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31  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Death Eater Inspired Mask - Paper Mache on: April 01, 2009 01:17:45 PM
Calling all death eaters!
Check out this mask made from used cereal boxes, paper mache, and paper clay!

To see more pics or read tips on making your own paper mache Death Eater mask visit my blog here:  http://mieljolie.blogspot.com/2009/04/harry-potter-death-eater-mask.html

Thanks for taking a peek!  I'd love to hear what you think.
32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / POPPETS! - Cornish Pixies and a House Elf! (UPDATED:Now, with tea towel!) on: January 09, 2009 08:35:07 AM

Geezer the House Elf (100% finished!!)

There are more pics on my blog here:  http://mieljolie.blogspot.com/2009/01/geezer-house-elf-poppet.html

(Still working on the wings for the pixie.  Will post very soon!)


Roxie Pixie & Geezer the House Elf (90% finished):

We also have Frankie Pixie:

My mom and I are big "Hogwart's fans" (yes, Hogwarts, not Harry Potter) and were trying out the Poppet pattern that Ghilie was so gracious to share with us in the Poppet-Along here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0).  As you can see, we have so far attempted 2 cornish pixies and a house elf with 2 more pixies and another house elf in the works! 

This all started for us after my swap partner in the Harry Potter Holiday swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280152.0) made me the most adorable House elf from the same pattern.  My niece saw the pics of it and flipped.  She wanted one really bad, so my mom offered to give it a try.  But, first, we thought it might be cool to make some smaller cornish pixies to practice.  Her first pixie, Frankie, turned out way different because my mom thought she was too good to READ instructions (Haha).  Then, we tried some following the instructions.  That was SOOO much easier to do!  They are really great instructions and a wonderfully designed pattern.

We've been experimenting with different fabrics.  Frankie is made with some blue metallic fabric mom found in the remnant bins.  Roxie is made with blue faux suede and some of the same metallic pieces.  Geezer is made with polar fleece.  (That's why he is so tall and undefined.) 

We would've had these done a long time ago, but we had to wait on the eyes.  Darn eyes!  Couldn't find any anywhere around here.  Ordered them online before Christmas, but didn't arrive 'til about a week ago.  Arrrrgh.  Anyway, we bought clear ones and painted them ourselves.  Geezer was going to be "Dobby", but my eye experiment went amok when mom sewed the face together before I had a chance to add them.  Hehe.  So, he now has squinty old man eyes.  Oh well.

Roxie and Frankie will have some irridescent wings when they are finished.  I just need to get the wire.  I will update when I get them completly finished or when the new members of the family are done.

NOTE:  Please forgive my impatience for posting before my projects are 100% complete, but I never know when I will ever finish them and I get overly excited to show them off.  Smiley
33  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Cereal box packages and faux parchment on: January 02, 2009 05:14:00 PM
For the Harry Potter Holiday Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280152.msg3193406#msg3193406) I created custom packaging made from cereal boxes and an oatmeal container.  Then I wrapped them, again, in brown shipping paper & string to look authentically from Diagon Alley shops.

This is what's left of the oatmeal container.

Box for the blood quill and box top for hairstick wands from the cereal box:

(It opens like those old McDonald's fruit pie boxes.)

(It has a subtle linen-like finish by painting with acrylic in one direction with stiff bristle brush; letting it dry; painting across it; and then staining it with a slightly darker color.)

You could definitely use faux parchment to wrap gifts.  It's made from regular typing paper or brown paper/sack:

(I used instant coffee and yellow food coloring to stain the parchment.)

The oatmeal container was cut down to fit a "live" (actually knitted) puffskein:

Another really great idea I wanted to create this holiday was to paper mache or decoupage the custom-made boxes using old used wrapping paper/christmas cards, but never had time to.  My mom used to decoupage hobby horses with old tissue and wrapping paper and turn them into carousel horses.  It turns out all wrinkly textured and lovely.

Hope these are inspiring to someone.  Smiley
34  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Turkish Vest & Belt made of Can Tabs for Bellydancing!! (pic bloated) on: November 20, 2008 11:10:05 AM
Just another bizarre (yet wonderful) thing to do with can tabs

I recently finished a new "tabistry" project for Craftster swap Bellydance Swap II (gallery = https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=275620.0).  I made a Turkish Vest and Belt out of soda and beer can pull tabs.  I'm pretty please with how they turned out and wanted to show them off.  So, here's the swap vest and belt:

I also made myself a vest as a prototype:

And, here are some newer pics after a few modifications:

And, one more of my recent costume:

Hope you like!  I'd love to hear what you think.  Thanks for lookin'!

To see more pics of these vests, the belt or other tabistry projects, see my blog:  http://tabistry.blogspot.com/2008/11/turkish-style-vest-and-belt.html
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nibbles the Pygmy Puff Pouch (KK knitted) on: November 14, 2008 10:18:33 AM
My first completed project on a knifty knitter loom. 

I made a pygmy puff inspired by Harry Potter for my daughter.  She named it "Nibbles" 'cuz he loves to eat things like fingers.  Smiley

I made it on the blue loom with dollar store furry yarn.  I turned it like you would the band of a beanie so it is double thick.  So, he's built like a giant scrunchy with an elastic hairband in the mouth and a hairclip inside to attach it to your shoulder.  He doubles as a pouch to hide things in.
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Knit Picked" Candy Corn Pouch on: September 26, 2008 06:30:55 AM
I've been posting like crazy it seems!  Don't know if you saw my post on my Spider Beanie, but I just finished my OYP Halloween swap and wanted to share my newest "pick knitting" project.

Following up on this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261765.0, I have still been experimenting with the idea of using combs and picks to knit.

So, here is my knitted pouch.  It's about 4x5", I think.

This time I tried a metal dog comb (http://www.pet-bliss.com/acatalog/StraightMetalDogCombSmallImage.jpg) of all thing, 'cuz I had it and it was small.  I removed a few of the teeth to even it out.  It was much harder working this tiny.  And, I decided to try garter stitches, so the perling was driving me insane!  I also tried a row of beads.  That wasn't too bad.  Overall, it took me what seemed like forever to finish this one, but I love the feel of the cotton crochet string/yarn.  I think this comb would make nice headbands, belts or something.
37  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Witch Cameo Pin on: September 25, 2008 08:58:27 PM
I've just recently finished my very first swap package for the Once You Pop Rd8 - HALLOWEEN Edition here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260651.0 and I've been posting my item to hear what everyone thinks.

This is my Witch Cameo Pin.  It was a real learning experience.  I've learn a lot of what-not-to-dos, as well as some neat techniques from this project.  The biggest being that it is hard to see the flaws until you antique it.  Yikes!

Thanks for taking a look at it.  If ya wanna see more items I made for the swap you can see the images in the gallery page here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265000.msg3049713#msg3049713

Or, go to my blog here:  http://mieljolie.blogspot.com/2008/09/once-you-pop-halloween-swap-finished.html

As always, I'd love to hear what you think of my work.  Any pointers would be appreciated, too.  Smiley
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mix n' Match JOL Pumpkin Necklace Set and "Holly Go-Frightly" Necklace and Ruff on: September 25, 2008 08:48:43 PM
Okay, so I've just recently finished my swap package for the Once You Pop Rd8 - HALLOWEEN Edition here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260651.0 and I wanted to share some of the items I made.  Sorry I don't have action shots.

Along with some other items, I made two necklace sets for the swap including my Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Necklace, Bracelet and Earring set and what I'm calling my "Holly Go-Frightly" Necklace and Ruff.  Each have polymer clay bead with unique faces on them and are mixed with some recycled beads from my stash.

Here is the Pumpkin Set assembled:

Here it is in pieces:

There are 2 wearable necklaces, a bracelet, a removable pendant and and interchangable pair of earrings.  I used lobster claw clasps to attach the parts together.

I also made this necklace:

To be worn with this ruff collar thingy:

Like this:

The second necklace slightly Glows-in-the-Dark and has a Faux Pearly sheen to it made by dusting the beads with white eye shadow before and after baking.  Hard to see the shimmer in the pics.

If you're interested in seeing the other items I made for this swap you can either see the images in the gallery page here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265000.msg3049713#msg3049713

Or, go to my blog here:  http://mieljolie.blogspot.com/2008/09/once-you-pop-halloween-swap-finished.html

Thanks for taking a look.  I'd love to hear what you think.
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spider Beanie Knit on DIY pen loom on: September 24, 2008 03:05:43 PM
Here is a beanie I made for my partner in the Once You Pop Swap - HALLOWEEN Edition at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260651.0

I made it using an altered version of the "rib stitch" I found at http://www.robertscrafts.com/projects/projects.php?prdindex=kniftyknitter&dsp=project&idnum=33 on my homemade round stick pen loom.



To hear more about it or to see the other items I made for the swap, visit my blog at http://mieljolie.blogspot.com/2008/09/once-you-pop-halloween-swap-finished.html.

The gallery images of the swap are at:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265000.msg3049713#msg3049713

I'd love to hear what you think.  Enjoy!
40  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Paper Mache Witch Boot Decoration on: September 24, 2008 02:50:45 PM
Wanted to share the paper mache witch boot I made for my partner, cigarettesandvalentines,
 in the Once You Pop Rd8 - HALLOWEEN Edition Swap at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260651.0.

Here is a close up of the "fiendship" pins:

For a description of how I made it and more pics you can visit my blog at:  http://mieljolie.blogspot.com/2008/09/once-you-pop-halloween-swap-finished.html.

Or, view my partners pics of my items at:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265000.msg3049713#msg3049713

You can view all the great swap items in the gallery here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265000.0

I'd love to hear what anyone thinks.  Enjoy!

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