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1  Ursula-Inspired Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Tango on: January 18, 2011 03:49:02 PM
I really like doing nautical themed jewelry (my last project on here was a fish necklace https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244682.msg2704712#msg2704712)

It's been a while but my latest undersea piece is an Ursula inspired necklace. I was imagining wearing precious stones from the ocean floor while a jealous creature tries to steal them away.

Here's a close-up of the main tentacle:

The beads are a variety of semi-precious stones like lapis and apatite, with some swarovski crystals, pearls, and dyed jade mixed in. The tentacles I made from polymer clay. The hardest part was attaching the darn things to the necklace! The clasp is a silver leaf that I thought matched the seaweed-y feel of the whole thing.
What do you think?
I wore it to work and people would do double-takes as they realized there were tentacles in there  Grin
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2  I love fish! New Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Tango on: May 07, 2008 10:35:59 AM
I love fish, they represent good luck for me. And I've been experimenting with crazy new jewelry, as well as shopping at Archie McPhee's, and I came up with this!:

It's made of coral, freshwater pearls, swarovskis, seed beads, bits of tulle, and of course the lovely plastic fish!
What do you think, too crazy? It's so much fun to wear!
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3  Ikea Desk >> Bar! *Pic heavy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Tango on: March 18, 2008 12:08:48 PM
 Smiley So my boyfriend decided to ditch his relatively new ikea desk in favor of a smaller one to save space in the bedroom. He was going to toss it or give it away but I said no! We could use it for something. We have some extra space in our dining room since it is attached to the living room and we use a teeny table. The convenient L shape of the desk inspired me to create...a bar! Grin We like to entertain our friends with good cooking and good cocktails.
Here is what the desk looked like before hand:

I took the top shelving part off in one piece to form the bar structure. Then I added other pieces of the desk as shelves and added 3 shelves onto the wall behind it.

The top I covered in origami triangles and varnished them with several layers of non toxic varnish stuff. They took forever to cut, whew!

Inside and underneath the top I added glass racks to hold martini, margarita, and champagne glasses and lined the shelves with glasses. I also made a coaster holder and a bunch of groovy coasters and set them on the top.
I also took a metal piece from the desk and with some plastic wire holders created a cocktail stirrer holster that runs down the edge.

The pics don't show it but I also added a little shelf for shot glasses and a sliding mini cutting board that pulls out from under the bar top.
Here are the wall shelves, full of liquor and mixers, as well as wine holders along the walls. For the wall next to the bar I painted a piece of the desk with chalkboard paint and my friend Melyssa drew out some drink specials, you can see that on the far right of this pic.

The outside bottom parts of the bar I collaged with images from Juxtapoz magazine, craphound magazine, pic of old architecture, and pop art images.

Lastly I got some stools free at a garage sale (awesome find) and covered them in some nifty asian fabric to match. Here is the pic of the bar altogether:

Thanks for looking! This project was a lot of work but so much fun!  Cheesy
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4  Pirate Girl Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Tango on: June 07, 2006 10:09:54 AM
I had two stretchy tops I bought but didn't really like the look of. So I put them together in a sort of sailor-esque look, with the sleeves riveted and laced on, and added a bottom piece that had rivets and laces. To top it off I drew a pirate girl stencil on cardboard and used it to make the design on the front. Arrr! Action shot!

and a close up so you can see the stencil:

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5  First Clothing Post-Image Hvy- Redone tops and Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Tango on: June 06, 2006 07:04:12 PM
I've been busy redoing/making a lot of clothes and accessories these past few weeks, so I have decided to come out of hiding and share. Thoughts?

This top was made from 3 other shirts, the center is a rock star shirt. I added sleeves, cuffs, and a hood.

This top was simply a scarf that I thought had a neat design, so I tucked the top corner down, snipped the other 3 sides and hemmed them, added holes, and strung ties from another shirt to make a lace-up back.

This dress was an outfit I bought from an Indian clothing tent at the fair a year ago. I never wore it because the pants were too small and looked odd on me. I turned the set into a dress with a halter top and a short white undershirt. The underskirt shows in front (i had to double the fabric so it wasn't see-thru) with the longer sides and back fan out at the bottom of the leg.
*note that it looks a bit crooked in these pics since i accidentally had it pinned crookedly to my dress form


Bottom Drape (needs ironing!  Shocked) :

Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks for looking!
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6  Coca-Cola Purse from shirt in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Tango on: June 06, 2006 06:41:31 PM
All you wonderful crafty people here have inspired me to open my own etsy store and so I just wanted to share one of the first projects I've done (since I think it's cute). I took an old Coca-Cola shirt and used the section with the logo to make a very simple little bag. The handle and top liner are made from the collar of the shirt.
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