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61  Re: The Unconditional Swapper Swap in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: October 12, 2005 12:29:28 PM
YEAH!!! I finally got a Unconditional Package from the Talented and Generous Bente...THANK YOU!!!

I want that heart/crown pin - it would make a terrific ren faire favor!!   Wink
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62  Two tee-shirt recons - my first in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Writer78 on: August 28, 2005 06:34:59 PM
For my first tee recon, I started with this horrible orange tee that I got as a freebie at this year's Iowa Summer Writing Fest:

After much sewing (and a horrible sewing-related injury that involved blood and will not be recounted here):

Emboldened by this success, I remade this shirt, which I got at the '04 writing fest (and liked much better than the "traffic cone orange" one):

And here is my awesome new sleeveless top:

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63  Revamping fridge magnets - easy how-to in Discussion and Questions by Writer78 on: August 26, 2005 06:31:45 AM
I don't have a digital camera, so I don't have a finished item pic, but I can describe what I did:

- Start with a rectangular magnet.  (This is the kind that is often sold as a souvenir; you can also find them at gift shops with cute/touching phrases on them.  They are about 1 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" long.) Here's an example:


- Sand the top lightly.  This will create a scratchy surface, easier for glue to adhere to.  If you overdo it, you'll scrub straight through the shiny plastic overlay and end up shredding the paper of the original image, so you want to do this lightly.

- Trim the image that you want to use so that it is about a half inch too large in each direction.  I used an image from a calendar.  An image on thicker paper is better, if you have it.  I really like to use an image/painting that has a lot of figures in it and then zero in on background figures.  It's like you're creating a whole new art piece by focusing in on supporting characters that are there but are not the focus of famous paintings.  Below is the image I used - the red box shows the piece that I used for my magnet.

- Brush a layer of Modge Podge onto the sanded surface of the magnet.  Place the oversized image on the modge podge.  Roll a pencil slowly and firmly along the image like a rolling pin.  This will smooth out the pockets of modge podge under the surface.  Use a Q-tip to wipe away the excess from the edges.

- When the modge podge has dried, use a craft knife to trim away the overlap edges of the image.

- To dress it up a bit, you can add craft jewels/pearls/beads to the four corners.  I used tiny half-pearls (got 'em in a craft supply swap - thanks, tickle_me_ally!).  You want something that is flat on one side, rather than round beads.  You can glue these on with modge podge; let sit for a while until dry.

- Finally, add one layer of Modge Podge over the whole image and the pearls to seal the whole thing.  I managed to promptly drop my magnet on the floor, and the pearls did not come off.)

Voila!  (That would probably be a more effective ending if I had a picture of my magnet.  I'll take a regular film shot, and then once I get it developed, I'll post the results.)
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64  I turn things *into* Altoids tins! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Writer78 on: June 19, 2005 07:47:11 PM
Most people want to turn Altoids tins into something else.  As a devotee of peppermints in general and Altoids in particular, I decided to turn my IKEA end table into a giant Altoids box!

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65  Re: Renaissance faire favors? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by Writer78 on: June 19, 2005 06:54:30 PM
Still hoping to kick up some interest in ren faire accessories!  Here are three pins I made in recent weeks.

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66  Re: Ren faire favor swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Writer78 on: June 19, 2005 06:53:19 PM
I know I'm pretty much talking my myself in this thread, but in case I can capture anyone's attention for a swap, here are three favors I have made.

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67  Re: ~Wish Swap Gallery~ in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: June 19, 2005 06:27:21 PM
At long last, here are my pics of me wearing Rusty's skirts!

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68  Bookmark swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: June 11, 2005 06:59:23 AM
Kat_penguino started this swap in the "Paper Swap" area, and we are now sending out our creations.  My three bookmarkees have received, so here is what I sent.

The first one went to SheRa (it reads, "Whatever shall I wear?"), the second to fruithead (on the back it reads, "I shall hold your place until you return, my dear!"), and the third to kat_penguino (it reads, "Guys dig chicks with books!").  I made them using a book of "Pride and Prejudice" paper dolls, contact paper, and some stiff parchment-looking paper, with a little embroidery floss for the tassles.

Glad you liked them, ladies!
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69  Re: Ren faire favor swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Writer78 on: June 02, 2005 06:34:43 AM
I feel all sad and lonely... am I the only rennie here?   Embarrassed

I scanned the favor that I bought at a recent ren fair.  I bought it from a guy at Ren Boots at the Greater St. Louis Ren Faire, so crafting credit goes to him.

If you have any interest in crafting small, ren-style pins and swapping them, please PM me!  If there aren't enough people for a full swap, perhaps we can do a one-on-one or other small swap.
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70  Re: Renaissance faire favors? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by Writer78 on: June 02, 2005 06:32:23 AM
Thanks, hollydaze!  BTW, I put the favor from my recent faire into the scanner and came up with an image so y'all can see what I'm talking about.  (Disclaimer:  I did not make this and am not taking credit for it; I bought it from a guy at the Ren Boots shop at the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire.)

Hopefully there are some other rennies out there; PM me!  If you want, we can swap favors/tokens!
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