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31  Pet portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by schizo319 on: November 14, 2010 08:48:23 AM
My best friend's husband's dog passed away unexpetedly earlier this year so for Christmas this year I decided to paint her for him.

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32  Earring Tree in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by schizo319 on: November 13, 2010 11:35:05 AM


So my mom asked for an earring tree for Christmas this year. Since 1987 has long passed, I figured it would be easier to make one than to actually buy one. I wanted it to be easy to hang post or earwire earrings without having to take the whole frame off of the wall. So I started experimenting with using some screen to make "leaves". After wrapping the edges in copper tape, I decided that wasn't going to be strong enough, so after I racked my brain for a couple of hours about how to make "leaves" with the screen, my husband came home and said "what about polymer clay"... I love him, I was starting to think I'd have to scrap the whole idea...

At any rate, here are the technical details:

- The base is a gallery style (1.5" thich) masonite board I picked up at hobby lobby. Just a word of warning, it's HARD to pound nails/tacks into masonite board - the back of the board has some little divets, but I plan on covering the backside with felt.

-The paint is acrylic and the tree is delta foil (pressure sensitive mylar) with a few peices of copper leaf to fill in some of the gaps. Sealed with several coats of satin finish poly.

- The oval frames were cut out with cookie cutters - I tried to use leaf shape cutters, but they proved to be too small and fussy to work with, especially with the screen in between.

-I sandwiched a piece of screen between two oval frames with some liquid poly. {I cut the screen with a circle punch and squished it into an oval form}. Then I pressed the frames between two texture plates and brushed them with mica powders.

-Also, picked up some copper tacks at the hardware store to hang the leaves and put in a row of small gold cup hooks for neclaces/bracelets.

I still plan to make/buy a jewelry roll to hang in the back of the peice. The idea is that when she travels, she can grab the roll, throw in a couple of the ovals and be set. Plus she can keep some of her nicer "special occasion" jewelry hidden away!
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33  Applique/embroidered pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by schizo319 on: June 28, 2009 08:11:43 AM
I've been working on this for about 3 weeks. It's for my mom's birthday (today!).

Details: The main fabric is a set of cotton napkins, the bird is white flannel with pieces of a batik bandana for the wings/head. I stuffed the belly with some extra padding to make him "fat". The branches are also batik fabric that I cut out and blanket stitched with dark green embroidery thread. I used copper seed beads for the berries, an oval shaped black bead for his eye and scraps of silk for the leaves. The ring of trim around the outside is actually a perfect circle (it doesn't photograph well because the pillow's so poufy). I'm not thrilled with the shape of the pillow, I wanted it to be more square, but it turned out a little odd shaped with the corners sticking out further than the edges. But overall, I'm happy with it (it was my first time to try applique AND the frist time I ever sewed fringe).
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34  Finished blue/brown baby quilt + pink baby quilt top in Quilting: Completed Projects by schizo319 on: May 25, 2009 11:28:58 AM
I just finished this for a coworker of mine. I think I like the back better than the front. Her colors are blue and brown and I wanted to make something that wasn't too babyish so it could grow with her little boy. It's pretty big (39x50) and it's tied off at 13 points on each square (that's 156 little knots!). I like to use strips of fleece as binding because it's really forgiving, it doesn't ravel, and it's nice a cushy - plus, I picked up a 1/3 of a yard remnant for 75cents - score!. All of the fabrics are flannel except the yellow squares which is a really soft thin cotton.



And here's a top that I finished for a friend who's having a little girl in July. It's a stacked coin pattern, and I put it together yesterday afternoon. I love this pattern - it went really fast. BUT, now that it's finished, I think it seems a little "grown up" for a baby (maybe it's just because I want to keep it for myself?)... I haven't decided on the back yet. I still have several strips of the batik fabric to do some sort of peicing, but I'm not sure what fabrics I want to use. Any suggestions?

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35  Memo Board in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by schizo319 on: December 20, 2008 02:17:30 PM
I made this memo board for a friend for Christmas. We decided at the last minute that we would MAKE gifts for eachother (cash is tight and neither of us "need" anything in particular), so I made this today:

The black/white fabric is leftover from some stuff I made her a few years ago for her kitchen. The mat board (under the corks and letters, etc.) is from a huge stack of board that she bought me at a yardsale years ago. AND, we get together at least once a week for a couple glasses of wine, so the corks are from 8 bottles we've shared over the past few months.
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36  "Wanna play?" Tiger painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by schizo319 on: November 21, 2007 05:07:30 PM
It's HUGE, 24x36 Acrylic on Canvas.

I painted it because I wanted to do something different (been painting a lot of dogs lately). I had an 8x10 print of it made for my mother-in-law, and the folks at the photo place freaked over it. I'm less than thrilled with the left eye, but it'll do. His eyes kinda follow you all over the room - it's almost disconcerting (and totally freaks out our pet canary - we can't put it in the same room with him!)

Comments/criticisms welcome... Thanks for taking a peek!

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37  Can ya stand another couple pet portraits? in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by schizo319 on: November 06, 2007 07:34:54 PM
16x20 acrylic of a coworkers dogs. Not crazy about how this turned out. I had to mesh 3 different photos into one and the lighting is "off", but she's happy, so I'm happy!

Another 16x20 acrylic of a friends corgi. He's one of my favorites

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38  Alien xbox faceplate... in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by schizo319 on: November 06, 2007 07:18:59 PM
I was checking out xbox faceplates and ran across this: http://gaming.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=4949
I wanted to buy it for my husband for our anniversary, but it's still in the "prototype" stage, so I decided to make one. Mine isn't nearly as cool as the original, but I like it nonetheless, and my husband is thrilled!

Note: I idiotically (is that a word?) built this on the faceplate and then baked it - yeah - plastic faceplates melt! duh! Anyway, I tried to use an air dry but I don't like the consistency, so I carefully peeled the alien off of the melted faceplate and glued it on a new one. It worked ok, but there's still a crack on the "neck" (right under the hole) that you can see in the detailed shot.

I'd like to do some more of these, maybe a dragon or optimus prime, but I can't figure out how to do it easily. I thought of trying to make a model of the faceplate to bake on, but out of what?!?! Any suggestions?

Thanks for looking!

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39  Seven new Acrylic dog paintings... (pic heavy) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by schizo319 on: September 30, 2007 10:44:46 AM
Most recent painting - this little yorkie belonged to a friend of ours, his 90th birthday is next week and his beloved "Prissy" passed away about 6 months ago, so I painted her portrait for his birthday. 12x12 canvas board.

Painted this rat terrier for my best friends mom. 9x12 canvas board. Anyone know where to pick up a cheap 9x12 frame?

This was taken from a photo of my mom hugging her chocolate lab, I call it "puppy love" (and now that old song is running through my head Smiley) It's 12x12 canvas board, and the first "human face" I've ever painted.

These are both commissioned work for a coworker. They're 12x12  canvas board and I put them in shadowbox frames. She is ecstatic about them!

This is a piece commissioned by a friend's coworker. 11x14 on gallery wrapped canvas.

This is my mom's dog Harpo. He's my favorite so far! 14x18 canvas board.

Thanks for taking a peek!
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40  Another Dog painting - black & tan dachshund in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by schizo319 on: September 06, 2007 08:48:51 AM
24x36 acrylic on canvas
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