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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Crazy Tropical Bird Slipons (Majorly image intensive) on: September 12, 2006 04:57:32 PM
Here's the mandatory before picture:

Those are their sisters anyway, these particular shoes were a horrid creamy off-white color.  But what a steal, at $3.24 a pair!  That's like 20 pairs of shoes for the price of one!  Wow.  And not even too bad looking.

And here's the revamped pair, together.

This is the tropical bird on the outside of the left shoe.  He's what started it all.  I began by sharpying and penning him on one shoe. Then I broke out the acrylics and went pink-paint-happy.  

The back of that shoe.

This is the bird on the right shoe.  I spent a lot less time on the right shoe, because I just wanted to get done at that point.

And the top/other side of the right shoe.

And the mandatory action shots.

Keep in mind that these pictures were taken after I'd worn the shoes, so there may be scuffs here or there.

These are the first shoes I've made, lemme know what you think!  Cheesy
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / What on earth can I wear with this? swap idea...? on: August 28, 2006 11:19:46 AM
Okay, so I'm sure everyone has something - a pair of shoes, a purse, a necklace, whatever - that you saw and HAD to have, because it was SO cute...but you got home and realized that it didn't go with any of your clothes.  So you can't really wear it...but you love it so much.  Well, what if we had a swap where you design an outfit (or some clothing, a purse, jewelry, whatever) based on /something/ of your partner's? 

For example, I just bought the cutest shoes on the boardwalk, and I love them to death, but I don't really have anything to wear them with.  I think a purse to match them would be perfect, because then they could compliment each other and I could wear them with just about anything.

What do you guys think?  Good idea, or not really?
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / RAWR I'm a bat. And I'm sleeping so shush. K. Cool. on: August 06, 2006 05:42:27 PM
I was totally working on this awesome little thing with mice and beer and yeah.  But then.  I got online just now and I was like OMG it's the 6th.  So, I don't have time to finish that, so I'm gonna enter this instead.  Which I did first and then decided to do the mice.  Okie.  Here are the bats.  I'm going to use them as a pendant on a necklace.  The leaf they're on measures 2".  Each bat is about 2/3". 

Enjoy.  Comment quietly, cause they're grumpy when they wake up.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone know how to do fiber jewelry? on: August 04, 2006 02:16:37 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I've never seen anything with fiber jewelry (not macrame) until njadean.  I absolutely love that stuff, but I can't even imagine how she makes these.  Do any of you do anything like this, or know how?


5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Sleeping Ghost Bats - aww on: August 04, 2006 12:52:38 PM

General reference pic:

The leaf is exactly 2 inches long, the bats themselves are about 3/4 of an inch, each.  The back of the leaf has a loop to make this a pendant on a necklace.  Sketched the design last night.  Now I just have to make the cord and beads for the rest of the necklace.  Aye.  

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Red Dragon - New Picture --pic intensive-- on: August 03, 2006 01:38:51 PM

I'm still debating whether to give him eyes, or to leave him zombified.  I'm pretty happy with him, even if I did get lazy painting him, and even though this is really my first attempt at scales.  I've done fur, feathers, skin, but scales always frighten me.  Aye, well, pictures don't do him justice.  Please leave feedback!

Ahh, I hate the fact that craftster resizes things..you can hardly see anything in these pictures now that they're small.  Sad

And here's an action shot!  Him, tangled in cords at my computer.  Woo.

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Twins! <PicIntensive> on: August 01, 2006 06:50:23 PM
Welcome the twins!  They are tiny, yes, but they're personalities make up for their size.  I made these guys in preparation for the tiny competition, but I haven't decided if I am in fact going to enter one of them, or work on something else.  Chuck measures under 2.5 inches standing up, under 2 inches seated.  Russell is about a quarter of an inch bigger than Chuck.  Yes.  Those are their names.  Chuck's name was going to be Caelum, but he demanded it be changed.  He said Cael was a girl's name.  They are twins.  They are made of uber soft orange fleece, handstitched, with thread joints so they are 150% posable.  Really, any pose you name, these guys can do it.  I love them.  I think I might make a movie with them.  Had so much fun photographing them, and I hardly even did anything.  They're just camera hams.  Alright, without further ado, may I present Cae-I mean Chuck.  

Chuck's sort of the team leader.  He's more outgoing than his brother, and tends to lead the way in any situation.  He's also arrogant and quite full of himself.  But look at that face?  He's quite right to be full of himself, eh?

And his pig.  Did I mention Chuck wrangles/rides pigs?  Well, this is his own personal pig.  His name?  Pig.  

And Russell.  Russell, well, he's a little plushier than his brother.  Big-boned, he'd say.  (I'd say he doesn't have any bones, but eh, whatev)  So what if he's got more stuffing?  Look at the size of those ears!  And you know what they say about a rabbit who's got long ears...

Chuck likes to take Russell on adventures.  To climb trees.  

Or exploring cornfields.  

And that's the end...

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Another Teddy Bear - More stylized, but same fur on: August 01, 2006 06:07:26 PM
One night, earlier this year I was bored.  So, what do I do?  I dig up some leftover fur from my first bear years ago, and make a new one.  This of course is a totally revamped pattern, and has quite a lot more personality.  He features sparkly pink paw pads, and shiny clay eyes and nose.  He wears a lovely rainbow scarf, which he got on his trip to Italia.  And he is sophisticated enough to shave his bear beard off.  

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dalmation Teddy Bear on: August 01, 2006 05:28:50 PM
This was one of my first bears/plushies I ever made, and actually among my first sewing projects ever.  I made him ages ago back in 7th grade, he's handsewn, and made of a lovely dalmation print fur.  Even though he's so old, I still think he's a cutie.  :3

He's about oh...a foot and a half tall or so.  He's also got plastic joints so he's fully posable. 

He's also not that green, but the light reflects from my walls. 
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How do I turn this beautiful creature (pics) into a beautiful necklace? on: August 01, 2006 10:57:56 AM
Please help me out!

Alright, I found this guy a few years ago.  It was actually on a 3-day field trip to basically a deserted island, amazing trip.  Anyway.  I found this tiny little seahorse, perfectly preserved and dried up on the beach.  Wow, how much luckier can you get?  Well, I never really knew what to do with him, but I knew I wanted to do something special with him, not just toss him in the seashell jar, which, as amazing as some of them are, never get looked at again.  Then it hit me the other night, he would make a perfect pendant (or centerpiece of a pendant) for a necklace.  However, I happen to have little to no experience making jewelry.  I don't even know where to begin.  Could someone help me out?  Give me some advice?  How could I incorporate this guy into a necklace?  How do I do it?  Ahhh, I don't know where to start!

By the way, yes, he looks a little gross in these pictures, but I guarentee you, he is gorgeous in real life.  Also...I have to clean the sand out of him still.  Never really noticed it, until I took these pictures...This camera sees a lot better than I do.  O.o  Oh and the toothbrush is for size comparison.  

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