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Old 04-07-2008, 04:36 AM
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Old 04-07-2008, 05:56 PM
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What's the Gamma Phi Lambda on the SK paddles? Is it a family thing since the other two don't have those letters?
Yeah, it's our family name. At my chapter, all the families have Greek-letter names that stand for a "secret name." I haven't heard of another chapter that does it like we do, now that I think about it.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:04 PM
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here are some up close and personal pictures of my paddle which I designed for my big sister... hope it inspires you somehow.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:19 PM
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Sylvia,
That is one of the most beautiful paddles I have ever seen!
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:21 PM
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Sylvia,
That is one of the most beautiful paddles I have ever seen!
^_^ thanks so much! i worked really hard on it, i wanted it to be super unique, and it was for an amazing person.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:32 PM
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Wow, Sylvia, your paddle is absolutely gorgeous. And...is that bird a replica of Fawkes from Potterpuffs? It looks awesome!
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:33 PM
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yeah =) our sorority mascot is a phoenix, hehe ^_^
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Old 04-08-2008, 02:31 PM
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sylvia, how long did it take you to make your paddle? just curious! i don't have that much creativity in my whole body! when i had to make mine, i bought all of the wooden letters, symbols, etc. i was too afraid to paint it b/c i thought i would mess it up. and it got kind of expensive really quickly...all of the letters and symbols add up fast!
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:24 PM
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sylvia, how long did it take you to make your paddle? just curious! i don't have that much creativity in my whole body! when i had to make mine, i bought all of the wooden letters, symbols, etc. i was too afraid to paint it b/c i thought i would mess it up. and it got kind of expensive really quickly...all of the letters and symbols add up fast!

i'm not going to lie, it took a really long time to make it all... several coats of paint on the main part and around the edges... but it was fairly inexpensive since I did all of the wording by hand with paint markers and paintbrushes. the rose was a 99cent piece i picked up at Michaels, it was prepainted pink, i stripped the pink off and painted that white. My paddle was like 20 or 25 dollars, I forget and then like 5ish dollars for the jewels... i had to buy several packs to find the colors I needed. Anyways, it turned out exactly how I had imagined. I'm an art major so creativity was a must!

It's fun to experiment with paint! I just found out yesterday that I'm getting my first little so I will be making her a small paddle I think. =)

In all, it probably took ehhhhh at least 10 hours or more I would imagine. i was very excited about making it so I forget how long I really spent on it... silly enough, I spent a lot of time just planing it out how everything was going to fit on it! On the back, I wrote a ton and I painted an oriental style tiger. maybe i will post pictures of that part later....
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:03 AM
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Here's the paddle I got from my big sis:



And I don't have a close-up, but here's an old picture of me, hard at work on my lil sis's. I'm mostly done with it by this point, just gluing on the painted letters:



(sorry the pictures are so enormous)
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:31 AM
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that's really beautiful! when i was an undergrad, i didn't like the painted paddles so much. i think it was because i didn't have the skill to do a good job with them. but the examples in this thread have totally changed my mind!
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:04 AM
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What's a nonpaddle?
I believe a nonpaddle is something thats not a paddle! lol
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:01 PM
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I used scrapbook paper for the background:


What my lil made me:


Our family is tropical themed, hence the palm tree.


Some others from my chapter.



I have more photos, so PM me if you'd like to see them - I don't want to upload a ton ha.
Where can you buy the blank nonpaddles & paddles?
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:11 PM
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Wow, we make our pledges cut their own wood and woodburn or carve or something of the like. It makes them so much more special.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:15 PM
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Wow, we make our pledges cut their own wood and woodburn or carve or something of the like. It makes them so much more special.
That's a really good idea lol ... should have thought of that
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