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21  Bounty of Beautiful Butterflies in CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES by cyndy225 on: July 02, 2009 11:50:38 AM
Hi Everyone!

I've been taking pictures of butterflies all spring and have a few from previous years, and I figured it was time I put them to good use. I started with printing the butterflies on transparencies to let them be double sided and let the light shine through like ClearCutCrafts2007's awesome butterflies (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218597.0). I liked the way they came out but they missed a lot of the details, so I also printed them out on photo paper and used both!

There's also a dragonfly in there just for fun. All of the photos are mine, including the mushrooms. The backgrounds are paint samples and the items are random odds and ends from my collections. I wanted a mix of nature and shiny. Pinokeeo will recognize a couple of items that she sent me (Thanks again!). If anyone has any questions about what they see or if anyone wants to know what the different types of butterflies are, feel free to ask (I'll just be slow to reply, vacation weekend!)

Some closeups of my favorites:
The monarch:
I put the transparency over the photo on this one, gave it a cool effect that didn't work as well on the others.

The Buckeye:
The photo caught some stray hot glue, shhhh, I'll fix that later.

The Tiger Swallowtail:
The prettiest butterfly I've seen this season, I think.

I've finished all of the squares, but I have one more step planned. I'm going to put magnets on the backs of all the squares and on canvases (that's what they're lying on now) so I can put them on the wall, but still move them around and change the arrangement.

And just for fun: The monarch wasn't spreading its wings enough for me to get a really good shot from the back, but it was still beautiful and this is a much better picture than the one I used in the project.

This is my first challenge, so we'll see how I stack up. And don't forget to vote for your favorite!

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22  Re: Tree Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cyndy225 on: April 02, 2009 04:44:56 PM
I don't think you should worry.  That's one thing that is so wonderful about the subject of this swap... it can be interpreted in so many ways.  I know I would enjoy the bright colorful creations or something more "natural" looking.  I'm sure your partner will love what you made.

I promise she does! Sorry for the wait, I didn't think I should skip work...

The first thing I noticed were all of these boxes...In the first one I found this little stowaway. (sorry for the blurry pic, hard to photograph someone who's running away from you.)

And then...

Clockwise from the bottom we have magnolia pods, cedar cone roses, cedar cone petals, fir cones, and buckeye seeds, right? I have no idea what I'm going to do with them yet, but I love them! They're a great addition to my random boxes and jars of nature. And the boxes they came in were handmade (I was having so much fun with the seeds and cones, I forget to take a picture of the outside of the boxes). Now I really want to find a good way to display everything. Oh, and there were some apple seeds from her own trees included  Grin

And now the group shot of everything else.

A wall hanging with a poem from one my favorite poets (only to be beaten by Lewis Carroll), and check out the beautiful picture in the middle! It's really neat how she used the back of an old Oriental style calendar.

I'm wearing the earrings right now  Cheesy.

And I love the necklace too, you just have no idea how much fun I'm having with the earrings. They blend and flow into my hair just enough to make them look like they're supposed to be there. (not going to show off my sick face)

The extras! I love them both! The little boxes were handpainted by her friend and the pendant is a scrabble pendant! I've wanted one for a while and this one is just so cute! (and great colors too)

And now Pinokeeo's probably wondering why I'm waiting so long to show the large she made, but I'm saving the best for last. OK, I want everyone to think about this for a second, think about those flimsy, breakable pine needles and wonder with mehow on earth did she make such a beautiful and strong basket from them! (Her secret is the finish on it, but the amazement still holds)

It's not too big, about the size of my hand, and it smells really really good. Seriously though, you have to see it in person to witness the awesomeness.

Pinokeeo, thank you so much for everything! The nature items and jewelry were an especially great fit with me, the wall hanging is beautiful and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the basket!
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23  Re: Tree Swap Round 2! FINISHED! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cyndy225 on: February 26, 2009 06:28:51 PM
A friend of mine is on the never-ending quest to build a squirrel proof birdfeeder. All he's doing is building smarter squirrels. Wink

I was testing out my new camera lens today and thought you guys would appreciate this. I started this little spruce tree from a seed about 14 months ago.

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24  Rose pendants in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by cyndy225 on: February 26, 2009 12:06:23 PM
These are my recent clay pendants and my first time making roses in clay. The skulls are bone, but everything else is clay. I found a really old metallic powders for ceramics at an estate sale. Theyre just like mica powders but I got them for almost nothing Cheesy. Anyway, this is also my first time playing around with mica powders and Im not sure how that went.

I forgot to take pictures with a size reference, but theyre between 1 1.5 inches or 3 4 cm for our metric folks.

This is my most recent and my favorite! My roses keep getting bigger the more I makeI dont really like the way the roses look so connected on the right hand side. I think Id like them to look a bit more distinct. To seal or not to seal? Do you think it would be better as is or with a protective clear coat?

This one was hard to take pictures of and I kind of went overboard with purple sheen, but I do like the colors.

This pendant was for my mom for V-day. These were my first roses and my first time playing around with the powders. Those powders have a mind of their own!

Any advice on better roses or making them look better together on the pendants? Any ideas for more designs with the roses? Any color combinations you think would look great with the skulls? And any other general opinions or advice?

Im still not sure if I should be posting these in the jewelry or poly clay sections, but since the focus is on the roses Im putting it here.
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25  Clay necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by cyndy225 on: February 16, 2009 03:17:05 PM
These are a couple of necklaces I made for my mom for last Christmas.

They're both made of polymer clay, with a little gold or silver painted details. The four leaf clover one also has some glass beads, but the leaf one is all clay beads made by me. I think it may be hard to tell from the picture, but the leaf one is made with brown and a glittery blue clay. 

I'm still new to posting and wasn't sure if they should be here or in the poly clay section since the pendants and beads are handmade. (just let me know if it should be moved!)


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26  dragon pendants (first Craftster project posting!) in Get Product and Website Opinions by cyndy225 on: January 29, 2009 07:46:54 AM
Hi all, this is my first time posting a project here so sorry if the pictures are way too big or small or upside down...
I'd like to start selling on Etsy and was looking for a project that is relatively easy to make but looks awesome and this is what I came up. The dragons are made of polymer clay with wire and glass details and they're wrapped around a painted wooden Japanese shrine gate (and so the dragons are also Japanese, 3 toes!). The wire at the top has hole for stringing a chain. I would appreciate any criticism (good or bad) and advice about trying them out on Etsy. On to pics!

this was the first one of the series

you probably can't tell from the picture, but this one's sparkly from the light blue clay Cheesy

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