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1  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: September 12, 2017 02:16:39 AM
Prompt: September - Harry Potter
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Kitty Magnet
Brief Description:
I made this prize for the second of two winners in Katsuyuki Moray's first ever Instagram giveaway.  The winner of this prize has a grey kitty with a blue scarf, so I designed the kitty around those colors... which also happen to be Ravenclaw colors (movie version)!  Every single time I've taken a house quiz, I've gotten an almost even split between Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.  To be honest if I had to choose I'd probably go Hufflepuff, but I feel very close to Ravenclaw too! Smiley
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2  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: September 02, 2017 10:53:29 PM
Thanks for the kind words bunny1kenobi, JoyfulClover, greybird, and craftADDchick!

Here are the steps I used to make the uchiwa:
1) Designed kanji look (making thicker with rounded edges to make the wire work) and cut out a paper template.
2) Traced template onto blue contact paper, cut out, and applied to plain black uchiwa (stiff paper fan), making sure to keep it a bit high on the fan because the plastic "spokes" of the fan near the bottom are too densely packed to poke holes through.
3) Poked holes all around the edges  of the contact paper with a heavy safety pin.
4) Made a particularly big hole at the base of the kanji, and pulled the EL wire through from the back, leaving just the connecting cord in the back with the battery pack.
5) Sewed the EL wire down along the edges of the kanji with a needle and clear thread, using the holes I'd pre-punched, and carefully adjusting the position of the wire as I went.
6) Poked bigger holes and pushed the wire back and forth from the front and back of the uchiwa as necessary whenever I finished a line.
7) Covered the back of the uchiwa and extra length of EL wire with black electrician's tape so that it doesn't glow messily from behind.


This takes FOREVER, but it works! XD
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3  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: September 02, 2017 08:12:04 AM
Argh, I came SO close to crafting All the Things last season, but was short by two projects!  Gonna try again this season, and also to stay caught up on my commenting! ;P

QueenHobo - I love that shark blanket!!  That's actually something I'd totally love too, come wintertime!  So darn cute and fun! I'd probably need a bigger one though, as I am not kid-sized. ;P  Good job working out how to tweak the pattern!  The super sloth is really cute too, and I bet SBC loves her!!

SBC - That Halloween sweater turned out soooooo cute!! The Jackolantern face is just perfect.  I hope it fits, and that you're allowed to share pics of it on the model!  

I'm gonna start this round off with a Big Time project!!  And goooooo, Team Multimedia! Look at us taking off running! XD

Prompt: Big Time #1
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Engineering (see post below)
Project Name: Light-Up Uchiwa for Maakun
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this to take to a V6 concert next week, to show my love for my favorite member, Maakun.  It's the first kanji of his first name (thank goodness it's such an easy one!), made with EL wire and a battery pack, so it shines quite brightly in the dark.  The show will be at Osaka Jo Hall, which seats approximately 10,000 people, but we've used light-up uchiwa there before for other groups and gotten a lot of attention from our favorite members, so I have hope that there's a chance Maakun will see this!  This is the fourth light-up uchiwa I've made, but it still took over five hours.
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And then turn off the lights...
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4  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: August 29, 2017 01:20:44 AM
Prompt: August - Wishing You Well
Team: Clan of the Makers
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Project Name: Cow Feltie
Project Link: -
Brief Description: I made this for one of the winners of the contest I held on Katsuyuki Moray's Instagram.  This winner has a toy cow as the star of her Instagram, so I made her a cow.  It came out pretty weird, but I like it!
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5  Nerdly the Fox Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by roler on: August 19, 2017 09:28:50 AM
I made this hoop of Nerdly, the mascot of the nerd craftalong here on craftster, as my donation for the craftalong's summer raffle.   I did it all in one day on a crafting binge with a friend (I'm so productive when there's another person in the room crafting with me!), but unfortunately was so busy chatting that I forgot to take progress photos.

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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: August 16, 2017 04:50:59 AM
My Gishwhes team was Walla Walla Bing Bang!

Prompt:  Random Acts
Team:  Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points:
Project Name:  Laundromat Kindness
Brief Description: Almost forgot I did the same laundromat item as LM, too!  I had fun drawing silly laundry cartoons on the envelopes. Smiley
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Prompt:  Big Time #1
Team:  Clan of the Makers
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Project Name:  Nerdly Hoop
Brief Description: Here's Nerdly!  I'm donating this item to the summer raffle!!
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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: August 14, 2017 09:07:07 PM
LovelyMiss - I ADORE your Gishwhes items!!  It looks like you managed to claim almost all of the crafty ones! So cool!! XD  I'll have a few duplicate prompts here. Smiley  Just out of curiosity, what was your team name?

Prompt:  June - Rippit Pond
Team:  Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points:  Swap
Project Name:  Kermit Twinchie
Brief Description: This was for fatewineroses in the felt twinchie swap. It is obviously (I hope!) a frog!! Smiley
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Prompt:  July - The Guild of the Boring and Unnoticed
Team:  Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name:  Pancake Art
Brief Description: A Gishwhes item.  We were supposed to make pancake art of a famous painting.  This was what I came up with after many, many failed attempts at making something more impressive.  I'm pretty disappointed with how it came out (and think it fits the prompt of "boring"), but it is better than nothing and I hope our team gets some points, at least!  And even more than "boring", it fits the prompt for "not what it appears to be", because the whole point of this painting is "This is not a pipe"! (It is a painting, or a pancake, of a pipe!)  It was my first time trying to make pancake art, using batter in a squeeze bottle, and even though it didn't work out how I'd hoped, I definitely stretched my brain!
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Prompt:  August Battle - Fairies
Team:  Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Huldufolk Nightclub
Brief Description: A Gishwhes item.  We were supposed to make a tiny nightclub for invisible Icelandic elves, and take a photo of it in a busy urban area.  I looked up the Huldufolk, and they seem very similar to fairies in other cultures. And I think fairies could enjoy this nightclub too!  A couple of friends helped a lot with this project, but I definitely put in a lot more than half an hour on it! Smiley 
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Prompt:  August - Altered Altar
Team:  Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Maximum Security Birdhouse
Brief Description: A Gishwhes item.  We were supposed to make a maximum security birdhouse, and photograph it in a public park. Not only is this kind of like a shrine in the crafty diorama sense, it's also probably not the usual or intended use for drinking straws, aluminum foil, pot scrubbers (pulled apart and used for "chains" across the top of the owl's solitary cell), the kitty coin purse, or really any of the stuff in this photo!
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Prompt:  July - Threadneedle Guild
Team:  Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Stranger Things Twinchie
Brief Description: For fatewineroses in the Felt Twinchie Swap. This is all hand-sewn (but I can also thread a sewing machine!). 
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Prompt:  Red Alert
Team:  Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Baymax Twinchie
Brief Description: For fatewineroses in the Felt Twinchie Swap. Baymax is totally a hero!!  His heroic qualities are kindness and strength. Smiley
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Prompt:  August - Cutout Clearing
Team:  Clan of the Makers
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Project Name: Veggie Fireworks
Brief Description: A Gishwhes item. My version of fireworks made out of vegetables and spaghetti.  I cut vegetables to make a silhouette image of fireworks.
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Prompt:  Zap #1
Team:  Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Groucho Grapefruit
Brief Description: A Gishwhes item. It just said, "Groucho Marx a piece of fruit." 
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Prompt:  Zap #2
Team:  Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Degu Food Degu
Brief Description: A Gishwhes item. We were supposed to make a portrait of our pet using only their own food and treats.  Here's Bubbles!
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Prompt: August - Tissue Paper Tree
Team:  Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Bee Twinchie
Brief Description: For fatewineroses in the Felt Twinchie Swap.  These felt twinchies are thin (as opposed to puffy ones I've made for other partners), and I imagine these bees flying happily among some trees.
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8  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: August 09, 2017 01:53:46 AM
Still no time to catch up on everyone's wonderful projects (gishwhes is in full swing!), but I hope to later!  For now, here are a few things from my latest swap package to arrive.

Prompt:  July - Accountant Sea Guild
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Treasure Twinchie
Project Link: -
Brief Description: I made this for quaggy in the Felt Twinchies swap, to go with her aquarium theme.  And look! It's money, in the sea!
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Prompt:  August - Folly Field
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Jackolantern Twinchie
Project Link: -
Brief Description: I made this for quaggy in the Felt Twinchies swap, for her Halloween theme.  At first I tried curving the lines out to give the impressive of a round pumpkin, but it didn't work at all with the square frame.  I scrapped my first attempt and started again with straight lines, and I like this version much better!
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Prompt:  June - Crossed Roads
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Hidey Hole Twinchie
Project Link: -
Brief Description: I made this for quaggy in the Felt Twinchies swap, to go with her aquarium theme.  It's entirely hand sewing.
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9  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by roler on: August 03, 2017 04:29:21 AM
Hi!  I am soooooooooo far behind on these boards - weird combination of work, social plans, and stupid brain chemistry has been keeping me away, and I'm gonna be super busy next week too, but I'm just popping in to show off the sock monkey hat SBC made me!  She posted it in the craftalong, but here it is on my head!  It actually fits my enormous head, and is sooooo super cute, I just had to show it off!



After GISHWHES is finished, I plan to make a Nerdly hoop to enter into the raffle, and I think I will have enough stuff to Craft All the Things.  I have eight felt twinchies in the mail now that I can assign to prompts once they're received, and I'm sure I'll be making something for Gishwhes too, and then other projects after that.  So I do hope to catch up for this season after just a bit more busy-ness!
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10  Re: Felt Twinchies Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by roler on: July 10, 2017 10:50:53 PM
BigBangMomma - Those kitties you made are just darling!!  I love how they fit/fill out the squares!  I'm trying to do a couple like that myself but it's definitely harder than just putting the subject in the middle!  You did a great job! 

seeuudee - Oooh, very classy looking steampunk / GoT twinchies!!  Bold and striking!  I think my favorite is the clock.  So much detail, and I love the shiny pieces!  Your colorful set for Witty_Child is fantastic too!  The cupcake is so darn cute and cheeky, and I LOVE that Christmas ornament!  It's just perfect!

bec99 - I love your matching set!  The stars are so evenly cut; I have so much trouble whenever I try to make stars that I am very impressed by that, and I am echoing all the praise for that wonderful rocket!

I received from fatewineroses today, and I am absolutely charmed to pieces!!  Look at these gorgeous little things!!


Eeeee I don't even know where to start!  Both the snail and the gnome look so serene, not to mention cute as a button!  Aaah maybe now I should start an enchanted forest themed collection; originally I was just planning to make a collage mixing everything together but each time I see these wonderfully done pieces I want to give them a themed set of their own so they can really shine!  The rainbow thread for the snail was a great choice; it kinda looks like the iridescent look some shells have!  The Earth is lovely and will go with any number of other themes or mixed collages, and the sparkly felt for the background gives the PERFECT suggestion of stars!! (Not to mention I just love sparkly things.  Magpie here.)  And my absolute FAVORITE is the apple!! That's not just any adorably exuberant apple - it's the apple from the wonderful card game Apples to Apples, one of my favorite party games!!  It will go fantastically with my growing collection of game twinchies!! 
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