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21  super simple recon skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pocketwatch on: July 12, 2010 07:51:32 PM
I took a thrifted skirt in a yummy orange color, cut along every pleat, and inserted panels cut from a men's blue shirt. I had fun walking up and down the aisles of salvation army holding up the skirt to everything that caught my eye.
total cost: $3.50
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22  Re: Teesha Moore Type Journal.. anyone want to play?? in Needlework: Stitchalongs by pocketwatch on: July 12, 2010 07:37:28 PM
Well I had never heard of Teesha until I saw this post but I watched her youtube tutorials and I loved them, so ty for introducing me to them. I got started this weekend in the car making myself a journal for summer.

I have all the pillows made, and the front pillows mostly assembled. So far I'm carrying a bag of scraps around with me to work on this, but the base should be done in a day or two and then I plan to have a couple of threaded needles stuck into the cover, so that it's truly portable.
(the embroidery it has so far was on a shirt I thrifted and it looks machine done, although I'm no expert)
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23  Coraline Inspired Mood Lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by pocketwatch on: January 12, 2010 09:09:47 PM
The lamp itself:
The inspiration:

It falls short of what I imagined. I do like it still. It's a corrugated plastic frame with pantyhose stretched over it, painted with varnish to make it sturdy then filled with christmas lights.

I sewed it up with the help of tweezers to push the needle back through which reminded me of in the movie when the metal hand creature sews the Coraline doll.
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24  Christmas Crackers/Bangers Tutorial in Winter Holidays by pocketwatch on: December 19, 2009 12:31:20 PM


A month ago I got really excited about making christmas crackers (I don't think I've ever had one and I learned about them in harry potter) and ordered all sorts of little keychains and tiny toys from a discount retailer and ordered cracker making supplies. But, the keychains were ordered to my dorm and hadn't arrived by the time I went home for Christmas. Sad So instead of these being proper (albeit cheap) gifts they are more of novelty stocking stuffers. And I am going to have like 15 keychains for myself in January :/. But I think these are really nice regardless.

Supplies: tape, scissors, ribbon, cardboard tubes (from paper towels and toilet paper), tissue paper hats, candies, cracker snaps. I bought my cracker snaps (which are kind of optional, but they make the banging sound and I think that makes it more exciting) from oldenglishcrackers.com, because it is in the US like me and I didn't want to pay shipping grom the UK. With shipping 25 snaps and 25 paper hats were about $10. Since I bought 2 bags of candy for $6, the ribbon and paper at a dollar store, my total cost for this project was $18... and I could make several more if I had more cardboard tubes.

the bright shapes are the tissue paper hats, which I bought pre made because they seemed like they'd be a headache.

Take 2 toilet paper rolls, cut one in half, and lay out on some wrapping paper with generous margins.

thread the cracker snap through the tubes and fold over each end, tape to keep the cracker snap firmly in place on the small tubes.

 slide in a paper hat, or card, and tack down the paper with a little tape.

roll the wrapping paper around the tube and tape in place. Carefully twist the paper between the center and end tube on one side to make a cinched in part that little candy can't fall through

pour candy in the open end, then repeat the cinching on the open side.

 tie with ribbon tightly and curl the ends with scissors. Fold the edges of the paper in and you're done.

These take a lot of time! I spent 4 hours making 10 of them (including photos and driving to the store for chocolate, but still, I was expecting this to be a lot quicker because the sample one I made with tissue paper came together in 10 minutes or so)

I hope you give these a try because they are quite fun.
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25  Pictish Stones and Stonehenge in a teacup in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by pocketwatch on: November 23, 2009 04:20:42 AM

My boyfriend went to scotland for a month and saw the pictish stones, and I did a reproduction of these amazing ancient stones for him. While I was at it I made myself a stonehenge in a teacup.
I copied these shapes from real pictish stones (one is the invierness stone I think) then scratched designs in with a toothpick. I pressed 2 toothpicks into each (to stake them down), baked, brushed with thinned acrylic paint, and wiped it off.

This view shows the scale. Oh, and they're planted in Scotch Moss, which adds a little subtle element of Scottishness.

These actually are balsa wood. Sorry. They're in a teacup to add a glaring element of Britishness, or as my boyfriend put it "you can't reduce an entire culture to tea and stonehenge" to which I replied "well I just did, so... maybe *you* can't." Smiley (I know that's not all there is to the UK!!! Feel free to make a washington monument obelisk in a mcdonald's fries carton, it would serve me right Smiley )

And another view.
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26  Heart Nipple Pasties- Vinyl vs. Cardstock in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pocketwatch on: November 23, 2009 03:55:35 AM
I saw a simple pasty tut on the mookie chick website and modified it to make heart shaped pasties from white cardstock. I cut out circles, then cut out a stripe to make a cone, then eyeballed a heart shape, cut it out, traced it, glued it together into a shallow cone, repeated for the second one, painted it red with acrylic paint, laquered it with acrylic varnish, waited overnight for it to dry, got out vinyl to cut into a lining.... realised that I could cut out almost every step and make one time use pasties from vinyl... but I already had nearly finished pasties. So here are both. Sorry the lighting is different, it makes it harder to compare.     here is the front and back of the cardstock lined with vinyl pair.
to change your image viewing settings please click here here I am wearing the cardstock pair (I have never worn pasties, so my application with double stick tape was a bit inexpert, and I had to do it quite fast as it was a surprise.)

to change your image viewing settings please click here and here is my vinyl prototype
to change your image viewing settings please click here here's a second photo of the vinyl version. I hope it demonstrates that small busted women can get a good effect from pasties. (I have about a 36 inch chest and a 33 inch underbust measurement)
lol, this can't really be used as a pattern but it shows the shape and I bet any craftster so inclined can use it as a starting point.
I just included this picture so everyone can see I mean the vinyl that is like a sticker, not like uphulstory vinyl.
And here they are to be safely transported.

Do you think the cardstock version is worth it given that I have several colors of vinyl on hand? I think if I make any more I will use vinyl, it's just sooooo easy.
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27  Love Robot in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by pocketwatch on: October 04, 2009 05:00:45 PM
I've moved back to my college town for the school year and made my boyfriend this little paper robot to cheer him up. I was scared to put it in the mail though so I gave it to him when he came up this weekend.
It's a little robot with a 3 foot long love note spooled inside, that you can read by pulling it out and then crank it back in with the long arm. Smiley

He cried when I gave it to him, which was a great compliment. Smiley
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28  Monster Cell in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by pocketwatch on: July 04, 2009 01:36:26 PM
My pink razr was so excitingly pink when I got it a few years ago, but I never used a case for it (that would obscure the pinkness) and it got chipped and scuffed. (however, I think the razr is the best cell phone ever for the size and the way it fits like a regular house phone.) I saw the hime style phones online (japanese princess style phones dripping with rhinestones) but I wanted my phone to look more unique and more streamlined, so I covered it in Magicsculpt and painted it with nail polish. (This is *Not* polymer clay, although I think with a removable metal faceplate you could do this in poly clay, or you could do it by making the horns or other features, baking them, and then gluing them securely to your phone. But I put it here because it is more related to this board than to the More Art or Miscellaneous boards.)

Then I made a second one as a cell phone charm.

This shows the texture, which I did by waiting for the polish to dry most of the way and then dripped dots of polish on at random.

It's really glossy in the light.

I kind of want to do my camera now but even though it is a little old (panasonic DMC-LS70) I don't want to mar it because I might pass it on to someone when I upgrade it.
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29  Just things from my sketchbook! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by pocketwatch on: June 07, 2009 10:30:13 AM
I apparently am going to do 4 posts to craftster in one morning. And then I will probably stop for a bit.

here is a zombie sea monster and steampunk deer.

I like really restful scenes.

This is an electricity machine they showed us in Astro when I happened to have art homework to do. It is called a Tesla Coil and it can light up a florescent lightbulb that is several feet away.

Another little restful scene; one of the planets is made of a photo i found of a fisheye picture of the night sky with the horizon all around the edge.
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30  Pen and Ink Landscape in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by pocketwatch on: June 07, 2009 10:19:05 AM
All right. This is the best ink and ink wash I have ever done, and it took forever.

We were supposed to sit on the ground from 3pm till 6pm sketching, but it was too cold so one by one (I was first  Sad ) we headed into the studio and I wasn't close to done so I had to take a photo. Working from photographs is forbidden, and I do think if I hadn't sat in the space sketching it wouldn't have come out so well.

I <3 my campus.
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