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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Allegra and Lyssandra- More Poppety Goodness! on: May 24, 2011 02:04:21 PM
I've been on a poppet kick since the beginning of the Plethora swap and have decided not to fight and just go with the flow. These are both gifts for friends of mine.

First up is the beautiful Allegra. She reminds me a bit of a princess with the colors she wears.

The skirt is a simple circle of cream panne velvet. She also has a sleeveless chemise and armlets of the same velvet. Her corset is one of my all time favorite batiks. It's a rainbow of colors (I just used the orange, pink and mauve section for this) with gold veins running through it.

Her hair is a Red Heart variegated. I think it's called watercolors, but I could be wrong. I interspersed it with some variegated fun fur that Puamelia sent me during the Plethora swap. I completely adore the texture and look it gives her.

Next up is Lyssandra. She was made for a friend that breeds ball pythons.

I came across the fabric for her dress in the bottom of my fabric bin when I was cleaning it out and it just begged to be made into a poppet for her.

And a profile shot

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22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Huzzah for Wallets! on: May 24, 2011 02:01:55 PM
I have two new wallets to add to my crafted collection. They're both in more of a punk style. They have 6 credit card slots, two larger money slots and a zippered coin pouch.

This one is my favorite. I adore this fabric!

And my pretty in blue wallet Smiley

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23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Evensong the gothic fairy on: May 24, 2011 12:36:55 PM
Meet Evensong. She was made for a personal swap with scarlet_nights.

She is a gothic fairy, preferring the cool darkness of the night rather than the harsh light of daytime. Her clothes definitely reflect this. She is clad in black velvet and blue lace. The only things that speak to her fairy heritage are her wings and the bit of sparkle to her clothes.

Close up of her top, complete with hand painted and glittered swirly designs

Close up of the skirt, with similar designs and a lacy underskirt

The designs on her clothes match her makeup

She also has lacy arm warmers and blue wire jewelry

Her wings are detachable, in case she ever needs to go incognito

And the veining in the wing, which follows the wire and has a bit of sparkle as well

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24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tyra the Valkyrie Poppet on: May 17, 2011 10:46:49 PM
I made Tyra for Puamelia in the plethora of Poppets swap. She is a Valkyrie, a Norse warrior queen. her name, Tyra, means warrior.

Here she is with her companion, Fenris the wolf

And from the side. Her sword and shield are made from polymer clay and were my first attempt at anything in that medium

Her armor is chain mail, done in a European 4-in-1 weave in 4mm jewelry jump rings

Back of the armor

She also has a headband done in the same chain mail weave

And her sandals. They are from a pattern I drafted myself, as was the panne velvet dress under the armor

And on the suggestion of Pua, here is Tyra's story that i wrote to go along with her.

My name is Tyra. My story is not a long one, but I hope you will find it interesting. It's probably beyond time I shared it with someone....

   I was born in the Northern wilds. It was one of the coldest winters that anyone in the village could remember. Fuel was a precious commodity, since the fires had to be stoked all the time just to try to keep the bone chilling cold at bay. It was mostly unsuccessful, but giving up was not an option. When the wolves began baying at our doors, the village elder decided it was time to ask for help from the gods.

   The trance lasted for three days. Toward the end, there was much concern that he would never come out of it. Finally at sunset of the third day the elder emerged from his tent. 'The gods demand a sacrifice,' he told the village. 'In exchange for the last born child our village has seen they will grant us the strength to make it through this winter. If we refuse, we will all surely perish here before Yule.'

   My parents were heartbroken at the thought that they would have to give up their only child, but could not bear condemning the entire village to such a fate as what awaited if they didn't do as was asked. At midnight that night I was taken to the mountains that overlooked our village. As the elder was searching for a place to lay me down, he found a sheltered crevasse nestled between two silvery granite boulders. He laid me there and left me to the fate the gods had decreed for me.

   Almost as soon as the village elder disappeared into the swirling snow, a golden ball formed in front of the boulders that sheltered me. It grew to man size and then began to form the shape of a man with an impossibly large hammer strapped to his back. He lifted me up from the crevasse and cradled me to his chest. His bare chest was warm, despite the blizzard that was raging around us.

   He took me to a place of such indescribable beauty and fierceness. There he raised me as his own daughter, showing me the ways of the warrior and forging my sword and shield by his own hands. He gave me the name Tyra and said that I would be his Valkyrie. It was a place that I never wanted to leave. But to my sorrow, that was not to be.

   As I grew into womanhood, I would accompany my adoptive father, Thor, on his journeys into the world. We fought side by side in more battles than I can tell about. My courage grew with each swing of my sword and crackle from his thundering hammer.

   It wasn't until I reached maturity that Thor noticed the effects of my life upon me. My eyes, which had once been the same cobalt as the storm-tossed ocean that bordered my homeland, were now streaked with golden lightning. Instead of resisting his thunder, my body was instead absorbing it. While this was fine for a god, my mortal form would not be able to handle much more of it.

   With sorrow in his eyes, Thor told me of his discovery. It was time for me to go out into the world on my own, since I could no longer stay in his home and survive. He assured me that despite the distance between us, he would always be a part of me and that I would always be able to feel his hand guiding my feet. I accepted the news with a heavy heart and departed the only home I had known.

   It would be hard to say how long ago that was. Every day I feel the presence of my adopted father with me. As he promised, he still guides my feet as I travel to fulfill the purpose and will of the gods. Now my journey has brought me to this new land and to you. What my purpose here will be has yet to be seen, but I know without question that this is where I am supposed to be.

May 2011

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25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chain Mail Choker on: May 17, 2011 07:26:28 PM
i've been doing chain mail for about 8 years now, but this is the first time I've posted any of my projects. I made this choker as an extra for the Plethora of Poppets swap. The necklace base is made from 6mm jewelry jump rings and the small chains are 4mm jump rings. The pendant is made from polymer clay, one of my first attempts with this medium. The rune engraved on it is Fehu.

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26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Poppet for my SO or Another Swap? on: May 16, 2011 05:06:24 PM
Are those close to you jealous of your swap packages? Do they drool over poppets? Then this is the swap for you!

IsikkahJai and I are thinking of organizing another poppet swap. This time, instead of you receiving a poppet, it would be your significant other or someone else  in your life.

It would be a 4 point swap, with the poppet and its clothes being 3 points. The other point would be a craft, either for the poppet or for the person receiving in the same theme. We were thinking of holding sign ups for 2 weeks right after the current poppet mini swap is finished and having a month for crafting time.

Would anyone be interested?

And for those who have not made a poppet before: never fear! We had several first time poppeteers in the Plethora of Poppets Swap and it was a blast!
27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Wheel Thrown Goblet and Vase on: May 16, 2011 02:38:03 PM
These were a couple of my last projects of the semester in my ceramics class. My instructor was completely blown away by the goblet, since according to her a lot of the more advanced students couldn't throw a goblet on the wheel.

Here's the goblet:

And my best vase yet:

28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Drizzt Do'Urden poppet on: May 16, 2011 02:31:27 PM
I finally got around to making a poppet for my hubby. He's a big fan of RA Salvatore's dark elf books, so I decided to make Drizzt for him Smiley

Without further adieu, here he is in all his poppety glory

From the back

And without the cloak

Now for some more details. His armor was made out of a dragon/snake skin looking suede/pleather. It was made to resemble drow warrior leather armor, complete with leather scales on the sleeves and pants. The scales are all hand stitched on.

Arm scales

Pant scales

He has boots to match the armor and the pants are cut high in the front and back to allow for more freedom of movement.

Drizzt was a bit of an oddity in drow society, having lavender eyes instead of the typical red.

The cloak is called a piwafwi. It's fur lined along the hood because Drizzt eventually left the Underdark and the evils of drow society to live on the surface world, which was quite a bit colder than he was used to.

Drizzt was my first male poppet, and demanded to be anatomically correct. So I complied with his wishes

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29  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Rain Stick on: April 30, 2011 10:24:55 AM
We had the challenge of making a musical instrument of some sort in my ceramics class. I made a rain stick. The base is extruded. You can't see it, but inside are 4 half circle shelves alternating sides of the stick. Once this was built I made probably a good couple hundred teeny tiny clay balls to go inside and make the 'rain.' As I was waiting for the clay to get leathery so I could add the balls and not have to worry about them sticking, I carved the outside with pagan symbols (I'm a practicing Wiccan). Instead of glazing, I washed it with a red iron oxide wash to give it a more natural look.

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30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Raku pieces on: April 30, 2011 10:13:09 AM
These pieces are from a Raku firing we did in my ceramics class. They are all wheel thrown and then hand carved.

This first one was a simple bowl that I added abstract trees to. I was actually really impressed with the way the carvings came out. The glaze was supposed to be Copper Luster, but apparently it wasn't mixed correctly.

Next is a fruit bowl. For this one I printed out some flower pictures and used those as a template for the carvings.

The next two are my favorites. This is another fruit bowl. The glaze was Red Blue Green, which normally has some really gorgeous results. The scrollwork on the outside is something that I doodle a lot.

Last is a larger bowl with an abstract peacock in a tree. Next to the peacock is a crescent moon shining over mountains. I used a Pipenburg oil luster glaze on this one.

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