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21  I am Not a Button Addict in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Corvus corax on: May 05, 2010 06:59:14 PM
I am a button MAKING addict.

This isn't even all I've made in the last week or so; it's only the ones I've managed to photograph.  Still, I think I have every cane I made (which I've used at this point- I've yet to slice into the eyeball one) represented here.  Behold, canes:

And behold, buttons:

An orange citrus cane.

A rose cane, made with a yellow-to-red skinner blend (which I could have done better, to get a more gradual gradation.  Next time.)

A lace cane made with a teal center wrapped with tan and chocolate brown layers.

A lace cane made with a light green center wrapped with dark and light purple layers.

A red-and-black checkered cane.

And my absolute favorite, buttons from a self-designed octopus cane.  I even wrote up a tutorial for the things, which can be found here.
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22  Green Lantern's Light! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Corvus corax on: April 11, 2010 12:21:13 PM
Remember the Reconstructed Batman Hoodie?  Yeah, that one.  Alas, I haven't gotten the Super Hero bug out of my system yet. Behold Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern!

In brightest day, in darkest night

No evil shall escape my sight

Let those who worship evil’s might

Beware my power…

Green Lantern’s Light!

This was my project for Lee Meredith's 24 hour Makealong, and while some spectacular fails left me finishing up the shirt this morning rather than last night, I still stayed mostly within the deadline. 

It started out as three shirts (thrift store woot!), for a sum total of $3.50 in materials.  Well, $3.50 and thread.  In quick summation, to get from point A to point B on this project I: resized and changed the neckline on a green shirt, swapped out the green sleeves for black (while leaving a green sleeve cap), appliquéd on the rest of the black side panel around the sleeves, cut the bottom of the green shirt off at a point and put a black band across the bottom, replaced the black forearms with white and printed out the Green Lantern emblem for a pattern and sewed together a nice appliqué patch from my scraps.  Voila!

If that quick summation isn't enough for you, I liveblogged it all (because making a Hal Jordan shirt wasn't nerdy enough), so if you want a litany of hows, fails, and pictures thereof, check out the Makealong catagory on my blog.
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23  Teal and Flowers - Simplicity 4561 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Corvus corax on: April 05, 2010 08:37:59 PM

This is Simplicity 4561 view C.  It's made out of this flower print knit:

And this teal rib knit:

I changed two things: I gathered the center front of the bust (which I do to just about everything), and rather than putting an elastic casing across the back like the pattern called for, I put a band of the contrasting rib knit.

You know, I think for once there's more information (or at least more pictures) in the forum post than in my blog.  How odd.  I must have been sleepy.

It matches my hat.  Yay!
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24  Chameleon Pendant in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Corvus corax on: March 30, 2010 04:48:15 PM

I love Chameleons.  There's something about them, about their character, their abilities, their fantastic adaptations.  Love them.  So I made some.

They were originally going to be earrings, but ended up larger than I expected (most of my sculptures seem to do that), so I added a big yellow flower to each:

And voila!  A little bit of wirework, digging through my findings box, and a coat of glossy glaze later: a pendant.

Oh, wait.

There we go!

There's more pictures over on zee blog.  I figured I had already loaded this post with enough of them.
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25  Rawr! Reconstructed Kitty Shrug in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Corvus corax on: March 28, 2010 10:09:19 AM

It began as an oh-so-fashionable baggy leopard print turtle neck that I rescued from thrift store oblivion, and a bit of very soft black knit I dug from my stash.

Then I got to work.  I've got this template I traced years ago off a well-fitting knit top which has come in handy for a lot of reconstructed pieces since, and I used it here to get the right shape, and cut it off just below my bust.  

Then I added a hood, and lots and lots of black knit bands.  Finally, and most essentially: ears!

I had to hand-stitch the ears.  Alas.

I think it turned out nicely.  The fabric, while originally in a less-than-flattering form, is still quite nice: it's some kind of thick double knit.  So what to do with all the scraps?

Why, make some arm socks of course!

There's a bit more detail on process, including pictures, at my blog.
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26  Thrift Store Wrap Dress - McCalls M5314 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Corvus corax on: March 25, 2010 12:16:17 PM

The pattern, I picked up from a 99 cent sale (actually, I picked up two from two different sales, because I'm dumb- anyone want to trade something for an untouched copy of McCalls M5314 in size AA?).  The fabric came from the thrift store, and cost me a glorious $1.25.  By my calculations, then, this is a $2.25 dress.

Not bad, eh?  I don't exactly have average proportions (last I checked, I gained over ten inches going from my waist to my bust), so I had to tweak the pattern a bit, as always, and I'm still not quite happy with it... but it's good enough for now.

Which probably means I'll have it half dissected and be re-stitching bits, even more than I already have, by this time tomorrow.  I'm not very good at "good enough for now".  There's more about this project on ye olde blog.
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27  Sugar Cookies With Frosting of Awesome in Dessert by Corvus corax on: March 22, 2010 11:44:05 AM
This is my first post in the cooking boards so, erm... hi!

I made these cookies.

I covered them with this frosting, which is unique and fantastic and so very light (in texture, not in calories.  Definitely not calorie-light).  Then I added some crumbled Heath bar.

And they are irresistible.

See?  Irresistible.
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28  Square-Necked Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Corvus corax on: March 18, 2010 04:59:01 PM

I love reclaiming t-shirts.  I love to take t-shirts which represent something to me, but which are invisible to the rest of the world (what with being, you know, unflattering, basic-lazy-wardrobe-staple souvenir-for-everything t-shirts), and make them into something interesting and flattering and useful. In this case, I began with a baggy t-shirt from my days earning my Basic and Advanced PADI dive certifications, and a blue shirt rescued from the thrift store for fabric.

I also began with a plan.

Key details: a fitted shirt, square neckline with blue border, blue puffy sleeves with white rib cuff, long length with blue contrast band at the bottom.  And off I went!

Ta da:

I'm really happy with the neckline. There's more information on my process, both for making this shirt and for t-shirt reconstructions in general, in this blog post
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29  Skulls n' Roses in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Corvus corax on: March 06, 2010 10:48:42 AM

Hand sculpted and detailed with black acrylic paint before a final glossy protective coat.  If it looks familiar, it's because I've posted a similar necklace before.  This one is a barrette.

Though I made a pendant too, in purple:

I love the look and the pieces, but am not happy with the pictures.  My camera died a while back and I've been borrowing a very cheap one ever since, that does not exactly have stellar macro capabilities- compare the above to the detail in the pictures of the red necklace and you'll see what I mean.  Alas!  At least it's something, no?  And some day, I'm going to get myself an ubercamera.

Now I just have to find a good chain for the purple pendant. 
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30  DNA Knucks. in Knitting: Completed Projects by Corvus corax on: March 06, 2010 10:33:18 AM
First, there was the DNA Cable.  Then, there were Knucks.  Finally, there came a nerd with two balls of Savoy.

The DNA Knucks were thus born:

Woot!  I love how well these things fit.  I must make more. 

I hope to substitute the DNA Cable for the cable on Coronet, too.  Then I'll have a nerd set!

I'm Corvus on Ravelry, if you'd like to see any of the project details there.
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