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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Leather cuff? How do I weave this? on: August 03, 2011 10:10:55 AM
hello everyone! i've been scouring the internet for instructions on how to weave leather into this pattern:

I'd rather do it properly by weaving it, but I can't find the pattern for it anywhere. Does anyone have any suggestions or links?
Thanks, -SKF
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Marketing to Brides on: October 04, 2009 07:23:47 PM
I have a dream. I want to make a wedding dress by hand in size 6,(relative standard) and make it absolutely gorgeous. Hand beading, embroidery, the works. Then I want to sell it.

But I have no idea where.

Brides are a special market, and, never having been a bride, I don't know where they look.

Where would be the best place to sell a handmade wedding gown?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Hatpin turned Steampunk on: October 01, 2009 02:16:23 PM
My grandma always lets me sort through everything she's putting up for garage sale before she sets it out, so I get first dibs. I found this vintage hatpin. It used to have a cameo on it, but somehow it's fallen off. Also the back has a trademark that says "Made in Germany West" so I'm wondering if that makes it a WWII relic maybe...

Anyway, It practically screams steampunk to me, and I want to give it a makeover that will be something Along those lines, only, I have no idea what to do with it.

So basically, I need ideas ^_^ Anything goes, you know?

I like anything quirky and original, so even if your idea is completely off-the-wall, I just might love it to death.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Timcampy Plushie!! DGM on: July 23, 2009 09:10:10 PM
My friend is obsessed with a Manga called D.Gray-Man, and she got me into it as well. So for her birthday, I made her a plushie of the Main Characters Golem(pet-thing) which is named Timcampy. It looks a lot like the Golden Snitch from Harry Potter. It took me four Hours to hand-stitch, and cut 10 layers of feathers per wing. The wings are fully wired and poseable, as is the tail. The horns allow it to stand on it's own, and it's squishy^_^.

That's Tim from the back. His wings are so pretty! I love them.
And here's Tim from the front.

I looked around on the internet after I made it, and most of the other Timcampy plushies, their makers didn't bother with the feathers, leaving the wings flat and just fetaher-cut in one layer. This Timcampy's wings are about 3/4 of an inch thick with all the layers of felt and feathers.

Needless to  say, my friend was very excited to open Timcampy on her birthday. Now I just ned to make one for myself!!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Birdcage Lamp on: July 16, 2009 09:51:21 PM
While riding in the car one day, I had the sudden urge to acquire a birdcage and turn it into a lamp.
So I did. I used an old wooden birdcage that was passed down to me, but it was filthy, covered in dust, slightly sticky, and full of old fake vines. So I scrubbed it with dawn and a toothbrush, gave it a good coat of spray paint, and rigged it up to be a lamp^_^. Then I got a big red peacock, a glass dragon, some false flowers, random stuff from around the house, made a kanzashi, and decorated it.

And this is  the finished product. (I'm thinking of removing the black fringe.) I have more pics and a tutorial if anyone wants one, so just ask if you do^_^

EDIT: The black fringe has since been removed, and since someone asked for it, here's the tutorial!!

1.First I took the old wooden birdcage, scrubbed it with dawn and a tooth brush, dried it, and spray-painted it super-shiny metallic silver.
2. Then I went and bought a lamp-kit from the Home Depot, it's a lightbulb socket on a cord with an on-off wheel switch.
3. So to suspend the lightbulb in the castle-turret, I got a chain, a couple quarters, some hot glue, and a little bit of wire.

I hot-glued the chain ends in between 2 quarters, to make a suspendable disk, then glued the quarter to the top of the cage

Then I crimped a bit of wire around the chain to hold the bulb in place. (while spray-painting it, One of the shingle sets on teh roof popped out, making it a lot easier yo access this section of the cage. It pops right back in)

Then I glued mirrors to each of the 6 shingled sides, on the inside, to amplify the light.

Then you simply run the cord down one of the wooden pieces that hold the cage up, bend the wires to allow the cord out, and bend them back. The switch is attatched to one of the posts, right under the roof where you can't see it.
I ordered a 16-inch  red peacock from a feather supplier, along with 12 red peacock feather to supplement the tail, and put the to together. Then I dressed her up with a lace and ribbon tail accent. I made a kanzashi out of white fabric and fake pearls, and glued red duck feather in a  fan around it, and attached it to the cage Then I made a cascade of roses coming down, and  abed of roses and chrysanthemums in the bottom of the cage. There's a crystal-glass dragon with a bowtie, tophat and cuffs on the inside. Just yesterday I got a very pretty red-and-black-dress-necklace-holder, so I put that in there and it's the perfect final touch.

The hot glue gets a little sticky with the lightbulb the first time you light it, but with subsequent lightings, it strengthens and doesn't melt.
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Castle-Top pattern dyeing? Help? on: July 13, 2009 02:13:04 PM
Ok, so I need advice on how to accomplish this pattern using dye, or watered-down Fabric paint... It's not my first time Dyeing something, but it's my first attempt at a pattern.

The fabric itself is white, and I need to do a mauve/pink castle-top pattern along some of the hems. I've got plenty of room to hang it up on a brace , so even super-messy ideas are perfectly welcome.

I'm going to sew the basic outfit first, out of cotton, (Because it would be accurate for a desert-climate dress) to get the hem right before I add colour, but the gold trima nd stuff (obviously) will go on later.

Eventhe craziest ideas are welcome!! Thankies!!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pineapple Bag and freinds on: November 16, 2008 04:13:45 PM
About a year ago I made a pineapple bag, except it had a face, and ate everything. I held a contest at school, and after a three-way tie, dubbed him "Sir Bojangles Fish the Killer Carniverous Maneating Pineapple." He's a bit dirty, having survived a year and 8 countires, (I need to wash him, but that would require not using my fishy for two days to let him dry) but still cute!

Later I got some fabric for mt birthday along with a note that said "pillow" and was inspired to make a mr.fish pillow. He's thinking of a rainbow star (Like the pin i put in the 'brain' section of Mr. Fish) the back is made out of the white and cherries fabric

close-up on the cherries applique

So today I made a case for my Eee Pc, to match the other two. I used a chinese frog and a small pineapple applique to tie in the themes, with a litle checker board to make it pop. The back is also white and cherries.

and with the Eee pc

tell me what you think!
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Heels from scratch? on: October 12, 2008 08:11:21 AM
So I need to make thigh-high boots from scratch. Normally t would be somewhat easy, just using tires or rubber boots soles, but.... they need to be heels. I was thinking of making a wooden heel and lining that as the heel, but I'm no carpenter. I thought maybe cork, but that might break with a heel carved out. (It can't be a wedge) They need to be somewhat sturdy, as I need to attach a brace rod and 7 belts to one of them. Any ideas?
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Pineapple Mary- Janes on: September 09, 2008 03:27:06 PM
Okay, so my school has really strict rules on footwear, but being who I am, I have to stand out, without being in contempt of the guidelines. So I has my polymer-clay-magic-working freind make me some pineapple buttons and I sewed them on my mary-janes.

Sorry for the blurriness, here's a close-up.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Standard Headband turned Lolita!!! on: September 09, 2008 03:16:37 PM
Okay, so I saw this black and cherries headband on sale for a dollar, and it screamed to me "I wanto be a lolita headband!" So I took it home with me, scrounged around in my box of notions, found some ribbon, some lace, and other things, and got to sewing it up. And here is the final product:

Here's the inside:

and here are the ruffles before I sewed them together. Yes. I hand-made the ruffles. From a ribbon. It shrunk 3 yards of ribbon down to a little less than a yard!

It pricked me a lot wth the pins, too. But it was worth it! Unfortunately, me school has banned me from wearing it because it doesn't coordinate with school colors. (Maroon and White)
Tell me what you think!
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