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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My mad science experiment - many failures and something pretty in the end! 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???
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My RBG Christmas Wish on: December 12, 2018 04:40:51 PM

It's been a long time since I dabbled in papercrafts, but had some fun with my holiday cards this year. It started with this doodle...

Which turned into this...

I scanned the image and printed them out on printable sticker paper (well, really they were large printable labels, but I'm resourceful). Stuck the stickers to a bunch of blank cards I had on hand, punched out some more sticker paper leaves colored with green markers (technically they're an oak like leaf but it did the trick for looking festive), and did dots of red puffy paint for berries. The longest part was doing all of the lettering for each card.

And now I'm reminded of why it's hit or miss when it comes to holiday cards, because by the end of the process I'm pretty thoroughly sick of them haha.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / MFM Podcast Swap Gallery on: March 16, 2018 10:53:27 AM

Post your awesome stuff when you receive!

curiousfae <> monkey_girl
sheepBlue <> Acadian Driftwood

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4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / My Favorite Murder Podcast Swap (SU 2/12-2/28; SO 3/26) on: February 12, 2018 04:42:34 PM

Swap name: My Favorite Murder Podcast Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sheepBlue
Sign-up date range: 2/12-2/28
Date to send item by: 3/26

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no
Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Are you a Murderino? Do you always stay sexy, and don't get murdered? This swap is for you!! We are sharing our SSDGM love for all things MFM related. We will be making one medium and one small for our partners. Anything above and beyond this needs to be discussed and agreed upon with your partner.

Name of swap: MFM Podcast Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies, or ethical product concerns?
Does your home contain any allergens your partner should be aware of?

Is there anything specific you'd like crafted for you?

Anything you really do not want?

What things do you like to craft?

What are your favorite colors/patterns?

What colors/patterns do you hate?

Do you have a pinterest?

Are you a Karen or a Georgia?

What is your favorite murder?

What's your hometown murder?

Anything additional you'd like to share?


1. sheepBlue
2. curiousfae
3. monkey_girl
4. Acadian Driftwood


curiousfae <> monkey_girl
sheepBlue <> Acadian Driftwood
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Where are my Murderinos at?! (True Crime swap??) on: January 22, 2018 08:48:06 AM
I am in love with the podcast My Favorite Murder, and I know there's a few of us Murderinos floating around. Anyone want to do a swap based on MFM and/or true crime in general? I'm thinking, one medium, one small as the minimum requirement - anyone in?  Cheesy
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ornaments for a Harry Potter Holiday! on: November 29, 2017 04:21:09 PM
I've been doing a lot of Harry Potter crafting this year. Not intentionally, but with the unusual levels of stress I've been dealing with, I guess I go to what is most comforting. In any case, I made a slew of ornaments for the upcoming holidays Smiley

I love the idea of a lighter side to dementors...they've got to do something when they're not on duty being all creepy, right?

This was inspired by Hermione's line to Ron regarding his emotional range of a teaspoon (too true). I attempted engraving on metal for the first time. It took a little bit of practice to get legible words, but I love how it came out. I added the bow and sprig of greenery because the spoon alone looked a bit plain.

I love this quote <3

This was inspired by Professor Trelawney - I feel like this could be found in her family holiday ornament heirlooms. The items in hand are a gazing ball, a teacup, rune stones, crystals, and tarot cards. I wanted to work in a palmistry hand but couldn't make it look nice enough to match the rest of the ornament.

Watch out for the nargles!

This is probably my favorite nonsense spell. With the most perfect pom poms I've had in my stash forever - it was meant to be  Smiley

I wanted to make some sort of port key ornament, but I wasn't sure how to show that since anything can be a port key really. I remembered seeing "emergency" glass frames that hold things like chocolate and money and thought that'd be a perfect framing device to hold my port key. Choosing the pig was just a random pull from my stash, but as a friend pointed out, I actually made a "por(t)k(ey)" haha. I love how that worked out.

Lastly, I made a butterbeer dangle. The beads used were supposed to evoke the bubbly amber tones associated with the tasty drink.

I'd love to hear what you think!  Smiley
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Luna Lovegood went brunette on: November 01, 2017 02:43:51 PM

I have been inspired by a lot of Harry Potter crafting lately, and that obviously spilled into my choice of Halloween costume this year. One of my favorite characters from the series is Luna and she has such fun accessories that I knew I had to be her.

Here's a head-to-toe shot to give you an overall picture of the outfit (not the greatest, I'm sorry! Curse crappy weather lighting!)

The whole thing started with two tiny crocheted radishes (embroidery floss ftw!), and a cork necklace - all made from stash.

I recruited Mlsocci74 in the STS swap to make a fun button I designed (not actually something from the book or movies, but I can easily imagine Luna wearing something like this) promoting Wrackspurt Awareness.

I found the pink sweater and quirky skirt at Goodwill, had the striped socks already, and bought BRIGHT blue tights. And then covered my old shoes in stars with a paint pen.

Other details: the wand was carved down from a branch in my backyard and stained with wood stain, the Quibbler was a printable file found online that I glued onto a magazine, and Spectra Specs were traced onto some holographic paper and backed with a couple of layers of cardboard.

Not a perfect recreation, but definitely Luna in spirit  Cheesy Maybe next year I'll add to it by making Luna's lion hat  Wink
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 120 ENTRIES / That's not a Horse's Butt - It's a gift for you! on: October 06, 2017 10:38:23 AM
I have been on a little streak of making little faux taxidermy and made one more to abandon somewhere soon (it's raining cats and dogs right now so it's not going to be today). I hope it brings a little light to someone's life.

And a close up of my favorite part - the shoes!

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Animals Gone Wild! (pic heavy) on: August 27, 2017 04:40:37 AM
I love the idea of faux taxidermy. And I love animals in clothes. So you can see how I might have arrived at making these little guys.

When I craft, I start to develop backstories for them - and this helps to guide my creative decisions, or justify them maybe.  Roll Eyes Funny enough I didn't give any of them names. Maybe it makes parting easier that way. Anyway...

So Mr. Christmas Tree Horse (if we're being technical I think he is actually a zebra but you can hardly tell now) started out as my intended circus sideshow type character. Except I was really hating the color combo of the blue skirt and sparkly green top I made for him.....until I starting thinking of what that green could be transformed into....this lead to me recalling my very fond love of ugly Christmas sweaters....and well that kind of grew until he turned into a tree. Well to be fair, he's not a tree. He's just VERY enthusiastic about ugly Christmas sweaters and took it up a notch. My favorite detail is probably the wee candy canes I made. So tiny. So cute!

Mr. Gryffindor Dolphin stumped me for a long time. Initially I was thinking of making him a top hat and a bow tie, but everything I made for that just turned to crap. He really didn't speak to me for a long while, and I'm still not sure what clicked in place, but once I thought, hey!! He could be a huge Harry Potter nut and is going to Hogwarts, I was totally in love with the idea and went with it. The scarf was a royal pain to crochet (color changing with such tiny stitches is hard!), but I love how it came together. Unfortunately, in the picture its rather hard to see but he does have his wand - it just happens to blend very well with the background mount color.

Mr. Rockabilly Punk Horse was probably one of my first creations as far as concept goes. I've always had a bit of love for the rocker vibe and knew I had to represent somehow. I am super proud of how I got the shirt to fit (thank you level 1 fiber class in college for teaching me how to make a pattern even if I did hate it at the time!), and love how everything offsets each other. Also super proud of the studded choker Cheesy

Ms. Dino Material Girl reminds me of Madonna's 80s aesthetic which didn't necessarily start that way. I found the leopard print fabric in my stash, then added the white lace skirt, and it really went from there.

Mr. Sleepy Time Horse Butt took a bit of stewing to come up with the idea as well. I patterned out the shorts first, and the flowery pattern and color really pushed me in a pajama vibe so that's where we went! Of course my favorite thing is the bunny slippers! Hopefully whoever finds it can appreciate that - they are kind of hard to see...

Ah lastly, my wee Sweetheart Tiger. He tries to be tough but is a big softie inside. Of course I started with the crochet sweater, which I am thrilled to pieces I was able to make (was really winging it and hoping for the best when I started that). He stumped me for a long time after that as to what his personality would be. But randomly one night I decided to glue some flowers in his mouth, and that did it - he's the quiet boy who brings you flowers unexpectedly. He does have a bit of flair for fashion after all when I came up with the hat and earring. The watch just totally by coincidence matched and I just love how it all came together in the end (So in love with the tiny watch, its so simple but cute!)

I am really proud that all the supplies for this project (minus the wooden plaques and plastic animals) came completely from stash, though there were a few moments that I was sorely tempted to go to the craft store.

Now they'll be put out in the wild as a part of the Abandoned Art Swap for strangers to find, and hopefully it'll put a smile on someone's face.

P.S. I've already started working on two more (animal butts) so I have a couple to abandon myself! I'll share pictures when they're complete  Grin

I made this taxidermy butt with the leftover end of my wee tiger! I wasn't sure where to go after I crocheted the pants, but then found this little bunny that needed a ride and it just went together  Cheesy

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 Gallery on: August 23, 2017 02:47:53 PM
Post pictures when you receive and when you abandon your partner's art!!  Cheesy


Onyxnox :: calluna
stefaniegk :: WiccadWitch
underthemountain :: Nodsu
Gigglygirl :: Alexampersandra
sheepBlue :: loves2experiment
alteredmommy :: Abbeeroad

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