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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Sculpture of tormented subject on: May 13, 2009 05:16:13 AM
Several different mediums were used in this project, beginning with paper mache over a wire armature. Subsequent layers of salt clay and paper clay were added. Finally, a coat of white paint was followed by three or four colors of spray paint - applied VERY lightly - giving the piece some depth and contrast.

The slow process of building the final shape one thin layer at a time helped compensate for my limited skill and experience. More than once I set this piece aside for several weeks while plans for the next step bubbled away on my mental back burner.

On a limited budget, I filled and shaped the inner throat using home made salt clay. As the clay dried, it shrunk significantly - creating deep cracks resembling the surface of a dry lake bed. I was terribly disappointed at first - but quickly decided the cracks looked more interesting than anything I could have tried to do on purpose. The teeth were cut from polymer clay and baked before being glued in place.

Stuff I learned: Dental instruments RULE as sculpture tools and are super cheap. Also, using spray paint outdoors when there is a breeze will result in permanent colorful speckles on the siding of your house.

Reason for the project: A close friend who struggles with addiction overdosed and spent a week in the I.C.U. Although gravely ill and near death for several days, he has no memory of the incident or its aftermath.

Those of us who love him will never forget it.

It was important to me that he know how terrifying his experience looked to those of us who watched him go through it.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bath remodel with tile and dominoes on: May 12, 2009 09:53:50 PM
I'm so glad to have a place to share this great idea! I wish I could take credit for it, but the idea came from a spur-of-the-moment suggestion made by a friend.

As part of a bathroom remodel, I replaced the old plastic tub/shower surround with tile, and included a row of white plastic dominoes at about eye level.

The dominoes were cut and installed just like the tile.

What I learned/should have done: should have used a belt sander on the back of the dominoes to make them the same thickness as the tile - as it is, I have a tiny ledge above the dominoes where moisture can collect. I also think the dominoes would look better installed vertically rather than horizontally.

I am currently pondering whether I can work some more dominoes into the new floor treatment...

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