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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / The Dragon the was once a Wolf on: September 02, 2012 04:00:29 PM
I'm not going to lie....he was supposed to be a wolf.
When I drew him....out he was a wolf, when I started sculpting him..... he was a wolf, when I finished him......all I could see was dragon. What do you see?.
He's all hand done with polymer clay in different sizes on a wood plaque. The eyes however are glass..
There is a glaze on the dragon but I left the background with a more muted steampunk type coloring/tone
The wood plaque is 20" high and a little over 11" wide
The dragon is 11 1/2"

22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: What's old is new again... on: August 23, 2012 11:51:12 AM
Thanks! They were really fun to make....I might have to make some more!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ipad book case .....AKA My nightmare for the last 24 hrs... on: August 23, 2012 11:37:12 AM
So I decided awhile ago that I wanted to a book case for my Ipad. I knew it wasn't going to be easy so I shopped Etsy first.....now I know why people charge what they do for them.
This was a giant nightmare from the word go....
1. Couldn't find the right size book! I sat on the floor at my local thrift for almost 45 minutes looking....when I found one it was $4.99 because it was part of a collection of 12 books. I didn't need 12 so I started the search again.
2. We have one craft store in town...and guess what? They don't carry exacto blades anymore.
3. Pages in the book weren't yellow from age.....they were yellow from tobacco smoke. Allergies kicked in..
4. Glued the pages together.... glue didn't stick to most of the pages... It did in some spots, not on others, warped some pages,.....
That was the beginning it went downhill from there.....lol
All together it cost me 1.50, everything I had on hand. The cover is made from a mismatched placemat, the brass faceplate I found a long time ago at an estate sale for .50, he's surrounded by a piece of suede I had on hand.
I treated the front of the book with mod podge so the fabric would stand up to abuse

I left the front page and aged it a little

Dark pic, but opened

The inside is done with scrapbook paper

I left the back on treated so it stays soft....I figured I can always treat it with mod podge later!

The humble beginnings

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: And her name is B. Pudding.... A mannequin repaint story on: August 20, 2012 12:35:02 PM
Thank you! I want to do another one now!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / And her name is B. Pudding.... A mannequin repaint story on: August 16, 2012 10:52:32 AM
She is a decoration for my new studio...so she goes here? We need a craft room decor section! LOL!
I've wanted a mannequin since I was a little girl...which was a very long time ago. A friends mom was cleaning out and moving out of the country and wanted to get rid of her mannequins. I had room for one(not really) and I chose her.
Now as you can see she started out from the 70's(like me!) so I was kind of excited to be able to repaint her too.....and then that's when things went horribly wrong.
Her blush came off so well I had no idea what was to come.... I started removing her eyebrows when I noticed grey paint spreading everywhere. So what did I do? I cleaned more! It wasn't grey paint..... it was the base metal. I removed the paint to the metal on the forhead! I couldn't breathe.... I whipped out my paints. Nothing matched! Nothing covered! It took me 2 hrs of layering and praying to cover and match the rest of the face. I almost kissed her when I was done! Once that nightmare was over I used real cosmetic pigments for the eye shadows and I replaced the eyelashes with fuller ones. The wig isn't permanent because I want to be able to change it out and I like it! I used acrylic paint for the liner, real blush for... well the blush, I put a red base for the lips then I used a red eye pigment mixed with glue for the lips and nails.
She was a handful but I love her!

26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What's old is new again... on: August 11, 2012 05:01:22 PM
I made these from antique wood and antique hardware salvaged from homes and furniture found here in Butte. I used boiled Linseed oil to preserve the wood but not change it in anyway. I left the paint and finish on as much as I could.
 I did use some new elements like hooks and upholstery tacks, but the leather itself for the sunglasses holders is salvaged too....just not old.
These are just a few....the rest are on the blog...I made a bunch...

27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer clay and wood peg dolls on: August 03, 2012 07:24:05 PM
Thanks! No the wood doesn't burn, I used a brown paint wash on them.
28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer clay and wood peg dolls on: August 03, 2012 04:06:58 PM
I bought these 2 inch peg dolls so long ago I don't even remember why....Inspiration hit me one day and I just went with it.
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Key hooks out of reclaimed wood.... on: August 03, 2012 04:04:16 PM
So I decided I was going to join the Storage Unit Mogals and start buying units.....I bought one 8 X 10 foor unit filled and I mean filled with reclaimed wood and other stuff. This man would go into the old houses and strip what he could, including the hardware. The wood from both of these came from the unit, the hooks are new. The doorknob and and backplate came from there too..... I have sooooooo much stuff to make! I love it!

30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Record Cuff.....and more with Video Tutorial Link on: August 03, 2012 03:55:59 PM
I tried making record bracelets a couple of different ways....this is my favorite.
The best part is, is it's a blank canvas as well. You don't like it plain? Add to it! Drill a hole in it, add charms. Paint it. Glitterfy it. You name it!
The Video:

Waste not want not....

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