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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mini Sushi Charms on: December 23, 2009 02:22:02 PM
I've seen a lot of clay sushi around, so I just had to try it! I made them into charms and linked them onto a bracelet interspersed with crystal star beads.

Here's the tutorial I used for the maki cane: http://chat-noir.deviantart.com/art/Sushi-Cane-Tutorial-58865159
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Custom Monster Cozies! TUTORIAL ADDED (pic obese) on: December 23, 2009 01:26:34 PM
These are two gadget cozies for my best friend's little sisters (possibly the most difficult demographic to Christmas shop for...). The black one is for a Samsung Gravity cell phone, and the purple one fits an mp3 player about the size of a 2007 iPod nano.

Ack! Flash lighting!


Fist, get whatever electronic device you want the cozy to fit. Set it on top of a piece of felt and cut out a rectangle just slightly larger, as shown. (Yep, I know this iPod touch is cracked. It's very sad. This is why it needs a cozy. At least the thing still works!)

Cut another identical rectangle.

Guesstimate the thickness of your device, and cut two side strips and one bottom strip, as shown.

Sew the side strips onto one of the bigger rectangles.

Sew on the other rectangle.

Last, sew on the bottom strip and see if your device fits.

Now, cut another rectangle, the same width as the little pouch you just made.

Sew it onto the back of the pouch, this will be the flap.

The "lining" of the cozy is now finished. Don't worry about how ugly the seams are, they won't show!  Wink

Now, get some kind of super fuzzy/plush material and cut out a piece as long as the lining (with the flap open) and wide enough to wrap around it (slightly more than double its width).

Fold the piece in half and sew it into a tube, also sew up one edge and leave the other open.

Turn the tube right-side-out.

And slip the lining inside it, I poked it in with a ruler and jabbed all the corners to make sure it fit tightly.

Now, cut off part of the tube so that it's the same shape as the lining, as shown. Leave a little material on the edges for seams.

Cut out a row of teeth from white felt.

Sew them onto the lining flap, as shown.

Next sew the outer flap onto the outside of the teeth, I kind of folded the edge of the material in as I went to make it look pretty. Smiley Now is also the time to add eyes to your monster. In the pictures above you can see I used safety eyes, but I happen to be out of those at the moment so this particular monster will be eyeless...  Embarrassed  I also stuffed the face with a little poly-fil to cushion the safety eyes. I'm sure buttons would work too. Pretty self-explanitory.

This is what the inside looks like at this point. (Almost done!)

Now, just sew the edges all around like so.

The finished monster! (Minus eyes and stuffing...) Anyway, good luck, I hope this tute was clear enough!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Teeny Cupcakes Charm Bracelet (total newbie) on: December 18, 2009 12:38:23 PM
Hello all, this is my first post on craftster (after lurking for about a year...), as well as my first attempt at polymer clay beads! The bracelet is a holiday gift for a cupcake lovin' friend of mine (seriously, the girl can throw down). Let me know what you think!

*I apologize in advance for the harsh lighting, it was all I had to work with today...

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