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1  The Eye of the Dragon in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by earthmama1978 on: February 16, 2011 01:01:58 PM
Stumbled upon this project online and HAD to give it a try. There was a tutorial for sale for $5 but I just kinda did it my own way and used their photo as inspiration. I used one of those cheapie wooden trinket boxes ($1.00 at AcMoore) and covered it. They eye is a flat bottomed glass aquarium stone (I drew an eye with sharpie on an index card and cut it to fit, glued it to the bottom). I used e-6000 to glue the paper to the glass, but it doesn't like the heat, and looks "cracked" under the glass, but other than that, I think it came out pretty darn good. I am going to give it to my son for his birthday, he had a bit of a dragon fetish.

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2  Fairy Embrace Etched Mirror in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by earthmama1978 on: February 03, 2011 06:51:22 PM
Glass etching is one of the easiest crafts one can do, in my opinion. Anything you can draw or trace onto some contact paper and cut out with a craft knife can be etched onto a mirror or piece of glass.
For a wedding gift for my sister in law, I etched this glass mirror.
Simply, I laid contact paper on the mirror, smoothing well to make sure no air was trapped underneath. Then I traced the fairy image from a printed image I found online (slightly altered to suit my taste), added the bride and grooms name and wedding date in my own handwriting, and cut it all out with an x-acto. After applying a nice thick coat of Armor Etch and waiting about 10 minutes, I washed my piece and removed the contact paper. Ta-Daaa!!!
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3  Wild and Free (pink rocking horse becomes zany zebra) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by earthmama1978 on: February 03, 2011 10:47:55 AM
So I am artist... and a junk collector... and because of that my dear cousin has taken on the wonderful habit of unloading all her unwanted crap...err... i mean stuff, on me whenever I see her, which I absolutely love because there is often plenty of stuff I can upcycle. Last year she gave me this girly white and pink and yellow rocking horse. My daughter is 7. Too old for a rocking horse. My newborn is a boy, he didn't need a pink rocking horse. Well Christmas time came around.. again... and we were struggling for cash... again... when all of a sudden it came to me like a flash... like a vision. The boy has a jungle themed bedroom. He has a big giraffe, a huge elephant, a crocodile, a few monkeys, and no zebra. No zebra in a jungle themed room. This is just sad. After about an hour of rummaging through the basement I found that girly rocking horse and went nuts on it! Here are the before and after pics!

He loves his new zebra!
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4  Celebrating Motherhood in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by earthmama1978 on: February 03, 2011 10:13:09 AM
I was feeling a bit inspired during this last pregnancy, and while wistfully toying with some sculpey, I made figure of my own pregnant image. I liked her so much I made a baby for her. Then I liked THAT so much I got a little crazy and decided to make pregnant mamas of all ethnicities. Here they are. Mamas and babies. Each one has an eyehook in her back, so I got a little froggy and strung them on a mobile (which I don't have a pic of at the moment) but here they are. My girls. They aren't perfect, but I love them so much.
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5  Dressed up Dresser (trash to treasure) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by earthmama1978 on: April 15, 2010 10:59:36 AM
Found this ugly but sturdy wooden dresser curbside. It was white when I found it. In an effort to strip the paint off I found several layers of canary yellow. Gave up the stripping efforts and just sanded it down smooth (but not bare).

Here is "BEFORE" (in mid-stripping)

Ewwww, ugly, right?

Sooo anyway, we hard-up for Christmas money and I worked all summer on this dresser as a gift for my 6 year old daughter. I could only work on it when she was in bed or at school, so of course it took for-freakin-EVER! After I painted each drawer  I had to find a good place to hide it in our very small duplex apartment. Hahaha! Anyway after about 4 months, I finally finished the dresser, each drawer hand-painted and sealed with Krylon Triple Thick Glaze (I love that stuff).

Here is what it looks like now.

I don't know why I didn't take a picture, but in the lower right corner of the top of the dresser I painted the words "I love you, Magnolia".... My little girl LOVED it and said it was the best gift she had ever received and "she would even love it when she is a teenager". Heehee
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6  From old and ugly to amazing (pic heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by earthmama1978 on: April 12, 2010 09:20:03 PM
I wanted a good sized chest for daughter to keep all her dress-up stuff in, and I looked and looked and all I could find was either miserably cheap and junky, or insanely expensive. So a friend of mine gave me this old military trunk (he said it was in Vietnam, but who knows).

It had tons of paint on it, layer over layer. Here is a close-up of the layers of paint.

The inside still had what I can only assume are some kind of wood pieces to hold in dividers or maybe some kind of gun racks. This is what the inside looked like.

So I sanded, and sanded, and sanded. And wiped. And sanded. And sanded some more. I so wish I had taken pics DURING this entire fiasco, but I did it in 16 hours, non-stop, with very few breaks (her birthday was that weekend.) I knocked off the wood pieces on the inside with a hammer (some had screws which obviously, I unscrewed). Painted it white with indoor semi gloss and taped it off. Sprayed the trim, hinges, and latches with lavender spray paint (the durable kind that's used for outdoor patio furniture). I decorated it with butterfly stickers and I just want to say that I could have, should have and WANTED TO hand-paint this, because painting is one of my "things," but I simply did NOT have the time.

On the inside bottom I put a piece of squishy foam padding that a friend of mine donated out of her craft junk stash, and lined it throughout using Elmer's spray adhesive and some purple canvas that I had laying around in my hall closet.

Let me know what you think.
Smiles, Melody

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