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1  Ursula Halloween Costume in Costumes: Completed Projects by cinnajess on: November 28, 2012 11:21:29 PM
I'm sick as a cat that I missed the Halloween contest here! I noticed there was another Ursula, as different from mine as could be (LOVE her tentacles)... but I'm proud of this and want to show it off!

I was lazy and used a skirt that I didn't much like for the main of the tentacles. Thankfully it already had a slight flare and a eight-panel pattern, so it was perfect. The "tentacle" fabric, not well seen in this shot, is lavender knit with potato printed suckers. THAT was super fun! The top is a old tank top I had lying around. The whole thing took four REALLY brutal evenings, but I felt pretty good about the end result. (Note: make longer tentacles next time)

Once I accomplished the dress, the big challenge was the hair: in my youth, we molded our mohawks from Elmer's glue. I was all set to do that, but my (much younger) colleague turned me onto Volumax from Sally Hansen. This stuff is AMAZING. A final coat of white hair color, some pretty fancy (for me) makeup, and I felt pretty A-OK about my offering at this year's bash!
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2  City Orange in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by cinnajess on: August 03, 2012 09:20:13 PM
I made this for a mural competition that was being held in my ward, and I wanted to share it with others.

In 2011, the City of Chicago began replacing the old sodium vapor lamps of the 1970s with ceramic metal-halide lamps. While I admire Chicagos commitment to energy efficiency and being green, I will miss that old orange glow! That was the inspiration for City Orange:

Thanks for looking!
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3  Birds birds birds! in CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES by cinnajess on: June 05, 2012 10:47:34 PM
Here's my submission! This challenge comes along right when I'm feeling both creatively blocked AND untalented - so this was a ideal way to get me to JUST. MAKE. SOMETHING. Not to mention decorate that big blank space above the dresser...

(sorry for the low-quality pictures)

Overall view - tree covered in birds, made from an old chemistry book and a lot of glue:

Detail #1 - and my favorite part! I love this bird and his branch confluence. If I'd just made this one part, I'd still like it:

Detail #2 - shows the double layer of book pages I used to give the birds some dimensionality:

Not my favorite piece ever, but it pleases me - and the hubby didn't completely hate it, either... I call that a win!
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4  Pony beads make awesome things! in Completed Projects by cinnajess on: April 26, 2012 08:41:38 PM
Hi, there! First-time poster, so be friendly (of course you will)!

So, my dear friends were getting married, and having many crafty friends, they asked if we'd be willing to make the centerpieces for the reception hall. I personally replied with a resounding yes. I had two ideas, one of which failed in a particularly epic fashion (and sadly, cost a LOT of money in the failing). The other turned out completely awesome (and was pretty darn cheap to make)!

The guidelines were this: use the wedding colors (true red, navy, and a chrome if possible), make it fit on a long, skinny banquet table, and use a string of LED lights for visual cohesion.

I happened to be fascinated with overlapping circles at that time (still am, truth be told), so I conceived of a chrome frame filled with overlapping circles of varying sizes in opaque and translucent forms of the wedding colors. I figured I could melt plastic (being a HUGE fan of makit-bakits) in cake pans, and that's where you guys came in. It was through your lovely site that I got a LOT of helpful information about melting pony beads, and that is what I ended up doing. I found a website that sold them pretty cheap, and the whole cost of this bad boy ended up being right around $35.

I realize it's a pain to go visit my site, but it's well worth it. I'm extremely proud of this creation, and for me that's a really big deal!

This first image shows the colors fairly true:

This image gives a better idea of how the translucency and opacity work together.

The frame is simply silver-painted cheap pine 2x2s with a kerf more or less down the center. The circles are (obviously) melted pony beads, held in place by the kerf and silicone. The bride loved it so much that I'm going to take the base off and put some hangers on so she can hang it on the wall. And my grandma just asked me for a square one to hang in her front window - and I want one myself - and my mom's been hinting - guess my hubby is gonna have to deal with melty plastic smell a bit longer!
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