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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altered Thrift Store Paintings on: December 23, 2013 04:58:23 PM
I was invited to three white elephant gift exchanges this week, and I was looking for those perfect unusual gifts to bring.  I decided on altering some fantastically awful thrift store treasures.

This last one is a dorky motivational poster that says "RISK:  It's not the circumstance, it's your reaction to the circumstance."

I've loved making these and foresee an explosion of altered thrift store paintings in my house!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Gaze of a Siren Brooch on: February 07, 2013 10:39:17 AM
Here is a brooch I made for the local bead society's competition.  We were each given a metal filigree circle that was required to be in the completed design.  I used it as a base to secure the rest of my piece, and it can be seen on the back of the pin.  The only other rules were that we use at least 10 beads, and the design must be our own. 

Siren mythology appealed to me for this design.  They lured sailors with their beautiful song, yet they were dangerous creatures.  I wanted to incorporate the weird into a beautiful beaded piece.  The blue fringe and rings represent sea elements of coral and suckers on the grasping tentacles of squids and octopuses.  The eye symbolizes the enticing gaze of the Siren.

This is the first time I have colored metal components.  It pleased me to be able to match my metal materials to my beads and to free myself from limited commercial color treatments.  I also found that adding an element in an unconventional way can be tricky, however that is part of the journey in creating your own design.  Attaching the ringed corona required more labor than I anticipated and required me to alter my preconceived image of the finished piece.  I am fond of the extra color the blue coral fringe adds, and I am pleasantly surprised by the steampunk feel the pin conveys.

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Silver and Pink Zebra Pasties (Modeled by Elmo) on: December 20, 2012 01:04:06 PM
Not a complete costume, but here are my first nipple pasties!  I needed something to bring for a white elephant gift exchange, and as a joke I suggested I'd make some.  I hope the right person winds up with them on Saturday  Roll Eyes

Pink Zebra                                                                             Silver

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4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Sealing Paint on a Cabochon? on: March 30, 2012 12:06:37 PM
I have some glass cabochons that I need to seal before using them in jewelry.

The cab itself is glass.  The design is printed on some kind of paper, glued to the back of the cab, and then the paper is painted by the maker to "seal" it.  I want to add an additional layer of protection against moisture since I want to use some of these cabochons for rings.  I also don't want the paint to scratch off.

I was thinking about using acrylic spray protective coating like what can be used over spray paint or inkjet photos. Is this enough protection?  Is there something better?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Newborn Asian-style Top and Pants on: January 22, 2012 12:55:28 PM
A friend of mine had her baby shower this weekend.  Never one to give what is normally expected, I made two Asian-inspired outfits.  The top is the Simple Kimono Wrap.  To get the free pattern, you need to email the designer.  The pants are Basic Newborn Pant by made-by-rae.  Hopefully my fabric choices won't make the parents' eyes bleed, ha ha!

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Glitterized Roller Derby Helmet on: July 06, 2011 10:49:43 PM

While other teams in my league are buying custom commercial stickers for their helmets, my team decided to glam up our helmets ourselves.  Here is mine after three layers of spray glue and glitter and two layers of epoxy. This is my first experience in playing with epoxy, so I'm not really sure why the texture did not come out smooth.  It's more of a soft sandpaper surface.  Maybe I need to add more layers of epoxy, I don't know.  Even with the imperfect surface, I love the look.  I have a ton of glitter left over, so now I have to figure out what to do with it, ha ha!

This is what my helmet looked like before it was glammed up:
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Robot Roller Skate Toe Guards on: June 11, 2011 03:50:00 PM
Here are my new toe guards for my roller skates.  They look all nice and purty today, but after tomorrow's roller derby game, I'm thinking they won't look quite as unmarked  Cheesy

My old toe protectors were toast.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Dragonfly Ring with Beaded Bezel on: February 12, 2011 05:42:51 AM
My local Bead Society had a contest where they gave everyone one bead, and we were supposed to do something "outside the box" with it.  My normal thing would be to incorporate it into a necklace, so making a big honking ring is new for me.

The original bead is the base bead underneath the dragonfly.  I forgot to take a picture of the peyote stitch shank.  I peyote stitched the bezel which I messed up around the corners.  I haven't made a bezel around a square or rectangle before and had trouble with it.  I'd welcome any hints on how to make going around the corners easier.

ETA:  I swapped out a pic because I realized it was from before I added the crystals with green fringe.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Roller Derby Helmet Covers on: February 10, 2011 08:48:37 AM
Last week a fellow team member and I made some helmet panties for roller derby team.  Our colors are black and teal.  We made two sets, so we can scrimmage amongst ourselves.  Not all covers are pictured, but we made a black-on-teal set and a teal-on-black set.

Thanks Thesingingllamas for the tip on where to get rad fabric!

Jammer                                                                                               Pivot

10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Claire Bennet's Sweater Jacket / Tribeca on: April 28, 2009 02:24:12 PM
Did anyone else watch Heroes last night and feel the need to make a jacket like Claire Bennet's in Episode 325 Chapter 4?  I'm going to give it a try using Tribeca for the shape.  I'm thinking it would look nice with blackberry stitch for the main body and Tribeca's moss stitch for the sleeves.

It won't be an exact replica of Claire's jacket, but I think it will look nice.  Is anyone up for a KAL on this type of jacket?
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