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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cookie Monster Scarf -- first time crocheting! on: June 19, 2009 12:12:48 PM
I decided to post the Cookie Monster scarf that I sent to Windoverireland for the Jim Henson swap. I taught myself to crochet -- well, at least to crochet circles -- for the swap, since I had the image of this in my mind and really wanted to make it.

The yarn is all cotton.



The eyes -- the pupils are buttons.



A close-up cookie. NOM NOM chocolate chip!



Now I want to learn more crochet techniques and try my hands at a pattern!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Ceramic Birdhouse and Bird Feeder (image heavy) on: March 19, 2009 04:46:09 PM
I made these in my beginning ceramic class. I can't wait to hang them up, I just need some chain!

The birdhouse is coil built. It is built to the size that wrens and chickadees prefer, 4 inches in diameter at the bottom, about 9 inches deep, with the 1 1/4 inch hole about 6 inches above the bottom. These little birds like cathedral ceilings!



It is stoneware clay, fired to cone 10. The glaze was complicated, despite its' look. The branches took four coats, plus a coat of wax resist! The body is glazed in a lovely, subtle celadon.

The inside is left unglazed, to give little baby birds a way to climb out when it's time to leave the nest!





Holes in the back for ventilation. There are also holes in the bottom for drainage.

The top removes for easy cleaning. Strong branches provide a place to hang it from beside the lid. next time I will use cables to make a lid that slides up, but I didn't have access for this go. This angle makes it look crooked. Hehe.



A matching bird feeder! Same glazes, but this one was slab built.



Perches for hungry birdies.







I can't wait to put birdseed in it and see the first bird come to visit!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Fox Mask on: March 18, 2009 03:34:59 PM
This is from my first term of beginning ceramics. I just finished my second term but I only just got good photos of this! The assignment was fairly open -- create a slab-built mask.

Hand-built, iron stain, fired to cone 10.



4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Pit-Fired, Burnished "Dream" Pot on: March 01, 2009 05:11:56 PM
This was made with low fire red clay. I made it using the coil method, then burnished it while leather hard with a polished agate. It shimmers! I was going for a "primitive" look, since it was made with a primitive method. I poked holes in it and then it was pit-fired.

Once it was fired, I took artificial sinew (waxed fiber) and wove a dreamcatcher into the top. I included some vertebrae woven to the edge. Inside, I put a jawbone and a vertebrae before I wove the top. The beads are semi-precious stone chips (picture jasper and, unfortunately, I've forgotten the other; an opaque, light green stone).

The bones were all found in the forest, no animals were harmed or farmed!

It was raining when I took the photos, so those are the dark spots and streaks. XD



5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Hungry Baby Bird on: February 23, 2009 09:52:00 PM
This is a mixed media piece, but I think the polymer clay hatchling is really the focus.

This was part of an assignment for my first term of ceramics. The nest is stoneware, fired to cone 10 reduction with rutile and black stains. It is decorated with moss, lichen and feathers (found on the floor, no birds were harmed or farmed for them).

The bird is polymer clay with acrylic stains. It's hungry! It's about life-sized (pretty darn small!). It's my first polymer clay sculpture. I made some mistakes, but I like it. When I said I was making a baby bird, people said, "Oh, I bet that's cute!" I had to shake my head and say, "Actually, it's kind of creepy."

Sorry the photos are kind of crummy, I just rigged some cardstock and only had one light. I really need some sunny days to get some good photos of my other pieces.





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