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11  J&T Challenge 2: Sea Foam Goddess in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by cyndy225 on: June 12, 2010 05:41:44 PM
Summer for me means tank tops, which means more skin for bigger necklaces. Besides sunburns (youll notice the very light skin), the first thing I think about when I think about summer is water! Where I live, that usually means the ocean, and thats exactly where I got the inspiration for this necklace!

I wanted to use up some of my supplies instead of buying anything new. The purple pearls were bought a couple years ago for a project I never got to. The green stones (possibly turquoise or agate, Im not really sure) were a thrift store find. And the stone pendant was found at the beach a few years ago. It was found perfectly shaped and even with a hole at the top for hanging. Probably my favorite beach find. This challenge was the perfect excuse to finally turn it into a necklace!

And without further ado, pictures
(sorry the color and focus are a bit off in the third pic, my mom couldn't even figure out how to turn on my camera!)

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12  Need input from the colorblind in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by cyndy225 on: June 06, 2010 11:29:20 AM
Okay, I know that sounds like a strange request, but you know those colorful dots color blind tests? If you have normal vision you should be able to read all of the numbers. If you are colorblind (depending on which colors) you may only be able to see some of the numbers.

I thought those looked really neat and tried to recreate one. These are post earrings (figured I'd tell you since you can't see the back...) The colors are a little darker than I had planned, but oh well. Now I just want to know if they work! So, for all the colorblind craftsters, can you see the numbers??

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13  California and Cinnamon Rolls in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by cyndy225 on: May 28, 2010 02:19:16 PM
Ive been working on a lot of sandwiches lately and needed a break. I had a request for California Rolls. Ive seen sushi rice done a few different ways. It requires more time after the cane is cut, but this is my take on it.

And these earrings make me really hungryI was craving sweets when I made these and have been since thenIf I make cinnamon rolls again, I think Ill do the icing a little differently, but overall Im happy. Theres real cinnamon in the filling just because.  Cheesy

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14  A couple of sandwich pendants in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by cyndy225 on: April 11, 2010 02:46:10 PM
So, last month I made my first mini sandwich the Cuban. Not a fan of sliced meat in real life, but I love miniture food! And I made a couple more...

First, let me introduce the BLT:

Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a dab of mayo all served on lightly toasted white bread.

And next there's the club:

Ham, turkey, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and mayo stacked high on three slices of lightly toasted white bread. I have a version where it's cut into four sections like a traditional club, but that was more trouble than it's worth and I don't have pictures for that yet. Sadly, the bread on this one got a little cracked...

I would love any critiques and advice. These two are glazed after baking while the Cuban earrings were not. Which way looks better? Oh, and I know the close ups of my hands arent exactly beautiful. I use them too much to keep them prim and polished! Smiley
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15  The Cuban....mini in CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES by cyndy225 on: March 03, 2010 05:27:49 AM
I recently started working at a fun little restaurant that mostly does sandwiches and hamburgers. Ive been wanting to make some polymer clay food for a while, and the only jewelry I can really wear to work is earrings. And thus the Cuban earrings came to be!

The menu says:
The Cuban
Thinly sliced ham, melted swiss cheese, dill pickles, and a dijon mayo pressed between a ciabatta roll.

Here are some of the "fresh" clay ingredients I started with. (The pickle seeds are actually sesame seeds. Everything else is clay.)

I don't have a picture of the fresh colored bread and all of the swiss was used up, but put it all together, bake at 275F for about 25-30 minutes and voila!

And it's only about an inch big. Proof of it's mininess.
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16  Re: 3 X 3 ATC gallery in The Swap Gallery by cyndy225 on: February 06, 2010 05:33:25 PM
Looks like I get to go first. I got my ATCs from TerraBella01. Here are the cards I got!

The first 3 are for my Mutts Comics theme. Arent Earl and Mooch so adorable? TerraBella01 and I decided not to send the plastic sheets, so these three get to go with my comics.

The next 3 are for my nature theme. These are awesome! Theyre sewn and embroidered. I love the fabrics, and theres some beautiful French knotting going on with the apple tree that I could never do. And I really love the fabrics!

The last 3 are for my animals theme. I love them all, and the quotes are great. They are hard to see in the group picture so I have another shot of them. If you cant see the quotes, here they are:

Cat: When my cats arent happy, Im not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know theyre just sitting there thinking up ways to get even. Percy Bysshe Shelly

This cat reminds me of my old girl who passed away last yearknocking on my bedroom door 30 minutes before I had any intention of getting out of bed. Happy reminders.

Butterfly: The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity. George Carlin

Awww  Cheesy

Birds: I dont like small birds. They hop around so merrily outside my window, looking so innocent, but I know that secretly, theyre watching my every more and plotting to beat me over the head with a large steel pipe and take my shoe. Jack Handy (SNL)

Ive had run-ins with blue jays, this is all too true!

Thank you so much TerraBella01, and hopefully yours get there soon!
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17  Zebra in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by cyndy225 on: December 10, 2009 09:22:05 AM
This guy was made from an altered horse pattern. I gave him (or her depending on the recipients choice) a different set of ears, a shorter spiky mane, and an awesome zebra tail.

Remember those spiral friendship bracelets we all made in middle school (and some of us still make now)? Well thats how the top half of the tail is winded together. Yay for trans-craft skills!

Youll notice that some of the stripes are not perfect; this is done on purpose. Zebras stripes arent perfect so I wanted some variety. Im not sure if it looks better like this or would have been better with the stripes being all the same.

Comments and advice welcome.

Booty close up
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18  Bulldog (updated with pattern) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by cyndy225 on: December 10, 2009 09:09:10 AM
This is my first stuffy made 100% without patterns! I couldnt find any patterns that had the big bulldog chest that I wanted (check out that chest!), so I made it up as I went. Hes not perfect, but Im still excited about my original pup.

Hes a Christmas present made as an Air Force squadron mascot for a family friend.

The collar spikes are little screws (either from a computer or broken Playstation).

My notes got a little confusing when I started pulling stuff apart and changing stuff. I tried to fix the things that didnt make sense, but it hasnt been tested yet. If anyone makes him, please let me know how it turns out and if you find any mistakes in the pattern. Also, let me know if anything is hard to understand. And use him for what you will, but please give credit where credit is due.


Circle: You can make a circle/ring your favorite way. My favorite way is to do Ch 2 and put the SC into the first stitch.
Inc: All increases in this pattern are 2 SC increases.
Dec: All decreases in this pattern are 2 SC decreases.

Leave strings on the body parts after finishing off to attach them to the body.

Body and head (one piece, remember to stuff before closing!):
1) Circle 6 (favorite way or chain 2 and 6 SC into 2nd chain from needle) [6]
2) Inc in each SC [12]
3) {SC, Inc}x6 [18]
4) {2 SC, Inc}x6 [24]
5) {3 SC, Inc}x6 [30]
6-11) SC around [30]
12) {SC, Inc}x4, 22 SC [34]
13-20)SC around [34]
21) {2 SC, Dec}x4, 18 SC [30]
22) SC around [30]
23) 16 SC, {SC, Inc}x5, 4 SC [35]
24) {SC, Dec}x4, 23 SC [31]
25) {3 SC, Dec}x6, SC [25]
26) 4 Dec, 4 SC, Inc, {SC, Inc}x4, 4 SC [26]
27) 8 SC {2 SC, Inc}x6 [32]
28-31) SC around [32]
32) 8 SC, {2 SC, Dec}x6 [26]
33) SC around [26]
34) 8 SC, {SC, Dec}x6 [20]
35) 8 SC, 6 Dec [14]
36) Dec, 4 SC, {Dec}x4 [9]
37) Dec around and finish off

Leg (I put pellets in the feet to help him stand):
1) Circle 4
2) Inc in each SC [8]
3) Inc in each SC [16]
4) 6 Inc, 10 SC [22]
5) SC around [22]
6) 7 Dec, 6 SC, Dec [14]
7) 5 Dec, 2 SC, Dec [8]
Back Legs (make 2):
8-13) SC around [8]
Front Legs (make 2):
8-11) SC around [8]

Ears (make 2):
1) Circle 4
2) {SC, Inc}x2 [6]
3) {SC, Inc}x3 [9]
4-5) SC around [9]

Cheeks (make 2):
1) Ch 10, turn
2) starting in 2nd ch from needle: 3 SC, 3 Inc, 3 SC, turn [12]
3)  Ch 1, 5 SC, 2 Inc, 5 SC, turn [14]
4) Ch 1, SC across [14]

This depends on how short/long and curly/straight you want your tail.
Start with a short chain (about 4-8 stitches), turn, and randomly Inc on the way back.

Putting it together:
The legs, ears, and tail should be pretty obvious (looking at pictures should help).
For the cheeks, figure out where you want the top of the nose to be and hold one edge of the Ch 10 there (the Ch 10 is going to be the top of the cheek). Stretch the cheek along the face so that the other edge is straight against the base of the head/ top of the neck. Pin or hold in place while sewing along the edges and top. Repeat with the other side. Remember, they will meet in the middle, but this will be covered by the nose.
Embroider/ glue on facial features and accessories.

Any comments or advice are welcome!
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19  Colorful Cheesecake in Dessert by cyndy225 on: August 08, 2009 08:30:42 AM
I just had to try it out after seeing https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193137.0
I used a recipe of my own, but I did try out the brownie crust (that's the brown up the sides). It's yummy but I think I prefer the regular graham cracker crust. I used my three favorite colors  Grin

When I started cutting I was thinking more about eating and less about pictures. Sorry I don't have any pictures of the inside!
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20  glasses, mini dominoes, and four leaf clovers in What the heck can I do with THIS? by cyndy225 on: August 07, 2009 03:08:01 PM
I seem to have collected a few things that need to be put to good use. These are my favorites at the moment.

They're all for different types of drinks, but I honestly can't remember which is for what. I have four each of the two smaller ones and two of the taller ones. All of the glasses are fairly small, the smallest at about 4 inches tall and the tallest at just of 6 inches. I think I might also have some larger single glasses around somewhere. I think candles would look nice in them, but I wouldn't really use them. Anyone have any ideas that would turn them into something functional for a non-drinker?

I got these at a local Good Will. They were just too cute to resist. I've seen some neat jewelry with the regular sized dominoes, but I wouldn't know where to get started. Do you think these would be too hard to put holes through from side to side? Also, I'd like to hear if anyone has any other ideas for them.

And last but not least for now, when looking through old photo albums with my mom, I came across my collection of four leaf clovers! I had collected these over 10 years ago and there's at least 25 dried clovers in there. I just think it's so awesome that I found them, but I can't think of anything to do with them. Any ideas?
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