Sunday, December 28, 2008

Yin Yang On Mushroom

Yin Yang On Mushroom, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

I upgraded to a pro Flickr account today and moved a few of my old photos there. This is a concrete mushroom I made almost 6 years ago. I took the shot with a large tom cat sitting on it for size reference.

It is concrete and has white vitreous glass tiles and heart shaped glass globs in the top. To make it I cut strips of contact paper so it would lay flat inside a large plastic bowl. Then I placed the glass tiles and glass upside down on the sticky side of the contact paper. I used 4 heart shaped glass blobs for each red spot on the mushroom cap surrounded by the glass tiles that had each of their corners nipped.
I used a cardboard tube to form a concrete nipple under the mushroom cap. To make the mushroom stem, which is a separate piece, I hand formed concrete onto a cardboard tube. There is lathing wire inside the concrete of both pieces for strength.
After curing I soaked both pieces in a plastic trash can filled with water for about a week. Then I was able to remove the cardboard from both pieces. The nipple underneath the mushroom cap fits inside the hole in the center of the mushroom stem. It is sturdy and perfectly balanced. Our grandchildren use it as a chair.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Favorite Tool of the Week

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Do I knit? No. 18 years ago my mother-in-law and I decided we would trade crafts. She would teach me to knit and I would teach her to crochet. Neither of us were able to grasp it though. Apparently we needed more time and alas she was just here for a short visit.
However, knitting needles are one of my favorite tools for sculpting with polymer clay.

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The aluminum needles are easy to cut down to size with a tubing cutter. I have lots of different sculpting tools but the needles remain my favorite.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A few things I made in December of last year.
My mother-in-law adores snowmen. These were for her...
Polymer clay, mirror disc, glass chunks

This is actually a box...
Polymer clay including the eyes, wool that I dyed green, red ribbon around the caterpillar's neck.

The mushroom was made with glow in the dark clay.

It is actually a box. The mushroom cap is the lid.

These tiny clay cookies are attached to magnet cookie sheets that I made with sheet magnets and foil tape.
Polymer clay, micro beads, seed beads, sheet magnet, foil tape.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thursday Thunks

Thursday Thunks Meme. Click on image to participate.
1. If you had to have a brain transplant and had to choose between a cat brain and a dog brain, which would you choose?

2. Why do you think bananas are shaped the way they are?
To make them easier to carry.

3. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip?
Neither. I prefer mustard.

4. Do you use keyboard shortcuts?
Ctrl T For a new tab in Firefox is my favorite.

5. Are you a member at InsanityCafe Forums & Arcade? If not, you should be.

6. Where I live it was a low of -19 degrees this morning - what was your low last night/this morning?
40ยบ and raining.

7. Do you like hard boiled eggs?
Yes. Especially when they are turned into deviled eggs.

8. Have you ever drank green beer?
Hasn't everyone? :-)

9. Whats your favorite cleaner?
white vinegar

10.White or whole wheat bread?
White, warm and fresh from the oven.

11. Everyone has some type of phobia - whats yours?
Apparently not everyone. The older I get the less I am afraid of anything.

12. Aren't you glad there weren't any Christmas related meme questions?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pot Holder and Tea Towel

4sukigirl, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

This is for sukigirl, a new pot holder and matching tea towel. I love this flowered fabric. It reminds me of a flower child hippy girl. We did an applique along at Creative Living and I designed this owl for her then.
I figured out what I did wrong on the other pot holder. I am making them with two layers of insul bright insullated batting sandwiching one layer of cotton batting. Great to keep you from getting burned through the pot holder when using. However it is too many thick layers to sew through.
I learned to trim away ½" off the excess layers of batting leaving only one before adding the bias tape. This is easily done using duck bill applique scissors. It is much easier (for me) to trim away the excess than to cut it smaller. For someone else it might be easier to just cut the insul bright ½" smaller than the fabric and cotton batting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Favorite Tool of the Week

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I always used Creative Little Daisy's wonderful tutorial to make bias tape before now. It is easy to follow and get great results. Recently I tried the Clover Bias Tape Maker tool and I really love it. In my next post you will see the new and improved pot holder I designed for sukigirl using this bias tape.