Utensil Wind Chime
Challenge/No-Sew Jean Makeover Challenge - March 16
"Craft! Craft! Craft!
Craft!" Let's give'm what they want, Jason!
Tonight, It's Kyrst -
specialty: costume design - vs. Sandy - specialty:
Stephanie Kheder (owner, BocageNewYork.com)
"Mean Jean" Railla (editor of GetCrafty.com, author of
"Get Crafty: Hip Home Ec")
Frank DeCaro (star of Sirius Radio)
Tonight's grand prize: a
Dick Blick portable painting studio. A reminder of the
rules: the crafters will be competing against each other
and the clock for two ten-minute rounds. Their creations
will be judged by each judge on a scale of 1 to 10,
based on beauty, creativity, and utility. The player
with the most points at the end of round 1 takes on the
Craft Lady of Steel in the Bonus Round.
Home ec was never this
lethal, let's make like the Black Eyed Peas and get it started.
Round 1! The Utensil Wind
Chime Challenge. Craft chime based on everyday kitchen
utensils. Remember, it must be solid, sturdy, and make
that annoying tinkling noise. You have ten minutes, and
these babies aren't going to craft themselves... GO!
Kyrst is the first one out
of the roughage with her utensils - a few spoons,a
couple of forks, and a key. Let's take a moment and meet
our manic crafter. Kyrst's strength is in designing
costumes with a glue gun. "I have a very quick brain,
I'm very creative, and I'm absolutely insane." Oh yeah,
and she also has metal nipples.
Does Sandy have metal
nipples? Judges... Yes, she has the metal nipples. Sandy
has never crafted competitively before. But she is very
resourceful. Let's see how resourceful she is on
So while they're going
at it, we're going at it to the "Create your own wind
chime segment." You can use tines to curl up your forks
into a baroque design. Then suspend your forks and other
objects on a vegetable steamer using ball chains. But
make sure that you don't plan on eating with these
forks. And if you're a child reading this, adult
permission and supervision is not only necessary, but
Remember, sound quality
will also be judged... Kyrst is trying to test hers for
balance while Sandy's still threading! and that's time!
Kyrst tried to use
different types of spoons, with one fork added "for
whimsy". Stephanie likes spoons. Jean isn't wild about
the sound. Frank is reminded of "Carrie".
Sandy wanted to create a
multi-tier effect, and we have sound. Stephanie calls it
a smart move. Jean likes to keep it simple. Frank likes
Sandy wins round 1. But
it's a close game indeed. Next up, round 2: The No-Sew
Jean Makeover Challenge. Both crafters are given free
reign over the scrap table and an iron. But that's it.
No needles around here, because they're sharp, and the
last thing we want on a game show is a needlestick. What
they are given is fusible interface, a special material
that makes anything an iron-on. Got it? Get it on!
Sandy has patches,
ribbon and fabric. So does Kyrst. Sandy is going to
"keep it simple" with one color scheme.
And believe it or not,
if you had scraps, a worn pair of jeans, an iron, and
some fusible interfacing, you too can have some stylist
jeans. Just cut the pattern and the interface into
matching patters, iron on, and voila. I have the
GSNN logo running down the side of the leg here... Think
it'll fetch about $4 on eBay.
Midway through the
battle, Jason is throwing a monkey wrench. "You must
use... MY PANTS!" "Take his pants! Take his pants! Take
his pants!" As if Sandy didn't have enough problems with
the interface. Now she has to use Jason's pants.
Okay... time's up! Time
for Amber to do a little modeling. Kyrst had some iron
difficulties, so she went with country. Stephanie
would've expected something more from a costume
designer. Jean likes the snaps, but hates the peeling.
Frank likes the snaps, but felt generous.
Sandy decided to go with
scarfing. Stephanie likes the detail and the shift. Jean
likes the incorporation. But ribbons? Frank likes it.
No contest here, as
Sandy takes the game! So while Jason gets a new pair of
pants, Sandy wins a Rowenta professional steam iron with
an Omnigrid sewing package. As well... as a rendezvous
with the Craft Lady of Steel for that portable painting
Release the beast! The
professional textile designer and recipient of the
National Endowment for the Arts fellowship has 10 years
of professional craft stylistics under her belt and is
known the world over. She graduated from the Rhode
Island School of Design AND she was once an employee of
Martha Stewart. Are you scared yet?
The final challenge:
you're going to make... a watch... out of one face and a
band made from only hot glue. It's the Hot Glue Watch
Challenge for all the marbles. The judges are in isolation and....
Eight minutes on the clock... only eight? BEGIN!
Sandy goes with gold,
purple, and blue, while CLOS takes red, silver...a nd
more silver. If you plan on doing this, remember: use
multiple guns to avoid mixing colors. CLOS is back to
the cart for more embellishment. She's going for a loop
motif. Seventeen seconds to go, and Sandy is going for a
clasp! Another tip: make sure your glue is dry before
you attempt to lift.
Time's up! To the double
blind test. We have loops (a) versus Mardi Gras (b).
Stephanie and Frank think that A is more sophisticated
looking... But in the end, it's a group decision... for
the Craft Lady of Steel. But for every victory, there's
another challenger waiting in the wings, so don't relent
just yet. Until the next deathmatch, remember the CCDM
credo: "It's cheaper and easier just to buy stuff."