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21  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 21, 2017 05:17:52 PM
Challenge: house unity
House: ravenclaw
Project: painty smeary fun
One of the artists I follow on Instagram* posted a vid a while back of her smearing blobs of acrylic with a wiper thing. I figured I'd have a go, using an old gift card (Top crafting tip: old gift cards are the best. I use mine to get the thinnest layer of glue for bookbinding, as mini paint palettes, etc etc). I used all the house colors, plus a couple of others, to make a rainbow of blobs and then smeared. Mine did not come out like I expected: I didn't really get any colour blending, and I ended up with so much excess smeary-ness that I had to use 2 extra sheets of card to smudge the extra on. But I had fun! And as I was really just playing, to see if I could work the technique, it's all good. I have a good idea where I went wrong (less paint, more overlap between colours, more even pressure).
I chopped up the extra sheets into squares to go in my random paper stash, and kept the main sheet whole. I have a couple of cards I need to make so maybe I can utilise my big rainbow somehow, otherwise that'll go in stash too.

*will edit a credit in, I can't think of her full name: JosieLewisArt. I'm obsessed with her colours Cheesy  here's her smeary fun
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22  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 20, 2017 04:08:40 AM
She's a narrowboat, called Florence Smiley

Does anyone know anything about working with stained glass? There are two small windows in the stable doors at the bow, and Tom asked me if I could make some stained glass windows for them, but to be honest I don't know where to start!

Edel - I did some oversize pointalism (sp??) in paintshop at university, we used cotton buds. That worked pretty well and was fun Smiley

And a project I forget to include in the previous dump...

Challenge: head's challenge September
House: ravenclaw
Project: blacking the hull
Before you can start a narrow boat journey, you have to make sure the boat is protected from water damage by blacking the hull. Here I am mixing the 2-part paint for Florence'a second coat!
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23  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 17, 2017 10:57:51 AM
Ok, project dump from me... Apologies in advance for terrible photos, a shipyard is not the best photography studio!

Class: apparition
House: ravenclaw
Project: fitting skylights
Done in the yard, which is basically a car park for boats on trailers, on top of the boat - pretty public!

Class: COMC
House: ravenclaw
Project: tabs
I drilled, tapped and cut 100 tabs, used to secure the windows and hence prevent theft!

Challenge: detention June
House: ravenclaw
Project: painting skylights
To be fit for use, the wood of the skylights had to be painted with two layers of protective paint

Class: divination
House: ravenclaw
Project: spray foam
The insulating foam is spayed on liquid, and then dries to a solid similar to polystyrene packaging. It is spayed on after battening, but before the interior walls are built - so it gathers in all the cracks, and I had to cut back the excess. Cut to 4 bin bags of sliced off bits, mostly each no bigger than a fingernail, and some lovely blisters on my hands!

Challenge: Floo Sunnydale
House: ravenclaw
Project: bow thruster
This definitely needed teamwork! To for the bow thruster, I had to cut very precise and weirdly shaped holes in the tube. But the only way to get to the tube was to hang upside down in the gas locker, with Tom holding my feet to stop me falling in (though to be fair given the relative sizes of my boobs and the gas locker opening, I wouldn't have fallen far!). Not really possible to he a pic of the thruster - so here's a shot of the bow instead!

Challenge: house pride
House: Ravenclaw
Project: drill holes!
Before going up to the boat, I had never done any metal work at all. But a good franchise is always ready to learn! So I spent a lot of my first day doing the simplest job: marking out holes for various outlets, and drilling them. Here's my first 4!

Class: transfiguration
House: ravenclaw
Project: painting window frames
The paint to protect the steel window frames is blank and shiny, like the carapase of a beetle
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24  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 02, 2017 03:27:07 AM
Nice one DragonChilde, welcome back!

Quick project drop from me:

Class: MS
House: ravenclaw
Project: Bellatrix costume
I had fun puking this outfit together - the skirt and corset I already owned, I just picked up a be black vest to and since floral tights (cut the gusset out to wear them as sleeves). I took the crow skull off of a headdress I made years ago but don't use, sprayed it silver and glued an eyelet to it for the necklace  the hair was the biggest job; my fine, straight locks don't tend to hold a curl - I wore it in rags for 36 hours before the party (including at work, with a turban over it!). Then add a dark mark temporary tattoo. all in all a pretty good transformation I reckon

Challenge: quidditch 1 Sweetwater all stars
House: ravenclaw
Project: book lettering
I had intended these letter tiles to be a group project that everyone at work could contribute a letter too, but no one seemed to want to make any - they say around watching me and suggesting colours etc, but didn't get involved really. Oh well, I had fun and I'm pleased with how the books turned out. Each of the 2 books have 5 signatures Coptic bound together. They stack up as a pair:

And then Nat can take the adventure book on her travels with her, leaving just the memory book

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25  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 27, 2017 03:53:49 PM
Love those stitch makers, Jennie Smiley and the troll headband is so cute Tiamatfire

Challenge: ironchef August
House: ravenclaw
Project: bara brith
Inspired by Edel sharing her Irish tealoaf, I thought I'd have a go at making a bara brith, a welsh one my grandma used to make. My grandma's family were from North Wales, a fact I'm incredibly proud of.
I used this recipe, and veganised it with butter and egg substitutes. I left it to prove for about 4 hours,, which I wonder if is something to do with those substitutes being heavier?

The result is tasty, but not too similar you what grandma made! I wish I had her recipe - I wonder if maybe one of my mum's cousins might, so I'll ask around. I know my mum hasn't - I inherited my cooking skills from her, and as long time HPCers will remember it once took me 6 goes to make toast!!!

Challenge: quidditch #12 thudelarra thunderers
House: ravenclaw
Project: Bellatrix poster
I never really got the whole 'death eater chic' look. Like, dark mark teeshirts and what not. But, as soon as the cast change party fancy dress theme "villains" was announced I knew I wanted to go as Bellatrix, pretty much just to carry around one of these posters and take pictures with everybody Smiley also, since I own a ton of black, the rest of the outfit shouldn't be too tricky to pull together. I had fun making this, and kept occupied while my tealoaf proved!

Obviously it's not orange in real life, just a weird artifact of the light!
On the second to bottom line of text I forgot to change the 'man' (,I wad actually copying a Sirius poster) to 'woman' - I can't decide if I should correct it, which will throw my spacing off centre, or hope no notices? Both ways it'll bug me now I've spotted it!!

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26  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 27, 2017 03:52:58 AM
Challenge: quidditch #10 chuddley cannons
House: ravenclaw
Project: Hogwarts letters
Ok, this should have been a simple craft. But oh boy. Writing with an old style dip quill, you really need to keep the pen moving, and any hesitation will show in the flow of the line and ink blots. So, it doesn't work so well with dyslexia, as typically I have to write quite slowly and pause every couple of letters to sort out in my head what is coming up. I have 8 failed envelopes and 9 failed letters, either with blots or spelling errors. I'm usually pretty chill about my mistakes in writing, but I did have a bit of a strop this morning - and of course the more annoyed I got the more mistakes I made. Finally, I took myself off to calm down before having a last go. to be honest I'm not super pleased with these as the handwriting isn't as nicely styled as I wanted, but they're ok at least. There's a wax seal with the hogwarts stamp on the back of the envelope too Smiley

Natalie is my colleague who's leaving, we are making a video of us all, as if we are all wizards and use magic all the time when she's not around, the last shot will be her Hogwarts letter arriving! (I love that I work with so many hp nerds!)

Challenge: quidditch #14 Grodzisk goblins
House: ravenclaw
Project: adventure book
We are also making Natalie a set of matching memory and adventure books - this is the adventure book I bound. Everyone will contribute to adding letters for the cover. She'll be working on a cruise ship and the blue thread line is her first trip - this used to be more squarely in the centre of the cover, but the company changed her route after I had cut the papers! I'll fix the composition when we add the lettering.

Challenge: quidditch #15 quiberon quaffle punchers
Ravenclaw summer bucket list: an afternoon colouring
House: ravenclaw
Project: rainbow zebra
More colouring to keep me busy I rehearsals, since I can't work on Natalie's gifts when she's there! I certainly found this rainbow zebra most shocking, he must have been hit by a stray colour-change charm!
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27  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 18, 2017 04:25:09 PM
Great art work, ABS - I like the background Smiley

Challenge: quidditch #11 karasjok kites
House: ravenclaw
Project: oyster card holder
For my colleague - this was handsewn and lined in the same peacock feather fabric!
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28  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 16, 2017 03:48:48 PM
Love the Honeydukes cabinet Patty - and my earrings arrived today, I love them! Thank you Smiley are you on Instagram? I posted this pic but didn't know your username to tag you (mine is nooodle.bug - with three o's!)

Cute dinos Erin! And, Jennie, the colours you picked out for the afgan are gorgeous Smiley

Challenge: quidditch #8 Wollongong warriors
House: ravenclaw
Project: geometric colouring
Lots of zigzags in this colouring in I did to pass the time during rehearsals Smiley
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29  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 10, 2017 04:12:41 PM
Challenge: Floo aviary
Spew: Alzheimer charity/ NHS
House: ravenclaw
Project: yarn ends yarn ball!
I has a big bag of yarn ends, which I've stuck any odd bits from a few years with of knitting, with no real idea what I was going to do with them. Pieces range in length from maybe 20cm to around 10m. Well, I saw a tutorial for Russian joining and decided to turn all my odd bits into one ball - In the end I just used the bits of Aran weight, since they seemed to account for most of it, and having a more unified weight will make it more knit-able. I'll use this to make a twiddlemuff, a therapeutic tool for using in early stage Alzheimer patients which requires lots of different colours and textures, so this mad ball of mixed fibres is perfect!

Challenge: head August
House: ravenclaw
Project: memory book
For a girl at work who is leaving to work on cruise ships - we are making get a matched set of memory book and adventure book, this is the memory book to capture all the fun moments from her time at Phantom Smiley my colleagues and I will decorate the covers together, and another colleague is organising filing it with photos and notes

I have to admit I'm really pleased with how well my crossed over coptic stitching came out Cheesy
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30  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: August 04, 2017 09:04:40 AM

Subject: Herbology
House: ravenclaw
Project: guardian of the forest socks
Done! Huzzah! I'm pretty pleased with them too - the tension on my colourwork isn't always perfect and there are a few mistakes in the fircone stitch pattern on the front - but given that these are the most complicated socks I've made (working 3 charts, at Dionne points simultaneously!) I'm happy. Most importantly, unkind other socks I've made Tom, I'm sure these will be big enough for his giant man feets!
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