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1  Re: Asheville Adventure - The Swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: February 26, 2019 05:24:27 PM
I received last night from PerfectlyBohemian and I was tickled by what she sent! I know her foremost for her amazing felting skills and hoped that she'd make something special for me. And she did!!



This is based off of a fantastical herbology poster inspired by Harry Potter, and translates beautifully into felt. It's so textural and the eyes of the wee creatures are all dimensional with beads, as are the leaves. It's so cool and layered - I love it!

She also included some delicious treats - local spicy chocolate and a powered hot sauce - never heard of such a thing - but it smells like it'll be great on tacos (yum!).



For the craft supply she was so kind and included some roving and needles since I said I want to learn how to needlefelt - I can't wait to dig in!!

Also included is a North Carolina reusable shopping bag - love it! I've been amassing reusable bags so I can have them in every convenient place - car, home, etc.



Thank you so much PB!! I can't wait to meet in person  Grin
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2  My mad science experiment - many failures and something pretty in the end! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sheepBlue on: February 21, 2019 05:40:59 PM


Hello! It's been a while since I felt like I've made anything worth posting in its own thread but here we are  Smiley I've been slowly digging myself out of a crafting lull and when I was paired with a recent partner who is a science teacher and loves science-themed things I was struck with inspiration.

I've seen art inspired by petri dish cultures and thought it'd be neat to make an art piece along those lines. I discovered a neat technique where you pour resin in a mold and then drip colored alcohol inks and white alcohol ink (this part is particularly special from what I gather - it's what makes it work) to create a really cool textural effect. All the youtube videos I watched make the whole process look very straight-forward.....whereas I had some technical difficulties...  Roll Eyes

Like any good scientist, I had a few trials, so I thought it'd be fun to document them here and share some of my thoughts on my successes and failures in case anyone else wants to try this.

First of all, I bought real petri dishes. They ended up being smaller than I expected. Maybe half as small as your average petri dish. But they were the perfect thing to pour the resin into because I didn't have a mold (at the time). These are from Batch #1:



I actually had 9 of these that turned out similarly - these were the best of them. Unfortunately it wasn't what I hoped. I had used Tim Holtz alcohol inks - I had blue, purple, and an assortment of earthy colors, brown, ocher, butterscotch, etc. and rather than layering and giving a mix of colors, they all blended and turned into one over all tone, and then too much of the alcohol ink dropped to the bottom of the dish obscuring any sort of drippy texture and depth. You can sort of see in the picture below what is hidden by all the splotches on top.



So, while it does have kind of a weird brainy look to it that is cool, I was disappointed that it wasn't what I was going for. So onto Batch #2!











This was probably my most successful batch. Its textured, doesn't have too much of the "splotching" effect that covers up everything, and while the colors mixed a bit more than I wanted, there's still a little bit of variation overall rather than just a solid color. What did I do differently? Well, first of all, I bought Pinata alcohol inks which look like the other major seller vs Tim Holtz. I'm not sure if maybe my other inks were old (do they get old?) or maybe a thinner consistency? I'm not sure. But these seem to work better. Second thing I did differently was to be very careful about not mixing bubbles into my resin - not that I was so careless before, but I was even more careful about it now. And I didn't drip in as much alcohol ink. I wonder if it all dropped to the bottom because I put too much? Anyway, this ended up being my most successful batch sadly, because onto Batch 3:



This time I bought a mold! And the picture above illustrates the backsides just after I finished dropping in the inks - so pretty. This has a tragic ending though, because the resin didn't cure completely on parts of them....



That mold is still waiting to get cleaned *le sigh*

And the finished products:









Interestingly enough, the extra depth I was able to pour allowed for more texture to develop and look awesome! but they were very tacky, and in the one case is still a drippy mess! If anyone has any ideas for how to salvage these bits I'd love to hear it. I can't bring myself to throw them out, but they're not really usable for anything either. Ugh look at this mess...



So time for one last batch - Batch #4!

I had a few more petri dishes left so as one last attempt I thought I'd fill them up and gamble one last time (for now). Here's what I got...









Again a bit more pooling at the bottom than I would have liked. I think it may have been another case of too much alcohol ink layering....who knows. I'm taking a break because as a wise woman once said, it's an expensive hobby to keep throwing the bad batches out.

In the end, I made this pretty thing that was really hard to send away.



Would love to hear your thoughts on where I went wrong! Or your experiences if you try it out  Cheesy What am I doing wrong???
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3  Re: WIP it Real Good Craftalong (Share your works in progress!) in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: February 12, 2019 03:57:51 AM
Got my second knitting project ever on some circulars I bought (clearly I'm slowly committing to a new craft). The yarn is a bit challenging to photograph - it's a dark rust red but also a little shimmery. It's hopefully going to turn into an infinity cowl...baby steps.

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4  Re: WIP it Real Good Craftalong (Share your works in progress!) in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: January 31, 2019 04:11:36 AM
Audio, that looks really cool and I'd personally love that bunting!  Cheesy

Regarding thoughts on color - I think of a more chic boho look incorporating lots of neutrals (think beige, taupe, tan, white, etc) with pops of brilliant color. Maybe your SIL loves rainbows though, because I know I do, and I think that can still be boho, just more...hippy boho? Just my opinion.

It looks great regardless!

Also I finally started work on my Craftster trading card to bring for the meet up planned in April. I'll photograph it once it's done for mass-production. Haven't decided what I'm doing for the back of the card though....

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5  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: January 29, 2019 09:10:30 PM
Here's an action shot of the Kingfisher  Cheesy the person I gifted it to was very happy with how it came out!

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6  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: January 27, 2019 10:08:54 AM
The Spill Shawl looks so pretty Jennie!

Finished an entry for this quarter!

Crochet Shawl-Along Challenge Entry:  Kingfisher Shawl **by Mistress Jennie**
Pattern Used: Kingfisher Shawl pattern
Yarn Used: caron simply soft in plum purple, tan, brown, and charcoal gray




The pattern was a pleasure to work up - it provided a nice distraction on some slow workdays when the weather kept more than half the office home.
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7  Re: WIP it Real Good Craftalong (Share your works in progress!) in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: January 27, 2019 09:39:02 AM
The temperature embroidery is a great idea, and visually beautiful curiousfae!

I'm working on my first knit thing ever!!



It's not too exciting - just a basic hat - but I'm pumped because I've tried to teach myself knitting several times and it never clicked. But I have a friend who is coaching me (and providing lots of moral support and encouragement) through it. Also I've had this yarn in my stash for years, hoarding it because it's gorgeous, but never used it because I didn't have enough for a regular crochet project. But now I'm so excited to show it off.

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8  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: January 24, 2019 04:20:49 AM
That shawl looks beautiful Jennie! I love the gradual fade from black to gray to white. So classic.

Here's what I call "scenes from a slow day at work"



the awesome fluorescent lighting really is clever to hide the true colors of my shawl but whatever - I'm getting a crack on Jennie's Kingfisher shawl! Maybe about a third of the way through now, and if work keeps having slow days, I should be done sooner than later.

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9  Re: Little Good Things Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: January 22, 2019 04:53:09 PM
I received a great package from geekgirl1000100 tonight!



It all came packed in this awesome zip bag that will be the perfect project bag for my next crochet project  Cheesy Inside it were some awesome socks! (I love fun socks), some fun extra extras (the clips are magnetic and already in use on my fridge), and neat embroidered twinchies (her first!) to add to my flora/fauna collection.



Thank you so much geekgirl!
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10  Re: Little Good Things Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: January 21, 2019 04:53:55 PM
Haha, Abbee, I was so surprised to find you posted my swap package! and then I realized I wasn't the only lucky one to get this cool skeleton key necklace  Grin Thank you so much gigglygirl!

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