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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Barack BEAN-bama (High in IMG fiber) on: October 02, 2008 12:21:26 PM
This is my first challenge entry, I hope you all approve!  Undecided

Back story: I'm kind of a political junkie and completely obsessed with this election. I decided my craft would be a bean mosaic in support of Barack Obama. If you don't like Senator Obama, please look past that and just appreciate / comment on the craft. Thanks!

Inspiration: I wanted to make a bean representation of the oh-so cool poster by Shepard Fairey. I'm sure you've seen it around. If not, here is the artist's official website: http://obeygiant.com/post/obama

According to my 1966 Better Homes and Gardens guide to Stitchery and Crafts: Seeds, glue, and imagination are all you need to do seed mosaics. They forgot to mention patience and a ridiculous amount of time.

Store Supplies:
about 2 pounds Black Beans
about 2 pounds Red Beans
about 2 pounds Pink Beans (too bad there were no baby blue beans)
about 1 pound Lentils
about 1 pound Navy Beans, Navy Beans, NAVY BEANS

Total: I spent a little less than $11 at WinCo (If you don't know WinCo, they sell low cost groceries and the bulk bins are crazy cheap)

Home Supplies:
Cheap old frame missing glass (I knew there was a reason I couldn't throw it away)
Bottle of Elmer's Multi-Purpose Glue
Krylon Crystal Clear Coat

Day One: Slow Going
I was so excited to start, but after 5 hours of laying out my design and gluing beans, I've only gone this far:

I'm ready to cry/quit

Days Two and Three: It's coming together
Watched some old movies and glued beans like a mad woman.

I'm very pleased with the tie.

Days Four - Huh?: Taking an artistic break
I was concerned about filling in the facial details... so I put it off as long as possible. At this point I kind of took a break, occasionally gluing a bean here and there.

Day Yesterday: Craftster now accepting submissions!
I had to finish this thing! But I still put off the eyes because they were going to be hard

Day Today: It is finished!

Just in time for the VP Debate!


Picture measures 16x20

Function: To get out the vote, inspire discussion, and act as my Obama poster since they were a limited edition run and I couldn't get one.

I ended up buying way too many beans, and actually only needed about a half pound of each type. I think I'll make bean soup out of the extra 6 pounds of beans. It's going to be a long winter.

While the mosaic is far from perfect, I'm very pleased with how it came out. If I had to do it again I would not use the lentils, as I had the hardest time keeping them propped up. The other beans were much easier to use.

Thanks for looking. I hope you all enjoy and don't forget to vote! (for this challenge and on election day!)
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Gnome Sweet Gnome on: September 18, 2008 12:58:30 PM
To begin, I must confess a love of gnomery. It started with a classy gnome named Atticus, and has morphed into multiple gnome figurines, plant stakes, plates, books, stickers... It's too big for me to stop now.

Anywhoo, a while back I discovered a funky unfinished 2 tier side table at a garage sale. It sat in my garage, waiting for inspiration to strike. After several months, I finally realized... TOADSTOOLS!

Unfortunately I didn't take any before pictures. Just imagine it not painted:

Here's a view from the side so you can see the 2 tierness of it:

A view from the top:

My gnomes approve!:

*Atticus is the big guy in the back, wearing glasses, soooo pensive!

I know this paint treatment has been done by several crafters before, but I just thought it complimented the tables funky shape.

I hope you like it.
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