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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Whedon Stencils - First ever try on: September 21, 2012 08:32:58 PM

So this is my first ever freezer paper stencil for my partner, thehappycrochetchic, in the Whedonverse swap.

First was the Jayne bag. I love how the hat came out.

And heres the other side of the bag. I was a bit concerned because I wanted the letters to look really perfect, and I was glad that they stayed really crisp, even when it seemed like the freezer paper wasnt completely sticking down. I am super in love with this bag and have to make myself one when I feel up to cutting out all those little pieces again.

And heres the sleep mask I made for my partners Buffy side. This is probably the smallest I will ever go with letters. It was really hard to get the little pieces inside the a and e letters to stay in place while ironing.

Over all, I am super-duper pleased with my first foray into freezer paper stenciling. Although its really time consuming to cut out all the little pieces, and it stinks if one piece goes missing, its a nice repetitive and calming craft. I cant wait do to more. I already have a bunch of ideas for future projects using freezer paper. I just wish you could reuse the stencils.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Firefly in a Jar! Literally! on: September 21, 2012 09:57:01 AM

So, my partner in the Whedonverse swap had all these art images pinned of a Firefly in a jar. So I decided to make her a real one!

I got one of those toy firefly jars for kids to get started. I carefully removed unnecessary parts to leave the light fixture as exposed as possible. I felt quite morbid cutting up a cute cartoon-y firefly.

I debated over what clay to use. It had to be air dry and not brittle, so I chose Model Magic because it dries a bit like an eraser.

I made a wire base for the ship and began adding little bits of clay until I got the shape I wanted.

Then I used 3 different metallic silver, black, and grey paint to make the ship seem all patchy the way it does in the show.

The true test was to make sure it would still light after all my manhandling. And it did!!!

It was very hard to get a picture of it lit, since is kept moving.

Overall Im thrilled with it!

The one downside is that it kind of hops around as it moves, rather than glides, because the wire is so long. If I knew more about wiring, I would have shortened it. But the toy was a little bit pricey, and I didnt want to risk ruining it,  or making it unsafe, by messing with the wires.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Message eyechart and tile push pins for dad on: June 17, 2012 10:48:43 PM
Hi all! I thought I'd post here what I did for Father's day.

It's so simple, but I have the hardest time crafting for guys, I thought others might enjoy this really quick craft.

First I used these tiles I found at the hardware store. They are pretty and shiny and in neutral shades of brown and tan. I simply glued push pins to the back so he could use them in his home office. I made 20 pins, and I still have so many left over tiles, I may make him matching coasters later on. The flash causes the pins to show through the tile, but you can't see them in person. I tried hot glue, but I thought glass glue provided a stronger, longer lasting hold. However, the curing time is longer.


I also made him a custom eye chart that he can hang in the office. It's nice because it's not overtly crafty, and it has a hidden message. I got the idea from here.

The message is "Unforgettable though near or far" from the song "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole.

To top it all off, I made a card that's a copy-cat from one I saw on pintrest here.

Overall, nothing really original, but I like how everything turned out.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / How do I get this result? With embossing powder? on: January 24, 2011 08:48:58 PM
Hi All,

I hope this is in the right place.

I'm planning on making this:

I'm going to stencil on the design on the inner panel of the skirt, but I really like the effect that she has. How do I get that? Flocking or embossing powder? Something else?

Please help,

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