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11  Re: Fiber Friday - August 8th 2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by something_wierd on: August 08, 2008 06:07:23 PM
I spun this up a while back.  It is my first plied yarn.  I still only have my crappy handmade spindle, so it was an adventure.  I dyed the roving brown and blue using Wiltons.  I actually don't mind it. Grin  It wasn't nearly as hard as I had expected it to be!  Sorry for the pictures.  My camera seems to be having some shutter issues.

These guys are just some tiny skeins, probably no more than 50 yards max.  Little experiments, really. 

This is a braid of roving I dyed using MixAde or some other random off-brand KoolAid.  I don't really like lemon/lime flavor, so it went into the dye pot.  When my mom first saw it, she said, "Does it glow in the dark?"  It looks radioactive.  I wish you could see it accurately.   Undecided
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12  Re: Clothing Discussion board wonky? in Craftster Itself by something_wierd on: July 17, 2008 06:24:48 PM
Ohh!  Ooh!  I know!  At least, I think so.  If you scroll down, you see that someone has a really long username, like, a complete sentence.  It stretches out the "started by" bit and smooshes the subjects.

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13  First hand spun yarn-Teal-ish in Spinning: Completed Projects by something_wierd on: June 10, 2008 04:57:29 PM
I spun my first yarn after buying some decent roving during the Michigan Craftster meet-up. 

I don't remember how much wool I used and didn't bother checking the yardage.  I spun it up on a homemade drop spindle using a dowel and a wooden wheel.

Yep, forgot to turn on the macro function.  You get the idea though, right?

This was also my first dyeing project, too.  I used Wilton colors.  The first try was too blue, so I tried a little more (waaaay too much) green.  The third try I used only a bit of blue.  I hung the yarn off of a bamboo skewer so that half of it was in the dye bath and the rest stayed steamy.  I let that go in the pot for 45 minutes and then dunked the rest of the skein in and left it until the water was mostly clear.  I think it turned out pretty cool considering that it is my first. 

I was super excited about it and kept showing it to the members of my family.  It was quite ridiculous.
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14  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery in The Swap Gallery by something_wierd on: January 29, 2008 04:33:34 PM
Well, I found one of our digital cameras, but it was the crappy one, so I apologize in advance for the blurry images.  Also, apparently the camera believes that it is March 2005.  It does not matter how many times you reset it, it never sticks.  Meh.

Anyway, I got some totally sweet stamps!

First, we have the awesome eyes from PlumCrafty!  I love anatomical and stylized body parts. 

I also got some blank cards, a pink plastic envelope, and a metal tag that says "sparkle".  What a beautiful package!

I got my other 2 on the same day!  It was a good mail day until I saw the interest statement for my student loan.  Boo!  Still, I was thrilled to get more awesome stamps.  Get ready for this.  From Raenef I received a wonderful Torchwood logo lino stamp!  It was just in time for season 2 to start here in the US.  Best. Timing. Ever.  I also got some pretty origami paper and cute stickers. 

Finally, from laminathegreat I received a neato face stamp.  It is carved on 2 erasers.  It is a simple face so you can add your own things like Amy Winehouse eyeliner.  Very fun!

I had so much fun with this swap!  Hopefully my partners receive their packages soon!  I feel so bad for being late.  I just had horrific luck the last few weeks.   Undecided  I would love to stick around for round 2 if you guys will take me!
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15  Re: A TON of nik-naks! *IMG OBESE* in What the heck can I do with THIS? by something_wierd on: November 26, 2007 11:59:20 AM
Vinyl can be found at most fabric stores.  Check the remnant bins for decent sized cheap bits.

I sewed random little thingies to my messenger bag.  I had a glow in the dark star, little plastic alien, tiny pink sunglasses I found in the parking lot at college, boy scout and girl scout patches, beads, shells, and a found heavy metal peace pendant.   I even have the plastic Yamaha plaque off my old trombone case sewn on there.  I have chains and bits of fabric from one of my ballet costumes on the side (the purple thing).  Most of it has some meaning to me, so it is like a functional scrapbook commemorating my dad, brothers, college, dance, crafting, my best friend, my dog, band, and love of crappy cable TV. 

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16  Spiders! wreath and web in Halloween Decor and Parties by something_wierd on: October 21, 2007 09:11:00 PM
In an attempt to get out of my crafty funk (one that has been going on for months-eek!) I decided to start decorating the house. 

First, inspired by the wonderful crafty_dame, I whipped up this wreath. 

I bought a big brass ring from the craft store and wrapped it up with roughly 6 bazillion plastic grocery bags.  I hate those things and had a ton of them.  I wrapped the bags with garland from the dollar store and hot-glued on some plastic tarantulas.  It looked a little nekkid so I added the hanging one.  Not too bad for about 6 dollars of materials. 

I was inspired to make this web after hating all the ones in the stores.  Have they even seen a spider web?  They do not float in the air. 

I'm not entirely happy with it, but I still like it more than the ones from the shops.  I just wound cotton crochet thread (any thicker string will do) around some nails and then wove a spiral.  At every cross-string I wrapped the string around once to help it hold (which was futile, as I figured out later.  meh.)  Oh, yeah.  I then hung a dollar store spider/tick looking thing from one of the nails. 

This is roughly how I had it set up.  Pink dots are nails.  Before I did the weaving, I tied a bit of string in the middle so that all the strings met at one point. 

I'm going to do some more stuff after class tomorrow.  A late start is better than no start at all.
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17  Re: MODS' instant swap/Competition GALLERY (Your chance to vote will come!) in The Swap Gallery by something_wierd on: March 31, 2007 09:02:08 PM
Okay, guys.  Get ready to get jealous.  Look at the goodies I got from kittykill.  This stuff really made me happy because I have been sick with the flu all week.  Sad

First, we have some embroidered patches.  I think I may make them into a patchwork purse.  I especially love the frog.  I have a pet frog named Linette. 

Kittykill said she ran out of the frog color floss before she was done and wasn't sure if she got the right color.  I can't tell, but I'm colorblind.  I still love it.

Next we have some custom note cards.  I am a pre-med student and will be taking tons of notes in the future.  These will be quite handy.  Look!  Another frog!

Last but not least, some great bracelets.  I love bracelets.  The fabric covered bangles are beautiful, but don't fit over my hand.   Cry  Oh well.  They're still cute as heck.

That's everything!  Thanks so much, kittykill, for making my day a little better.  Now I must go to bed, seeing as I am still a bit sick.

OMG, Leah!  That frame is beautiful.  I'm sure it is hanging proudly in your home.  I may have to make one of my own.
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18  BRAND SPANKING NEW Featured Projects! Yay! August/September in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by something_wierd on: December 26, 2006 09:56:18 PM
And now, in no particular order, POLYMER CLAY FEATURED PROJECTS!  YAY!

While these were picked by yours truly, I got some help from my magical, mystical "This Rocks!" results thinger.  Clicking that little hand really does something, I swear!

August-September Featured Projects

Froggie Altered Book by Lady Rando


WoW Dwarf Priest by acidtrix


Diving Bacon by simgarie


Face Bracelet by a_falsario


BBQ/Picnic Food by kitten59

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19  Featured Projects Archive in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by something_wierd on: September 19, 2006 11:37:57 AM
Umm. . . some time in 2008

"Godmaker" by edelias

"Dino Dude Earrings" by kimmy ann

"Nintendo Characters" by Art Fiend

"My Anus Is Bleeding-A Hertzfeldt Tribute" by worship_the_robots

"Mice in the House" by QuickFlops


"My first creation" by jennifrb


"Hot pink skull necklace" by kishcrafts


"Wormy apple earrings" by Luinecu


"Faerie" by NimblyKimbly


"Sadsacks" by nessarose



"Pirate" by apshai


"Black and Red Necklace" by Demonya


"I made a baby" by frozenknitter


"Lemon Rings" by japaya


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20  Re: the metallic dusting powders in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by something_wierd on: August 24, 2006 08:12:18 AM
I have found that putting gold powder on black clay, baking it, and putting on a little gold model paint on raised bits, letting it dry, then rubbing it with a paper towel works well.  That's how I made these.

The paint seals and the rubbed off bits give it an antique look.

I'm curious as to what you are making.  Please share! Smiley

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