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1  Electrical Outlet in CHALLENGE 18 ENTRIES by strmtrprbthngst on: May 05, 2007 05:15:30 PM

I did a lot of soft sculpture in my final year of art class, but lately I've been doing more hand felting so I had to go back a little bit into my first projects to when I was still working only with craft felt. This is a project that met the requirements of an observational assignment, we had to spend about two classes looking at a particular part of the room (of our choosing, thankfully) and then do a lot of observational drawings, followed by a final project. Most people chose to draw or paint theirs, but I wanted to try soft sculpture. And I've been doing it ever since, I guess! This is a section of the wall that had an outlet with a microwave (that's the grey one) and a stereo (that's the black plug) plugged into it. I wish I had better pictures that showed the little plastic teeth that the black plug has instead of prongs, but I gave this entire piece away after I was done with it. The two plugs are made entirely of felt and then stuffed, and the wall itself is a foam cushion. There's a metal button serving as a screw in the outlet, but you can't really see it from this angle. The outlet is made out of felt, and the part that the black plug is plugged into has little slots cut into the foam for its prongs. For scale, the wall is about 20 by 20 inches.

For the record, this is probably the project I've done that seems the most dangerous as a toy for kids. Not because of the way the entire thing is made (it's all pretty securely attached) but because I think it undermines the "don't stick things in the socket" rule just a little bit.
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2  Self Portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by strmtrprbthngst on: April 15, 2006 06:44:20 PM
Just a self portrait done in my sketchbook that I worked on for a few days in a row! (2B and 4B pencils on paper)

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3  Re: Wet-felted cherry tomatoes (Updated Pictures) in Felting: Completed Projects by strmtrprbthngst on: April 15, 2006 03:16:13 PM
Today I went out and bought more kool-aid; a light green and a blue. I dyed more of the wool in the green and then dyed it again in a mixture of the blue and green. Now my tomatoes have a home!

A home and a green tomato baby sibling!
The stem is wire wrapped in acrylic yarn, and I sewed the tomatoes on with some clear nylon thread. I'm not really entirely pleased yet with the way the leaves look (I'm having some problems getting flat things to felt evenly, but I'm pretty sure that's just a practice thing) so I think I'll try again later this weekend.
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4  Wet-felted cherry tomatoes (Updated Pictures) in Felting: Completed Projects by strmtrprbthngst on: April 14, 2006 05:44:42 PM
I tried my hand at wet-felting for the first time tonight, using the felt bead tutorial and made five little kool-aid dyed cherry tomatoes. The green, leafy part is just some lame acrylic yarn threaded through the bead, but I'm sure you needle felters could make these totally felted. (And therefore much more awesome.)

Wet-felting beads turned out to be just as easy as you guys made it out to be (thankfully) and although my kitchen now smells distractingly kool-aidy, I'll definitely try doing more things soon.
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