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1  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by zkitten on: April 29, 2008 07:47:59 PM
this is from a few weeks ago, all the dye was old as heck, and i didnt strip my hair before i put it in, so i need to re-do it

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2  Re: Spring Cleaning Fill A Box Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zkitten on: April 09, 2008 06:47:50 PM
I've received from both irasema & tree27!

ok, so i received a lil while back, but between the net and the camera both being disagreeable, pictures were trying to not happen...
but i got a new router, and threatened the camera enough, and i got photos taken!

first from irasema, oodles of paper pieces, a bunch of odds n ends, and a bag with many bits of yarn (i'm going to have to find a project just for them!)

secondly from tree27, piles of yarn! and a bunch of baggies of odd beads (the wood wedges are begging to be made into a necklace!)

thank you, both of you!!  Grin
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3  Glass Pendants, and a new resin piece in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by zkitten on: March 04, 2008 10:42:01 PM
So, since I worked with metal for one swap, for another I made some different things,
all the images were photographed in various lights (I didn't have my tent set up)

First up, three Glass Soldered pendants..
I used images of her favorite manga (Nana),
I tried a bunch of different things with these three, and I'm pleasantly pleased how they came out-


This Glass Pendant was for another swap, this is Death, from Sandman (by Neil Gaiman)
This one has no metal parts, (I even put it on a non-metal necklace) as my partner is allergic to metal.
The image is acetone, and the edging is plain black polymer clay (which I think looked best)

Lastly, this is a solid cast piece of resin, for the most part, I make my own molds, and this is from a clay sculpt.
I cast the wings with a blue and heart with clear resin embedded with various  (that was tricky!) and added a matching swarovski crystal in the heart, and antiqued it with my own special sauce  Wink

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4  Steam Pin (from steampunk swap) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by zkitten on: February 29, 2008 05:46:58 PM
I don't normally post in the completed projects, if I do, I preferring it being something so totally original, there is no mistaking it for stuff other people have made too...
so here it is!
I forgot to take photos of the process, but I'm going to try next time, as I really had fun making this!

The Steam Pin

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I've been teaching myself metalsmithing, and this was my first riveting project,
I started by cutting out the copper and brass shapes (took a couple tries, as I didn't like the first few shapes I cut)
then deciding I should have a bit more of an idea of what I wanted to do, sketched out some ideas,
Having finally decided what to do, I masked off various areas of the piece of copper, and sunk it into an etching bath,
This first one came out horrible, I wasn't careful enough masking, on my second try, it came out awesome!
I then used my little letter tools, and stamped the letters in the brass, and masked off the area around that was raised, and let the etching solution eat away a bit at the indents, to make it a tad deeper.
After they both came out of the enchant, and got a good wash, I used my own antiquing solution (my own special mix I use on all things I antique) to highlight the etched areas (note, the gears on the copper didn't come out quite as I wanted, but alright nonetheless) When that was done, I buffed up the surface just a smidge with a cotton cloth.
After all this, I realized, I wasn't sure how I was going to attach them, as I wasn't too keen on trying to use the silver solder (because that wouldn't look right!)
so I tried my hand at riveting!
I pawed through, and found some great little metal tubing (not sure what kind, may be aluminum) and cut two small tads off, and picked out a drill bit around the same size.
I lined the pieces up as I wanted them, and used a hand drill. I did this probably the wrong way, I clipped them together in my vice, and just went straight through both, which didn't really matter, as the bit I picked out was too small. So I got a larger bit, and then the bits o tube fit perfect! I used a small tapered needle tool (that I use with clay) and a hammer to close the rivets off, and there it was!
Of course at this point, my chaotic brains told me it needed more.. alot more.
so I used the hand drill again (this time with a very small bit) and added some holes along the bottom.
I finished it with bits of chain, watch parts, and little copper and brass beads, which just fit (I thought so)

Of course, I totally spaced on making sure the pinback was attached when I riveted it (*facepalm*) so I used a special metal glue (one of 4 I tried from Lowes) and it held, and held well!

The photos were taken outside, in half sun, half stormy clouds, so I wasn't able to capture it too well, but ehh.

There it is  Wink

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I'm definitely going to make more of this style pin,  Grin
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5  Re: Friends of Craftster Secret Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zkitten on: February 29, 2008 05:27:53 PM
I received from Kyrie04 the other day, but my camera was saying no to turning on, I thretened it enough, and got it to work a little bit ago,

Tha Loot! Cheesy

Pretty decoupaged containers

Chock full of nuts, pretzels, dried berries and chocolate! (which I've been eating since it got here!)

I also got two very pretty vanilla scented candles-

And fun little celestial soaps in the same scent!

Unfortunately, the handmade Ankhs set she sent didn't survive the trip Sad

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6  Re: Neil Gaiman Gallery of Wonders! in The Swap Gallery by zkitten on: February 29, 2008 05:12:40 PM
I have been spoiled like whoa!  Cheesy Grin Cheesy
The Gaiman Inspired Loot-

The Group Shot-

A very pretty copper wrapped key necklace (for opening doors that lead nowhere)

A wonderful set of Coraline armwarmers, (I didn't have a pair like this!!)

A Fantasic Delerium Doll!!(many shots to show the awesomness!)

This was the first Delerium head she made, which is going to be a very useful pincushion!

This is a fantastic scratched photo/drawing of Delerium (what do you call scratch art??) notice all the detail in her hair? the fishes in her eyes?
I'm framing and hanging this is the living room! (the boyfriend may not know it, but his starwars is coming down! Wink)

she also sent some Alice in Wonderland prints by Tenniel (little does he know, the kiss poster is coming down too! Wink)

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7  Re: Steampunk swap goodies in The Swap Gallery by zkitten on: February 19, 2008 01:08:16 PM
I received from the amazing Gothmom!
sorry for the poor photos, and excuse the pale of doom (I'm down with the plague)

An amazing apron! bedecked in chains, pins and other beauteousness, it's so pretty, I'm scared to use it for it's purpose!
(two detail shots, more later, when the camera and light are both agreeing)

A flask, "that a lady might wish to conceal for medicinal purposes"   Wink

beautiful (and warm!) cuffs, with exquisite cufflinks!

and action shots of all Smiley
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8  Re: a steampunk swap, anyone? in New Swap Theme Ideas by zkitten on: December 13, 2007 10:59:15 AM
this is the kit i was talking about-

specificly its the ferric chloride that etches the copper (or nickel or brass)

this tells more, and the page has a lot of images,

this is about pcbs-

and these pages show alot of the processes-
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9  Re: a steampunk swap, anyone? in New Swap Theme Ideas by zkitten on: December 11, 2007 04:44:42 PM

(the only photo i could find, that showed some of the house)

theres not much online of the house its self, but it is fantasic!
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10  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he in Halloween Costumes by zkitten on: November 05, 2007 10:02:26 AM
it was up in the air (as usual) if we were going out this halloween,
so i spend a bit making a mask the night before (and morning and afternoon of)
lots of clay, some paint and embroidery floss, and 13 hours later, i had a mask.

i ended up having to pick up some black cream make up for the other half(he did gene simmons),
and the only package of black, had blood in it, and i just couldnt help myself....

i really didnt know what i was doing,
other than making a mask that would fit over my glasses

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