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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wood Burning on: March 17, 2009 09:08:26 AM
2 months ago i decided ta try out wood burning a hobby that soon took a life force of it's own
below is a lrg. wooden bowl i found for 2 dollars at a thrift store and sanded down and burned...HERE ARE THE 4 Sides....
The Green Man

Dragonfly

Green Maiden

Dragon

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK[/i][/b]
Sorry about the quality of the pictures....its really hard ta get a good pic when the bowl is curved and reflects light very easily
~Toby82~
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wood Burning on: March 17, 2009 08:51:13 AM
2 months ago i decided ta try out wood burning a hobby that soon took a life force of it's own
below is a lrg. wooden bowl i found for 2 dollars at a thrift store and sanded down and burned....
The Green Man

Dragonfly

Green Maiden

Dragon

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK[/i][/b]
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Rainbow meditaion ornaments W/TUTORIAL on: January 18, 2009 07:50:35 PM
12 yrs ago I learned how ta make these nifty string ornaments and ever since then I been trying ta perfect the very look of them... well 2 years ago i found the best procedure and exact sizes they needed ta be... and here are two pictures of the rainbow ones....
hanging

compared ta hand


hope you like em...pls let me know
OK I have it figured out Everyone...


Materials:
1)poster board<Thick> cut 3 inch stripes long way you should get 8-10 stripes out of this


2) Embroidery thread.. i use 12 ply but the rainbow ones I have posted are 6 ply(string)...the smaller the ply the longer it takes...but the more finely woven the ornament turns out, i have used 18 ply...but the the look isnt as well put tagether as you can see the thicker the ply the more unstable the weave


3) masking tape and bells if you wish, and scissors of course :-)

Making:
1) fold a piece of the 3 inch poster board stripe like how you fold a paper foot ball only making 2 folds at a time then unfold it and then with the next fold make it just a little bigger by 1 cm each fold,
this is the frame for the chim-chi... note: try ta make the folds accurate other wise it will collapse do 3 folds then unfold it and start again from where you left off.



2) make a tassel out of the same colour of thread your using  and we add this to the center of the poster board fold... at this time we also add the bells which is my own add on to the process... I also found if you dont want bells...add stones or more tassels... or what ever you prefer but we need each corner ta have something in it to be able to wrap/weave the chi to its perfection...note i will share how i cover the other corners... thats what makes my prototype My own*sorry*




*Note* I used two different colours of poster board only because it is easier to show how to fold  the 3 dimensional chi.... i only use one length of poster board...but if you go bigger you need two length poster board




3) once your main structure looks like this I take masking tape and cover two coats of over the whole skeleton of the chi for extra support and also masking tape allows the thread not ta slide/slip out of place



4) Now we are ready for weaving. the most time consuming task of the project... with the 3 inch dimensions on the rainbow chim-chi's I found when i use all 6 colours Its 9 to 11 rows of each colour,(using regular embroidering thread)  I like ta make sure they look proportionally correct... now to start the weaving..
make a slip knot with the colour of thread you'd like ta use and loop it over the tassel and pull tight.


then tape down the ending side to the middle


now choose a corner to start in and we start from the edges and work are way in,  starting the weave/wrap with with winding it around the corners with the bells first


once to wrapped it around the first corner stay onlong that edge but just on its other side and take it past the tassel and wrap the opposite corner


this is what it looks like from the top view when all the corners are done

and from here you can keep wrapping til you want a colour change... try a wrap it tight but not to tight your frame  it paper just remember that....
when you want to do a colour change make sure to tuck the knot .... when you've finally reached the top..... i tie it off with the tassel string and then braid it all tagether for it to be a hanging ornament



below is a chim-chi thats basketball size.... i have yet to perfect the dimensions of this size.... and havent temped it since i made all the chakra colours.... for these took 22 hours ta make from start to finish per each one.....


On the 3 inch ones from start to finish it should take no longer than 5-6 hours for your first one.... i can now make ONE from start to finish in 2 1/2-3 hrs....
Now if we have any questions on trial and error... please let me know...it can be frustrating...also when hiding the knot it can be difficult i use a butter knife ta slip it under the rest of the threat...
enjoy the chi making and GOOD LUCK to all Huggz
Toby82
BELOW IS HOW I DISACRIBE WHAT I USE IT FOR

CHIM-CHI

The chim-chi is
 a 100% all organic visual art display of healing.

The unique design structure is two 3-sided pyramids coexisting. The first is the top pyramid representing the mind/body/spirit of Male, the bottom pyramid is the mind/body/spirit of Female, and to have the rainbow of colour fusing them together in unity represents the bonding of Male and Female individuality.

When one spins the chim-chi, one will feel an instant alignment of ones true patterns, and understanding of long forgotten cycles of existence.

The rainbow of colours awaken all the unseen forces that surround the user,
allowing greater expansion in meditation.

If one spins the chim-chi clockwise, the focus is on the future. If one spins the chim-chi counterclockwise the focus is towards the past.

Upon spinning it counterclockwise one could also tap into past lives through use of controlled deep meditation, and seek out what is holding one back and if needed allowing one to cut past Love's oaths that hold one back from growth and expansion, thus also allowing one to gain control over forgotten knowledge!

REMEMBER: you are supposed to focus!

COLOURS

Black: Root Chakra (bottom of feet) destruction of all negativity, protection over all that isnt Divine.
Brown: 2nd Chakra (legs) this area rules with anything that deals with animals and animal guides.
Red: 3rd Chakra, (pelvis) this multi-use colour rules passion and pride, heals the body, protects the spirit, is bringer of pride, bearer of bravery.
Orange: 4th Chakra (lower intestines) this multi-use colour aligns and helps the lower body, also invites positive attraction to friendships, influences courage and heroism.
Yellow: 5th Chakra (abdominal/upper intestines) great for circulatory and blood flow, rules over all mental work, meditation, intellect, and trust.
Green: 6th Chakra (co-ruler of heart) creates a perfect balance of unity, promotes acceptance of growth and change, allows prosperity and fertility of ideas to come abundantly to mind, also rules over any plant life! (Herbology)
Pink: 7th Chakra (second co-ruler of heart) when COMPANIED  with green it will heal and ward off heart disease, and strengthen and balance the emotional heart. Pink rules all aspects of love.
Blue: 8th Chakra (co-ruler of throat) blue rules over the emotional field allowing one to do mental and spiritual work while protecting; bringing with it love and peace with understanding.
Grey: 9th Chakra (co-ruler of throat) anything dealing with the spoken word, including story telling, literature, and any other forms of communication.
Gold: 10th Chakra (right hand, sun) all that deals with masculine energies; physical strength, work, hardships, and perseverance.
Silver: 11th Chakra (left hand, moon) all that deals with feminine energies; ethereal understanding, physical healing and protection.
Violet Purple: 12th Chakra (3rd eye) all that is spiritual, allows one to see and understand the voice of the divine spirit, brings forth perception, imagination and illusion
White: 13th Chakra (brain/top of head) purity of all things mind/body/spirit; brings forth blessings and prayers.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts / Rainbow Chim-Chi ornament on: January 17, 2009 03:15:06 PM
12 yrs ago I learned how ta make these nifty string ornaments and ever since then I been trying ta perfect the very look of them... well 2 years ago i found the best procedure and exact sizes they needed ta be... and here are two pictures of the rainbow ones....

hanging

 size ta hand


Hope you like em please let me know what ya think
Toby
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / First Charcoal pictures on: January 10, 2009 05:09:36 PM
Air Elemental <not finished but excited ta show it lol>



Flying serpent <my next tat.>



Thanks for looking at my work...Pleas leave me feedback on plus and negative...I LOVE PRODUCTIVE CRITISISM
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Meditation Ornament on: January 07, 2009 05:10:23 PM
These I learned how ta make 15 years ago lol... And have been perfecting the craft of the chi since... well 2 years ago i finally found the perfect format for production, and I not only use them as a nifty 3-d ornament I use them for metaphysical fairs as Chakra ornaments to meditate with and align  the mind and aura in unison there are 3 pic from top/bottom/and hanging position Thanks for looking Toby82

Hanging position<Sorry they are blurry i am working from the cell phone>

Top

bottom
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / GemStone necklaces on: January 05, 2009 09:14:48 AM
this is mother of pearl and blue chalcedony and blue kyanite
Close up on the all moss agate necklace

blue kyanite and sodalite

Aquamarine and lapis

Amethyst and turqu. and smokey quartz
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My Paintings/Charcoal on: January 03, 2009 02:38:44 PM
My 3rd watercolour painting I am stuck on what else ta add...any ideas>??


MuM luv's angels and faeries so i mixed the two LIKE>??

I Love trees, And one night we were drumming outside and this tree starts ta talk to me and it was so live and so vivid I painted it that night


I Hope you all enjoyed em i have more in my gallery
Toby S
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