Thursday, July 26, 2012

Guitar Art

Here's another ancient craft resurrected for the old rehtaeh blog.

My friend, Chris Lockett, makes beautiful music.  For one of his album releases, he requested I decorate this guitar with the song titles from the album.

Lockett guitar art
In this picture, you can see the template he gave me to copy.

Lockett guitar art 
 In progress shot.  The outline is done in China marker.  The fill is acrylic paint.

Lockett guitar art

Lockett guitar art

Lockett guitar art

Lockett guitar art

Chris has a new album out, which you can purchase here.

And here's a video of Chris playing one of the songs:

Thanks for looking!
:-) Heather

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

James Bond Purse


Here's a bag I made last year for my friend Athena's birthday.  She loves James Bond and Duran Duran, so I made her this "A View to a Kill" bag.  Unfortunately, it's not her favorite Bond film, but I think it's cuteness makes up for that.  It's a vinyl bag with a cotton lining.
Here are the pictures:

Birthday Bond Bag for Athena
Finished bag.

Birthday Bond Bag for Athena
Interesting placement on the spindle hole there.

Birthday Bond Bag for Athena
Back of the purse.

Birthday Bond Bag for Athena
I addes this magnetic snap on the back because I thought it was pretty.  There's no real funtion here.

Birthday Bond Bag for Athena
The handles are retractable.  They're made of metal craft rings wrapped in vinyl and ribbon.
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Side view.
Birthday Bond Bag for Athena
A peek inside.
Birthday Bond Bag for Athena
Ribbons are necessary in all record purses.
Birthday Bond Bag for Athena
This bag differs from my others in that I sandwiched the records between the bag and a clear piece of vinyl instead of drilling holes in the records and securing it with ribbon.

Birthday Bond Bag for Athena
The vinyl here is all wrinkly, I'm hoping it smooths out over time.

Birthday Bond Bag for Athena
Bag with the record sleeves.

As Always,

Friday, June 8, 2012

More old crafts- the Juno Bag


So, here's another craft I made a few years ago: a Juno inspired messenger bag.  I made it for a chick on craftster who was let down in a craft swap.

Juno bag

It's got the school crest from the movie on it in fabric paint.

Here's the stencil I made, I used an old nylon stocking in an embroidery hoop to make it.  I printed off the crest from the interwebs, copied it onto the nylon in marker and then painted the negative spaces with mod podge.  Et viola- home made screen printer.  Then, I just put it on the bag and painted through it.  Placing it on the bag was the scariest part.  I didn't want to mess up the bag I had just sewn together.

Juno bag stencil

The bag itself was this shiny, stretchy, maroon material with a black cotton lining.

She was a college student, so I put in lots of pockets for all her stuffs.

Juno bag

Lots of space for pens and what not:

Juno bag

Also, this extra little pocket on the flap, I made it yellow like the cute little shorts Michael Cera wore in the movie.
Juno bag

I didn't really know about all the stiff interfacing you can get at that time, so it's missing that extra structure a messenger bag really needs.  She seemed to like it anyway.

Thanks for looking!

As Always,

Monday, April 2, 2012

chandelier makeover

So, a long time ago (a year and a half ago, maybe), I bought a chandelier from a lady via craigslist.  And it looked like this, only with crystals hanging on it:


So, I removed the chain and stripped off the white paint and it looked like this:


Which was pretty, but kind of rusty.  So, I painted it green and it looked like this:


And here's the crystals being cleaned:

And here's the final result:
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That's four spools of wire (green, blue and copper) crocheted with about fifty blue beads and over a hundred crystals (clear and pink).

The chain is three different types of chain I put together, alternating the links.  And the cool silver blub is an LED, but sadly far to bright.  I'll be substituting a fan bulb, but still LED so I don't have to worry about all the wires getting hot.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Home Made Light-box

The Home Made Light-box

I really needed a nice light box to show off my crafts; and what better way to get one than to craft one?

First I bought a bunch of half inch square dowel rods (the ones with the tips that are blue like the color pool cue chalk) and chopped them in half.  I used a crappy little saw that cut them wonky, but they still worked.

Took this picture before I figured out I should turn on the flash.

Then I used some bright pink gaff tape (because I had it laying around, duct tape or whatever will do) to tape the doll rods together and stapled through the tape on one side.


My wonderful sister sent me a box set of Red Green dvds for my birthday, so I had an amazon box.  I cut it into strips and pieces. I stapled the small pieces to the rods on the opposite side to where I had just stapled through the tape.

Chopped up Amazon Box                                    Cardboard stapled to the rods.

The tape and cardboard make the rods much sturdier.

I stapled the  four of the rods together like this to make a square frame and set them down on the white fabric which makes up the box.  I used a textured fabric just because I had it laying around, but any white fabric will do.  One without texture would be more like a store bought light box.


Then I attached the fabric to the rods using the cardboard strips and staples.  I started by putting one staple in the middle of each side and stretching the fabric as I went so it was taught.  This is much like reupholstering a chair or making a painting canvas.  I also pulled the corners tight and just stapled them without the cardboard as there was a lot of extra material there.  I trimmed off the extra material.

Next, I stapled the cardboard all the way around the frame.

This may be more staples than necessary, but better safe than sorry!

Then I attached stick on Velcro all around the frame, half covering the sides, half on the front face of the panel.

Attaching the Velcro.                                          Snipping the corners of the Velcro so they lay nice and flat.

This is the finished panel.

This is the outside view of the light-box, the inside will just be white.

Then, I made more panels.  You need five panels to make a light box (top, bottom and three sides).
I put the soft Velcro all the way around the bottom and top panels.
For the side panels, I put hard Velcro on the tops and bottoms, then hard and soft in the appropriate places so they make a cube when velcroed together; one panel with soft Velcro on both sides and then the other two with hard Velcro on one side each.  This used up the entire 15 foot box of Velcro.

All the panels stacked in a chair.  They store nice and flat.  Mine didn't turn out that square since the crappy little saw fought me and the rods didn't turn out perfect sized, but they still work just fine.

Here is the finished light box in the sun with a hat inside:


Setting it in the sun gives you nice even light for beautiful pictures.  You could use it inside with lamps shining on it, but laying it in the sun is just much easier.

And here's the hat's beautiful pictures:


This the hat I wear for drinking wine, can't you tell?

Here's some pictures I took of my friend's homemade Doctor Who Weeping Angel Christmas Tree Topper!

Here is the Orginal shot exposed one stop overIMG_6684IMG_6683
Original non Photoshopped pictures.

I shot her one stop overexposed and then adjusted the levels in Photoshop so she looks more like the actual angel; which looks like this:
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Weeping Angel, beautiful but deadly.
Here the shot adjusted to look more like the actual angel in photoshop, just tweaked the levels

Here is a link to the Craftster blog my friend modified to make her angel:

Hope this was helpful!

Heather :-)