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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Corn Leaves on: August 03, 2014 08:52:43 PM


I stopped in the lane & picked a few leaves from the neighbor's corn. 



After washing them, I used a scissors to cut closely on each side of the center vein.
Then I cut down each half of the leaf to make 4 strands.



I used some glass marbles to make the stem stand up in a cup so I could work on it.



 I folded the strands one over the other & tucked the last one under the first.  This made what was called a Chinese Crown Knot when I did macrame'.  There are other names but that is the name I learned. 



I repeated the knot as many times as I could & ended up with a little pod at the base of the leaf with the center vein still intact. 


They're now standing in a vase drying.





This is actually the second time I've tried this.   As I expected, the first group lost a lot of it's color in drying.  I may try bleaching them if I can figure out how it's done.  I'm also waiting to determine if I knotted the first ones more loosely or if it's part the drying process.



Now I come to my dilemma.  I've never seen this done, so I don't know what I have or what to do with them.   I need a few ideas.

I think they look kind of neat in the vase & could be used in a dried arrangement.  I also wonder how they'd look in a wreath.  Other then that, I don't know if I've come up with something great or if I should throw them all away.

Suggestions?  Opinions?


 
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Butterfly Dish on: July 13, 2014 09:56:59 PM
I'm well pleased with everything about my butterfly except the colors.  I captured the image from "Free Clip Art" & printed it as large as possible on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.  After tracing the details on a slab of fresh clay, I cut it out & shaped it using paper wads as support.   When it was leather hard, I carved in the details & painted it over all before the first firing.  Before the second firing I used a dark green glaze to add definition to the carving.  A final transparent gloss finished it.
I dont care for the colors but fully intend to make more butterflies before very much longer.
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3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Twisted cones 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.



4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Photo Transfers 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.













5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Flaunt it! 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.   






6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Clay Tile with Mushroom & Ladybug 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.



7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Clay Tile 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.



8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sahara---A Camel 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.














9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Flamingo Wine Glasses 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. 



10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Fish 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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