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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Teeth Earrings on: February 04, 2008 09:46:06 AM
Months of pestering every friend I knew who was having his or her wisdom teeth removed have finally paid off.  My wonderfully indulgent roller derby GM granted my undeniably odd request and, not content to keep all my dead stuff at home, I made myself some new earrings Smiley

32 gauge silver wire, faux-pearl beads, and two wisdom teeth.  I soaked the teethses overnight in a 1:1 bleach/water solution to remove any tissue and decay to make them look nice and white (and because she doesn't want anyone to know she ever had cavities).
12  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wet-felted flower necklace on: May 04, 2007 08:32:38 AM
Mother's Day present I made for my momma, of course. 


Thanks for looking!
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Psylocke! Comic geekiness. on: October 31, 2006 07:42:51 AM
This year I dressed as Psylocke, B-list Marvel Universe comic heroine.  For more info on her history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psylocke

Action shot:

  • Costume: Navy milliskin spandex and nude spandex, cotton belt, back zipper.  It was my first time working with spandex, which was pretty squirrelly to sew, but fairly forgiving in the pattern-making.  I'm particularly proud of how the feet turned out.
  • Shoes: Originally black, painted many layers of blue acrylic and clear gloss coat.  Very uncomfortable.
  • Hair: Special Effects brand, "Pimpin' Purple".  I think I'll keep it.
  • Psy-blade: Craft foam and electrical tape closure.  Thass it.

More pics of me and my Marvel buddies gettin' stupid, check out my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebeatcowboy/

And, because I'm a HUUUUUGE dork...

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shocker Mittens (Well-adjusted Adults Only) on: January 15, 2006 04:19:55 PM
I'm not sure I remember how the idea for these mittens came about, so I'm going to blame it on the guy wearing them.  As a knitter, sometimes it's more important that the recipient of a knitted gift love it to death than it is worrying about whether or not you're verging into bad taste.

Yes ladies, he's single.  Hit him up on myspace. --Nope, I'm stuck with him now.

Here's a close-up:

If you happen to be viewing this in company to whom you'd rather not have to explain the concept of "the shocker", just tell them it's an obscure Hindu mudra.

UPDATE: now you too can knit the Shocker Mittens!  I posted a pattern on my website, along with some comments and design notes on page 7 of this thread.  I also included two new charts for those knitters who have a little more dignity.  Here's the link: http://www.lparker.org/Craftster.html  Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in the pattern for these mittens.  Unfortunately, I've moved website hosts a couple times since posting this and the pattern seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.  As soon as I can track it down, I will fix the links.  Sad
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Misfits Wreath on: January 10, 2006 09:20:22 AM
Not very creative, because I didn't hand-make much of it, but it's something you don't see everyday, right? 

I made this for a friend of mine who's an aging punk and who LOVES Christmas, and he's obsessed with the Misfits skull thing.  Evergreen wreath + bridal ribbon + black roses + porcelain ornaments with hand-drawn Misfits skulls = punk Christmas.

16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fetus Popple (image laden) on: January 07, 2006 10:07:20 AM
I made this 3 years ago for Embryology class, and I was inspired by the Knitted Digestive System  to post it here.  The concept is ripped off of Popples, those vaguely mammalian stuffed toys that 20-somethings might remember; they could turn inside-out with a little pouch-thing on their back, so that all you could see is their tail sticking out of a little ball.  I thought the gimmic would be a useful way of illustrating the various pouch-within-a-pouch structure of fetal membranes.

So, here he is in action...

Here's the concept of how the fetus would look in situ.  Imagine one end of the chorion and amnion have been sliced off, along with the chorion's connection to the uterus around the borders of the placenta.

And finally, some pictures with the bits labelled.

Caveat: I think I could have done a better job with the face; the fetal face is a mess of lumps and weird bulges at this point, and if I were to make it again, I'd probably make a Sculpy head and sew it onto a stuffed body (like an embryonic version of a real doll...).  I apologize for any anatomical errors I may have committed; there's no excuse for that, I just suck.
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