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1  Owl tote and zipper pouch! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by meshell on: February 01, 2007 05:58:01 PM
I made this owl tote and zipper pouch for the owl swap (gallery is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=148789.0).  My partner received today, so I thought I'd share because I was happy with how they turned out!

Comments always appreciated!
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2  Re: Owl Swap 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by meshell on: February 01, 2007 05:49:00 PM
Ok, here are the great items ShyArtist sent me!  You're going to love them!!

First up, a set of 4 owl valentines.  They are super cute, but I'll have to decide which of my friends will be lucky enough to receive one!  (of course, I'll be keeping at least one for myself!)

Next, and I really do love these, is a set of 3 owl portraits.  I'm still deciding where I want to hang them.  If my boyfriend doesn't mind, I might hang them above our bed!

The next two tie for my favorite because I really like them as a set.

I have to say, I love knit stuff because I've never been able to knit.  ShyArtist said this is the first thing she's ever knitted, and it is totally fabulous.  I put it on after I took the picture, and it's so warm!  It's also got the best oranges and my FAVORITE green color around the border.

Action shot:

And last, but not least, is the sleepy owl pin.  I collect pins/brooches, and this is perfect to add to my collection!  I do love how he looks on the scarf!

This was an awesome swap!  It was my first one, and I had such a great time.  Thanks for giving me such a great partner, and thanks, Avian Flight, for organizing!
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3  Re: Rubber Cement varieties? in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by meshell on: December 11, 2006 06:18:21 PM
My favorite rubber cement is called Premium Best-Test Paper Cement.  The front says, " NO wrinkling, curling, shrinking."

It looks like this:     

Also, I second schizo319's advice about how to apply the rubber cement.

Good luck!
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4  Polymer clay additions to V for Vendetta mask. WIP Big Pictures-Please help! in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by meshell on: October 26, 2006 02:46:56 PM
Hi guys!

I don't normally post to the polymer clay board, but I really need some help.

My boyfriend decided to be V (from V for Vendetta) for Halloween, but all of the local halloween stores are out of the mask.  I decided to make the mask!

So, I stopped at JoAnns and looked for one of those ceramic premade masks...but they only had plastic.

My question is...is there any way to fire the plastic mask with the embellisments I have already made?  Obviously, I can't put the plastic in the oven.  The pieces I made and attached to the mask seem to be stuck on, so I don't think I could peel them off to fire without misshaping them.  I have a heat gun, if that would work for curing?

Also, what paints work best over polymer?

Here is what I've come up with so far: (The polymer pieces I created are the eyebrows, cheeks, nosejob with new nostrils, mustache, and chin hair).

Here is what the REAL mask looks like:

Thanks for any help/suggestions!!!


{edited to reword my questions!}
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5  Skull & Crossbones Cufflinks! Best cufflinks EVER! (pmc) *now w/ small Tutorial* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by meshell on: August 15, 2006 05:08:16 PM
Ok, not to toot my own horn, but I think these are the best cufflinks in the world.  They are a surprise for my boyfriend for our anniversary!  I cannot wait to give them to him!

These are fine silver, including the jump rings which I formed and cut by hand.  The skull and crossbones started as a drawing, which I carved into a mold, and then finished the design with some Precious Metal Clay.

Yay!!  I'm so excited!

Questions/Comments, welcome and appreciated!

First, this probably doesn't need to be said, but please don't use my specific designs or drawings in your work.  I make and sell my jewelry to help earn a living and take a lot of pride in my drawings & work.  That said, please please feel free to carve your own beautiful designs using these techniques!

You'll need PMC, a linoleum carver, rubber stamp (or other carvable) material, a kiln, needle files, liver of sulpher (a patina that gives the silver a dark finish), pumice powder

1.  This is the rubber stamp material with my <3 lino carver <3  (this is one of my most favorite techniques!!!)

2.  This is PMC.  I used PMC+ in this particular project b/c it shrinks less.  PMC standard is still a great product though!

3.  This is how your designs will look when you carve them.  (Don't forget that lettering/numbers will need to carved as a mirror image)

4.  Hold the lino carver at a 45 degree angle to get nice shallow cuts.  You can always cut deeper, but can't add material once you've cut it away!

5.  Push your PMC into the mold you've carved (**note, I'm using sculpey in the picture, so I did not have to waste my precious PMC!**)

6.  Fire your PMC+ in a kiln for 30 minutes at 1470 degrees.

7.  Use little baby needle tools to refine your design now that it is fired.

8.  Heat up your liver of sulphur solution, dip your item to darken it.  Use pumice powder to make the high areas shine and keep the relief areas dark.

The end!
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6  Fine Silver swirling brooch with a million CZs! Precious Metal Clay (PMC) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by meshell on: August 15, 2006 05:00:11 PM
This is a fine silver brooch I made using Precious Metal Clay (pmc)...  It has lots of tiny cubic zircon going around the edge!  The pretty colors on the metal are achieved by using liver of sulphur.

I am still working out the best way to get photos of my jewelry...

Questions/comments, please!
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7  Lego Daisy Chain Necklace and matching earrings--Comments welcome! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by meshell on: July 21, 2006 03:56:00 PM
Hi everyone!

Here's a necklace I made a few days ago with some small plastic flowers (thank you Lego store!).  I formed and cut the jump rings by hand...

The necklace is about 17" long.  The earrings are made so the flowers stand a bit away from the ear, very dimensional.  My ears are stretched, so I can't show a picture of them on!

Comments/crits always welcome!

I have many more plans for these flowers in my jewelry, so you should see them popping up now and then Smiley

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8  Plain white skirt, now nautically cute *PICTURES* in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by meshell on: April 23, 2006 04:26:09 PM
I made a few modifications to a white skirt that I had originally thrifted for Halloween and never wore.  I like polka dots and anchors...

So here is the semi-before...more like a work in progress because I totally forgot to take a pic before I started!

And here is the finished skirt, hanging with a thrifted top (thought they looked cute together...the shirt has little ruffles):

And the detail of the anchor/star buttons/ribbon that I added:

I didn't embroider the anchor, it was a patch I found for $1.  It was a small and easy project, but I like how it turned out!

Comments/suggestions always welcome!
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9  Dinosaur Tree Ornaments! in Winter Holidays by meshell on: December 20, 2005 03:57:29 PM
Last year was the first year I needed ornaments for a tree other than my parents', so I decided to make some.  These turned out to be my favorite!

I bought a bag of 12 plastic dinosaurs at Walmart (evil store, I know) for 88 cents, drilled holes in their backs and inserted wire, then decorated them with tiny homemade santa hats, scarves, snow balls, jingle bells, and whatever other trinkets I could find.  It was a lot of fun...really fast...and everyone thinks they're cute and funny Smiley.
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10  Wool Felt Stuffed Elephants *pics* My First Project Post ;p **TUTORIAL** in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by meshell on: March 12, 2005 01:50:59 PM
Hi, everyone!  This is my first post with a completed project.  I thought anyone who liked elephants would enjoy these!

I have to admit, this was something I saw in Family Circle, but I did alter them a little...  They were Christmas gifts for mom and boyfriend (at the time).  I hope no one else posted this!

They are 100% wool felt with polyfil for stuffing.



What do you think?  I'd be happy to describe the process of how they were made if anyone is interested.

Edit:  Eliea (thank you!) still had the pattern (my old computer died, which is why I  couldn't repost it for everyone who had asked), so I'm reposting it to my original post!
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