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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Squiddles! How can I make some? on: September 24, 2010 09:07:38 AM
So I am trying to figure out how to make some squiddles from the comic MSPaint Adventures. They are these little squid-like toys that could be bean-bags with "electromagnets" inside so they pair up like Hallmark's Kiss-Kiss Bears to form "Tangle Buddies!" But there are a bunch of ways it looks like they could be made. Since it's a 2D comic, I'm having trouble expanding that to a 3D form, as they look like they should be. There's no shading hints because of the cartoon style of the comic. Any fans or plushie veterans want to help with this project? Maybe we can do a craft-along.

For material, I'm thinking a velvety stretch, since I have some bright pink leftover from a "bean bag doll" kit. I will probably applique the eyes since they are very stylized. I don't think I could find big enough plastic eyes either, especially since the scale is odd. They should be huge based on the chibi-teens they're next to.

http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002695 is what I'm working from. See the problem? And why I want to make them so bad?? Cuuuuute!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fancy Fascinator w/ Veil for V-Day on: February 16, 2010 09:05:27 PM
I couldn't find my tiara to wear this year, and I needed some headgear to go with my prom dress, so I decided to try my hands at making a fascinator. I think it turned out well. It was a little hard to find combs but Sally's came to the rescue.

Thanks for looking!

I used plastic canvas, satin flannel, lace and glitter-spangled tulle, all from my stash.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Byzantine Necklace w/ Quarter Pendant on: June 04, 2008 11:20:05 PM
Byzantine is by far my favorite chainmaille weave. It works with a number of aspect ratios and by changing pieces of the pattern you can create lots of different looks. This is a remake of a necklace I've had for many years now. A long time ago I received a quarter with a hole in it as change at a garage sale. I did not buy it, it was change. That's the best part. So of course, it had to become a necklace! I found a hematite bead necklace not long after, and wore it alllll the time. Eventually it started to fray, and for fear of losing the best found charm, I stopped wearing the necklace. Finally I finished this new chain for it. The rings are all aluminum. I forget the sizes but I think it's 18 gauge wire, with two different size rings for more flexibility and a different look. Now for the pictures!

The above is a "camo" shot, and a detail of the chain. As you can see, the hole is not quite centered on the quarter.

Here's my neck so you can get a sense of the size. Action shot!

I have lots of links (haha) to different chainmaille sites, pm me if you're interested in picking up this amazing craft. You can also check out my club's metalworks website that I made, but I won't post a link because I'm not sure if that follows procedure. Correct me if I'm wrong, then I'll post it, otherwise just pm me. Hope you like it as much as I do. Thanks for looking!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Kiki's Delivery service on: November 05, 2006 02:28:00 PM
I made a Kiki plus Jiji costume from the Miyazaki anime film "Kiki's Delivery Service." I got the Jiji pattern from this website (http://www.dab.hi-ho.ne.jp/runo/class/) linked from dragonfly's post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=81052.0) about her project. My friend was supposed to lend me his broom, but no luck for this picture.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / felt katamari damacy prince and katamari ball - with magnets! AND tutorial! on: June 25, 2006 08:10:22 PM
I made these for the Katamari Swap, but did not finish the ball in time unfortunately. The prince is already at his new home, but here are pics.

He has magnets in his feet!

Eventually I'm going to paint/decorate the magnetic beads so you can roll up cats and trees and things. But for now, I'm just happy I finished sewing the darn thing.

*edit - I just remembered I was inspired to do this by this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=70397.0 *

Katamari Materials:
-felt or fabric of choice (I used one craft sized sheet for the main body and from half a sheet to a full one for each color circle)
-12 magnets (as strong as you like. mine look like watch batteries, called "strong craft magnets")
-polyfil or stuffing of choice
-dodecahedron pattern (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Dodecahedron_flat.svg)
OR 12 pentagons about 1/2 the diameter of the finished katamari you want
-needle and thread (dunno how many yards, sorry)
-magentic beads, paint, scraps (optional for decorating objects to roll up)

** you can change the number of bumps on your katamari by picking a different polyhedron. wikipedia has other images you can use as patterns, like a buckyball for example **

  • If you have more time than money, lay out your pattern and rearrange (6) pentagons so you can use the most of the sheet. Otherwise, cut out the pattern as is.
  • Pick a contrasting color (or not) to be the largest circle closest to the body of the Katamari. Cut out circles about the same size as the pentagons in the body pattern. Larger if you want really poofy bumps, smaller if you don't, or want it to be easier to put together.
  • Pick a different shade of the largest dot to be the smallest dot's color. Cut out circles slightly larger in diameter than your magnets.
  • Choose a similar color (or not, it is yours after all) to be the medium circle. Make these half-way in size between the large and small dots. Mine were about twice the diameter of the smallest.
  • Now you can begin sewing! Sew the smallest dot to the center of the medium dot with the magnet sandwiched in between. You can use contrasting or the same color thread, depending on the look you want. My stitches were quite visible, but I thought it looked neat. I started from one point inside the circle, then went radially around. So inside, just outside the edge, come up inside again.
  • After sewing 12 little dots onto the 12 medium ones, sew each "magnet nipple" onto the large circle with a pinch of stuffing in between the layers. This makes your bumps really pop! If you have a lot of fluff, you need to make sure your cicle is poofy enough by sliding the fabric closer together so you get ridges in between the stitches. But only a little bit or else you'll run out of edge!
  • Next stitch the large circles onto the pentagons with a large pinch of stuffing. Use as much or little as you like. You can stitch half way around before stuffing if you find it easier, but remember to make it 3D by scrunching a little as you go, as described in the previous step.
  • Finally, you stitch the pentagons together. This is the tricky part, because all those strong magnets either want to stay away or won't leave each other alone! Use it to your advantage if you can, to hold the pieces in place while sewing. Leave one or two pentagons unsewn so you have room to turn it right-side-out and stuff it. If you had single pentagons (because of limited fabric, like me) attach them by pushing one side of the right-side-out ball in, and sewing one side at a time.

Please tell me if anything doesn't make sense. I plan on making more of these, then I can show pictures of the progress if you want.

(if you want to make the prince, I used the paper doll pattern and scaled it up-- oops they removed their website. pm me and I can e-mail it to you, thank goodness I saved it haha)
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / "love" limerick on: April 13, 2006 06:25:25 PM
My work had us write poems to each other as staff development. I chose a limerick. Maybe you can do the same, and possibly dirty ones for your sig. other, haha. You could probably use much nicer paper, but we were given the name cards already.

If you can't read it:

Ode to Jason:
There once was an RA named Jason    (Resident Advisor)
He likes exercising, so he's thin
His major's S.E.                               (software engineering)
He's like, six foot three                     (he's really tall and skinny)
Let's give him a standing ovation!
Happy V-Day!

Hopefully this will help with brain-block. The ryhming scheme is on wikipedia, and I'm sure elsewhere.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / green flower choker on: April 13, 2006 06:16:15 PM
This is probably my favorite beaded necklace ever. I'm making one for my mother and sister as soon as I get my beading supplies back at home. Swarovski sliders are irresistably sparkly! A lot of frustration in design went into this, but it is literally the perfect length. It doesn't hide under tee-shirts, and accentuates my collarbone great, I think. Too bad I don't have a pic with it on... I just had to show it off.

The stars are hematite beads. I think I use at least one in every necklace I've ever made. Huh.

Let me know what you think, and any suggestions you might have for making it longer for my mom and sis - they don't love chokers as I do, oh well. Thanks for looking!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Y the Last Man and Boy Scout felt "squares" on: April 13, 2006 06:10:10 PM
Y the Last Man is a great comic by Vertigo (division of DC), and my ex-boyfriend's favorite still-running comic. I made this as part of his Christmas gift when we were dating. Knitter's Boyfriend sweater curse, anyone?

Another gift was for my brother. He's going for his Eagle Scout before he turns 18 (since you kinda have to), and I was learning some new embroidery stitches, so I made him a 'sampler' based on the emblem found on the BSA website.

Finally, a use for cheap craft felt!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / V for Vendetta handkerchief on: April 13, 2006 06:03:12 PM
I bought a screen printing kit specifically to make this handkerchief for my then-boyfriend as a Christmas gift. His two favorite comics of all time are V for Vendetta and Y the Last Man, so I made corresponding gifts. He was pretty pleased. This was my first time ever trying this, so there's some extra ink on the edges, but overall, I think it came out pretty well.

I found an image of the cover of the comic, traced the important details in Adobe Illustrator, then cut out the black parts, traced, and filled in on the screen. Later, I hand lettered everything but the capital "V"s. The comic is published by Vertigo, a division of DC.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Patchwork galore on: June 24, 2005 03:19:30 PM
**My camera is a little on the fritz so pics are horrible, but at least now exist! (edited)

This is my second entry for this challenge. I made a tube top out of old BookSox (those stretchy book covers with cool designs) and a denim/plaid skirt. The items inspired me themselves - I have loads of BookSox, denim, and plaid swatches around. I think they were made 2 years ago.

For shirt from bookSox:
- find patterns that look neat and will coordinate
- cut covers into appropiately sized rectangles
- layout and combine
- add hems as desired
{technically this can also be a skirt if you're patient and thin enough}

For plaid/denim skirt:
- cut off legs of jeans, resize butt from back
- attach plaid (or whatever you want) to bottom edge of jeans
- sew up back and hem as necessary, hoping it looks okay

Everyone's stuff looks great so far, keep up the awesome work! {and happy voting}
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