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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Melted Bead Jellyfish! (several pictures) on: July 25, 2006 06:37:44 PM
Here's my latest melted bead project: a jellyfish!   Cheesy

First I melted pony beads in a round cake pan -- mostly clear, but with some pink and yellow around the edges and some pastel white beads in a ring and in the center.

I then re-melted it over the back of a bowl. I wanted to ensure that the ruffled sides of the jellyfish would be more or less evenly distributed, so I rigged up a ring of aluminum foil and toothpicks to try to enforce where the ruffles would be.

It worked out well! The ruffles were relatively even, but with some variations.

For tentacles, I strung white and clear beads (not melted) on fishing line, then strung them through holes drilled in the central plate. There's also fishing line in the center to hang the jellyfish with (the small colored disk is a separate piece of plastic I had lying around from a previous melting experiment and I used it to sneak some color into the underside).

Here's another shot from above:

I know that a real jellyfish also has tentacles around the outside edge as well; I had thought about adding eight pieces of fishing line around the edge, hanging down, each with 2-3 beads down at the end. However I am concerned about the amount of weight that the central piece of plastic line is already holding; I want to find some heavier-duty fishing line and re-string the center of the jellyfish so it can take the weight.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Another Bead Bowl -- Interestingly Botched! on: June 19, 2006 08:03:03 PM
I've been sucked into the bead-melting craze!  It starts here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16739653.0

I tried making my own bead bowl using translucent pony beads, and I also had these elongated black beads that I laid out along the top edge, thinking that they would melt into a rim around the bowl. Here are the unmelted beads and a sample of the long black beads:

However, the black beads shrank inward as they melted, leaving black blobs sticking up around the edge!

I've decided that it looks neat, even if it's not what I was going for.

To get a more solid rim I might try having two or three layers of the black beads, overlapping.
13  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Fuller Craft Museum on: May 29, 2005 10:17:35 AM
Yesterday I went down to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA - http://www.fullercraft.org/

Their current exhibit is called "Trashformations" and it's all craft made from found objects. It even includes a bowl made from a record -- I was thinking "I saw those instructions on Craftster!"  Cheesy  And there were quite a few other exhibits that made me think "hey, I could do that." Well, if I tried, and had the room in my condo to do that kind of artwork... Anyway it was fun and I recommend folks go check it out.
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mutant Rocking Horses 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!

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Outer Space Decoupaged Kleenex Box 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
16  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Cambridge Center for Adult Education Classes on: January 01, 2005 08:40:06 AM
I'm thinking of taking one of the "weekend glass blowing" workshops because it sounds like an interesting thing to try. It's not cheap, though. Has anyone taken one of these courses before?  Is it worthwhile?
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Weird Birdhouses 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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