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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: George Harrison Afghan on: October 25, 2009 10:22:56 AM
Fan-spakin'-tastic!!!  Every time I see something of this scale I'm more than a little impressed Smiley
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #44 - DIY Halloween Costumes 2009 - Due Nov 1 - Nov 5 2009 on: October 24, 2009 10:13:39 AM
Oh and I meant to say hooray!  I'll be entering this year's costumes for sure.  Not quite as elaborate as the Palkia, but still lots of fun (and the whole family together Smiley
3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #44 - DIY Halloween Costumes 2009 - Due Nov 1 - Nov 5 2009 on: October 24, 2009 10:09:51 AM
Cool!!  My son was Palkia last year and making those feet was a real challenge! Smiley
I certainly hope that you are able to shake, start flashing and release lightning bolts while being intimidating and cute at the same time.... "pi..ka...  CHOO!!" 

I'm definitely going to do this! I'm re-making my Pikachu costume, with plastic canvas ears and old yellow sheets re-modeled into a dress. Can people under 18 join? I'm 17  Huh

This will be my first craft challenge. Yay!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Medieval Busts Pic heavy on: August 26, 2009 09:10:17 AM
This is a fantastic group of busts!  I love the expressiveness on their faces, and how much attention you paid to the little details.  The frames really finish them! 

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: My 4th Mini Me on: August 20, 2009 05:39:26 PM
Great work!  It's amazing the differences between the first and fourth one in such a short time! There are a whole lot of tricks to getting the clay to appear more lifelike, and I think you're on the right path.  

One of my favorite (not so secret) tricks for the eyes and cheeks is to apply powdered pastels (real blush and eyeshadow work well too) to the uncured piece.  Again, it doesn't take much, but the powders will set right in to the clay when baked and give a really realistic effect.  Really subtle brushing of blush on the tip of the ears, nose, a little on the forehead, and of course a little extra on the cheeks goes a long way.  
I've been doing portraits for a while (mainly as wedding cake toppers), and this was one of the best little tricks I've picked up along the way Smiley

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: barbie the destroyer on: August 20, 2009 09:19:50 AM
Fantastic!!! And I thought my neighbor with three barbie torsos in his window with (I'm assuming not live)grenades from the waist down had the weirdest barbie use.  This puts all other barbies to shame! Smiley 

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends Plushies (Cheese and Eduardo) on: August 20, 2009 09:11:53 AM
cheeeeeeeese!! Smiley  these are spot on awesome!!  for those unfamiliar with foster's home for imaginary friends, it's only the best show EVER! Smiley 

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: FINALLY! Super Mario Obsession on: August 18, 2009 08:43:16 AM
Unbelievable!!!  Mario is worshipped in our household, but my craft homages to him pale in comparison to yours Smiley

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Stargazer Telescope on: August 18, 2009 08:38:49 AM
How fabulous!!  I love the flashlight lens.  My daughter was looking over my shoulder just now, and said "I want you to make ME one!" 

10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to drill a hole in a teacup? on: August 13, 2009 10:02:20 AM
Good question!  I think there are drill bits appropriate for ceramic, but I'm not sure.  I saw a diy chandelier using upside down teacups and light kits that I really want to make, but I don't know how to get the holes cut (although, I haven't even tried to be honest).  Maybe if there's a special bit and keep it wet, like you do when you're cutting ceramic tile?  Just guessing though.

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