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1  Goofy owl urn/cookie jar in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by something_wierd on: October 14, 2010 04:44:40 PM
I'm taking a ceramics class this semester.  For our second project, we had to make a funerary urn or reliquary box with a lid and plinth.  Originally, my urn was going to be kind of like a canopic jar.  I was doodling different ideas for the lid and it ended up looking kind of like an owl.  I decided to go with it and made the whole dang thing into an owl.  I sculpted 3 feather shapes from polymer clay and made mold from them.  I used the molds to make roughly a bajillion feathers that I stuck on the coil-built form.

The picture kinda sucks.  Oh, well.


I'll take more pictures one it is bisqued.  Not sure how I'm going to glaze it.  Once it is done, though, I'm totally going to use it as a cookie jar, seeing as I don't plan on dying anytime soon.

Oh, there is a plinth that sort of goes with it, but it is trapped in the kiln room.  I'll take pictures once I get it back.
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2  Challenge #2: Mythical Creatures (EXTENDED!) in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by something_wierd on: April 24, 2010 08:23:21 PM

Featuring a prize from Persephone Rose!

Mythical Creatures Challenge
April 26-May 28June 30
Voting May 29-June 4July 1-7
Winner Announced June 5thJuly 8.

Create a piece using polymer, air-dry, ceramic, porcelain, or metal clay.  It must have something to do with a mythical creature like mermaids, centaurs, jackalopes, and bigfoot.

The Specifics:
Post your craft between April 26th and June 30, no later.
Voting will take place July 1 -7

At some point on July 8th, the winner will be announced

Each participant can enter ONE project.

You may use polymer clay, air dry clay, ceramic, or precious metal clay.  At least 75% of your piece must be made of one or more of these materials.

It has to be a current piece. It can not be something that you have already made and posted.  It is OK if you started it after I gave the go-ahead a few weeks ago.

At the end, I will set up a poll and the winner will be announced

Please DO NOT post your completed Project on this thread.


PRIZE!!!!

The Craftster with the most votes at the end of the voting period will receive his/her choice of one item under $15 (excluding steampunk earrings) from Persephone Rose.  There are loads of great things under $15.  You should totally check it out!  Beautiful stuff.

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.  Good luck and have fun!
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3  Re: Learn To Spin 2010: Source your tools in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by something_wierd on: January 17, 2010 11:27:14 AM
I'm the opposite of Jane.  I spin on a top whorl spindle.  I tried bottom but couldn't get the dang thing to stop wobbling.   Cheesy  I made my spindle with a toy wheel, dowel, and eye hook.  Sorry about the phone pics.


close-up of the hook


I can spin pretty fine singles with her.


The yarn on the spindle is Sheep Shed Studio mill ends dyed with Wilton icing colors. 

Roughly 2 years later, and I am still spinning on this.  Sure, there are lots of really pretty spindles out there, but so far, this thing is my favorite.
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4  IT'S OVER!! And the winner is. . . . in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by something_wierd on: April 19, 2009 08:41:35 PM
*drumrolllllllllll*

A Light in the Attic by _assassin!!



As the winner, _assassin will receive one of these pndants by SciFunk!!!



Congratulations to _assassin and everyone who entered the challenge!  I hope that everyone had fun!
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5  Fictional Characters Challenge in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by something_wierd on: March 02, 2009 01:03:58 PM
Inspired By Fictional Characters Challenge
March 1st-April 1st
Voting April 2nd-April 10th
Winner Announced April 11th

For this challenge, take your favorite fictional character and craft a piece that is inspired by it.  Think about your favorite books, movies, TV shows, whatever.  Your project can be jewelry, functional, a decorative knick-knack, anything you want.  Go crazy!

Some people have expressed concern regarding copyright laws.  We can not be responsible for legal action that could potentially come your way.  Just use common sense and don't steal others' ideas.  That's not only illegal, it is not the Craftsterly thing to do.  Craft at your own risk. Wink

The Specifics:

Post your craft between when the board gets set up (probably in the next few days, depending on when those with the powers can get around to it) and April 1st, no later.
Voting will take place April 2nd through 10th

At some point on April 11th, the winner will be announced

Each participant can enter ONE project.

You may use polymer clay, air dry clay, ceramic, or precious metal clay.  At least 75% of your piece must be made of one or more of these materials.

It has to be a current piece. It can not be something that you have already made and posted.  It is OK if you started it after I gave the go-ahead a few weeks ago.

At the end, I will set up a poll and the winner will be announced

Please DO NOT post your completed Project on this thread.


PRIZE!!!!
 
The Craftster with the most votes at the end of the voting period will receive her choice of one of these four pendants made by SciFunk!


At scifunk.etsy.com, you can find a variety of cute and geeky beaded and resin jewelry at great low prices.  Check out the shop today!  I am really digging the dinosaur pendant. 


I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.  Good luck and have fun!
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6  Re: Who's Got An Ashford?? in Spinning: Completed Projects by something_wierd on: January 12, 2009 08:15:40 AM
I do!  I have an Elizabeth 1.  For some reason I only have a full picture from the back.  Probably because I am dumb. Cheesy 


Here's a view of some of the flowers on her.  I'm not too keen on it, but someone spent a lot of time on it and it would be a shame to sand it off.  Ah, well.  My dream of an electric blue spinning wheel will come true one day.


She totally rules and would be living with me if I didn't live in such a tiny apartment most of the time.  She hangs out with my mom, dad, and cat.  She also has a glow in the dark drive band, too.  Much cooler than cotton warp thread from the previous owner.  That pony bead lacing stuff is awesome!

My dad recently fixed up a chair that used to belong to my great grandmother and painted it to match the green trim.  It is pretty nice and comfy.  Next time I am home I will take a picture.

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7  Re: Fiber Friday - January 9th, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by something_wierd on: January 09, 2009 07:51:32 PM
I finished spinning some godawful roving that I bought.  It was kind of like spinning polyester fiberfill.  The colors looked pretty terrible in the store, too (bad lighting).  I bought it anyway because it was cheap and full of sparkle.  It ended up pretty cool.  It was full of different colors of Angelina and different colored neps, too.  It ended up with a neat texture and fluffed up nice after a wash and a few good whacks.

the roving

singles

Navajo plied because I don't really like regular plying


I'm thinking of saving this yarn until I can knit well enough to make a hat.

Also, I recently I made my first patchwork yarn.  I dyed the roving with Wiltons.  I got a little overzealous with the rinsing and it got felty, so I had a lot of pre-drafting to do.  One strand was blue, red, purple, and white and the other one was yellow, green, and orange.  In hindsight, I should have put the white in the second strand.  Oh well. Undecided

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8  First yarn on my wheel! in Spinning: Completed Projects by something_wierd on: August 17, 2008 06:11:37 PM
Yesterday I bought a wheel, an Ashford Elizabeth 1(I think).  Before I brought her home, I hadn't even treadled a wheel.  It was such a great deal though.  Only $100 (USD) for the wheel, lazy kate, an antique skein winder, and a bag of mystery wool.  I spent a few hours learning the ropes last night before I had to disassemble her and hide her from my mom.  Apparently I should be spending my money on books and tuition.  Bah! 

Anyway, my first bobbin full of yarn on a wheel!  Hooray.



If you want to see her all on one piece, I posted some pictures over on D&Q: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263570.0

I'd love to hear from any of you that have an Elizabeth.
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9  Re: Possible First Wheel- Ashford Elizabeth in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by something_wierd on: August 16, 2008 01:19:14 PM
I bought it!  I have no self control.  She's lovely.  The seller couldn't find the 4th bobbin, but said she'd mail it to me when she does.  Not only did I get a sweet wheel, she also threw in a large shopping bag of fiber and an antique skein winder.  The winder has seen better days, but it is still useful. 

She looks pretty good, no?

Wheel detail

Table

Treadle

Signed by the painter.  Dated 1997 or 1991.  Dunno.

Lazy kate and bobbins.


As for the winder, not so pretty.

Neat little design on the side

View from below.  Not entirely sure what's going on here.  Maybe it used to click or something?


Aaand, some sort of wool.  It feels really weird.  Pretty coarse.
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10  Re: Show me your clay! in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by something_wierd on: August 13, 2008 09:09:57 PM
Here's my little system.  As a freeloading bum living with my parents (OK, college student saving money by going to community college for a bit Tongue) I don't have much room.  Once I get my own place, this will expand.  Believe me!

I've found that the best way to ensure that your clay will not eat its container is to look for a 5 in the little triangle.  I know some other plastics work, but most containers are made from the stuff anyway.  I really like the little "Cupettes" for storing small bits of clay and things that are really easy to lose (tiny shape cutters, especially!).

These are some plastic drawers from Jo-Ann's.  They used to be $10 (USD) but they just went up $3.  Grrr.


This is the top drawer.  It is where I keep my tools, liquid polymer, PearlEx, molds, shape cutters, and such. 


The bottom drawer contains opened clay sorted by color.  These pink boxes fit perfectly in the drawer and do not react with clay. 


I love my label maker!  I really need it, because I am a dumb person. 


Next to the drawers I have the top bit of an old storage container.  The handles broke off the bottom part and drove me nuts, so I pitched it.  And yes, those are dinosaur stickers on the lid.  Deep down I am a 5 year old boy.


 It is really good for keeping clay that hasn't been opened yet.  The box inside at one point contained a chicken wrap from my college's coffee shop, and then later sloppy joes.  Yum!  It now contains a blob of Sculpey Ultralight.  I have a few dozen of these boxes.  They also do not react with clay, so yay!


I apologise for the bad pictures.  My camera has some shutter issues.  I'm also too lazy to reset the datestamp.   Wink
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