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1541  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: soda can bracelets!! on: June 29, 2005 04:24:16 PM
Those look great!   Smiley
I'd be worried the aluminum might cut my arm.   Undecided Are they sharp?
1542  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Pin cushion/sampler/sculpture on: June 29, 2005 04:19:37 PM
That's totally awesome. And you know that no one will ever have a pin cushion quite like it. Wink
1543  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: cactus pin cushion on: June 29, 2005 04:16:46 PM
Smiley Thanks very much everyone!  Cheesy

Sham- I did sew it from felt. Six alternating light and dark green eye-shaped (pointy ellipses) pieces, with a vertical fold ironed on light green pieces. These were sewed together with a hole at the bottom. I folded the light green panels inward so that the dark green ones would seem more like ridges and sewed that in place. I filled it with stuffing to make a sort of football shaped cushion, and then hot-glued it to the tiny ceramic pot. Then cut the pink felt in a many-pointed star shape and sewed it to the top as a flower.

Emy- how could anyone not love cacti? Wink
Hoxierice - I also thought of other spiky things, like sea urchins (but that would end up looking like a funny-coloured tomato) and am considering making a hedgehog or porcupine.
1544  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: June 29, 2005 01:22:44 PM
This is a truly horrifying, yet compelling thread! I'm quite clumsy, which is scary for a crafty girl whose "real job" is as an experimentalist (labs are dangerous places; power tools, high voltage equipment, heavy, sharp things!). I've done a lot of the things mentioned above (minor glue gun burns, sewing myself accidentally both by hand and by machine) and even made myself costumes so heavy I've come home bruised.

But my most unusual crafty injuries were years ago in high school. The first one involved trying to make a sculpture of my hands. I had a somewhat impatient friend help me make a mold in plaster of my hands and forearms. It was taking so long she used warm water. As my chemistry teacher delighted in pointing out to the class (immediately after art class), most reactions are exothermic (they give off heat) so using warm water just exaggerated that so I ended up with a) a lot less arm hair than when I began and b) a first degree burn on both arms!

The second was later the same year and worse. I was painting a canvas of "winged Time" and I wanted the wings to protrude from the canvas, so I built a chicken wire armature, wrapped in burlap and covered it in feathers. I seems that I pricked my finger on the burlap and then got some nasty bacteria from the feathers and got an infection of my lymphatic system. I was sitting there in English when I noticed a red line along my finger and mistook it for ink, until I remembered the same finger looked infected. Then I realized the infection was inching along from my finger, up my arm to my elbow! My teacher almost fainted and I went off to the doctor. She put me on double doses of antibiotics and made me where a sling for a week (apparently so the infection would drain). I now know I'm allergic to feathers, so the whole episode was a worse idea than anyone suspected.
1545  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / cactus pin cushion on: June 29, 2005 10:11:13 AM
Hello -
Here's my 2nd post with photos. I decided I needed a pin cushion. Somehow the marvelous cupcakes posted here made me think of making a pin cushion in the shape of something that one would expect to have pins and needles. Here it is:


complete with cat for scale. She got bored before I put any pins in it:


1546  CANADA / British Columbia / Re: Victoria residents- come one come all on: June 28, 2005 04:38:07 PM

I just stumbled onto this thread. I too am up in the Sidney area (really North Saanich) and when you wrote of teaching your own skills, I too thought of silkscreening. Maybe I can add my 2 cents worth (I tend to cut paper stencils rather than use the photographic method). Maybe later in the fall I can get my act together and dream up a workshop on something else (lino block prints? handmade paper using plants...). Anyway, keep me posted!
1547  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / handmade wedding guestbook (1st posted project!) on: June 28, 2005 04:17:21 PM
I finally got a digital camera, so I've decided to post something I recently made. This is the first post with any pictures of something I made.  Grin

An old high school friend is getting married. Despite not being the "bridal shower" type we threw her a shower. When pestered about what she would like she said that if I must get her something, I should make it. Of course, I was planning to make something all along, but was fishing for ideas. It occurred to me that she would need/want something like this:

I found the couple as Celtic knot in a book about mythology. I took some liberties with it (especially since it illustrated some tragic love story... so I made them look happier and more like the couple involved). Since the bride-to-be is proud of her red locks and Irish heritage, I thought it was just the thing.

Inside, I used some acid-free paper from a sketch book as pages. I folded them in half, and used a thumb tack to make holes through the bundle and then hand stitched them together into a book attached to some strong paper. I glued the paper backing to the cardboard I cut for the cover (2 large pieces for front/back, 1 thin piece spine), which in turn were glued unto a large white piece  of canvas paper. I lined the inside with lovely Japanese paper and threw in a translucent of pink paper with hearts that came in a grab bag of nifty paper. I added the illustration to the front. Added the blue framing paper with heart-shaped hole and titled it using a calligraphy pen.

I'm pretty pleased with myself. Smiley I think it turned out well. My friend looked pretty pleased when I gave it to her.
1548  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Please Help with Craftster article on: June 07, 2005 06:16:36 PM

I'm rather new to Craftster membership, though I've been lurking for a while, and as a fellow academic (& feminist) I'd like to support your interesting project, even if my responses are similar to those above.  I think this is a fabulous website: it is really well-designed, maintained and opporated (more thanks to Leah & team), it is a great resource for methods, sources of materials, and ideas, and I do think of it as a community.

1. Why do I come back? Well for the reasons mentioned above. The tutorials are great and convincing. I agree with wifeofbath above that making clothes is somehow intimidating. I have sewed other items before, but only ventured into making clothes since finding this website and reading encouraging posts. I have more experience in printmaking, painting and sculpture, so am pleased to be able to return the favour of information where I am able to do so. The photos are great and inspire creativity. My own background is experimental physics, a highly competitive, male-dominated field. So I find this really a refreshing, encouraging, female-dominated (though I think it's great that there are crafty guys here too and hope they enjoy the sometimes flirtatious responses from women) site. It may seem strange that if I am not intimidated to build circuits and machines that I was intimidated to make clothes, but I needed to be told that it was okay to use the trial-and-error method and have my first attempts look a bit odd. The spectrum of skills, someone else mentioned above, is also nice. So I can think, "oh, this isn't so bad, I think I'm a bit more proficient than X and might aspire to making things like Y". I also am relieved to find a set of like-minded people. It is almost a stereotype that one can find a group of people into absolutely any bizarre fetish on the net, but I am pleased to learn that I am not the only one who obsessively collects seemingly useless things (like broken guitar strings) on the basis that I may one day make something with them. There are even suggestions about what I might do with said collection!
2. Craftster is unique because of the nature of the supportive community (even as mentioned above, when views do clash), the tutorials, the variety of subject matter and the swaps. It has a very different feel than other on-line communities. It is more useful and more supportive. People do feel comfortable to post almost anything (except insults)! The ethnic diversity of members, the variety of ages, and the diversity of lifestyles has been mentioned, so I'll point out the diversity of language. Members communicate despite various proficiencies, preference for American or British "dialects" (as a Canadian, I have the advantage of understanding both easily and enjoy the amusing discussion of the meaning of say, "loo tube") or even l33t. Many members have English as a second language and freely throw in bits of French, Spanish, and make themselves understood, or leave brief comments to fellow speakers of their own languages. I think I've seen Dutch and Swedish and a few words of Japanese. People are even encouraging about language ability. It is immediately understood that this is a safe environment to discuss projects that relate to a minority culture in every possible sense of those words.
3. A great source of ideas and information, a unique cast of characters and some great challenges to come. I've got to do a swap... and maybe one of the newly created challenges.
4. Deserving of attention? I think the boards about gifts/brain blockages are particularly interesting because they are less likely to contain tutorials, but nonetheless attract sufficient numbers of people just wanting to help out. I think it's a function of the sense of community created over the site as a whole that people donate their time and energy to strangers or those they may know only by their avatars (there's a fabulous word for you to consider).

Now if you can tell me how to incorporate the craftiness into my scientific career I'd be grateful! Wink So far, I'm the only one I know who thinks about colour theory when designing circuit boards. Best of luck with the research.
1549  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Media Warps Concept of Beauty: art show piece on: June 06, 2005 05:09:55 PM
I think that's pretty nifty. I like how you play with the 3rd dimension. I've made a couple of paintings with hands jutting out of the plane. I also tend to like anything with hands, particularly if it's sculptural. Smiley

The balance does seem a little odd. Is the blackness surrounding the "skeletal muse" part of the painting?

I really like the concept.
1550  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Decoupage Chewbacca Kleenex Box on: May 25, 2005 03:01:04 PM
Omigod... that's so wonderfully bizarre. It's awesome. I even love the title of the post. Who could resist looking at something called a "Decoupage Chewbacca Kleenex Box"?
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