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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stud Earrings to charm bracelets! Dinos and Bubushkas! on: November 06, 2010 04:18:29 AM
Whilst browsing in Diva (an Aussie costume jewelry chain that is good for ideas + things to remake) I came accross these cute packs of stud earrings. I don't wear studs but I loved them and wanted to use them. If only they were charms... and inspiration hit!


From this:

I removed all the backings, then, using my pliers turned a loop in the earring post so that the end of the post touched the base, then I squeezed the loop so that the edge was flush with the back of the earring. sounds complicated, but you can see the lopps in some of the pictures below.


Bubushkas (thats what we call them in Aus, I think you guys have a different name for them)

Cute action pic.

with left over Dinos (plus you can see the loop I made in this one)

Plus: What to do with the earring backs:

Use them as beads in another bracelet!

C+C welcome!

22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / What to do with Mis-printed iron on sheets: Use punches! on: November 06, 2010 03:44:03 AM
I've had this idea for awhile, only just gotten around to trying it out. Everytime I mis-print an iron sheet, I keep it, not wanting it to go to waste. It doesn't happen all the time, but occassionally you misfeed the sheet, or forget to reverse, or your printer goes wacky (mine is good at this). So, whilst deciding what to do with them during a cleanout, I came up with this simple idea: use paper punches:

I hand-cut the heart from the mis-printed sheet and then punched out the puzzle shape.

This one uses the left-over edging for a sillhouette effect.

close-up of purple top.

Things I've learnt:

1. Certain brands of paper work better than others. Some tend to stick in the punches.
2. Use firm pressure and try not to move the iron as it can smudge/distort the shapes
3. the small the shape the harder it is to get the paper backing off
4. Cool peel the backing or ironing sheet. The shapes stick to the backing too much for a hot peel.
5. Check the heat setting on your iron first to ensure it is not too hot and the designs don't melt/bubble.

Hope I've given you some ideas!

23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dress Pirate Up! Wooden Dress Up Doll on: November 06, 2010 03:22:44 AM

This is my first completed plaything post, so I'm excited. Its a wooden Pirate Dress Up set:

It started life as this:

A wooden Pirate craft set found in the toy section of my local Hot Dollar.

It was meant to be coloured in with textas, but i thought I could do better with paints. Some of the original 'outfits' that were printed on the boards were kind of strange, so I 'improved' them. I've really become quite attatched to him, his name's Pierre:

Pierre in his 'casual' outfit

Captain Pierre in his 'means business' outfit

Pierre in his 'Eroll Flynn' outfit. The other pirates think it makes him look poncey, but he doesn't care.

Pierre and Pepe (his Parrot) in his 'work' outfit

And because I couldn't help it:
The 'improved' version

I really enjoyed painting Pierre. I know I used a pre-bought set, but I bet you could draw your own bodies onto chipboard and do the same thing, or use paper doll templates. I'd love to make a whole set of friends for pierre.

Let me know what you think!

24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / My Life In Film Scrapbook on: October 13, 2010 01:21:06 AM

This is my first post on the Scrapbooking board, and my first 'real' go at scrapbooking. Truthfully, its not something I've really been interested in doing for myself until recently. I rediscovered the scrapbook my mum and sis made for my 21st with the blank pages waiting for me to fill. I wasn't really sure how I wuld document my life, the only real was I ever do this, really, is by the film I was into at that moment. So this is what I've decided to do. The pages are 6x6 inches, which was a nice do-able size and the papers used were a variety of custom painted/coloured and 6x6 scrapbooking booklets. I've actually really enjoyed this and am hoping to make it on ngoing project. So here is my life in film...

'The Faculty'
I saw this at my 15th birthday party. It was the film that mae me aware of directors and made me realise how I felt about film.

'Citizen Kane'
I was 17 when my film/video teacher showed us this. I didn't know you could make a film in b+w on purpose, or that you could tell a story out of order.

'Dark City'
What? Australians could do sci-fi and not just crap comedy or gore-soaked horror?

'Sin City'
Not technically a scrapbook page, yes, but it was the only was to faithfully capture this film, a film that made me realise the beauty that could exist in violence, that showed an unbelievable view of the world.

I was more excited to see this than my 21st birthday. A film that taught me about loss.

'Sans Soliel'
Sudying film at uni enabled me to really embrace my film geekyness and watch films that I wouldn't necessarily get a chance to see or choose to watch myself. This film is like a memory of a dream.

Let me know what you think!

25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My first M+P skull soaps on: October 09, 2010 11:36:45 PM

Using a soap making kit I decided to have a go at M+P. I now have alot more respect for all the craftsters who rock these soaps (which is hard because my respect levels were so high in the first place!). My experience was less than good, but at least I got something remotely passable for soap. The soaps are lavender scented.

group shot


cards symbols

the leftover soap of doom (i.e. I just kept pouring the leftover into this mould)

The square mould came in the kit. The others were made with novelty ice-cube trays

26  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / My First Stab at Needle Felting: Owl and flowers on: October 09, 2010 11:29:04 PM
Hi all,

Thanks to the bargain bin at my local craft store I've decided to give needle felting a try. Not as scary as I originally thought and quite fascinating. Here are my first attempts:


Flower using the leftover of a machine felted jumper

Flower from scratch!

I'm super proud, even though I'm aware of how basic they are. C+C welcome!

27  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dyeing Fun! Scarf, socks and singlets on: October 09, 2010 11:21:54 PM

This is my first try at dyeing. I used a kids tiedye kit that was supposed to make it easy, it didn't. The dye turned out very pale so I think I'll splurge on the 'grown-up' stuff in the future. but here we go with pics:

The scarf:

My favourite and the best result. I've had the scarf for years, it was a present from my neighbours from Thailand. I've never really like it whit so I decided to make it useable. I folded the scarf in half then rolled it into a tube. I then dipped each end into a different colour of dye. I really like the effect I got.

The socks:

The kit had a tube that the items were supposed to go into and then have dye (placed into squirty botles) squirted through holes onto the fabric. When that didn't work I just squirted the socks randomly.

The singlet:

A salvage job from a previously tea dyed singlet. I like the effect here. It looks old and worn and comfy.

Thanks to these experiments I now feel a lot more confident with dyeing (that sentence sounds wrong) and hope to do more in the future.

C+C welcome!

28  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Franz Marc Inspired tee on: September 02, 2010 03:27:54 AM
I have been a fan of the artist Franz Marc for a long time (see avatar as evidence) my HSC body of work was based on his horses. Recently I've been able to see his work in person for the FIRST TIME! and got all inspired again. Here is a stencil based on one of his wood cuts, The Birth of Horses that is currently on display in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, along with three other woodcuts. I decided not to do a complete copy but rather uses the woodcut as inspiration.

Here are the pics:

The original. Notice how its the other way around. I freehanded the design onto the back of self adhesive contact paper copying a postcard of the image, forgetting that it would come out the other way. Ooops. But I still like the design!

29  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 54 ENTRIES / Rainbow pencil necklace on: September 02, 2010 02:12:51 AM
Really, this is the first thing I thought of when I saw this challenge. It was made as a present for a friends birthday in october (yes I'm early, but early is good) who want to look, as she put it, artistic. What's more artistic than pencils? A perfect match I thought. Plus I haven't crafted for a challenge for awhile so it was good to get back to it. Here's my entry:

A rainbow pencil fan-style necklace!

I used a packet of coloured pencil and 1 HB (the yellow one 3rd from the left) that I sawed to size and drilled at the top.

On me:

Plus a matching bracelet from the left-overs, I don't know if this counts for the challenge, does a set count as one item? But I still want to post pics:

The zig-zag was a bit serendipitus. This was my first time using a saw so it turned out wonky. I used the angle to my advantage to get the cool zig-zag effect.

The set:

Things I learned while making this set:

1. It is very easy to saw through pencils
2. Tools are not as scary as I thought
3. It is hard to drill through cylindrical objects
4. I like drilling through pencils because of the lovely puff of colour that occurs when you hit the lead.

I hope you guys like this. I'll update (in october!) when my friend gets her present!

30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / whimsical fabric brooches on: July 25, 2010 02:48:56 AM
I was inspired to make these after seeing ones similiar in the shops for oodles of money. I used all things from my stash - iron-on motifs, ribbon/lace scraps and left over chain the last one uses playing cards and an orphaned button. I put them together with my glue gun, really easy but effective.

My favourite, on my cardigan.

skull, lace and chain

playing card rossette.

C&C welcome!
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