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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Window --> Coffee Table on: August 20, 2009 11:59:56 PM
Haven't posted in awhile but it's summer and I've had a lot of time.

Last month I came across a set of windows at a yard sale, for FREE! Even though I had nothing in particular in mind to do with them, I couldn't pass them up.

So, I'm moving into a new apartment in a week, and this apartment, being a serious upgrade from my old apartment, actually has room for a coffee table (i.e., NOT A STUDIO!). But that doesn't mean I have the budget for anything besides an 80's thrift store monstrosity. Yes, there are diamonds in the rough, but I didn't feel like looking. I've spent enough time at thrift stores lately as it is.

After seeing this blog post (http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/08/before-after-renees-door-turned-table.html), inspiration struck. I decided I could part with an old Target stool that could be taken apart. It had two holes in each leg already, and so I figured out what size I needed and went to the hardware store.

I got 8 carriage bolts, 1/4" diameter and 2.5" long, and 8 nuts. They only had the chrome finish, or else I would've gotten copper or brass. Oh well. I think it looks industrial.

So basically I just drilled corresponding holes in the window to match up with the ones that were already on the stool/table legs, making sure to drill on the side of the window that I wanted to be facing up (it looks neater). From there it was just simple assembly: bolt, window, leg, nut, and then a good tighten.

I like it! Unfortunately, it wil be somewhat delicate...drinks only! It's only a single pane window and therefore not meant to hold stacks of books or anything. But as long as we don't use it as a footrest too often, I think it'll be okay.

(Cell phone pictures are ugly...sorry!)

2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Catholic pendants/relics? on: May 02, 2008 11:23:32 AM
So, one day at a Catholic thrift store, I picked up a small Ziploc bag full of postage-stamp sized (give or take some centimeters) Catholic...objects for $1. They were too interesting to pass up. But, what to do with them?

I scanned them all together rather than take individual pictures:

(clicking the pictures will enlarge them)

and here are the backs of the ones that have alternate graphics on the backs:

I think I would like to display them, but any ideas having to do with display or otherwise will be much appreciated!

P.S. The one on the far right, top row in the second picture...that small brown square appears to me to be a relic. Anyone agree? I can't read the Latin.

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Dig! (+ Marilyn canvas, just added) on: September 27, 2005 08:04:23 PM
I made this shirt for a friend of mine awhile ago and it didn't turn out quite as well as I'd hoped (slight bleeding where I can't even figure out what happened), but I decided it would be a waste of a helluva lot of time to not give it to him (the lettering took ages). So I sent it to him after having a stare-down with it for weeks, and he loved it, so all's well.

(Click away!)

Anyway, Dig! is a documentary about two semi-rival bands, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The shirt features the frontman of each band, Courtney Taylor-Taylor on the left and Anton Newcombe on the right. I highly recommend Dig!, it's an awesome film, as well as the music of both the Dandys and the BJM.

Also, I usually use the island technique where you just cut out whole islands and just iron them on separately (I used freezer paper), so I did that for this shirt. NOT A GOOD IDEA with so many islands...I about went crazy trying to match each little island with the letter it belonged to as I didn't bother to separate them out, either (also a bad, bad idea). I should've used bridges. So, just a word of advice, don't try to do your islands separately if you've got a ton. Learn from my borderline mental breakdown.

Ah, and! I can't remember if I posted this or not, but I think I didn't, so I might as well now. I made this canvas for a friend's birthday, just simplified the Warhol screenprint (first canvas and first time using spray adhesive, ever). The general consensus on the lips is undecided...some people love them, some people think they look like those wax lips, totally out of place. Personally, I think they turned out sort of fun, but I'd love to hear some other opinions.

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / A little recruitment on: July 28, 2005 11:37:38 PM
Okay. I'm not sure if this is frowned upon here at Craftster, but I'm desperate.

I just found what I think is an amazing graphic and I would absolutely LOVE to have a t-shirt of it. I'm a stenciler, and it's already a stencil, but I don't have the patience or skill necessary to cut it out and have it closely resemble the original. So I figured silk screening might be the solution. Only problem is, I don't silk screen. So...I was wondering if I could possibly hire someone to screen it for me? I'd send you a t-shirt and you could name your price for materials, postage and labor. If it's within reason, I'd be more than happy to pay well, since I'm looking for a quality silk screening job. So...any takers?

Thanks so much. The graphic I'm talking about can be found here. Photobucket resized it, but I have the bigger, original version.

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / "Young lady, what is your name?" "Mrs. Mia Wallace." on: July 27, 2005 03:56:03 PM
Last night's creation:

A couple of other shirts:

The infamous K Shield from the record label, K Records. Simple but I like it.

Pretty self-explanatory, huh?

The Decemberists...

...which is really green like in this ^ picture.

I made the Mia and Cat stencils with my super cool new 30-day Photoshop trial and the Decemberists with a Sharpie and some Wite Out. Yay.

[Cross-posted to stencilxcore and my own journal]
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I think this shirt is terribly clever on: July 07, 2005 05:56:58 PM
Okay, so, a while ago I was perusing the Stenciling Questions/Ideas forum and came across this thread. I decided to make the shirt since I really, really love the idea. Like I said, the idea's not mine, but the execution more or less, is. Big thanks to MegNKyle. Click the thumbnail for an enlarged version.

Yeah, the lettering bled a little, but...the Yellow Submarine font was kinda hard. Comment away.

Oh yes, one last thing. I'm not really blaming the break-up of the Beatles on Yoko, it's all in good fun.

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / A few, not a ton, but a few on: June 13, 2005 09:35:18 PM
It's summer. I'm bored. So this is what I've been doing.

Harold and Maude...

and the back

A bandish thing I like, Little Wings. The shield in the corner is for K Records, the company he's signed to. It's a little messy and my first real light-on-dark, so I might outline everything in black.

Warhol...purple on white, sorry about the color distortion.

Eh, not so happy with this one...it's alright except you can't really tell it's Bjork. Blah.

Comment, critique, I love you all.

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Well, it was SUPPOSED to be comic gold... on: April 05, 2005 09:07:07 PM
So. I cut the stencil out in about 10 or 15 minutes, and threw the whole thing together in, cumulative time...maybe half an hour. And it shows. But the lines are pretty clean and I think some of you might like the idea, so I'm posting it anyway:


BOB SAGET! Please tell me if you didn't recognize him, I'm debating about whether or not to redo it and I'd really like complete honesty about if I'm going to look like an idiot wearing that out of the house. You know, "Who is that...? Ooh...well, I guess I sort of see it...hmm..."


9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Even more Royal Tenenbaums paraphernalia... on: March 24, 2005 09:34:23 PM

Probably my most successful stencil to date. Clean lines, even if Margot's eyes are little wonky. Freezer paper...oh, freezer paper. You can't say enough about it.

Anyway, I was wondering, do you think I need to add text? I was thinking maybe along the bottom hem, but I'm bad with lettering, so it'd have to be pretty short. But I'd appreciate any ideas.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / All sorts of mosaic-making questions...I need help! on: December 18, 2004 10:33:45 AM
Hi. I have to do a big project for school where we have to do something we've never done before and I've always wanted to mosaic, so I decided that this is a way to start.

Going off of THIS tutorial, I have some questions:

  • If I want to do a big mosaic (like 2'x3'), would I be able to do it successfully as a beginning project? I'm planning on putting maybe 20 hours into it, so I'll be careful.
  • When wiping off grout on a big project like that, would I do it all at once or section-by-section?
  • As a beginner, are simple pictures difficult?
  • If I put a picture on the back of big clear flat marbles, and sealed the hell out of them, do you think they'd hold up in the mosaic?
  • If I didn't do it on a tabletop or anything and instead just did it on maybe a piece of plywood, would the sides inevitably turn out really rough-looking?

I know these questions are really specific and maybe not the easiest to answer, but I'm trying to figure things out so my first try isn't disastrous and I don't waste half my materials. Thank you so much!

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