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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Indoor or Outdoor Spooky Ghoul Hanging decoration on: October 22, 2013 08:18:02 AM
I first made these cute fellas about 4 years ago for a work event...a moment of inspiration and tahdahhhhh!!!

These ghosts are really easy to make, and very cheap too. You need a white balloon, marker pen, a 1" fishing float glow stick to put into the balloon before inflating (optional), and white fabric of approx 1.75m square cut with a raggedy edge if indoor use, or use a cheap budget shower curtain or table cloth for outside use. Then the clear acrylic fishing line to suspend the ghost from the ceiling/tree/bannister/doorways wherever you like!

Blow the balloon add the glowstick if desired, cut a tiny centre hole in the fabric to poke the balloon nipple through, use a marker pen to draw on the crazy eyes and other features, use the fishing line to hang it.

Super cheap, super fast, super easy, look amazing !!! Yay!!  Shocked

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Alternativity" on: December 06, 2010 02:38:46 AM
Following on from my earlier topic about using ply wood offcuts for ornaments, this is one of our versions of the christmas nativity scene ala "Southpark" style. LOL.  Realising the implications of infringing copyright etc, I'm going to make enough subtle changes to "Kenny" in the future so we don't risk upsetting anyone.

This was the first draft.

These are a few of the characters we've painted so far.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Upcycled ply wood offcuts become ornaments on: December 06, 2010 02:33:30 AM

So my ongoing challenge (at work) is to find or create projects that cost little or nothing, which are simple enough for a range of physical abilities. 

I crafted the shapes from 8mm ply wood scraps from our woodwork room using the bandsaw.  Our guys were then able to help with the sanding and painting etc afterwards.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas goodies - Wall hangings on: December 06, 2010 02:24:23 AM

This Wall hanging is from scrap pieces of ply wood (8mm) painted with acrylics, vinyl heat fix lettering and embellishments, varnished and ribbon thumbtacked (heavily) on the back. 
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / upcycled car windshield fused charger plate on: November 11, 2010 03:44:07 AM
My first attempt at glass fusion. Double layers of safety glass, red glass beads interspersed, red/orange frit powder and gold guilding powder for the rim. Measures about 11 inch diameter.

It was a very expensive "workshop" costing 50 for the day (including basic materials) so I don't think I will be returning any time soon to further my explorations of glass fusion Smiley

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / more smocking samplers on: June 18, 2009 08:37:02 AM
This smocking embroidery piece just does not want to be finished.  First I thought, just add a few beads to enhance....but now I think I may in danger of completely encrusting the stitchwork with crystals before long if I can't learn when to leave good alone  Undecided

I did manage to walk away from this piece after just a few accent beads were added. Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / modroc / plaster bowls on: June 01, 2009 03:52:36 AM
Using a balloon covering with layers of wet plaster bandages, a used sticky tape cardboard ring for the base, then painting and sealing with varnish to complete.  These are a few samples of what we produced.

These plaster bowls are cool bits of art, but also have some uses such as wrapped candy dishes, or for cosmetic cotton balls etc - basically anything that is not too heavy to smash the delicate plaster.

Just going to upload a pic to the gallery!

8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / valentines jigsaw puzzle recycling on: February 13, 2009 10:26:56 AM

I put the original thread up with a basic How to in paper crafts.

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Valentines Greeting. Recycled, cheap and lovely. on: February 13, 2009 10:12:24 AM

I made this from a heart shaped card cut out base.  Then I took various sized jigsaw pieces from puzzles with bits missing and painted them in the pinks and reds.  Some I glazed with glitter and pva, some with metallic paints.

I used a glue gun to assemble the final layout and wrote key "loving" words across a few of the pieces.  I then attached the two pendant style pieces at the bottom of the heart with the words "My missing piece", "You complete me", Plus a ribbon at the top of the heart so that it can be wall hung rather than used as a coffee coaster later on. 

10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 7" record vinyl on: June 05, 2008 04:18:49 AM
Poor, and the boyfriends birthday to buy for.  I wanted to give him something that was personal and with very little budget to spare, I designed this record clock!  He is a musician, so I used his logo on the record face, using a sticky back plastic to seal it into place.  I got the clock component from a craft shop.  The whole thing cost less than 3.00 to make Smiley  He loved it.

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