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71  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 6 ENTRIES / Fish dreaming (edited to add/fix pictures) on: October 09, 2005 04:24:59 PM
This is my colage of a fish dreaming. Its a tribute to the things that inspire me and is made out of all the stupid little things I collect in hopes of one day doing something with them.

The fish, which is my own little design that I draw everywhere is made out of bottle caps, advertising CD's, coke cans, and chocolate wrappers. The background is an old train timetable with a boarder of train tickets. The whole thing is mounted on the board my 21st birthday cake was mounted on.

The 'bubbles' that surround the fish are made out of the base of the cokecans. One has a picture of Franz Marc, my favourite painter, who inspired me to create the fish design in the fist place and the other has an original sketch of the fish in it surrounded by shards of broken CD.

excuse the state of my photo, I've had so much trouble loading it!

I can post more pictures of the details later if you guys are interested.

Here they are:

This is the bubble with the fish in it, its like he's contemplating himself, which I like.

And here's the bubble with Franz Marc. I love this one, its so simple. I think it might be my favourite part. Its kindof hard to tell but there are some plastic pearl from an old bracelette down the right hand side of the picture.

This ones hard to see in the big pic but its a smaller 'bubble' on the right of the fish. Its made out of a bottle cap with some more beads(from the same bracelette) and has the number 20. I found this scrap of paper on the floor and thought it was cool.

Thanks for looking at my first ever challenge entry!!!

72  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Help! printing in my backyard after learning in an uber set up studio! on: September 28, 2005 09:20:07 PM
I think my title says it all. I just got a screen for my 21st but I learnt how to print at uni in a great print making studio that was all set up and made printing sooo easy. So now I'm printing in my backyard and my fort go turned out disasterous.

How can I print on my own without my screen sliding all over the table and smudging my prints?(at the mo' I need a helper who gets angry at me)

Also my prints are turning out light, patchy and splodgy, what am I doing wrong? (I'm using acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium, could this be part of the problem, or isit just because my screen is new?)

Any other tips would be wonderful, thanks in advance,
73  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Elven Circlet headress suggestions on: February 07, 2005 09:06:59 PM
I was interested in making a medieval/elen circlet, like the ones in the Lord of the Rings movies but am completely stuck on where to start.

I was hoping that some of you out there might have some suggestions on what materials to use or how to go about making something like this.

I was thinking about using chain but don't know if that would get stuck in my hair or just slip off my head.

All answers are greatly apprechiated, I just hope that this post doesn't make me sound as inept/inarticulate as I feel,

74  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bacardi Breezer earings. on: November 21, 2004 05:41:23 PM
I have seen similiar earings here before, but here's my version.


sorry the pics aren't great, but I think you can get the gist of them.They are made with flattened Bacardi Breezer bottle caps.

Here the basic instructions:

1. Wash and dry bottle caps.

2. Use pliers to gently pull out the 'fluted' edge of the bottle cap.

3. The bottle caps I used had a waxy/rubbery substance in the bottom, you need to remove it to make the bottle caps flat. Run a craft knife or blade around the edge of it, then slice through the thick rim of the substance. You should now be able to pull the substance off the cap.

4. Place the bottle caps face down on a hard surface, you may need to place a piece of thick fabric (I used old jeans) between the caps and the surface to protect them.

5. Use a hammer to flatten the bottle caps.

6. Make holes in the bottle caps to attatch earing findings etc. If you plan on using jump rings keep this in mind when macking the holes to ensure they fit. I used a nail and hammer to make my holes, but I'm sure there is a better way.

7. Attatch earing findings, beads etc to make beautiful earings.

Those intructions might seem a bit odd, I'm not very good at explaining things, if you have any questions, just ask.

75  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Envelope Books. on: August 14, 2004 07:25:05 PM
I got the idea for this from the Australian magazine Stamping and Papercraft (vol. 9 No. 2, if anyone is interested). Here are some pics of the one I made:




These are only some of the pages as I'm more interested in throwing this idea out there for other people to use than I am interested in showing off.

Here are the instructions:


140mm x 80mm money envelopes
Assorted remnants of text, decorative paper etc.
Glue stick


1. Lay the envelopes together with fronts to fronts and backs to backs. Six is a good number as this leaves you with eight pages to decorate plus a front and back cover, although use as many as you like.

2. Prepare various paper remnants such as text from an old book, decorative paper etc to be placed over the joins between the envelopes to bind them together. Make sure you have enough to keep the design consistent.

3. Place the envelopes side by side with the flaps facing up and begin to paste paper remnants over the gap using the glue stick.

4. Fold the right-hand envelope over the left-hand one and place another envelope next to them on the right, this time with the flaps facing down, and join them together as before. Continue doing this until you have the number of pages you desire, then decorate!

This is so easy and fun to do. I did mine with a butterfly theme just to start me off, because I have so many butterfly things around. I am currently working on two more, one that will be like a vintage field guide about dragons, with letters and maps and such in the envelopes and another with lager enveopes to use as a memory book for a trip I'm taking to Melborne, but I'd love to see what all the amazing crafty people here can do with this project!

I've posted a tute for the accordion fold butterfly on the cover here:



76  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / beaded charms for bracelete on: July 20, 2004 09:41:23 PM
Was playing around with beads when I remembered a project in the Australian magazine Jewelery Making Ideas. It involved using eye pins to make a charm bracelete. I didn't have eye pins so I improvised by using a length of wire looped through a bead, then threading the rest of my beads on the doubled length of wire and atatching it to a jump ring. I don't know if I'm expressing myself properly, but it was pretty straight forward. This is what it looks like, excuse my bad picture taken on my scanner.


77  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Double strand bracelete, twisted bracelete and dangly stars. on: July 19, 2004 07:47:49 PM
These are some new braceletes I've made, that I'm kinda proud of.

Sorry about my pics, I did them on my scanner.

This is a double stranded bracelete with matching ring, I love the combination of the pink and the fake pearls.


This is a twisted bracelete in different shades of purple. It took me ages to get this one right, I saw this on a website once, them promptly lost the instructions. I ended up doing this in wire, so it's pretty rigid, I think it would look nicer if it had more movement.


This is one I did with dangly stars, it sits a bit weird, damn fishing line, but it looks good on.


I think they're pretty straight forwadr, but if anyone wants any more info, just ask.

78  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / James Dean notebook. on: June 15, 2004 06:40:16 PM
This is a notebook that I had lying around but never used because I thought it was ugly. Then, thanks to all the inspirations on this site, I jazzed it up and made it pretty.


Sorry I don't have a before picture, but basically it had two fairly bland postcards as the front and back covers connected by an ugly bright green comb binding that really didn't match.

What I did was cover the whole thing with a piece of black scetch paper over both covers and over the binding. I glued it down then glued on a James Dean postcard I had. Then I covered the whole thing with clear packing tape, to protect it, and because I have a newfound love of packing tape.

- Ralph.
79  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First attempt at journal from scratch. on: June 15, 2004 06:30:41 PM
This is a journal I made from scratch using instructions found here http://bellsouthpwp.net/d/r/drv1913/0204.html. Thanks to Shinyandbrandnew for informing me of this link.

This is what my finished journal looks like.



For the cover I used a brochure from an art exhibition I visited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. It's not perfect, if you look closely you can see the pages sticking out the bottom, but other than that I'm pretty proud of it.

- Ralph
80  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Sculpey Pirate medalions on: May 17, 2004 07:30:58 PM
this is my first completed project post so I'm kinda excited/nervous.

I'm a little Pirates of the Caribbean obsessed at the moment so I made these medalions out of sculpey:


sorry they ended up sideways.
I made them out of black sculpey then coloured them with gold metalic texta when they had been baked, for the one with blue eyes I drizzled gold crayola spider pen over it to make it look antiqued and used blue spider pen for the eyes.The smaller ones will eventually be earings
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