I was paired up with RobbinZombie for the Loyal Mutant Swap of 2014!! I wanted to play around with her log on name so I made her this little applique quilt "card"
The beak and the wing bone are from a set of gloves. They glow in the dark. I used some red paint to obscure some of the blue stripes in the chest to make it look more like a robin with mold, instead of a striped robin. The black part is a skull pattern from a sweatshirt I got to cut up for stuff..like this It was a fun and quick project
As soon as I heard about this challenge, I knew I was going to play with pull tabs. For one thing, I knew I had well over 100 of them. I also wanted to incorporate my new crafting love, resin. And of course, it needed to glow in the dark some how. If I was going to bother to make it all glow, I wanted to make sure it was easy to charge up. That's when I decided to make a lamp shade for our back entry way. It was just an old school "pineapple" style clear glass dome....
OKies...lets start at the beginning. I counted out my 100 tabs, and safety pinned them into groups of 5, so I wouldn't loose track of any of them. Then, I unrolled strips of packing tape and put them into a plastic box, sticky side up. I wanted to make sure they stayed still, so I used magnets on either side of the box lid to help to keep things from slipping around. I layed out the tabs on to the tape. After they were all layed out, I went over them all with a brayer to make sure the tape was well stuck to the back of the tabs. Then mixed my resin with my glow powder. I used a pop sickle stick to drizzle little bits of the glow resin into one of the hols of the tab, being careful to not get any into the other hole. Well...best laid plans and all, some of the tabs were not sealed as well as I hoped, and the resin did creep out. But it was not a complete disaster, as that was enough to seal the tabs, and I just had to do do another coat of the glow resin the next day. Then it was just a mater of peeling them off the tape, and clipping off the extra resin bits..
After that, I repined them together, just to make sure I had my count right..
The hardest part of the project was deciding how to attach them to the lamp. I wanted miniature chicken wire, but could nto find any of that (the lady at the craft store showed me the miniature chickens thay had when I asked her ) I also could not locate a mesh that I could buy in small enough quantity...they all wanted me to buy a complete roll. My mom found these at a by the pound thrift store..
So, I clipped them in sets of two holes diagonally, so that when I folded the strips, the holes matched up. I rolled them over with a brayer to get them nice and smooth.
Once that was done, I folded the strips lengthwise, to form an L shape. The open side went along the glass, and the folded side became where the tabs would go through. I made one hole at the end of the strip larger, to go around the brass knob at the bottom of the glass. Then I molded the strips along the glass. I used an aluminum tape that I had to secure the end to the glass top. As it turns out, aluminum tape doesn't really want to stick to aluminum, but it stuck to the glass fine, so I just had to add more tape along the edge that fit up to the glass to get it to all stick together. The whole thing was super fiddly but I eventually got it to stick satisfactorily...
I decided to not use jump rings and just cut the tabs to go through the holes, so it would weight as little as possible.
Then I just had to feed the open end through the holes. I used pliers to make sure the tab ends were clicked back into alignment. Due to the top of the tab hole haveing a flat surface, they hang off to one side. Not what I was expecting, but I think it helps the glow to charge better, as the aluminum strip is not obscuring the light source. OOh yeah...and I bought a 100 watt equivalent LED to put into the outlet, for 20 bucks!
Thankfully, though the bulb is wider then a traditional bulb, the mouth of the shade still fit over it
Then it was just a mater if setting it into place. As it turns out, it is quit hard to take a good photo of it, either off or on. It is not obtrusive in the daylight. When the light is on, it shines and shimmers off the shinny aluminum and helps to diffuse the 100 watt brightness. ANd it doesn't take long to charge and glows for many hours. I think it looks a bit like a deep sea jelly fish of some sort when it's all charged up. Here's a few more pics of my photo attempts..
I'm quite happy with. I hope you enjoyed my process
We had a little hiccup and needed an Angel for Acadian Driftwood. Though I felt a bit greedy, since I hosted it, I just was too inspired by her list, so I Angeled for her. The results are Captain Pepper Pusstapus
He is a result of 16 things from her wish list... 1. Cats--The head
2. Glitter--Lots of the skin, antlers
3. Tentacles--I used doll legs and arms for the tentacles
4. Rainbow--Rainbow Pirates sword
5. Mermaids--well...octomermaid 6. Wings--Bat wings 7. Action figures--The base was an action figure. One arm and three legs are movable. The head can be gently turned from side to side to pose easier. This is the base of the action figure (thanks craftylittlemonkey .) I also used random doll arms for the other "legs" 8. David Attenborough--This was a hard one. The parrot is the result. This Australian parrot is not your normal parrot. This is a female Eclectus Parrot. It is unusual in the parrot family for its extreme sexual dimorphism of the colors of the plumage; the male having a mostly bright emerald green plumage and the female a mostly bright red and purple/blue plumage. In fact, it was thought to be two different species until recently. I hope that sounded a bit like David
9. Picard--The flute is a reproduction of the Ressikan flute from the Inner Light episode where he lives a life time in 25 min. and one of my favo epis.
10. Janeway--Turns out Captain Janeway played Tennis in high school...thus the tennis racket The racket shows up int the side photo. I just happen to have a tiny one in my collection (thanks to CLM again...she is such a treasure!@ 11. Piratres--Tri-corner hat, parrot, sword The hat is felt, deco cord, and 1/2 of a Kinderegg. 12. Tattoos--skull, star, Pokemon, and claws/paws
13. Pokemon--Poliwrath tattoo 14. Antlers--Glittery antlers 16. Glow in the dark--Lots of the skin, sword case (the strap is faux leather BTW), skull tattoo, tentacles, and bat wings.
I learned so much from this project. In fact, it was the project that made me understand I'm actually a mad scientist and not an artist at all. I was experimenting like a ...well..made scientist! I bought the cat head, just because it was too perfect. But the rest was from my stash. The appendages were applied with a glue gun and then covered over with CeluClay. Then, once dry, I used a household problem primer. I think I used 3 layers, just to make sure it all held together. I used the primer on anything I had to paint. Then I used several coats of Martha Stewart acrylics to get a depth of color in the tentacle part. The suckers are glow paint and then dimensional glow paint to make the suckers pop a bit more. The sword is a plastic knife I bought at a Halloween discount sale. the sword sheath is glow in the dark Duct tape...LOVE that stuff . Picard's flute is a chop stick covered in a heavy paper glaze. The Tattoos are all rub ons I've collected around the years. OOH! And the name Pepper comes from the TY tag I just could not bring myself to cut off.
I do think this figure was a turning point in my creative life. While I love him terribly, it was not hard to send off, as it was so very much made for Acadian Driftwood. AND, to all the other Mad Scientists out there, look for another Mutation Swap sometime before the end of this year
OKies...my turn to add to the awesomeness. My package from fancybutch and it's super cool
I love this and have the perfect place to hang it. they are moss spirits. they remind me of the soot sprites from Spirited Away
This sweet owl-y mug rug. One can never have too many mug rugs
I love this squirrel fabric! And bags are always handy
And a very cool mutant t-shirt. It's a lizard bird hybrid, and everyone should know by now, I always need more mutations in my life
And some excellent craft supplies. Lots of green ribbon (one of my favo color ways), leopard tissue, which is great for decoupage...and my allergies . A pack of sparkly green and sliver sequins....I just bought a pink flamingo from a thrift for .69 cents and was thinking of covering it in sparkly things so PERFECT! Some adorable little green bunnies, one is out of the pack so you can see how adorable they are. Some cool blue butterflies, which some will just get used for wings, and a cool card. Oh yeah! and a cute owl eraser
Thanks so much for everything FB! I do hope my package lived through the shipping...not sure I've ever been so worried about shipping :
I decided a few months ago that I'm actually a mad scientist and not an artist as I previously thought. So, I don't call my craft space a studio, or craft room. Somehow, this small change has helped me to take the space more seriously. I've been working for 3 to 6 hours a day in the laboratory trying to get it sorted out and organized. Since I have a chaos brain, being organized is not my strong suit. I have been just throwing things into a big pile for the last three years...
This is after a few days worth of work. It's mostly to illustrate just how much stuff I have and how it tends to be all over the place. But I did manage to clear out a corner completely so I could get a table into that space..
But I didn't have a table to put there. So, a few days ago, the Hub and I went out to hit the thrifts to see what kind of deal we could find. We located a butcher block style table with solid wood legs. It had a 30$ price tag, which was a bit more then I wanted to spend, but still a decent price. We went to pick it up today and the price was 25$ today, so YEAH! After we picked that up, we went to the local Salvation Army to see if they had anything to add in. They were having a clearance sale! I got 6 other pieces for 2 bucks each!
I was just going to get one of the end tables, but the Hub thought I should get all three pieces, so as not to mess up the set . About an hour later he was like, "Did I just encourage you to spend more money then you were planning??...Do I have a temperature??" LOL. The white stool/table will go onto my desk, once I get around to redoing that space. I'm also not sure if the side table will stay on top of the table. My little drill press, vice and toaster oven are probably going on the table....anyway, lots of options now
This is just faze one of a much bigger project, but I wanted to show it off a bit anyway
So...just to show one doesn't have to think painting in this situation, here is a memento of my Basset Hound Sophie..
She is modified from a moose pattern I had. I made two, one for me, colored like Sophie was with fabric markers, and another for my then 3 year old nephew, just with a spotted fabric (I think...it's been awhile )
I also made a dog for gotgrey to commemorate her beloved Greyhound. It was for the Junker Jane doll swap...
It's overwhelming how many cool things are in this gallery. I feel like a total slacker for not commenting on everything, but there has been lots of things I've OOOOed and AAAwwwed over
I'm glad everything made it to Lunanne safely. I crammed the box so full I was worried things would break.
And I received my package from her yesterday, so I get to add to the already epic gallery today
This makes me laugh every time I look at it. I just love it's expression...
The photo came out a lot darker then it is. It's a nice medium blue in real life. I just think it is adorable. It's also realy well made. It even has two zipper pockets to help to keep me organized
Two cool shirts..
the cephalopod shirt is fabric applique. The eye one is stenciled. And they are both perfect for me
Lunanne crocheted me twin three eyed octopus. I wish I had a 4 post bed as they would be perfect to put over the tops of the posts . Between the ocots is a clear plastic egg bank that was holding the windup penguin. The red thing is a fish that unfolds into a bag which is perfect. I've been wanting one of those for my purse, but they are normally flowers or some other not like me thing. She also made a little wool fish, which will make a nice pin cushion. Then there is glow in the dark paint, which I can never have enough of Below that is a lovely evil eye bracelet. The bead eyes are much smaller then most of the ones I've seen and I like that.
And then she sent some fun paper supplies. A bunch of note cards and envelops with dogs and paws stamped on them, a cute sushi paper note pad (I love SUSHI!), a cute monster coloring book, her card which has a neat pic of a bird in mid flight. Below that is a two pack of recyclable pens. They can be recycled AND they are nice to use too. Then there is a pack of connect the dot pics with 3D glasses. I've been wanting some 3D glasses for awhile now . And then this cute fox note book, which I almost bought myself when I bought the little owl dish I sent her Thanks so much for everything Lunanne. It was fun swapping with you
I made this for Ludi after asking her to do the IYP Swap with me..
It's one of the largest and most complicated things I have ever sent away, but it was fun to make. I rough sketched it from a pic off the internet. I started with a felt base. Most of the tentacles are fabric fused to felt then cut out and machine appliqued down. I did a bunch of free motion work before applying the tentacles. Some of them are stuffed to make them pop off the surface more. The eye is a cool moiby vinal I got from Archie McPhee's. His leather wings are a pair of thrifted black vinyl snake skin pants, there is some scrap velvet used for the wing spines. The rest is quilt weight fabrics. The main body is a goose camouflage fabric wich made me laugh the whole time I worked on it
Cthulu is holding the planet in his hand, contemplating what to do next. I painted his nails with glow in the dark paint...just because
but it needed a little something to live inside of it. I settled on a pincushion ring since everyone knows wendiek is an epic sewer..seamstress....needle worker
It's a scrap of polar fleece, a tiny bottle lid from a mini bottle of wine, cotton from a vitamin bottle, animal feet buttons, googly eyes, a pipe cleaner for a tail, and a bell from a thrifted collar. Oh yes, and a ring blank. The idea is he can be worn as a pincushion while sewing, either by machine or hand.
Here's how it looked all tucked into it's gift box..
I thought this might fit here, due to it being a paper clay project..
I swapped with wendiek in the recent IYP and our theme was monsters. She had red robins in her pintrest, so I thought I might make a slightly monstrous robin for her.
I used a container similar to a Kinderegg container, but it was hinged and slightly larger. I twisted the wire through the vent holes in the "egg", making the feet and legs. The tail is a pipe cleaner. I twisted it back and forth around the outside edges, to make it sturdy. I hot glued that to the body. The eye is a clear large safety eye with the peg clipped off at the base. I used several coats of glow paint on the back to make the eye glow in the dark. Once it was dry, I hot glued it to the bird. I reenforced the plastic hinge with some heavy packing tape. I then covered everything with paper clay to form the basic shape of the robin. Then it was just a mater of painting it to look like a robin. Since it came from my back yard (as it were..) it is modeled after the North American Robin. I used glow dimensional paint to cover the edges around the eye.
I was very careful to not glue or have the paper clay dry shut, so the little guy can be used to hide things..