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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first attempt at jewelry! ;) on: March 10, 2011 04:31:58 PM
Thanks so much! It really is addicting Smiley I found these at my local A.C. Moore craft store. But there are loads of affordable retailers online that I've found. I think my favorite for price and selection, thus far, is theringlord. Check 'em out! They have loads of awesome stuff and a really great inspiration gallery!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My first attempt at jewelry! ;) on: March 10, 2011 06:26:11 AM
Hello everyone! I just wanted to pop over and share my first attempt at jewelry-making! I must admit that I am already hopelessly addicted Smiley

It's chain maille!! Yay!

I made this one for a friend's birthday the same night I made the first

This one is a Byzantine bracelet in pan pride colors

Trying out a new "pattern." It's probably out there somewhere (I'm sure I didn't come up with it) but it's the first one I made without looking at a photo to figure it out Smiley

All in all, I'd say it was a pretty productive day! Thanks for taking the time to look! Smiley

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A small project on: February 17, 2011 05:02:37 PM

Be still my bearded heart! I'd like to introduce you to my valentine Smiley

I decided that I needed a little beard-tastic-ness in my life, so I improvised a little heart and gave him a sweet beard.

Hope you all like!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore round 2 gallery! on: June 24, 2009 02:22:01 PM
Everything looks really amazing! I have so many new ideas rolling around in my head. We should do another one of these at some point~! Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Miniature potion shop interior for a small witch! The "craft" area... on: June 06, 2009 11:40:29 AM
You must have very tiny fingers to be able to not manhandle your clay Smiley This is amazing! I would love to just blow this little space up & transplant it to my house! This is the first miniatures project that makes me go "I wonder if my fumbly pudgy fingers could pull this off?" Amazing job robotarsonist!!!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore round 2 gallery! on: June 05, 2009 12:32:00 PM
Hey Jenna & YoungMom, I had a couple of photos on my phone & they should do ok to show the construction of the shrine, but they aren't so hot either. It is an awesome way to build little personal shrines & I would love to share how I did it (I'm just super stoked that someone would want to use my idea  Grin)!

The first photo shows a side view of the two structures. I offset them slightly so that I would have a platform to affix some sea goodness for YoungMom since I knew she loved that, but you could do level stacking or a crossbar formation if you would prefer.

This next photo shows how the alcoves look once the shrine is assembled. They were small so the collaging was much harder to do once it was all assembled, so next time I will collage before I put everything together Smiley The "offering bowls" in each slot are tea light holders (sans tea light, except in the fire alcove where the tea light remained).

And lastly, this image shows the embellishment on the roof of the structure. The mosaic tiles are shades of blue vitreous glass (the light teal ones are my faves!).

To construct the pieces, you will need regular foam board (like you use for science fair projects) & oriental rice paper, a craft knife, ruler and glue.

Measure your bottom pieces for all four rooms, and decide how tall you want your sides to be. The sides & the bottom pieces are all going to be the same depth. The two alcoves that are back to back will share a common center wall, so leave that part til last. Once you have the two sides & bottom for each room, set one side on top of the foam board bottom & measure how tall it is. It should be just slightly (about 1/8" depending on your brand of foam board) taller than the side piece. You will cut your center wall to the hieght of the side/base combo & the width of the base. And the ceiling pieces will be the length of both bases on either side of the center wall (I just lined everything up like I was going to glue it, but didn't so that I could get an accurate measure) & the width of the base as well. I will post my measurements once I go home & check them so that you will have a better idea.

Once you have your pieces you will be covering them with the rice paper. Essentially it's like wrapping a package, but with glue. Glue the paper to the foam itself & then when you are creasing and folding over the edges, secure them with glue as well. This will give the foam board a totally different look when painted. They look like little wooden blocks. Then when your pieces are dry, you can paint & collage them as you like; I sealed each wall with gloss mod podge inside & out once I was done to give it a finished look. When you are ready to finish, assemble thusly: hot glue 2 sides to each base, completing all bases before adding the central walls. Then glue the 2 base structures on opposite sides of your central walls; add the ceiling tile last & make sure all of your walls are sitting straight so the ceiling fits on nicely. Stack & glue. Embellish & trala! Your own personal shrine in any theme you wish! Hope it helps & I will try & post a thread showing the process as soon as I finish collaging the one I have here! I loved the one I did for YoungMom so much that I decided I needed one myself  Wink
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Alice in Wonderland Wardrobe Series! :) on: June 05, 2009 11:59:00 AM
I love upcycled book pages & these are spectacularly well done! You have an awesome eye for garments. Great job!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore Round 2 on: June 01, 2009 11:47:56 AM
This has been a great first swap for me Smiley I can't wait to see if my partner likes her package. I got send off anxiety pretty badly when I had to say goodbye to it today. I wrapped everything in so much bubble wrap it will take YoungMom an hour just to get into all the items and I am still nervous it won't all get there in one piece. The postal people in my post office are slightly on the angry side and I think the "fragile" stamps just make them pissy. hehe. Thanks for sharing this swap experience with me! Hope everyone likes their packages!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore round 2 gallery! on: May 29, 2009 12:02:38 PM
I received from YoungMom today & boy did I get a great partner for my first swap! And now... on to the photos!

I don't know why this always happens, but my photos have a blueish tint that the items do not actually have (I blame it on living smack dab in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, though I am sure that has absolutely nothing to do with it).  Undecided Sorry for the slighty blurry photos as well, they do not quite do the package justice. But here is all the loot!

The candle came with a little note that said it was an herbal magick candle meant to envoke peace & has taken her place on my altar with the fairy statue standing guard like a pretty little winged sentry. The soaps smell divine & have apricot seeds added as an exfoliant. You can also see the beautiful bracelet with dragon charm (which I wore to work today!) and a pretty pink stone keychain with an etching of a chinese dragon. I'm using it as a window charm in my kitchen window.

Here is my lovely fairy bookmark that has already been put to use and the afformentioned statuette!

And lastly, my beautiful bag! I nearly forgot to get a photo of it before I transferred all my stuff out of my old purse. The bag is made of a beautiful green & blue striped fabric with an irridescent olive green lining fabric and a green/black interior pocket. The strap is made of the lining fabric & I was shocked to find that it was pretty much reversible. The construction of it was really nicely done.

Again, thank you so much for a lovely swap package, YoungMom! I was like a kid at Christmas opening everything up. Now I'm nervous my package won't stack up.  Huh
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore Round 2 on: May 29, 2009 11:48:09 AM
Oh YoungMom! I loved the package so much! You have no need to worry; now I just need to make sure that you will like my package as much as I loved yours!!  Grin I will post pictures as soon as I am able, i.e. right now if my computer cooperates. haha. I can't wait for you to receive my package;I am just plugging in a few odds & ends now so I should be able to send out tomorrow morning. If not tomorrow, at least by the deadline. I keep coming up with more stuff I want to include Cheesy Being my first time, I wondered if I was alone in this sentiment but I see that at least one other person has this prob so I don't feel alone. Thanks again, YoungMom!
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