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1  my first ever top! made out of...i dunno what. something woolly. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by toeknuckles on: October 01, 2006 01:54:36 AM
hey all.
my first top from scratch! i'm so excited, and to celebrate, i will bombard you with information you don't care about, and photos!!  Grin

i set the camera up on a timer to take these photos, which has the effect of you waiting and waiting, then saying "why the hell isn't it working" and going to move for the camera....and the flash goes off in your face.
this below photo is me just about purse my lips and swear inwardly and grab the camera. it snapped me JUST as this idea was crossing my mind...

anyways, the top is made out of....i dunno. some sort of acrylic wool type thing i found at spotlight and nabbed before i had a use for it.
i don't even know what that type of fabric is called...it comes all pre knitted, but doesn't unravel as you cut. the wonders of the modern world.
not knowing how to sew properly, i just cut shapes as i saw fit. which is why one shoulder seam is on my shoulder, and the other is down my arm...

red eye removal makes me look creepy...

the major problem with the top is that i DID figure out which way the fabric stretched...and then for some stupid reason, sewed it all wrong. so i added the band at the bottom stretching the right way, to stop the whole bloody thing from rolling up around my neck like a bloody scarf.

anyway, that is all! i'm uber happy. it's dodgy, but hey, i made my first top!! yay!
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2  Re: Show us your Photoshop and PSP art!!! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by toeknuckles on: September 23, 2006 06:34:52 AM
wow. an awful lot of fantastically inventive stuff.  Grin

i use photoshop, and these are a couple of mine...

only small pictures, for easy viewing.  Wink
i sell prints and stuff through my website, and ebay too.
sadly, i haven't finished a new picture for a while,...working on it, though!!
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3  Re: Dreadlocks in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by toeknuckles on: September 17, 2006 01:48:03 AM
well, i figured it was about time i took the plunge and posted in this thread, having lurked for so long and all. so, hi there!  Smiley

i got dreads only recently...they're still babies. my boyfriend and sister put them in for me with back combing, but we did it a bit at a time.
my oldest dreads are 3 months old now, and the youngest are only one month. you see, i was trying to keep a sort of sidways fringe going in the front, while the rest of my hair was dreaded, but teh dreads were hungrym and tried to eat even my tiny bit of undreaded hair.
what the dreads want, the dreads get, so a month ago i put the front into dreads too.

i don't really have very good photos to post...the two i have kinda show them. they also show a pair of sparkly undies i am wearing on my head as a hat. they were just so pretty, and too small for me anyways...


you can see in the second one the way my hair is red. i dyed it some time before dreading it, and now my hair is growing out. i think i'm going to make an attempt to dye my dreads as close to my natural colour as i can, since now that i have dreads, i want to just leave them be to do their thing.
dyeing and dyeing like i did with unlocked hair will only be a colossal hassle now.

i maintain 'em with just a tiny bit of the knotty boy wax, the knotty boy bar shampoo and aloe vera to fight the frizz from time to time. aside from that, i palm roll a lot, mostly because i can't stop playing with them.
you can't really see in the photo, but the ones at the back (my old ones) are actually really surprisingly tight already, and have minimal frizz. so i assume that i'm doing something right!
not that i really mind them being messy....they do their own thing, and i just live under them. heh.

anyways, nice to meet you all!!  Grin
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4  huzzah, it worked! little treasure tins! in Completed Projects by toeknuckles on: August 27, 2006 05:35:00 AM
well, i've had a hell of a time getting these done, but i've finally made it work!

these are little treasure tins, for putting pretty much anything in. i'm giving one as a gift to a friend for a birthday this week with tea in it.  Smiley

anyway, just in case anybody cares to know, this is how i went about it:
1. i printed off a picture (i used one of my own artworks, but you could use whatever you want...but don't steal somebody else's work! no, no! copyright abuse is bad! mmm-hmm!) using my epson, and normal photo paper.

2. i cut the picture into a circle matching the inner circle of the tin lid.

3. i sealed the picture. over and over. the spray, and decoupage sealer.

4. i oh so carefully glue the picture to the lid, making sure no glue seeps out the side, but that everywhere is carefully stuck.

3. i mixed up some epoxy resin, poured it all over the lid, filling it up to the top of the lip. i used a straw  to blow on the bubbles, and left it to dry for 48 hours in a dust free environment.

the end! i'm really happy with the results, and am selling this design and 2 others on my webpage now: http://www.toeknuckles.com

and that's all from me!  Grin
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5  i'm ready to go crazy...any advice on sealant? in Discussion and Questions by toeknuckles on: August 23, 2006 04:00:21 AM
hi there.

i've been working on making tins like this:

and now i need something to seal the top of the tins.
as you can see, there's a lip on the lid of the tin, and ideally i'd like to fill it up to there with a hard, glass like finish.
(doesn't even have to be glossy, though. could be matte or satin)

and i really need advice- what can i use??? my experiments are leaving me batty.

first of all i tried "plaid outdoor matte sealer", but this goes on pretty thin and doesn't seem to really feel "hard" when dried (dried for over a week). i'd like a thick, hardy layer. this doesn't seem to do that.

next, i got this two-part thing called "liquid gloss" by "craft smart". i went out of my way to get it from a hardware store, came home, used it, and noticed everything went a funny colour.
i used the customer help service, only to find out that the reasonf or this was that i had been sold out an out of date (and therefore discoloured) product.
now i have to make my way BACK to that place, and i don't have a car, so that's not going to be super easy for me.
i'm reluctant to get more of this item from there (and i don't think i can get it anywhere else nearby) as i don't want more of the same problem.

so, any ideas of what i can use? i'm from australia, so we don't have a lot of the chain stores you USA guys have. online ordering would be fine...so long as i can get stuff shipped to me here.

anybody have any ideas for me? i'm about ready to go crazy.
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6  Re: Skeletons? in Discussion and Questions by toeknuckles on: August 13, 2006 04:54:50 AM
i've got an interest in biology and natural history. so i keep them around the house as decorations. i have so many now, though, and some are so large, that i've had to store some of them  somewhere else. hehe.

i have a few, old and blurry pics of a small amount of my collection:

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