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31  I've been beading the hell out of my... beads: Seven new pieces in Beads: Completed Projects by lisatrix on: June 28, 2005 12:01:07 PM

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32  Vintage Children's Corduroys in What the heck can I do with THIS? by lisatrix on: June 20, 2005 03:19:22 PM
This fabric was my grandma's- she gave it to my mom, who gave it to me. It's all pretty cool, and some of it's awesome, but I don't really know what to do with little kids' corduroy (all of it but the bikes is corduroy). Behold:

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33  Good ol' fashioned corset-laced tee-shirt TUTORIAL! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lisatrix on: June 09, 2005 06:09:14 PM
Sorry for the resized pics, the subtleties of the fine art of image hosting escape me. In other words, #$%& you Photobucket, and #$%& you even more, PhotoPost.

Draw two lines down the back of your shirt in chalk or some other washable mark-y thing.

Then, starting at the top, make a mark every two inches on the outer side of each line.

...And cut down the line.

Now you're gonna want some 3-inch sections of ribbon. Cut as many sections as you have marks on the shirt.

Fold the first ribbon in half, and stab it with a pin...

...And pin it to the shirt where the first dot is marked.

Do this on every dot.

TURN THE SHIRT INSIDE OUT and pin the edges together like this.

Sew along the edge, pull the pins out, and turn the shirt right-side out.

Lace it up, and put it on!

The area under the lacing is o wrinkly because the shirt was much too big to start with. I should have planned it so the seam allowances were bigger. Ah, well.

ETA: Don't pull the laces too tight unless you've gone over the stitching two or three times. Those little buggers'll pop right out if you really pull on them, and you have to pull out that part of the seam and put them back in. See that part at the top in the last picture, where the material's being pulled so tight it overlaps itself? One of those loops just made a jailbreak on me.
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34  Good ol' fashioned corset-laced tee-shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lisatrix on: June 03, 2005 03:57:43 PM

Yes indeedy.
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35  Re: Now-useless John Kerry stencil and the BITCHIN' project I done with it in Stenciling: Completed Projects by lisatrix on: May 25, 2005 12:18:39 AM
I used a tool borrowed from my art teacher, which is designed for carving linoleum blocks into stamps. They sell them at craft stores. Picture a razor blade bent into a shape like l_l or U and mounted on a handle. It peels up strips of whatever. So I just used that on all the grey sections.
Here's one:
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36  Now-useless John Kerry stencil and the BITCHIN' project I done with it in Stenciling: Completed Projects by lisatrix on: May 24, 2005 11:41:45 PM
While I posted this same project in the Halloween section, I just realized that I did, in fact, use a stencil to do it. And now, dear friends, I share the stencil with you. I had done a few shirts before I undertook this project, so I was familiar with the technique for using photoshop to make a two-color stencil. Thank you, long-forgotten tutorial! Feel free to take this and use it for any extremely belated political statements you desire.

Right then. I made it all big, taped it to a pumpkin, and completely cut out the white bits. Then I traced around the grey bits and scraped those areas down. The stencil was soggy and tattered by this point, but! The pumpkin! Ah, the pumpkin...

The pumpkin was AWESOME.
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37  Pretty much the best paperweights ever (warning: sperm ahead) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lisatrix on: May 14, 2005 01:58:19 PM
These are clay sculptures that I made, which I use for paperweights. I hate the idea of buying paperweights. I mean, paying $10 for a hunk of glass? Please. These get a lot of funny looks, especially the second one, which is why I love them. Hee.

Numero Uno: This was supposed to be black drips on red, but there was a mistake with the kiln. I think I like it better this way.

Numero Dos: When I started this project, it was going to be ivy on a sphere. But my ivy didn't exactly look like ivy, and then one thing led to another...

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38  Halloween '04: Kerry-O-Lantern! in Halloween Decor and Parties by lisatrix on: May 14, 2005 12:21:36 PM
I just found this site, and I can already see I'll be spending an unhealthy amount of time here. For my first post, I give you: John Kerry in pumpkin form. This is a bit dated, but I love it.

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