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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / art nouveau tin on: March 17, 2008 10:53:13 PM
Hello fellow craftsters.
This was made for an art nouveau swap. Everything is hand rolled and it didn't come out quite as nice as I'd hoped, but there are still things about it I like--the stars and the profile especially. However, there are thumb prints and other irritating little flaws that I haven't yet figured out how to avoid. Also, the varnish was way shinier than I'd hoped. So anyway, comments/criticisms are very much welcome!!! I hope you enjoy  Smiley

12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / chrysanthemum earrings on: March 17, 2008 10:42:05 PM
Hello everyone. I recently made these for the Art Nouveau swap. The design was inspired by a Chinese painting class I took during my seven months abroad in Yunnan, China. The pendants are made of polymer clay that I sanded, vanished and painted.
It was my first attempt, so they didn't come out perfect, but they're so simple and fun that I'm probably going to make a billion more.
I hope you enjoy them too!

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / art nouveau inspired clutch on: March 17, 2008 10:34:40 PM
Hi everyone, I'm really proud of this bag despite my inexperience and all the screw-ups, so I thought I'd post it. It was mailed to my partner in the recent art nouveau swap, and it's art nouveau--kind of. It was my first time doing applique and only my second clutch, so there are some interesting quicks about it, first and foremost of which is it's accidental asymmetry. Anyway, I love the fabrics and colors and I think I'm going to keep working on this technique. Any comments/criticisms are very much welcome.

Cheers! Smiley
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / fused plastic grocery tote=psychic craftster connection on: February 12, 2008 05:00:17 PM
Wow, I haven't been on craftster for a few days because I'm renovating my room. Last night I needed something small to do, and ended up with this. I just saw that a few other people apparently had the same urge as me: to take old plastic grocery bags and fuse them into a new, sturdier one. How cool is that! Here's my version anyway, and one of my bags came all the way home with me from a convenience store in China. Obviously, I hate to throw things away.... Roll Eyes

what? no money to buy groceries?!?! Sigh.  Embarrassed

15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / polka-dot procrastination purse *edit* w/button on: February 04, 2008 02:14:29 PM
golly, it seems I'm much better at crafting when there is homework to be done! Here is my latest attempt at avoiding homework:

It's a change purse/wallet thing, because I'm sick of pulling wads of bills out of my coat pockets. It's very simple, I more wanted to show it off because of the pretty colors. I haven't added a closure yet, but it's going to be a snap closure, with a moose button on top to hide it. I just haven't been able to find that moose in my crazy messy house yet!

Okay, so I didn't use the moose button. It was lost in all the crazy polka dots, but here it is next to the bag, just so you can see it, 'cause it sure is an awesome button.  Grin

and a close up of the interior:

16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / mermaids and babies, oh my! (img heavy) on: February 03, 2008 04:32:23 PM
Hi everyone. I've been busy this weekend making stuff with and for my 11 yr old buddy C. Just wanted to share two of the finished pieces. A few bendable dolls are still in the works, and the infant is supposed to belong to one of them.
I'm still pretty noobilicious with the polymer stuff, so if anyone has con crit to offer, I'm all ears! For example....skin texture, fingerprints, to glaze or not to glaze......

Anyhoo, here she is before hair. I almost wanted to keep her that way, but I don't know if a middle schooler can fully appreciate the bald mermaid look  Cheesy

and finished:

one more of the ears, 'cause I like em:

And now for the cute factor, the baby:


17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / crazy-quilt clutch (from swap) on: February 02, 2008 09:35:09 AM
hello everyone!
I'm reposting the bag I made for a recent swap here, I hope that's okay! The front, back, and flap are made from reconstructed fabric (sewn together strips of scrap fabric I had laying around) The side panels are made from the legs of a very old pair of orange pants, and the lining is made of some silky stuff I found in a free bin. When I made it, I was worried that it looked too unfinished, too amateur, but my partner said so loved it, so I'm happy. I hope you guys like it too. I already have another one in the works....

18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / jointed skeleton--my new good luck charm on: February 01, 2008 04:50:32 PM
We had a deep freeze up here in the nor'east a few weeks ago and I started to go   Shocked CRAZY Shocked until I bought some sculpey and got to work. Here is my first attempt at a jointed skeleton. there are a few things I would change to make him more stable, and I think I will add a loop coming out of the crown of his skull so that he can be hung, but here is my first go, along with some extra skulls I'm thinking of using as earrings.

Argh, none of these pictures show the details of the face or hands and feet very well. Sigh. I hope you can get the idea, anyway.

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Two crazy bracelets and a single earring (img plump) on: February 01, 2008 04:20:16 PM
Hello all,
I made these about six years ago, but I wanted to share them with you because I'm proud of them. I was basically just experimenting at the time, I'd had no instruction or anything, so I just kind of went crazy with the patterns. I haven't done any beading since, but I have buckets of beads and a bad case of cabin fever, so maybe I'll start making jewelry again. Without further ado, here are my hand-beaded blast-from-the-past thingermajigs:

lone earring:

purple/silver "braided" bracelet:

and a green one:

I hope you like them, fellow crafters.
Feedback is always appreciated  Wink
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / sock monkeys, my new favorite pastime. on: July 17, 2006 12:23:48 PM
ah, sock monkeys. easy to make, and too freakin' cute. here are two that i've made recently:

this first one scares my cat; i can't figure out why. everytime he sees it he freezes and then runs from the room. it's a nice ally to have around when i'm trying to eat cereal and the cat is hoping for his share.

and here it is with my favorite book:

and here is one i made for my sister's birthday, the socks were kind of weird, and it's a much smaller monkey. i must say that i love the toe-hair, hee hee:

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