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91  Vintage Advertisement Wallets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sweaterbrau on: June 09, 2006 04:21:18 PM
I made these a few months ago out of a calendar of vintage ads from the 50s. One is an actual wallet, and the other 2 are just coin purses. I slipped 2 little pieces of magnet strip in them for a closure. I think they're pretty cute. The oddly shaped one is my favorite <3.

Wallet with a bus pass/ID holder on back.

This is the first one I made...that's why I left the picture of it's lining out. Heh  Undecided.

^My favorite.
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92  30 minute dress to eat barbecued chicken in in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sweaterbrau on: June 08, 2006 07:06:57 PM
Today was my last full day of highschool. I chose to use this afternoon to construct this dress ON my friend. It's made solely out of a half roll of paper towels, and masking tape.

The little clutch is my favorite part. I did my best to make a little ball clasp with tape.  Cheesy
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93  old wrinkly bag to nifty little cozy in Knitting: Completed Projects by sweaterbrau on: June 07, 2006 07:59:45 PM
Here's a little iPod cozy I made out a white grocery bag and some red plastic I got from cutting apart a party lei. I think it's pretty cute with the little red bow. I was surprised how quick it knit up, too. I figured that I'd have a lot of problems with the plastic stretching and tearing but, to my delight, not at all. Dig it:

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94  Just a great big weed... in Completed Projects by sweaterbrau on: June 07, 2006 03:07:13 PM
I made this for an assignment that I was originally incredibly disgusted with, but I'm actually really proud of the outcome. It's a gigantic (almost 3 feet tall) fluffy dandelion made of over 150 HAND MADE pinwheels. Because of my initial disgust, I wanted to make the most cost effective project I could in the least amount of time. In total, this cost me $1.79 for a bag of hot glue sticks but it took about 18 hours to construct. It consists of an immense amount of construction paper, a piece of PVC pipe from our basement, 1 1/2 cans of black spray paint (also from the basement), and cut up styrofoam lunch trays that I used for paint pallettes.

Here it is near my desk, I suppose for scale purposes. I blurred the background a little to make the dandelion stand out.

This is a closeup of the pinwheels.

Hope you all dig it!  Grin
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95  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by sweaterbrau on: June 04, 2006 05:47:10 PM
Just a precurser: I guess this could be offensive to some people.

Okay, I've been thinking about my first tattoo a LOT lately. It's become sort of an obsession I suppose.
I still want it on my hip where it's sort of meaty and won't hurt TERRIBLY and is concealed most of the time, but I'm arguing with myself over exactly WHAT I want. I bet I'll get some funny faces when you all see this picture, but I just love it. Something about it is just so cute in an obscure, creepy kind of way. I know I'll have a penis on me for the rest of my life (wow I just started to laugh) but I think it's just kind of sweet. Check it:
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96  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by sweaterbrau on: May 29, 2006 07:48:08 PM
I have been sitting on two ideas for a really long time and I finally paid a visit to my tattoo artist in Rochester who is going to design and execute my backpiece in the fall when I am back next and then work on it on subsequent visits.

The backpiece will begin about an couple inches below a normal shirt neckline and continue down to about my bra-line. It will stretch from shoulder blade to shoulder blade but not all the way across my back. It will be two koi, one a more yellowey orange and the other a more reddish orange, with two waterliles, one pink, one purple and tons of beautiful undulating waves in blues/greens/turqoise etc. for a background. The style is pretty traditional so bold outlines and bright colors, not too realistic, but I want to preserve the detail, especially in the water so it while not "realistic" it won't be too overly stylized.

The second tattoo(s) I am getting June, it will be a pair of blue birds of happiness, the traditional sailor-type tattoo kind, one right above each hip bone, so right above the top of my underwear on my lower stomach. They will be flying angled in and down (like people have on their shoulder blades only on my lower belly) and I want the wings out to the sides but still pretty compact into the body. No pudgy headed birds either, I don't like the look if their heads are too pugdy, a little more streamlined looking birdies for me. The bodies will be blue with yellow bellies and I want them to each have a little background bit that looks like they are flying on flames. A little hard to describe but I have a good tattoo artist in mind and I can draw stick figures to illustrate my ideas.

If this thread goes as long as the other one I'll be able to post finished product pictures soon!

This is a tat my friend got on her 18th birthday. It's two big koi and it's in the center of her back. It's really painterly and I love that about it.

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97  I am an art whore (IMAGE HEAVVVVYYY) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sweaterbrau on: May 29, 2006 06:37:45 PM
This is just more or less a collection of... A LOT OF STUFF that I've been doing this past year. By the way, I go to a special arts focused high school. I'm a senior visual arts major.  Wink

This is the first of a 2 panel series of insect paintings. Entitled "Estrangement".

This is the second. It's called "Self-Absorption".

Just a pen drawing in my sketchbook...candle.

Fine line ink drawing of random items, including a stuffed lobster, an old shoe, and an iced tea carton.

Just some nude studies done on address labels.

I have a whole lot more that I'll post eventually, but I don't want to totally crash your computer.

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98  Mittens in tha' spring in Knitting: Completed Projects by sweaterbrau on: May 29, 2006 05:43:00 PM
I'd been craving some hand-knit mittens all winter long but was too swamped with applications, and long-term projects, and a number of other graduation-related obligations to actually make them. Things have slowed down (thankfully) and I finally made myself some cozy mitts. They're 100% acrylic (oh, the squeaky goodness) and I love them. They have little buttons at the wrists to keep them closed and add some interest. The main yarn reminds me of rotten wood with little worms peeking out of it everywhere. I love them. Also, here's a gratuitous mouse photo  Grin

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99  "Acid" Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sweaterbrau on: May 29, 2006 05:22:22 PM
This is the first large bag I ever knit (to completion). I was still honing my knitting skills when I made it and I've improved greatly since then. This was knit a while ago but I figured it was good enough to be my first real project posted on here.

It is knit in an acrylic/wool blend and the top purplish half was originally set to be white. However, it seems that bulky white yarn is like hen's teeth in all my LYSs. I'm still pretty satisfied with it. It's lined with some amazing fabric I bought a year or so ago at Wal-mart for a buck a yard (the pattern is the reason it was dubbed "the acid bag").

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100  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by sweaterbrau on: May 29, 2006 05:06:12 PM
I really want to get a buffalo wrapping around my right hip... the thing going into my green panties is a crude sketch of a tumbleweed. That's still optional...I'd have to actually sketch it out and see if I like it or not.

This is just a quick sketch I did in photoshop. The actual thing would be pretty realistic and colored in.

Dig the awesome pants marks left across my belly.
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