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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Leather pants? on: July 11, 2010 07:51:51 PM
I'm crazy about this guy I call Trip. And Trip is weird. And impressed by my sewing stuff. I'm tailoring a shirt for him. And he wants me to make him leather pants. I said I could do it. Thing is, I've worked with leather, but never made pants. And he's hot so they need to be flattering and done right. ANY AND ALL TIPS in regards to leather (probably more of a pleather) or pants making or pants making for MEN or any combination or anything you think I should know would be so appreciated, you don't even know!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Elegant Peacock-Inspired Headband ((Pic Morbidly Obese! Semi-Tute!)) on: July 09, 2010 01:16:11 PM
So I went and bought myself some Kato Polyclay. Would have been Sculpey but I don't like how it gets all mushy if you work it too much. So Kato, forever and always. Now, I've never successfully made anything from polymer clay. So I was scared. And after several failed attempts at a tropical bird bracelet, I just took the broken pieces, attached them to an unrelated yet fabulous flower, and that onto a dinky plastic headband, and got this:

((NOTE: Please ignore the strands of hot glue. I got too excited to deal with those buggers...))




^ So I made this flower. First I rolled a ball, squished it flat. Then I made... hang on, let me count... 14 by three is... 42. 42 rectangular shapes that I formed into diamonds. Two broke, and two got squished, but I think it gives the piece character. I put 14 down on the squished ball, then curled the outer edges. I repeated this two more times, making the second row smaller than the bottom, and top smaller than the second. Then I put a ball into a dip in the center, then wrapped a thin strand of clay in a spiral around the ball. Then I made TONS of little balls. There are 24 in the center with the spiral, and one between each and every petal. I painted the spiral gold, then infused a both a robin's egg blue and an emerald green with silver. I painted the rest of the flower with my blue, then on every petal where it touches the next layer I painted a pinch of green. Then I used a piece of steel wool to scrape the paint and age it. Ta da!

^ Turn your head. Like, rotate it like a clock. So when you look 'down' your nose, you're looking left. Now look at the picture. I told you I made a bird, a peacock, and there's the body and wing! I cut out a basic shape for the body, then cut the wing, then embellished! I used the same petal-technique from the flower on the wing, and painted some feathers with my blue and some with my green. The body itself you can see is gold with a silver-infused purple streak and 11 golden balls detailing the streak. Again, I used steel wool to scrape some paint.

^ There is a head AND tail in there. The head is the top part that looks kind of fuzzy. The beak is the green part that disappears behind the flower and the three nearby curls are plumage. I cut several layers to give it dimension. There are seven gold balls on the purple plume. As for the tail, that's the main chunk of this part. There are seven curls of plumage built on one basic piece. The three purple plumes have a total of 12 gold balls on them, the two green pieces each have one gold 'rod' on the top of them, and the two blue plumes have 10 gold circles and two gold balls. The circles were made by rolling clay very VERY thin, and cutting them into short pieces, then attaching the ends together. It's hard, but a toothpick helps because it can press the ends together. You'll notice your finger's can't do the delicate job. And of course I scratched the paint job.

Then it was just a matter of gluing the pieces together in a way I like that fit the curve of the headband. That and convincing my older sister to let me use her expensive yet amazing camera with a boutique lens... Cheesy


^ I'm a tall girl, so if you have a small frame it would probably be a bit bigger in your hand than mine. But still.

So yes, this is my beloved Peacock-ish headband, and I had to share. I mean, how could I even consider depriving you guys? LOL I crack myself up. Haha.

Anyways, please tell me what you think! And if you have any suggestions for what to do for my next act, let me know! Cheesy

3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / The Hot Glue Challenge! on: June 16, 2010 01:55:04 PM
There's so many wonderful things you can make with hot glue. And I think it would be awesome to see what people could come up with. I've always got such ideas bouncing around my head. I once made a jacket - - not with a sewing machine, but purely with hot glue. My sister made a sculpture of hot glue. A friend made a mosaic by letting tons of heated glue dry in one layer over cut up photos in a frame. Whether the glue is what's seen (like the sculpture or mosaic) or the only reason the project functions (like a dress or to-scale replica of yourself in hot glue and popsicle sticks) I think this project is wide open to interpretation, and still absolutely fun. And a challenge. And an opportunity to stick it to the hot glue gun for all the times its burned you before and say, ha. I made something awesome. You can't keep me down!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Welcome to Seussville! on: May 27, 2010 10:38:05 AM
This is my sister's game room. She's got quads and a 3 year old, so needless to say she always goes above and beyond! She did almost everything in the room, but she had me paint two murals, which is what I wanted to show off!

^^Freehanded. Totally. It's bigger than I am!
VV Another angle of OFTF and Thing 1 and Thing 2. I tell her she needs a Thing 3 and Thing 4 for the rest of the quads!

^^ Personalized Seussville sign. All the names of her five children, though the light blue is missing a name, I know. It has since been filled in! Cheesy It was dark blue and had the name originally, but it was hard to see the name so this photo was taken right after I repainted it.
VV More of the room.

^^ Something more like an aerial view... Cheesy

So, whatcha think? Do my paintings capture Seuss? Did my sister do a good job with the theme?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I Dream in Chocolate on: February 06, 2010 11:16:39 PM
Yup. Milk, Dark, Raspberry, White, all of it. Yum.

I spent all day going a little crazy with my browns and cream yarns, because they reminded me of chocolate ((didn't help that I watched Food Network Challenge: Chocolate Wonders earlier today...)). And it took all day because I've never done anything like this. I think I really like free form type crochet now. Anyways, crazy awesome necklace.

And here it is on me. Sorry, I cut off the very longest curly, but I didn't feel it was necessary for my cleavage to make an appearance.

I have a couple more pics of close ups on areas of the necklace, as well as one or two while it was in the making. I'm trying to get my computer to obey and let me upload them, so I'll update when Angelique (laptop) feels more inclined to acquiese.

... I've always wanted to say that. Wink
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pink and Brown Slouchy Hat on: February 05, 2010 07:37:41 PM
Never made one before. I did this without a pattern, but I can figure it out if anyone wants me to. It was pretty straightforward. Lots of double crochet, and a bit of single around the edge. I used this really old yarn from my stash that fades into pink and brown and white and green, and it's just been sitting there. This morning I decided my roots looked awful so I wanted to cover them. This came out in two hours of watching Project Runway marathons and texting my big sister.


And from above...

Yay for my first ever Craftster item!!
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