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1  Re: crane pot in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by steiconi on: April 28, 2017 08:07:45 PM
This was my original post, just moved it out of the way for the prettier pictures!

I'm working on a piece I'm excited about, so I'm gonna force you to look at in progress pix!

it's a special request from a friend.  She asked for birds, rainbows, and plants, so I sent her this as an idea:

She liked the picture, but suggested doves for "the other side" and asked for more flowers.  

So I underglazed the whole pot in sky blue, and bisqued it.
I sketched the designs in pencil, then went over the final design in sharpie marker.  I got that idea when someone in my class used sharpie to label her glaze samples and the sharpie all burned off.  It will show through the layers of underglaze as I add colors.  Pencil wipes off with a damp towel, and gets blurred when painting.

I need to add more plants around the base, to ground the design, then I'm ready to start painting!

If you have a suggestion, speak up quick!
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2  crane pot in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by steiconi on: April 09, 2017 06:58:46 PM
I moved the original post to reply #3 so I could show off the pretty new pictures!

the underglaze is pretty much finished.  Some of the pen is still showing; those black outlines will be gone after firing.  

I loved doing the bird feathers, the flowers were OK, but the leaves were a real pain!  

Note:  underglaze is chalky, the final glaze will make the pieces gleam and the colors a little brighter.

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3  Tee design to be pro printed in Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions by steiconi on: January 28, 2017 07:27:42 PM
I'm working on a design for my Water Garden Club's tee shirt.
They're going to be commercially printed, but I need to deliver artwork they can use.
I've never done this before.  Any suggestions?
I drew the fish, scanned them, am working with them in Photoshop 6.0ish.

Here's the current design; it's to be printed in 3 colors:  black, white, orange.  Everything teal in this picture will be whatever color the tee shirt is. 

suggestions welcome on how to prepare the color separations AND on the design itself.  I'm still not quite happy with the island.
And several club members asked for a water lily in the design.  I could cram one in, but it looks like that's what I did...
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4  custom calender cover in Completed Projects by steiconi on: January 02, 2017 06:28:22 PM
I confess; I dont have a smart phone.  So every year, I create a custom calendar to carry in my purse.  It has a holder for a pencil (never use pen in a calendar!), a bookmark, and pockets to hold stray papers.

This year, I used a koi fish fabric, and covered a notebook with coordinating fabric.

I print the calendar from an app that keeps track of birthdays and other recurring events.

The pockets are great for keeping receipts, plane tickets, and other paper bits from getting crumpled in the bottom of my purse.

and aside from the paper for the calendar itself, everything is recycled or from stash!

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5  Treearrings in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: December 22, 2016 02:28:38 PM
I realized I had only one piece of wearable holiday jewelry--a pair of jingle bell earrings--and I finally came up with the perfect supplement--Treearrings!

made from the smallest of my many bottlebrush trees (about 1" tall), with lots of glitter (which sprinkles down onto my chest when I wear these, giving me a very festive air).  

I slid a jewelry eye pin up the trunk of the tree, looped around the stem at the bottom and glued it in place, then added french hooks.

All from stash, took less than 1/2 hour!  And strangers come up and complement me when I wear them!
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6  Re: Christmas Tree-Along 2016 in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: December 09, 2016 09:10:50 AM
Thanks, guys!
the tiny trees look great clustered almost anywhere; a mantle, down the center of a table, collected on a platter or tray...
I also now wish I had a windowsill to make my own mini forest!

This is my coffee table last year:

No trees this year:
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7  Re: Christmas Tree-Along 2016 in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: December 08, 2016 05:43:47 PM
I went with a "Beachy" theme this year; lots of sea critters--fish, mermaids, SHARKS!, lobsters, lots more.

and mostly pale trees in my usual windowsill forest:
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8  Beachy decorations in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: November 25, 2016 09:49:46 AM
My holiday theme this year is "beachy" and I'm looking for ideas.
So far, I have shells, coral, and sand; fishing nets and floats (including clear glass balls tinted on the inside with a mix of white glue and food color); and "beach" umbrellas (paper drink umbrellas).

I'm using white and off whites--including my tree--plus pale blues and greens, all sparked with bits of bright colors.

I finished my annual ornament ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450799.0;all )and I'm looking for some crafty projects to do!

I have tons of supplies in my stash (good thing because there's no good local place to get craft supplies).

Some things that have been sitting around a long time, should be used up before I move, AND I think would work for this theme, but I'm not sure just how:
mirror spray--you know, the stuff you use to make fake mercury glass
metal leaf
fish net pieces
glitter.  LOTS of glitter.
cobalt blue glass Skye vodka bottles
loads of round clear glass ornaments (though globe ornaments aren't usually my thing)
and all the usual supplies found in the workshop/studio/dining room of an avid crafter.

Suggestions?  Pictures?  Links?

I wish I could get driftwood, but there are few rivers here, so not much woods gets out to sea.

here's my coffee table display, to give you an idea of where I'm going:

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9  Jointed puppets in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by steiconi on: November 15, 2016 07:04:14 PM
I make a series of ornaments every year as gifts to friends.  This year, I made jointed puppets.

a herd of ponies:

closeup of one:

a blaze of dragons:

and a closeup:

and a pair of polar bears for one special friend:

I printed the patterns on colored cardstock,
laminated to a second sheet of cardstock,
added colorful details with gel pens and crayons(what fun!),
cut out, and
jointed the animals using jewelry head pins.  I used sequins as "washers" to keep the pinheads from pulling through the cardstock, added a some folded scrap cardstock to add a little bulk (compression rings!), made loops in the end of the headpins with round nose jewelry pliers, and pulled them really tight so the legs/wings/tails would stay where you put them even when they're hanging up.

Dragon puppet patterns
and this one, from Craftster!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=167580.0#axzz2qlzyUwRU
I simplified both by leaving off the legs, and even leaving off one body segment of the 2nd dragon.  I made 37 puppets, with 3-5 joints each.  Thats nearly 150 joints, not counting the ones I messed up and had to redo.  I had blisters in 2 spots from the pliers by the time I'd finished just the first 7 puppets!

horses; I LOVE the picture of the herd:
I didnt realize she offered a pattern, so I made my own from one of her pictures.
They made me think of Native American painted war ponies, so I did a little research (VERY little), and used some NA symbols and some made-up symbols for my ponies.

Polar bear
I used this clipart to make the polar bear (for my polar bear-obsessed friend):
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10  Steampunk Dragon in Completed Projects by steiconi on: November 10, 2016 12:35:41 PM
I got a lovely hand-sculpted dragon as a prize for my Steampunk Elephant.  He looked  a little naked, so I added a few bits and bobs, including wings.

the dragon before I 'punked him:

see the full story and in-progress pix at
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