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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Stars mixed media piece on: March 02, 2016 11:56:18 AM
Base is a 1.00 cabinet door from the habitat store, painted. Rhinestones, mardi gras beads, broken jewelry, bead stash, tiny mirrors.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ray guns I made for a children's book kickstarter! on: January 18, 2016 09:05:07 AM
So, some of you know I make rayguns, and go to the local geek conventions. One year I met an artist/writer, who bought one for his son, and we'd talk every year. This year he commissioned me to make one that the character in his new book would use against the villain, and he loved it. Then he asked for ones to offer as kickstarter rewards!
It's a cute book, Space Rover protecting the innocent from the evil Dark Shark.
Anyway, here's pics of what I made.
Group shot of the arsenal!

His main weapon, the Light ray blaster! I'd forgotten to take pictures, and had to grab a quick one when I gave it to him. Hee, he geeked out and said how amazing it was for him to see something he'd imagined become a physical object he could hold, and I told him it was amazing to me to see something I'd made take life as a drawing.

The individual ones from the arsenal.

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dave Carter song inspired mosaic-y piece on: September 22, 2015 06:09:22 PM
So, here's two links to the song, 'When I Go.' The first is from a live performance, and has a cool intro, the second, a montage of images and it's a bit shorter.
I got on a Dave Carter/Tracy Grammer kick, and this song just struck me. I had an umbrella stand I'd bought from Goodwill for use as a display for canes at craft shows, and it fell apart after one use. But then I saw how much the top piece looked liked a rising sun, and off I went.
Tons of beads, deconstructed jewelry, broken chain, mardi gras beads, recycled cardboard,four shades of gold over the cheap brass. The wooden base, painted over art from thrift store. Two close shades of blue. A metric ton of E6000, nails, and metal tape.

in progress

close ups

the particular verse. Yeah, I have a little excess sealer to clean up!, rther than something

I'm going to be hanging it in the church art gallery soon.  I indulged myself making something I wanted to, rather than something more generic that would be easier to sell.  Heck, I'll hang it up at home later.
here's the verse, that image is a bit hard to read!
"and when the sun comes trumpets from his red house in the east
he will find a standin stone where long i chanted my release
he will send his mornin messenger to strike the hammer blow
and i will crumble down uncountable in showers of crimson rubies when i go"
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two comic book clocks on: July 23, 2015 08:17:17 AM
Had two wall clocks, dollar general clearance for 1.00 last year, and comic books.
Wonder Woman!
DSCN1207 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr

Speed Racer! This one is a bit sloppy, I messed up gluing it in place and sealing it, and tried to paint over where the paper got messed up. Instead of starting over with something else, which would have been easier.
DSCN1209 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Three new rayguns on: July 23, 2015 08:11:51 AM
DSCN1200 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
That was a cheap wooden trivit from walmart, painted to hopefully look like a moon, and a fancy space blaster.

DSCN1203 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
this one's made of lots of odds and ends! an ornament, a napkin ring, part of a wind chime thingy, the water reservoir of a toy water rifle, random bits and pieces. Experiment piece.

DSCN1201 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
Just a big old water gun all painted up. Amazingly enough, it still works.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Avengers mirror and wall sconce mirror on: July 22, 2015 01:34:43 PM
Goodwill mirrored wall sconce. I had a booklet with kimono patterned wrapping paper, so decoupage, and then a gold chain around the mirror.
DSCN1210 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
This one was an experiment, and a real pain. Painted a thrift store mirror white, used Avengers tattoos. Tip-if a kid slaps them on their arm, they're temporary tattoos, if an adult uses them in a project, they're 'water slide decals'. Same thing! Anyway, it looked like I'd just stuck stickers on the frame. I tried adding a blue outer and red inner border, still yuk. So I dabbed on layers of paint. Two different golds, white, black, and brown, and highlit/blended a little gold/white around the avengers. Helped some.
DSCN1217 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
DSCN1215 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr

DSCN1216 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mosaic bottle on: July 22, 2015 12:25:41 PM
It took forever! Three sided bottle from Goodwill. I was inspired by a pinterest pic of a bottle covered in only clear beads and gems. I didn't have enough clear, so also pale blue, white, silver, pearl, and a little pink.
DSCN1197 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr

DSCN1196 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr

DSCN1195 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Having fun with bottles on: July 22, 2015 12:20:12 PM
Picked up some more bottles from the Goodwill and played around.
The Mondrian.
DSCN1198 by chicgeekcf4l, on FlickrDSCN1199 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
The genie bottle.
DSCN1174 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr >
Tag says, 'three wishes, two, one. gone fishin'
DSCN1175 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr

DSCN1178 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
Another whiskey bottle. I did a transfer of an ornate gate photocopy over the paint on one side as an experiment, played with texture a bit.
DSCN1179 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
close up
DSCN1184 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Clockwork Astronomy-pic heavy on: June 23, 2015 01:11:14 PM
Tray painted black and silver, added a hanger, used gears and broken jewelry and watch parts. I sold it at the spring scifi convention, wish I'd taken clearer pictures first

The way the watch plates were shaped made me think of the phases of the moon, thus the name.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Necklace display and altered bottles on: May 06, 2015 11:50:56 AM
Four sides, each a double layer of foam board attached with aluminum tape. Sprayed the whole thing blue, and used fancy wrapping paper on the edges to hide the messy joins. I stuck a bunch of push pins into a scrap piece of foam and sprayed them the same blue, and I cut a square to cover the top. It sits on a lazy susan from the thrift store.  And once I'd loaded it with necklaces, I wrapped the whole thing in saran wrap for transport! It worked, but I think I need a cross piece, an x, top and bottom for extra stability inside.

Bottles! I've made a few for craft swaps over the years, but the recent altered bottle contest got me back into it.
These aren't the best pictures, but some have sold and the rest are packed away right now. I've used paint and old jewelry and washers and random stuff for the lids. The dragons and butterflies are temporary tattoos from the dollar store, well sealed, over spray paint. The butterfly bottle-also tattoos, but the bottle was both spray and hand painted, mottled shades of gold and rust for an aged look. The little bottles with the raised leaves are mini glass apple juice bottles, and more shimmery in person. A base layer of spray paint, and lots of hand painting over that. And I love Krylon triple thick spray sealer. I'm working on some fancier bottles now.

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