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71  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Killjoys Swap on: September 30, 2010 09:15:11 PM
So, My Chemical Romance start touring this October, their new CD is being released November 22nd. They wrote an entire cd before trashing it because it was too boring, and then proceeded to write a cd based on a pirated radio broadcast set in post apocalyptic 2019. Just like they were The Black Parade just as much as they were MCR for their last cd, they're now the Killjoys.

Their first single is out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm8xIo_2Aok

and they also produced a trailer video, to show off the new look of the Killjoys: http://www.youtube.com/user/mychemicalromance#p/u/2/63lyA42Y6ug

After releasing it, they told the fans they should feel free to cosplay at the concerts. So everyone I know online are trying to scrape together everything one could need. I'm running out for yellow krylon to paint my raygun tomorrow, but I think it could be really interesting to see what crafters could come up with. Old merchandise no longer applies, it's now all primary rather than black and white.

Come on! If anyone understands the phrase "Art is a weapon against life as a symptom: Defend yourself", it's the people on this forum.  Cheesy
72  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stripey Notebooks on: April 13, 2010 06:06:16 PM
I made a batch of these for my latest Sweat Shop Swap. they're tip-in journals, with covers made from shredded magazines. I only got a picture of this one.

73  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Post Secret Swap on: January 29, 2010 08:01:12 PM
how about it? would you rather do five or ten? and would anyone be willing to mod?
74  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make It For Me swap on: October 10, 2009 12:08:30 PM
I'm sure I've seen swaps in which you make an item for someone that doesn't have that crafty ability, swapping soapmaking for knitting, sewing for woodburning, etc.

Where my idea differs is after you get the crafter with the ability you need, you mail them the supplies for the thing you want. you want a crocheted hat, you mail them yarn in the perfect colour to match your jacket, they mail you back a hat. you want a jewellry set, you mail them a bunch of beautiful beads you saw.

Of course there'd be a need for strong communication, primarily to know how much of a certain supply they'd need. buying five beads and expecting a necklace isn't appropriate. you can also talk with them about if every supply needs to be bought, if the creating partner wants you to get the thread for your new skirt, or if it's okay to just get the fabric and zipper.

75  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 42 ENTRIES / bright and shiny bookends on: September 02, 2009 09:13:40 PM
since I live in my room, I want everything in it to be useful. So when the challenge came up it took me a minute to try to think of something useful I could make for less than ten bucks. I finally figured it out... bookends!

I've got a problem where I have far too many books (like that's possible), so even though I have five bookcases, I've started to have to double up on shelves. I only fill the front with a series or two though, so I can remind myself what's behind them. And of course paperbacks can't stand up on their own. so...

four dollars with
trinket box
stationary (not used)
and then hours of mod podging

turned into this:

and it works perfectly, as seen here:

(i believe it's holding up John MacDonald and the Everworld series, by the way)

and the obligatory reciept shot:

I shall be buying more trinket boxes and making more, as my over-purchasing of books gets worse(better? again, hard to believe one can own too many books).
76  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / pro-crochet and zelda shirts on: March 09, 2009 03:39:36 PM
these were done for zelda.suicide

the lettering is a nice medium grey.

the triforce symbol is done in shiny glittery gold.
77  COOKING / Dessert / chocolate covered pretzels help on: February 28, 2009 08:13:38 AM
i was trying to make chocolate covered pretzels. melt chocolate on a double boiler, add a few tablespoons of milk, dunk pretzels, put on wax paper, put outside in the -35 (-31 for americans) weather for about 3 hours. but they wouldn't come off the wax paper, so i decided to let them get a little less frosty (the pan had frosted up a bit).

when they thawed a bit, they were sticky. i know the chocolate is supposed to be a thin coating, not a sloppy sticky mess. the recipe seems so simple i can't figure out what i'm doing wrong. help?
78  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / using strips? on: February 11, 2009 03:51:09 PM
this is a bit less of a question, a bit more of "in my mind, this works, but does it make sense to actual sewers before i attempt it and waste a bunch of fabric" bouncing off ideas thing. i don't have anyone in real life to ask, so i was hoping for help here.

i want to make a shirt with strips, i guess sort of patchworky. i have a pattern made for me that fits perfectly. my plan is to trace it onto other cloth (so i don't ruin the original pattern), and then cut the cloth into the six parts. when i pin it to the fabric, i should add a half inch to either side for seams? and then i can just sew it together on 3/8 like normal, and have the stripped shirt the same length as the normal ones the pattern produces?

it makes sense to me, but i'd like to know if it could actually work before i buy my six fabrics.
79  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / star struck belt on: January 20, 2009 04:20:46 PM
This is the first belt I've made for myself. I've always been sad to walk into Spencers or Hot Topic and see really awesome belts that won't fit, so I decided to make my own. It's not as skull and roses as I was originally planning, but I like it a lot.

this is the buckle, it's hard to tell but it's got really pretty engravings on it.

I dyed the leather navy blue, and cut out the holes for the buckle. I used my metal tools to stamp stars into the leather, and painted them randomly. In this picture you can see dark purple, lavender, light blue, ocean blue and teal, there were also a few navy blues in other places.

Approximately where my left hip would be, I stamped out this quote. You can read it fairly well on the belt, but it's hard to take pictures since it's shadow work.

Here's a better picture of it. Gotta love Jiminy Cricket!
80  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / rockin' leather belt on: January 08, 2009 04:32:03 PM
so i knew i had to make my best friend's girlfriend something to wear for christmas. she was extremely unhelpful, wouldn't tell me favourite images or colours or quotes or bands or songs. so i finally ended up sneaking into her room, and checking out her clothes. she had a lot of alexisonfire merchandise, so i went with that.

i cut the leather, then cut the notches. i stained it with red, but it turned a bit more fuschia then i had expected. i stamped out the letters, and painted them white.

a blurry closeup of the letters. they're so fancy, i love that the tips of the letters curl in different directions.

i also wanted to put a quote on it. it's a bit hard to read from the pictures, but it's really clear on the belt.

it says "i was cast away once, but i will be found again" which is from counterparts and number them, i believe.

the belt is 1 1/4 inches, the white letters are 1 inch, and the quote is 1/4 inch. the buckle is stainless steel. she loved it, and so did my other best friend, so i may make him a marilyn manson belt for his birthday.
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