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1  Re: Crass Unicorn - first completed embroidery! in Needlework: Completed Projects by TinfoilHalo on: February 15, 2015 03:55:28 PM
Great stitching - is that Bullion Knot for the mane?

Yes it is!  It took a super long time.  Here is a side shot to show the height on the stitches. I was trying really hard to make them lay down in a way that looked like the mane was flowing.

Thanks to all for the compliments!  I just got done putting fabric on a new hoop for my next one. I'm pumped!
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2  Crass Unicorn - first completed embroidery! in Needlework: Completed Projects by TinfoilHalo on: February 15, 2015 02:34:26 PM

I usually hang out over in the polymer clay community, but I am so excited that I finished my first embroidery project that I had to stick my nose in here a minute Smiley  I have started a few embroidery projects in the past but always gave up within a few hours.  I used to do a lot of needlepoint 20+ years ago, so I just tried to remember how to do stitches as I went along.  The image is something I saw a while ago on reddit that I was able to google, and ended up finding it had been made into a t-shirt.

I'm not sure what to do with it now that it is complete... get a nice wood hoop I guess to stick it on my wall?

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3  A bundle of pendants in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by TinfoilHalo on: February 12, 2012 09:47:33 PM
I played with some techniques these past couple of weekends and wanted to share with you craftsters some fun stuff to try.

I made the pendants a few weekends ago - I just wanted to play with making textures, using molds I made and bought, stamps, and objects I had laying close at hand.  For the most part I formed the heart first, then pressed the heart into a mold or object, pulled away and reshaped as necessary, then I added on smaller bits I had molded or hand shaped.  Finally, on any "blank" spots I added more texture.  I also tried different colors of clay to start with.  Some were white, 2 were light green, 1 a moss green, and then a red and a blue.

I spent yesterday sitting down and just playing with finishes on the pendants.  I just took out all my products that I have bought over the past couple of years - some of which I never got around to trying out! - and went to town. I started with alcohol inks, and chalk inks in different dilutions.  Then on some I used gilders paste, and on others acrylic paint.  I finished off with some Rub n Buff.  I think I may have used some pigment powders as well (I am unsure because at the same time I have been working on a foot long jellyfish out of polymer that I will be posting as soon as she is done!)

Anyway, the result:

There are some close up shots of a few of them if you care to look on my flickr gallery (link is in my sig)

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4  my first go at Air Dry Clay - the SSB in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by TinfoilHalo on: February 05, 2012 08:18:46 PM
I usually work in polymer clay. This is my first time using air dry clay, and my first time painting a sculpture instead of just working with it pre-colored.  I call it SSB or the Scary Swamp beast.  I made it to be able to go in my hair, but chances are it will just stay hanging up in my room where it currently is.

There is a lot I would change about it in retrospect, but for a first time, I think it is OK.  C&C welcome.  I want to improve!

Before mounting it on the barrette base:



Face close-up.  he is saying GRRRR  Angry and being very aggressive.
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5  Octopi - they are still my obsession ;) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by TinfoilHalo on: February 01, 2012 09:25:46 AM
It has been a LONG time since I last posted!  I am still making octopi, and my technique is improving with each one I do.  I recently branched out and started making them into bangles and hair clips.  I have lots more pics on my flickr gallery if you want to see more (see my sig)

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6  Are you sick of my octopi yet? in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by TinfoilHalo on: August 04, 2010 06:53:54 PM
I have a family wedding to go to this weekend, so of course had to take the opportunity to make myself another octopus for my hair! 

And while I was at it, I went ahead and did bangles and a jellyfish pendant necklace to stay in a sea theme.

jellyfish closeup. I love the concept of this and really like how it came out. I plan on refining it quite a bit more though!

Bangle inspired by bubbles - but in the colors of my dress

These bangles were made as part of my Craft-Along Tutorial project (link is in my signature if you are interested).  The grey one followed the tut pretty much to a T.  The other 3 were more experimental.
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7  Reddit Whimsy Bracelet in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by TinfoilHalo on: July 22, 2010 03:04:44 PM
I made this Whimsy bracelet in what basically amounted to a swap with a girl who uses Reddit.  I know the symbolism of the items on the bracelet won't mean anything to you if you don't regularly visit the site Reddit, but hopefully that doesn't take away from the basic idea of a big, bulky, but cute (in my humble opinion LOL) bracelet.

The items are: a narwhal, bacon, the Reddit alien, and an upvote. In the center of the bracelet I stamped a bead with her username.  I made myself one at the same time and so I made a bead with my username for my bracelet.


and a closeup of the user name bead:

The receiver was super excited and posted some pictures of the bracelet on which you can see here:
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8  More Octopi in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by TinfoilHalo on: April 04, 2010 08:01:55 PM
Hi everybody!

It has been ages since I posted.  I think the last thing I posted was my Octopus Necklace.  That post had such amazing and positive comments, that it never really left my mind.  Since posting last, I have been making lots of stuff and participated in a craft faire.

Anyway, I finally figured out what to do with my octopi!  Stick barrettes!  Observe:

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9  Re: Flower Brooch made entirely of NOTpistachio shells! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by TinfoilHalo on: September 17, 2009 08:38:20 PM
I hope you are a believer in the saying "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" cos I imitated the heck out of you.  I was so taken aback by how lovely these were, I had to make some.  Not being a pistachio fan, I made mine from what I "do": polymer clay.  Making the notpistacho notshells was such a pain, but I really like my results (your flowers came out much tidier - I am not sure how you pulled that off!!).  Mine are not painted; I did a skinner blend of the colors I wanted, and hoped for the best.  Thanks so much for the AWESOME idea!

None are mounted yet.  The smaller will be for a hair clip.  I wanted the big one for a hair clip also, but it might be too big.  I'll have to wait til the next time I updo my hair to see if it will work or if it destined to be a necklace.
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10  Horadric Cube & Runes: Diablo 2 uber geeky gift for the hubs in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by TinfoilHalo on: August 07, 2009 04:09:39 PM
My hubby's b-day is today and he, like me, is a big ol' gamer nerd.  He is WAY into Diablo 2 (yes, still, even though the game is 10 years old - it is just that good).  In the game is an object called a Horadric Cube, that you use to combine runes, game equipment, gems, and the like to make better gear for your characters.

Here is a shot of the Cube along with an inserted image of how the original looks in the game. I had to use a fair amount of imagination to make it.

A close up of the runes:

This is all 33+1 of the runes, along with an inset of how the runes look in the game:

There is an bonus rune in there, at the bottom.  It's the nerd heart, that I tried to make look less obvious and more rune-y. I just noticed that the runes in the inset aren't really "readable" so here is a link to what they look like instead: http://www.urdiablo.com/catalog/RUNEs-all2.jpg

And, of course, the cube is actually a box so he can keep all the runes in it:

I managed to keep this entirely a secret as I made most of it in 15 minutes spurts while at work, carting my materials back and forth from the office.  He is pretty stoked on it.
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