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1  Tutorial: Chunky Poppet Necklace! in Completed Projects by DancinInTheDark on: July 15, 2016 02:37:12 PM
Hey, everyone! I made a necklace for my poppet and wanted to share the tutorial with you all. So here it is:

You'll need:
-Air dry clay
-A paint brush
-Paints and nail polishes
-Something to roll your clay out on
-Clay tools
-Clear nail polish
-Pipe cleaners and straightened out paper clips
-Jewelry elastic
-Washi tape

What You Do:

1. Grab whatever you're rolling your clay out on and tape it down. I used an empty clean cookie bag that I flattened out, but you can use whatever you have lying around.

2. Grab your clay and cut a piece off. Pinch off a small amount and roll it into a ball, then pierce the middle and wiggle it around a bit. Repeat this step until you have as many beads as you need, and let them dry overnight. I used my doll needles but if you don't have those, any sturdy piece of wire will work.

3. When the beads are dry, you can begin painting them. Stick them on the straightened out paper clips, pipe cleaners, or your wire and carefully paint them. Let dry.

Here they are, dried and ready for paint. Wink

4. Grab your clear nail polish and seal them, let dry.

They look like little candies here. Hehe

Obligatory artsy shot. It's kind of dark because it was storming when I did this tutorial. Tongue

5. String your necklace and have your poppet show it off!  Grin

Weird angle here. Whoops.

Optional: If your poppet wants some extra bling, you can break out your glitter or glitter glue and glam up those beads. Don't forget to seal them! Wink
Some tips: If you use the paint that I did (Martha Stewart acrylics),please let the coats dry for a few hours. I accidentally peeled some paint off because I didn't give it enough time to dry and had to touch up some spots. You can use any acrylic paint you have on hand for this tutorial. Also don't forget to let your clear nail polish dry completely so your beads don't stick to each other. Smiley
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2  Re: The Ongoing Poppet and Punkin-Along in Craftalongs by DancinInTheDark on: June 21, 2016 04:12:24 PM
Here's Zendaya, with hair and a lovely summer dress. Smiley I'm super happy with how she turned out.  Kiss She's barefooting it because it's summer and because I didn't get a chance to make shoes yet. The background is just a sheet I put over my ugly couch. Tongue Her hair is Red Heart yarn in Bright Mix. And her dress is a shirt someone gave me that I tie dyed. The yellow is pieces of another shirt I sewed over the lacy see through parts. The camera didn't like her skin tone for some reason. It's a bright pink in person.

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3  Re: The Ongoing Poppet and Punkin-Along in Craftalongs by DancinInTheDark on: April 20, 2016 04:57:56 PM
Hey y'all! Meet Zendaya! Smiley More pictures are to come once I get her hair done and some clothes made. She was eager to meet everyone. Tongue

Whoops, picture is kind of big!

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4  Magnets I made? in Discussion and Questions by DancinInTheDark on: December 23, 2015 05:39:39 PM
Hey everyone,
I made some bottle cap magnets last summer and the magnets keep leaving bits of magnet residue on the fridge. It wipes off with no problem, but I'm not sure why they are doing this. I used the little round button magnets from Walmart's craft section, if that helps. I was wondering if there is anything I can do to prevent the residue from getting on the fridge. I live in an apartment and don't want the residue to keep getting on their fridge.  Undecided I have a magnetic calendar I made too but it's fine since I used ceramic magnets from Amazon on it. Thanks! Sorry if this was confusing!  Wink

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5  DIY: Patriotic Flower Pin (somewhat pic heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DancinInTheDark on: June 22, 2015 01:20:08 PM
Hey everyone! Haven't been on here in forever but I have a new DIY to share with you. Here it is! Smiley
Also, I want to apologize for the pictures. I took them with my iPod touch so they might look a little wonky.

What you do:

First, grab your materials.

T-shirt scraps in red, white, and blue
Flattened bottle cap
Fleece scraps
Craft knife
Needle and thread
Tacky Glue
Krazy Glue
"1" circle punch
Flower petal pattern
Pin backs
Extra fine marker

1. Grab your bottle cap and flatten it. It should look like this. I like to use pliers and just squish the rim down.

2. Score it with your knife. This makes it easier for the glue to stick.

3. Glue the fleece on your cap. The fleece makes the middle of your flower more dimensional.

4. Cut it out.

5. Flip it fleece side down and glue a scrap of T-shirt on top.

6. Cut around the scrap, creating a circle.

7. Cut little slits all around your circle. This makes tabs you can fold over and glue down.

8. Glue the tabs down.

9. Grab your pattern and your red shirt. Draw around it. I do this twice to make a long enough piece for the flower.

10. Pin your petals together and cut them out.

11. Stagger your two pieces and sew along the bottom using a running stitch.

12. Gently pull on the thread. This gathers your flower petals so it looks more like a flower. Sew around the back, making sure it stays flat.

13. Grab your white T-shirt and cut two strips off. Stretch them out to make yarn. Make a loop and test its size against your flower.

14. Make enough loops to go around your flower, tacking them together with thread. When you have enough loops, glue them in the middle of the flower and glue the center down on top of them. Let dry.

15. Cut three circles out and glue together. This is the back of your pin.

16. Glue a scrap piece over the circles and let dry. Cut it out.

17. Cut slits again and glue down. 

18. Glue the back on your pin. Let dry.

19. Glue a pin back on it and rock your pin! Cheesy
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6  T-Shirt Blanket! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DancinInTheDark on: July 29, 2014 09:27:50 PM
I wasn't sure if this should go under Home Sweet Home or somewhere else so I decided to put it here. I made this over July 4th weekend with my new sewing machine.  Grin I had a bunch of t-shirts that were not really wearable anymore and a fleece blanket that needed a new lease on life. So here is what I wound up with. I'm pretty proud of it! Sorry it's blurry. LOL I'll get some better pictures soon.

Oh snap, it's also upside down...  Embarrassed Whoops!
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7  But great ideas take time! ;) in Completed Projects by DancinInTheDark on: October 21, 2011 12:33:38 AM
So. I had this bag of bottlecaps sitting about for goodness knows how long. Last weekend I was listening to my radio show and I got this great idea. I'm currently making a purse that reflects my hippie personality. Why not make buttons for said purse? So I did! Here's one of them! Sorry about the cruddy iPod picture, guys. Wink A tutorial is on the way and so are better pictures!  Cheesy Enjoy!

LSUG= Little Steven's Underground Garage. Wink
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8  Re: 'May The Force Be With You' makeup bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DancinInTheDark on: August 24, 2011 11:20:08 PM
You painted that? Wow!  Shocked It's so neat! I thought it was reconned from this shirt at first:

You did a great job. Smiley
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9  So, I've been busy! (Slightly pic heavy!) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DancinInTheDark on: July 17, 2011 06:12:53 PM
Look what I've done lately!  Wink

Vase from taco sauce bottle.

Pencil Holder from can #1.

Vase from Calypso lemonade bottle, which has been discontinued.  Angry

Open and closed view of a candy holder.

Another candy holder.

Vase from Starbucks Frappuccino bottle.
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10  Why, yes, it's Midna from Twilight Princess... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by DancinInTheDark on: January 21, 2011 12:09:13 PM
Hey guys!

I thought I'd show Midna off here. She's in the Poppet-Along thread too.  Wink I know, she needs shoes and other clothes. Haha.

Front view:

I know she looks weird here, but it's just the camera angle.

Back view.
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