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1  broken ivory piano keys in What the heck can I do with THIS? by turtlebriana on: May 08, 2005 09:02:50 PM
My friend worked at a piano store, cleaning pianos, and she scored some of the old ivory that has broken off the tops of the keys, and gave them to me!!!! I am really excited to use them, but am curious to see what other people's ideas are.

Here's what they look, like but a couple of mine are chipped.

(This is not my picture, FYI)

Any ideas? I thought I could do something to change the shape, like cut, sand, buff, etc, or drill a hole to make a necklace or something.
If anyone has any experience with ivory and knows if it would split, crack or otherwise break by doing any of these things, I 'd appreciate the feedback as well.  Thanks!
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2  My stenciled Valentine t-shirt in Valentine's Day by turtlebriana on: February 06, 2005 11:17:50 AM
So here is my present to my husband on our 1st married Valentine's Day! (and our half-year anniversary, how cool is that!?)

I used a photo of us kissing on Miami Beach in 2003:

Then opened it in photoshop, and did the "threshold" thing (Image/adjustments/threshold) to make it a stencil. I had to do a little painting to make it all smooth enough to cut out. Especially my hair:

Then I printed it on thiok paper, and cut it out (VERY CAREFULLY!) with an exact-o blade. Since I used a black t-shirt as my canvas, and wanted to use a dark colored paint to represent the shadows on the stencil, I needed to first paint a lighter colored background.... So I chose "leaf green" acrylc paint and made a square stencil the same size as the pic, and filled it in.

After it dried overnight, I then did the black layer. Here's the finished product....

I still need to iron it so it sets permanently. I am also making one with the same image for me to match,  but my shirt is a nice turquoise and I will use maroon paint. I am so excited to give it to him!!!!!!

This is my first craft to post, so your feedback is appreciated!!
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