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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Emergency Zombie Defense Station on: October 18, 2007 10:48:18 AM
Behold the ultimate in home safety kits to defend against the legions of the undead!  I call it the Emergency Zombie Defense Station.  Think of it like one of those fire alarm kits with an axe and an extinguisher or an emergency eye wash station Cheesy

I made this kit for the Zombies Are Love Swap and I've been working on a second one for myself since Grin  After all Halloween is just around the corner and who knows when one might need a boomstick in a hurry?

I was initially inspired after seeing this Zombie survival kit on the internet, but I had some ideas on how to take it to another level.  I really liked the transparent riot shields used in 28 Days Later and I figured, "Why not make the case multi-functional at the same time?"  So when the plexi-glass cover is removed it becomes the perfect protection against zombie related carnage and splatter.  Inside the case is arguable the best tool to have during a Zombie attack.  None other than the trusty shotgun! Wink  Along with it are some spare bullets shells and a machete for when you're all out of ammo.  I also have a bit of a thing for those easy to understand safety signs with the little diagrams of stickpeople on them.  So I created a sign to be posted next to the station for quick, last minute instructions.

Marvel at it's awesome-ness Grin

Here's another angle to show it off further

The riot shield on it's own

Ready for action!

The station once the cover is removed

This is where I start to think I'm a photographer

Another close up

A better view of the machete

Yet another close up

Okay this is the last one, it just looks too cool not to post it Wink

Here's the sign

Study it carefully

There might be a test on it later

Well that's the whole thing.  Pretty nice, huh Wink

I bought the shotgun at a dollar store after visiting every single one in town I decided the best toy shotgun I saw was at the first store I went to.  Go figure.  It has been spray painted to make it look less like a toy and a little more like the real deal.  I also found the machete there too.  It's actually a cheapo "butcher" knife and I got it for a dollar.  I would not recommend trying to cut anything with it, it's duller than a butter knife.  The shotgun shells are real spent shells that I got from the local gun range.  I folded them back together to make them look new again.  I stenciled and spray painted the riot shield and build the handle out of dowel and PVC pipe and the strap out of velcro.  To make the sign I had to fiddle with photoshop for a few hours and then I got it printed and laminated at Staples.

Remember only you can stop the Zombie outbreak!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Men's Knit Hoodie on: July 11, 2007 03:03:48 PM
Has anyone seen any good paterns for a men's knit hoodie.  I really want to make one for myself, but I'm not finding too much in the line of knit hoodies, let alone any for a guy Tongue

I really like the look of Rogue.  It's very elvish, however it might also be far too feminine, plus it doesn't have men's sizes.  I really want to make something that has some pizzaz and really looks interesting.  I am a beginner but I'm willing to try hard and figure things out as I go along, so I'm all for a complicated pattern.  Plus I'll feed it and walk it everyday Wink

If anyone has any suggestions or thoughts for me I'd be glad happy thrilled to hear them.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Bunny Castle (Warning high levels of cute!) on: July 04, 2007 09:37:36 AM
First a little bit of background.  This is the second bunny house I've built like this.  The original is still in Ontario as when I moved back to British Columbia I didn't have room for it Cry.  While the first one was built with a hammer, a saw, and love, the new one was built with tools.  My Dad's power tools to be exact (nothing I love more than putting my fingers near fast moving cutting machines Tongue).

The original took about a week to build and was an effort of love, this one took a day (a long tiring day though) and was built to replace the old one.

As you can see it is a marvel of rabbit technology Grin.  On the ground floor there is a hidey-hole with 2 ways in and out (rabbits like having an escape tunnel).  The second level has a corner to safely lounge against and a slightly elevated view of their cage.  Then there is the upper deck.  This is a big area where the buns can lounge and look out the window as well as having a high place to spy on me from.  They like being able to view things from as high as they can get.

I still haven't had the chance to fill the cage with the kind of toys a bunny likes.  A slinky, wicker trivets and baskets to destroy, things dangling from hemp strings, and lots of little things that make loud noises when "mouth thrown" by a bunny around the cage Wink.

...Oh and let me introduce you.  The lazy, male, grey bunny is Apollo and the smaller, fiesty, tan bunny is Starbuck.  They are what is called a bonded pair, otherwise know to us humans as being married.  They love each other very much.  Here they are in their happy new home!

A view of their cage from a far

Just hanging out

Apollo trying to have a nap

Starbuck sneaking a head start on the parsley

Stacked bunnies!

Starbuck confronted about the missing parsley

Camera shy
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Battlestar Galactica Shirt (It's fraking awesome!) on: June 28, 2007 11:02:29 AM
This is my latest stenciled T-shirt baring the logo of the Battlestar Galactica.  The tiny text took a long time to cut out and iron on as each letter is made up of 2 thin strips of freezer paper.  Believe me it was tedious Cheesy

However I am very impressed with the results and I wear it in pride.  Cylons beware!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Heat setting velveteen paint on: June 18, 2007 06:56:45 AM
Has anyone every tried to paint a stenciled T-shirt with Tulip Velveteen paint?  After having made several shirts with the standard matte paint I was forced to buy a black velveteen paint because Michaels ran out of matte black, wasn't planning on getting any more in stock, and if I wanted a special order it would take 2 weeks.  Michaels can really frustrate me sometimes Angry.

As you can see below the results of heat setting it were VERY unexpected.  I layed the shirt out with a pilow case on top of it so that the iron didn't directly touch the paint, as I always do, but after a few seconds things started to smell funny.  I pulled up the iron and instead of seeing a smooth layer of paint what I saw had bubbled and puffed up and looked like mold or something.  My poor Ben Folds shirt Sad.

I could see someone appreciating this effect, but this isn't what I wanted to see.  So be warned that Tulip Velveteen doesn't need heat setting!

6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Looking for a online community on: June 12, 2007 09:57:07 AM
Hello everybody!

My name is John and I'm a crafter at heart.  Since I was kid I have always loved crafting things and having a project on the go.  Then when I grew up I lost that desire, it took meeting another crafter to rekindle that lust for me.

I'm into knitting, making stenciled T-shirts, home decor, and anything geeky Wink.  I have a lot of things I want to try, and I'm still just getting my feet wet and getting over the fear of making mistakes.

I love the community here and I really need to become more social and meet some new friends.  I recently broke up with my girlfriend of over a year and I'm having a hard time moving on Cry.  So in an effort to help me expand my horizons and rediscover myself I'm going to take the plunge.

My forum name is a recent realization of the type of person I am.  I have the quiet soul of a bunny trapped in the large body of a bear.  I hope that with meeting new people and expressing myself I can try to become the more outgoing person I want to be.

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