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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / tutorial: quick and pretty fabric advent calendar on: November 27, 2013 04:23:29 AM
I made an advent calendar, and as I think it’s pretty cute I made a tutorial.

It was done in about an hour, so this would be just the right project for last-minute crafting.

Basically it’s a long strip of fabric, sewn together at one end. Everyday, one opens one bow and one sweet will come out.

You will need:
- fabric
- ribbon
- number tags (I attached the file with the ones I used at the end)

- scissors
- hole punch 1 and 1 3/4 inch (optional)
- stapler to attach the number tags to the ribbon
- needle and thread, or a sewing machine

Cut your fabric:
The strip of fabric should be wide enough to comfortably wrap the biggest of your sweets with a bit (at least an inch) of overlapping.

To determine the length of your fabric: Arrange all the sweets in a line with about one inch of space between each of them. Measure how long your line of sweets is, then add 5 to 10 inches at every end – This is the lenght of fabric you will need, probably you will need to piece it together.  If you want, you can seam the rectangle, I didn’t bother to do so.

Then sew the one end shut as shown in the sketch And, tadaaa: You're done. Now it just needs to be filled.

To fill it, start with the closed side. Put in one sweet, tie the section off with a piece of ribbon and attach the tag with the number 24 to the ribbon. Then repeat until you reach number 1.

If you have questions, please ask!

I also added the file with the numbers: For the smaller circles I used an one-inch circle punch. The larger ones are 1 3/4 inch in diameter. The file is in A4 format, but I laid everything out in a way that it should work on letter-format paper as well.
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / elf slippers that became court jester on: November 10, 2013 05:11:46 AM
Hi everyone Smiley

As my old slippers were falling apart, I made new ones.
The post with the old ones, containing the tutorial/pattern

People keep telling me that I look a bit insane wearing them, but I like them Smiley
The fabric is so soft and fluffy, like velvet with a very short pile? And the colours are so great!!!

Making of (Maybe this helps with the pattern?)

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / steampunk-ringmaster-fairy on: November 09, 2013 10:04:17 AM
Hi everyone! I haven't posted here in a while, but I wanted to share my halloween costume. I started it more than a year ago, but I got it finished the day before the halloween party!

I was going for steampunk-ringmaster – I don't know if that worked, but I really like how everything turned out.

I made:
- The corset
- the shirt with the insane collar
- the whip (wood turning and all)
- the jewellery I wore in my hair
- the skirt
- the petticoat
- the bloomers that went under the petticoat (best thing ever for a party in november!!!)

I wore my great brown suede boots with the costume, sadly that's a little hard to see on the pictures.

close ups of the corset:

the finishing steps of the corset, you can see the hooks I used to close it here

And the bloomers, that were very handy but mostly hidden under the petticoat. The petticoat was a monster to sew, it's huge.

Sorry for the grumpy face, btw. I'm not sure why all of the pictures are so stern, but probably because we were late already and in a hurry Wink
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / shampoo soap bar for dyed hair? on: November 24, 2012 07:25:08 PM
Hello  Smiley

I really want to try shampoo bars, and as I would have to order them online anyways, actually making them sounds intriguing.
I have been wanting to make my own soap for some time, trying to get away from the nasty stuff found in commercial products. While I don't necessarily need everything to be vegan, my recent changes (stopped using products containing silicone, for exampe) are all about using eco-friendly products.
Besides from some Melt&Pour soap some time ago, I have no experience in soap making though, so maybe that whole idea is just stupid?

I have been browsing the Soap-FAQ and some other stuff online, but I was wondering about the specific ingredients:
I have pink hair (read: bleached and using semi-permanent dye) and I am concerned about the soap being more agressive (drying out the already bleached hair and removing a lot more colour than "regular" shampoo)
Maybe I am being paranoid? I would be incredibly thankful for any thoughts and/or tipps regarding ingredients, as there seems a lot of difference in the different recipes/used fats.

Maybe I am overthinking this (or being otherwise stupid), but I would apprechiate any thoughts.
Thanks for reading and have a nice day/night  Smiley

5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Leather Mask on: May 07, 2012 05:05:36 PM
Last Summer I decided that I would need a leather mask. I have been interested in working with leather for quite a long time, so I gave it a try and made a mask to wear at some fancy-dress ball.
It was only my second attempt at working with leather, so it was pretty much just trial and error.

I used a very old purse my grandmother gave me for the leather (and that has literally fallen apart all by itself at that point)
I also decided that a plaster mold of my head was something I really had to have, but more on that later. I guess it's time for pictures now:

And on my creepy plaster head

Here is the creepy mold of my face all by itself. It kinda creeps me out, looking all dead and, well, creepy. But it really helped in the process, so I'm glad to have it.

And: Action shot. Excuse that lame tired-after-the-party-at-6-in-the-morning-version of myself

Thanks for looking!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Jackalope/Deer Antlers *TUTORIAL* on: April 26, 2011 11:14:34 AM

Last Summer I made a Jackalope and got some requests for an antler-tutorial.
original post
It's been lying around on my desktop almost finished for half an year because I had to move twice since then and everything was a bit annoying. But now as everything is back to normal again, I finished the tutorial.


what you need:
wire (preferably that plastic covered stuff that's used in walls as it won't rust when covered in paper mache – and if you want to wear them, you can use wire in the color of your hair!)
masking tape
wallpaper paste
old newspaper
hot glue
paint: i prefer water based paint for this project – i used gouache for my antlers. you will need black, white, a not too yellow-ish green, ochre, and red
transparent varnish or sealer (preferably not glossy for a more realistic look)
pliers: something to cut the wire and something to press the ends flat, universal pliers work fine
screwdriver or anything pointy

They make a great weekend project, as the small amount of paper mache takes just a few hours to dry. I did the pair for the tutorial in 2 evenings, two or three hours each time
don't forget to make two  Wink

I would suggest to look at pictures of real antlers before starting.

At first we're going to bend the wire:
the size of your finished antler is defined by the length between the tip/end of your wire and the first bend. Dont't cut the wire yet, wait until you formed the whole "z"-shape like I did in the picture.
Use your pliers to press the bends on the pointy end of your antler as flat as possible. Every point consists of a piece of wire that's bent two or three times. You can choose to make your antlers bigger by adding more points.
Depending on what you're planning to do with the finished product, leave at least half an metre of wire on for attaching your antlers. I'm planning to make an headband out of them and i will be using the wire as the headband, so i left about an metre of wire on just to be sure it's enough.

The two different pieces will make the different points.
Cut both pieces about the same lenght, it's way easier to handle them that way.

Twist the individual points and wrap them together at the bottom of the antler. Wrap a single strand of wire around the very bottom of the antler to get the characteristic shape.
Then just secure the loose ends somehow, I made loops so I could hang them to dry. Also, this will be the "handle" while you are painting everything in the end.

The masking tape will get you a smoother surface and the paper mache will stick so much better. It's a good time to get the overall shape right, but make sure that you don't add too much material to the tips. I added a few layers of tape to the bottom end to simulate the part where the antlers attach to the deers head (Basically this makes the part you wrapped the wire around in the last step a more defined and life-like)

If your antlers look at least remotely like that, it's time for the paper mache  Grin

Prepare lots of narrow strips of newspaper before you get your hands sticky. You will also need the wallpaper paste and a paint brush at this point.

I think that part is pretty self-explanatory. Add paper mache until both pieces have a nice even shape. It doesn't have to be perfect as the surface will be worked on in the next step.

Take fine strips of newspaper and twist and fold them a little. Then attach them to the antlers with your wallpaper paste, using a screwdriver or something similar to get the shape right. This will give your antlers the typical, slightly furrowed surface.

Now you can hang them to dry for a few hours.

Deer antlers usually have this little dots/balls/whatever they are called at the bottom of the antler, gradually starting getting smaller and fewer towards the top.
I get the effect using my hot glue gun to ad lots of tiny dots of glue. It can be a bit of a problem to get the paint on there in the next step. It  really helps the paint to adhere if the glue gets a light coat of hairspray before you start to paint.

Time for painting, you are almost finished!
First paint the whole thing in a bone-ish color and let it dry. I mixed ochre, white and a tiny bit of red to geht a result I was satisfied with.
After the "bone" has dried, add the dark brown layer. I mixed ochre, black, a bit of white, a bit of green and a bit of red to get the right color. Wipe the dark paint off from the parts where the bone shows through as long as the paint is still wet. Just imagine how the deer basically does the same by rubbing his antlers against trees and fighting with other deers Wink It doesn't have to be very exact, just don't take away too much of the brown.
After the paint has dried completely, add at least one or two coats of varnish or sealer to seal your antlers and make them waterproof. If you used water soluable paint before, apply the first coat carefully.

Tadaaa, you are done!
Now you can attach your new antlers to whatever you think deserves some.

I wore mine at halloween Smiley
(the loose ends of the wire are simply woven into the hairstyle)

all pictures on flickr
You can find the tutorial is on my blog as well.

I hope everything is clear, but I guess the obscene amount of pictures will make up for the lame descriptions  Wink
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
7  EUROPE / NETHERLANDS / dutch blogs? on: March 18, 2011 11:50:26 AM
Hi everyone!

I just started to learn Dutch a few weeks ago, and I would love to practice it.
I'm from Austria, so I already speak German and English. It makes everything easier as I can read short texts and understand spoken language quite well. But as I just started, I don't really know the language well enough to use google or the like, so I would be thankful for every suggestion.

I would love to have a few crafty blogs or something to read and get to know the language better.
Are there any Dutch blogs you like? find interesting?
Or maybe youtube channels you can recommend?

I'd love to hear from you   Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / need ideas for double sided fabric on: November 07, 2010 05:02:08 PM
hi everyone!

recently i bought a nice, heavy double-knit material with a small geometric pattern.
i want to make some kind of sweater or cardigan that shows both sides of the fabric, but don't really know what to do.
i have found a few pictures online, but i know that craftsters always have the best ideas and inspiration folders.

so if you have something like that in your inspiration-folder i would love to see it  Wink
thank you for reading this!

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / jackalope (abstract taxydermy in geometric shapes) +tutorial+ on: April 09, 2010 05:35:19 AM

I made a tutorial for the antlers:

hi everyone!
i made this for my father who is a hunter, but also works a lot with autocad and stuff like that.
in fact it is a very conceptional piece, but i won't bore you with the details.
i got the basic pattern there: http://i33www.ira.uka.de/pages/Research/Projects/PaperModels/Bunny.html
it's an abstract version of the stanford bunny that i modified a bit.

it is folded of thick paper, filled with foam and then covered in a thin layer of wrinkled paper mache to give it some texture.

i also made the antlers: the left picture is from when they still were very shiny, the picture of them hanging is the final product

progress-shot and the unmodified test-bunny

the foam was a pain. i filled the head slowly – lots of layers – and about a week after it was all dry, it collapsed. damn thing … so i filled all the little hollow spots on the surface with wood cement. (read: it took hours and hours to get the damn think fixed)

comments and criticism are more than welcome!
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / discussions and questions reminder: how to ask for help? on: January 23, 2010 05:55:46 PM
i hope this is the right place i haven't found a topic like that, but i apologize if one exists. english is not my first language, so the obvious words to search for are usually not that obvious for me Smiley

i've been browsing the home sweet home section of craftster a lot lately, especally the discussion and question boards.
i've noticed, that there's lots of posts
a) with basically no information at all (hi! i moved, what can i do to fix the ugly bathroom? *end of post*)
b) never ending bla-bla, that doesn't give the needed information either (like talking a lot about where the piece they want to reupholster is from, what the price was … and ask for a how to for reupholster this special sofa without giving a picture or detailed description of the construction or material they want to use.
c) …
that's annoying …

is there a way to make a basic "how to write a request for help-thing" that's easy to see?
i know that won't solve all the problems.

it seems to me that there's a lot of not that respectful users around lately. people who don't bother to read the rules or think about where/how to post something
in a community that's as big as craftster, it's hard to get along. probably because there's always some people that are not as nice/helpful/honest … and then the "nice" ones who take the rules serios, feel disadvantaged
i just want to say that i know where the problems are, but some of them might be easy to fix.

thank you for reading this!

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