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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / Re: A Little Red Riding Hat (upcycled from cardboard and tissue paper) on: June 11, 2012 12:58:32 PM
Thanks, everyone for commenting!   Please vote, if you like the hat.  I've really REALLY wanted one of those Craftster t-shirt for a long time now.  Smiley

...I think it's a brilliant idea to use shoe polish to get the tone you want, and also I'm sooooo impressed that it's recycled like that.

This shoe polish is pretty great.  It has a bit of glossy satiny sheen to it.   I've tried other cheaper brands with varying results.  But, this one, particularly the brown, looks really nice.  I've used it on leather, wood, painted plastic and now cardboard.

I am truly madly deeply in love with this!!!

Glad you like it as much as I did making it.  Smiley

...I enjoyed reading the description of your process and the origins of all the materials Smiley

I'm so glad to hear that others enjoy reading my babbling.  I get excited when I can find what I need around me, and I don't have to run around every place looking for supplies.  Smiley

This hat is GORGEOUS! Any chance you would pop it in the mail to me? Smiley

I would definitely do that, if my mom hadn't already put claims on it.  Smiley  And, I want to wear it at least once before I give it up to her.  Perhaps I will make a few more someday.  I should probably put some undecorated ones in my Etsy store.
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / A Little Red Riding Hat (upcycled from cardboard and tissue paper) on: June 10, 2012 01:09:15 PM

For my paper challenge entry I give you an "upcycled" red riding hat made mostly of cereal box cardboard and tissue paper.

Even the decorations are mostly crepe and tissue paper, minus the couple of earring embellishments, the feathers and the veil (This veil is made from those net bags you get on produce at the grocery store.  I think these red ones are from Lychee at the Vietnamese Store.).

I made this cereal box cardboard hat as a pattern back when we were trying to work out the black leather version here.  But, I'd been wanting to go ahead and work it into a hat of it's own ever since.  It's just been sitting in my craft room in pieces for ages.  So, this challenge has motivated me to pick it up and put it together.  

Being a paper challenge, I tried to use mostly paper.  This is why I covered the whole thing in wrinkled red tissue, which gives a nice leathery texture to the surface what you cover.  We have a LOT of red tissue from many a Christmas gift from the past.

I used a few other product to finish the hat, as well.  I painted over the tissue with red acrylic craft paint and then stained the red with a dark brown shoe polish from Kiwi.  I'm beginning to favor this stuff over acrylic paint as a stain.  It's a nice color, goes one easy and has a pleasant smell, too.

I must say, I was excited when I read Elmer's was sponsoring this challenge.  How fitting that I glue the whole thing together with my daughter's Elmer's school glue she brought back for the summer break.  I adore Elmer's white glue.  At our house, we use it for so many purposes.  Smiley  (Thank you, Elmer's, for helping make us successful on so many projects throughout the years.)  This year we got the daughter the newer clear school glue.  I tried the clear glue to apply the tissue to the bare cereal box cardboard.  It worked great.  It's not really tacky and dries fairly slow, so the paper can be pushed around and doesn't stick too badly to your hands.

The flowers in back and cockade in the front were fun to make.  I experimented with different flower techniques I found online.  That's why none of the flowers are the same.  Most are made from crepe paper.  Though the carnations are the easiest/quickest of these flowers to make, I like how the far right one turned out, which is made from a thinner cardboard from a saltine cracker box

So, that's what I came up with.  Hope you like it!  Thanks for looking and don't forget to vote!
13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES / Re: Beer Goggles and Top Hat - Steampunk'd with Beer Cans/Tabs!! on: April 10, 2012 09:19:28 AM
Thank, again to everyone for commenting!

Oh WOW! I do not drink beer, but I may have to start! I love the goggles.

Not sure it's a good thing to know you started someone drinking.  Grin  But, everything does look better with beer goggles!
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES / Re: Steampunk Beer Goggles and Top Hat made with Beer Cans/Tabs and Scraps on: April 06, 2012 01:02:11 PM
Thanks for the comments!

...I have one question: How did you punch the holes for the rivets? It seems almost impossible with all those layers and the general shape and all....

I used a nail punch and a hammer to punch the holes in the aluminum.  We have a tool that punches holes for the leather, but the same nail punch works just as well.  All holes were marked and prepunched.  I got the leather wet and molded it to shape.  Punched one layer and marked through the holes to the next, and so on.  The rivets were solid and came it two parts.  You basically just smash them together.  To get to the hard to reach ones, I used a long pair of pliers with the tips covered with small scraps of leather so they didn't scratch the rivet tops.  Just had to squeeze really had to get the rivets to lock together.
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES / Re: Steampunk Beer Goggles and Top Hat made with Beer Cans/Tabs and Scraps on: April 06, 2012 11:02:19 AM
Hope you try it!  Just be really careful cutting the cans.  They're really sharp.  I used regular old scissors for most of the cutting.
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES / Beer Goggles and Top Hat - Steampunk'd with Beer Cans/Tabs!! on: April 06, 2012 10:49:04 AM
I was wanting a "tabistry" project to make to donate to a silent auction at a Steampunk event we attending this past weekend.  So, as I normally do, I looked around for what I had on hand to make something with.  Who knew the project would be perfect for this challenge, too!  Though, it's never spring cleaning in our house, where everything is fair game for a crafty project all year round.  Wink

 - 2 Beers
 - Scraps of leather
 - Green-tinted Plastic from Soda Bottle
 - Can tabs
 - Remnants of Polar Fleece
 - Aluminum Wire
 - Rivets

Here's a shot of some of the materials used:

That's all it took to make these!  (Excuse me while I just pose them so elegantly on this old candlestick atop this old weathered palette.)

The hat is made like my other tabistry work, weaving can tabs together with fabric strips.  The remnant polar fleece I used on this one is part of an out of control stash I'm accumulating every time I go to the fabric store.  Seems this stuff is always on sale! And, with the additional discount for remnants, I can buy up the wide assortment of colors they have really cheap.  

I'm most happy with how the goggles turned out.  My family thought I was bonkers for making "beer goggles".  Such a supportive family I have.  No vision, I tell you.  

I used two Miller Lite Beers we had left in the back of the fridge from our last camping trip that were getting pretty old.  (Surprisingly still drinkable!)  The leather was all scraps form my sweetie's leather top hats.  (I can't throw anything away!)   The strap is attached with a larger can tab, probably from something like anchovies.  

The buckle is also a larger can tab, probably from a fruit can.  I don't find uses for these odd shaped tabs very often.  Made a perfect buckle!  

Here's a close up of the buckle.  I added a bit of aluminum wire I received in a craft swap.  

Inside I inserted some green-tinted plastic from a 2 liter Seven Up bottle I have saved.  (Yes, I told you I save everything!)  It is held in with the bottom of the can, which I cut out the center of.  The two layers of aluminum were sandwiched in between two layers of the leather and riveted into place.  So no sharp edges are visible.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that the leather was stained with bottle of old shoe polish I happened to have.

Hope you've enjoyed my entry!  I talk a little more about it and other projects like it on my blog here.

Good luck with your own spring (or not-so-spring) cleaning!
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hope you had a Merry Twistmas! - 3 Handmade Moshi Monster Moshlings on: January 01, 2012 04:26:18 PM
Thanks, everyone!  The daughter and her cousin were thrilled and paid me the best compliment.  They said they were more accurate and cuter than the store bought characters.  That made my day.  Smiley

I love the Liberty one! Reminds me the day I went to visit New York and the Statue of Liberty!  Smiley

I tried to visit the Statue of Liberty once.  It was so crowded, we didn't get very close to it before giving up.  I think it was under restoration, anyway, at the time.  Some day I might make it there for a closer look.
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hope you had a Merry Twistmas! - 3 Handmade Moshi Monster Moshling Stuffies on: January 01, 2012 01:43:55 PM

For Christmas this year I decided to stick with last years homemade holiday plan (since Santa always gives the daughter the manufactured stuff these days).  The idea was to only make gifts from stuff I had on hand.  So I made her a couple Moshlings using mainly remnant polar fleece and whatever I could find in my craft stash.  I made her cousin the Liberty one.

The first one is Oddie, the Sweet Ringy Thingy.  He was by far the easiest to make.

Liberty, the Happy Statue, was made for the cousin.  She was the most complicated with all the parts.  Didn't manage to get her ice cream and wish list made in time.

Squidge, the Furry Heebee, was made with my DIY flexible knitting loom using furry yarn.

I discuss more about the construction of these on my blog here.  Hope they inspire others to make their own gifts for next year.  Thanks for lookin'!

Happy & Crafty New Year!!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Teeny Tiny Vampire Hunter's Kit on: October 31, 2011 01:54:22 PM
Ack!!  This is simply adorably awesome!!!
20   / MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Re: Quarterly Featured Artist: cackle!! on: October 31, 2011 01:51:28 PM
Cackle is an AWESOME artist.  Well deserved feature.  I, too, am luck enough to have some of her pieces.  I have that "Aura Detector" pictured here!!  It's absolutely perfect!

Congrats to you, Cackle, for the the feature.  Can't wait to see the next wonderful project you post!
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