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11  Twisted cones in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: July 12, 2014 10:45:41 PM
A recent pottery piece that's actually a trial run for a larger piece I'd like to make.  I made two cone shapes that are flat on one side so they fit together.  Then I twisted both pieces so they're entwined---sort of a Yin Yang effect but with cones.  I'm not sure I'll ever make a second piece but certainly had fun making the prototype.

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12  Photo Transfers in Completed Projects by Jenxx on: July 04, 2014 11:28:35 AM
My daughter & I have been experimenting with photo transfers & having a delightful time.   She's not professional but is seriously into photography so all of the photos are ones she's taken during her travels.

We used a gel medium to transfer the laser printed photos to canvas or wood.  We finished some with an acrylic spray---mat or gloss---& added a thick coat of Mod Podge to others.  Some are coated with dark oil to give a more antique finish.  For those transfers that weren't as successful, we covered the glitches with an acrylic wash to give a more distressed appearance.  Several have been enhanced by painting a Glossy Mod Podge onto certain areas for accents. 

We came up with quite a variety of looks & hope to investigate a bit more into the technique.  We've already chosen a lot more photos to work with & may even try a few of my pics.

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13  Flaunt it! in Completed Projects by Jenxx on: July 03, 2014 11:07:05 PM
My thought has always been:  IF YOU CAN'T HIDE IT, FLAUNT IT! 

If you must use a cane or walking stick, get the most intricately carved, & brightly painted ones you can find.  Get an array of them to accessorize your wardrobe. 

I've added flowers, feathers or beads to several turbans I've made for friends who underwent cancer treatment.  The additional bling can make a huge difference in attitude.

I've seen people wearing eyepatches & had the urge to ask if I could paint a flower on them. Wouldn't a ruffled edge make it look cute?  Sequins?  Oooh, an eyeball painted on an eyepatch?

That's why, on the 2 occasions I've had foot surgery, I decided I couldn't hide the ugly casts I had to wear.  Instead, I opted to paint flowers on them to make a fashion statement.   It's surprising how many lovely comments I received because of them.   

The P. A. at the hospital also liked my effort.  Enough so that, my first cast was sitting atop the upper cabinets in the cast room when I left.  How many people have had a piece of artwork on display at Mayo Clinic?

I also tried decorating the cumbersome walking boot but wasn't successful.  I could't find a paint that would stick to the smooth surface so it peeled right off.  After a second try I gave up.  At least, the paint job lasted long enough for me to get a photo.   

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14  Clay Tile with Mushroom & Ladybug in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 21, 2014 07:05:34 PM
A clay tile that measures about 4x4 inches.  The background leaves & mushrooms are carved into the clay while the other items are modeled individually & added before firing.

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15  Clay Tile in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 21, 2014 06:54:09 PM
A clay tile measuring about 4x4 inches.  I first carved the tree branches into the leather hard clay.  Then I modeled the bird & tiny leaves which I affixed to the tile before firing.

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16  Sahara---A Camel in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Jenxx on: May 16, 2014 08:52:03 PM
Hopefully, I have this in the right place.  She isn't a toy but more of a decoration.

When a dear friend asked me to make him a stuffed felt camel I thought, "Yeah, I can do that".  After all, I've designed lots of felties, all about 4" to 8" high.  When he asked for it to be about 2 ft tall, it became an instant challenge. 

I began by making a small one, about 7" tall, with a wire framework.  I didn't finish it completely but decided it would work. 

I then doubled the wire for the framework & made the full size one.  Too late, I learned that the wire wasn't strong enough to support him.  He will barely stand up.  I suppose I could finish him as a sitting down camel.

Hubby came to my rescue & helped me make a PVC pipe frame.  Did you know that you can heat the PVC with a heat gun & bend it into any shape you want?  Worked great!  I wrapped the frame in quilt batting & sewed the felt around it, adding more stuffing as needed.

I made a few adjustments to the pattern (added toes) & somewhere during the process, He became a She---Sahara.  When she was all decked out in her camel finery, I mailed her off to my friend---he loved her.    I was rather pleased with the results too.

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17  Flamingo Wine Glasses in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Jenxx on: April 27, 2014 08:46:30 PM
A friend requested that I paint flamingos on wine glasses for her.  It's my first try & I'm fairly pleased with the results.  She is too. 

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18  Fish in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: April 16, 2014 08:32:51 PM
I brought this home from Pottery class last night.  He's about 9" long & will hang on the wall.  My only disappointment is that the intructor had her asistant turn on the kiln & she didn't get the temperature right.  That's why the crackles on his fins & tail didn't melt down.  They adhered but didn't melt.  I could ask her to refire it but don't really mind the way it is. 

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19  Clay Flowers in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: March 15, 2014 07:47:47 AM
As a snowbird wintering in Florida, I've missed my summer pottery classes.  Fortunately, I've found a local studio so I can now play in the dirt year round. 

One of my first finished pieces is about 10" x 4".  I pressed banches (Cedar?) into the wet clay & attached flowers & leaves that I modeled separately.   I wanted soft colors over all but didn't get quite enough green on the leaves.  My instructor suggested I add another coat to them & refire so I think I'll try it.  Other than that, I'm well pleased with it.  I didn't want a hole showing on the top so I'll either attach a hanger to the back with epoxy or display it on an easel.

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20  Don't drop it! Painted glassware. Lots of photos in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Jenxx on: January 08, 2014 04:15:58 PM
I paint quite a bit of glassware including wine glasses & bottles.  I've done one stroke flowers for the most part but recently learned a new techniques that give me a much wider range.  I'm particularly fond of my wine diva.

I appreciate your enthusiastic responses & thought I'd mention a few more things.

Since I began painting bottles, I've come up with several uses for them other than just sitting on a shelf looking attractive. Not being a great connoisseur, most of my wine comes from a box. When I go to the clubhouse for social hour (or any other place where I take wine) I fill one of my painted bottles---always guaranteed to attract attention.

They also make lovely oil lamps. Kits are available but my resourceful husband discovered that by drilling a hole thru a brass cabinet knob, we can roll up the end a long wick, twist it into the hole & set the knob on top of the bottle.  Note the tall flat bottle with the pale aqua flowers.

Wine cooler & beer bottles are great too. When I want to remember someone but don't want to spend a lot of money on a gift, I've found that a beer bottle will hold nearly a full bag of jelly beans or M&Ms. There are just enough M&Ms left over to treat yourself while you cap the bottle & trim the top with ribbon & beads.

Flow restrictors are available at liquor stores so some of the smaller bottles can be used for bath oil, dipping & olive oil, or dish detergent.

I don't teach one stroke painting but can give a few hints on painting the other designs.

For most of them, I captured line drawings from free clip art sites, sized them as needed & printed them. I cut around the pattern, laid it printed side down on the table & moistened the backside with a damp paper towel. After dampening the INSIDE of the glass, I pressed the pattern to the moist area. I found that a rubber spatula sometimes helps to press the pattern in place. The moisture will help it stick to the glass long enough to paint the outline of the design on the outside of the glass. I replace the pattern with a folded paper towel before I paint the details in freehand.

I use enamel paints & pens for glass---usually FolkArt brand altho there are others. For durability, I bake the finish on. Put the glass in a cold oven & set it for 350 degrees. When it reaches temperature, time it for 30 Minutes. Turn the oven off & allow it to cool completely before opening the oven & removing the glass. Most paint companies say they're dishwasher safe but I hand wash them to be sure.
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