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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sunburst Mirror on: June 30, 2017 05:46:46 PM
Really cool and modern-looking solar mirror design--I'm sure that eye-catching creation will gets positive comments every time a visitor sees it for the first time!

Just an idea: It'd add to the thickness of the mirror a bit, but you could glue another thin wooden disc on the back, sandwiching the dowels between it and the clock face, to secure said dowels even more firmly.  Alternatively, if you had a thicker wooden disc, you could drill holes all around the perimeter and insert/glue the dowels into those cavities to really make sure they stay put.

Thanks for the ideas! Yeah, I actually tried drilling holes for this one, but it was just tearing up the wood. Either my bits weren't sharp enough, or maybe drilling into the grain with the grain going all sorts of weird angles because it's a circle, just wasn't a good idea. I fixed the hole I made with wood filler and decided gluing them to the back looked fine.

What I would really have liked to do, for the look of it, (but I'm not making it over again at this point) would be to have the mirror inside a round frame, instead of just glued to the wooden plaque. But I didn't really think of that until it was done.

I'm not worried about the spines going anywhere. The wood glue is pretty strong, and they're not heavy.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sunburst Mirror on: June 29, 2017 09:21:18 AM
Thank you all! I will be sure to take more pics of crafty stuff around my house . . . after I um, clean up some.  Grin
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sunburst Mirror on: June 28, 2017 08:27:15 PM
Hi all! Long time no post. I am SO happy with how this sunburst mirror turned out:

The trickiest part was measuring accurately for spacing the dowels, and then the second trickiest part was gluing them on. I didn't want to just hot glue them because I didn't think that would be strong enough, nor did I want to hold each and every one in place while wood glue dried. Soooo . . . I did both! I put a shmear of wood glue, then a dollop of hot glue on the end to hold it until the wood glue dried.

The rest was just spray painting, and gluing on the mirrors and gems. Hope you like it!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Super simple mirror wall art on: January 19, 2015 09:41:12 AM
That's a great idea, I really like the result Smiley I'd be terrified of the velcro releasing though! But I'm the kind of person who's tempted to use bolts to hang a picture...

Yeah, I was worried too, and I think I actually used quite a bit more velcro than I really needed. Before putting them up I tested it by putting just one tile on a wall in another room, just a few inches above the ground, and leaving it there for several days. It didn't fall off, and in fact was kind of difficult to get down. Now that these have been up a year and a half, I'm definitely not worried. I just hope I can take them down without breaking them when I move.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Super simple mirror wall art on: January 18, 2015 07:31:59 PM
Wow, so I haven't posted on Craftster in like, 3 years. I got dumped, lived on a friend's couch for a while, then finally got my own apartment and I'm living alone for the first time in my life. I've been living here about a year and a half and here is a simple decorating project I did shortly after moving in, on a big blank wall in my living room:

It's just mirror squares covered in laser-cut scrapbook paper. I used spray adhesive on the back of the paper and very carefully laid it on the mirrors, then attached the mirrors to the wall with really strong sticky-back velcro.

I made a template for tracing where to put the velcro strips, and a spacer out of 1" thick wood to space out the template. I used the spacer for placing the mirrors too, at which time I realized that if the paper was hanging over the edge even by the slightest millimeter, it would mess up the spacing, so I took a nail file and filed all of the paper edges so they were exactly flush with the mirror edges.

The velcro was actually the most expensive part of the project, and when I take it down it's definitely going to damage the paint, but no biggie, I know how to spackle. I just couldn't think of anything else that would be strong enough to hold, yet allow me to remove the mirrors when I eventually move. But anyway, I really like it and I hope you do too!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jewelry tree display thingy on: July 29, 2012 07:44:06 PM
Does the coating you used accept spray paint, or will it just run off. Very cute idea!

Yup, Mod Podge is paintable! Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: New Steampunk goggles! on: July 19, 2012 07:41:08 PM
AMAZING!! These are AMAZING! i Love them! Great job!! I'd love to see what else you've made for dagoncon

Thanks! I will be posting the full costume pretty soon.
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / New Steampunk goggles! on: July 19, 2012 09:47:23 AM
A while back I made some steampunk goggles out of an old purse and some other random junk:


But after 4 years, cheap faux leather and hot glue haven't held up very well, so I decided to remake them for my steampunk costume for this year's DragonCon.

This time, I got real leather from a leather store. I bought quite a bit because I need some for other projects too, but you could just as easily use leather from a thrift store purse, boots, or old jacket or something. I used the same party favor tin lids from last time, but Dollar Tree doesn't have them any more so I had to get a container of 25 of them from Party City. Which means I have plenty to make more goggles! Or, I could use them for storage for small craft doo-dads. They were still less than a dollar each.

To attach everything together, I poked holes in the leather and the tin lids with a . . . sharp pointy tool I have, I don't know what it's called but I call it "that pokey thing" and I used brads from the scrapbooking section of Michaels. That's also where I got the gears on the sides. Here's a shot where you can see the brad prongs on the inside:

For the lenses I used a purple binder pocket from an office supply store. Since the plastic isn't quite stiff enough on its own, I left in the plastic insert that came with the tins and just put the purple pieces behind it. To color the tin more brass looking, I just used a sharpie, which does wear off with handling but I think that just makes it look more old and weathered. I also used brads to attach the strap of elastic in the back.

Here are some more pics from different angles, just because Smiley

Thanks for looking!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Stempunk leather belt pouch on: July 15, 2012 06:54:03 PM
Could you have burned in the images? Just wondering? Love this.

Thanks! I don't know how I would have burned them, I guess I'd have to trace them and then fill in with a burning tool of some sort? I don't think I have a steady enough hand for that, lol.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stempunk leather belt pouch on: July 15, 2012 12:39:45 PM
Ok, this was my first time working with leather, so please don't be too harsh with the critiques. I know the dye job is terrible, but I did want an old, weathered look, so when I noticed it was going on all splotchy I just went with it and tried to make the unevenness look intentional. I made this from a kit where the pieces were all pre-cut and pre-hole punched, but I did stamp it myself.

I wanted a design with gears so I can use this with my steampunk costume for DragonCon, but the only gear leather stamps I could find were too pricey for me, so I improvised. I had some metal gears in my stash from the Tim Holtz line of altered art embellishments, and some others made by Bead Landing, (both purchased at Michaels). So after wetting the leather then waiting for it to dry out like I read to do online, I just clamped the gears to it with a c-clamp like so:

I actually stamped before dying, this is just a dramatization after the fact to show how I did it. I'm thinking this could be a way to stamp leather with all sorts of things, without having to buy leather stamps. I'm sure I'm not the only one to ever think of this, but I wanted to share anyway! Thanks for looking!
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