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1  Nothing Up My Sleeve in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Sprocket on: September 15, 2008 08:27:47 AM
Here's a question for all you super crafty folks...

I have a cool leather jacket that fits great except for the sleeves.  I'd really like for them to be about 4-6 inches longer than they are.  How would you extend them if it's possible?

It's a little difficult to see in the picture, but the sleeves don't have any buttons or snaps at the cuff...it's just a plain an simple opening for your hand.

-Sprock Grin
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2  Gimme Shelter! (photo heavy) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Sprocket on: July 12, 2008 08:38:32 AM
   I desperately needed some shade in my backyard and I just happened to have an older wooden swing set that was ready to be disassembled.  Since I like to recycle things, I re-purposed the swing set into a poolside shelter.

Heres the donor swing set:

and heres how the construction went:

I used corrugated PVC panels for the roof, which was basically my only expense:

the finished shelter.  12x6 of pure blisseven on the hottest days!

Thanks for looking =)

-Spock Grin
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3  Re: Beading on a Craftster OD in Beads: Completed Projects by Sprocket on: January 17, 2008 09:09:01 AM
After spending a better part of the day looking at fellow Craftsters' hair and tattoo photos, I retired to the couch to watch Comedy Central with my DH  . . . and bead.

My poor eyes hate me right now. Which may have something to do with the less-than-stellar photos.

But before I fall into an Americone Dream-induced coma, I feel compelled to post my efforts and beg for feedback. Not perhaps as pathetic as the dreams I will have about Jon Stewart and Sarah Silverman tonight, but there it is.

This little guy came from a friend's stash. He looks kind of sleepy too, come to think of it.

Your mask necklace is the hippest!  I'd wear it right now if I had it or if I lived near you, I'd bug you incessantly until you let me buy it from you!  Great job  Grin
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4  Book Cover in Completed Projects by Sprocket on: January 08, 2008 09:49:12 PM
     Over the past year my trusty Bible cover has been breaking down.  First the strap, than the zipper pull, then a tear in the pocket, and finally, the zipper.  I decided to make a new cover...a much simpler cover.  I remembered making textbook covers out of paperbags when I was a kid and thought I'd try the same with something a little more sturdy.  An unused fabric placemat from Pier 1 was the answer.  I just folded the placemat to make it the right size and sewed it up.

Just fold:

Sew these little 'flap pockets' (flapkets?):

Slip the book in:

Repeat on other side:

And Wahlah! 


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5  A New Life For Old Scraps in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Sprocket on: January 08, 2008 09:38:35 PM
     Reusing something is so cool to me.  I bought my daughter (the budding artist) a sketch book and some new colored pencils one afternoon.  On the way home I started thinking about how I could spruce up the gifts a little.  With some extra tapestry donated by my wife, I stitched up a simple bag for the pencils and a matching cover for the sketchbook. 

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6  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Sprocket on: May 14, 2007 01:08:44 PM
Some of the people who posted here put me in a palindrome mood so I spent last Saturday getting this done.  The text is a recognizable Latin quote.

"We enter the circle at night and are consumed by fire"

It took the artist about 3 1/2 hours to do it.  I love it!
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7  Foldenstein in Completed Projects by Sprocket on: May 04, 2007 10:24:59 AM
In the spirit of Eddie Van Halens famous Frankenstrat guitar, I repainted and updated my older folding bicycle.  Ive christened her Foldenstein.  She lived her young life as a bright pink standard 20 folding bike but I decided customize her a little.  I stripped her down to the frame, sanded her, sprayed on 3 coats of gloss white, masked off the stripes, laid down 6 coats of gloss red, and then hand painted the few gloss black stripes.  I bought some ducktail fenders to keep the roadwater off my back, slid on some new grips and removed the front brakes.  Now all I need is a world tour, a stint in rehab, lots of cigarettes, and some groupies!

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