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1  Moar Newbie Ceramics! in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by pikaboo26 on: April 06, 2010 11:55:17 PM
Okay, this post is gonna be quick and dirty-
These are my two favorite projects from last semester, and are also two of the first ceramic pieces I made. I believe all of the pieces we make in my class get fired at Cone 10.

Slab-form sushi tray (Los Altos clay, Shaner's Orange glaze):

What's that? You didn't know sushi grows on trees?!
The design was cut with a needle tool, then the slab was thrown down at an angle to open up the lines. It's a bit hard to tell in this picture, but I love how the glaze bubbled up and turned black in the crevices. It looks like tree sap! And you can hardly tell the foot snapped off of the left bottom corner, which was lucky.

Slab-form bowl (Los Altos, Winnokur glaze w/red stain underneath):

We were required to use at least three different types of leaves from plants outside the ceramics studio, then to trace the edges of the leaves to enhance the pattern. The little circular impressions were key limes, he he. I put a ridiculously small amount of glaze on this one. The color you see is purely the clay body showing through. Winnokur glaze is meant to turn off-white. :/ Somehow 75% of everything I made turned out brown because of the same mistake.

Let me know what you think! I'm always eager to learn and I know we've got some amazing potters here. Wink
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2  Hand-built 1st Semester Ceramics in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by pikaboo26 on: April 06, 2010 11:28:50 PM
In posting my first ceramic pieces, I feel the need to tell you all about Ron, my ceramics professor.
He is amazing. He can throw a pot on the wheel in 30 seconds flat.  He also studied under the #2 potter in the world at the time (and lived and studied with the guy in freaking JAPAN for several months before earning the title "sensei," which is a mighty big honor there). Talents aside, the guy is still awesome. He's a huge nerd and is totally proud of it. Plus, he lets us have *almost* free reign with the projects we do. He's a great teacher, in the truest sense of the word.

Anyway, you can tell by now that he's a pretty cool guy. For now, I'll get to the pictures, which I'm sure are the only reason you're reading this bloody thread (and I apologize for the crappy lighting):

My favorite happy accident-
Alice in Wonderland slab bowl (Los Altos, Max's Purple Pink glaze w/manganese stain)-
Chesire cat, side view:

He was done with a cat cookie cutter, a porcelain clown-face stamp for the face, and a needle tool for the ears.

EAT ME & key, side view:

The key above was given to me by my boyfriend (I believe it's from an anime called Blood Plus). I had a shot of the DRINK ME part and a better shot of the key, but my photo editor decided to eat them instead.


The cute little spade I carved on the inside bottom of the bowl got blown to sh*t in the bisque firing (air bubbles- ARGH). The good news is that I discovered how to throw ceramic mushrooms on the wheel, which I am going to "plant" in the bowl along with moss and river rocks. Who doesn't like a fairy garden?  Grin

Mishima pinch pot (Los Altos clay, Celadon & Orange Coast Black glazes)


Partial side view:

The side says, "The city lights are cold + violent." It's a line from an Amanda Palmer song called Ampersand (hence, the & on the inside).

Slab pitcher (Los Altos, Seacrest Black glaze):

I have a lot of trouble getting glazes to come out even. On this one, you can see the clay body through at the top and the glaze is really thick at the bottom. I kinda like the effect though.
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But WAIT! There's more!

Not only is my professor amazing at what he does, and is generally a great a person, but he's also taking me to Coachella Fest to ride along in my rock hero's limo. I'm going to Coachella with Josh FRIGGING Homme from Queens of the Stone Age! Ron just happens to live next door to him (and my uncle, incidentally), and decided I have to tag along since I nearly died of oxygen deprivation when he told our class who he's going to the festival with. Plus, I was the only person in the class who even knows who Them Crooked Vultures are.

Okay, rant over. Sorry for writing a book. :/


Now, more importantly, what do you guys think of my haul from last semester? C & C most certainly appreciated.

*Update: I'm really upset because the administration at the school just suspended my professor (two months before his retirement, no less, and after having been there 40 years), because of a difference of opinion. They've put him on an indefinite administrative leave and I'm thinking of staging a sit-in inside the ceramics studio, lol. He's the only reason I decided to take the class again. I'm so tired of bureaucratic BS screwing with my education and my school. Grrrr...
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3  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by pikaboo26 on: October 03, 2009 12:46:11 PM
puppygirl - my friend has her last name on one foot and her mom's maiden name on the other foot in that area so i know it's been done... i dunno why they wouldn't, but some tattoo artists have some weird rules.
pikaboo- ooh show! i want a volume knob behind my right ear but i'm scared it'll hurt more than my foot tat hurt. did they have to shave your hair, or is it small enough that it fit just right?

Nope, they didn't have to shave anything. I got mine done in someone's living room (with all the proper equipment and sterilization, of course). I'm a little upset it didn't come out cleaner, but I still love it. I decided to get it really tiny so that I could easily cover it up for work.



It's probably the most painless tattoo you'll ever get. I think because it's part of your head, the endorphins get there quicker and kill the pain (just a guess). The only thing that hurt was when he dragged the needle, but as soon as he let up, the pain disappeared. And the pain wasn't that intense in the first place. In fact, since I had to hold my head in place, my arm ended up hurting way worse than the tat did. Once he was done, it felt like I had IcyHot behind my ear. That was it. It actually felt pretty good! I'd say go for it. It's an awesome place to get work done. Just make sure it's the right scale for you, and that you can easily cover it up if you need to.

(Sorry for writing a novel, heh heh.)
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4  Gorillaz Sillhouette Shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by pikaboo26 on: March 15, 2009 09:55:43 PM
This is my first attempt at doing a stencil with freezer paper, and I gotta say I am much happier with the results than other stencils I've done.

It's my bf's 20th birthday on Tuesday and the Nintendo DS I wanted to get him was waaaay out of my price range due to my paycheck this week being far smaller than I expected it to be. So, I decided I'd just do a multi-part present like I usually do and get crafty to make him something awesome. He's a big Gorillaz fan, but buying actual merchandise from them (or any other band, for that matter) can get pricey, so I decided to make him a shirt. I found the stencil on DeviantArt by user named Tenadi (props to him for making such a simple yet awesome stencil).

I can't sketch for the life of me, so instead of tracing it or printing directly onto the freezer paper (since my printer is fickle, at best), I printed it out on regular paper and used diluted white glue to adhere it to the freezer paper before cutting it out.The oddly-colored spots are where the regular paper wouldn't come up after I ironed it to the shirt. I wanted to make sure I could see what I was doing, so I cut away the printer paper.


Tada!


The whole project only cost me the price of the freezer paper, since I had a blank T and all my tools just lying around. Turns out, 2D was the hardest to cut out. Probably because of all the detail on the hair, hat and cigarette. I'm pretty pleased with the final product. Only a few spots came out uneven. What do you think?

The boy's also getting a homemade Chuck Norris b-day card (will post once it's finished), The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, and a home baked b-day/St. Patty's Day cake. I'm also letting him pick a shirt from ThinkGeek.com, since I can't very well make an interactive equalizer shirt, and that seems to be the one he likes best.
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5  Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! in Clothing Sewalongs by pikaboo26 on: March 12, 2009 10:38:40 PM
I'm pretty sure I never posted the results on my prom dress, so even though I wore it two years ago, I figured I might as well do it now that I have a proper picture.



My mom actually sewed it, since I have horribly unsteady hands at the sewing machine. We bought a corset from our local lingerie and "gift" store (God, that was fun going in there with my mother :/ ) and then she sewed the skirt. The original plan pretty much got totally scraped due to time and monetary constraints. She just used plain black satin to sew the a-line skirt. She also sewed the matching choker, on which I put the locket my bf gave me for our first Christmas together. What do you think?
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6  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by pikaboo26 on: January 03, 2009 01:44:52 PM
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I DID come up with something for Neverwhere though - this is going to be in my back piece that I'm starting asap (when I have the money *big sigh*).

My problem as well. I seriously have 10 different ideas on the back burner because I'm flat broke and haven't even been able to afford my first one. These are the ones I can remember at the moment:

-the symbol for Ka from the Dark Tower series by Stephen King
-the Mark of the Eld and "Unfound," also from the same series
-a dove and a raven facing each other (mirror images) with some type of scrollwork under their feet
-SOMETHING from American Gods/Sandman (maybe forget-me-nots around my ankle rather than my wrist or Herodotus)
-flying pink elephant
-too many literary tat ideas to list here


I found a Sandman tattoo on Contrariwise. It said ,"Sometimes when you fall, you fly." -



So angry she beat me to it, lol. I love Contrariwise. I would suggest checking it out if you want a literary tattoo but you're at a loss for words. Tongue http://www.contrariwise.org/

Also, Jezebel, I love the daffodil. The tat is supposed to be for you AND your son, so I don't think the flower is a bad choice. You're the one who has to wear it everywhere, after all. Smiley
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7  Maturin the Turtle in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by pikaboo26 on: August 07, 2008 09:51:53 PM
This my first attempt at making anything more complicated than a wallet out of felt, so be gentle! I had loads of green and cream felt, so the first thing I could think of to make was a turtle.



Closer up on his face:


His rear end and little tail Smiley:




The patches on his back are a little wonky because I mixed up the pieces as soon as I cut them out. Oops! I named him Maturin after the turtle guardian from the Dark Tower series by Stephen King and he's probably going to my boyfriend as soon as he gets back from his trip (he's a DT fan as well).

Oh, and I should also mention that I free-handed the whole thing. (I don't use patterns very often, I get bored with them!)

Comments appreciated.  Wink
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8  Re: FELT in Craftalongs by pikaboo26 on: August 07, 2008 07:28:45 PM
I had a pile of green and cream felt lying around, so I made this little guy.



His rear end and little tail Smiley:


The only other felt projects I've done were simple wallets and such. I decided to leave the stitches exposed because I like the hand-made feel. I don't sew very much, either, so I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. He's named Maturin, after the turtle guardian in the Dark Tower series, and I think I'll give him to my bf because he's a DT fan too.

Thanks for looking!  Wink
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9  Jewelry box mint tin... thing. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pikaboo26 on: July 31, 2008 07:46:39 PM
Okay... So my sister and I have mutual friend whose birthday was on Monday. My sister and I were both broke (as per usual) and I had no idea what to give her. I decided that I'd make her one of my patented decorated altoid tins, but I didn't really have much to put in there, so I made it a bit more functional than my usual ones. The tin I made to hold my jewelry ended up scratching everything, so I lined this one with felt and made a little flap to stick the earrings in and hold them in place.

Her name on the front was done with iron on letters:


All of the inside decorations were scrapbooking materials:


I poked tiny holes all the way around the flap with a seam ripper so she could poke her earrings though:



I salvaged everything from my craft drawer, including the fabric which was left over from a yoga bag.
I don't know why I wrote "shiny" on the inside. It just seemed appropriate.  Smiley
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10  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by pikaboo26 on: June 15, 2008 03:58:11 PM
I decided to scale down my original plan from getting a raven and a dove side by side on my back. Instead I'm going to start off smaller with a simple graphic symbol. If anyone has read the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, you'll recognize the Mark of the Eld:



The symbols on top are the Mark of the Eld, the main character in the story's family, and the symbols in a row on the bottom spell out "unfound" in the High Speech. I don't know exactly where I want the Mark of the Eld (maybe on the tops of my feet), but I think I want to do "unfound" around my ankle or across the underside of my wrist.
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