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11  Thackeray Altered Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BananaAmbush on: May 14, 2011 03:10:49 PM
I recently made this altered book out of a thrift store find called "The Adventures of Philip Volume 2." It was published in 1900, and I thought the title was so hilarious that I had to have a go. Everything inside is actually carved into the book, and when you open it, there's a pop-out dirigible!

The author's name is Thackeray, but I thought in my altered version, Thackeray could be a monster that Philip has to fight.

The two page-spreads are somewhat linked by the fact that you can see through the middle chunk into both spreads:

I liked to think of Philip as a dork who imagines grand adventures from the comfort of his study (projecting a little bit, maybe?  Cheesy) Finally, the back:

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12  Delicious Cake Book for my Sister in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by BananaAmbush on: May 14, 2011 03:04:27 PM
My little sister's birthday was late April, so I made this cake book for her! It's a case binding, and the embroidery/cream puffs are sewn right into the book cloth (also the first time I made book cloth!) I hope she'll use it for recipes, but so far she says she's waiting until she "gets some perfectly triangular thoughts to write down." Fair enough  Cheesy

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13  Winged Coptic Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by BananaAmbush on: April 01, 2011 03:01:00 PM
Hello! I made this large and impractical coptic-stitch book this week:

I've already done some bird-related drawings in the middle there  Cheesy The wings are paper mache and gallons of Mod Podge; the paper inside is a combination of drawing paper and old graph paper/tax forms/some kid's Italian workbook. Now I just need to find a place to keep this thing...
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14  Ziegfeld Altered Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BananaAmbush on: March 10, 2011 07:44:09 PM
Hello everyone! I just finished this altered book. I was originally a book about the performer Ziegfeld, but I thought Ziegfeld was a more appropriate name for some kind of space messiah. He ends up coming to earth to try to become a god, but things don't turn out that well. Here's the cover; I'll write the text that I saved under the images:

"Ziegfeld's father was the cause of everything that his dazzling son became."

"Almost at the outset he was to become aware not only of rich comforts but also of the threat of death and destruction that was to haunt and obsess him in later years."

"In his early teens Ziegfeld was lanky, already saturnine in features, and maddened by his father's austerities. Yet..."

"He was intensely loyal to his father. We may well imagine Ziegfeld's thunderous fury when he learned of this disgrace to the family name."

"The most powerful man on earth"

"After Ziegfeld's masterstroke of showmanship, he had everything he wanted in the world."

Here's another view of the inside part, where the biggest chunk of text has been carved out and a polymer clay figure is inside:

Hope you like it!

P.S. Looks like Craftster is resizing these to be pretty small; if you want to see larger versions (that you can click to make even larger!) feel free to visit my blog, linked in my sig.
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15  Cast Jewelry Everywhere! Rhino, Obelisk, and Military Medals! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BananaAmbush on: August 04, 2010 07:12:07 AM
Here is the first jewelry casting I've ever done (in addition to the Sebastian ring I posted earlier today...I thought I'd split up the posts due to massive amounts of pictures  Tongue) The rings are shibuichi (a mixture of copper and silver) and the medals are bronze. This first guy was loosely inspired by Albrecht Durer's print of a rhino; I thought I needed a rhino head on my finger:

Here's an obelisk with what is (loosely) my initials in Egyptian hieroglyphs:

And here are two military medals from some imagined nautical mission I was on  Tongue

Yay for casting!
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16  Saint Sebastian Double Ring/Brass Knuckles in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BananaAmbush on: August 04, 2010 03:18:01 AM
OK, so I've been in Italy this summer and have become obsessed with Catholic imagery and symbolism, especially the saints. My favorite is Saint Sebastian, who is always depicted shot full of arrows, so I decided to cast this massive Saint Sebastian double-ring. I carved the whole thing out of wax and cast it in shibuichi, a mixture of copper and silver. I guess now if I walk through a dark parking lot, Sebastian will be literally protecting me  Roll Eyes

Kickin' ass Catholic style! Forgive my grody hand...I had been working on jewelry all day  Tongue
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17  My first time working with metal: Cerberus! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BananaAmbush on: July 02, 2010 05:24:52 PM
Yep, it's my first go at sawing, finishing, and riveting metal! Right now, it's just a pendant kind of thing, but I'm guessing I'll eventually turn it into a necklace. It's about the height of a quarter and a dime next to each other, and it's made of copper and brass. Constructive crit is welcome, as this is my first go at anything like this and I'm sure I could use improvement!

And here's the back:

Yay for mythology!
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18  Subvultures Boxes! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by BananaAmbush on: May 06, 2010 07:32:12 PM
I just finished making these two boxes and installing them! I designed two separate little rooms, filled them with stuff, and then added people who are trying to escape from their box into the box next door. I designed everything in here by drawing it first, scanning it, then digitally coloring and printing it out. Designing 3D bits like the pink bear was the most fun, and I must admit that I got some sick satisfaction out of designing such insipidly happy characters for the pink room  Tongue. The Japanese text on the left says something along the lines of "The most beautiful butterfly of all is found in the cocoon of your heart," and the Latin on the right says "Oh, human cares! Oh, how much futility in the world!"

I hope you like it and that you can see enough details in the photos...I never have been the best art photographer in the world  Undecided If you'd like to see it slightly larger, you can find it at my blog in my signature though  Cheesy

PS. Crit is more than welcome!
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19  Screenprint and Foamcore Animal Headdress in Completed Projects by BananaAmbush on: February 24, 2010 06:52:28 PM
Yep, I made the foundation for this guy out of foamcore and then screenprinted all the designs onto paper and adhered them to the form! It's completely wearable (woohoo!) and, since it's made of paper, very light  Cheesy

So my question to you all is this: I have enough of the back scales to have the cape-y part flow all the way to the floor and beyond, but I'm thinking it doesn't need it. What do you think? Other than that, I hope you like it!
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20  Monkey King Tunnel Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by BananaAmbush on: December 10, 2009 04:08:49 PM
So here's a papery project I've been working on: a tunnel book! These books are flat until you open them up, spreading out the pages and giving the image depth. This one's about some sort of Monkey King that lives above the clouds. Here it is when it's flat:

And here it is when it's extended (sorry for the weird green sheet in the background.)

Aaaaand here's the back:

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