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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Free Hugs! on: January 24, 2016 08:38:42 PM
Sheepblue and I had a private swap AGES ago (as in almost a year) and I'm just now getting around to posting pics of the piece I made for her.

Emma likes the movie Aliens and has as warped a sense of humor as I do, so I when this idea popped into my head, I knew it would be perfect.

I created a tiny lemonade-stand with the words "Free Hugs" painted in red at the top. Then I made a facehugger and an unhatched pod to accompany it. The stand was made with craft sticks, wood stain and glue. The facehugger and pod are both polymer clay with paint added for detail.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Axolotl Paper Cutting on: January 24, 2016 07:55:13 PM
I was lucky enough to partner up with Ludi in the IYP 28 swap. She has a fabulous cabinet of curiosities room and thus I decided what she really needed was a small Axolotl in a tank to add to her collection. The "tank" is a clear 5x7" photo frame that's approximately 1" deep.

The finished piece is 95% paper, with a bit of paint added as well. The plants, pebbles, bubbles and the axolotl itself are all cut from paper. I painted details onto the plants and added highlights to the bubbles with white paint. The axolotl's pink spots & the white highlights in its eyes are also paint. Other than that, everything is layered paper.

I used black foam cut to varying lengths to raise up the axolotl and some of the bubbles from the background to give the piece more dimensionality. I also used clear glass beads behind a few of the bubbles to raise them up and give them a different appearance. The overall effect is a charming little creature swimming in his tank and ready for his new home.

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The First Brother's Tale on: January 24, 2016 07:23:33 PM
I created a small wall hanging/ornament for Pottermouth in the IYP 28 swap. We both love Harry Potter and we're both fairly obsessed with our Harry Potter Christmas trees. As it's already past Christmas, however, I wanted to make something that she could use as either an ornament or regular art depending on her fancy.

The scene is from THE TALE OF THE THREE BROTHERS by Beedle The Bard, a book featured rather heavily in the last Harry Potter novel. It depicts the first brother being given the Elder Wand by death.

I knew the moment I had the idea that I wanted to paint it on a tree limb cross-section so it'd have a lovely bark grain on the outer edges.

Clearly the section I chose was always meant to have this picture painted on it because it had a dark black splotch, similar to the one on the opposite side pictured below, in the middle of the wood and in roughly the shape of death's skull. I decided to go with it rather than finding a different cross-section.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter Ornaments on: January 06, 2016 07:37:47 PM
Back in December, Chughes225 and I made a couple Harry Potter ornaments for each other. Here are the two I created. Our chosen theme was Wizarding Shops.

This first is my favorite. (I've got to make one of these for my HP tree):
A Honeydukes bag filled with tiny treats:

The bag was created using a template and a small green gift bag I gutted. Inside is a tiny Chocolate Frog box, Exploding Bon Bons, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans & Fizzing Whizzbees. I molded teeny, tiny jelly beans out of polymer clay for the BBB box.

The second ornament is a quill holder suspended from a Scrivenshaft's sign. The holder is constructed from popsicle sticks and craft dowels which were then painted with wood stain.

I forgot to take a picture of each ornament beside a ruler but they're both under four inches.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "When In Doubt, Go To The Library" Altered Mini Tin on: June 27, 2014 08:47:41 AM
My partner in the recent mini altered tin swap, Alexampersandra, is a librarian and fellow book-lover. I knew right away that I needed to make something library inspired for her tin. While looking for a good library quote I stumbled across the perfect one - and BONUS it's from my favorite book series. Luckily, my partner likes Harry Potter as well. I made the tin into a tiny library bookcase. The shelves are painted cardboard. The books covers are painted cardboard as well with polymer clay used to make the inside pages. I covered the interior and exterior with scrapbook paper. I designed the silhouette of Hermione in Photoshop and then cut it out with my Silhouette SD craft cutter machine. The silhouette is mounted to the top of the tin using wire.

The back of the tin has a wall hanger so it can be hung on the wall, there's also a magnet so it can go on the fridge.

The quote is from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Because that's what Hermione does, said Ron, shrugging. When in doubt, go to the library.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Floral Pendant on: June 05, 2014 09:37:19 AM
A pendant I made for my partner in the twinchie swap. The pendant is just under two inches wide. This was my first attempt at stumpwork. I'm rather pleased with the result Smiley It was also my first time trying to do shading with long and short stitch (not as successful). Plus I got to learn a few new stitches. The petals are on a thin wire frame covered with buttonhole stitch so they are each adjustable.  This was a lot of fun. The complete piece start to finish (including mounting in the pendant) took about 6 hours. I'm a slow stitcher.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dimensional Hermione Painting with Tutorial on: May 19, 2014 12:38:45 PM
For the IYP 25 swap I wanted to make something unique for my partner chughes225. I've wanted to make a book painting for a while, inspired by this pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/63824519691605298/

However, I couldn't possibly hack up some books even in the interests of art. It took me a while to settle on a solution, but I finally figured out a way to pull it off. This was my solution:

I used a 12 x 12" wood frame base. Next I cut strips of thin cardboard and gave them a slightly bowed shape and then used duct tape to secure them to the wooden base.

After that I covered the book spines in two layers of plaster tape and allowed them to dry.

I gave the plaster a base coat of black when it was done. Next I found some faux leather textured scrapbook paper, cut strips of that and painted them. I glued them onto the base and then used acrylic to add details based on vintage book spines.

And last I sketched a profile image of Hermione onto the book spines and then painted in the details.

If I do this again I'll make the spines less curvy because the image distortion is a bit distracting. I like the dimensionality of the finished piece though. I just need a better balance Smiley
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tardis Necklace on: May 19, 2014 12:15:33 PM
For my partner chughes225 I decided to try my hand at micro-embroidery. The final Tardis image is a bit bigger than I wanted and I had to hunt hard to find a bezel big enough for it, but I'm happy with the end result. The bezel is 50mm on the outside. The design was free hand based on several Tardis I was referencing.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Celtic Crow Slip Cover on: May 19, 2014 12:06:57 PM
For the IYP 25 swap my partner Wulf asked for an embroidered pillow cover. After stalking his pinterest diligently I settled on making something with a celtic design and fell in love with a crow design. I printed it out at the appropriate size, used transfer paper to get it onto the fabric and then traced the design in permanent marker so it wouldn't rub off as I worked.

The finished design is just under 12 inches across. The main design uses satin stitch and was outlined with a chain stitch in blue. The entire design took approximately 20 hours of embroidery. I thought I'd never finish Smiley But at the same time it was fun to do. It's definitely going to be while before I tackle something this big again though.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A Charming Bookmark & Ravenclaw Owl Necklace on: April 11, 2014 11:09:49 AM
I made this little bookmark and owl necklace for Pottermouth as part of a private swap.

The bookmark is braided ribbon with a copper charm on the bottom. I used paints, mica powders, embossing powder and alcohol ink to provide a textured base. I have a bunch of Harry Potter stamps so I added a cute book stack with embossing ink and black embossing powder. Finally I made a little bead cluster to the bottom of the charm.

The owl bead was one I had laying around and I just added some Ravenclaw house-colored beads for a fun little pendant.
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