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1  Copper flatware in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mermaide on: March 26, 2012 08:57:23 PM
Hello! I have not logged into Craftster for over 2 years. That is because I have been very busy away at school trying to turn this crafting obsession into a profession! I will be earning a degree in design very soon. I have picked up many interesting skills along the way, travelled across the world, and fell in love with metal working. Slowly I will be re-released to the craftster community-- where it has all started-- hopefully with fresher eyes and higher standards for my own work. Taking a look around, I am so glad that the community is still going strong and vibrant as ever. Thank you all!

But here is a sneak peak of a recent project: Copper flatware.

They are not usable because copper is too soft. It was more of an exercise in forming sheet metal and a study of proportions. Tons more work will be posted when I eventually get my website going. Any feedback is welcomed Smiley
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2  Salvador Dali Clock in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mermaide on: January 12, 2009 07:10:34 AM
I was inspired by the melting clocks in "Persistence of Memory". It is made of an old clock mechanism, leather, silk and puff paint. My mom helped me sew because I lack sewing machine skillz. The clock actually works as long as the face doesn't obstruct the hands. I put a snap button on the back so it can fold over and stay, such as when it hangs over a stick.

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3  Super Mario Piranha Plant Lamp! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mermaide on: September 01, 2008 03:04:27 PM
It is made of many layers of paper mache tissue paper. Kudos to my sister for helping with the gloop. I got the lamp base from Target and spray painted it green. The spots and lips are painted with acrylic paint. The teeth are bristol board.

compact florescent goodness Smiley

in the dark, it looks more red than in this picture.
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4  Prom bubble dress NOW WITH ACTION SHOTS (img heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mermaide on: May 24, 2008 10:23:12 AM
Hi everyone! I love all the prom dresses that you put up so I decided to craft my own. Only I can't because I have no sewing/pattern making skills. I designed it and my wonderful mother made the pattern and put it together.

detail of top

Sorry, the pics are kind of blurry because I used auto timer and had to run to the camera.
Thanks for looking and happy prom Smiley

my date's tie was made with the same fabric as the dress.
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5  Purple Mash Potatoes in Recipes and Cooking Tips by mermaide on: April 14, 2008 07:47:27 PM

It's just like making regular mash potatoes!
1. Boil purple potatoes. Peel and mash.
2. Carmelize some onions in oil. Chop up some fresh dill.
3. While onion is carmelizing, mix milk into the potatoes to the consistency you like. You can add a dab of butter too.
4. Mix potatoes, onions and dill. Salt and pepper to taste.

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6  My mom made me a Bjork swan dress :) in Halloween Costumes by mermaide on: October 28, 2007 09:33:30 AM
She has more skillz than me.
I'm wearing it with a nude bodysuit.
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7  Those Ikea catalogs that come every year... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mermaide on: September 03, 2007 07:02:06 PM
They have such pretty prints and colors! We got 4 in the mail last week and we've been using them as coasters for hot pots. I figured that the nice pages can be used to make a paper bag for little gifts. This pattern makes a 4.5 X 9 X 2.25 inch bag.
This is a mini tutorial since most people here know how to make a paper bag Smiley

You need 4 large pieces and 2 smaller bottom ones.
1. Make the pattern. Double your sheets of paper since they're quite thin. Glue with a glue stick. I used the plain yellow page for the insides.
2. Assemble the 3 pieces together. You can tuck the tabs of the bottom piece inside by sandwiching them between the doubled large ones prior to gluing.
3. Make straps by folding two 9 X 1 inch pieces into quarters the long way and stapling them.

Thanks for looking!
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8  Harry Potter's baby Monster Book of Monsters (with tute) in Completed Projects by mermaide on: June 29, 2007 06:31:24 PM
I couldn't find a larger piece of fuzzy faux fur fabric for a full size monster book o' monsters. This is from the bottom of my mom's coat that was too long. And the Verizon manual is the only book small enough to be covered!

Instructions: (use a hot glue gun for all gluing)
1. Cut your book to desired dimensions.

2. Cut 2 pieces of fabric about 1/4 inch longer than your book face (the side with the binding) Cut a piece of ribbon wide and long enough to cover the spine. Cut out a red tongue.
3. Draw a nice pair of disgusting teeth and gums. Make tabs on the top and bottom for gluing and the sides rounded.

4. Glue the tongue and teeth like so. Bend the gums toward each other.

5. Glue the ribbon to the spine. Glue the 2 pieces of fuzzy fabric on the top and bottom on top of the ribbon.
6. Make 4 eyeballs out of polymer clay. Or use googly eyeballs. Hot glue those on top of the fuzz. I made a pair of large and a pair of smaller eyes.
7. Bend the teeth so they jut out at weird angles.
8. This fabric was too fuzzy to embroider Angry;, But if you could, embroider 'Monster Book of Monsters' on the cover.
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9  beaded DNA with tutorial! (muchas imgenes) in Beads: Completed Projects by mermaide on: April 01, 2007 06:49:52 AM
I started this at 8 o'clock last night and finished at 11:30 with a break for dinner. I attached fishing line at the end to use as earrings, but they can be used for anything, really. I've always wanted to do this, but never found the time to. DNA is such a handsome little molecule. Enough of my rambling, here it is!

The blue is the phospho-sugar backbone;the white, orange, pink and green are bases. I used 2 different shades of blue for the backbone.

If anyone has a problem reading it, let me know.
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10  Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns in Halloween Decor and Parties by mermaide on: October 29, 2006 02:02:57 PM
I love your cheshire cat one! he gives me the creeps normally.

Pumpkin Murder. We carved it with a swiss army knife, and I thought it looked good with the gore.

We also carve bell peppers. The yellow one has a  Shocked face and shreaded radish for hair. The red one is grinning with peppers seeds for teeth.
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