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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 on: July 13, 2017 02:48:20 PM
I'm not sure yet what I want to abandon...I've been getting into yarn bombs but that's more like art installation and not something you can really take home with you. The last round I did some fun little figurines and shrines that seemed to get a good response. Prayer flags would be a cool thing to abandon, and I know those are popular around these parts  Smiley Maybe some ATCs too. The sky is really the limit on this - I like to think of what would be easy to transport for the abandoner, and also what would be really cool to find as the finder. And also what I feel in the mood to make  Cheesy Ooh, abbee another idea could be woodburned spoon wands! Those would be cool to find  Cheesy
12  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: A giant mosaic project to break my crafting dry spell on: July 13, 2017 02:40:25 PM
wow, really amazing work. I love how the whole piece imitates/furthers the very center piece. You make me want to try my hand at mosaics! Does it have a pricey star-up cost?

Thank you!

Start up costs on mosaics....well let me see if I can break down what this costs, to give you an idea...

The grout was approx. $15 for a tub (which has been enough for 2 large projects thus far with a little left over)(though I just bought a different brand directly from the hardware store and that costs $10 for about 3 times the amount so go figure) - grout can come cheap.

I've found glass tiles to run the range of prices but it really depends on how much you need. For this project I paid about $12 for the tiles I used and had some left over.

Then the rest is all found object stuff so that really depends on what you want to use. I did buy some of the foreign coins off etsy, but you could do something similar with whatever you have on hand.

I used E6000 glue and used up about a bottle and half which I bought at Joann's for $5 a pop (though really it was cheaper because I had coupons).

I think the main investment in mosaics is probably your nippers to cut the glass and ceramic pieces but you can get those at the hardware store too, and I think they ran about $10 - $15. Not bad at all.

Oh and the backing board I used I got from the thrift store for $3.

So long story short, you can keep costs down in a lot of different ways. Another great source for material is the dollar store. They have flat back marbles that are great for mosaics, and cheap ceramic plates that can be cut up too. I have a stack of dollar  and thrift store plates I've been collecting that will end up in a mosaic project somewhere down the line.  Smiley

Hope that helps!
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HP - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap - Round 2 GALLERY on: July 08, 2017 07:21:12 PM
I'm so happy you like it Ant Bee! It was so fun to craft for you  Grin

Awesome first package! I love the drawn pixie and the Hufflepuff towel.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: July 08, 2017 06:08:28 PM
Thanks bunny!

Here's another mosaic I did for swap that's been received..I sealed in text from some Harry Potter books under the flat marbles with packing tape and the effect turned out really cool.

I also sent a Slytherin themed sun catcher which of course is hard to capture via pictures.

15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 - swap sign ups now posted! on: July 08, 2017 06:27:32 AM

Years ago there was an Abandoned Art swap and I'd love to see another one get off the ground!

Here's the discussion and gallery threads.

Who's in?!  Cheesy I'd be willing to organize - maybe a couple of weeks of sign ups in late July/early August, a month for crafting, and then send outs early September? The last swap required 5 small pieces of art to be sent to your partner to be abandoned plus an extra for your partner to keep  Smiley...
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-until the END OF TIME on: July 07, 2017 12:15:01 PM
Haha, I am finally feeling some crafty mojo flowing and have figured out how to modify it to fit the hoopla requirement here. I'm excited to work it out, get it posted, and be in the swing of things.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: July 07, 2017 04:39:09 AM
Catching up on a few things I've managed to make this year (I'm determined to step up my crafting game)..

Giant mosaic project for me  Smiley
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452493.msg5447599#msg5447599 Link for lots more detail pictures.

And while technically these yarnbombs were made last year I finally put them out! So I'm counting it!

I got a couple more things to post once a swap package has been received. And getting excited about yarnbombing again I'm in the middle of making a few more to take with me on some adventures coming up. We'll see if it takes me another year to put them out haha.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: July 05, 2017 06:58:39 AM
I have been utterly wretched on the crafting front this year...and the posting and commenting as well. I'm really trying to shake this off and get my mojo going so here I am. I'm skeptical that I'll hit 50 crafted items for this year (I've done it the last 4 years running I think) but I'm not focusing on that as much as just trying to enjoy getting back into the community. That being said I do have a few things to share later when I have pictures.  Smiley

I have been lurking though and love what everyone is doing! CLM - you have exploded on the crochet foods! I've recently gotten re-excited about yarn bombing, and if you are ever not sure what to do with your crocheted stuff, I know you could turn it into some great fun yarn bombs in a heartbeat  Cheesy I know whenever I see street art unexpectedly it always brings a smile to my face.

Fluffypants! I bow to you and your culinary skills! How exciting to be in the running for the Bake off! I love that show so much and I'm sure the Canadian version is just as good. Your food looks amazing!
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Fused Fabric Puppy Portrait on: July 03, 2017 04:02:49 AM
This turned out great! I love the mix of fabrics you used, and they all come together to make a very recognizable portrait  Grin I could definitely see a market for this sort of thing on etsy. Good luck if you decide to take the plunge!
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Fish Hoop on: July 03, 2017 03:59:33 AM
This is so great! I love the colors, placement, patterning on the fish...fantastic!  Cheesy
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