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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pacman and ZZT keychains on: October 20, 2007 01:17:26 PM
You can probably tell I'm a novice at sewing ^^;. These were simple but very fun to make. (I also hope I'm in the right section.)

I accidentally broke the plastic alien off my friend's household spare keychain, so I sewed these on to replace it. They were happy and I think my friend confiscated it for personal use  Grin.

This was a present for my brother for Christmas last year. (Sorry about the craptastic photo; I tried to fix it. The background is turquoise, and the character and paper behind it are white.) He started programming games in ZZT when he was in first grade, and the main character looks like this. It's sewn like a 3D rectangle. I was going to stuff it, but then I thought it would be better as a pouch so keys could be slipped inside and not poke him in the leg.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / magic apple and hungry lightswitch on: October 19, 2007 08:44:33 PM
I live in a rented house for college, and it needs a lot of work pretty much everywhere (this is a polite way of saying it looks like a haunted garage). The landlord said I could paint whatever I wanted as long as it was tasteful, giving an entire house painted in neon red and orange hippie flowers as an example of not tasteful that had happened to one of her other rentals.

So I did this a few months ago:

Anglerfish in the bathroom. This lightswitch had peeling paint and was very ugly and dirty. Now it's clean and painted  Grin.

It's very easy to find my reference picture on the internet, but it came out looking much more cartoony than it. (Which I'm happy about. I like its menacing/innocent face.) The lure is done in glow-in-the-dark acrylic, and the back is black acrylic; I kind of like the bumpy texture (ignore the annoying light shines). The rest is all nailpolish done with the original awkwardly blunt brushes, because I'm full of lazy masochism and wanted to see if I could do it. I also thought nailpolish would be more sturdy and easier to clean than acrylic. Once when it was dark, I felt like she was trying to bait me.

A closeup of the anglerfish. I screwed it on and then painted the socket with the wrong color (doh). I think I like it though.

Wormy apple Cheesy. There wasn't anything wrong with this lightswitch, I just felt like painting it. The left switch was white and the right switch is still black; I'm not sure how someone did that.

It's all done in nailpolish (with its blunt brushes again; excuse the pink around the worm...I'll get rid of it later) except the worm's eyes, which are acrylic. I tried using at least three different colors on the apple because the silver I have is extremely old and crappy (watery). I have more worm-colored nailpolish, but I decided to use that pink because I got it from my (by now late) grandmother when I was little.

It's silver because someone put some small "an apple a day" decals over the sink, and I was thinking of folktales with a forest of trees with bronze leaves and fruit, silver leaves and fruit, and golden leaves and fruit. (The fruit is jewels sometimes though.) The golden apple is the most famous apple, but there are silver ones too. This kind of folktale is probably pretty common, but I only know Hungarian ones so I can't confirm it.

I wanted to paint a branch of silver apple tree coming out of the window near the lightswitch, but realized it would require repainting the window frame and washing and probably repainting entire wall (and plaster patching near the lightswitch) so it's only this piece of apple for now.

I don't know what to put on the black lightswitch by the apple. Any ideas? The best would be if it was a movable object thing like the others.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Where can you find awesome swimwear fabric? Is spandex dye/paintable? on: June 03, 2007 07:47:08 AM
I'll put the questions at the front.

Do you know of a place with strange/awesome swimwear fabric prints? (or with done swimming suits that aren't only for bulk sale to stores)

What search terms have you had success with on ebay/the internet for finding strange/awesome swimwear fabric?

Is it possible to dye/paint on/embroider spandex and still have it look good and be just as stretchy?

Thank you Smiley

For years I've been looking for a swimsuit that didn't have stupid tropical flowers on it, something that has a really strange print. (Yes, I know this year the flowers are vintage folky, not tropical, and they're gorgeous, but I still want something stranger.) A few years ago I saw one with planets but for various reasons didn't buy it, and I've been regretting that ever since. A swimsuit with galaxies on it would be the coolest thing ever, but there has to be other awesome fabric out there too.  Maybe it's easier to find fabric to make one than to search for a complete suit, so I've been trying that for the most part.

I've tried searching ebay and the internet for cool prints, but have not had much luck. (Maybe I'm using the wrong search terms? I've been trying things like spandex swimwear fabric.)
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / sea cucumber, discus, quiz earrings *img heavy* on: July 28, 2006 07:25:09 AM
Hello Smiley. It isn't, but I kind of feel like this is my first post.

I think I made all of these in January 2005.
These were the first (and so far only, I'm a coward XD;) things I've tried selling. (They're the same ones that were on that defunct ebay link in my first post.) I think I'll field test the sea cucumber to see if they have any problems first.

I cut my logo out because the first design was really ugly ^^;. I still have to rework it though (and also the packaging, please ignore it XD;). [I'm kind of liking the middle snail though.]

This took me forever.

And...I'm a big nerd. Hooray XD; (You're supposed to make people guess what species it is from the silhouette.)

All of these had little mini facts on the back of the earring card, but for the livebearer one I wanted to write so much that it didn't fit and wasn't legible, so it got its own card. (There's stuff on the inside too.) [Yes, I know I should print it. XD;] Those also took forever, but it helps make me learn more biology (my major, so this is always good) and I figured people would like to know about their earrings.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How can you cut intricate shapes out of wood? on: January 26, 2005 08:26:52 AM
Hello, I'm new to Craftster *wave* Smiley

What I was wondering is, I've just started making earrings to sell, and I want to make little animal shapes in wood since I really don't want to use my home oven to exude HCl fumes from polymer clay. Sorry, toxic stuff really unnerves me. But what can you use to do this?

Say I wanted to cut a 1-inch wide fish out of 1/4 in thick plywood. I thought a jigsaw would do it, since it's named jigsaw so should be able to make jigsaw puzzles, right? But I went to Sears and the guy said jigsaws cannot do intricate work at all, you need a scroll saw or a rotary tool. Scroll saws are really huge and expensive so I didn't even consider it, but researched the dremel rotary tool, which I promptly fell in love with. But even though I want it, nowhere on their site does it actually say it can *cut wood*, only drill it, though the guy at Sears said its drill spins so fast you can just stick it down and pull it sideways and it works like a saw. Would that work? How thick are the drill bits (would it waste a bunch of wood while cutting)? Is there some better/cheaper alternative for cutting wood (and then sanding the little grooves I just made)?

How does anyone actually make a jigsaw puzzle? ^_^;;;

This is what I've done so far with basswood, an exacto knife, and sandpaper:


But I really want to make ones that are actually shaped like fish...and out of wood that's so hard I can't cut through it with an exacto knife (even though basswood is fine for jewelry).  Maybe I should just whittle the basswood into shapes, but again it's really hard with an exacto knife, and I can't sand very well in little grooves.

THE END... Can anyone help me?  Huh I'll love you forever.
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