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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Oversized red glitter pendant on: November 15, 2007 04:09:34 AM
I love that this is so simple, but still so very dramatic. Just resin with a tonne of red glitter. 

I didn't want anything fussy, so I put it on a really simple silvertone neckwire.

Comments are always welcome.  Smiley
22  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / How much do dreads shrink? on: November 15, 2007 01:31:08 AM
Just wondering, how much should I expect dreads to shrink lengthwise as they're being felted? I'm sure it varies and depends on a lot of different factors, but even a rough idea would be really helpful.

23  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle felted sacred heart on: November 14, 2007 08:40:17 PM
I think the title pretty much says it all. Smiley I grew up surrounded by religious imagery, and I absolutely love it. I made this little sculpture into a wall hanging by making the back flat and adding a length of ribbon. It seems a little plain on its own, I think I might find a shadow box or a wooden plaque to display it.

I thought it needed a little something, so I added a glisteny beaded blood drop.

Comments welcome.  Smiley
24  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Bloody needle felted chainsaw on: November 13, 2007 01:53:32 AM
Very similar to the chainsaw scissors case I made awhile back, but this one is pretty much useless. It's also much bigger and bloodier.

I think it would make a wonderful Christmas tree ornament. I think it's too big for my tree, though (it's around 6" long).

Comments are always welcome! Smiley
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The astounding Viper girl - only 2 bits a gander! *Adult. Partial nudity on: November 09, 2007 05:59:05 PM
(Just in case you didn't read the title, I'll repeat that the pictures below contain embroidered bare breastesses. You've been warned. Smiley)

I've always been kind of fascinated by sideshows, carnivals, freakshows. Then I dressed up as a bearded lady for Hallowe'en, which made me want to learn more about the history of sideshows.
I wanted the banner to look kind of aged and worn, so I painted the background with watercolours. I still need to add a red border, but I haven't decided how I want to do that.

I'm not sure, but I think the "Why?" bubble was more for performers than "born freaks". Mine's just for fun though, I wasn't really going for historical accuracy. I'm pretty sure that women weren't depicted as being "sexy" on banners either, but I think I was kind of wondering what things would have been like if they were.

Clearly inspired by Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins' pinup girls.

Thanks for looking.  Smiley
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Making a print of an embroidery piece? on: November 02, 2007 01:17:39 AM
I'm working on a pretty big embroidery project right now, and I was thinking that a friend of mine would love it as a Christmas gift. Trouble is, I don't think I'll be able to part with it, and I don't think I have it in me to reproduce it. Is there a way to make a fairly good quality print (on photo paper), like you would with a painting? I'm planning on getting a scanner, but I don't have one now, so I can't try it yet.

Any advice would be appreciated.  Smiley
27  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Experimental hot rod on: October 27, 2007 05:29:19 PM
I love this car. I embroidered it recently and had my test transfer left over. It's on cotton broadcloth, and I've never felted onto woven fabric before, so I decided to try it out. The detail is really too muddy. It's only 13cm long, though.

It was fun, but I think I'll stick to embroider for the small stuff.
28  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Cocktail hat on: October 27, 2007 12:14:19 PM
I made this last night for my Hallowe'en costume. I would definitely wear it beyond Hallowe'en, if I were to get dressed up enough (maybe even if I were gettin' hitched). It's needle felted and wet felted. It was a too plain with just the net. I thought about sequins or feathers, but I wanted it to be fairly clean and simple, so I sewed some black beads around the edge to dress it up a little.

(Lightened to show the detail.)

Thanks for looking! Smiley
29  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My beardly transformation. (Img heavy, with link to tutorial) on: October 25, 2007 01:08:23 PM
I thought this was too much fun to not share. I need a beard for my Hallowe'en costume, and couldn't find one that I liked. I found a couple online that would have been ok, but they were pricey, and I couldn't have gotten them shipped to me in time for dressing up. After lots of searching online, I stumbled onto a tutorial explaining how to make facial hair with liquid latex and crepe hair. I couldn't find crepe hair either, but I did have some llama in my fiber stash, and the guard hairs look and feel a lot like human hair. It was worth a shot, right?
I cleaned and combed a large handful of fiber, and separated out some of the fine, fleecy fibers. 

Built up a base of liquid latex and waited for it to dry. (4-5 layers, I think.)

Brushed on another layer of latex and applied thin pieces of hair while it was still wet.

It took forever to dry, but I was finally able to peel it off.


I did a trial run of my hair and makeup this morning. It was hard to style. I had to work it a bit with a felting needle. I was going to cut it, but then I saw a picture of Debra Christofferson as Lila on Carnivale (HBO show) and I decided to curl it instead. Gratuitous beard closeup:

Then I got a bit silly.

The shadow on half of my face is from my camera (and hand).

30  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Semi-realistic looking fake beard? on: October 23, 2007 05:18:26 PM
I need a beard for my Hallowe'en costume, and all I can find are beards with elastic from the dollar store. Plus they're grey and I'd really like to have a light one (I'm blonde). Is there some technique for making a realistic looking beard? Doll hair? Cut up a wig? I have some spirit gum and liquid latex lying around. (I need a full beard and mustache, not just stubble or five o'clock shadow.) I've searched Craftster and the internet and nothing has turned up.

Thanks in advance!
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