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1  Re: wire and beaded dragonfly decoration in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by TkRainy on: April 15, 2014 03:19:18 PM
I made a beaded dragonfly before too! I like yours better. Here's a picture of mine, it's the pink one. The other one I bought at the Renn Faire for $1. (I just wanted another one, didn't make it to sell or anything.)

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2  Re: Clay Cthulhu's and Dragons (Pic Heavy) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by TkRainy on: September 14, 2013 10:32:17 PM
Thank you! I feel like I have improved simply because I started to spend a longer time on each piece instead of trying to do something good in a matter of minutes. Here are a few more pictures of recent work:

This is the Cheshire cat from Madness Returns that I've made for my friend. I added a jump ring to one of his ears for his earring after I took pictures.

This Toothless isn't finished yet but he's close! I baked his wings before adding them to the body and I still need to bake the whole thing, then paint his eyes. This will be for my BF but I'm going to make a couple more for friends.
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3  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by TkRainy on: August 14, 2013 10:57:08 PM
I'm really getting into doing my nails... I wanted to be a veterinarian, but then realized that surgery makes me too nauseous, so I'm thinking about becoming a nail technician but I think my boyfriend isn't too interested in the amount of money he thinks I'd be making. Does anybody have info on the salary of a nail tech? We both want good careers that we enjoy and to pay for our future child(ren)s college.

I recently got a dotting tool at Ulta. Do you guys think I could find these stamp things there too? When I got the dot tool I was in a hurry so I couldn't check! I'm really interested in getting better at doing my nails, if not other peoples...

Here's a SUPER blurry picture, but I think this is adorable and perhaps would give someone an idea. I have an amazing camera, I'll have to take better pictures with that instead of my phone.

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4  Quilted Messenger Bag Type Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TkRainy on: August 07, 2013 11:35:39 PM
I prefer a purse with a cross body strap. I like to pull it over my head and be able to forget about it, instead of holding on to it with one arm at all times. I also like more of a messenger style bag... I pulled the zipper off of some throw away from my friends BFs work, and the purse is made out of 2 shirts. Also a fleece remnant. I quilted the outer layer to the fleece remnant, then I made a liner out of a lime green shirt. I think it looks pretty nice. For someone who never follows a pattern, that is.

Here, my laptop was having a hard time uploading pictures yesterday. The liner and the inside of the pocket is made out of the lime green shirt, more green than the picture shows.

I also made a loop to attach keys too, but it's in an awkward spot. I'm also horrendous at sewing on trim! Especially to something so thick.

I really like it, every purse I make is all trial and error, but maybe sometime I'll make up a pattern and share it. It's basically one long rectangle that forms the front, bottom, back, and the flap, then two smaller rectangles for the sides. The strap is around 50 inches long, and the bag sits comfortably at my hip. Then the liner is the same as the outside. I don't have any kind of closure for the flap, no velcro or buttons. Which I sort of regret, but, I can deal with it.
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5  Clay Cthulhu's and Dragons NEW PICTURES in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by TkRainy on: July 31, 2013 03:08:14 AM
I feel kinda stupid, posting my amateur attempts at making clay figures, but I figured I'd share because I barely ever post on craftster. I recently got an amazing camera, so, there's no reason not to take pictures now! I was browsing DeviantArt and found a girl who makes these AMAZING clay dragons. When she lists them in her Etsy, they are all gone in MINUTES, no joke. So. I got a hankering to start making my own clay things. I tried making dragons like hers, failed epicly, then I noticed she had a tutorial on youtube. The only thing I really took from that was making tinfoil armatures. I also didn't want to make dragons, because (1) I suck at making wings, as you'll see and (2) I felt like I'd be stealing her thing, even though I made a completely different style than hers. Plus, for some reason I really wanted to make Cthulhu's, and, well, I'd like to continue making those and hopefully selling them in my own Etsy shop because I enjoy making them and in my opinion, they turn out better. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to advertise... If they ever do end up in my Etsy, it'll be quite a while because I don't have the money to buy shipping supplies anyways.) Anyways, sorry for the long-winded explanation, but I don't like to just drop a bunch of pictures and not say anything about them. Here you go: (Sorry for the large photos)

My first Cthulhu. Ain't he cute?

This is one of my first dragons. Yeah, I don't like him either.

Another first one. Meh.

Another adorable Cthulhu!

I decided to jump on the tentacle bandwagon, since I'm already making Cthulhus.

Creepy evil Cthulhu holding a "soul".

Sleepy Cthulhu.

Bronze Cthulhu pendant.

I spent a lot of time on this Griffins feathers, but his head still really bothers me...

Dragon. His little spike broke off on this side...

I made the mistake of trying to paint his wings white...

Crappy. Pony. Do not like the pony.

Anyways. What do you think for a beginner? C&C welcome!
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6  Re: Free pattern: Reverse Pinwheel Blanket KAL in Knitalongs by TkRainy on: July 13, 2013 05:02:41 PM
So I went back to the page and actually LOOKED at it, it says the finished size of the blanket is about 70-80 cms. That's 27.5-31.5 inches. Tiny. So, I AM knitting mine with bigger needles, but this will still be a lap blanket. Which is fine by me, I'd rather start out with a smaller blanket before trying something any bigger. I'll have to decide whether I still want to make 2 other blankets by xmas though, since I would rather those ones be bigger.


So it's taking me about 15-20 minutes per row still. I'm done with the border and 6 eyelet rows, so I've only done 24 rows but I didn't work on it for a couple of days because I was working on some clay stuff. I'll continue posting progress pics and letting y'all know how long it's taking for me to do rows, for your own feedback.

With the garter stitch, it took me 40 minutes per row, so now that it's all knit from here it's MUCH faster! I hated the garter stitch... But I'm happy with seeing my results. Each new eyelet row does wonders for me... I'm glad I don't get bored with just knit!

Edit: Here's a pic:
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7  Re: Free pattern: Reverse Pinwheel Blanket KAL in Knitalongs by TkRainy on: July 11, 2013 09:59:26 PM
I've only cast on 450, but I'm using bigger needles, size US 9. I've gotten to row 7 today, would have gotten farther but we went out to a movie and dinner. I'm really hoping that 450 will turn out to be a good size... I need to make this one by the end of August, then another one by xmas plus a different kind of blanket by xmas. Then another one for my sister, but she usually doesn't get my xmas presents to me until midsummer, so, I'm hoping I'll have some more time for hers.

I also don't have a job, though, so I do have plenty of time. When I get a job, I'll spend a lot of time on the bus getting to and from it so I'll have time there too... Hopefully that will be SOON! Then I won't feel bad spending all this money on yarn!

Also, here's a progress pic:

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8  Free pattern: Reverse (Or not reverse) Pinwheel Blanket KAL in Knitalongs by TkRainy on: July 10, 2013 08:02:44 PM
So I decided to knit blankets for a few people for xmas. I am knitting my bf one for his bday soon, because it's for winter and I'd rather get it to him before winter is half over. I figured we could do a KAL because (1) how many people have knit blankets? and (2) it's an easy way to start! I wanted a pattern that was easy, I mean SUPER SIMPLE, but it needed some kind of pretty thing going on. Like, the decreases and yarn overs in this blanket. Here's a picture of a finished one:

and here is the link to the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/reverse-pinwheel-blanket

For those of you who want to knit a pinwheel blanket from the inside, here is a link to that tutorial as well. http://web.archive.org/web/20080404200224/http://www.knitlist.com/00gift/round-baby-blanket.htm

I've already casted on. It doesn't really specify how big the skeins of yarn used is, so I just got a pound of forest green acrylic yarn. Hopefully it's enough, I'm using bigger needles and I'm making these blankets for adults, so, we'll see how big this one turns out and if 1 lb of yarn is enough! Here's the unholy mess of mine right now:


My blanket was twisted, so after a few days of thinking about it I'm going to start over and knit it from the inside out, instead of the outside in. I'm still going to post here, though, and I'll post a link to a regular pinwheel blanket for anyone else who wants to join knitting a reverse or a regular pinwheel blanket.
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9  Re: $5 in Paris sweater KAL in Knitalongs by TkRainy on: May 07, 2013 02:50:38 PM
I think the reason this was so easy is because of the neckline being off the shoulder. Otherwise there would have been more shaping/increasing in that area. If any of you girls want to take your knitting to the next level like I did, I highly suggest this pattern. It's simple, but it makes such a great piece that you'll be proud of yourself anyways! My dad saw this and hinted that he would like me to knit him one. I guess I'll still have to learn how to make a more manly neckline! At least I got to practice on this first. Here's a progess picture of where I am now:

I know, I was talking like I was done, huh? Anyways, I've decided that I'm going to go with short sleeves, because EVERYONE is telling me I should, as well as because the yarn I used doesn't really keep me warm anyways, plus it's an off the shoulder so my shoulders would be cold if I were to use this as a real sweater. Good luck to you all, and I plan to make this again in the future because of how easy it was! I have friends who want one as well, although I'm getting kind of sick for knitting things for everyone else. This is the first thing I'e knitted that I'm keeping for myself! When I am done done, I'll post a picture on the original post. I'll post any pictures of anyone else who has finished on there, too!
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10  Chainmaille Jewelry! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by TkRainy on: April 30, 2013 11:50:07 PM
I'd like to tell you all right now that I apologize for the bad quality of the photos. My camera died. I made a nice little light box/tent, picked up my camera, and it refuses to turn on, regardless of how fresh the batteries are. I've tried every trick internet could give me that didn't involve physically abusing it (the darn thing wasn't safe from emotional abuse, but it's dead anyways, so it shouldn't matter what I yelled at it). Seriously though, there was one guy who swore any camera would start working again if you slapped it against the palm of your hand enough times after doing a few other nasty things to it. I just don't want to take that chance.

My boyfriend has a really nice camera somewhere, but we tore apart the garage (most of his stuff is out there, we're currently staying with his mother) and we can't find it. Apparently, he found his camcorder and says I can take great pictures with it, but it's still out there for some reason...

Anyways, on to the chainmaille!

...of course, the internet died literally just as I typed that...

There it goes! On to the chainmaille!

Here is a half persian bracelet I made. All the jewelry is made with 5/32 aluminum rings from theringlord.com

This is a boxchain choker. This took a lot of rings and a long time to make. It also hurt a lot...

Spiral Weave... I LOVE how this looks, but it un-spirals when you hold it up....you have to spin them before putting it on...

This one is Byzantine Weave. I think you need a smaller AR than I got in order for this too look good, but I like it anyways. I plan to make a long necklace (by which I mean a few inches longer than a choker) with smaller rings... Maybe even micro maille. I will hate myself afterward, but I love the smaller byzantine weave.

Some other things that aren't necessarily jewelry, but I don't know where else to put them:

Chainmaille dragon. He is awesome. My boyfriend wants to keep him.

Ironman "Whirlybird". I've made a few of these:

And a keychain:

Anyways. There you go. I just haven't posted anything in a while because for some reason I don't like posting the camera phone pictures. Hope you like them anyways!
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