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1  Russian Cathedral in CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES by dancingnymph on: January 08, 2014 08:30:06 PM
So, I've always thought St Basil's in Red Square is totally amazing so it became my inspiration for this. I tried to make it last year but trying to make round towers defeated me. This time I've had other challenges: being in 3 different houses and travelling with part assembled gingerbread; not being able to afford the ingredients I wanted; shaking hands; and my boyfriend trying to help ;-)

It's now 4am so excuse me if I don't make sense. The idea is a cathedral with 'onions' (what the tower tops are known as according to my mother) with a little choir singing outside and a rogue choirboy skating on the frozen pond. Some fave details to spot are the lamps over the arches and the stained glass window in the centre.

I really wanted to do a more urban one with an ice rink, a little babushka etc I even had an idea for moving parts so maybe if I brave this challenge again next year I will have the opportunity to go (even more) crazy. Anyway, here she is...

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2  Colour challenge - need help form darling craftsters! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by dancingnymph on: May 05, 2012 06:18:09 PM
Hi guys, so here's the deal. The Christmas before last the pipes burst in my bedroom at my parents - on 4 separate occasions, as I only live there over holidays no one realised until it went through to downstairs. Consequently my room is ruined and needs redecorating. Unfortunately the only thing that wasn't destroyed was the hideous green/yellow carpet, which Mum and Dad say is too expensive to replace. My Mother and sister take the approach of making the room bland and painting it 'insert a hundred words for cream/white/magnolia here'. I don't want to do this.

Please give me some ideas! It is a smallish but sunny room and my furniture is all '80s white chunky stuff.

Here is the carpet colour: but with horrid yellowish flecks.
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3  Shards in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by dancingnymph on: April 01, 2012 06:39:30 PM
This dish was made from 2 bottles. One very kindly donated blue sherry bottle and a white wine one. Unfortunately I'm on meds so can't drink but I never find too much of a shortage of people wanting to help me out with beer and cider bottles. I smashed them and sorted the bits into different frit<chunk sizes and worked outwards in circles, biggest to smallest. I don't have a craft room or proper desk so I did this in bed on a piece of floorboard and on my carpet. Some glass got in my foot and a limped for a month - so it is a relief that I like what came out of the kiln!

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4  The Reason for the Scream in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by dancingnymph on: April 01, 2012 06:34:32 PM
Glass cracks in the kiln. Especially when you use pieces you pulled out of a skip that aren't necessarily compatible with the powders. I love how this cracked. It has stopped being a copy and taken a life of it's own. Now I know why the figure is screaming and I now how s/he feels. The world is being torn apart.

I saw real copies of this in Oslo when visiting my brother who lived in Sweden at the time. A room full of them. I should really look at other Munch work. Was he a one hit wonder, I wonder?
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5  Picasso Shards in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by dancingnymph on: April 01, 2012 06:27:15 PM
I've been going to a glass fusing evening(well, technically it's morning but 'adult ed')class for 18 months now. I feel like the dunce of my class but console myself that this is partly due to not being able to afford proper materials. I do what I can with bits of old greenhouse and the classes limited frit and powder colours. Hopefully my Dad may fix me up an old kiln now he's retired and I can experiment on a larger scale.

This A4 sized piece is layered in some places and not others. It is fused but has paint effects on the back (mislabelled frit turned out to be horrid colour) and some black outliner. Also gold outliner to make the 'strings'. My boyfriend is a big Picasso fan and I wanted to do something with cubism(or trianglism?) and violins in mind.



Sorry, I couldn't get the photos to work so I've posted them onto my blog.
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6  St Margaret's Church, Keddington in CHALLENGE 70 ENTRIES by dancingnymph on: January 03, 2012 01:39:26 PM
    There is a story behind this, so I shall start there. My boyfriend is an architect. This year he finally qualified after seven and a half years of higher education. He has also finally got planning permission on this Grade II* listed Saxon church, which was under threat of demolition. As he has around 4 times my income and only really wants building materials and property for Christmas I decided to make his little church to scale in gingerbread.

    Here she is, with her new roof:

And here she is - in gingerbread.

Alongside the challenge of it all being edible I had a few extra challenges:
  • Avoid being strangled by my mother for obliterating her kitchen over Christmas
    Not make it too sweet, because then my boyfriend's family wouldn't like it
    Manage on a budget with no access to a proper supermarket

After last year's gingerbread nativity ended up being held together with bits of wire and lolly sticks I discovered that cookie gingerbread and structurally sound gingerbread are rather different. So I looked up a new recipe and found most of the ingredients. Unfortunately I didn't realise that I was meant to level off the tablespoons of golden syrup. So I ended up adding more flour until I had a spare mountain of gingerbread dough (which turned into a nativity for my Dad):

I was once again worried about the structural stability of my gingerbread. With the help of my Dad and his blowtorch I made candy cane RSJs to support the structure:

After lots of measuring from photos and the one plan I could find I worked out the scale of the building, made a template and made pieces out of gingerbread:

After making all 20 odd pieces I managed to spectacularly drop the box they were in onto the kitchen floor. Luckily the floor was clean(thanks Mum) and despite my scream that left me with a sore throat for 2 days and woke my parents only two pieces broke and I 'cemented' them back together.

I wanted to use boiled sweets for the windows but couldn't get hold of any(well, not in my budget) so I melted gummy bears, which look really good as Victorian glazing. The burns to my fingers weren't too nice though.

I also did some stained glass ones from coloured gummy bears for the right windows. I made the roof tiles as accurately as possible by using coursed(different sized slates, getting smaller as they go upwards) 'slates' from milk chocolate over the Nave to represent the Westmoorland slate and regimented dark chocolate slates on all of the other rooves to be Welsh slate. I also cut little crosses out of the brown part of square dolly mixtures for finials and put a jelly dolly mixture bell in the bellcote.

So here it is held together with RSJs and the Welsh slate rooves on:

There is also the only light we could find - a red tinged bike light that made the church look warm and glowing. Fixing it down was a challenge and we drilled a whole in the base to poke a pen up to switch it on. It also has a flashing mode that the children loved because they thought it looked like the church was on fire.

And here it is with the roof on...

You can see that I went over the white sticking icing with my fudge icing to make it look like lime mortar and round the edges of the windows with a piping syringe to make the window edging look like sculpted stone. I also did some 'leading' with black writing icing.

I had a bit of a job putting the cola drain pip on so I used breadsticks to act as acroprops while the icing dried:

There are some other little details like the dolly mixture and angelica tree ferns (his favourite plants) and the couscous and white chocolate path, which looks just like the new path he's just had laid.

Phew, sorry there's not pictures with the lights on. We had to put it out of reach of my niece quite quickly and I didn't get a chance. Christmas with an immediate family of 10 is hectic!

Hope you like it. It was rather a mission but I'm glad I finally have something that I'm not ashamed to post.

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7  Glass craft on the Cheap in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by dancingnymph on: April 17, 2010 04:11:52 PM
Hi, my psychiatric nurse recommended that I try some craft stuff for relaxation so I enrolled for glass class.
...but I can't afford materials,so these are things made from a broken greenhouse and some bits from the communal class box.

A picture with wire and a broken necklace.

A tulip dish made from seed beads and blue confetti.
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8  My first post in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by dancingnymph on: April 17, 2010 04:05:23 PM
I'm about to move house yet again and want to put up a few of the things I've done before they get even tattier!

I'm afraid she's already a bit ripped. Sorry.
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