Criminal Crafts: From D.I.Y. to F.B.I. Outlaw Projects for Scoundrels, Cheats, and Armchair Detectives

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This criminally clever craft book delivers more than 30 easy-to-make projects for devious minds looking for ways to artfully display everything from murder weapons made of soap to crime scene outlines on the living room floor.

Criminals attract an audience. People admire the sneakiness and creativity of the profession while cursing the dastardly outcomes. So why not have all of the tricks without the trade? Criminal Crafts brings together illicit behavior and artistic expression...

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Criminal Crafts: From D.I.Y. to F.B.I. Outlaw Projects for Scoundrels, Cheats, and Armchair Detectives

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Overview

This criminally clever craft book delivers more than 30 easy-to-make projects for devious minds looking for ways to artfully display everything from murder weapons made of soap to crime scene outlines on the living room floor.

Criminals attract an audience. People admire the sneakiness and creativity of the profession while cursing the dastardly outcomes. So why not have all of the tricks without the trade? Criminal Crafts brings together illicit behavior and artistic expression with dark humor in this do-it-yourself project book. Author Shawn Bowman focuses on original crafts and recipes themed in noir, murder, retro espionage, pulp fiction, mafia, and voodoo.

Crafters and mischief lovers alike will love this book of 30 projects revolving around notorious criminals and their activities. From John Dillinger's soap gun to Bonnie Parker's gunshot poetry journal, readers will find themselves both amused and intrigued with the devious creativity. Not to mention how impressed party guests will be when they show up to Flaming Amy cocktails and cocktail bars stashed in violin cases. And just wait until you show off your shiv cozy! From the practical to the classically kitsch, Criminal Crafts are art projects readers will love.

Some of Bowman’s notorious crafts are available online at www.criminalcrafts.etsy.com, and you can follow Criminal Crafts at www.criminalcrafts.com and via Twitter and Facebook.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449409852
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 968,126
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Former professional chef and current crafter extraordinaire, Shawn Bowman dallied in a promising East Coast film career, but decided to chuck it away to raise a demanding and ungrateful family and an ill tempered dog. Attached to her glue gun in a meaningful yet painful way, she spends her days skulking in Portland, Oregon, writing, making stuff, and drinking awesome beer.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    Criminally fun!

    Author Shawn Bowman describes her book Criminal Crafts as “lighthearted homages to my favorite British country estate murder-mystery novels and … gangster movies”. She has gathered lots of cliche objects from those mediums to put together a book filled with a range of crime based crafts. Most of these ideas are downright useful, like the Rear Window Shades that let you make sure your kids are doing their chores. The Dia de los Muertos bath fizzies are based on the beautiful sugar skulls that are a popular decoration for Day of the Dead celebrations. I’d love to throw some of those in the bath! There’s even some crime cuties like the Voodoo Doll pincushion — seems like the ideal way to use a voodoo doll to me! Or the Crime Scene Gingerbread Men, who have x’s for eyes and a black outline around them on the paper plate. I liked the suggestion of making a decoy novel from an encyclopedia or other large book to hide valuables in, that could definitely come in handy. Criminal Crafts is a little unconventional for a crafting book, but full of fun (and funny) ideas!

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