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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / "Count Wellington" Stenciled Thanksgiving Dinner Turkey on: November 20, 2005 12:40:11 PM

I found this in a vintage library book about working with stencils. This was one of a few edible projects.

Apparently the vest, cuffs and bowtie  are made of some kind of pastry that is then decorated with stencils.

I like how the author suggests that you can adjust the wardrobe for smaller birds like chickens or cornish hens, too.

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Japanese Candy Wrapper & Packing Tape Belt :) on: November 07, 2005 05:04:09 PM

A belt I made from japanese candy wrappers and clear packing tape.

No sewing involved! Smiley
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Japanese Peko Candy Tin Purse! on: August 16, 2005 07:17:39 PM

I've always loved this candy tin -- thought it would make for a cute mini-purse so I made holes in the lid, added ball chain and a connector and pouf - a fun new fashion accessory Smiley

It's not all that large, only about 3 x 4 inches but it's big enough to hold some cash, keys and such.
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Domino Shower Curtain Hooks! on: August 07, 2005 07:00:27 PM
 I was bored with my shower curtain hooks so today I glued dominos to them and gave them a funky, kitschy new look Smiley

I like how the little metal "spinner" part in the middle of the domino coordinates with the gold tone hook!

25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Suncatcher made from a vintage quilt Block on: June 29, 2005 05:33:50 PM

I found a lovely queen sized vintage quilt top at a yard sale -- it was in kind of sad shape but for $5 I wasn't going to leave it there! Half of the blocks were in useable condition so they'd at least be good for crafts projects.

Anyway, today I decided to try laminating some of the blocks with iron on vinyl and making them into suncatchers.

The black border is just bookbinding tape and I put a grommet on top so it can ultimately be hung from a suction cup with a hook.

It kind of reminds me of stained glass -- a bunch of these could be whipped up to create a pseudo privacy curtain for a bathroom window. Smiley
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mini Army Man Dangle Earrings on: May 24, 2005 07:01:19 PM

I whipped these up this afternoon -  the funny thing is that when worn they look like they're repelling down the side of your head. Smiley

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vinyl Baby Bib Purse - Cute n' Kitschy! on: May 22, 2005 04:02:14 PM

I found some cute candy themed vinyl baby bibs at a closeout store for a buck each  so I bought a few, lopped off the top part and used the bottom portion to make a simple little purse with a velcro closure. Smiley

28  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Loteria Card Tote Bag on: April 17, 2005 05:58:05 PM
I got some supercute loteria cards a while back and today I scanned them, made an iron on and put them on a totebag. Smiley

29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altoids Tin Purse with Tutorial! on: March 13, 2005 10:52:53 AM
I love Altoids tins but had no idea what to do with my quickly increasing collection of them.

So I decided to try making one into a wee purse.

This is how it came out.

The design on the front is from the cover of a 1950's romance novel I got for a quarter at a yard sale and the beads on the handle are from a broken costume necklace that was my Grandmothers.

The purse is small, but has just enough space to hold a few essentials for a night out - cash, ID, credit card and a housekey or two.

I've included a tutorial in case anyone wants to try making one.

Enjoy! Smiley

Supplies you'll need:

An Altoids tin or comparable metal candy container
A pencil
A ruler
A an old wee paintbrush you don't mind ruining
An illustration or image that you really like
Tacky Glue
A pack of microbeads from the craft store (smallest size available)
Rhinestones (optional)
Thin gauge bendable wire
A handful of large beads for the handle
Small Pliers (optional but recommended)
Means of drilling two small holes
Safety Goggles

The first step is to place the tin vertically, hinge side up.  You'll want to determine placement of the holes you're going to  make for the handles on the top of the container. So grab your ruler and measure about 1.5" in from the edge and make a pencil mark. Repeat on the other edge.

Now that that's done it's time to poke the holes. If you've got a drill and a narrow bit that's safe for use with metal go ahead and use that. Or just take a small nail and a hammer and carefully tap the nail through the metal.  Whichever method you opt to use, be certain that the tin is securely held in place. In other words, use a vice grip or other means of holding it steady. Wear safety goggles and use caution.

The next step is cutting your image to fit the lid of the Altoids tin. This is easily accomplished by tracing the image against the base with a pencil then cutting it out.

Glue the image to the lid using a thin layer of tacky glue. Be sure to smooth it down so that the image doesn't bubble or become uneven.

Set it aside to dry for a couple of hours.

When that's done, snap up some tacky glue and evenly apply a light layer all over the top of the image with a small paintbrush.  Next you'll evenly sprinkle the microbeads all over the fresh layer of glue.  You might want to  use a paper grocery bag underneath it to catch any microbeads that fall since they can be scooped up and reused. Once you've gotten a pretty good layer of microbeads applied to the tin shake it lightly to remove any excess.

I added some clear rhinestones around the edge to frame the design and make it stand out and also to prevent the edges from looking unfinished.  But that's a matter of personal taste,  finish decorating  it in whatever manner appeals to you.

Then let it dry overnight.

The next step is going to be making the handle,  which is really the only tricky part of the project.

You'll need to choose a group of beads for this purpose, and I'd suggest using large round or oval beads, in varying sizes if possible to create the elements of dimension and interest.

Cut a long piece of thin gauge wire, about arms length.

Bend one end of the wire temporarily so that the beads don't accidentally slip off while you're stringing them on to the other side.

When you've added all of your beads, simply slide the wire through one of the holes in the tin container and twist or tie it into a knotted loop on the inside using pliers.

Half of the handle is now attached, so you just have slide  the other half into the hole and repeat the process of tying or twisting a knot. Trim away any excess wire when you're done.

If you want to line the inside with fabric or felt now would be a good time to do that. I didn't bother, because I like the metal interior.

Hooray - The purse is done! No need to add a clasp, since it has one built in.  Just put your stuff in it and snap it shut.

Just remember that when you open up your purse to hold it design side up so that the contents don't fall all over the place.  Also, please note that the bag will lean towards you very  slightly when you hold it. Just a point of gravity issue, no way around that and nothing to worry about.

What makes this project kind of fun and quirky is that there's no paint involved so that if you flip over the purse, you'll still see the nutrition content and info, hence revealing that it's actually a candy tin. Smiley

Go forth and enjoy your swell new recycled fashion accessory!

30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / DIY soda bottle soaps shaped like flowers! on: January 18, 2005 01:33:10 PM
The other day I made a really nifty little soap using the base of a small plastic soda bottle as a mold. The look and feel of it  reminds me of those "massage" bars they sell at bath shops Smiley

Of course, it's also a swanky little flower design.

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