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21  Steampunk gun in Costumes: Completed Projects by Luna1375 on: April 01, 2009 04:50:36 AM
Hey, this is a prop for my steampunk costume that I'm working on in stages.  I already posted the goggles here and I won't post anything else until it's all done. I just wanted to go ahead and show the gun, because I'm really proud of it, even though there are tons of guns like it posted all over the rest of the internet.

Here it is: 

And here it is before, sitting on our old really ugly kitchen table that has since been replaced:

So, yeah, basically I repainted a Nerf gun. Simple, right? But, I wanted it to still work, so I had to take it apart to paint the pull-back piece.  But then, every time I pulled it back, it scraped off the paint, no matter what kind of paint or sharpie I used.   So, I sanded it down smaller, painted it again, then coated it with resin, sprayed it with WD-40, and that seems to have stopped the scraping. 

There's lots of different kind of paint on it: base coat of black spray paint, then copper spray paint, gold and silver paint pens, metallic sharpies, metallic acrylics, and watered down black acrylic to make it look old and dirty.
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22  Short cardboard tubes and tiny flip-top canisters in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Luna1375 on: March 21, 2009 03:58:55 PM
Hey, I work with kids in 2nd grade, and my boyfriend's mom just gave me some stuff in case I could use it to do crafts with them.

First, a bunch of short cardboard tubes:

These would be great for making adult sized bangles, but a bit too big for kids.  What else could they make with them?

Second, these little plastic canisters/bottles with flip top lids:

Since they're plastic, and black, we can't really decorate them with paint or sharpies, and even if we did somehow decorate them, what in the world would the kids use them for?  I'm stumped.
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23  Living room stuff in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Luna1375 on: March 12, 2009 12:13:14 PM
Here's this thing I made for my living room wall:

It's kind of like art, I guess? I didn't paint it or draw it. What it is, is scrapbook paper (from a pack called "Pretty Poppies") glued to chipboard which is then attached to a frame.   I made the frame from scrap wood from the garage and painted it black, used spray adhesive to attach the scrapbook paper to the chipboard sheets, and attached those to the frame using foam mounting tape (fingers crossed they don't fall off!)

You can see it in context here, where you can also see the tray I did with the same paper, and one of the pillows I got (which don't go with the poppy stuff but at least they're red!), and our new couch:

Unfortunately, that's the only view of the room worth looking at, since we still need: new entertainment center, new end tables (you can see the folding table we've been using) and a slipcover for the ugly but comfy recliner.  

Comments and critiques welcome!

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24  Tile coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Luna1375 on: March 11, 2009 07:06:10 PM
I've seen several sets of really cute coasters made from tiles, and I finally decided to try it.  Here's mine:

They're 4 and 1/4 inches square, and here's how I made them: tiles from Home Depot (only 16 cents each!) scrapbook paper cut to size, Mod Podge to attach it and coat it, then several coats of Exterior/Interior varnish, and a square of cork hot glued underneath. 

The reason they have a bit of texture is that I used a foam roller to apply the Mod Podge and the varnish, and that's just what it does.  I like it though, and so far they're standing up to my hot coffee mug pretty darn well!
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25  Orange and green craft space! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Luna1375 on: February 28, 2009 07:04:08 AM
Check out my new crafting area! I recently moved in with my boyfriend into an old house he's renting from his parents, and our first project together was redoing the office.

I know they aren't labeled, but I know what goes where.

Under the Ikea desk, you can see the plastic Ikea bins that I originally intended to install below one of the shelves, but then the brackets that make them slide in and out like drawers, which looked like they would fit when we were at the store, magically decided to be too big once we got home. I think I like them under the desk even better. They're holding all the supplies I use the most often, and the stuff my boyfriend is most likely to need to borrow, like scissors, staplers, pens, etc. You can also see my wastebasket and the awesome light box my boyfriend made me for Christmas.

Unfortunately, we both neglected to take "before" pics, but here's a "during":

To get a good idea of what it looked like before we started, imagine disgusting carpet that was soaked with cat pee in one corner from the previous renters (how my boyfriend managed to work in there for a whole year is beyond me) and imagine the bottom third of the wall in very dark blue with a train border separating it from the top part of the wall, and imagine that the train border is already half coming down, and under it you can see another border with soccer balls.  Oh, and the ceiling, which you can't see in these pics anyway, was stained from cigarette smoke.  So, yeah, lots of stripping paper, spackling, sanding, priming, painting, ripping out carpet, installing laminate floor and base moulding.  Whee!  But I'm so happy I have a pretty space now.  

His side of the room, well, that's gonna be a whole 'nother project  Smiley :

Thanks for looking!
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26  Simple curtains from shower curtain in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Luna1375 on: February 22, 2009 03:19:55 PM
This one project is part of a much larger one: redoing the home office.  It will get its own post once everything is done, but I am too excited to wait to share my curtains! 

I also have the desk, chair (from Ikea) and wire shelves in, but so much more stuff has to go in here.  But this shows how the curtains sort of go with the chair.

In real life, the green of the curtains is a bit more intense, it just doesn't photograph well.

Anyway, to make these, I found a fabric shower curtain I loved at TJ Maxx, cut it in half, got the curtain rod, tie backs, and shower curtain hooks at Target.  I didn't finish the raw edges, just used them as the outside edges and wrapped them around and just barely caught the edge under the bracket.  Ok, truth: my dad put them up and he's a professional drapery installer, but he showed me how he was doing it so I could tell y'all. He overlapped the hooks in the middle so they won't slide open, and ta-da!

And yes, getting rid of that too dark windowsill is on the to do list. Thanks for looking!
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27  Steampunk goggles! in Costumes: Completed Projects by Luna1375 on: December 22, 2008 07:50:00 AM
This is merely part of a costume I am working on for DragonCon '09, which will not be until September. I know I have tons of time, but when inspiration hits, I have to make it NOW!  Eventually I'm going to be a steampunk airship pirate, and so far all I have are shoes (purchased) and these goggles:

Unfortunately I didn't take process pictures, but the process was basically trial and error anyway.  No, I didn't do the rivets myself, that whole side piece was part of the purse I cut up.  Here's the remains of it, plus the rest of the supplies, minus the hot glue gun, sewing stuff, and translucent green plastic plates I used for the lenses:

That little silver thing is a trinket box from the wedding section of the Dollar Tree. They come three in a pack, that's my leftover.  I only used the lids, which have a bit of a rim to keep the lenses in, but they don't have a center so you don't need to cut anything out.  I traced them with a sharpie onto a green translucent plastic plate (bought at Wal-mart, probably find them lots of places) to make the lenses. 

I used paper to make a pattern for the eye cups, just doing it over and over until I got it right, (well, almost right, I still had to add an extra piece of leather after I put them together) and I hot glued everything together, then started adding more pieces like the back connecting strap and the extra strip towards the front for stability. 

The adjustable strap to hold them on was just the purse's strap, which is glued and sewn (just a few stitches by hand) for extra stability. And then for extra-extra stability and to neaten things up a bit I lined the insides of the cups with black duct tape.  Oh!  And to keep the lenses from falling out, they're retained with strips of the black adhesive foam, as you can kind of see in this blurry picture:

I have seen lots of ways to make steampunk goggles online, and I always thought the lenses would be the hardest part, but using these Dollar Tree tins and the plastic plate was super easy, so I just had to share.  Smiley
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28  Butterfly Window Shade Thing in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Luna1375 on: October 19, 2008 08:44:55 AM
This project was a "I just quit smoking and need something to do with my hands" sort of thing.  An image of a butterfly found online, stretched out and sectioned using Adobe Illustrator, printed and traced onto transparency sheets with sharpies, joined together with chain, held up by pushpins.  The window is about 8 feet wide and 3 feet tall. Images should be clickable for larger versions.

Without flash, light shining through:

With flash, blinds closed:

Closer up, from the side:

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29  Playing card book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Luna1375 on: September 30, 2008 11:33:33 AM
So, I have this guy friend, and I have this crush on him, and he has this birthday coming up . . .

I wanted to make him something to show how much I care about him, that hopefully won't make him too uncomfortable.  I actually do make stuff for my friends all the time, so it's not like I'm only making him something because I have a crush on him, because I actually do like him as a friend too, very much.  Ok, here it is.

Inspired by this post by Grousewater, I have made a book from a deck of cards.  But I used a jumbo deck of cards instead of the regular size.

Here's a few pages from it:

Oh, and of course, being all crazy, I had to make a box the exact right size and cover it in scrapbook paper and make a bow out of strips of paper too:

I think he's either going to love it or get completely freaked out and stop calling me.
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30  Jurassic Punk! in Completed Projects by Luna1375 on: June 01, 2008 06:00:38 PM
Introducing the newest alt-rock sensation . . . all the way from 65 million years ago . . . Jurassic Punk!

(pic is clickable for the larger version)

(pic is clickable for the larger version)

Here it is with flash, and a quarter for scale:

(that pic also comes in larger)

And some close-ups
The drummer:

The bass guitar player:

The lead guitar player:

(his mohawk is really painted purple, not blue, darn flash!)

And the lead singer:

I didn't make the dinosaurs, just everything else. Well, I didn't "make" the lights, but I glued on the black covers for them.

See, what happened was, I was at work (after-school program with 1st and 2nd graders) and we were playing with the dinosaur toys, and I noticed that one of them had a crest that looked kind of like a mohawk. So I thought he should be a guitarist in a punk band.  So of course I had to find the other members of his band in the toy box, and then they all sort of ended up in my pocket when I went home. It's ok, I was the one who bought them and I never got reimbursed, so technically they're mine anyway.

I know they're not holding their instruments correctly, but come on! They've been extinct for millennia, it's amazing they remember how to play at all. And poor little T-Rex gets stuck being the drummer when he has the shortest arms.

ETA: The font I used for the banner was Xerker from www.braineaters.com.  I just wanted to give them credit, because searching for the right font was the most time-consuming part of making this . . . thing, and I loved that one soon as I saw it.
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