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1  limestone trillium in Completed Projects by Hollow Shel on: September 08, 2007 08:50:02 PM
Soooo, this weekend past I went to an SCA event. It was absolutely awesome! The entire weekend was class after class after class of all sorts of things, from costuming to cooking to stone carving. I'm not exceptionally proud of my sugar paste modeling results (though the wasps sure liked it...) or of my leather carving and tooling results, (though both classes were a blast and the teachers were great!) but I'm proud of my results from the limestone carving class, and I have to show off. I've never had the opportunity to try stone carving, so it was delightful to learn how (relatively) easy it is. A cold chisel, a mallet, and various files and rasps all worked with relative ease.

I like the first view the best - you can see the rasp marks on the petals and leaves, I was trying to go for them looking like the veins of the leaves.

The little dark splotch you can see in the stone outside the leaves in the top middle of the second picture appears to be a fossil. Not sure of what, though.
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2  Re: how can i make compartments... in Discussion and Questions by Hollow Shel on: September 30, 2006 11:05:40 PM
You could also use bristol board type cardboard for it. I'd use a long sheet of it, and sort-of accordion fold it to make internal divisions for the box (I did the same thing for my embroidery floss before I got the proper boxes for them).
Measure the width of the biggest lipstick tube she's likely to have, then the internal height of the box (from bottom to the top when it's closed)
Then you mark the measurements on your cardboard (you can pretty it up by gluing fabric or felt over the cardboard, but allow for the extra bulk in your measurements). I'm sure I sound confusing (it's 2 am, eep!) so I did a MSPaint mini tutorial pic. if it confuses you more, holler, I'll answer questions happily.
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3  Re: The "clothes for normal women" on Project Runway in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by Hollow Shel on: August 31, 2006 10:38:19 PM
Why can't they get the idea that a woman who who is plus sized like this:

can actually look like this

(both pictures off of a really nice fansite for plus sized model Barbara Brickner and several others(I didn't feel right hotlinking to the images without at least giving credit and a full link to the site. I tend to go there whenever I get really down about my size - tends to make me feel better to see real sized women looking gorgeous, not walking cadavers))
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4  Re: Honeycomb organizer? in Discussion and Questions by Hollow Shel on: August 24, 2006 11:35:27 PM
No such thing as a stupid question! Thinking about it with more sleep this project would not use a lot of true flat-felled seams, but the style is still partly applicable where all parts of a seam are going to be exposed in the finished item, and/or when you need extra strength.

A flat-felled seam is sometimes called a jeans seam because it's seen almost universally on jeans. It's about the strongest seam style around, and is very good at preventing fraying. I've done a little sketch of how to do the seam:

a) sew a standard seam with a wide seam allowance (I generally use at least half an inch)
b) iron the seam so both of the seam allowances fall on one side of the seam.
c) clip the 'bottom' seam allowance (the one thats trapped between the main cloth and the other seam allowance) down by at least half (I've heard suggestions that it be clipped down to 1/8th inch. I do 1/4 inch.)
d) fold the UNtrimmed seam allowance around the trimmed one and press again. (I had to do a little zoom cause I'd done the pic too small to show the wrapping idea)
After you've done that all you do is e) sew close to the new fold line, so it looks like the seams you see on jeans.

the way I was describing how I'd put together that organizer, you wouldn't be able to do a full flat felled seam, as I said earlier. But you could still do steps a) b) d) and e) - closing the raw edges of the vertical pieces in on themselves, strengthening the seam a bit and fixing the problem of fraying. I found myself having to do another sketch (Ugh. MS Paint.) I labeled all the seams in the order they'd be sewn according to my description (flat felled are two sets of stitching, so each flat-felled seam got two numbers) Only 1 and 2 depict a full flat-felled seam. the others are attaching an end to an unbroken stretch of cloth.

Does this help at all?
Btw, you realize this is making me want to do one of these organizers just so I can do a proper tutorial that lists how I really did it not just 'how I'd try'? Like I need another project on the to-do list! Wink
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5  Re: Beaded Spiders - Photo Tutorial in Beads: Completed Projects by Hollow Shel on: August 24, 2006 11:40:08 AM

That pic gives a sense of how big the spiders came out. As you can see they vary a bit from yours - unlike yours, mine have no antenna/pincers (there's probably a specific term that arachnophiles are wincing at me not using. Ah well - feel free to correct me!) I used headpins (head first, so that if someone chose to 'hang' them, they'd hang head down) put the head and body bead on, wrapped the legs on, then put the bugle and seed beads on the wires and curled the ends. Some of the spiders show this assembly order entirely too clearly as some didn't get beads as far back to the body as I would have liked. Ooops!
The clear spider showed up really well in photos - it looks like some cave-spider that should glow in the dark or some such. The black and red one just looks cool.

I went nuts with the new photobucket album and you can see all the variations I did here,  but I didn't want to clog up the thread with too many. Hope you like 'em!
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