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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Recent attempts at tree of life pendants! on: January 23, 2009 07:03:07 PM
So I posted before... I'd made some pendants using seed beads rather than chip beads. I got my hands on some chip beads around Christmas time and made a few more Smiley

I also made one for my friend with amethyst-ish beads... but I gave it to her before I got photos.

Now, ethical dilemma time...
a few friends have offered to pay me to make them these. I know profiting from someone else's awesome idea (as far as I know phoenixfiredesigns is the brain behind this one!) is a no-no. Is it okay to accept payment to cover the cost of materials only? Cuz this stuff isn't cheap.

Another dilemma. A customer at the coffee shop where I work asked if I sold my pendants (I was wearing the green one). It seemed like a different situation than "selling" them to my friends.
Any thoughts?

Thanks guys (gals Tongue)!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Amanda Palmer & GTA tshirts on: December 29, 2008 06:01:35 PM
So there's an inside joke between some friends and I... it involves a police helicopter and an IGA roof.
This was a little after GTA4 came out, so of course it was on all of our minds...
So when the helicopter showed up, everyone said:
"A helicopter? Is that 5 stars?"
So I decided to make one of the people involved a tshirt to commemorate the event. I figured Christmas was a good excuse to break out the Xacto. Oh, and spray adhesive = <3

The front

The back

And the same guy gave me a bunch of music, some of which was Amanda Palmer. There was a stencil in the music folder, so I took it as a hint that he wanted a shirt of it.

And I decided it should be a pirate-themed gift. Sort of.

So I wrapped it in a slightly tacky pirate bandana. No-waste wrapping, plus he wears a bandana for work and I want to see if he uses this one

All wrapped up with a "card" burned and tea-stained and written with calligraphy pen. I had a lot of fun with this haha.

Might be able to get some action shots later... no promises though Tongue
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Trying out Tree of Life pendants! on: December 18, 2008 11:23:12 PM
I decided to try out making these pendants as a DIY Xmas gift for a few people... I figured the supplies would cost me less than it would to buy everyone a seperate gift. I'm not just cheap, I'm broke, too! Cheesy

I couldn't find any of the glass chip beads at my local bead store, so I got some translucent seed beads. I'm not quite sure how I feel about them. I made the green one first, then the orange, then blue. So far the orange is my favourite, it gave me the least trouble Smiley

I used 14ga wire for the outside, and I can't remember the gauge of the smaller wire. 20-something?

Any suggestions for bead kinds? I'm not sure how expensive the glass chip beads are... I'm definitely on a budget!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super-nerdy wallet on: April 06, 2008 08:05:49 PM
Inspired by
zieak's wallet made from the inside of a keyboard!

This is the BEST wallet ever. I made it almost a year ago, and I've just had to re-tape it a few times. One of the tellers at my bank knows me as "the girl with the cool wallet."

I altered the original pattern a bit to include a ID slot for my bus pass. I just cut a hole in one of the pieces and covered both sides with packing tape.

I also made 2 pockets for cards. Each one holds like 2 cards, they stay in pretty well.

zieak is a genius!
thanks Smiley

Best part about this wallet is how thin it is. I have to check to make sure it's still in my pocket. And it doesn't hurt my butt when I sit down Cheesy
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Everyone loves ninjas... even off-duty ones... on: October 26, 2006 08:39:12 PM
So, I had this GREAT (although not exactly original) idea for a shirt, ages ago... and today I decided to put it into action.
On my way home from work I hit up the local dollar stores, and got acrylic paint, file folders, and a craft knife... but they didn't have foam paintbrushes. So I went to the dollar store next door.
They had not only sweet silver paint, but FABRIC MEDIUM.
Also got brushes.

So, I got home, printed my design, and spent the most frustrating hour of my life cutting out the damn letters. Later on I realized that I'd been holding the knife right at the blade, so I had all these tiny cuts on my finger from the back of the (dollar store) craft knife. I might invest in a decent one.

I tested my stencil, 3 tries, fixing little bits, each run was better.
So I pulled out my tshirt, and went for it.

It's by no means perfect, but it turned out a lot better than I'd expected. Touched up the island things with a chopstick, and now I'm just waiting for it to dry.

And it didn't cost very much. Got the shirt from Zellers for like 5 bucks, HBC employee discount, yo. Paint was a buck (I got black, silver, blue, and purple), medium was a buck, brushes were a buck, file folders were a buck fifty, knife was a buck. SO WORTH IT.

Sorry for the long-winded post, I'm excited! Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I'd make a bad ninja... on: January 28, 2006 05:36:14 PM
So I had this shirt:

That I absolutely HAD to have, but the guy's smalls at Randy River kinda are huge, as you can see.

I got this stretchy olive-coloured fabric at Wal-Mart for like 2 bucks, so I decided to make different sleeves for my shirt.

And I resized it so it's nice and snug now  Cheesy I also cut the collar off, I seem to have developed an affinity for collar-less boy's tees. Lol.

I had a few problems, like the first sleeve I cut out I did upsidedown, so the seam is on the top of my arm. I decided it was cool, so I was gonna do it with the other one too. So of course this one I do properly. BAH. Oh well. And one sleeve is a bit tighter than the other, so I cut the sleeves to 3/4. I like them better this way, anyway.

The design is a little comic of this ninja, and he's like, sure, go ahead, try to hit me. But I must warn you, I am master of the martial ar... *WHACK*
OUCH! Dude, that hurt!

Me and one of my friends had this joke where he wouldn't let me be a ninja, and when I saw this shirt, I told him that was the kind of ninja I would be, so he got it for me for xmas haha.

And yes, I did straighen my hair and change pants in between those pictures, you're not crazy. Tongue
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My very own Paranoid Android! on: January 15, 2006 12:42:09 PM
Well, I saw the knitted Marvin on ohmystars, and I was like, that is so awesome, I wonder if I could crochet it (cuz I don't know how to knit). Then it dawned on me that I have a bunch of fabric in the form of old t-shirts, so I went scavengering for a white one. Found it!

Marvin in the middle stages, I got tired (it was 2am) and I went to bed and left him legless on my floor.

But I just finished him  Grin

Semi-detail... I realized I'd get a thicker line if I did that chain stitch thing... but I didn't think of it til I was most of the way across his face.

Marvin likes Metric. His favourite song is Wet Blanket. Just so you can see how big he is.

I'm going to give him to my friend as a late birthday present, and because she's the one who told me about Hitchhiker's Guide, so it's very fitting  Wink
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / I have a small obsession, and now I can wear it! on: January 07, 2006 11:46:14 PM
So, I bought 2 plain shirts today. One is black, and my friend has it so she can stencil "MYTHBUSTERS" on it (I love that show way too much). The other is a nice blue one. I got them for like 5 bucks each at Zellers, in the little boy's section, and I used my lovely employee discount so 10% off, woot me!

I was thinking I would stencil something band-related on it, and I was looking for pics online to turn into stencils. Then I realized I had something good already, in the form of a desktop wallpaper, but it would be a bitch to turn into a stencil.

Then I remembered I had transfer paper.

Action shots!

I'm thinking I'll alter it a bit so it fits better, considering most 10-year-old boys don't have the same figure as a 19-year-old girl. One would hope.

My lovely belt collection and bulletin board. Gotta love the "GIRLS RULE" sticker my friend gave to me last xmas haha.

I will love anyone who knows where that is from.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yet another iPod case! (yay for images!) on: January 03, 2006 08:41:19 PM
Hey all, I'm new-ish, I surf around here all the time, but I've never made anything I felt was good enough to post.
So last night when I should have been sleeping (I had to get up at 5:45 for work), I dreamed up an iPod case that I could make with some scraps I had lying around that would protect my already beaten to hell iPod, and allow for its many attachments.

So, I have this.

Standard iPod case, slightly lumpy, and made out of old jeans.

And lined with old pink flannel pyjamas  Grin

For Christmas I got some spiffy dealies to make my music experience all the better (I sound like an advertisement)

Of course, the ever-handy iTrip dealie.

And even COOLER, a Bluetooth wireless headphone adapter.

Comes with comfy behind-the-head headphones, and everything is controlled from the headphones. IT'S SO COOL.

So I had to make a closure that fit everything, so I just stuck some velcro on it so the strap could attach at different places.

I'm crafty, I am.

And because I didn't cut everything nicely, I ended up with a kind of open bit on the side, so I stiched it with lime green embroidery thread, because I love contrast.

And there we have my first post. Whee!
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