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21  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?

22  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."
23  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!
24  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

25  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!!)
26  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)
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Thoughts on: July 27, 2011 10:59:00 PM

I made this drawing yesterday and I was totally un-inspired and unsure before I started, but while drawing the idea`s came and the motivation also came ^_^ I have to remember that, 'just start' and the rest will come.
I wanted to show it and ask people for their opinions, curious about if people like it or not. For me its one of the first drawings that I made with my new favorite medium, which is copic markers. I am totally, utterly and completely happy with them.
At first I did not have a colorless blender, but I found a cheap one yesterday and now its easier to create subtle color changes. Also I found a copic liner this week that is not black but brown, which is very nice for places where you want lines but not as obvious as in other places.
I really have been having a huge artists block for a couple of years, due to life difficulties and feeling to down to care. Losing creativity is like losing your hands and heart, losing half of yourself. I feel so relieved and joyful about the idea that it seems to be returning to me sometimes Smiley I enjoyed making this a lot!
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Who has lots of copic colors? I have a question :) on: July 23, 2011 02:23:56 AM

I am looking for copic marker colors that are super bright. I posted this drawing to show what I use it for. In this one I used a color called shock pink (RV04) which is a super bright color, almost neon. It helps me to get the flowers bright, like real flowers are (well.. I hope I get it like that Tongue).
On the picture the super pink pink is not really that visible, but its pretty bright.
And I am looking for more colors like that, like super bright orange, yellow, purple, blue.. etc, all colors that are 'neon'ish.

On the caps of the markers you cannot really see which color has this neon quality to it and which one has not. So I can only find out by asking, maybe others have colors that are super bright.
Who has copic colors that are like neon colors? And if you do, what is the color name and number?
29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A new tree on: April 13, 2011 01:53:04 AM
A new tree, but same style as last time (for the ones that know about that one)
I made it yesterday, and I am kind of happy with it. Only I do feel the first one was way better, as always its hard to try to make something 'as good' as another time, it is always different. And inspiration is always the strongest the first time.

Anyway, I still like to paint these odd trees on wood a lot, and plan to make some small ones, maybe with a sun or something extra next time.

30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Another one I am working on (sorry :)) on: March 31, 2011 02:56:50 PM
I suddenly started a new painting today, and am not sure if its finished yet. I think not.
But here is how it is going right now, suggestions are always very very welcome Smiley!
Sorry for the bad quality photo`s, there is no daylight over here right now so its a bit hard, and I did not want to wait  Cheesy

Maybe too much blue? (lol Tongue)
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