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1  The Hammer of the Gods in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Empress Penguin on: August 05, 2009 09:05:17 PM
For those of you who aren't familiar with Norse mythology, Mjolnir is the legendary Hammer of Thor. It was a war weapon but also it was invoked symbolically to sanctify home and marriage. I love mythology I wanted my own Mjolnir pendant. Traditionally, it is made to look something like the ones on this page:

They are usually made for men to wear, and didn't really suit my tastes. So I got up my courage and decided to make one. I've never used beads in crafts before, I've never done anything with wire and I've never made jewelry before.  What I ended up with is this:

I like the colors, and the idea, but unfortunately it's not very well done. Eh well, I'll keep trying and maybe eventually I'll make a new one.
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2  DIY rifle makeover in Completed Projects by Empress Penguin on: January 16, 2009 03:28:54 AM
This year I bought my SO a new rifle for Christmas; it as a WASR 2, which is a filtered down version of an AK-74 (update to the more familiar AK-47)

We started with this:

First off, the stock was ugly! And all the woodwork was rough and barely finished, which is typical for this type of rifle. So we gave the stock away to a good home and acquired one that was more fitting for this type of rifle.

Then I sanded it down really smooth, so that it was like satin. We stained it with Minwax Wood Finish in Colonial Maple and rubbed on a thin layer of polyurethane. That gave us this:

The final step was the most trying. This gun was manufactured during the Clinton gun ban, so it had only a 10 round magazine. The magazine that really goes with this is a much larger 30-rounder. So after ordering some of the larger magazines in East German orange Bakelite, an hour's worth of feverish, nervous Dremel work ensued to open up the hole for the magazine to go into. When all is said and done, we had this:

I'm rather proud of it, and it's our first project we've done together. It was fun and easy and I'd do it all again. Except the Dremel part. That made me very nervous.

If you like this, there is a muuuch more detailed description over here:
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3  Ugly chandelier reborn in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Empress Penguin on: November 03, 2008 12:02:46 AM
I have a nasty, 70's looking mobile home chandelier in my apartment's dining space. So after some grumbling, I got bored today and sort of...helped it. The only thing I bought was a string of plastic beads at Ikea for $0.99, the rest is stuff I had sitting around. There are coins hanging off the beads, and the leaves are gel window clings. In the center is a gold cupid hanging from a chain that is a section of an ugly necklace. I also wrapped shiny bronze ribbon around the chain at the top. It's headed over the top, and I'm in search of more crap to hang off it. I'm sorry that the picture is not the best, as it's very difficult to photograph a lighting fixture that is in use and that part of my apartment doesn't get enough natural light to take a photo without having the light on.

Behold the tacky.
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