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1  t-shirt earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by crazydavises on: March 08, 2012 03:19:32 PM

Remember back when everything was bright psychedelic tye-die?  I have a set of sheets from that era.  These are made from 1/4 inch by 6 or 7 inch strips of the fabric cut side by side so the colors would match.  I merely ruffled them on to ear hoops.  Bright, cheap and fun!  They go great with jeans and a t-shirt.

And the bottoms of the earrings.

Sorry for the blurry pics - I'm not sure why my camera and I aren't getting along.
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2  Platonic Solids Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by crazydavises on: February 22, 2012 02:58:15 PM

Just after Christmas I saw these platonic solids. I thought to myself Wow, wouldnt that be a terrific necklace!.

They ended up tedious enough to make that they became earrings instead of a necklace.  I printed the templates from her site at 1 1/6 scale onto card stock. Then I cut out, scored and glued the shapes.  They were a real pain to glue, but eventually I got them all glued up (I used tacky glue).  I should have taken a picture of them in my hand they are about a centimeter each.

After they were dry, I decided that I wanted them dark gray, so I colored them with charcoal, and sprayed them with matte fixative.  Then I strung them up on some wire, and hung it from an ear wire.

They still looked a little crude, but I love them.

On their inaugural wearing, one fell out and I stepped on it.  Smashed.  My wonderful husband suggested that if I remade them, I should fill them with epoxy to harden them.  I just may they are my favorite earrings to date, and only lasted one wearing. *sigh*

Do you have other suggestions for how to make paper earrings sturdy?
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3  Necklace made from a clothes hanger in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by crazydavises on: February 15, 2012 09:52:15 AM

I was inspired to make a Calder-inspired necklace by this post.

I didn't have heavy gauge wire though, so I used a clothes hanger for the links.

Then I wired them together with bronze-colored wrapping wire, and tied it around my neck with a ribbon.

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4  Home made Oreos in Dessert by crazydavises on: March 05, 2011 01:13:43 PM
This is my second attempt making oreos with this recipe.  They are delicious!

This time, instead of rolling out a 2 1/2 inch log like they suggested, I chilled the dough, then rolled it out on the table on waxed paper with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.  I made them thinner (about 3/16 inch) Then I used a small biscuit cutter for the cookies.  They took the same amount of time to cook, but made twice as many!
 (I also used whole-wheat flour in these -- I was out of white flour.  They are still wonderful, and might actually taste a bit more like the store-bought variety than with white flour.)

For a bit of fun, I changed up the filling: I thought the plain white frosting was a little under-flavored the first time, so I added cream cheese.

And my husband suggested that mint might be nice.

And these are so much better than store bought.

Now the possibilities are endless.  Peanut butter oreos?  Raspberry?  Carmel/cream cheese? Mocha? Mmmmm.

What flavor of oreo would you like?

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5  Stencil Portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by crazydavises on: January 20, 2010 08:49:00 PM
I followed this tute and painted my brother and his wife on canvas for Christmas.  Having never tried something like this before, I was surprised at how much work it was.  After I totally messed it up, my husband graciously fixed it, and it looks reasonably like them now.

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6  Sesame Street Pom Pom Characters (pic heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by crazydavises on: January 20, 2010 08:40:09 PM
I made these for my sister for Christmas following the tutorial here.  They took a lot of yarn!

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7  J Trade -- one pattern piece skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by crazydavises on: January 20, 2010 08:29:12 PM
I thought it would be fun to see if I could make a flared skirt entirely out of J shaped pieces of fabric. So I drafted up a J shape, cut six of them on the bias of a light-weight flowy fabric and stitched them up. It was a pain to sew, and a bear to hem. In the end, I cut off the hem and sealed the edge with quilters fray-check. I stabilized the waist by lining it with another, more stable fabric, also cut on the bias. It didnt turn out great, but I like it enough that Ill probably re-work it to make it lay nicer and might actually wear it eventually.

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8  From a set of shear curtains.... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by crazydavises on: January 20, 2010 08:25:30 PM
I started with a set of sheer curtains, first making a simple shirred dress.

Then I got carried away, and shirred the entire dress two directions (up and down, then back and forth).  It shrunk into a skirt, so I made a bodice.

It's not very wearable, but the shirring did create a neat texture, and I had lots of fun experimenting!
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9  Gandalf and company in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by crazydavises on: November 16, 2008 07:35:21 PM
The combination of an idea and a sale is really lethal to me.  Last spring I bought 40 hoodies on sale at Walgreens after making my first monster hoodie.

Last week, I had the idea to make Gandalf. It started as amigurumi, but I quickly lost patience for learning to crochet just to make Gandalf. Too slow. Then I remembered seeing cute little people made from pipe cleaners. We made Josephine a little doll with a felt dress, and I knew it was a winner. Add some embroidery floss (like Wee Folk), and there we go. I really like how he turned out.

The beard was mustache were a pain -- I wrapped embroidery floss around a twister to get them this way, then molded it on to his face -- no glue.

And what's wizard without a fire? (Yes, he can stand freely using his staff to balance).

Gandalf was a gift to my Father-in-law for his birthday today.

The kids got in on the fun too -- skipping the embroidery floss.  The older two each designed (and mostly made) their own pipe cleaner dolls. And so I introduce Pedro and Natalie.

After making these, I found out that embroidery floss was on sale this weekend at Hancock for 15 cents.  I bought 80.  Now I just need a sale on pipe cleaners.

Oh save me.
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10  Porcupine Pincushion - needle felted in Felting: Completed Projects by crazydavises on: November 10, 2008 07:33:10 AM
I've discovered a terrific therapy craft -- Needle felting!  When I'm mad or frustrated, I can jab something millions of times with barbed needles!  How satisfying!

I made a pin cushion -- a porcupine, of course.

I wish I had headless pins, they would be much better for pictures here.

His little tail is for balancing.

I started by wet-felting around an egg shape, then cutting it open in a cross shape, and forming the points into legs, and the small part of the egg into a head.  Then I filled it and needle-felted on a tummy and the brown back fur, added some to the face, and put on the tail.

I'm pretty satisfied, especially for a first project.  He's blogged here.

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