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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Halloween in the 11th Hour - GALLERY on: October 22, 2016 11:50:30 AM


ORIGINAL THREAD
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Halloween in the 11th Hour CLOSED on: October 14, 2016 11:40:23 AM


GALLERY

Swap name: Halloween in the 11th Hour
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: artsycandice
Sign-up date range: 10/14/16-10/17/16
Date to send item by: 10/25/16

Limited to a certain number of people?: no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no... but international shippers won't receive before Halloween, nor will their partners

Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:

- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

Did you miss every Halloween swap this season? Are you hankering for any excuse to make just one more Halloween thing? Then this is the swap for you! * The sign-ups are short, only three and a half days. The crafting time is short, just one week. * Please make one small item for your partner. Light spoiling of tricks and treats is okay, discuss this with your partner. A bag is not necessary, just the crafted item and a treat, or two.  Grin

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: artsycandice

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
What are your favorite Halloween themes:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
...

Do you have a pinterest to share for inspiration?

Is there anything else you would like to share with your partner? (Example, no jewelry, wall item, no candy, sugar-free candy, etc....)


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

...
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fawn Ballerina Art Doll on: September 02, 2016 05:50:48 PM
I made this for Nodsu in the most recent IYP swap. She is made with a variety of new and vintage bits (mostly new  Wink ). I had a lot of fun with this piece. Thanks for looking!









I added a loop for hanging on a wall:



14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Balloon Twisting Apron on: July 10, 2016 11:20:54 PM
So, my honey and I are balloon twisters and a couple of weeks ago my sweetheart expressed wishing that he had a balloon apron for greater variety in our offering (being able to wander from our booth, etc.) Well, a quick search online will give you balloon aprons for a pretty penny so I opted to make my own. There are not any instructions online but through looking at a variety of photographs and deciding what our needs were that needed to be met I was able to come up with a plan. I did a lot of sniping and ripping and just guessing at what size felt right, but in the end I am extremely happy with how it turned out and my honey loves using it.



Here he is trying on the apron after I finished it. (I brought it to the festival we wanted to use it at because I had some hand-sewing on snaps to do before calling it done.) The black strips at the top are removable with three snaps on each strips. There are ten Velcro sections per strip for bundles of twisting balloons. The sides have zippers so it is easier to load the apron. There are many pockets for rounds and pens and such as well as retractable cords for scissors and a pump.



Here is the apron partially loaded. It worked so well I hope to make myself one eventually.



I did not take many in progress pictures because it was a bit frustrating to figure out, making it up as I went along. But here are a couple...






15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Captain Sashay on: July 02, 2016 12:20:06 AM
I made this for my partner in the monster swap. This is Captain Sashay, one of the Minority Monster characters. I had never heard of these until this swap. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this web comic. Anyhow, Captain Sashay is a genderqueer merperson. I enjoyed making this but started making the stitches so tiny that I ran out time at the end, but had to keep the stitches relatively consistent. Enjoy!



16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster Bunny on: July 02, 2016 12:12:33 AM
I made this for my partner in the monster swap. This is actually made from a super soft pink throw that I bought to craft with. It was hard cutting into that velvety fabric for the first time but it's done now! Grin
I made the details out of felt and added little dots of acrylic paint. I had a hard time getting this one away from my young girls (four and two). I must now make more. Grin







17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Strange Doll Swap Gallery on: June 23, 2016 08:16:52 PM
Original Thread

Strange dolls by artist Scott Radke.




Partners...

artsycandice <---> dessadoll
cmarion3 <---> WiccadWitch
emilywilde <---> Sarasmile
LovelyMiss <---> JoyfulClover
PromisedHeartbrk <---> pioneer9
suereal <---> Ludi
petskin <---> PerfectlyBohemian


Sent
Received
Sent and received
Sending late with communication
contact me immediately
feedback given
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Beistle Inspired Art Doll on: May 29, 2016 02:34:08 PM
So, there are these fabulous vintage Halloween images that I had no idea actually a name! You should check them out here: Beistle. Thank you Pottermouth for that. I had never heard that word before seeing it on her questionnaire. So, I was completely inspired by them and made this doll for her in the Everyday is Halloween swap.

The body beneath I stuffed with fiber fill. His limbs can bend, but won't hold their post. The shimmering costume is made from shirts I bought at a second hand store. The ribbon around his neck is a scrap piece I got from an artsy reuse center.

With his mask:

Picture by pottermouth

Unmasked:

Picture by pottermouth

Holding a little fabric pumpkin with a sculpted clay stem:

Picture by pottermouth

His little snazzy shoes. I sewed on the teeny buttons that wrapped the ribbon around them.

Picture by pottermouth

I didn't take an exact measurement but I think he is about two feet long.

Picture by pottermouth

The mask easily goes on and lifts off.


If you don't want to hide his face the mask can be hung from the pumpkin stem.


His handsome profile.


I sculpted the face out of Sculpey clay (the flesh colored oven bake stuff) along with his hands and the pumpkin stem. He is painted with acrylics. First I painted all parts black them used a little sponge to apply two shades or orange together. It allowed for some wonderful dimension to appear.


You can barely see the wire hanger here for hanging him on a wall.


I wish that I had taken progress pictures. You can't tell, but when I sculpted the head I added a large clay block poking off the top of his head. This is to have something better to glue the hat to. The hat is a piece of card stock with fabric glued to it. The buttons are sewn on but the trim is glued down.


The buttons on his costume were a great find. They are plastic but the black centers are raised and fuzzy, like velvet. I was going to sew the on but the back protruded too far and made the buttons dangle down so I cut the backs off and used some heavy-duty glue on them.


He was soooo much fun to make, I want to make more! Thank you so much for swapping with me. Your were a wonderful inspiration.

19  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Strange Doll Swap (S/U CLOSED; S/O 06/28/16) on: May 13, 2016 09:37:47 AM
Strange dolls by artist Scott Radke.



GALLERY

Swap name: Strange Doll Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: artsycandice
Sign-up date range: 05/13/16 - 05/24/16
Date to send item by: Tuesday June 28, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? Craftster rules

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

You will make one strange doll for one partner Grin. Your strange art doll might incorporate any of the following: fabric, clay, paper, metal, wood, etc.

* There is a long crafting period for this swap, please check in at least once a week so we know that you are still crafting away. And, please post at least once before signing up to ensure you will receive notifications for this swap.*

** If you will not be able to complete your obligations please get in touch with me and your partner as soon as possible so an angel can be found **


What exactly is an art doll:

From this article, Art Dolls: Facts and Fancies, on Etsy:

What is an art doll? This is as loaded a question as What is art?

Theres no hard and fast definition to be found for an art doll. They can be made out of almost any medium or several different media. They come in various shapes, sizes, styles, and designs. They can be very realistic or abstract with barely anything recognizable on them. They can be human, humanoid, anthropomorphic, alien, fantasy, sci-fi, or just about anything in between.

From Wikipedia, Art Doll:


Art dolls are objects of art, rather than children's toys, created in a wide variety of styles and media, and may include both pre-manufactured parts or wholly original works....Art dolls production demand a wide range of skills and technologies, including sculpting, painting, and costuming. They are often multimedia objects made from materials such as fabric, paperclay, polymer clay, wax, wood, porcelain, natural or synthetic hair, yarn, wool, and felt.


These doll will not necessarily be kid friendly (you don't have to use safety eyes, can have wire hair poking out, etc.). So yeah, whatever you want to do, rigid or squishy, humanoid, or other. Grin Your partner will likely influence the form and direction your doll takes. I am getting pretty excited about this one now. Grin


Here are galleries from previous doll swaps for your enjoyment:

Art Doll Swap
Junker Jane Style Doll Swap
Art Dolls 2
Art Dolls 3


If you want to participate, please send the following information to the organizer: artsycandice


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Strange Doll Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

List 5 - 10 themes that you like:

List your favorite colors:

Any least favorite colors?

Anything special you want your partner to include/exclude? (fur, feathers?)

Do you have any size requests?
* Only fill this out if you have a box or something that your doll needs to fit into, otherwise, leave it blank please. *

Do you have any allergies?

Are there any allergens in your home? (pets/smoke/other):

Do you have a Pinterest you could share for inspiration?

* Please refrain from including extras. This swap is for one amazingly strange doll only. *

Please add anything else you want your partner or me to know.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Balloon Sculpture on: April 29, 2016 08:17:23 PM
Which is really just a fancy phrase for balloon twisting. Grin

In an attempt to stand out from the other balloon twisters at the local market I decided that we need to up the quality and offering of our work. So, Over the past couple of weeks I have been learning some new balloons designs. These are inspired by what other balloon artists have done but certainly have my own "stamp" on them.

I learned four new flower designs this evening to make this awesome bouquet happen. I think I will offer it as a Mother's Day special. The bouquet includes, an iris, a daffodil, a rose, a daisy, and some sort of salvia.



Also improved upon tonight, a cute little hummingbird on a flower.



This sweetheart elephant.



And last, but certainly not least, this little bunny with his own carrot.



Thanks for looking!

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