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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Chicago bass drum - pic heavy!! on: May 01, 2010 10:23:04 PM
OK, so I've been meaning to put this up for quite some time, but was always stymied about where it actually belonged. Part paper craft, part paint, part stencil...so here it is in miscellaneous Smiley

My boyfriend, a professional drummer, purchased an acrylic drum shell on ebay. Turns out it was actually two floor toms that had been fused together, so if you know anything about drums, you might know that it could make a pretty boomy bass (kick) drum. Problem is, the thing was hideous. The fusing was noticeable and ugly, and the owner had painted it gold and given it a crazy orange glitter stripe.
We decided to make it better. Here's what we ended up with:

Here it is when it arrived, minus the glitter (we ripped that off immediately).

We wanted to take advantage of the length of the drum, so we decided to go with a skyline. We're originally from Chicago, so we set to work with that in mind.

We had our families send us recent copies of the Chicago Tribune, and we sliced up all the Chicago/Illinois related articles. We turned these into a collage, which we then used to make our skylines (two, one for each side).

I used some gray and glitter spray paint to give the skylines more depth, and then we attached them to the drum (after experimenting and failing with several adhesives).

Sponge painting the sky

Re-attaching the hardware (with some help from Sadie)

The finished product, with the rest of the kit!

12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Drum project -- need adhesive advice! on: August 29, 2009 04:53:09 PM
So this isn't strictly a "paper" craft, but this board is probably the place where this question belongs.  I'm having a frustrating crafting moment, and I'm counting on you craftsters to have the answer! Smiley

I'm reconstructing/modifying an acrylic drum shell; the design is the Chicago skyline on Lake Michigan, and the skyline is made from a collage of Chicago Tribune newspaper clippings.  I used Elmer's Craft Bond to stick the skyline to the drum, and then superglued down any pieces that wanted to stick up (antennae on the Sears Tower, etc). Well, this is not working.  The edges and tricky pieces are still sticking up.  It's too late to Xyron (and I don't have one anyway), and if superglue doesn't work, I don't know what will.  I sprayed an acrylic gloss over the entire thing, and I'm afraid that may have just contributed to the problem, warping the paper.  The drum is looking really cool, but those loose edges are just going to make me batty!!  What kind of adhesive might work to permanently stick newspaper to acrylic?

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / "Daisies" from my boyfriend! on: December 01, 2008 09:54:14 PM
I consider myself a pretty crafty person, but my boyfriend has been totally showing me up in this department as of late.  I am moving to Texas to live with him this winter, and as a Christmas/welcome to our home present, he made me these incredible flowers (gerbera daisies - my favorite Smiley)

I wasn't supposed to get them until Christmas, but he got himself into the doghouse a little bit earlier and sent me these pics to get himself out Wink  It worked!!  Aren't they amazing??
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My best friend's wedding (jewelry) on: November 15, 2008 10:42:16 AM
My good friends decided that rather than waiting and saving for a pricey, traditional wedding they couldn't afford for 2 more years, they would do a small, family wedding on the cheap.  In 2 months.  We're all graduating from college right now, so we're all, well, poor.  Completely broke, actually.  As a wedding present, I offered to make her jewelry for the big day.  She wanted something subtle and a little sparkly.  This is what I came up with.

Also, this is my first attempt at jewelry.  I've always been a jack-of-all-trades DIY kind of person, but I had never really done jewelry.  I did not tell my friend this Wink  I know it's really simple compared to some of the amazing things you craftsters do, but I was proud of myself!

It's all clear crystal in different sizes with a few light blue thrown in (she has blue eyes, and needed "something blue" anyway).  Thanks for looking!  Smiley
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Seeing green...I need color help! on: July 13, 2008 09:52:28 AM
Ok, so I decided to paint "my" room in my parents' house that hasn't been painted since I was 8 (read: walls were bubble gum pink).  I fell in love with this really pale green ("Water Sprout" by Behr)...it's a little towards the yellow end of the spectrum,  but definitely GREEN, and very bright and cheerful.  I painted the whole room this color and, while I'm really pleased with it, I have NO IDEA how to accessorize it.  I've never been good with color, and I just have no idea what to do for curtains, lamps, etc. 

The furniture is mostly white, and the wall trim is brown.  So far the best I've come up with is brown/white/blue, but I'm not in love with it.  I'm not a matchy-matchy person, so I would love to do something bold and different...but I'm also chicken.  Basically, I just need some color ideas and I will run with it from there.  ALL IDEAS ARE WELCOME!!  Please help, my room is looking very sad and naked! 
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / This one's a doozy on: May 01, 2008 11:00:37 AM
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / deleted on: January 07, 2008 12:49:00 AM
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / *Deleted* on: September 27, 2007 03:10:35 PM
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / LDB on: August 23, 2007 09:00:10 PM
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Housewarming gift for a boy on: June 24, 2007 02:07:53 AM
He's a good friend and he's moving into the city (New York) this week.  He's an artist (drawing) and does graphic design...he's really into improv comedy/upright citizen's brigade type stuff...he illustrates and designs book covers for a publishing company...I want to get/make him some small, fun present for his new place.  He's really excited about moving into the city after living in Jersey for a year.  Any ideas at all would be appreciated!
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