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41  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fall Scarf Swap! Signups 9/25/08 - 10/2/08 (sendouts 10/30/08) on: October 13, 2008 12:50:11 PM
I'm now about...mer...half done. Maybe only 1/3rd. I'm just gunna go as far as the yarn will take me. I knitted all day yesterday while my boyfriend and friends decided to have a hang over day.

Pfft...light weights...

but I may have incurred knitting related carpel tunnel in the process...ouchie
42  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fall Scarf Swap! Signups 9/25/08 - 10/2/08 (sendouts 10/30/08) on: October 11, 2008 02:21:10 PM

I bought my yarn today. Two kinds actually. I don't know which one I want to use yet.

In my own pet related drama (but the good kind) the family I live with just got two Chow Chow puppies. There black, and look like living stuffed animal bears. Before you die, finds some way to play with a chow chow puppie...seriously. Like I get all squirmy and excited at the end of my work day because I get to go home and play with them...they're that much fun.

I don't really know what to do for my smalls...lots of ideas...I'm hoping the finished scarf will inspire me.

I only hope I don't get totally distracted by my new little friends!
43  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Leafy Leaf Plant Planter on: October 11, 2008 02:06:21 PM
I was actually just at the craft store and saw some little baby pots and thought of that. But then I was irritated with how expensive all their pots were compaired to like home depot.

Maybe next time I will paint first...because that would kill two birds with one stone for sure.
44  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Leafy Leaf Plant Planter on: October 11, 2008 11:33:45 AM
Very nice!  Took a lot of work though, I know, but worth it  Grin

it can help a lot too to paint on a coat of permanent white glue first (or acrylic finish or acrylic paint like I think EvilSarah did). 

Diane B.

nope, I just pushed it on kinda hard so it grabbed whatever "tooth" was already there. Like I said, I did that first for the first row every other leaf and used the grip around the edge to hold it in place, then just added on from there onto the clay already there.

Every now and again I could tell the whole thing would kind of come off and warp to one side or the other (like a clay sock around a pot) but I would hook the top leaves over once again, and all would be good...

So...white glue sounds like a good idea for next time Smiley No more clay sock.
45  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Leafy Leaf Plant Planter on: October 10, 2008 09:30:24 PM
It would be kind of a pain because you'd have to make a couple different canes rather than one or two big fat ones, but a for an autumn one would be really awesome if the colors of the leaves gradually changed colors from, say, red to orange-y to yellowy-gold as they went up the clay pot.

Also, how did you attach the leaves to the pot? Did they just stick or did you use polymer glue before baking?

This one was two canes, because I didn't realize how much clay I would need. It really should have been probably a little more...

The two or three canes for the Autumn one would actually maybe come in handy kind of because of the freezer rotation I like to have.

I attached the clay from top to bottom. The first row, I started with the leaves (every other one) that curved over the top of the pot lip. Also I kind of squished them in good because they would kind of stick on there own, but they needed a little help of hangin over the edge. Then I stuck the second layer of the top row on (the ones poking up) more so to the first clay than the pot. Again, it kind of stuck to the pot if I squished it in, but I had to be careful. From then on I mostly stuck clay to clay, with occasional squishing into the pot.

Hope that makes sense
46  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Some Scary Photos. on: October 09, 2008 11:18:40 AM
zombie chirren are the scariest kinda zombies! Love the ones with the cat!
47  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Leafy Leaf Plant Planter on: October 09, 2008 09:30:22 AM
Oooo i love the pot thing at the bottom! I absolutely love the effect of canes, but i can never get them to look right Sad I'll keep on trying though!
Great work!


I had the same thing when I started. Two tips:

1) The freezer is your friend. I would shape the leaf cane kind of how I wanted it, then freeze it for a while. Like at least 15 minutes probaby. I was working on a few projects at once so I was rotating the freezer time. This keeps the canes the shape you want them and makes the cuts a billion times cleaner.

Oh I lied...3 tips

2) Use a sharp thin blade...the kind that cuts through thumbs twice, like the clay blades sold by the clay or for the longest time I was using a razorblade I baked a clay like handle onto.

3) TAKE YOUR TIME. You have no idea how hard this is for me, but I'm learning that if you have just a little patients stuff looks a lot better...especially canes.

I think also the bigger you work the easier it gets as far as detail goes.

On this one I used both fimo and sculpey (yellow fimo, sculpey everything else) and I would most likely not recommend it unless you realize things will be wonky. My skinner blend was always lop-sided because the green would squish out so much more than the  yellow (fimo is much harder than sculpey...a good and bad thing huh?)

So, maybe that's tip #4 Fimo make more defined canes I think because it stays in place better...but is harder for the beginner to use because it's a pain in the butt to get workable. I think I'm slowly switching over to it as my colors run out just for that fact.

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments!
48  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Leafy Leaf Plant Planter on: October 08, 2008 10:40:22 PM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! what an awesome idea! You did a wonderful job on it and it is beautiful! I'm sorry about your injury. I had one myself last week.


My boyfriend works on his computer like right next to my crafting area. I was trying to put the cover back on my clay blade, when the cover slipped and I ran my thumb down the whole thing. It didn't hurt so much as surprise me and piss me off because I knew what a pain the rest of the night would be as I didn't put a band aid on it and just crammed more clay into the cut.

Anyway, I made that like "I just cut myself" sucking in hiss noise, and ran out of the room to wash my finger because it started bleeding with a quickness.

"Sarah, did you just cut yourself with a big ass razor blade again" He shouted after me. Thats right, again, I had cut myself with an acutal razorblade a few weeks ago...thats what made me break down and buy the actual "clay blade."

"It's not really a razor blade" is all I could say. It was pretty funny.

What's crafting without a few cool scars?
49  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Leafy Leaf Plant Planter on: October 08, 2008 09:49:13 PM

This started off as a small project. I just wanted to decorate a terra cotta pot a little bit and give away one of a few of these spider plants I seem to have blooming everywhere...

But...well...my life isn't ever that simple now is it.

Armed with my shoebox of polymer clay, a weekend at home without the inlaws, a few leaf tutorials in my brain (I can dig them up if anyone would like) (here's the one I followed the most, but I looked at a bunch a while ago and then just did it, so my technique was probably a mishmash of everything...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86w8CRBQUdA) and a really big razor blade that would later cut me a good one, I get to work making some leaf canes.

Apparently I didn't upload any of my progress shot...so right onto the action shots, aye?

In that last one the glaze was still gooping up the crevises a little bit...but it's gone now.

It took two canes made like the one shown above. That cane was probably the size of the palm of my hand wide...and maybe an inch or two long when I started. Next time I will make a little more, as I almost ran out at the end and had to really place my leaves carefully. In the very near future I want to make one with fall color leaves, and possibly one that looks a little more like feathers.

50  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jobs that give t-shirts away rock some times on: October 06, 2008 11:44:27 AM

So, I got both of these shirts from jobs. One was from a restaurant and the other my internship and underground inc. I personally do not wear cigarette or alcohol logos (or any other logos if I can help it really) and the pigface (good "band" check it out) one was a youth size medium. I don't know what in me thought it would fit. It kind of did, but the head and arm holes were a bit much. So I cut them up


I cut the smirnoff shirt into strips and made it into "yarn" then crocheted around the edge of the "tube top" I made by cutting off the top of the pigface shirt. I think I kind of went around the sleeves too, making it a little rounded under the arm holes...I don't remember. Then I made the straps by braiding some thicker strips together.

I got the idea from threadbanger I think...there was some one on there that did crochet into shirts ( more lace like though) on an interview on one of their videos.

Well...work breaks over...no time to spell check so no laughing...gotta run...let me know what you think.

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