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1  on canvas in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by crazydoc on: December 25, 2012 08:20:54 AM
Here's my first try at crayon melting. It was SUCH fun. I'm definitely going to do this again, and likely use your super shadow box idea! This one was on an ordinary canvas with some silhouette cut outs.

I wonder if using Crayola brand would improve the quality. I bet it would. I got some clumpiness on the drips (which is ok with me), but I rather like that flat, well-blended look, as well.


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2  Cast in Stone Art Tag Set in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by crazydoc on: May 31, 2012 08:18:42 AM
I'm a rank noob in ATCs and art tags, but I've fallen in love with the genre.

Below is a special tag set for my MIL featuring a vintage family photos of she and her sisters. There is a bit of a glare (my apologies).

I'd love to hear feedback regarding how I can improve, techniques I can learn, or any other comments/criticisms.


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3  Newborn ATC in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by crazydoc on: April 10, 2012 05:51:35 AM
Good morning, fellow ATC addicts!

I discovered ATCs about a week ago, and have been pouring over these threads ever since.

Below is my first attempt.

Although it is difficult to make out from the picture, the pressed flower in the upper section is recessed. "Simplicity" was created with light chipboard (from a cracker box), watercolor, gel pen, glitter paint, mod podge, and a volunteer flower from my front yard.

I eagerly welcome comments, criticisms, and suggestions for improvement.

Vive la nouveau addiction!


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4  "Chaos Theory" in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by crazydoc on: March 25, 2012 08:37:39 PM
"Chaos Theory" is a mixed media, mixed metal necklace featuring sterling, copper, goldstone, and amber shell components.

Wirework isn't my forte, but I'm working on honing my skills, slowly but surely. My fingers took quite a beating. I think it may be time to invest in some higher quality tools.


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5  Rustic Mystique - a simple suede bracelet with leather closure in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by crazydoc on: March 22, 2012 07:55:08 AM
I wear very little of what I make, but this may be the exception.

It's a simple suede bracelet with braided center and leather closure.

      (closure as worn)
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6  Handmade Book and Bookmark with polymer clay trinkets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by crazydoc on: March 17, 2012 11:58:03 AM
Below is my first shot at making miniature "food" with polymer clay.

This is a stretchy cord bookmark with polymer clay challah, croissant, and baguette trinkets dangling from braided leather lacing.

The hardcover book (just learned how to make these last week) on which bookmark trinket lies is is also handmade. It contains a charming children's book set in a boulangerie in France. It was written by a dear friend, who is the intended recipient of the book and bookmark.

I'm going to take a stab at making a polymer clay toque trinket/charm for a second bookmark to complete the gift.

Thanks in advance for your advice, critique, and suggestions for improvement.


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7  Re: Miniature Leather Spell Book Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by crazydoc on: March 13, 2012 05:36:51 AM
Here's my first shot at hand binding a charm-sized book. It was quite a leaning experience! It's definitely not perfect, but it's a start. This one just has a felt cover with a bit of ribbon. Once I get better at it, I'll make a neat suede cover. I'm thinking of tea staining the pages and singeing the edges of the paper to give it an antique look.

Thanks for the tips and the inspiration! It was a lot of fun.


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8  "Identity" - a mixed media necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by crazydoc on: March 10, 2012 06:31:28 PM
This simple, mixed media necklace features amber shell and chain.

It's a gift for a friend to encourage her to follow her passion of writing.



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9  Re: Elegant Beaded Earrings Tutorial in Beads: Completed Projects by crazydoc on: March 03, 2012 04:31:22 PM
Great tutorial!

Here's my version using the central five you mentioned at the beginning of the video instead of the four.

I used tiger's eye stones. I'm calling them "Mandala" earrings.

Thanks, Aleshia, for your amazing videos. I've learned *so* much!


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10  Re: Beaded Button Ring Tutorial in Beads: Completed Projects by crazydoc on: March 03, 2012 09:37:33 AM
You've done it again! Your designing and teaching skills are amazing. Thank you so much for adding the color on the ends of the stringing material - it helps so much!

I didn't have the proper size button (will look for one later today), so I adapted the number of seed beads between various sections. It's a bit floppy, but I hope to get better tension on the next one (and the proper size for the button and the rounds). I used tiger's eye rounds and swarovski bicones in this one.

Thanks again for your awesome vids. What a wonderful service you're providing for the beading community!


Update - tried a second ring. This one sits a little high, but I think the look is growing on me.

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