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1  Glad Press'n Seal rules my FP world!!! in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by grace*l ossein on: September 08, 2008 06:41:43 AM
OK - I'm working on an 18" x 21" ribcage back FP stencil right now... It's big, it's gettin' fragile, and currently watching stuff on my 'pewter so I'm working on my lap. The damn thing keeps catching on things as I try and spin it for the cuts.


Umm... I was so excited by this that when I stopped for a smoke I jumped right on to post without searching first... I can't possibly be the first person to discover this amazing thing, but I had to squee!

Yay structural integrity!!!  Grin

ok - back to work
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2  Chain mail ankh necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by grace*l ossein on: May 18, 2008 03:55:06 PM
I recently got back into making mail after a few years off for bad ergonomics - I got RSI like woah from making the rings... This took 2 sittings (about 4 hours total I think - I watched Hogfather to pass the time).

The pattern is a modified 'Idiot's Delight' (Birdcage, Byzantine, Fool's Dilemma, whatever) The rings are 18g 1/4" galvanized steel. I bought 2lb of rings from The Ring Lord (I'll provide a link if requested) to give the company a try. The rings are pretty nice (sawn, not pinchcut) and well priced enough to make me take up the craft again...
Love weavin' steel Cheesy Friggin' HATE cuttin' rings Angry
The ankh I've had for 20 years and I never take it off except to re-craft. The unseen (whoops) clasp was ripped off something else I never wore

Enough babble, here's the whole thing:

And a closeup:
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3  Ammo box for BPAL imps in What the heck can I do with THIS? by grace*l ossein on: March 06, 2008 03:01:24 PM
so, i'm completely addicted to BPAL (http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com/ - the best smells on the planet)
which is good because it's an addiction which blends nicely with crafting
storing and sorting imps (sample vials) is a very big concern in my life right now  Grin
i found these great plastic ammo boxes at dick's sporting goods

but they look like... well, ammo boxes
i have a few other chicks i swap with and i want to do up a box for each of them
just looking for some more ideas for materials to use on the textured plastic
i can think of a few ways of attacking them, but i bet you folks around here will have a lot better ones!!!

***edited to add: MY 100th POST, WOOT!  Grin Grin Grin***
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4  SKULLS in the kitchen! (plastic bag holder) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by grace*l ossein on: January 21, 2008 06:19:33 AM
A request came my way for a 'BAG bag'...
As in a place to put plastic shopping bags, rather than stuffed in a kitchen drawer
   "which is by now built like a can o' snakes"
sez my friend who made the request...
Now this chick ain't no country geese and apple stencils kinda girl (which is why she's my friend Cheesy), she's a hellfire spewing, shotgun shootin', hoot 'n holler cowgirl and she specifically asked for a skully bag-bag...
So who am i to deny a request like that, I ask ya?
Off goes I to the interstupid to gather a few ideas and BANG! a-sewing I go...

I won't post a tut since many others have done it better, just google 'plastic bag holder'...
Mine is about 10"x20", 1/4" elastic at the bottom, 1" wide strap at the (open) top (some folk seem to like elastic at the top... I say just stuff the f'kers in there!). Seams on the bottom and side are double stitched for strength against stuffing Wink Fabric is 'Badanna' from JoA's (which also makes a wicked bikini, imho! I NEED more!!! *rubs hands and cackles*)

So, in honor of Cowgirl Sin, I bring you the "Skully Bag-bag":

(Sorry about the reflective safety vest - that's another UFO. The focus? pic taken pre-coffee)

action shot:
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5  Re: Devil banjo (NSF anyone without a sense of humor!) in Completed Projects by grace*l ossein on: December 30, 2007 09:08:03 AM
Very cool!  The stenciling looks so tidy.

Thank you!
I think i was a bit unclear tho...
It's hand painted on, i only used the 'stencils' for vague outline placement and as kind of a 'tracing paper'

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6  Devil banjo (NSF anyone without a sense of humor!) in Completed Projects by grace*l ossein on: December 29, 2007 08:10:34 PM
1 60's Harmony Marquis banjo that I got for $25
1 Saturday with no responsibilities
1 freakin' awesome devil banjo!
Perfect for sitting by the campfire and harmonizing that favorite bluegrass gospel standard 'Number of the Beast'..., or maybe a clawhammer 'Ghouls Night Out'... YAY!

The resonator was removed, sanded, masked everywhere but the inside, and sprayed with Krylon flat black, 3 or 4 coats. The design itself was sized in Photoshop and cut into 4 'stencils'...

The image was transferred by rubbing the back of one of the graphics with white colored pencil and using a ball point pen and heavy pressure to create a sketch i could work over.
Paints were Liquitex Basics Matt.
Doing the eyes sucked.

---edited this am to add:
I dreamed about playing it ALL night... In my exhaustion last night I didn't fully express HOW FREAKIN' HAPPY this project made me!   Grin  Grin  Grin
I've been rehab'ing this banjo from an absolute piece of crap for more than a year and this is the most satisfaction I've probably ever gotten from a project... EVER (and i make a lot of stuff)!
the amber dots on pic #2 are xmas lights behind me, not weird crustys on the 'jo (for some reason this was really bothering me and i had to mention it)
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7  FP Misfits hands 'beater in Stenciling: Completed Projects by grace*l ossein on: August 05, 2007 02:31:40 PM
I woke up this morning and decided I needed this!

Freezer paper stencil (via my inkjet) and speedball silkscreen ink with a sponge brush.
I'm pretty sure I got the stencil from stencilpunks...

The lines in person are actually really crisp for working on a 'beater. There's a teeny little blob in between the pinkies that you can't see in the pix, but smeg it - I'm happy!

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
goes to everyone who's been posting about this wonderful freezer paper stuff - It's a whole new wonderful world for me  Grin
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8  2 Doctors + Photoshop = Time travelin' good fun! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by grace*l ossein on: July 05, 2007 06:50:28 AM
This made me sooo late for work, but put me in a very bouncy mood  Grin

It might not be done (and I'm not sure what I'll do with it next), I think I still want to play around with the skin tones some more - but I don't want to get fired, so I'm posting it as completed for now just so I can share.

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9  Grateful little girl in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by grace*l ossein on: June 24, 2007 03:11:43 PM
A naming ceremony gift for my dear friend's new baby girl...
Misha Rose has been a deadhead since the day mommy got the prenatal belly headphone/speaker thingies   Roll Eyes

Two onesies and a tank top - I used Avery for dark (3270), i like it better. Scanned the bear graphics and made the tie-dye cloud graphic in Photoshop (it's ironed on, just embossed in the graphic for depth).
(*edited to add: there are bears on the back of the little bear onesie too)

Mommy went apesh!t when she saw them, which made me feel great. Grin Grin Grin

I think I did pretty good on the GD stuff for a crusty ol' deathrocker (I think it might be the only thing pink I have ever purchased in my life, but I guess I'll cop to having danced around my apartment to Mexicali Blues once or twice)

Oh, and for all the fontwhores out there - it's Bad Acid
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10  dyed chenille - yee ha! in Dyeing: Completed Projects by grace*l ossein on: May 30, 2007 05:34:34 AM
Twice a year I run a large tie-dye workshop at a folk music retreat. I almost always have leftover dye when I come home...

The yarn is some yummy chenille given to me by the owner of one of my lys's when she was cleaning out her store room. The dyes are Procion's 'Deep Purple' and 'New Emerald Green' (from Dharma, yay  Cheesy ). The purple in person is less blue, and very rich.
Since the dyes were already pre-mixed for tie-dye I had to soda soak the skein and direct dye from bottles, pushing the color in with my fingers. It rested wet for about 18 hours and took ages to rinse and forever to dry. The chenille loves to tighten up on itself and I kept coming back to check it only to find the skein about half the size it was when I left it and still soaking wet.

The skein:

The ball:
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