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71  Re: Joss Whedon Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Radegund on: March 17, 2005 03:36:22 PM
Here I am in my faboo Jayne hat and the Vietnamese jacket I wear at sci-fi conventions  Grin

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72  Mutant Rocking Horses in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Radegund on: January 26, 2005 05:28:24 PM
I have a bunch of these little bitty wooden rocking horses, about 1 1/2 inches high, and I can't just paint anything normal colors, so... mutant rocking horses!

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73  Outer Space Decoupaged Kleenex Box in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Radegund on: January 26, 2005 05:15:09 PM
Why a kleenex box cover with an outer space theme? Why not? I like weird sci-fi stuff.

The wooden tissue box cover came from the craft store. I'd been wanting to play with mod podge but couldn't decide what theme to go with. Then I remembered that NASA has a huge website full of really cool pictures that have the bonus of being copyright-free!  I downloaded a bunch of them and printed them out on my printer (which makes this not exactly the cheapest craft since sooner or later I'm going to have to buy a new toner cartridge). 

I painted the edges of the wooden box black first so as to cover up any gaps that might be left at the corners and edges.  I chose four big images for the four sides of the box, then used smaller images in a variety of shapes to cover up the edges and top, using Mod Podge as the glue. I also cut up some small planets which I used to decorate randomly (and to cover up a couple of small accidental water stains on the paper Tongue).  Finally I covered it in about 5 coats of Mod Podge and 2 coats of glossy acrylic spray.  I like how it came out!

I'm going to put it in the art show at a sci-fi convention in February.  Grin
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74  Re: Candy molds as soap molds? in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Radegund on: January 11, 2005 04:59:47 PM
I did have a problem with using a "pour box" candy mold for soap -- sort of like this one:

You're supposed to end up with the soap/candy in a hollow box shape, but the mold collapsed when I poured the soap. I probably had it too hot or it was too much weight or something. Anyway if I were ever to get a new mold (the old one never recovered) I'd be sure to support the inside part of the mold somehow -- maybe mash in a bunch of PlayDoh or something like that.
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75  Re: Weird Birdhouses in Completed Projects by Radegund on: January 05, 2005 05:55:47 PM
haha, those are amazing!  The roof on the goth one looks really neat...

Thanks! I painted it black and then sponge-painted the red on.

I now have the third birdhouse ready to show: Introducing Space Bird!

The rocket is a craft store wood birdhouse to which I added the little side wings (from a flat piece of wood) and the boosters on the bottom, which are three little wooden buckets glued on upside down. The bird's shuttlecraft is one of those plastic Christmas ornament balls that come in halves and snap together. It's mounted on a wooden wheel (the little yellow spots are the thrusters  Cheesy). The bird sits on a platform of black craft foam with navigational controls painted on. The cord that connects them is covered at both ends by a chunk of McDonald's straw painted silver.

I don't know where I get these ideas from...  Roll Eyes
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76  Weird Birdhouses in Completed Projects by Radegund on: December 30, 2004 02:01:21 PM
Hello! I'm new to the boards and am quite happy to find other folks who appreciate oddball craft projects.

Lately I've been playing around with painting the various wooden things one can get in a commercial craft store and putting my own weird sense of humor into the projects. I thought I'd share as a way to introduce myself.  Cheesy

First up, the Invaded Birdhouse! This poor birdie came home and found that a very unpleasant creature had taken over.

The "tentacles" came from a glow-in-the-dark vinyl jellyfish toy which I cut up into pieces and glued into place. Boy was that stuff a pain to work with.   Tongue  The bird came from a craft store, but I put googly eyes on him so he'd look startled. The birdhouse also came from the craft store; I cracked a chunk out of the back so that the tentacles could reach out. It's also smeared with glow-in-the-dark paint.

I recently finished the Goth Birdhouse as well -- perfect for that mournful vampire sparrow:

The birdhouse is painted in black and red, with a green base and a silver ankh above the entrance. The tombstone is also a wood craft piece, with a red ribbon rose glued on top; it says "Memento Mori". The candlestick is from the dollhouse section of the craft store. The stained-glass window was intended for use in scrapbooking; I painted it white on the back so the colors would stand out more.

I'm currently working on a rocket ship birdhouse too. The main ship is done, but I have to finish the bird's shuttlecraft.  Grin
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