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391  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: fake window? Or other ideas for brick wall on: December 13, 2005 12:04:03 PM
Another thing to consider is rods hanging from the ceiling or suspension wire that you can get from Ikea and placing a long curtain or strips of cheese cloth over it to soften the look a little. Or the rods could be used to hang pictures or old window frames off of with wire.

Tomico
392  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Purple Couch on: December 13, 2005 11:52:47 AM
Yellow is the complimentary contrast color to violet. There is a weird thing that happens when you place opposites next to each other; things seem to glow. An  accent wall of yellow may be interesting but it could get a bit much with the whole room. you could also do stripes of another color on top of it.

I've always thought Cd's need to be a decorative item. Hanging from the ceiling by string and putting up a disco ball and light could be fun. The light would reflect everywhere. Make sure to use the freebees you get in the mail.

You could also put up a few mirrored tiles. If you can't do it on a wall, make a screen out of plywood.

Gold and silver lame is fun. There is this weird fabric that I found in Joannes that has a curly pile that I have been dying to incorporate into a decor. It comes in purple if you are interested.

If you could find an old mannequin there are a ton of playful things to do with these.

I also have used masks for decorating my walls.

Burgundy and blue seem to be interesting with purple as well for a more Indian feel. You can also use a grass or emerald green, kind of like the colors on grape vines.

Hell, just have fun!

Tomico
393  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: UPDATE: Dresser and Bed that I made on: December 07, 2005 01:58:32 PM
Nice! I'm a sucker for multifunctional anything. I saw an armwar once on that was a kitchenette, and I love stools and hassocks that have storage.
I've been building a loft bed. I had it together once but, I decided to carve a bunch of symbols over it and it is still in pieces from 6 or 7 years ago. My last part is to figure out an animal to symbolize passion and how I want to carve the snakes for "woman".

I'm happy to see that others like to get into furniture as well.
394  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cocotte *Lots of updated pics* on: December 07, 2005 12:57:18 PM
If you are interested, "The Women's Dictionary of symbols and Sacred Objects" by Barbara G. Walker is a great resource. According to this book the pomegranate "was almost universally known as a womb symbol, with its red juice and numorous 'offsping'" (the seeds). Both of these objects represent fertility and the womb. I was looking through the book and found a lot of information that could inspire sculptures. I have collected a few books on symbolism over the years. I have been sculpting a bed and wanted each of the posts to have a symbolic meaning.

Tomico

P.S. Keep up the good work. Stay inspired.   
395  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cocotte *Lots of updated pics* on: December 05, 2005 08:50:48 AM
Girl wonder,

I had only given a guideline for anyone who was clueless as to what to charge. That was just an idea and yes as she becomes more skilled or popular her value would go up. As others may have mentioned, a gallery will not take the art seriously if it is priced too low. On the otherhand many of us feel if we only take a few minutes to make something, it would be hard to justify charging an arm and a leg. When I first started making ceramic drums I had no idea what to charge. That was the guideline my ceramics proffesor gave me at the time. As I mentioned that was seven to ten years ago and in Pittsburgh, PA. It is polite not to slam a person giving friendly advice.

Tomico
396  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where the heck can I buy lye?!? or even dried soapwort? on: December 05, 2005 08:28:43 AM
Thanks for the help! I just found sights on line on my own that if you google sodium hydroxide you get a couple of chemical companies that will sell it in the Continental USA. $5 lb. at one place. and you have to buy more at another sight. I don't go to Loews because they are anti-union but I may look around for that brand. Thank you. 

http://www.chemistrystore.com/Sodium_Hydroxide.htm
http://shop2.chemassociates.com/shopsite/Chemassoc2/pas-sodiumhydroxide-soapgrade.html

Now, can anyone find the dried soapwort?

Tomico
397  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Chester, the molester. (Mature, well adjusted eyes only!!!) W/ new retailiation! on: November 29, 2005 11:43:28 AM
Why don't you do the story board thing incorporating a super hero and beastiality but with an unusual animal. Maybe a porkypine. Super hero, sex, your job, and s&m all in one (it would be a true masicist that would have sex with a porkypine).

Tomico "The not so closet sicko"
398  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: fake dog (or cat) poo! on: November 29, 2005 11:00:13 AM
Try a spray pollyeurothane or you could put a little felt onto the bottom. Shellac or varnish are other options just be carefull of a chemical reaction on anything that is used. You said there were a lot of things put together. Making things that incorporate the poo is a very good idea. I think there is some one on this or another sight that made poo soap.

Tomico
399  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cocotte *Lots of updated pics* on: November 29, 2005 10:27:12 AM
About 7 to 10  years ago I was told by my ceramic teacher that artists should charge $20 an hour plus materials for thier work. Remember to take inflation and area into account. (I live in Pittsburgh, PA not NYC) If you are interested in showing your work, go to a gallery directly with one or two of your best pieces and really good photos or a cd of the others.(Make sure you are dressed as well as possible so you will be taken as a proffesional) Usually, the gallery will recommend how much to charge.

Tomico
400  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: imagery of torure and solitary death on: November 29, 2005 09:45:05 AM
I've actually been interested in this style of craft but never actually saw any way to make it work for me. Very cool. I may be inspired.

Tomico
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