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1  leatherbound journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rotwulf on: February 28, 2011 07:52:37 PM
Last summer my family had to throw away an old leather couch. Most of the leather wasn't too badly worn from use, so we salvaged all that we could before hauling it out to the curve. Shortly there after, I went to a renaissance fair and saw leather bound journals, which gave me the idea to make my own using the recycled leather. I didn't get around to it until after Christmas, but such is life.
This was my first attempt at book making. Rather than follow one specific pattern, I decided to improvise, and learned a lot during the process; like the importance of measuring. It would have been much easier to bind the spine together if I made sure the stitching of each booklet matched up.

In progress, binding the booklets together:

Binding the pages to the leather cover:


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2  Iron Phoenix in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rotwulf on: January 04, 2011 04:31:50 PM
I completed this sculpture back in August, and just found the pictures of it again while making room on my camera. I had a more elaborate base planned, but had to simplify it to meet an art show deadline. It wasn't selected anyway.
long story short, its named Phoenix because it emerged from the flames.
Questions, comments, and criticisms welcome.

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3  Re: Easy Peasy 2 Swap Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by rotwulf on: July 15, 2009 07:54:16 PM
I received from edie22 last week. She sent me potholders that will come in very handy, especially when I get into my own apartment. I particularly like the orange and red ones Smiley

This is all of them. They are the same color on both sides except for the orange one, which matches the red on the back side. There are close-ups in my member photo gallery if anyone would like to see them.

Thank you very much for crafting for me, edie22!
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4  1st blacksmithing lesson Image Heavy in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by rotwulf on: May 09, 2009 09:01:30 PM
I just started taking lesson from a local blacksmith, here are some pictures from the first lesson.
The curled and twisted parts came out rather well. However the widened part got burned and got marks all over it and the tips have blatant hammer marks
If there are any other smiths out there who could give me any advice or ways to improve, it would be appreciated.

Also I wasn't sure where to post this. If it would be more appropriate elsewhere, please let me know or move it where it belongs.
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5  Lab made dye in Dyeing: Completed Projects by rotwulf on: April 27, 2009 07:44:33 PM
In chemistry lab, we made dyes by soaking fabric in one chemical, then in another, so the dye itself actually formed around the fibers instead of first creating the dye then dipping fabric in it to make the color. Because the dye is formed around the molecules of the fibers, it is very permanent.
The octopus was done by first soaking in one of the chemicals, then painting it on with the second.  The rest is tie-dye.
This is actually the dye that is often used to make the red in the American flag.
Also, the dye looks like the blood from Sweeney Todd when it is in a flask.

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