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11  The Fruits of My Labor...FROM HELL! (Story and image heavy, but entertaining) in Completed Projects by Robotragicomedy on: April 20, 2008 08:21:11 PM
Once upon a time, there was a young girl sitting in her art class trying to think of beautiful things to make. She remembered her recent adventures into paper mache, and an obscure article on paper mache pears, and thus a crafty seed was planted.

"I know!" She said. "I'll make fruit from paper mache!"

Soon she had created newspaper and masking tape forms of an apple, a pear, and orange, and a banana. They were lovely, even lovely enough to put in the upcoming art show at school! But little did the girl know the extreme annoyance they would soon bring her.

She took them home and layered the forms with paper mache and love, sanding and smoothing as she went. The cubish and lumpy orange form was soon thrown away in favor of a somewhat less questionable but still lumpy ball of aluminum foil. The process of layering, love, and sanding continued until finally the well read newspaper fruits were ready to be painted. The girl applied a coat of white paint to the fruits, which made them look very chic like they belonged in a modern art museum or an ipod commercial. However, the fruits, especially the orange, were incredibly lumpy, even after all the sanding! The girl thought for a moment, her brow furrowed as she gazed at the fruit. She had no paper pulp, or good air dry clay. She thought and thought.

"Father!" The girl exclaimed. "Have we any spackle?"

"Yes o child, here you are!" And the girl's father handed the spackle unto her.

For what seemed like several hours the girl painstakenly beat the spackle onto the fruit forms with a paint stirring stick and watched America's Next Top Model. Next, after several more hours of America's Next Top Model (for there came upon the television a marathon) the girl sanded the spackled fruit with her sanding sponge and a butterfly tank top tied around her face so that she would not get cancer.

The next day, the girl began the almost overwheming task of painting all of the fruit. They had to be finished by tomorrow in order to be in the art show! She soon discovered that her acrylic paint and the spackle did not seem to agree, and that the spackle was flaking off like the most frustrating snowflakes. Many layers of paint eventually calmed it, and allowed the fruits to be painted.

Later, stems from oak leaves were added to the apple and pear with E-6000, the glue that glues anything to anything forever. Finally! The fruits were ready to be sealed with some spray sealant. She sprayed them on a piece of newspaper.

The girl found that another thing spackle didn't agree with was over-eagerness.

She picked up the pear and then the orange, both of which left pieces of their skin behind on the newspaper. The apple and the banana came away safely.

"This is ridiculous!" thought the girl, but then, she was a craftster, not a crier!

She had run out of yellow paint and orange acrylic paint, but there was yellow fabric paint! She painted the fruits' wounds very successfully, and they looked even better than before! She then placed all of the fruits, the apple, the banana, the orange, and the pear together on a little glass dish and was horrified to touch them ever again for fear of some disastrous mishap.


roll credits -----





And the cast takes a bow as the curtain falls.

The fruits won an honorable mention at the art show, but I had a photograph that won first place!
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12  Princess Mononoke mask for Dragon Con! (Image heavy) -Updated!!- in Costumes: Completed Projects by Robotragicomedy on: April 01, 2008 02:03:44 PM
My friends and I are staying in one of the hotels at Dragon Con this year, so we're all trying to make costumes. (Dragon Con is a huuuuuge comic/anime/sci-fi/fantasy/everything nerdy convention in Atlanta)

I decided I would be San from Princess Mononoke since it's one of my favorite movies evarrr. :'D My mask is almost done. I've still got to make the ears, paint a little more, and find some black mesh to put in the eye and mouth holes. But other than that I think it's looking really good.

Here are some reference pics--->

And here's my interpretation--->


The mask is made from paper mache, and I got the fur from etsy. I have enough left to make the cape too! The face is a little lumpy and weird in some places, and I wish I had made the mouth hole more round, but oh well. (: I hope that it is at least recognizable!

I will update when I get more of my costume finished. :'D


Got the ears on. :'D Is it just me, or does it look less souless and frightening with the ears on?

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13  Gold Button Jumble Jumble Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Robotragicomedy on: March 05, 2008 07:39:09 PM
I love this bracelet! :'D


It was a little annoying to make, but I think it turned out really good. (: Whatchu think?
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14  O Deer! Valentine's Day Card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Robotragicomedy on: January 22, 2008 03:18:16 PM
I made my first cards. :'D I love them.

They were really fun to make! They are a lot shinier in person. I did four in all. Let me know what you think!
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15  My first fascinator :D ~Updated! with a much better picture~ in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Robotragicomedy on: January 05, 2008 04:27:00 PM
I've recently fallen in love with fascinators because well, they are fascinating.

Today I went on a shopping spree at Michael's and got some stuff to make my own. Cheesy This is my first one. I plan on wearing it at prom if I end up getting the dress I'm leaning towards now.

:'D I'm proud of it.

Here is the dress I'd wear it with. (:

How'd I do as a first timer?
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16  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Robotragicomedy on: December 02, 2007 11:50:06 AM
I just got my first tattoo yesterday! I love it so much.

It's a design by the great Alphonse Mucha. The bottom swoopy thing is right on top of my hip bone (ouch) and it sort of tilts up my side.

I didn't know what to expect as far as pain, but now I would describe it as "Jarring". (:

They gave me a little pack of ointment to put on it the first day and told me to use a regular hand lotion after that. I've been using Lubriderm.

I'm so happy with it!
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17  Melt and pour mania O: (Image heeeeaaavyyy) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Robotragicomedy on: November 20, 2007 09:01:09 AM
I got a fevah.

And the only prescription is more soap. :'D

Here are the fruits of my weekend! ---->

These are the first ones I made, and are probably my favorite. They have grated orange peel and vanilla. Zesty!

The pink layer is strawberry Nestle Quick, but all you can really smell is the vanilla in the white layer.

Green tea!

I put All Spice in these. They are really nice and kind of manly.

Peaches and cream oatmeal. They don't smell too much.

Cinnamon and pecan oatmeal. These are really yummy.

I also made some really delicious mocha coffee ones, but somehow the picture disappeared.

As you can tell, I was basically rooting through my kitchen trying to find anything and everything to throw into soap.

Things that are extremely bad ideas:
-Crystal Lite lemonade powder. The soap didn't solidify and turned into a mush.

-Candy sprinkles. It seemed like a really good idea, but all of the color came off the sprinkles and turned the soap into a horrible purple gray color.

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18  Filigree Hand Mirrors and an altoid box (img chunky) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Robotragicomedy on: October 07, 2007 11:50:32 AM
I got the idea for these mirrors from this tutorial

Filigree is my favorite thing to do with clay. :'D It's so fun.

This one is my favorite ^^^

Annnnnd, I also covered an altoid box!

What do you guys think?
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19  Painted classical guitar! in Completed Projects by Robotragicomedy on: October 11, 2006 03:57:52 PM
My boyfriend's 18th birthday is tomorrow, and our two year anniversary is the next day (as well as my birthday), so I wanted to do something really special for him.

SO! I searched through every frightening thrift store and seedy pawn shop I could find until finally I came across a great 30-year-old classical guitar for $25. It was so perfect, mostly because it was about $50 less than I expected to pay.

I took it home and painted the front and back, then spray painted gold over lace on the sides. Finally, I slapped on a few coats of polyurethane, and my super-secret-special-surprise was finished! I worked my butt off on it, so I hope he likes it.

Here's the front. I like the skeleton best. Cheesy

Side with lace stencil.

Close up on the lace!

Space on the back!

Back of the neck

And the front of the headstock.

Unfortunately, I don't think he'll be able to play it. I was afraid to put strings on it, 'cause it bows in on the front, from not having enough support on the inside, and I thought all of my hard work would explode. Maybe the fanciness will make up for uselessness. Tongue

He loved it. (: I wish I had a picture of his face. He said it was the best gift anyone had ever given him. I'll chalk this one up as

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20  Felt ipod covers! It is awesome! in Completed Projects by Robotragicomedy on: August 07, 2006 02:55:43 PM
I'd been wanting to do something with felt for a while, and interobang's post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=68531.0) inspired me to hit that.

Unfortunately I don't think mine are quite as awesome.

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