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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Madame Pele Custom Pullip on: September 01, 2018 11:55:17 AM
Over the summer, I was inspired by the energetic persistence of Kīlauea's recent eruptions. I had a Pullip MIO who was yet to be customized, so I went to town giving her a new face-up and body art in a volcano theme.



Her tats are 'Ohi'a Lehua flowers. (Sadly, right now, there is a fungus killing a LOT of the native 'Ohi'a trees Sad )



I had a wig ready for her, but I actually like her as is.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Colorful Paper Dolls on: September 01, 2018 11:38:42 AM



Just for a fun thing to do this summer, I decided to carve a new paper doll stamp...



I know I could probably just photocopy drawings, or create a digital one and print, but there's something aesthetically pleasing about hand-stamped prints.



It's also fun to color them in. I used prismacolor markers on a heavy watercolor paper--I like the way the ink can seep into the paper.





Thank you for looking!

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kenner Blythe Hair Re-root on: September 01, 2018 11:19:17 AM


I had been looking (for a long time) for a good candidate to re-root with some of my own hair which I chopped off several years ago... and finally found one! She had a beautiful original scalp and hard cap, so I went to town.
Since it's human hair, I used the knot method which I think is more tedious, and looks sloppier underneath. It also takes up more space, so I'm currently not using the hard cap.

Some progress shots of the long and slow process:








I was originally going to give her a haircut, but I kind of like her crazy long hair, haha!


4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Miso bowls - soda fired on: September 01, 2018 10:45:32 AM


I used a clay body very similar to porcelain and a rutile glaze in these bowls. The soda firing is not as exciting, but it's different, as it turns the bare clay more of a grey-ish color (instead of white as it would at cone 10, or orangy as a lot of clay bodies do in the soda).






I think one of my favorite parts of these bowls is the beautiful scarring from the wadding on the bottom:



: )
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / little singing bottles on: July 31, 2018 09:55:10 AM
I was playing around with little stubby stoneware bottles, and came upon a happy accident. As I was moving them around, I realized they actually are all pitched in the same key ! So I can play tunes in major that only have 5 scale degrees, heehee.  (I hope the video works)





and the video is the fourth in this series on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkt7XlzH8A5/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

(Note: it's really hard for a smartphone to capture the actual depth of resonance on these. They sound less ping-y in real life Smiley )
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / First soda fire on: June 26, 2018 01:02:01 PM
I'm lucky enough to get to share some soda firings this summer... the first kiln only had some of my ugly "experiments" because I wanted to learn the process and see results before trying anything bigger or more complex, but so far, I think the soda firing has been fun!





7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kenner Blythe Body Transplant on: June 26, 2018 12:32:45 PM



Hi all!
This isn't a huge creation, but I recently slightly modified an old Kenner Blythe doll to give her a second chance.

She came to me like this:

(photo taken by previous owner)

I am not a huge fan of the torso crack-- I think a lot of people might just find a new set of legs, or replace the bottom half of the body, but I wanted to give her a new body altogether. I really like the Takara licca bodies, so I figured I'd give it a try.

I thought I could modify the neck to fit the kenner head, but I ended up accidentally carving straight through (I guess it's hollow, haha!), so I chopped it off and used a screw instead. Luckily there is a bit of plastic inside the hollow chest of the body; I was able to heat a screw and melt it through to the right height to fit the face plates.

Kenner body on the right; modified licca body on the right...


And how it nestles inside her head next to the eye mechanism...



She also came to me without a scalp, so I basically made a wig out of a mohair pelt and sewed it to a blank (coolcat) scalp to complete her.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Hillside Steps on: June 16, 2018 09:59:13 AM
It's been a long time since I've posted anything!

Since school has been out, I have spent a bunch of time building some stairs up our (relatively) steep front yard. We had built two garden boxes a few years ago, but time got away, and I just finally had some time to get to work on more easily accessing the rest of the yard!


Stairs!


I ended up chiseling through a lot of rocks by hand... then built wooden frames which I filled with concrete. I reinforced some areas with railroad spikes and rebar, but many of the steps are sitting on solid rock beneath, so I hope they hold up for a long time!

Here's the yard before:
Stairs!

And one more from the top of the steps:
Stairs!

Thank you for looking!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Flower pots on: October 16, 2016 12:41:59 PM
I wanted to test some different glazes, so I used these bowls which I didn't really like too much. I think I like them better now!





10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Galaxy glazed bowls on: October 16, 2016 12:16:48 PM
In continuing to get better with glazing, I ended up with these fun bowls that remind me of the night sky!



I used a chunky, groggy clay, so they're fun to hold!





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