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11  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / I started fusing glass, my first pendants on: December 16, 2011 06:10:50 AM

The title already explains it. I started fusing glass and these two are some of my first pendants that I thought where nice enough to show (also made a lot that did not work out very well).
I do not use dichroic glass on perpose, using normal colors of glass pushes me to find interesting color combinations and shapes, while dichroics would just be nice already, without any effort in combining colors and such. I like that challenge.
I painted the first one by the way. I used porcelain paint, and designed the tree myself (its not a stick-on glas fusing decall). So I hope that it looks ok. I like trees (as some here already know Tongue) so that is why it became one.
The nice thing of the porcelain/glass paint is that it is scratch free and completely water resistant. So it is very sturdy stuff.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making a simple table top photo studio on: December 01, 2011 01:10:11 AM
I found some information on the internet on how to make a simple tabletop photo 'studio' (that can be used to photograph small handmade items and such Smiley)
I am not a good photographer but I`d love to have good pictures, without a background. So I am using super cheap recycled materials that I already have in my house, to make one. Curious about if it will work (would be cool Smiley) I`ll make pictures of it as soon as I can.

But I was wondering about some things and hoped that there would be some people here that know more about photostudios/tabletop ones.  Cheesy

The thing that I wonder about most is the white background and sides (all sides are white, except for one open side). The idea is that the white makes the lighting better, lamps can shine through it instead of directly on the item. But I wondered about what kind of material the background should be. Can this just be plain white paper for example, or should it be a special photo background?
What does a real photo back ground do?

I might have an old slide screen somewhere in my house, I could possibly use that as a background as well.
Any insight on what would be good material would be great Smiley

This is an example of one that is made by someone: (this is not my picture, found it on google images)
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Butterfly with copic markers, tutorial (picture heavy) on: November 17, 2011 10:19:08 AM
Edit 12-01-2012: I added another (simple) tutorial for this new butterfly:

Hey there!
I made a new drawing with copic markers today. This time not a moth but a butterfly.

I took pictures in between so I thought it would be fun to make a tutorial out of it. Not sure if anyone is interested in that but I have the pictures, so why not.

Since a butterfly is symetrical (almost symetrical) its helpfull to set up a small base of lines that will help to make the wings etc the same size.
The picture is a bit unclear but if you look closely you see a square, made with pencil. Inside (not visible here) there are more squares. The paper is DCP paper by the way, 190 grams.

Using the guide lines, I draw the butterfly and its wing pattern lightly with graphite pen. Lightly because its not good for copic markers to draw over graphite, the graphite can go into the tip, causing darker shades. So draw as lightly as possible.

After checking if all the lines are right, and removing the lines that are not neccicary (the guide lines), the coloring with the copic markers can start.
I use lots of layers. First starting with very light shades, and then adding darker shades, blending them, adding more.. and so on. Until a nice effect happens.
With copics the magic is in blending and layering. The more layers, the more 'even' the colors become. With 'even' I mean that no marker strokes are visible anymore.
All the colors on this picture are already about three layers thick, so they have become a bit even already, but more layers will be added.

Here you can see that the greens have changed a bit. On some places I have added yellow layers and very light blue layers. Also the butterfly body has been colored. With dark copic colors and a pilot choose pen (white), I also use the pilot choose pen for the white lines on its wings.
The colors are now as I wanted them and I start giving the butterfly some shadows with a soft graphite pen. Graphite pen is a bit silvery, so it lights up a bit, sorry for that.

I played around some more with the colors and such to make the butterfly look a bit more... sharp I guess? And I made the contrast between the colors a bit more obvious with the graphite pen. I dont know the right word for it.
But this is the final result:

I hope it is a bit helpful, and if its not.. oh well Smiley I just wanted to show what I have been working on today. I am curious about what you all think of it. Smiley

Materials I used:
-DCP paper (clair fontaine) 190 grams
-Graphite pen (soft)
-Copic Sketch markers (G07, B14, YG13, Y11, YG95, W3, W5, W9, C3, C7, C9, B32, YG03, BG10 and YG91, 0)
-Pilot Choose pen (white)
-Copic liner black, 0.05
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Moths on: November 10, 2011 08:04:28 AM
I always feel fascinated by butterflies and moths, so I decided to draw one yesterday and soon after the first one a second one. I like butterflies because of their colors, and their fluttery cute/friendly look. Moths are different, they have a mysterious feel over them that I also like a lot.
There are countless different species all over the world, with such different shaps and colors. I love to look around on the internet and explore this world of moths Smiley

So, here are my two moth drawings. I forgot to take 'in between' pictures.. sorry, I promised to do that but I simply am too chaotic sometimes to remember. Maybe next time Smiley

A close up of its wing

And I somehow want to find this type of frame for it, this one is just photo shopped but I think wood would look nice. I am terrible though at choosing frames..

And the other one (this was the first one actually)

I really loved drawing these so I think that maybe I will try another one soon ^_^
15  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Hotpot problems! on: November 08, 2011 07:41:11 AM
Hey there,
I have a question about hotpot microkiln. My first one had a problem and I got a new one from the seller, but the new one also seems to not work properly.
The thing is that the fusing paper and fusing felt (I hope I translate it right), which you are supposed to put under the glass pieces, turn brown/black.
That did not happen before, it used to stay perfectly white even when the glass was fully fused and melted, so something is wrong.
Also the glass itself gets black stains by the way, which is not normal either.

It scares me a bit, I am afraid that it can cause a fire or something. What causes this problem? Does anyone know?

16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / New symbol tree with copic markers on: November 04, 2011 08:10:54 AM
Hey there again Smiley
I am not sure if I should post this one inside the topic with the other tree drawing/painting, so I hope I do it right.
I have some pictures that show different stages so I thought it would be fun to put those in this topic as well.

First the finished tree. I am really curious about what you all think of it. Its more detailed then the other one and took way longer to make. The story that belongs to it is the same as with the other tree, I`ll post it below the pictures. With this tree I added fossils under the trees roots, I had not planned that at all but just came up with it. If I ever make another one I do want to plan that better so that they become nicer.
The reason why the fossils are there is to underline how old the earth is, and how much history there is inside it.

Anyway Smiley I am quite sure that it all sounds weird, dont worry, its just fantasy and imagination  Grin

Its a bit hard to make good pictures up close, the colors and sharpness is a bit off.. but oh well. Just imagine that the real one has no pixels Tongue

The stages:

First lines with pencil, later with copic multiliners

The first colors

More color, after this I forgot to take more pictures of the process. Hmm, I do like these colors also, maybe more then the colors of the finished tree. But they needed to be darker so that the white lines would show more.
The white lines are made with a pilot choose pen by the way, I love those Smiley

"A tree filled with hidden lines and symbols, that tell stories about the past, present and future. About nature, trees, dewdrops, stars, clouds, the sun, the seas, about the earth and the universe and so on. No one can read them anymore, but they are still there, old and hidden."
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Lost Symbols (tree with copics :)) on: November 03, 2011 03:05:49 AM
Hey there!
I`m back again with a new drawing. I suddenly got inspired and was really happy with it because it helped me to make a drawing and be creative for some time.
Here is the result, a tree made with copic markers on paper, I am really curious about what people think of it Smiley

"A tree filled with hidden lines and symbols, that tell stories about the past, present and future. About nature, trees, dewdrops, stars, clouds, the sun, the seas, about the earth and the universe and so on. No one can read them anymore, but they are still there, hidden."
I hope I will be able to make more in this theme, I loved doing it!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some new earrings and such ^_^ (+picture update) on: October 06, 2011 11:58:35 PM
Another woodburing pendant, this time a leaf:

And I made some simple earrings with dutch shells from the beach and another one with wood. Comebined with some Unakite, which is a stone.

These ones have Lapis Lazuli.

These have little bells on them Tongue that actually make a very soft tingling sound. Of course its close to the ear so noticable. Cheesy not sure if its annoying or fun. Lol, it does probably attract fairies  Wink

19  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Hotpot for glass fusing, some questions! on: September 24, 2011 03:21:35 AM
Hey there!
I was really hoping very much to find some people that have experience with glass fusing in the mini microwave kiln that is called the Hotpot.

I have some questions about it, that I would like to find answers to before I buy it! Cheesy (lol, the hotpot really makes me enthusiastic)

Here are my questions, I hope someone can answer them Smiley :

1)  is it possible to use old glass, found in second hand stores and such, will it work? I would love to recycle glass instead of only buying expensive glass. But I do not know if special glass is used, or normal glass.
I am thinking about different things.
Like for example colored marbles (that would be cool), old pieces of stained glass, pieces of old glas plates or whatever really Smiley as long as it is real colored glass and not painted on the outside.

2) is it possible to inbed metals? Like silver, for example (silver clay)

3) is it possible to put several pieces inside the hotpot at once? Or can you only fuse one piece at the time? (there are big hotpots too, which looks use full but only if its possible to put several pieces inside. I don't want to make big things, only pendants and such) On the picture below several pieces are placed inside, but when I watch youtube tutorials.. people always only put one piece inside, so this made me wonder.

4) is it possible to work with enamel powder? There are really pretty pearl colored, or gold etc, enamel powders and it would be interesting if those could be put between two pieces of glass for example.

5) and my last question.. does it really work? haha Smiley I mean, does the hotpot really give good end results? Or is a real kiln needed for that?

For the people that never heard of it before, a hotpot is a stone mini kiln that is placed inside a microwave, which will heat up in a very short period of time, so much that glass can be melted/fused.

Here an example of something that is made by fusing glass that way (not made by me!!)
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My first ATC`s - Cloud Trees on: July 27, 2011 11:17:13 PM

One of my first ATC`s/ACEO art cards (I am not sure what the difference is).
I do not completely know for sure if I will trade it yet, but I wanted to share it anyway.
The idea was that the trees grow on of the clouds, and that the foliage are clouds as well. Because of that the people down below do not know that there is a little world of trees/forest there, and possibly even more. Tongue
I used copics and a pilot choose pen for white lines.

(side note: I called the topic 'my first ATC'`s' because I hope I will make more of them in the future, then I can post them inside this topic instead of making a new one for every little ATC)
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