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1  Blackhawks Silhouette Shadowbox in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by tr3kkie9rl on: April 09, 2013 02:12:04 PM
For another family member:

First I printed the logo in black and white

Deciding what to cut out from the image was probably the hardest part

Then painted it black

Ripped a couple delicate pieces, had to redo that part and patch it behind. Put red behind the logo to reinforce it as well as give it more pop. I used a picture of the original Chicago Stadium for the background, and 2 sticks for a bit more color.

Used an empty paperclip box to put the logo in the foreground lol

This one definitely had the most intricate cuts, and was pretty difficult doing it by hand with an exacto pen blade. But very fun.
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2  Another shadowbox silhouette in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by tr3kkie9rl on: March 27, 2013 01:39:55 PM
This one was for my father-in-law who has a house in Florida. I used pictures we took when we visited them.

This one looks totally flat so here are some pics out of the frame. Hopefully you can see the depth a little better...

That's all for now!
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3  Silhouette shadowboxes (lotsopics) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by tr3kkie9rl on: March 07, 2013 02:29:28 PM

Well I guess this is the best place for these, since they are paper. I've been rather shy about posting them, but art not shared is art wasted I guess.

I started doing silhouettes last year when I decided to do one for my 1year anniversary, since the traditional gift is paper. This is a photograph from the actual ceremony I turned into a silhouette and framed:

Then I decided it would make nice gifts, but wanted to add a little more pizazz... so I got some shadowboxes. Next projects were Christmas gifts for aunt and uncle, of their favorite things: him - Sherlock Holmes books, and her - fairies.

not sure which one has better lighting. I suck at photography lol

The fairy had a little more detail. Here she is before being painted black.

Close up of flowers.

I loved this paper that someone gave me. Worked perfectly for her wings. In certain light it really shimmered and was very pretty.

Then came a couple friend's birthdays, for one I made this:

the background is cells from actual comics (which, when I told him that, his response was "You cut up comics?!!?" lol) You can't tell, but 2 cells, one on each side, are actually halfway between the background and the foreground. I used pieces of foam to make them stick out a bit. The boat in the Sherlock piece is like that too, but it's not obvious in the pictures.

and for another friend

Here's Vader alone, before installation.

I think one of my favorite things was the "side effects" of painting the silhouettes:



I might frame those too, just for me.

Anyway, that's it so far. I have others in the works for more family members' birthdays, but they're not done yet.

Added: Any ideas on how to make it photograph better? Also, how to make the 3d details more obvious in photo?
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4  Static-addicted hairbrush and natural red hair tint in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by tr3kkie9rl on: March 07, 2013 01:31:04 PM
Hello crafties! I have 2 seperate issues I would love some tips on:

I have a hairbrush I love, but no matter what it always seems to have static attached to it. I've tried spraying it with water (which I hate doing because then it gets on my hair), banging it on things, running a magnet over it (ok not really, but WOULD THAT WORK??? lol)... and it's in the bathroom which has terrible ventilation so it's the most humid room in the house. No kidding. I know it's only this brush, because it happens every time, and I have others that don't do this. It's an oval paddle brush, I think that's what it's called anyway, the kind that has the pin things in a cushion, and they have little balls on the end. Looks pretty much like this:

What the heck can I do about this? I hate going to brush my hair and ending up with this:

Secondly, does anyone know of a natural red tint I can use on my hair besides henna? I'm talking something kitchen-witchy, like oh IDK, cranberry juice? Red rooibos tea? Boiled nutmeg/tea?? Preferably something I already might have or isn't too far out of the norm.

Thanks lots in advance!
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5  Re: Anyone Have a Recipe for a No Rinse Face Wash? in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by tr3kkie9rl on: April 10, 2012 02:50:13 PM
You should definitely try the oil cleanse method. Do some googling... it's out there all over the place. I started doing it maybe 6 months ago now, and I went from this

to this

in 4 months. Now, a couple more months later, I am almost completely clear all the time. I still break out around my period, but believe you me NOTHING like what it used to be. The first picture isn't even the worst of it, nor does the lighting show all the damage. And the second picture is on a bad day when I WAS on my period, and also before I cut out some food sensitivities that were causing the redness. I have cystic acne plus rosacea... seemingly impossible to fix even with pharmaceuticals.

Even if you have great skin with no acne issues, OCM is great... And it doesn't require any flooding of the sink haha!!
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6  Coconut oil and Honey hair mask/deep conditioner in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by tr3kkie9rl on: April 05, 2012 12:15:37 PM
As they so often do, this latest project bubbled up from many accumulated nuggets of knowledge stored in my frontal lobes almost by osmosis. I apologize that I don't have a picture to go with it, so I scalped this one from teh interwebz:

it's about the same color as my hair maybe slightly more red, and the shine is definitely comparable (as described later in this post)

I had noticed that my hair lately (aside from being in desperate need of a trim) was starting to look like a bale of alfalfa. So, not pretty. I went to my fridge, pulled out my container of coconut oil, looked at it, hmmm-ed for a minute, and scooped some out into a small container. Then I wandered around my kitchen hunting for other ingredients to add to my hair-repair concoction. I settled on honey, and poured about an equal amount of honey in. I then microwaved it for about 30 seconds, just enough to melt the coconut oil (I keep it in the fridge because it only stays solid below 76 and my cabinets all seem to be warmer than that) and stirred the heck out of it to combine the honey and coconut oil. They seemed to be somewhat averse to each other, and by the time I got to the shower I had to shake the container a bit to re-combine them.

Once I had wet my hair pretty thoroughly, I poured the oil-honey mixture into my hands and applied it liberally from root to tip, and massaged it into my scalp too. It was still warm from the microwave, which was really relaxing! (I wonder if it had the added benefits that are supposed to come with those hot oil treatments that used to be so popular?) I slathered on some of my normal conditioner too, just for kicks. After all the normal showery stuff body washing, shaving, exfoliating, etc I took a wide-tooth plastic comb and ran it through my hair to detangle it. Then I rinsed it as best as I could. Surprisingly it seemed to rinse almost clean, after which I applied shampoo. By this point the deep conditioner had probably been on my hair for 15-20 minutes (it was one of those long, luxurious showers *smile*) and as I washed it clean, I could already tell there was a huge difference. The last thing I did was my apple cider vinegar rinse to restore the hairs natural ph. I couldnt wait to see how it looked and felt once dry!

I did my typical routine of letting it air dry, then blow drying it almost dry with a paddle brush, then setting it in velcro rollers. As I was doing this, the texture felt much smoother and softer, and it was already looking much shinier.

When it was completely dry, after I had taken out the rollers and brushed it through, I was literally astounded. My hair looked completely virgin and healthy. When I stepped outside later and glanced at the strands, they were literally glistening in the sun as if I had used a shine serum filled with crushed diamonds. Ok maybe thats a slight exaggeration. But it was super shiny for reals!

This was definitely one of my better experiments, and one I plan to continue using often! I made it for a friend, but I added grapeseed oil to hers. So that will be going in the next batch I make for myself!

This is a fact sheet on the ingredients I give to people I make this for:

A couple notes: dark hair will usually have more noticeable shine than lighter hair, although this is actually a sort of optical illusion. Dark pigments absorbs more light while fairer strands actually reflect it, but darker hair shows a greater difference in the contrast between light areas and dark areas.
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7  DIY face serum for Xmas gifts (with tutorial) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by tr3kkie9rl on: December 13, 2011 02:57:07 PM
So for Christmas this year I decided to make something I had been wanting for myself as gifts for several female family members and friends - a super-luxurious face serum! I ordered the ingredients from Majestic Mountain Sage (http://www.thesage.com) and the containers I was lucky enough to find at a local Chicago place I ABSOLUTELY LOVE... American Science and Surplus (http://www.sciplus.com/) when they had their ginormous once-a-year warehouse sale. Score!!!

What I used:
16 oz Rose Hip Seed oil
16 oz Sweet Almond oil
16 oz Jojoba oil
24 drops Rosemary essential oil

Here are some pictures of the process!

I combined all the oils except the Rosemary EO and whisked it gently as I added each one to make sure it was (hopefully) well mixed.

In the background of the dropper bottles you can see my hang tags drying. I printed up some labels that I created in word, then used modpodge to adhere them to both sides of some Christmas greeting cards from last year. Once that was dry I added another coat to seal it.

After letting the oils sit for a few minutes while I worked on the tags, I added in the Rosemary EO and whisked gently again. I then used a turkey baster to fill the 2 oz bottles with the oil mixture. I had thought I bought 4oz bottles, so I ended up with quite a bit more left than I anticipated!

Once the tags were completely dry I hole punched them, cut them into rectangles with beveled edges, and attached them to the bottles with ribbon. Here's a close up of the front of the tags :-) The back has recommended usage.

And for the exterior packaging, I printed up a birch bark template from Martha Stewart. (http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/yule-log-favor-boxes#slide_2) Then on the back I printed some additional information about each ingredient. I wrapped it around each bottle and taped it at the edge, then tied some ribbon. Simple but cute!

In the first picture you can kind of see that the words show through in the light, but not so much at other angles.

All in all I'm very pleased with this and I hope that the recipients like them :-)

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8  Re: Mineral Bronzer with tutuorial (tute *modified* slightly) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by tr3kkie9rl on: October 17, 2011 02:30:58 PM
here's a real-life before:

and after!

these are totally candid, unaltered photos. THIS is why I love my mineral makeup!!
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9  Mineral Bronzer with tutuorial (tute *modified* slightly) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by tr3kkie9rl on: October 13, 2011 11:56:26 AM
Here is another product I've made with my cheapo minerals - a nice warm shimmery bronzer! It's similar to Bare Minerals' "warmth" but with less intensity for my pale Irish freckled skin :-) and it's super soft and silky thanks to the cornstarch base!

What you will need:

measuring spoons - 1/16th teaspoon up to 1 tablespoon
mortar and pestle
1 small bowl
one clean makeup brush (optional)
coffee grinder (optional)

"ingredients" you will need:
1 tbs cornstarch
1 tsp kaolin/white clay
1/8 tsp titanium dioxide
1/8 tsp zinc oxide
1/8 tsp yellow iron oxide
1/8 tsp red iron oxide
1/16 tsp brown iron oxide
1/8 tsp Jacquard Pearl-Ex Powdered Pigment in Sparkle Gold (optional, for shimmer)

Yields: about 2 tbs of makeup, enough for 1 standard sized mineral makeup container

1. First combine the non-pigment items (kaolin and cornstarch) in one small bowl and stir gently.
2. *modified* Next, put all remaining pigments and about 1/4 of the non-pigment items (but not the Pearl-Ex) into the mortar.
3.With the pestle, grind everything together as thoroughly as possible, *gradually adding the remaining non-pigment base a little at a time*. This will be tedious and time-consuming as the pigments tend to stick to the sides of the mortar and you have to constantly scrape them off and re-mix. This combination will be very "fluffy" and light, even more so than the foundation (in my other post) so be careful while grinding that it doesn't fly all over the place. This step will help condense it into a slightly denser form.
4. You will know that the pigments are well mixed when you no longer see streaks of red as this is the most noticeable color in the mix.
5. Add the Pearl-Ex, and gently mix/grind them again. Not too hard as you don't want to crush the Pearl-Ex

Here is the finished product!

and next to foundation so you can see the difference:

It doesn't look a whole lot different, but the lighting is terrible for one, and those iron oxides are tricky things - they appear much lighter until applied to your skin! Always test before you add more color...

Again sorry about the lighting. I wish I could figure out a way to show off the shimmer effect as it is really nice.
happy crafting!
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10  Mineral makeup with tutorial in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by tr3kkie9rl on: October 12, 2011 09:54:46 AM
If you read my other post you will have an idea of where to find mineral makeup supplies for cheap. And now I finally have some pictures of the completed product with a tutorial!

First the pics:

I apologize that it doesn't really do them justice, you can't see the true shade or the slight shimmer or any of that.

So without further ado, here is the tutorial!!

Items you will need:
measuring spoons - 1/16th teaspoon up to 1 tablespoon
mortar and pestle (preferably something smooth with little to no texture so the powders don't stick to it)
3-4 small bowls
one clean makeup brush (optional)
coffee grinder (optional)
containers to put the makeup in when you're done!

"ingredients" you will need:
     *please note these are the ingredients I use and there are many other wonderful things you can put in your mineral makeup if you do some research.
1 tbs kaolin/white clay
1 tsp silica
1 tsp Gold Bond medicated powder - I know it sounds strange, but all the ingredients are totally safe. This is only if you are acne prone however, if not you can skip it. (see my other post for more details on the acne-fighting ingredients) That said, I would suggest patch-testing this one alone on your skin first to make sure it's not irritating to you.
1 tbs cornstarch *this is a new addition and I like it a lot!
1 tbs titanium dioxide
1 tbs zinc oxide
iron oxides - yellow, red, and brown (quantities will vary)
1/16 tsp Jacquard Pearl-Ex Powdered Pigment in Sparkle Gold (optional, for shimmer) - this is a mica just like what you would get from TBK Trading or Brambleberry etc. It is not recommended by the company for use on people, but theatre people use it and from all the research I can find it is identical in form and structure. It's available in most art stores.

Yields: about 6 tbs of makeup, enough for 3 standard sized mineral makeup containers.

1. First start by combining the non-pigment items (kaolin, silica, cornstarch and Gold Bond) in one small bowl.
2. Next, put the pigments (all remaining items except Pearl-Ex) into a separate bowl. "But I don't know how much iron oxides to use!?!" you are probably thinking at this moment... and to be honest I can't tell you exactly, it's a sort of trial and error thing. I can tell you that for my medium-skin-toned-latina friend, I use 1/4 tsp of yellow and 1/8 tsp each of red and brown, and for myself II'm a redheaded irish girl with fair/freckled skin) I use maybe 1/2 to 2/3 of that amount and add more as needed. I'm hoping to get some cc spoons so I can more precisely determine this!
3. Next, mix the pigments gently with a small spoon or knife until they look somewhat combined, and then put them into the mortar with about 1/4 of the non-pigment items. With the pestle, grind the colors together as thoroughly as possible. This is the tedious time-consuming part, as in my experience the pigments tend to stick to the sides of the mortar and you have to constantly scrape them off and re-mix. Some people put the pigments in baggies and "crush" them all together that way, I can't say how well that works as I haven't personally tried it.
4. Once you are sure that the pigments are well mixed, set them aside.
5. Into the coffee grinder put the the contents of first bowl, add the Pearl-Ex, and then the pigments. (Be sure that if you do use this you find one that will keep the powder inside the canister and not let it migrate down to the motor as I've heard that can cause an otherwise perfectly functioning machine to fail after only a few uses). Pulse all the ingredients together a few times until they appear fully mixed. It doesn't take much, and you're going to do a little more mixing after this as well.
6. Empty the contents of the coffee grinder back into the mortar, and gently mix/grind them again. You don't want to be too forceful at this phase, as the mica/pearl-ex is fragile and easily crushed which detracts from it's shimmery properties.

*Note: this particular combination starts out very "fluffy" and light, so be careful while using the mortar and pestle that it doesn't fly out and all over the room. Waste not want not! This last step of grinding also seems to help condense it into a more manageable, less airy powder.

7. I've found that using a clean makeup brush helps when pigments and/or the completed powder stick to the insides of the mortar, it's totally optional.

VOILA you're finished! Test a small bit with your kabuki brush or whatever you use, and if it's not the right shade, add pigments a teeny tiny bit at a time. If too dark, add more TiO2 and/or ZnO. Adding only TiO2 will bring out a more pink tone, while adding only ZnO will simply lighten it. If it's not dark enough, add the other colors as needed. I recommend testing it in natural sunlight to make sure that you don't get overzealous with the color modifications.

One last note - I've found that mixing a little of the powder with some grapeseed oil (or olive oil, or argan oil, or coconut oil if that's more your thing; olive felt too heavy for me except in the winter when I'm super dry, coconut was nice and light-feeling but made me break out - grapeseed is just right!) makes a great "liquid" foundation, or blemish cover. Just be very very sparing when you do this, a little goes a long way... and that is a serious understatement.

I hope I covered everything, I look forward to any question or comments!
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