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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Beaded Animals on: December 09, 2015 04:04:10 AM
I am looking to make some 3d realistic animals, but am in need of some guidance.  I am not looking to work with pony beads and those flat key chain/lanyard things.  I want to make something like this:

I am a very visual and hands on person and I am having trouble with 1) figuring out what stitches are used and 2) how the whole "3d" thing actually works.  How to make animal "skin" and get it to lay in the right shape.

Is the animal strictly beaded?  I've seen artist out there where they use mixed media, combining fabric and wire as a frame and beading on top of that.  The question is "how"?

I've tried youtube and really only come up with "cutesy" beaded animals.  Glass bead animals and flat stitched animals.  Nothing realistic looking.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Handmade Clock help on: June 02, 2013 07:12:06 PM
Hubby's birthday is approaching and I need some help.  I had bought a album months back with the ideas of starting up hubbys collection, but that fizzled.  So now I have an album (with its cover) and want to make it into a clock....

I know i need a clock thingy, but I am looking ideas for the numbers.  Do they come on a template or something?  Could I possibly find a clear circle insert with the numbers on them?  I don't want to destroy the album (aside for putting a hold in the middle of it.....).

Any ideas?
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Quick tip for coloring clay. on: February 14, 2013 05:44:41 PM
Not sure if this tip has been posted before, but I'll share it.  It works best on small amounts of clay (white in particular).  And small means small, unless you have a lot of makeup that you won't use.

So I am not a make up girl, but growing up I was given it.  I've saved some of it on the rare chance I use it, but other than that it takes up dresser space.  So pull out your eye shadow.  Any color like that will compliment your project.

Anyway take a small amount of white clay and flatten it out.  Then sweep the brush thing that comes with it, or a mini paint brush, over the shadow and paint the surface (as many times as you like).  You'll get a light coating of color as well as glitter.

I've taken very very small pieces (like a small pinch) and have tinted it with the shadow.

You'll want to use gloves because it is messy, or wash and dry your hands between uses.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Paper clothing.... on: January 29, 2013 12:39:12 PM
Thought I'd put a suggestive content warning.

Not sure if this should go here or into an origami board *g* but I am looking for some advice/suggestions on wrapping paper clothing...I wasn't able to hubby an xmas gift, so wanted to have something special for his bday.  I was looking for a suggestion on how to make a wrapping paper skirt maybe a tube top.  I want it durable for a bit, but it's gonna be a 1 time use thing.  I tried just wrapping paper around and that doesn't work well.  It's tears very easily.

Suggestions or other ideas are welcomed.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / A few 3d beading related questions. on: January 14, 2013 07:39:24 PM

I was looking around online and found a tut for a cute little 3d beaded canary.  I have tried the project 4 time already and have had to take it apart 4 times.  My first question is on this tut, it says nothing about using needles...which is weird with it being a 3d beading...  But I do need to ask, am I supposed to use needles?

Also what type of graph paper do I need to use to make my own 3d beaded figures?  And finally, what type of stitch am I using when making a 3d figure?

Not sure if I can post the tut but here it is http://www.beadjewelrymaking.com/Kid_Art_Project/Kid_art_bead_project/september2007_bead_project.html

Thank you so much!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / added colored pieces to a white sculpture. on: November 07, 2012 05:42:20 PM

I am making a dragon and she is white, which is the only color clay I have.  I want to add purple accents to her, but am unsure how to...any ideas?  I am not sure how gluing would be.  When baking the clay it doesn't come exactly white, more of an off-white, so if I were to just stick the purple accents directly on the clay, I'd need to paint around them.  And they are small.  Not really detailed, they're just little raised poka-dots.  Any suggestions? Thanks!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Halter Dress for those of us well endowed. on: May 05, 2012 05:32:22 PM
I had just lost a ton of weight, so decided to buy myself a dress.  Now, I hate shopping and really don't know what type of clothing can be worn w/ and w/o a bra.  Well I've come to learn that halter dresses are meant to be worn without a bra....yeah cute, but I don't have a B cup.  More like D or DD, (brought any new bras yet) and halter dresses/tops aren't very friendly to those of us that have larger cup sizes.

Now I got the dress at walmart, so I can easily take it back, but I like it so much, as does my hubby.  And I am not the type to wear dresses or get prettied up.  Is there anything I can do with it?  I have a strapless bra, but that doesn't seem to work, it hold the girls, but then the strap shows in the back, I was thinking of layering it, but then that kinda defeats the purpose...

I'd figure if I could sew some sort of underwire it might work.  But I am not very good at sewing and have no clue where to get 'under wire', lol, i'd probably take a metal clothes hanger and bend it to shape.

Anyone have any suggestions, or can direct me to sites that either sell halter tops with more support?  I mean I am not saying I am plus size, I am far from there, @ 125lbs and counting....


8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Is there such thing as a newb swap? on: February 27, 2012 05:28:27 PM
Subject says it all.  Is there such that as a numb swap?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / A reason to become a pyro... on: February 06, 2012 03:42:11 PM
(I apologize in advance if this is in the wrong spot and/or has been posted elsewhere/before.)

I just wanted to share a craft I found in an email.  They are party spoon roses.  They look pretty cool.  All they require are party spoons, a heatproof surface, and a candle.  This project is NOT for the youngsters!


It does have a video tutorial so you can understand the concept a little more better.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowflake ornament on: November 29, 2011 05:03:22 PM
I made these snowflake ornaments. They're basically a wooden snowflake, painted white, and embellished with little do-dads. Add a ribbon and BAM, quick ornaments!  They'd look pretty as magnets as well.

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