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« on: December 19, 2004 08:30:38 PM »

I asked about this over at getcrafty and haven't received much answer, yet.  My fiance asked for a very specific thing this year, and due to a few problems, I just found out my plans to get it fell through.  Long story short, he understands, and we're working on a plan to get it for him, just a little late.  But I still want something for him to open on christmas morning.  For the record, he's a geek, I'm a geek.  That's the kind of thing he likes.  But I need some more ideas.  Please please help me.

1.)  Poly clay Link (Zelda) figure:  He asked for me to make him one a while ago, and I never got around to it.  I'm considering making several in a sort of series - Like one attached to a coaster, or a pencil holder for his desk, etc.  Any ideas on 'useful' things I could incorporate this little Link into?  Maybe a picture frame.
2.)  Embroider some nintendo/gaming/dorky picture onto a heat bag cover - I'm thinking bubble bobble, since he uses the green one as an avatar on his counterstrike boards.  But I need help - I've never done that, and I need info quick on how to transfer images, and how to 'fill in' an embroider image.  (I've been skimming the boards, but haven't found links or anything to instructions."
3.)  Carve a stamp with "PWND" and a red ink pad.  Dorky inside joke, like a "Denied" stamp.

Please, folks, I need a few more ideas, because this is all I got. 

Thanks in advance,
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2004 09:25:28 PM »

For the nintendo emrboidery, how about cross stitch?  There are a bunch of super mario cross-stitch patterns in the emrboidery section, and I've got a bunch of zelda III patterns.  That'd be easy because it's already done, and counted cross-stitch is a snap.  You can buy vinyl cross-stitch cloth that can be cut and made into patches for anything.

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2004 05:48:39 AM »

A PWND stamp.. Grin
Mind if I steal that idea?
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2004 07:16:30 AM »

Lol - steal away.  I still need to find a cool font for it, through.  Hee. 
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2004 07:49:40 AM »

Well I like the fonts on this site, there might be something good in the 'stencil fonts' section.

As for more ideas for your fiance.. (geeks are good Wink )
Have a look on this site, there are some geeky things which can be easily crafted. (for example, i made my boyfriend a 'nuts & bolts keychain, accessories section)
A tshirt with something stenciled/embroidered on: text in binary, nintendo stuff, favorite game logo.. When I embroider tshirts, I just stitch the outline with big stitches in thick embroidery thread. You just need to choose an image that would look cool that way. The counterstrike logo could work..
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2004 09:05:56 AM »

 > Like one attached to a coaster, or a pencil holder for his desk, etc.  Any ideas on 'useful' things I could incorporate this little Link into?  Maybe a picture frame. . . <


You can attach a polymer clay character to most anything polymer or non-polymer (the latter especially if the clay is already baked) ... just depending on the size and shape you make the character.

For example, the figure could be standing holding the side of a basket, or pencil cup, box/bowl or other container (or it could be sitting on it, draped over it, etc., etc.).

If you make it somewhat flat on the back, you could attach it to a frame, attach a magnet to the back, or use it on a book cover. 

You could make it tiny or larger. 

If larger, it could be a computer buddy (sitting on the top of the monitor, or standing --I don't know what Link looks like, but if it has regular-size legs, sometimes balance can be a problem for standing, so adding any kind of a clay or non-clay base, even a disk of clay, can help).

Some other ideas.... anything for office supplies (paperclip holder, letter holder, adding to the top or side of a clay-covered pen), or make it an ornament or a have it hold a valentine or pumpkin ... just could be anything.

I'm assuming you want to sculpt the image (as opposed to stamping it, carving it into flat clay, doing an image transfer of it, etc.), so you might want to check out this page for more on sculpting with polymer clay if you aren't familiar with it:

Here are some pages that deal with other things I mentioned:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/gifts_men_teachers.htm  (gift ideas for men, teachers, & others)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/frames-mirrors.htm (& decorative tiles)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/covering.htm (metal/glass/plastic/etc ... pencil cup from metal can or drinking glass, e.g.)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/vessels.htm (boxes/bowls)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/books.htm (& covers)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/mixing_media.htm (paper, metal, fabric, feathers, etc)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Halloween,etc..htm (Valentines & other holidays)

P.S.  If you decide on this, do yourself a favor and don't use Sculpey clay... it will be much more easily breakable in any thin or extending areas after baking than Premo, Fimo Classic, Kato Polyclay, or even FimoSoft.

Good luck!

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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2004 09:26:07 AM »

I love link, i am planning on making a link shirt for my hubby (yes, we're both nerd too, i just got done stenciling him a james bond shirt -- he owns the whole collection)  anyways here are some ideas for quick stencils, it actually is really easy to do, and he'll love it.  my hubby asks me every once in awhile to stencil him a new shirt, i've made him quite a few and the guys at his work are all jealous.  so here are some links to link pictures Smiley




the first one if my personal favorite, those guys on stencilrevolution have tons of ideas, i love that website Smiley

hope this helps  good luck



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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2004 10:07:11 AM »

Jodi - Thanks so much for the links - Unfortunately, mine doesn't seem to wear 'normal' tshirts.  He wears those polo type shirts with the collar and 3 buttons.  Of course, I'm contemplating embroidering one (Last year I got him the think geek monkey shirt) - but I'm not sure what I'd put on it.  Maybe the counterstrike logo.  Steve & Barry's at the mall have plain black shirts like that for something like $7.

Edit - I just got it - A TROMBONE!  He plays trombone, and has this really old tshirt he loves, but is almost see through now.  It's his lucky trombone shirt - he even proposed to me in it.  I bet he'd wear a shirt with a trombone in it!

Then again - I could always stencil some boxers - that might be funny.  *winks*  I just don't have the supplies on hand for that.

Diane - Thank you for the links as well!  I appreciate it muchly since I'm just new into the poly clay thing.  Unfortunately all I have on hand is Sculpey, and I'm a little low on funds.  So I'll use this, and replace as things break.  Like I said, emergency.  And beside, the last time I used sculpey for my little Link, I made a wire base for arms and things, so that should help a little with breakage.
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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2004 10:26:47 AM »


I decided I'm going to make some marble pictures and glue them on thumb tacks for his office.  A while back I cut up a bunch of simpsons type pictures and set them aside for this, so I'll use those.

Any other ideas, folks?  I may also take the embroidery thing (I know, I'm overusing it, but it's cheap and easy, and I probably have enough time for smaller projects.) and embroider towels for him - since our gym requires everyone to have a towel when they're using equipment.  That's cute, right?  Any ideas of what to embroider?  Sayings, anything?  Can something BE nerdy and good for the gym at the same time?  Yoi.  I suck.

Anyhow - I got the pwnd stamp done yesterday, and it works really wel, now all I need is something to mount it on, but I can figure that out.

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