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181  Ancient druid crow mask in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 12, 2015 01:59:37 PM
Crows and ravens were sacred to the druids and the Celtics. This is a prototype, only about 2 inches wide. I wanted to make a larger one for the Curiosity Cabinet swap, but got waylaid by other ideas. I may still do a larger version when I can figure out a better armature and product to use. I used a home made paper clay that was a bit hard to work with. I'll have to adjust the recipe or buy the stuff.

The mask is finished with brown wax, which did not stick, but made the cracks look good and black shoe polish.



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182  Manus Volatilis or the elusive "Hand Butterfly" in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 12, 2015 12:04:09 PM
Rare and unusual items are showing up in the Curiosity Cabinet Swap Gallery...check it out.

Here are two specimens of the rare and scary Manus Volatilis or "Hand Butterfly"

This first item, flown off now to my partner sports gossamer wings and shiny eyes, with a tail of precious beads.




The second specimen, mine, has turquoise eyes and umbrella wings in metallic splendor.

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183  Begging machines or toys with arms! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 12, 2015 11:54:11 AM
The Curiosity Cabinet swap has been a blast. Check it out in the swap gallery. I made a number of things for the swap and then for me.

A while ago I acquired doll arms...lots of doll arms and have been trying to use some in swaps. So meet the

Begging Machines. They were designed by the infamous "Armless Monk", no monk, but he wore monks robs for ease and for enhancing his begging. And since he had no arms, he invented the "begging machine" to get that last coin in hand.

Here is the original version, sent away in a swap. The base is a 2.5 inch block.



The embossed metal panels are former soda cans, hand embossed with a variety of tools and distressed with paint and sand paper. The other items were all out of my stash...all of it!

And now my smaller version for me. The base for this is a 1.5 inch block, quite a bit smaller.



and trundling off to go to work.......

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184  Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 09, 2015 05:05:16 AM
(arggg put this in the wrong place...now it's in its right home.)

Well, Wulf may have mad a tiny mistake, but look what I received! He picked my word Expand, which was assigned to me, and went out of the world with the theme.

It is dark blue satin and tons of tiny little beads sewn on, bursting from a center. The universe is expanding. He hand painted on EXPAND...good steady hand there. I love it and can't wait to hang it.

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185  "Tie a string around it" Making beautiful strings. With TUT! in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 07, 2015 05:34:30 PM
I really did not know where to put this little tut, but here we go.



My DW and her friends have been making musical instruments called strum sticks (Google it). They are like a 3 string upright dulcimer and really fun and easy to play. And beautiful. They need a string or strap. We tried braiding and crocheted strings, but they caught on bits and pieces.

So I gathered some strips of yarn (I even used the old braided ones) and zig zagged them together. I've used this technique for decorative additions to fabric art. Take a look. Tut follows

A beautiful strum stick ready to play.



Gather a variety of yarn and floss. I used acrylic, cotton and wool and some glittery yarn. It's a great way to use up those short ends. Set your machine to the widest zig zag (adjust for smaller diameter strings) and long stitch length. Use a thread color to accent your string.



Secure the ends by stitching over several times in the same place. Twist the yarn and start pulling it through the sewing machine. Don't worry about catching all the yarn, you will be stitching back over from the other end. Remember to continue to twist in the same direction the whole length.



When you get to the end, again secure by stitching over several times in the same place. Turn your string around and zig zag back over the string again twisting slightly as your pull the string through the machine.



Trim the ends and "tie a string around it."

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186  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: January 31, 2015 07:28:32 PM
I sent these cards to Jaywsome, and she has received, but not posted. So...here you go. The theme was cats and I sent her portraits of two of the cats in her life. They are movable and fit the ATC size...but they like to party and jump around.

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187  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: January 30, 2015 04:16:43 PM
I really like the bird boys! They look like wood cuts.

And from Acadian Driftwood who said:

I support sketched ATCs! I actually decided to do all my January cards in pencil to see if I could develop a "style" like some of my craftster crushes... we'll see. Smiley

Acadian, I think you are definitely developing a style. I just received one of your cards and I love it. Take a look at "Bottom line and business to the core"



And my lovely black cat Palo agrees. Wants to know where his green visor and tie are.


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188  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: January 25, 2015 09:14:24 AM
I finally had time to photograph and process some pictures.

From Spikefan two absolutely cool cards. "Cool Trees". So tranquil and wintery. I love birch trees.



And meet the "Blue Witch", she's beautiful, yet full of great power. She's awesome.



Allegrae sent another of her fantastic digital collages. The theme was a line from a song and she chose "Come Sail Away" by Styx, a favorite of both of us...how did she know?



Thank you so much...both of you.
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189  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 in Craftalongs by cmarion3 on: January 21, 2015 06:07:04 PM
Like this, suereal... Smiley


The are a couple dollars at craft stores usually.

Quality varies on these....the Crayola brand is pretty good. I always check the school/kids supplies in craft and dollar stores, some pretty cool stuff there for reasonable prices.
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190  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - DECEMBER 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: January 17, 2015 07:33:05 PM
OK, I hadn't received all my Dec cards.....mountains and clouds got a little confused and missed one. Hey, it was the Holidays!

She sent a beautiful peaceful "Winter Solstice" card. It really captures how lovely mid winter nights are. Beautiful.

And a bonus "Sunrise" card, just because.

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