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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Star Wars Diaper Bag *pic heavy* on: July 11, 2015 03:20:07 PM
A friend of mine wanted a geeky diaper bag so I promised to make one for her. Here is the final result. It has 14 pockets total- 6 outer pockets and 8 inner. I designed it myself and made it all according to the measurements I marked out. The 6 outer pockets include one large slip pocket (perfect for a laptop, notebook or changing pad) on the back, 3 small slip pockets on the front, an elastic bottle pocket on the side and a velcro flap pocket on the other side. The inner pockets include a zipper pocket, 3 small slip pockets and a medium slip pocket, a diapers and wipes pocket (could be used for other things though) and two more bottle pockets with elastic. There is still lots of open space in the center for lots of other stuff. The inner bag measurements are approximately 15" x 4" x 10". There is no closure on the flap so it can be left open or flopped over an overstuffed diaper bag (because mammas know they fill up fast).

Right now it just has a bunch of random stuff in it, but I plan on packing it full with things she can use for baby too.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro clothing and accessories projects plus some geekery too... on: July 11, 2015 02:10:49 PM
Hey all, I haven't posted much in a while so this is a bit of stuff I've made for myself lately.

This is my most favorite recent creation. My Wonder Woman skirt! I bought all I could find of this fantastic fabric which wasn't much but it was enough to make this gorgeous circle skirt, which I trimmed with yellow bias tape.

So next a couple accessories- a fur stole and fascinator. I did not make the dress in this . It was on sale and I couldn't resist splurging on a pre-made item for myself. But it was for Christmas so I needed something to warm it up a bit.

I've been making skirts and leggings for myself for a while now but I just finished my first blouse for this last Easter. I also made the skirt to go along with it. I made the pattern for the blouse off of my measurements and was quite pleased with the outcome. I love the neckline the most!

I'm working on some new stuff too so hope to post a couple new skirts in a couple weeks Smiley

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Milk and Cookies necklace on: March 22, 2015 10:02:24 PM
Yet another project where I only got cell phone shots before it was whisked away to a friend. Sorry.

Anyway, I made each of the cookie beads and the center pieces and used a high gloss on the center piece. Yet another piece that I am thrilled with the outcome and can barely wait to see my friend wear it. These themed statement necklaces are really working their way into my heart and I am having a hard time not wanting to spend all my free time making more lol...

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Galaxy Necklace on: March 11, 2015 10:12:27 PM
My newest fandom themed project Wink

Again, all I took was phone photos before this shipped to a friend for a birthday present. I am severely sad I don't have better photos. And this is just an small photo collage Sad

This took me about 2 episodes of Castle to make (when I watch my shows I get distracted and don't work as fast). It wasn't particularly skill tasking. But the layout of my star/galaxy placement took a bit. And the painting of the TARDIS took a little time because I don't have a super steady hand. Lots of touching up and removing paint and covering and multiple layers haha.

Anyway, I found these fantastic sparkly beads that complimented the large statement piece well. They have an AB finish on one side of them so they are black with a bit of blue/green and gold to them. I imbedded silver micro beads and glitter in the galaxy base and then painted with craft acryllics using my fingers and a toothbrush for splattering. It was a fun project and I loved the end result. I will most likely make another for myself. I can't stand when something turns out this pretty and I can't have it myself lol.

I hope everyone likes it! My friend already said they are thrilled by it lol. Oh, and the windows and the light on the TARDIS are glow in the dark!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Xenomorph necklace on: February 27, 2015 12:23:09 PM
I had a friend request an adult xenomorph necklace after seeing my chestburster necklace. So at first I was just going to attempt the head because I really didn't want to spend an enormous amount of time doing the full thing. But then I remembered a Tatty Devine t-rex necklace I saw years ago and got a bit inspired to try something similar with the layout of the necklace. And thus, it was born!

Also, these are simple phone pics because I was impatient. I loaned it to a professional high fashion photographer friend of mine because he wants to shoot a model wearing it. Hopefully I can add some really cool shots from him later! Until then, I tried to get some decent shots with just my phone.

Every bit of this was hand sculpted and took me about 5 hours work time (not including curing or drying time).

So here is a WIP pic. This was while I was still in the stages of coming up with something for just the head because I was being lazy lol...

This is after all the pieces were finished. I decided that the straight black didn't allow for the details to truly pop like they should. So I opted for a dry brushing of a very dark brown paint. It was just enough to make the details stand out and not get drowned in the sea of black. It still maintained its industrial look so it was a success!

Glossed, assembled, finished! Detail shots and an image of me wearing it just to show the size. I am about 5' 6" so it makes for a great statement style necklace.

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Supernatural Statement Necklace on: November 18, 2014 08:00:29 AM
The hubby and I have been watching Supernatural together lately. We never got on the band wagon when it first started but we started a few months ago and are on season 5. I wanted to make a themed statement necklace and this is what I came up with. I am sure I will add to it as I go further into the seasons or I may make a new one with different things on it once it comes time.

So the charms include a salt and burn bottle charm, a knife charm, a gun charm, Jons notebook (complete with tiny paperclips and random articles/papers sticking out messily), the license plate of the Impala, a slice of pie and a black angel wing. I also use shiny black faux pearls to symbolize demon eyes. I am quite thrilled with how it came out. The gun and knife charms were not made by me but I made all of the other charms, even the little tiny match is made out of clay.

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Labyrinth Door Knockers on: October 13, 2014 08:00:06 AM

So a friend of mine who loves my Labyrinth door knocker earrings asked if I could do a life sized version of them. Why not I thought to myself! I always enjoy a challenge. 15 hours later and about $50 in supplies...

My husband kept saying he was sorry to see them go but I promised him I would make a set for our home for Halloween decorations and now that I've tackled it once, I am positive that I can do it a second time even better.

A little tidbit on how I made them. I got wooden plaques from the craft store to sculpt onto. I used an aluminum foil armature as a large starter and covered in a thick layer of polymer. Then I slowly started to add the details in- the cheeks first, the noses, the mouths and eyes, the ears and horns and then all the swirly detailed parts around the edge. I dusted it all with gold pearlized powder and since I used black clay, it gave it the start to a wonderful metallic base. I followed up with a dry brushing mix of gold paint and copper toned paint all over. I had originally wanted a thicker wire or something for the knocking part but it didn't work out. Next time around I plan on using some pex tubing and heating it to make it flexible and shaping it clamping it for a few hours to cool completely so that it can be used instead of wire. On these, I couldn't do much of a heavier weight wire because it would be difficult to shape without metal working tools which I don't have. And the donut looking piece at the bottom of the wire was a sort of quick thing as I didn't have time to do a very detailed bit and after 15 hours, I was kind of at the end lol. But it turned out well in my opinion. I used 4- 8 oz blocks of premo black polymer clay for this! Next time I think I will make them a bit bigger if I can find bigger plaques and will probably use one or two more 8 oz blocks. Feel free to comment, critique or ask questions.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with bleaching my leggings... on: September 22, 2014 07:36:18 PM
I made a pair of leggings for my daughter today with some black ponte. I wanted to create a galaxy effect on them so after some research I got out my bleach and spray bottle and mixed one part water to two parts bleach (everything I have seen shows to mix with water). I sprayed them a few times and again, everything I have seen says to give it 5-15 minutes for the bleach to do its magic. Well I sprayed them over 30 minutes ago and checked after 10 minutes and absolutely nothing. I sprayed again, more liberally and still no lightening at all. I bought my bleach at the dollar store so maybe it is weak but I don't want to use straight bleach and ruin the fibers of my leggings. The ponte is a fairly thick breed and rather sturdy. I wanted that specifically because I knew the bleach would weaken the fabric some anyway and I wanted warm leggings for her for the fall and winter. But for the life of me, I cannot figure out why I am seeing no difference in the color of my fabric. Should I spray straight bleach? It is already giving me a headache from the smell so I don't want to overdo it if I don't have to.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need advice for painting smooth shoes on: September 06, 2014 02:00:33 PM
So I am working on these horror heels that I have planned on doing for some time. They will be pretty creepy by the time it is all said and done. I am working with a 2 part epoxy clay right now. When it cures it is rock hard, will stick to whatever it is sculpted onto sturdily and is waterproof. Most of the surface of the shoes will be covered in it but there will be some random places where wounds will be where there will be exposed parts of the original shoe. My plan is to paint these parts to look gory but I am not sure what I should be using to paint a smooth surface.

This is only to give an idea of the smoothness of the shoes. They are far from being done!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / TARDIS police box belt buckle on a galaxy background on: September 02, 2014 06:59:41 PM
So I don't often do just one project at a time but when the kids went down for their naps today, I thought about a belt buckle I wanted to make. Lo and behold, I finished it with just enough time to take pics before they awoke. It was my first time doing a galaxy/nebula painting and I really love how it turned out. There will definitely be some different themes going on with future ones...

I still need to put a top coat on it for protective reasons but otherwise, it is done.

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