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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My first polymer clay experience - plant spikes on: March 29, 2010 09:34:58 PM
I've neve made anything with polymer clay before and I needed a small item to complete my package for the For the Love of Faeries Swap so I made some little plant spikes, a faery, a flower and a mushroom:

This one was inspired by TheMidnightOrange's Earth Mother creations:

I cannot believe how much the clay gets like chewing gum once you start working it.  It was a little tricky to work with but i had fun making them!

Please let me know what you think and thanks for looking!!
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: For the love of Faeries swap Gallery! on: March 29, 2010 09:14:29 PM
Here's what i got from imagine:

All of it laid out including the pretty card that i will frame for my bathroom

The crown - made with real twigs and wired with beads

In action on my messy post-work hair - I have some fabric that i bought a couple of years ago to make an autumn fairy costume and i think this gave me the inspiration i needed to make something out of it (and a perfect accessory)

The adorable pin cushion with her needlework

A metal wand adorned with wire, shell beads, bells and leather strapping (it must have been so difficult to drill those holes!!)

And the crowning item my silly wool fairy slippers (i'm wearing them right now - super toasty)

Thank you so much imagine i loved my package and it definitely gave me that crafty pick-me-up i needed!! Cheesy
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: For the love of Faeries swap sign up Feb 2-12th and New sendouts April 5th on: March 29, 2010 04:13:41 PM
I got my package from Imagine last night!!  I was worried beacause the box was squashed and torn halfway open.  But everything was there and it was all intact.  I'm gonna try to post some pictures soon.

She made me slippers and they are so cute and silly and they fit like a glove!! Grin
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: For the love of Faeries swap sign up Feb 2-12th and sendouts March 29th on: March 22, 2010 10:37:47 PM
I'm done and have sent my package off for Imagine.  I really hope she likes it!!  Been a little rough finishing it off for me, just split with my husband and moved out yesterday.  I am eagerly awaiting my package from Imagine... a little crafting pick me up will do me wonders right now. Smiley
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mixed tape Dressform TUTORIAL on: March 19, 2010 08:38:25 PM
Thanks I love it.  gonna make a jean skirt sunday with it.
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: For the love of Faeries swap Gallery! on: March 19, 2010 08:34:49 PM
Whee!!! sooo excited!!
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: For the love of Faeries swap sign up Feb 2-12th and sendouts March 29th on: March 19, 2010 08:28:29 PM
I have one little thing to add to my large then i'm done.  Gonna send on monday.
18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: ceramic human heart and tree stump teapots on: March 15, 2010 10:47:01 PM
I take part in a fairy tea party every year and there are some pretty cool teapots there, but THESE would give them some pretty stiff competition!!

Great Job!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mixed tape Dressform TUTORIAL *edit* on: March 15, 2010 06:15:37 PM
Here are the photos of the making of my very own dress form.  Regular plus size dress forms are like $250.  Instead i spent $15 on tape and $6 on a dowel.  $21 sounds way better than $250 to me and it's the exact same measurements as me.  I used the tutorial from threadbanger, and modified it a bit.  Here we go!!

First put on a bra that you would normally wear (threadbanger doesn't use one) I recommend this ESPECIALLY if you have boobies to speak of.  Cut a head hole and two arm holes in a garbage bag and put it on.  Sexy right?  

Then get some tape (you can use paper tape, duct tape, masking tape, packing tape, etc) I used self sticking paper tape (threadbanger used the kind that you need to get wet and blow dry) It's best to use a type of tape that will hold it's shape well. and you'll need at least 2 or 3 rolls of the 2" wide stuff.

I didn't use the paper tape that you need to wet to stick because i'm a bit clausterphobic and i thought waiting for it to dry would make me ill.  Good thing I didn't use it because i started to loose it a bit at the end just with self stick tape.  I nearly ripped the thing off.  Good thing my friend is so calm and collected... Grin

Start with one big ring around your waist just under the bust then tape a V shape into your cleavage and work your way out and around.  (We didn't start taking pics until what you see)

Side view

Front view

Complete shoulders and back. Outline the spine with one vertical piece of tape to add the back curvature to form and then make "ribs"

Then do the bum almost like the chest part of the form, but with a downward V to get the right curve.

Filling in the bum more:

We started having tape malfunction. The paper tape is stiff but it doesn't stick well. We ended up using masking tape over top of the paper tape to get the stiffness for the mold and then the masking to hold it in place.


Once you have a couple of layers of tape ans it feels firm, you cut it up the back (Don't cut your bra!!) and tape it back together again.

Here it is finished, kinda:

Now all you have to do is stuff the top, shove a pole up the interior and stuff some more (of course you need to tape the bottom, arm, and neck holes shut or the stuffing falls out)

to keep all the tape in place i put a layer of packing tape over the whole thing.  It also makes it so that garments can easily be pulled on and off.  

Seeing your body shape like this is kinda strange.  You have an idea of what your body looks like, but this is a way of giving you a reality check.  For me it was kind of empowering.  I knew i had substantial, um, assets, but it was amazing to see them right in front of my face!!

For the stand, i used an old rolling task chair base, removed the cylinder and found a dowel that fit inside and now i have a dressfrom that not only spins, but also has wheels can be moved around easily.  I don't have any pics of the finished product with the stand yet...  Please let me know what you think!!

Edit:  For those of you that can't figure out where to store it
- use it as a coat rack at the front door,
- keep it in your bedroom, it's a fun way to figure out what to wear when you go out, it's like playing barbies with your own clothes!!!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monster Art Totes for Preschoolers on: March 03, 2010 04:54:09 PM
Those are so adorable and fun.  I love any creative way to get kids to do artsy and crafty things.  Get 'em started young!!!
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