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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 54 ENTRIES / Re: Rainbow pencil necklace on: September 18, 2010 09:04:20 PM
I see you're a Sydneysider, do you ever go see the Design Exhibition that NIDA has at the end of each year? You might enjoy it, the students have a lot of interesting stuff to show that they've been making throughout the years they've been there. There should be a new exhibition coming up soon. I saw one of these pencil necklaces at an exhibition there a few years ago and it jogged my memory.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My big sliced wooden human heart. First ever wood carving! on: September 18, 2010 07:44:33 PM
Oh thank you very much everyone, I always have a minor freakout before I post anything here, I'm never sure if people are going to like my stuff. My heart skips a little before I press 'post'.

 The audience that came to see the exhibition were quite a conservative bunch of traditional woodworky people that probably didn't quite understand what i was doing with it. Hence, my piece was admired, but didn't sell, so I didn't make any money to give to the botanic gardens, but I do get to keep it for myself which is totally fine by me.

I'm going to add a few process shots if anyone is interested to see how i did it.



13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My big sliced wooden human heart. First ever wood carving! on: August 26, 2010 11:37:03 PM
Ok, wasn't too hard to find here's the link

http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/friends/events_activities/kauri_project

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My big sliced wooden human heart. First ever wood carving! on: August 26, 2010 11:34:32 PM
Thanks heaps guys for your positive comments! You never know what people will say when you post something.

I'm going to try put a link to the Kauri Project website for those of you interested....
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: When you decide to sew a bicycle this is the result on: August 26, 2010 02:56:15 AM
Ha ha I love this. I'm assuming it's all floppy, like a Salvador Dali bike!
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My big sliced wooden human heart. Now with process photos. PIC HEAVY. on: August 26, 2010 02:53:15 AM
I was recently invited to participate in a thing called The Kauri Project. A few years ago a massive 108 year old Kauri pine tree had died in the Sydney Botanical Gardens due to an infestation of flying foxes, which are a protected species, but they unfortunately have a tendency to destroy the trees they nest in. Instead of mulching the tree they decided to ask about 30 different people to make things out of the wood. We all chose our wood and went off on our merry way to make totally different things. Here is what I made.....

A giant sliced human heart!









It took about 3 weeks to make it.

I've now added process pictures to show you all what a nightmare it was! I was so frightened that people wouldn't like it. All the other participants are well known or skilled professional woodworkers, this was my first time working with wood in such a way. Hope you like it.

Other people made a variety of things including sculptures, tables, chairs, bowls, boxes, cupboards, jewellery and a boat!

There is an official website, but I don't know the address, if you'd like to know more about the project you can Google 'The Kauri Project'

Ok so I started out with a model of a heart that I found. An educational toy. I glued all the bits together then sliced it up on a band saw.



Then I had my chosen piece of wood, big and flat. I used my little heart slices as a pattern and with an overhead projector blew the pattern up to a size where they all fit into the piece of wood that I had.



Then I cut out each pattern slice on a bandsaw. I then glued and clamped the slices together with a piece of paper in between each slice. This is so I could break them apart again, the paper stops the wood from gluing to the wood. It really works!

With my slices glued with paper in between I used any tool I could find to carve and carve. I used grinders, sanders, files, planers just about anything that worked. I was a maniac, I tried everything.  made sure I enclosed myself into a corner of the workshop because I created a LOT of dust.

Anyway after a lot of cursing and dust in my bra and undies, it ended up looking like this



And then I used chisels and a hammer to gently separate the slices.



And then I had sand off all the paper, carve out the interior parts of the heart, sand the outside smooth and add detail to each piece and add a pole in the bottom of each piece. This took quite some time and was more work than I'd really anticipated. I was very sick of it after a while because each slice was like a sculpture in itself.



And after all that I had to carefully paint and stain and finish the whole thing. I added veins on the outside of the heart. The quickest way I could think of to do this was to use knead-it, that 2 part epoxy fix it stuff you can get from the hardware store. I then has to carefully paint each vein. 



I was in a rush to get it finished in time. Typical me, leaving things to the last minute. I quickly made a basic block stand for the base, with holes in it for the poles and painted that with varnish, i spent all night painting and painting the heart and it was all a bit of a rush job and it's making me tired just thinking about it. But I got it finished in the end. So after all that work I felt like it was a lot of effort for a bit of an ugly product! But that happens sometimes, and I've learned to appreciate it more now that I'm not having to look at it and think about it all the time!






17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: March 21, 2010 05:36:37 AM
Oddly enough I understood all of that  Grin  Great work for puzzling it all out and coming up with such an amazing way to create the final peice.

 Did you have the opportunity to use an actual Vac Fromer - or did you do it some other way? One day I am going to own a vac former..somehow :p

Yes, I used a vac former, there is one at the school I went to so I used theirs. Have you ever seen that website called instructables.com? I think I once saw a tutorial on there on how to make your very own vac form machine using household vacuum cleaners. It's a very cool site.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: March 16, 2010 03:46:15 AM
Absolutely AMAZING. I have done a bit of fibreglass/silicon mold work myself but your heads look absolutely FLAWLESS ! How did you do the eyes?

 I checked out your website too and your work is so diverse ! Its incredible ! 

We made a plaster buck and vacuum formed the eyes. We painted the white of the eyes but left the irises clear. The inside flat bit of the eye is a piece of 3mm ply with mylar (plastic mirror paper) cut and intricately folded, then painted with colorine, a type of paint used for painting glass. That probably sounds like a whole bunch of garble doesn't it? It's hard to explain it without going into great detail! Thanks for your kind words!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: February 01, 2010 12:23:04 AM
That is quite possibly the nicest thing anyone has ever said about anything we've made. It makes us feel all warm and squishy inside. Thank you so very very much from the bottom of our hearts. You are awesome and we love you. Can you hit 'this rocks' about a comment?
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Some cute rats on: August 28, 2009 08:10:57 PM
They are soooooooooo cute! I love them!
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