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1  Fortune Cookie Happy Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phantome on: September 16, 2017 10:09:51 PM
I've been collecting fortunes from fortune cookies nearly my entire post-pubescent life, with the plan to "do something" with them someday (lol). I had a whole box full of them, and liked to periodically draw one out and let it be a fun thing the think about during my day. Well, I finally did something with them!

Behold, my Happy Book! I decorated all the pages of a hardback art-quality Moleskine with origami paper, washi tape, and doodles, then added my fortunes. I tried to arrange them thematically when possible, in groupings about love, friendship, travel, work, etc, then I glued a coin to the cover. I love it! It's like a big book of happy, and so many of the fortunes are like little positive mantras that can be meditated on, so I can literally just pick a spot, point, and smile (I hope the pics are big enough to read them). I was sure to leave plenty of room for future fortunes!

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2  Re: Stained Glass Iron Man in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Phantome on: September 12, 2017 03:13:30 PM
Really amazing job!  I've tended towards doing that when I learn something new: make something complicated. Sometimes it comes out amazing, and sometimes it flops. You have to love the times when it comes out amazing, though!

Did you start with a pattern, or do you have mad design skills too?  Wonderful job done, regardless!

I'm totally the same way, and thanks! I used references from comics, and free-handed the pattern. It started at 108 pieces, but some of them were too long, too curved, had a weak corner, etc. that my instructor helped me edit and turn into smaller pieces, which took it up to 147 pieces. Here is my original pattern, before modifications or the addition of the background:

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3  Stained Glass Iron Man in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Phantome on: September 12, 2017 11:51:03 AM
I'm so excited about this project! I took a stained glass class about a month ago (this was about a month before we moved across the country, so yeah, perfect timing), and this is only my second project ever! It's 20"x24", and made of 147 pieces. I had so much fun picking different patterns and textures of red glass, and I love the blue of his halo and arc reactor. I definitely see a lot more stained glass projects in my future!

Here it is with just the copper. I kind of liked how bright it was in this stage, it was neat to see all the little pieces standing out.

And here it is in the initial pattern and cutting stage. About halfway through the helmet, I was like jfc, what did I get myself into!

Bonus: Here is my first project, 7 pieces and about 12" wide. Go big or go home on the second project, I guess!

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4  Amethyst Mala in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Phantome on: March 03, 2017 03:47:28 PM
This is a string of Mala beads! It's 108 amethyst 8mm beads, each hand knotted on silk with a rose quartz guru bead and chevron amethyst point. And let me tell you, I was playing chicken with the thread. I had a literal half-inch left when I finished, and had to tie it off with needle nose pliers. I was seething as I finished, 110% certain that I'd have to cut every.single.knot and start over, but I made it to the finish line!

Look at all this thread I had left over!

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5  Venus Kusudama Ball in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phantome on: December 11, 2016 03:42:17 PM
I finished my first origami Venus Kusudama ball! Omg it took me foreverrrrr. It's 36 individual flowers sewn together, with gold glass beads, a 3D bead ball that I made, and a little paper crane. There's a teal Swarovski crystal at the center of each flower, and holographic glitter nail polish around the edges of each flower. The thread is teal with silver foil woven into it, so it sparkles, too. The ball is about 3" across. If I have the patience, I'm going to try to make a cactus one next!

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6  Watercolor and Gold Leaf in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Phantome on: December 11, 2016 03:35:11 PM
At it again with the gold leaf! I'm just smitten by the way the payne's grey contrasts with the gold. This one is on the smaller side, 5.5 x 8.5". It's hard to tell, but a lot of her freckles are gold leaf, too.

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7  "Agony," watercolor and gold leaf in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Phantome on: April 18, 2015 12:32:27 AM
This is part of a series I've been posting as I complete them, with monochrome watercolor and gold leaf. This one was a little more therapeutic in nature because I've been dealing with some stuff lately, but it felt good to get it out. 12x18" watercolor and gold leaf on paper.

And a couple in progress shots because that's a thing I do

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8  Watercolor and gold leaf Hamsa in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Phantome on: April 18, 2015 12:27:46 AM
I painted this for a friend in a craft swap, watercolor and gold leaf, 6x9". Yay!

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9  Sparkly watercolor TARDIS! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Phantome on: April 18, 2015 12:25:51 AM
I painted this in a craft swap with a friend who is a Whovian, and love how it turned out! I used liquid latex to keep the white areas white, then used an iridescent medium in the paint to give the galaxy a sparkly effect. It really shimmers in real life! The yellow tint is just because of the lighting, it's actually on bright white paper. 6x9" watercolor on paper.

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10  "Awakening," watercolor and gold leaf in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Phantome on: March 28, 2015 02:48:57 PM
So this one was a total adventure and experiment, and I had no idea it would actually work. But yes, this is white watercolor on black paper! I love the effect!

"Awakening," watercolor and gold leaf on black paper, 18"x24".

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