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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: hand carved rubber stamp and printed Dodo fabric on: September 18, 2014 03:38:28 AM
thank you.

Oh, I love dodos! How exactly did you carve the rubber? I mean, what tools did you use? The lines are very nice and clean, and thin!
i used a craft knife for the outlines and some lino carving tools (i didnt use the lino that came with them though Undecided either the tools were cheap and blunt or the lino was cheap and rubbish but it wouldnt carve Roll Eyes, the lino cutters carve rubbers well though!) for the details on the wings, the mouth and the eye.
i used a flat sponge to apply the fabric paint, it was a little time consuming because too much paint and it filled in all the details so i had to apply lightly, stamp and reapply each time. im really fond of this design though. i might have to make myself something in Dodo fabric Smiley
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery on: September 17, 2014 10:34:40 PM
lovin those hero cards! and those trousers? awesome Smiley

i love the mosaic style of that quilt and that wallet! lucky you! Smiley
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: ancient history swap on: September 17, 2014 10:26:55 PM
if we can get a resonable number of people interested i might try my hand at organising this one Smiley so maybe a medium swap? 3'4 points? with a nice long crafting time Smiley unless someone else volunteers or desperatly wants to organise?
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pretty Bird 3D Swap - Gallery on: September 17, 2014 06:54:07 AM
Agnes. Agnes the moor hen.
awesome Grin
i have found her a spot on my book shelf where she looks quizzically at anyone sitting on the sofa
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / ancient history swap on: September 17, 2014 04:55:19 AM
 interested in ancient Egyptian art? got a passion for medieval cooking or fashion? could cover a really broad range of subjects and interests with one.
would anyone be up for something like this?
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pretty Bird 3D Swap - Gallery on: September 17, 2014 03:36:49 AM
recieved my swap from Ludi today. wow!

she sent this jaw dropping sculpt of a moorhen chick

look at the detail on those feet! Shocked squee!  hes adorable Smiley

she also sent this amazing little fridge magnet Shocked

and a fantastic penguin ornament for my christmas tree...*edited: fixed my camera*  

thank you so much. im over the moon Grin

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pretty Bird 3D Swap - Gallery on: September 17, 2014 12:51:46 AM

My package to tabzilla apparently went missing.

oh no Sad
fingers crossed its just delayed and will turn up eventually:(

love the quilted flamingo  Grin

yay!! im new to pattern making and textiles/sewing in general so im so glad it fits your teapot Smiley
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / hand carved rubber stamp and printed Dodo fabric on: September 16, 2014 11:28:36 PM

i wanted some Dodo fabric for a swap project but i couldnt find any in U.K and the shipping/import tax/other random fees just made it too expensive to get it anywhere else so  when i found some large rubbers in my local store i knew just what to do!
ive never  tried stamp carving before so i went for simple design.
i tried out a few patterns on some scrap fabric first just using my stamp pad to work out the spacing before i started the actual fabric using fabric paint. i drew the grid using dressmarkers pencil (thats what the blue lines are) which washes out

heres my finished cozy Smiley

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / rooster cane and ornament (loads of W.I.P pics) on: September 16, 2014 11:01:28 PM
i made this wall art for the 3d bird swap. my partner iisted chickens as one of her favourite birds so i decided to try and make a a rooster cane. im thrilled it came out so well, i ended up mading a faux wood frame as well as the subtle mix of colours worked much better than a single colour frame.
unfortunatly it was really hard to photograph the frame as it has a large amount of mica powers and guilders paste mixed into the clay which gives it a high shine Undecided
 there were a lot of textures i had never tried to replicate in clay before so i really felt i learnt a lot from this cane Smiley

the back: i embedded large jump rings to secure the  string/wire used to hang the piece

this is how i start my complex canes, its not a step by step tutorial as such but i hope it will give you some idea of my process Smiley if anything is unclear or if you have any questions, just ask Smiley
a rough line drawing with a few notes on colour any fiddly areas such as the beak i often draw a second larger sketch so i can see the detail.

the eye cane, basicly a log of black clay which i indented with a knitting needle and a small log of white wrapped in a skinner blend of yellow to orange. the whole cane was then wrapped in a thin sheet of very dark grey.

begining to build the skin around the eye using a few sheets of maroon and a skinner blend of pale to dark rose

i used this same method to create most of the wattle and the comb, except i used a blend of rose to maroon instead of the blend of light grey to white you see here.

all still made using a rolled skinner blend. here i cut pieces of both sides of the roll as well as cut it in half and squashed the shapes a bit.

the beak cane: i made and stack a skinner blend of very pale to medium to dark grey.

the whole beak is made from one stack, the right hand side is made with a slice from the middle of the stack (ie cutting off the palest and darkest grey) cut to an 'L' shape and filled with a slice from the bottom (just the darkest to middle greys)

hes begining to look a lot more chicken like at this point Smiley

starting to create the feathers:

lets add some more:

starting on the comb:
this skinner blend will form the basis along with  a few logs of solid colour

the comb from above: yep, its just stacked logs Smiley

the finished cane ready for reduction. its about 7 by 5 inches and about 1.5 inches in depth (flater canes are harder to reduce, which is something i didnt remember until i went to reduce it so try to make your canes at least 2in deep...it makes life easier.)  ive packed it out with white and scrap clay around the edges. i find that the edges of my cane tend to warp more than the center, especially with largge canes like this so this helps me reduce my waste

i also made a few brooches with the cane

these i made  with the scrap ends, i didnt want to make another scrap clay cane with them as they were warped but not useless Undecided i thought the contrast in textures would be an interesting focal point
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Ticker Tape Skulls Art Quilt! on: September 16, 2014 10:13:39 PM
i thought it was a mosaic from the thumbnail. amazing piece Shocked and the match skull beads?...genius! Grin
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