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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Asian steampunky skirt: first completed project with new machines! on: February 16, 2012 04:36:07 PM
Hey, thanks, you guys!!  I am really happy with it, and want to find ways to wear it a lot...but my work is too active Sad
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Faux Flower Bustier on: February 16, 2012 04:35:08 PM
So pretty!! 

Since you worked with plastic flowers/in a craft store, do you know of good ways to keep that sort of stuff from giving off the plasticky smell down the line?
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: serpents and satin wide belt on: February 16, 2012 04:33:12 PM
That's so cool!!!  I love the snakes Cheesy
34  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Stenciled Skyrim Panties on: February 13, 2012 05:58:16 PM
Hee!!  I saw the icon and did a double take, because that's the second Skyrim-related item I've seen on here today.  Very clever and cute Cheesy
35  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Skyrim Helmet on: February 13, 2012 03:13:11 PM
As a fellow SKYRIM player, I am thoroughly impressed.  Awesome job!  I hope your boyfriend wears it a lot!!

(Technically it's an Iron Helmet in game terms Wink )
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mortal Kombat inspired dress and jacket on: February 11, 2012 05:00:34 PM
That is kickass!!  The inspiration comes through very clearly, and your style is awesome.  Hope you'll post the others here as well!
37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Asian steampunky skirt: first completed project with new machines! on: February 10, 2012 07:37:50 PM
So I completed this skirt from a week or so ago!!  I serged a total of 92 Chinese silk brocade squares for the ruffles (could've been rufflier, but oh well). I also learned how to use my new machine to make buttonholes.  

Squares all sewn together, lined up on the original base skirt (which I switched to pleather later)

Finished skirt.  With dragon buttons! Smiley

Flash on:

I'll try to get some better pictures in the daytime Tongue
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Chinese brocade ruffle patchwork skirt on: January 29, 2012 03:24:31 PM
So I bought a destash of all these amazing 3x3" squares of Chinese brocade on Etsy, and decided that they'd make a pretty cool ruffle skirt for an Asian steampunk character.  I'm planning to serge the squares into long strips, ruffle and then sew to the basic skirt underneath. I think I'm going to serge the hems of each ruffle strip, but I can't decide if I should use white or black thread for that. Thoughts?

Also, if anyone has experience attempting to ruffle brocade...I could definitely use tips!!

Pic of my WIP:

(Yes, that is my glorious couch!  It's a hand-me-down through generations of colleagues at work.)
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My latest paper bead projects (img heavy) on: December 18, 2010 08:34:40 PM
I got some of my basic how-to info from here: http://www.paperbeadcrafts.com/howto/papers.shtml and then have just been experimenting with different widths at the base of the triangle, different papers, etc.  I use the metal pin from a pin flag (I work at an archaeology center, so we have lots of these lying around, just have to get rid of the dirt and rust Wink ) to roll with.  Hope that's helpful! Smiley
40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My latest paper bead projects (img heavy) on: December 18, 2010 08:54:24 AM
Here are things I've worked on since December 4th or so:

Olay Regenerist ads necklace--I wore this to my husband's work holiday party.

This one's made with Discover card ads and a page from the Think Geek catalog

Made from wrapping paper (I kept this one for myself; it still needs some tweaking)

Made from a poster for a work event

This one's from a fairy sculpture ad Smiley

All Travelocity ads! The round beads were made from 1/4 inch strips.

Stuff I made for my husband's coworkers

Stuff I made for my coworkers

My favorite totally awesome huge bracelet, made from a poster a friend gave me (she got this bracelet in return!)
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