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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES / Re: Gryffindor Tower Boys' Dorm on: September 30, 2013 05:19:44 PM
Wow, I didn't appreciate how truly tiny the beds were until you said the trunks are made of matchsticks! Is the open one actually a matchstick cut in half?

Yep!  It actually split when I was slicing it off the matchstick, but I decided to use it anyway.  I like that it adds some variety to the scene.

That is AMAZING!  I, too, would love to know what you used to make the tower walls. Smiley

Thanks!  The walls (and the mattresses on the beds) are made out of craft foam.  I used a very sharp knife to cut the foam into rings, then painted them with acrylics, drew on the edges of the stones with a permanent marker, made indentations along the lines with a very dull knife, and stacked them on top of each other.  I tried to stack them so the edges of the stones didn't line up, but that didn't really work out...
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES / Re: Gryffindor Tower Boys' Dorm on: September 13, 2013 05:07:46 AM
Thanks, everyone!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES / Gryffindor Tower Boys' Dorm on: September 09, 2013 10:01:17 PM
My favorite One Tiny Thing swaps are the Harry Potter ones, so I decided to make a Harry Potter themed entry for this challenge.  I made the boys' dormitory of Gryffindor Tower.

This is Harry, Ron, Neville, Seamus, and Dean's room from early in their fourth year.  Dean has his new Viktor Krum poster and his West Ham football team poster up next to the door.

Close-up of the posters:

Like all teenage boys everywhere, the Gryffindor crew are not what you would call tidy.  Seamus left a robe on the floor, Harry's broomstick is a tripping hazard, and Ron's trunk is open with his Weasley sweater spilling out.

I did my very best to make everything in the room to scale.  I used 1 millimeter = 1 foot, because a millimeter is the smallest measurement on my ruler but I don't think in meters, I think in feet.  The beds are 8mm high by 7mm long by 6mm wide (approximately) and the trunks are made from slices of matchsticks.

I made a tower for my room to sit in, since Harry's dorm is at the top.  The entire tower is less than 4 inches high:
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded nickname bracelets *Tutorial added!* on: February 18, 2010 08:41:00 PM
Any tips on how to make it stronger? Thicker thread? A better loom? Even glue?

Sorry about the long delay in replying, I've been off Craftster for a while...

How exactly did they fall apart?  The first bracelet like this that I ever made didn't last long because the thread I used was cheap thin cotton that wasn't nearly durable enough.  I switched to this really tough waxed thread that my dad used for beading on leather, and haven't had any problems with it.  I recommend using the strongest thread you have that's thin enough to fit through your seed beads.

If the bracelets are only coming apart at the ends, it could be because your knots are coming undone.  I've had this problem with thread that's too slick, I think it was nylon.  You could try using different thread or just tie a bunch of backup knots.

I hope this helps.  Good luck!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Miscellaneous Celtic Knotwork on: March 28, 2009 05:22:14 PM
Ack, awesome!!!

Are you planning on doing anything specific with these designs, like incorporating them into a painting, an etching, or, as spirals420 suggested, an embroidery piece? They'd be great inspiration for something bigger!

Great job! I'll have to take note of your technique - I've tried my hand at knotwork, mostly animals, but for some reason I never considered measuring out the space before I began? Kind of ridiculous when I think about it, but there it is Tongue

Oh, and if you're interested in Celtic music as well as Celtic knots, there's a Celtic Music Fan swap up on the swap board right now  Wink (I'm trying to increase our small numbers!).

Thanks!  I'm actually working on an embroidery piece right now of one of my (simpler) Celtic designs.  Most of these are a little too complex for my limited needlework skills, but maybe someday...  And I've done a Celtic etching on an old glass bottle and that turned out really well.  I mostly just like drawing them though.

I love Celtic music!  I'm listening to Thistle & Shamrock on NPR right now.  Unfortunately, I'm leaving the country in a week and I'll be away for the entirety of the crafting period.  Sad  Good luck getting more participants though!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: First handmade book/Leather covered journal on: March 22, 2009 02:16:31 PM
That is gorgeous!  I love the way it all folds together, and the different colors of leather you used, and of course the fact that you were able to make something so lovely (and useful!) out of other people's waste materials.  And this is your first bookbinding project?  It looks like you've been perfecting the art for years!  Amazing work.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cheeseburger pincushion and needle book on: March 21, 2009 10:02:23 AM
What's the bun stuffed with? regular polyfil?

Yep!  I used circles of quilt batting to stuff the hamburger patty and the bottom of the bun, but the top is filled with polyfil.

It could be a veggie burger (one of my personal favorites)

I considered trying to make the burger patty look like a veggie burger, with bits of beans and miscellaneous vegetables and all that, but I was afraid it wouldn't resemble actual food.  :/  I figured a plain brown meat-style patty would call to mind "burger" better than a multicolored one would.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cheeseburger pincushion and needle book on: March 20, 2009 10:29:11 AM
Aww, thanks everyone!  Grin

How did you get the different coloring on the tomato and the bun?

I used my super-rad Prismacolor colored pencils.  If you don't have Prismacolors, you should get some, because they're super-rad.  Failing that, other brands might work.  I like Prismacolors because they have soft lead, which makes it easier for the colors to transfer onto things like felt.  A pencil with harder lead, like Crayola, might not work so well.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cheeseburger pincushion and needle book on: March 20, 2009 08:54:38 AM

It's a felt burger.

BUT WAIT!  It's also a pincushion!

As if that weren't enough, it's also a needle book!  Wow.

I really liked this idea for a pincushion/needle book combination, but I'm not really into hats so I decided to do a burger instead.  (I'm actually not really into burgers either, being vegetarian, but when I tried to think of an object with a pincushion-like top and needle book-like interior layers, a cheeseburger came immediately to mind.)

My burger has lettuce, cheese, and a tomato slice.  (And a hamburger patty, of course.)  There's also a line of ketchup:

...which doubles as  a handy place to store things!

If I had an adorable pair of tiny scissors, I'd put them in there, but unfortunately I don't.  I did try to put my smallest pair of scissors in my burger...

...but it didn't really work out.  Sad

I'm usually not a fan of fake food (I much prefer real food), but this is useful so I think I'll keep it around.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Matchbox Swap R3 Gallery on: March 19, 2009 10:50:41 AM
I haven't received from just_lisa either, the pics I posted were of the box I sent to her...
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