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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Rectangular Candy/Candle/Soap Mold source? on: March 04, 2009 06:47:16 AM
I am desperately looking for a rectangle shaped mold of the flexible variety, preferably made of food safe materials. Even better would be a rectangular mold with slightly rounded corners. I'm thinking somewhere along the size of 3.5" x 2.5" and at least .25" deep.  I am trying to make edible playing cards for a birthday cake.

I would have posted this in the food section, but I figured there are folks in candle-making, soap-making, etc who might also be familiar with a mold source that might work...

I'd even take suggestions for easily making your own mold.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Pocket Help! on: December 03, 2008 01:23:11 PM
Help!  I want to make a sort of utility belt for a costume I'm working on, and I'd like it to have pockets like these: http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_430xN.46414336.jpg

If the link doesn't work, it's a pocket that's 3D and stands out from the surface of the belt/bag/whatever, with a flap that folds over the top and snaps closed.

I have no idea what this kind of pocket is called or how to construct it.

Anyone know of any tutes or patterns I could use or even what this type of pocket is called?
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Fairy Wings with Corset/Harness? on: July 22, 2008 10:50:31 AM
I'm planning a pair of fairy wings for a costume, and I'd like to make the sort that slip down your back beneath a corset so they look like they're sprouting from your back. I want to avoid having to wear straps over my shoulders.

I've seen these things all over the web, but I'm not sure exactly how to construct the part that slides down beneath the corset.

Example: http://www.enchantedcostumes.com/bmz_cache/2/226bb8d53d2405b448290067bb46a28b.image.550x550.jpg

Anyone ever make a pair like this? Have any suggestions for what the harness should look like?

Thanks for any help anyone can offer!
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Belly dance costume: bra & bedla on: June 24, 2007 08:37:36 PM

I started belly dancing in March and my first performance was yesterday. I covered a padded bra and felt bedla (belt) with purple panne velvet and hand-sewed beaded trim, coin trim, red velvet ribbon, gold gimp trim, and red cording (w/ acrylic jewels) to the velvet.

I think it turned out wonderfully Smiley
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Dia de Muertos Sugar Skull Magnets on: June 17, 2007 02:48:18 PM
I made these Sugar Skull magnets out of Sculpey, decorated with acrylic paints, metallic acrylics and UV reactive paints.

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / March Birthday Swap? on: March 01, 2007 08:57:55 AM
Is anyone doing the March Birthday Swap?

Was looking forward to that but it doesn't seem to be coming together...
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Help! Plush Hot Air Balloon? on: January 24, 2007 10:51:37 AM
A couple I know is having a baby and I want to make a mobile of sorts for the little one's room. The idea is a hot air balloon & hanging basket surrounded by dangling clouds and stars. This mobile will be more of the "hang from the ceiling in the corner" decorative sort rather than one that hangs over the crib.

The stars, clouds, basket, and general frame structure of the mobile should be fairly easy. What I'm not sure about is how to make the hot air balloon shape. I imagine it would be constructed out of several various colored wedges of fabric sewn together, but having never sewn anything rounded like a balloon, I'm not sure how to go about making the pattern.

Any ideas?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Retro Curtains & Mixer Cozy on: January 21, 2007 06:14:44 PM
My hubby and I bought a 1950s house last year and I thought it would be fitting to style the kitchen like a 50s diner. We put in a checkerboard floor and stainless countertops and I painted the walls a bright coral color. All I needed to complete the look was some cool looking retro fabric.

Hancock fabrics carries several patterns designed by retro artist Keary Beary, and one of them had these awesome old fashioned radios on it. By a stroke of fate, some of the radios are the same color as my kitchen walls!

So now I have cafe curtains (pretty much without a pattern) and a cozy for my beloved Kitchenaid mixer (using a modified bread-maker pattern from Simplicity 4341).  I've had the curtains up for a while but I finished the cozy tonight. I've never quilted anything before...wow...tedious...

The binding is a little wonky but overall I'm happy because now my darling mixer will not get covered in dust.

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tug the Cuddle Bug (IMAGE HEAVY) on: January 15, 2007 04:48:15 PM
A friend of mine has been feeling down lately, and since we're in different countries separated by the Atlantic Ocean and I can't just drive over and give her a hug, I figured I'd send her a little friend to keep her company.

I concocted the idea of the cuddle bug, drew a picture of my idea of it and made my own pattern from that. Got some remnants from the fabric store and after 7 hours of combined pattern drafting & sewing, I had a snuggly Cuddle Bug complete with antennae and wings. I even wrote a little poem to introduce him.

Hello there. Hi! How are you?
Pleased to meet you! My name's Tug.
I hope you like affection
because I'm a cuddle bug.
When you're feeling down and blue
Reach out and give me a hug
'Cause I'll be here right beside you
To remind you that you are loved.

This is the first time I've made any sort of plushie without a storebought pattern, so I'm really happy with him! My only beefs are that his face is a asymmetrical and the wings are slightly bigger on one side than the other.  The legs were particularly difficult to sew on as his belly was just too big to get under the sewing machine and I had to sew the legs and bottom seam by hand.

If anyone wants a copy of the "pattern" I might be persuaded to make a PDF for others to use.

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sakura, the Gothic Geisha Doll on: January 05, 2007 05:24:24 PM
This doll was a year in the making as I had planned it as a Yule gift for a friend and fellow crafter in 2005 but ended up being too busy renovating my new home to make it... so she got it for Yule this year.

The doll is fashioned in my friend's likeness and the doll's clothes are based on clothes that she designed and sewed for herself.

Her design:

I used a store-bought pattern for the doll body and made the body out of cotton muslin.  The doll is wearing a halter top that ties in the back, elastic banded bell sleeves, a corset that actually reduces the doll's waist, black hot pants and a skirt with peekaboo sides, and knee high boots. I used a burgundy cherry blossom patterned Chinese brocade for the top and skirt, turning the wrong side of the fabric out for the skirt because it was just as pretty as the right side. The corset & boots are made of black satin. I drafted my own patterns for the top, sleeves, corset, shorts and skirt and constructed the boots by using a cut down version of the doll pattern's leg section.

My friend loves dragonflies, so the doll also has a dragonfly necklace & a dragonfly tattoo on the back of her left shoulder. The tattoo is pretty much an exact replica of a tattoo my friend designed for herself. I printed my friend's design on iron-on-transfer paper and ironed it onto the doll. I painted the face on by hand after sketching it in with pencil.

The doll's hair is meant to look like my friend's synthetic dreads and is made up of a ball and a half of soft wool yarn. I sewed several individual wefts on my sewing machine and then hand stitched the various rows of hair onto the head. Because I wanted pigtails, I had to have a neat part down the middle back of the head, so I separated the hair into pigtails and then sewed individual strands of hair into all the gaps of the part.  I really ought to write up a tutorial for this as I'm sure it would be rather helpful for quite a few folks.

On to the pictures:

Full doll:

Close up of corset w/ safety pin fasteners:

Close up of face:


Back w/ pigtails & tattoo:

Doll without corset & skirt:

Back without corset & skirt - Halter top ties with black ribbon

Close up of hair parted in the back

The happy recipient with her dolly!

She absolutely loved the doll and named her Sakura after the cherry blossoms on the fabric.  I am SO happy with the way the doll turned out and ecstatic that my friend loves her!

All pics by Phantoms-Siren, happy owner of Sakura, the Gothic Geisha Doll.

EDIT I made a tutorial for how to create a full head of hair like Sakura's. The PDF Tutorial can be downloaded here: http://www.lunascura.com/images/artsncrafts/wefttutorial.pdf
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