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31  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Luna1375 on: May 28, 2008 04:26:09 PM
Lufah, thanks for your tip about the Orton imagery!  Ironically, I do lots of Photoshop, but not much actual photography, and I've never had a class in it. Most of the time I'm taking photos just to document something, not for art, because I always thought you need a fancy camera to take "real" art photos.  But then my boss, who has been a professional photographer, said you can take artsy pics with any camera, and using Photoshop isn't "cheating" so now I want to get more into it!

Anyway, enough blather, I tried the Orton Photoshop technique on this pic I took. Here's before and after:

Does it look like I'm doing it right?  The examples on that link you shared were so small, so I don't know if I achieved the right look or not.  (even if I didn't, I still like it)

Oh, and full sized are in this Photobucket album: http://s214.photobucket.com/albums/cc260/Luna1375/nature/
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32  Earrings and prints, how much? in Get Product and Website Opinions by Luna1375 on: May 26, 2008 07:57:31 PM
Ok, so at the school where I work for an after school program, we're doing a sale to raise money to maintain our garden.  We'll be selling stuff mainly to the parents of the kids in our program, and we'll have stuff made by the kids and by the staff.  I'm making shrinky dink earrings, and I'm selling some prints of photos I took this weekend, but I have no idea how much I should charge!

Here's an example of the earrings:

I'll have different colors of this design, and a simple flower design too.  As you can see, they're slightly warped, but sometimes that's just the nature of the shrinky dink.

Here's an example of my flower photos:

I've got them in 8 x 10 prints, in basic black metal frames.  The prints cost me $2.50 each at Walgreens, and the frames were $4.00 from Michaels. The photos I got printed are all of different flowers, but from underneath, because I'm weird.  I like them, but I have no idea if other people will and what I should charge.

Thanks for any advice! (even if the advice is "they suck don't sell them!")
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33  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Luna1375 on: May 25, 2008 06:58:55 PM
Hey!  That macro challenge really has me taking more pics now.  I took these of flowers, but from underneath.  It was interesting, since I couldn't really see what I was aiming at or if it was in focus until I took the shots.

Those are just my favorites, I have a few more in my photobucket album, just didn't want to swamp the thread.

For more, here: http://s214.photobucket.com/albums/cc260/Luna1375/nature/

Thanks for looking!
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34  Shrink plastic robot!!!! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Luna1375 on: May 18, 2008 07:52:01 PM
Oh my god, y'all, I'm so excited to post this. Been thinking about it for weeks, couldn't decide what material to make the robot, finally tried shrinky dinks and I love it!!!

For the chain, the large circles are from Michaels, and the little things that look like gears (to me anyway) are toothed locking washers from the hardware store.

I don't care if I'm 32 and all the other grown-ups at work will laugh at me, I'm wearing it tomorrow anyway, so  Tongue


Edit: Since I've been asked, and others might miss the answer, I thought I'd add that for the circuit looking designs on the robot I traced sections of the plastic thingy from inside an old keyboard.  That idea was inspired by the following lamps in the Light Me Up challenge, and if you click the links you can see what the plastic sheet thingies from the keyboard look like:

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35  Shrinky butterfly earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Luna1375 on: May 16, 2008 05:41:20 PM
More playing with shrinky dinks.  This time I used a Pigma Micron pen instead of a Sharpie for the outlines (thanks varuna for the suggestion!) and I did the scribble/wipe with the Sharpies on the back again. Originally, the wings were going to each have a hole at the bottom too, to hang more beads, but they broke off.  It's ok, they're already kind of big anyway.

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36  Me shrinky too!! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Luna1375 on: May 14, 2008 08:49:44 PM
Ok, I finally did it. I've been wanting to make something with shrink plastic for like, a year now, and the recent spate of beautiful projects got me inspired.  So, after making a few things I don't really like, here's something I do:

I designed it in Adobe Illustrator, starting with a set of free brushes from http://createsk8.com/ and manipulating them until I got what I wanted.  I printed it on regular paper and traced it with a black sharpie on the frosted shrinky dink plastic.  I'm not thrilled that the sharpie kind of bled into the texture of the plastic and made the design fuzzy, but oh well, I'll use something else next time.  I also had to sand it a bit to get it more round because it warped when it shrank, so part of my design got sanded off on the edge. Again, oh well.

When I baked it, instead of a paper grocery bag I placed it on waxed paper, so the back ended up with this cool texture. I sort of scribbled on the back with sharpies and wiped it off with a napkin as I went, (scribble, wipe, scribble, wipe) to try to bring out the wax paper texture more, and it worked! 

Here it is with light behind it:

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37  I made earrings! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Luna1375 on: May 10, 2008 07:14:32 PM
Howdy. I cut a couple of squares of scrap cardboard (not corrugated, the other kind) and painted the edges gold, cut some paper scraps I had, and Mod Podged them onto the cardboard, and made earrings! I think I will be making more jewelry with paper, since I have so many scraps from scrapbooking and card making. I probably won't always use the cardboard though, because I can only cut squares and rectangles cleanly.

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38  Mother's Day Cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Luna1375 on: May 10, 2008 07:10:05 PM
Whew!  Finally finished!  (my mom died when I was 13, I'm in my 30s now, it's ok, no sympathy needed, so I just make cards for the important women in my life who are mothers, yadda yadda, ) So here are the cards I made for my grandmothers:

(the second one is inspired by inchies, though I haven't actually made any inchies, and I don't plan on it, I just like the way they look graphically when people take pictures of them all together)

And, a card for my sister, who is also a mom, and is goth and loves black:

The first two use Basic Grey papers and my sister's card uses papers from Target and some ribbon.  I know they're pretty simple, just cutting and gluing with a bit of computer printing, but that's how I roll.

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39  Our giant bean mosaic! in Completed Projects by Luna1375 on: May 05, 2008 03:51:23 PM
I teach an after school class of 1st and 2nd graders, and we made this bean mosaic of our program's logo.  First I printed a black and white outline of the logo (I actually designed our logo a couple of years ago) in two parts using the school's poster printer.  I used spray adhesive to attach it to particle board, then the kids and I all filled in the outlines with the different beans, rice, popcorn, etc. sticking them down with regular white glue.  I coated the whole thing in Mod Podge when it was done. 

Here's the link to see it bigger:

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40  Paper flowers in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Luna1375 on: April 27, 2008 04:25:09 PM
Ok, this is inspired by dropdeadjen's post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234398.0

but hers are way cooler since mine all use the same shape and I didn't do the folding to get the 3-d effect, so mine are kind of lame. What can I say, it's my first try with this kind of paper flower. I should have looked at the post first to remind myself how they're supposed to look! Oh well. I still have tons of paper scraps, so I'll do better next time.

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