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1  Rainbow "Let It Be" LGBT Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kali_akash on: July 12, 2010 01:12:54 AM
So yesterday was Girls' Craft Night at my house and I've been wanting to make a LGBT rainbow shirt for myself (I was the president of my HS Gay Straight Alliance this past [senior] year and will be the president of my university chapter this coming year, woo!) since I'm so active in the cause. So this is what turned out Smiley

So here I've painted the shirt with regular acrylic paints and some sponge brushes. I was going to use the stencil I worked SO hard on (took FOREVER, from doing the design on MS Paint, to getting supplies, drawing the sucka onto the plastic stencil page and then finally cutting it out), but it didn't like being painted over and made some really interesting shapes. I ended up freehanding this bugger but I like it. Well, I did until I dropped the paintbrush...RIGHT after finishing!  Shocked

Loads of white paint to help cover up the...err... yeah. I don't like it all that much, but it's still cool. Those who care about it won't matter anyway, and those who matter won't care that I messed up in some spots. I still might go back at it with some matching fabric pens to further delineate the borders of the peeps... or not. I like it this way, it's kinda queer in it's own right.

And finally an action shot! It ended up being a little small for me (I am SO blaming my dryer!!), but it's still great. If it's too small for real I might end up just stuffing it with some fiber-fill and making it a pillow. Or giving it to my smaller friends. Who knows?

I think what I love best about it is that both the people and words make little hearts in their places.... Not real conscious of that when I did it, but it makes for a lovely end result. Enjoy!

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2  Re: Ideas to fundraise for vet bills!? in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by kali_akash on: July 11, 2010 03:59:18 PM
How about woven leashes? I use some heavy-duty cord and do a flat weave, or a square-knot, or various other ones. You can jazz them up by painting the leash after you finish, or by incorporating larger pony beads, etc. I find that these leashes, because of the larger cord, has a high strength and doesn't break. I use something like the twine here: http://bit.ly/aV3LiC and make simple knot weaves for a high quality leash.

What I would do:
1) Measure out your twine. I would use about double of how long you want your finished product to be, until you figure out a good rule of thumb for how much you'll actually use. I would do three to fivestrands on average, I find this makes a thin but effective leash.

2) Then fold it in the middle and start making the handle; five inches from the middle, start to braid all the strands together, either in a three-piece traditional braid or by doing an all-strand braid (will give rough tute below). Do this until you've got about ten inches of braid. Do NOT make knots at either end.

3) Now you've got between six and ten strands of string. Lay them flat on whatever surface you're working on (I usually use something I can poke a good hole through, like a spare piece of wood to nail on). Secure your handle, I nail a big nail into said piece of wood at an angle to hold the handle and to keep things together. I find this a good way to do this, especially if you're sitting--use a board long enough that you can hold it and keep THAT secure and not moving, or else you'll get a really loose product! (Which might not be a bad thing, depending on your own preferences.)

4) Start to braid all the strands together. For a flat-ish braid using all the strands, check below. You can certainly do a traditional three-piece braid like you did for the handle, or make square knots on the twine strands. Either is perfectly fine, and if you can do any other knots or braids, feel free to do it! Either way you do it, keep your twine taut and controlled, or you'll get a mess.

5) When you're down toward the end, get your heavy-gauge latch (what you'll use to secure your leash to the dog collar--available at hardware stores, online, or in your craft stores) and thread it through your twine. I find that by separating out the individual strands into two equal piles and threading the latch onto one pile, you can do some great knots to end the leash. I'd just make sure that they are tight, as flush to the latch as possible, and that you further secure your knot by adding super glue or hot glue to keep it tight. Trim any excess cord.

Voila! A leash! Like I said, you can paint your leash with pet-safe paint, like most acrylic paints. Let it dry and then you have a beautiful, home-made dog leash. Smiley

Short tute in Microsoft Paint (pic and text, sorry it's messy)

Like I said, attach the latch after you've got your braid done, knot and glue it together, and trim excess cord. Smiley
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3  Re: LGBT & Friends swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by kali_akash on: April 18, 2009 11:04:27 PM
Here's my package of goodies from Persephone Hazard! Grin

A shot of the whole package. The people rimmed in hot pink are her, Seph (lower right corner) and her boyfriend (upper left corner). I think you are just lovely, dear, and your man, too!

Here's a lovely set of stud/post earrings, all cubic and rainbow-y! I haven't worn them yet, but I plan on doing so soon.

Another set of earrings, dangly, and they totally don't match. I love it!

A ball of handspun yarn. I love crocheting, so this is just plain awesome. Cheesy

AND AND AND!!!! SOAP! I LOVE soap, I dunno why. It's tri-colored, pink, purple, and blue. I'm not sure if it is indeed scented, but I always seem to smell strawberries and cherries when I sniff it. It's all good.  Wink


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4  Re: The Candy/Sweets Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kali_akash on: September 08, 2008 09:51:33 PM
Ugh. Seriously, there's some photos and text that isn't making it in here for some reason. Here's the apparently redacted materials.


This is an enlarged detail of the embroidery of the luscious leather purse she'd made for me. They're little chocolate bon bons, and way cute. I love it! The purse itself feels so amazing. I keep molesting it. Cheesy I hope the leather doesn't discolor or anything!

Maybe now these'll post...

EDIT:: Oh noooo!!! The photos aren't working! I don't know why!!!! >.< There are the photos in my gallery, but I don't know why the photos aren't opening up here. Help!

Link to my gallery: https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showgallery.php?ppuser=135804&cat=500

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5  Re: The Candy/Sweets Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kali_akash on: September 08, 2008 09:47:18 PM
Okay, so here's the photos of awesome stuffs that eye_on_sparrow sent me. Way cool. Man, I'm so super jealous!!!!!

Heres just a photo of everything. Youll find the recipe books, the purse, scarf, chocolate, soaps, etc. here. I love it all!!! If you cant see the detail on the pillowcase (stuffed around a pillow, of course) it is cupcakes and the green part says Sweet Dreams. I love it so much! Its ultra comfortable, not scratchy or anything and its way awesome. I used it the night I got it! Speaking of, Im feeling a little tired now Hmmmm..  oh pillow.!

(detail  of pillow case. Who can resist?)

This is an enlarged detail of the embroidery of the luscious leather purse she'd made for me. They're little chocolate bon bons, and way cute. I love it! The purse itself feels so amazing. I keep molesting it. Cheesy I hope the leather doesn't discolor or anything!

Here's a picture of just the assorted small things she sent me that didn't fit into any other 'related' photo. On top of a very soft and warm cupcake pillowcase is a muffin/cupcake cookbook, a gummy bear wallet (so cute! Gummies!!!), an ice cream soap bar, a sugar cookie hot pad (that even though she assures me won't melt with regular use I'm still a little worried..), a cupcake candle, and another ice cream soap bar. They look so... Mmmmm. I love it all. Next to the pillow is a set of water color paints, which is so awesome because I paint like crazy. There's also the s'mores scarf and a bit of my chocolates peeking into the photo.... >.<

Again, thank you eye_on_sparrow!!!!! Youre amazing!!!!!!


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