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1  Re: Questions About Hairstyles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by VirgoWolf on: October 07, 2008 07:00:43 PM
OK, I've got a while, I'm way ahead of myself here LOL, but I like to research as much as possible so I might as well start now.

I've been planning on doing something really different with my hair, but I kept putting it off because I had better things to do with the money, but now I'm pregnant, so I'm stuck all blah brown for now and I don't want to cut it untill after winter's over because I will fleeze LOL... BUT, once baby's born and I have a chance to heal and everything, I want to have a pamper myself session to get over the fat nasty bloody messy stages LOL.

These pics are from early July, but not much has changed with my hair, maybe a smidge longer, but that's beside the point.

and this is how it looked last time I got it chopped (I took off over 18", it was about a year ago probably, it grows back uber fast LOL)

I think I kinda want it like that again, but maybe with a couple longer bits in the front and I want to go shorter in the back, something similar to this...

(but I'm very open to other suggestions, you girls are amazing!)

I was thinking of keeping my natural color and adding black and purple to it, most likely black chunky lowlights and most of one side purple, but I duno... Any ideas?

Also, my hair is EXTREEMLY THICK and virtually untouched. I did play around a bit with color years ago (blonde highlights, all blonde, blonder with platinum highlights, then black with red highlights that washed out uber fast) but haven't touched any dye in at least 5 years. I don't use products, I don't blow dry, nothing. I just let it dry, brush it, leave it, or throw it up in a scrunchie or clip. I don't think I'll be any more apt to spend more time styling when I have a newborn either, so I'd like a style that's easy to maintain and a good quality color that's long lasting. (money is always tight these days, I'd prefer not to have to buy dye every 2 weeks, which is why I've given up on the idea of red or blue)

What is the most long lasting dye? What's my best bet for bleaching without damaging? I'm new to all of this since I've always just used cheap department store dyes or salons.

THANKS!!!! Cheesy
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2  Re: from records to ipods swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by VirgoWolf on: October 22, 2007 12:52:17 PM
YAY! I recieved today! Check out my loot! Grin

OOps, almost forgot this little guy.

And the link for the zoom: http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y217/EagleWolf1982/FromRecordsToIpodsSwapCraftsRECIEVE.jpg
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3  Re: from records to ipods swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by VirgoWolf on: October 16, 2007 07:00:59 PM
Well my partner recieved today, so I'll throw up the pics I took. Apparently it was slightly damaged in shipping, but nothing major and all easily fixable.

The baby dragon is a drawing of hers I found stalking, and the fabric I saw in one of her projects inspired the bottom of the MP3 case. I'm not sure how well you can read it, but here is the link to the image where you can zoom a bit.
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4  I got bored--skeleton in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by VirgoWolf on: September 13, 2007 12:44:21 PM
I was bored, so I decided to see how easy to work with Super Sculpey was. I am going to make a Halloween scene for a shelf in our living room (we put orange and black lights in the track light above one shelf) , so I just wanted to tinker with the clay, get a feel for it, and see if there was any chance that I would make something recognizable! LOL

I decided to try to make a skull, and it actually came out OK, so I just slapped together a quick upper body for him right on my marble worksurface, no plans to bake him or anything, just going to ball him back up and make him something else I guess LOL.

Anyway, here he is, his hands are really sloppy because I kept squishing them while trying to touch up the rest of him.

This is him on my worksurface with the 3 tools I used and the extra SS that I was using to hold my tools.

This pic is a little dark, but it came out better with the flash off.

This one shows his face pretty good, the only shot where you can really tell he has teeth LOL.

In this pic you can kinda see the crack in his skull and a little of the detail of his face.

This one is a little better for the cracked skull.

My brother didn't believe me when I told him there was no mold used for the skull LOL, I don't think it's THAT good, but I am supprised how well I did, especially since this is only my 2nd attempt at anything with polymer clay, the first being a small covered tin. Hopefully I can do it again when I actually start working on the scene! LOL
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5  Re: Kids favors, heart-shaped crayons in Weddings and Bridal Showers by VirgoWolf on: August 23, 2007 09:38:10 AM
Well I was going to post pics when they were done, but craftster wasn't working with me LOL...

I got bored again last night and made a couple more, so here they are...




The silver obviously had a higher melting point, so I had to crank up the heat to get it to melt and it really tossed out some glitter, the black it just overwhelmed with sparkles! Smiley Tried to do it with the gold and it didn't do anything that drastic, but it did turn out pretty kool. I think I messed up with the first star with just not putting enough in there, it's pretty thin and the orange virtually dissapeared, but I still love them all! So much fun! Cheesy Thanks for the inspiration! I hope all goes well! Good Luck! Cheesy
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6  Newbie to polymer... in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by VirgoWolf on: July 31, 2007 12:58:51 PM
I've been wanting to try polymer clay for a long time now, but I have always put it on the back burner. The other day my mom and I went to Michaels to get supplies to start making Christmas gifts and I mentioned that I wanted to get into polymer and we headed to that aisle, didn't get too much, she just wanted to grab some things, so we grabbed a few clays and a tool kit and called it a day since we really didn't know what we'd need and we were in a hurry.

I've been looking at tuts and reading the stickies all day, but there is just too much to take in at once LOL.

Here's what I have:

Here is a closeup of the clays I picked, didn't think to look if they were classic or soft, so I messed up there, can I still use them together, or would something like a cane be messed up by the different consistencies?

We do plan on getting a pasta machine and I know I need a tissue blade, that's all that's comming to mind at the moment, so if you guys have any tool suggestions, please let me know.

Also, what would you guys reccomend for a first project? I tend to dive into most projects head first, so I'm already thinking canes and mokume ganes using texture sheets... LOL I do want to cover some tins, that seems pretty straight forward, but I don't want to do it with plain colors, I would get really bored with it too fast LOL. That's where the canes and mokume come in I guess.

What was your first polymer project? Grin

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7  Re: What is the secret to Modge Podge+large images? in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by VirgoWolf on: July 30, 2007 05:20:29 PM
Well I think they turned out much better this time, but I was in such a rush to gift it, I forgot to take good pics, so I only have some crappy cell shots that don't show any of the detail. Blah, but here is the box me and hubby made for my SIL for her birthday (note it's stocked with muchies, girl is 25, 95 pounds and can eat anything and everything! LOL).

The top, this was the last part I did, I was really worried about the mermaid/dolphin pic bubbling, but I put a thin layer of mod podge on both the back of the picture and the box lid and let that dry before sealing the top and it worked excellent. The outside of the box is a purple metallic paint, it came out really nice, I will have to get a decent pic sometime.

This is the inside of the lid, the frame is painted to match the outside of the box, behind the frame we put a lightweight piece of sheetmetal. The round things are magnets that I made out of cardboard circles, the fairy dust is a glue trail coated in glitter, then covered by mod podge and then acrylic sealer so it doesn't rub off. Tink was another decoupage nightmare, mostly because of her shape, cutting her out was no picnic either, see those fingers?! LOL

Here's the loot. Smiley You can't see it all, some of it is blocked or hidden in the altoids tin. The inside bottom and the sheet metal are both in a blue metallic paint. Loot included the magnets, the altoids tin, a smaller tin inside the altoids tin that also has a magnet on the bottom, I stuck it to the inside of the altoids lid. I also made an alligator clip into a magnet and that's in there as well... also the CANDY! LOL Mounds, Almond Joy, AirHeads Sour Belts, smarties suckers, a starburst sucker, and a giant slim jim. Oh yeah, and a little fake cell phone that opens up and has a calculator and when you press the antenna, it's a lighter.

Here is a closeup of the altoids tin. It's painted the same metallic blue as the inside of the box. Travis Meeks of Days of the New is her #1 at the moment, she just went to his concert and got to meet him and hug him and she's ecstatic, she just loves him, so I had to put him somewhere. This is actually the first decoupage I did on this project and I did it without putting modge podge on the back of the pic and it bubbled, luckily as my hubby was getting ready to spray another tin, I was able to peel travis off and put another one on without a problem.

This is the little tin that's inside of the altoids tin, the pic didn't turn out too well of this one, but I have a pic of the top of it from another thread. Here's the top, the bottom was just painted over silver and I added glitter and sealed it after adding the magnet.
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8  Re: Difficult tins in What the heck can I do with THIS? by VirgoWolf on: July 28, 2007 01:22:47 PM
Oooo, maleaab, thanks! I have been collecting tins after seeing all the swap tins and drooling over them, now I have Christmas ideas!

My dad gave me a couple mini versions of this tin (fruities tins) which open the same way, so to test it, I decoupaged, painted, used stickers, and rub ons on the small ones to see if I could still open and close it and it worked! Cheesy Nothing I did affected the opening/closing of the tins! Here are a couple real quick shots of the 2 I did yesterday.

Both tops with a quarter for size refrance:

This one I just grabbed the nearest catalog and flipped through it, saw these cute butterfly paper plates, cut one out, put a tiny bit of glitter in some mod podge and sealed it, and painted the edges... I'm going to spray it with acrylic sealer to see if that affects it any as well:

This one I made for my sister in law. The background it hand painted, the butterfly is a rub on, and the rose is a sticker. All sealed with modge podge.

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9  Re: Difficult tins in What the heck can I do with THIS? by VirgoWolf on: July 24, 2007 06:43:21 PM
I guess I'll just ask this here too, since the materials are similar...

I would love to find a way to change the letters on these brads I bought today. I am using some of them as is, but I want to change the rest somehow, but I can't think of anything that would last. Anyone have any ideas?

Here's another crappy cell shot:
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10  Re: Difficult tins in What the heck can I do with THIS? by VirgoWolf on: July 24, 2007 06:35:46 PM
Sorry about the quality, just quick cell shots, but hope this helps...

You push down on the circle in the center and it pops the sides out releasing the bottom, then you pinch the sides and it closes back down on the bottom.



Inside of lid:
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