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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bulletin Board and a headboard...of sorts. on: April 21, 2005 10:38:39 PM
do these even count as crafts? let's find out...

just a bulletin board with a 1" frame, which i painted red. i then masking taped off the outermost edge of the cork itselt and painted that black. then threw up memorabilia that was black white and red, and kept them all in the middle of the board, away from the edges.

then this monstrosity is acting as the present headboard for my bed (read: mattresses). it's simply a huge collection of magazine pages with pretty girls, which might be viewed as kind of weird since i'm a straight girl but really, i just think they're pretty- and teen magazines are my guilty pleasure.

what do you guys think? comments?

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / home made stickers!! now with toutorial!! on: April 11, 2005 11:09:35 AM
so i swiped a whole bunch of vinyl sheets from the signshop where i work and now i'm working on methods to make stickers without all the fancy equiptment they have. please leave comments!!!

it's very simple - TOUT:
print out or draw your image and cut off the excess paper. cut a piece of vinyl slightly bigger, and put the vinyl underneath:

tape them down to a cutting matt:

cut along the edges of your image. make sure you get the corners really well because it'll be a b*tch to fix later on.

take off the top layer (tape and paper) so only the vinyl is left. you may need to cut the tape a little to do this because it's stick to the vinyl around the outter edges. it's okay:

plaster the whole thing with masking tape. make sure to overlap the pieces. i go both vertical and horizontal so it's definitely not going anywhere:

peel the whole thing off the matt, making sure you don't lose any back pieces. taa-daa!! you made a sticker, ready for aplication!

again, very simple.
just peel away the backing pieces of the parts you want to be the sticker.
make sure the surface is clean and dry.
stick it starting at one side and working your way to the other, pressing it down to avoid air bubbles underneath.

my finished products:

13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / what to do with these 2" painted tiles??!! on: March 29, 2005 09:57:52 AM

so i was inspired by a few people's posts to paint on tiles that i have lying around. they're 2" square. so i did little paintings (they're not totally done) and bought some magnets to super glue to the back, but really, the tiles are too heavy and i'm afraid if i make them magnetic and put em on the fridge, they'll fall and break. i was wondering if anyone  here wanted to suggest something else i could do with these little guys? i'm searching around craftster for ideas, but i thought i'd post anyway Smiley

thanks, you guys!
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / AGAINST ME! stencil - woot! on: February 18, 2005 11:29:11 PM
one thing, nothing fancy, just want to get the pic off my computer. i used acrylic paint. any comments?

15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / beaded wire bracelets - with tutorial!! on: February 03, 2005 01:05:13 AM
i saw these for sale in a market in france for well over 60 dollars each, and, as many of you crafters out there might do, i thought "oh man, i can make those...easy..."

(agh, i'm apologising in advance for the crappy pictures...i tried. really i did.)

--->> You will need:
                like a yard of 24 gauge wire
                a length of 18 gauge wire, about 2 feet long
                about 50 small to medium sized beads. this project is great for using up all those mix-matched glass beads.

-- begin by bending the 18-gauge (thicker) wire in half, and from that bend, create a little squiggle a-like-a-so:

-- it takes a little bit of trial and error to get the size *just* right, but when you get it to wrap comfortably around your wrist, make a swirl on each side, and then wrap them right there with the thin wire.

--begin by winding a little of the 24-gauge (thin) wire around one side..

-- thread a few beads on the thin wire and slid 'em down.

-- wrap the wire around the other side *twice* to help secure it.

-- and, you know, you'll see, when it wraps along, now it's in the back, so just leave beads off the back, wrap if around again, and then put beads on, so they're all in the front.

-- at the end, just wrap the thin wire around a whole lot.

-- so here's the inside/back

-- and here's a crappy picture of the fronts!!!

comments!! please!! and if you try this project, please post pictures of finished products!
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / three earings and two necklaces on: January 22, 2005 12:27:29 AM
a few recent pieces. please comment and tell me what you think?

three little earrings, made from 24 guage wire, and random vintage glass beads.


and i could not pass up the opportunity to at least *try* making one of those damn "junk necklaces" with a few chains, and a bunch of random cruddy charms and beads? how could i resist!! mine's a bit more...themed, being that it's in all silver. and yes, that key does unlock the lock, which also acts as the clasp for the chains. it's all a little longer than a choker.

amethyst necklace with matching earrings, and a shot of the little clasp, too. la la la.

mm, comment!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / unique purses... on: January 07, 2005 11:35:45 PM
before i knew what crafting WAS, i put together these adorable little numbers...

simply put together of cuts of cardboard, ribbon and two types of material made this little beaut:

and this stunning number was comprised only of the brown paper bags at the end of the checkout line in my grocery store! namely MeMe's Market!

...and purchased at this market? a can of Piroette Entertaining Cookies, when cut open,laid on its side, and covered in fabric, makes a really lovely sholder bag. a-like-a-so:

then, using dinner plates as stencils and adding lots of safety pins, i created this soulful little sholder bag.

hope you enjoyed, and please comment!
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Neil Gaiman painting. on: January 07, 2005 10:46:58 PM

done in acrylic paints, this is a Neil Gaiman illustration that i've gridded and blown up. very simple, but i think it came out allright. any comments?
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / two new jewelry projects of mine. on: January 05, 2005 11:47:00 PM
i posted these mostly because i wanted to delete the pictures off of my computer Smiley take a gander!!

( ^  ^  ^  ring & matching earrings  v  v  v  )

and a little cherry-pie, made from sculpey clay:

20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / militant anti-vegetarian shirt: on: January 05, 2005 12:15:16 AM
here's my first and most awesome stencil to date. i used acrylic paint with a fabric medium. the stencil i made using the  popular Peta logo, with a twist, of course. any comments?

what can i say? eat meat.
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