Still works, still brings shock-and-awe to guests.
Manflesh helped with electric bits. He wanted to make the light bulb SPIN for crissake...too much, I said "no".

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Penny (too many) for your thoughts?? on: October 20, 2012 10:29:08 PM
Hi again...thanks for comments and curiosity!

We have had some 'events' (parties, work weekends, hunting re-groups etc) at the cabin.
And..the cabin is evolving!

There is still one more bathroom to re-do. I'm thinking Sierra Nevada beer bottle caps on the floor of the upstairs bathroom...since we certainly seem to have gobs of 'em piling up. Or..a wine cork floor. Or...hardware washers in a swirl pattern (with resin)... or an astro turf floor!

Given the variously sized peeps coming and going in that bathroom, and the only shower/bath in the place is located there..the floor continues to hold up well. No clouding, No chips. No spiked-heel divets. It is sooo easy to clean up too. Frankly...threads, dust, dead bugs, left over mud globs, etc are hardly noticeable.

It is rather odd to have new guests being brought in to "check out their bathroom floor". But, we are proud.

I recommend this! I find I am hearing of all sorts of other folks using this  floors strategy for a cheap option.  It can be done! Do not hesitate or freak out. It is easy peasy.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Penny (too many) for your thoughts?? on: July 10, 2012 04:52:33 PM
Hi all-
Thanks for the posts! I too spent many a nite looking for inspiration on the web. I knew I wanted to do this someday...and a cabin-thing made perfect sense. We also have a rug made outa wine corks at the kitchen sink and a lamp made outa keys, a set of 35mm slide curtains, a blender lamp, a hot-pink boar rug, ...I'm a crafster junky. (waaay too much free time)

Anyhoo- the pre-1982 penny: those pennies were primarily made outa copper (thanks for great chart Vanthea!) so they are cleanable (vinegar and salt)...shiny!! If you soak post 1982 pennies, the amount of zinc is such that the pennies will corrode and pit....ugly!

I DID sort the 4000+ pennies, soaked the pre-1982 to make em shiny, and threw in the post-82 for contrast. If I did it again...I would probably set up some sort of contrasting swirl pattern, or maybe a profile silhouette, or an abstract repetitive pattern on the floor with the various shades of coin...(NOT!!)
U-go-4-it and post pix!!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Penny (too many) for your thoughts?? on: July 06, 2012 07:43:05 AM
I love the synchronicity of duel bathroom penny floors...and... (this is too weird) we are BOTH military moms. My son is home for two weeks from the USAF Academy now. Maybe there is something OCD causing us to do meticulous penny floors and raise fine military gentlemen.

nah...not me, I am an old ditsy hippy...my son is just rebelling.....

Anywho....On an early sunday afternoon before returning from the Sierras to Silicon Valley, I poured the resin. I mentally divided up the floor into a few sections and mixed up a pint at a time, poured, let sit for a few minutes (blowing out the air bubbles) and then mixed up another batch. I spread the resin with a wide sponge brush (different brush for each section it seemed...). Because the pennies are shallow, it did not take much resin to cover a large area. I thought I would haveta wait for each section to completely dry and thus it would take months...but I read the directions. No problemo, in fact it was recommended to keep pouring before each section dried. I was comfortable with resin as I had made a few serving trays (with beer caps) and table tops prior. I closed the door and let it set as I made my way home around 5pm I did not return for a week...so it set up beautifully and strong.

I know there are a few flaws...but no one else notices. The pennies are quite a distraction and 'something shiny'.
Yours will be fantastic. Post pix.

btw- thank YOU for YOUR service, and YOUR support of the military. YOU raised an exceptional man.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Penny (too many) for your thoughts?? on: July 05, 2012 07:09:01 PM
The flooring was actually pretty inexpensive....
A square foot of pennies is valued at ~$1.44/sq foot!!

Heck:Linoleum (with installation) is about $6-9/sq foot....let's not speak of tile and grout.

Granted a few foreign coins were thrown into the mix...of sketchy value...think pre-Euro...
The resin was bought in bulk, and I have plenty of left-over. Same with E600 glue.
The patio paint was from a previous project
blah blah blah.

Manflesh and I figure the total cost of flooring a 6'x7' space was less the $90. we are living low on the food chain at this weekend cabin...but this was a great change (gitit??), inexpensive and wonderfully funky.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Penny (too many) for your thoughts?? on: July 04, 2012 10:43:00 PM
]I DID IT...
All those fantastic coin ideas on the web... I took the plunge and did my own.
In the Bathroom. On the floor. Pretty simple and fairly cost effective.

Manflesh bought a needs-a-lot-of-work cabin in the Sierras....perfect for decorating experiments.

We put the call out for pennies (pre 1982 preferably..but that is another story) to friends. Everyone seems to have a change-drawer they were happy to be rid of...I shined and cleaned and sorted pennies for waaay tooo long.

The gross/ugly/70's linoleum would not budge..so I patio-painted over it and glued the individual coins (US and otherwise) on top (E6000)
Manflesh watched.
Sigh...sounds a lot kinkier then necessary.

Finally sealed the random placement with self-leveling resin. In stages. Many. Good thing it is a small space.
Manflesh brought out the portable fan. I enjoyed fumes.

Yeah...I know the resin is 'not designed for floor use'...but it is a CABIN for gawd sake....not a lot of daily use. 'Form over function' I say. An experiment.

The reset of the cabin needs work..but I am happy in the bathroom. Is there anything else really necessary??

C&C welcomed.
Complex How-to Details if you beg...

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / $5 oak/brass mirror on: November 15, 2011 10:13:54 PM
Found at a garage sale Sunday: Yeah I bartered down from $10
Oak frame with brass hooks and white balls....screamed 1970's.
I sure wished I took a "before" photo...but I was so dang excited to get started!
Try to recall the suggested description from your lost memory of once-fashionable household items

Pimped from stuff found on on my garage shelves...you've all been there. Discards
easy peasy- broken glass, marbles, typeset letters, grout
I sanded hooks, primed and painted; no extra $$ invested.
I am cheap

For the manfriend's "new" California Gold Country cabin. (think 100+ yrs old)
The place is full of pine and dark some-sorta-wood. Not exactly light-filled.
Time for a make-over, subtlety of course.
A cheery (ahem...cough...*cheesy*...cough ) re-do beyond necessary....

BTW Translation: "Please take off your clothes" (latin)

Do you have any idea how hard it is to photograph a mirror, especially with an iphone??
The dresser is not included....

To be installed this weekend. A quick turn-around.
g'head...tell me you loved the 1970 oak look and ya wanna kill me for this defacement....

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: renewed car jacks--->coffee table on: October 09, 2011 07:06:45 PM
re: how to keep glass on car jacks...
I tried the plastic round dots normally found under glass tops. And they kept popping out. That glass is HEAVY!! Takes two to lift; those dots had no chance.

I finally cut up black felt strips and glued them to top of the jacks...just to protect the glass. So far, no deviations from mid-line. No scratches.

In the meantime...my girlfriend's mom (married to the car-guy) passed yesterday...funny how long-married partners rarely survive >6mos from each other. Her mom DID get a chance to see the upcycle..and she was pleased and laughed about "that clever younger generation..."
(uh, I am over 50yo...!)
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