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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from pickle jars to... on: March 02, 2007 11:41:30 PM
so i scarf down pickles like there's no tomorrow.  yeah, probably gross to a lot of you.  anyway, i had some jars left over and decided to try out some techniques in decorating them

first, i took pearlescent white Premo polymer clay and moulded it around the neck of the jar, where the lid would screw on.  i made little indents in the clay and baked the jars then glued fake pearls into them after the clay had cooled and hardened.  then i spray painted the body of the jar with a light beige pearlescent spray paint.  i decoupaged silver skeleton leaves onto the bodies of the jars with sparkley mod podge.  if you can't tell, i like glittery and shiny things.

here's another image that's larger

i don't know what i'll do with them, but they are pretty.  i was most interested in trying the clay technique because i wanted to see how i could turn jars and bottles with screw on lids into something resembling vases rather than food containers.  i think the clay is a good way to disguise the past life of glass containers.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / toaster crumb solution? on: February 24, 2007 11:59:45 PM
i'm thinking of making a 'toaster tray' - something for my toaster to sit on to catch the crumbs instead of scattering them on my countertop
has anyone seen something like this or have any ideas of what would look nice?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / wrapping paper cabinets on: February 24, 2007 11:54:19 PM
okay so i have this idea of putting wrapping paper on my cabinets and then covering it with clear contact paper
i can't figure out what style of wrapping paper would look good in a kitchen.  i'd like steel hardware to go with.  perhaps pinstripes?  solid colour?  some sort of marbled effect?  patterned?  i'd prefer a minimalist modern style to something funky.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / UPDATED: stretched earlobe jewelry (IMG HEAVY) on: February 22, 2007 08:32:55 AM
i work with resin and i've used it to make all sorts of plugs and stuff...

so i updated this by restoring the links to old photos and adding some new photos as my technique has improved some. 

these were the famous 3/4" gold leaf-filled gold-plated tunnels i made for a friend

then i started making them with silver leaf in steel tunnels

having fun with rose buttons Smiley

winter themed

conversation heart candy plugs

more Valentine's themed

tunnels filled with sand and shells

plugs with handcuffs...haha

acrylic tunnels with resin and wisdom teeth

newsprint plugs

with faceted gems inlaid

body modification themed body jewelry!

and a bunch of random ones:

and some ones that i can put regular earrings through
i've given away a lot of pairs to friends to see if they have any negative reactions to the resin.  so far, so good.  i feel a lot more comfortable filling tunnels though, because it's safer for close skin contact
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / ideas for baby wipes cover/cozy on: February 22, 2007 02:18:17 AM
i use a lot of baby wipes (not because i have a baby, but because they are useful for quick cleaning and such)
i'd like to keep them out on my bathroom counter, but they are kind of ugly.  i want to make some sort of reusable cover for the package.  it looks like this (it's not in a hard container)

i was thinking papier mache or maybe duct tape like this toaster cover thread

any ideas?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / kitchen cabinets and contact paper (ETA: photos) on: February 21, 2007 10:20:50 PM
so i've tried to read all the posts i could find on this
i just 'took the plunge'
i contact papered a corner of one of my laminate cabinet doors, and painted acrylic paint over it
i'm in a rented apartment, so i need a solution for these cabinets that is temporary.  i'm hoping once the paint dries on the contact paper, i'll still be able to peel the contact paper off without damaging the door.

i'd kill for some painted cabinets, because then i could actually DO something with them.  fake wood laminate is useless and gross.  i tried
replacing the hardware but nicer hardware didn't look right.

i'm crossing my fingers that this contact paper and paint idea could solve the ugly cabinet problem

does anyone know if contact paper gets harder to remove as time passes?  i'll be removing it in about four and a half months.

here's what my cabinets look like

here's the corner i contact papered, and the different spots i tested out paints

here's what the inside of the cabinet looks like

i think today i'm going to blow dry the contact paper to see how it stands up to heat.  i'm not sure how long i'm going to leave it up for...my boyfriend says at least a few days.  i'm trying to think of ways to 'wear' the paper, the same way it'd get worn out in a kitchen by heat, moisture, oil, dirt, etc
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