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11  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by sapphire_distortion on: November 09, 2008 05:01:48 PM
I think I posted my green and white hair but I haven't posted my latest hair which is this:

right after being done

it's faded to kind of a pinkish red which is what I was going for in the first place so I really like it Smiley

I think I'm going to do neon magenta next! or maybe pink and turquoise.
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12  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by sapphire_distortion on: September 29, 2008 04:05:50 PM
Finally got pictures of my new tattoo!

This first one is the day I got it (Saturday)

and this is today, with my other crafty tatt, in natural light

Keep in mind it's still swollen and oozing so it doesn't look so hot Wink I'll post pictures when it's fully healed. The text says "Without passion, we'd be truly dead" which is a quote from BtVS (yes! I am a dork! I will admit it!). The full text of what Angelus says is this:

If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank . . . Without passion, we'd be truly dead.

Kind of funny actually because when I went to go look at wikiquote for the full text it had "truly" and "be" transposed and I was like WHAT?! That's not right! ...Is it?! and had to go back and watch the episode again. lol. (my tattooed version is right Wink )
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13  Re: Am I overreacting? (about a purse someone made for me) in Stitch And BOTCH by sapphire_distortion on: September 25, 2008 04:23:59 PM
Ok, here's pictures of it:

just...wow. none of the edges are finished, again with the tackyass appliques (that are glued on so badly that when I checked to see if they were sewn on, it started coming off, as you can kind of see in the blurry picture), and seriously, trying to pass that off as screeprinted?! it is OBVIOUSLY an iron-on transfer. and a badly done design, probably in MS paint, at that. also, interestingly enough, the skull on it is REALLY similar to a couple of skull stencils on stencilpunks and I'm emailing them about it as we speak, since they specifically say on their site that the stencils are NOT to be used for profit. I suppose it's marginally better than the first one, but really, that's like saying something is smaller than an elephant, lol.

I also sent another email to Etsy, which I'm sure some of you will probably think was too b*tchy, since I STILL can't leave feedback.


I have been conversing with Emily about this matter(alchemy request #21599, accepted bid #113865 from *edit*). I am still extremely unhappy because I received the purse today, and I still cannot leave feedback for the purse. The purse that I didn't receive until nearly a month and a half after I paid $55 for it and that was not as described by the seller - I was told I would receive a pleather/PVC patent leather purse; it is canvas and also very cheaply made. In fact, it's not even as he described in the message to me - it's not denim, it's canvas, there are raw edges left along all the seams, and the "sugar skull" (the design is NOT a sugar skull which is clear to anyone with eyes) is very clearly an iron-on transfer as opposed to being screenprinted. The appliques are glued on, and it was done so badly that one of them nearly fell off just from me looking to see if it was glued or sewn on. It's also interesting that the skull design is nearly identical to one on a free stencil site, on which they expressly ask people not to use their stencils on items to be sold for profit. I will certainly be emailing the site about this as well, so they can know.

My request for assistance in getting a refund was refused and now I can't even leave feedback for this "transaction", as the seller had me pay the wrong way (which I would have thought would concern Etsy more, as it means that Etsy didn't get their percentage from the transaction).

I am seriously considering filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau over this. I have never received worse customer service in my life. I was obviously the wronged party in this situation, as the seller has lied to me several times over. I have proof of this and provided it only to have it ignored. I was treated as if I was being a troublemaker for wanting to file a complaint or receive a refund, despite trying to be polite at every turn. I was told I would have to accept the purse as he made it, even though it is obviously (and very provably) not what I paid for. I cannot believe that a site which, at the very least, appears to attempt to create a handmade community, would back up a seller like this. I put my hard-earned money (which I don't have a lot of) toward supporting independent crafters instead of buying a cheaper purse from a big-box store and to receive treatment like this is a slap in the face. I am inexpressibly disappointed as I was looking forward to becoming more involved in Etsy and using the Alchemy feature in the future, but after this experience I don't feel safe at all using either.

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14  Re: Please weigh in on your favorite vintage sewing machines... in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by sapphire_distortion on: September 21, 2008 02:13:29 PM
I have a Viking 6440 named Vivienne that I LOVE. It has a high-torque/low speed option which is good for sewing through thicker materials, and it runs reaaaaaally smoothly. I got an awesome deal on it off eBay - I think they normally go for $150ish + shipping but I got mine for $50 with shipping because it didn't have a foot pedal. It came with several different bobbins and feet, and all of the original cams. Coincidentally, the foot petals for that series often run $80ish but there was an auction for one at the time for $15. SCORE! It always runs smooth and isn't ever really tempermental.

I also have an as-of-yet unnamed Singer 503A. I loveeee this one too. It only does straight-stitch without any cams, but with the cams it does a variety of stitches. It isn't tempermental at all. In fact, my ONLY qualm with the whole machine is that for some reason, whenever I'm sewing a lot, thread from the spool tends to get caught under the spool and then that messes with the tension.

I also have a 1953 Mercury, named Sylvia, which I haven't really got a lot of chance to sew on yet but from the little bit I have, has a beautiful stitch.

So I'm probably not very helpful at all because I don't have any favorites, I LOVE all my vintage machines to death  Grin

I would recommend watching garage sales, flea markets, thrift shops, and eBay (although you will pay more there because it costs a lot to ship these heavy mofos!) for a good vintage machine with all-metal parts, unless you get your heart set on one particular model. If you want a variety of stitches, watch for one with cams.
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15  Flogging Molly t shirt into skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sapphire_distortion on: September 17, 2008 07:39:37 PM
Well, there's not a whole lot of the t-shirt left anyways. It was a pretty cool Flogging Molly shirt with a pirate ship and some compasses on it. I used the bottom half of the t-shirt for the waistband and the rest is fabric from my stash. I thought it turned out pretty neat, what do you think?

Close ups:

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16  Re: Reconned Punk Tee + Shapeless to Cute Hoodie! (IMG HEAVY) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sapphire_distortion on: September 14, 2008 07:58:58 PM
Ok! Finished the hoodie. I evened up the leopard print insert(we don't have a full length mirror so I didn't even realize it was uneven until I saw the pictures! haha), added the sleeves, stencilled skeleton keys on the pockets, and put trimming on the pockets and hood. I didn't line the hood, because I'm all about the practicality and I didn't think lining it in lycra would do a lot for warmth and the inside of the hood is super soft as is. I like it  Grin

details on hood and pocket

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17  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by sapphire_distortion on: September 12, 2008 07:29:46 PM
Now my hair is half platinum/purple blonde and half bright green! Cheesy

yes. the face was necessary. I was bored. I tried several times to get a picture of the back, because I got several comments at school today on how even it was (and the top is evenly half and half too, I just part my hair on the side), but it turns out it's REALLY hard to take a picture of the back of your head! Oh, and the dye is a mix of Fishbowl, Iguana Green, Limelight, and Punky Apple Green.
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18  Tree Nymph Mannequin (contest at cosmetology school) img VERY heavy in Completed Projects by sapphire_distortion on: September 11, 2008 09:31:15 AM
(I wasn't sure if this should go here or bath and body, so if it's wrong, I'm sorry!)

We just wrapped up a two week long contest at school. We all got mannequins and could do whatever we wanted with them, paint them, dye their hair, etc. etc. The theme for the contest was "Fantasia" and we each had to pick a concept to go with under that theme (which was really pretty open). My concept was a tree nymph, here's some pictures of my mannequin:

and here's some pictures of everyone elses' (the only ones that are officially "finished" are the ones on the red tablecloth, the rest were just laying around and I took pictures):

(the theme on this one is a shooting star, I took two pictures of it)

(she still has to finish putting the waves in and I think she's going to put aquamarine extensions in)

my process:

I removed her makeup with nail polish remover. Then I bleached her hair out to a light blonde color, after that I did horseshoe highlights(lowlights I guess) in black (I think technically it was "darkest brown", it was like...a 3, I think, but it looks black). Once I got that rinsed out, I just put the green on top of all of it...I started to foil it in but got lazy and just put it on with a plastic bag over it. I used a mix of Punky's Green Apple, SFX Iguana Green, and SFX Limelight. Everyone kept asking me what colors I used since the green turned out so well and they were all shocked it wasn't "professional" stuff  Cheesy haha. Anyways! After I got her hair green, I painted the designs on her skin with acrylic paint, including painting her eyes black (which everyone told me was creepy looking Roll Eyes ), and her lips green. I went through her hair and braided two pieces of hair which would be in the half-updo, and then braided a few other pieces in the rest of it. Waved her hair with a triple-barrel curling iron. The hair accessories, I got pieces for at Hobby Lobby, put them together and glued them to clips (the butterflies are just glued to snap clips, as is the bird's nest - the leaves, I glued to bobby pins, and to make the leaf "extensions" I just glued a string of them together. I tried sewing, but it wasn't any more flexible than the hot glue and it showed on the other side.). Then I put her hair up in the twist and put all of the hair accessories on, stuck the big ol' drag queen eyelashes on, and dusted glitter all over her!

So! How do you guys think I did? Do you think I have a chance of placing? Sharon (the instructor) gives out BAD-A** prizes so I reeeeeally want to place somewhere...I think she said she's giving out big prizes for the top three and smaller ones for the rest of the top 10. I think Nikki's (the black and blue and white one with the HUGE hair) will probably get first. But I'm shooting for third.

The judging is next Tuesday, I'll let you guys know how it goes...and take better pictures of the top ten if you want.

Thanks! Smiley
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19  Reconned Punk Tee + UPDATED: Hoodie finished! (still img heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sapphire_distortion on: September 09, 2008 05:52:53 PM
I had a heck of a time getting good pictures. I've also been sick lately so excuse me if I look a little pale or something. Tongue Anyways, this was a men's medium t-shirt:

(see what I'm talking about there? What's with the vaguely confused look on my face?)

I was really pretty happy with how it turned out, except that the nylon tape I used as backing for the grommet tape was a bad idea. I had 1" d-rings and the grommet tape was like, 3/4", so I used 1" nylon tape as backing. Well, it pokes me in the pits all the time. Really annoying. I've washed it once but didn't dry it because I was worried about the tulle, but I think it needs washed and dried because it seems like washing it and laying flat somehow stretched it out a bit or something. Also, ignore the brown stain by the neckline, apparently I am a three year old who can't eat ice cream without getting it on her Tongue

and this was a hoodie my mom gave me from Target. It was originally a large and was really shapeless on me, but the fabric is SO soft so I decided to try and salvage it (even though gray is totally not my thing, at all). My goal was to make a shapeless gray hoodie as cute as possible Wink  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out although a few things ended up kind of sloppy, esp. around the zipper area. (some which I just noticed from looking at these pictures - we don't have a full length mirror in our house haha) I was REALLY proud of how well the gathering under the boobs/above the butt turned out. I'm going to add sleeves in the gray leopard print(and maybe some ruffles or something around the hood in the leopard print), as I find short-sleeved hoodies REALLY pointless, but the knife on my serger is so dull right now I can't serge more than two layers of fabric without it getting seriously mucked up. So I'll add pictures with the sleeves later and for now, pretend it has them haha.

here it is before

and here after:

I feel like it's missing something (aside from the sleeves). I think the ruffles around the hood might be a bit TOO girly for me, so I'm iffy about that idea. Maybe stencilling something on the pockets or the side of the hood. Hmm.

Thoughts/comments/suggestions? Thanks guys Smiley
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20  Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Q&A in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by sapphire_distortion on: September 08, 2008 08:04:49 PM
Ok so now it's doing something wierd. I just rethreaded it, I've fiddled with the tensions a bit, and the stitch still keeps looking like this:

(sorry about the funny font, it was what I already had selected from another photo)

I broke a needle on it recently but I got all the parts out. That wouldn't have anything to do with this would it?
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