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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: renaissance faire hand fan on: September 25, 2006 08:05:09 PM
THANKS, guys!!   It's an easy project that anyone can do.  If you can pick up a plain handfan at a craft store, all you need is glue, paint, and various decorations, and you can have at it!!  E6000, while messy/smelly, is very effective glue.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: bread and cheese "sculptural pincushion" on: September 15, 2006 07:43:01 AM
*crying with greed*  I want it!!   Tongue
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: renaissance faire hand fan on: September 06, 2006 11:11:27 AM
thanks!!  I have made and bought costume pieces and am currently transitioning my super-plain peasant look (blue skirt, cream blouse, brown waist cincher) to a fancier middle-class look that I will "debut" next summer.  The fan would look too fancy against my current clothes but will look cool with the new ones.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / renaissance faire hand fan on: September 05, 2006 07:34:43 PM
I wanted a fan for my faire costume, but hte pretty feathered ones started at $23.  So I bought a $6 straw fan, thinking it would get me through the hot day and I could buy/make something cool later.  Then I realized I could just decorate the straw one and make something pretty and unique, without spending any more $$ except for cheap supplies...

I drew my faire symbol, a swan, and painted it.  I added blue and white for the water and glued on random dark blue sequins.  I added a string of cheapo fake pearls along the edge, and then I got some white feathers, cut them lengthwise, and glued them along the edges.  I threaded the blue ribbon through the straw so that it stays on, and then I used E6000 to attach a tassel to the handle.

voila!  cheap, creative fan that won't match anyone else's at the faire.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ren faire belt pouch on: August 18, 2006 12:44:19 PM
I'd love to take that dancing! $4??? GREAT JOB!

thank you!!  My mom taught me well - shop for bargains!

Here is the pattern I used as a starting point to make this pouch:


If anybody else makes one, please post!  I'd love to see!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ren faire belt pouch on: August 17, 2006 06:03:32 PM
I needed a new pouch for my costume, and there was a clearance at JoAnn's.  I got a bunch of fabric, including a big piece of black w/design for $1 and heavy pale gold for another dollar.

Then I came across a plant hanger for $1.50.  The sun design is very close to the logo of my home faire, Bristol.

I used wire cutters (and a little help from my dad and his steel-cutting tools) to get the hooks off the the plant hanger.  I bought some gold gimp (trim) and sewed the pouch using a simple design from a costuming page (I think it was called Red Dawn).  When I was done, I used E6000 to affix the sun to the front.  Voila - new belt pouch, for barely more than $4!

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My dad's art. He wants opinions. on: August 09, 2006 06:47:17 AM
He's very talented!!  In the way of suggestions, all I would say is what my art teacher always told me: "Good; now go darker."  By that, she meant that I should increase the contrast.  I always had a hard time doing that, but once I learned to do it, my work improved a lot.  I think he would get more depth/realism if he had more contrast in lights and darks (assuming he is going for a realist style).

thanks for sharing!!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: "Conversation Piece", feedback requested on: August 09, 2006 06:45:26 AM
I dig it.  The eyeball reflection is stunning, and the contrast really brings the piece to life.  great work!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: What happens when you are bored and have just finished watching POTC on: August 09, 2006 06:38:53 AM
Tell that pendant that I want to know if I can marry it.   Grin  Seriously, that is insanely awesome!!!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Renaissance Faire Crafts? Guitar Show Crafts? on: August 08, 2006 06:59:26 AM
"I'm sure I could at least put leatherwork kits together."

Leather items tend to be popular at faires.

"I am pretty concerned about the tough crowd"

Don't be worried.  Just make what you're good at, and know that you are reaching out to a different "market" - the casual attendee - rather than the hardcore history buff.

"I was thinking about some ribbon-y hair wreaths...do you think the market is flooded with those?"

Not in my experience, at the faires I've attended.  I think wreaths usually do well.

"And food hadn't even occurred to me! Do you think I need a special permit for that?"

Probably - definitely something to clear with the faire people before you decide to do it.

"The other thing that I was thinking about was growing some tiny pots of herbs.  Do you think that they would sell? What should the pots look like?"

Hard to say; I'm not really a plant person.  It's not something I've seen much at faires.  Think in terms of the person carrying their purchase around the faire all day in hot/sunny weather; items that are smaller or wearable are good ideas.

By the way, what faire are you going to?  If they have a website, try clicking around and finding hte "Vendors" link to see who is selling.  You could also look up other faires and look at their vendor lists to see what kind of shops are common.  I attend the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin; you can find it through a google search.

please keep us informed!  I'm really intrigued to hear what you come up with and how it sells!
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