Empty liquor bottles

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So I have these old (and empty) liquor bottles (Jack Daniels baby) and I was wanting to do some sort of craft with them.  When I googled anything with liquor or craft in it I was always getting lamp DIYs.  I'm wanting to do this for a friend (she loves JD) and she was already talking about making her larger bottle into a lamp.  So I don't think I want to fool with doing that. 

I saw, on pinterest, where someone made a lotion pump out of a bottle.  So I might do that with one of them (probably the smaller one). 

So I need ideas on what I could do with these.  I'm really stumped here.  I'd like to be able to keep the label on it because other wise it wouldn't be the same.

Uranium Zombies from Chernobyl

Working on some brand new zombie pendants and woke up with horrible nightmares last night about zombies. I have had nightmares influence my artwork but have never had my artwork give me nightmares.

Funny thing is that I watch the tv show "The Walking Dead" and it doesn't bother my dreams.

Don't think this is a good thing.... Can you blame me? He turned out scarier than I planned!

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I spent last night customizing a pirate hat, for a steampunk-y pirate costume I'm working on! :)

The hat went from a generic fancy dress brown hat, to.... This:



Here's a comparison of the hat before and after I had my way with it. )

And for those curious, here is my quick-and-messy concept smush for the full costume :)

Winter Knitting

Cooler weather prompted me to get ahead of myself on Christmas knitting. I made this set for my young niece:

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I love this hat to pieces!

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You can find details and free pattern information on my Ravelry pages. Hat is here. and convertible mittens/gloves are here.
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Letraset fixing advice anyone?

Hi all! I have a random question for y'all. I'm currently making knotted bracelets with lettered beads for fandom friends and am wondering if anyone has any advice on how to permanently fix the lettering? I'm using dry transfers (Letraset and the like) on smooth glass beads. I've tried fixing with PVA/craft glue and artists varnish and while both work, they're not as permanent as I would like them to be.

Here's an example of one of the bracelets so you can get an idea of what I mean.



Thanks for any and all advice folks!

lightfast microglitter query

Hello crafty people :)

Has anyone got any good recommendations for a brand/supplier of microglitter to use for craft projects, that is lightfast?
(The plan would be to mix it with epoxy resin to use as part of an instrument - we don't want it decolorising further down the line after all that effort).

Many thanks!

Fabric help, please!

Hello, lovely community. I'm pretty new at sewing and I would like to buy some nice, breezy, not heavy at all fabric to make skirts for myself. Could you let me know which types I could buy? I have a pretty simply pattern, so I hope it all goes well.
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Halloween crafts part 1 - treat bags

Hi people!
I decided to give my own contribution to the Halloween craftiness with some stuff I made time (and time) ago but never published properly. Here is a little preview of what is going to come:
I started with treats bags! Stop by to read more about them:
spoilers here :) )

Crow Or Raven Nevermore Pendant

Pendant is hand made from a wonderful strong sturdy and lightweight clay called Creative Paperclay by me and then hand painted with a mix of acrylic and metallic paints.

I bought some new glow in the dark paints and used a new ultra glow in the dark paint on the background (green glow on the moon and some of the stars and blue glow in the dark paint on a few other stars). This is the strongest and longest glowing glow in the dark paint on the market. The green with glow up to 24+ hours and the blue will glow up to 3 hours when charged in the sun, a bright light or with a black light (put pendant in light for about 15 minutes for a good charge).

Took me a lot of time to find the best glow in the dark paints (actually had to return the glow in the dark paints I bought from the first company)and ended up going for even more pricey ones but they ended up being so worth it!

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Zombie Girl!

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I
 made this to decorate my area at work for Halloween at the behest of my team lead. I'm quite pleased with how it came out, I have only been crocheting for a few months now. I edited a pattern for Marvin the Robot (from Hitchhikers Guide) in order to do this, I'm not sure how she came out so big. I know I miscounted/stitched some extra rounds or INC where I shouldn't have somewhere because I had to stitch some stuff together at the top that you can't really see now but I made another one after I finished this one and it was so much smaller, much more like the marvin that I made from the pattern. I used a red sharpie on the yarn to make the blood look, it was originally suppose to be a corporate zombie which is why its in black and white but here we are lol. I have a sort of pattern for anyone who wants it but honestly I mostly winged it!
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It is easy to drink away a whole night. It is hard to realise that now unknown dude is aims his gun at the pear at your head.
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its been a while since i posted, my computer was on the fritz. Don't you hate when that happens? But im up and running again and made a few more buttons. Hope you like.
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Stretchy Bracelets--Appropriate Beads?

I saw a bracelet on facebook--a stretchy one, that was really cute, but it was 30.00. It had lava beads on it, and a skull bead. I have the exact skull beads here at home, but not lava beads. All my beads are made of stone and glass, but I feel my bracelets could be made to look even better! However, I'm not schooled on making stretchy bracelets, or the weight of lava beads.

So. Can stretchy bracelets be made with heavier beads, like glass and stone? If so, what do I buy as "wire" for that? how does one attach the ends? Tie in a certain way, or what exactly? I'll try to find a tutorial as well.

I admit this is the first time I've seen a stretchy bracelet pass off as relatively good quality (some are really pretty, but you can tell they are very plastic and not all that great, and never seem to be worth very much).

thanks for any advice you can give me! :)

Three animated beading tutorials about herringbone weaving

Click the pictures to see the cartoons, please.

Flat Herringbone



Tubular Herringbone


Tubular Twisted Herringbone

October Blog & Project Planner

Sorry I'm a little late postin' this up, but here's a blog & project planner for October for you guys to download for free! Oh, and desktop calendars, too. I made the PDF files editable, so you can just keep the folder on your desktop all handy dandy like that. I didn't make a printable version this month, though you could print the pdfs, I wouldn't really advise it because it's not saved with a CMYK color profile. If you don't mind wonky colored prints, then go ahead and print 'em! I personally found that I use the PDF files a lot more because I'm just ALWAYS at my computer, hahaha.

Here's a little peek at the contents:
(click the picture and it'll take you to my blog, where you can download it!)
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thanks, ladies! hope you like it :)

-Elizabeth

EDIT: hey guys! sorry -- I should have made the link more visible! it's on the blog. but here are the link locations:

(it'll take you to mediafire to download)

for the planner:
http://www.mediafire.com/?wihu4ntz77yzhyk

for the calendar:
http://www.mediafire.com/?4kd2yd4zajo9q9c

Adventures in Handspinning

I made scrummy mitts. From this pattern. It's a simple pattern and I've made these mitts before. They take a good evening to make and a good bit of hot tea. 

This is how my latest pair turned out. (the brown is yak and the turquoise is tussah silk)


Cute. Fun. Nothing special except... This is the first project I've made from the yarn that I spun myself. Yaaaaaay!

Crcohet candy corn and earbud cover


Marco Polo the cat likes to help model the crochet...


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Suggestions please

 I made a denim flower pin which turned out very nice for a friends birthday. forgot to take a pic.  For finishing I sprayed with a little sizing (starch) to help hold the shape. My question is are there any products that would be a  
better permanent alternative than sizing.

thanks,
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glass paint kitchenware funtimes

Oh hey.
You may not remember me from 7 DAMN YEARS AGO when i posted about making a virus-themed mug for a coworker. But I'm back with more glass painting to show you, this time kitchenware.

Do stop by, won't you? )