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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Paper Clay Pumpkin: Gourdon Stein on: October 10, 2010 11:02:04 AM
Just finished this guy up this afternoon, still has clear coat fumes coming off of him.
Made from Paper Mache, paper clay and bits and bobs.

more pics and info at the blog http://bentspac.blogspot.com/2010/10/introducing-gourdon-stein.html

Let me know what you guys think!
Thanks for checking it out!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Creepy Portrait for Halloween on: September 22, 2009 03:06:31 PM
Though it's not entirely finished, I just had to post it up and get some feedback on this. It's my first airbrush project on this scale.
The eyes are recessed behind the painting and follow you around as you look at them, neat little optical illusion.

Critiques and such welcome. First airbrush projet, and like I said, still a wee bit more work to go. Going to matte this in the frame with a deep red to black weathered felt
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Street Lamp Shade?!?! Figure this one out.... on: December 22, 2008 02:29:21 PM
Alright, I've got a "What the @#$% can I do with this?" for ya's!

I work at a Hospital and they're always throwing out wonderful things. This was an old shade that was used on a street lamp from the parking lot. We recently replaced all the llamps with a new design (more carriage/period lights) from the old geometric ones. This was the last surviving one and i saved it from the dumpster. And it's friggin big. It measures 16 inches x 16 inches x 16 inches....perfect square. It's made from Plexiglass and only has a few scratches on it, no cracks. It's not water tight though (as I found out while cleaning it. It also has a 8 inch diameter wide hol, metal rimmed, so it would screw on to the pole over the light.

here's a shot to show you size comparison to my height.

Anyway, so what do you guys think. I was considering putting a glass slab on it and having a transparent coffee table, putting lights in it and having it as a light source, maybe wrapping it in fabric and playing with that angle....i dunno...my mind is racing.....any ideas?
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Woven Fused Platic Bags...now what? on: October 13, 2008 10:40:56 AM
ok, I've been fusing plastic bags for a little bit and last night  discovered that if you lay all the bags in the same orientation that they are prone to tearing. This was good to find out before I decided to make a bag from it.
So, I decided to cut them into strips and weave them to give a bit more strength. Then I fused them again and put a single piece (White kitchen garbage bag) on the back for my own peace of mind.
Now that I've finished it, it's not as pliable as I had hoped, so it's been repurposed as a wall hanging....still a temporary measure. The only thing that's coming to mind is to turn it into a door mat/bathmat.
 Any Ideas from you guys would be greatly appreciated.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Punk Inspired Beer Tote from Fused Plastic bags on: September 21, 2008 04:09:58 PM
Alright, so I've been making stuff left and right and this came out of my head 1 hour before I had to get to a party.

I was headed to a musician friend's place for a little party, and decided to bring him his fave beer (Corona) in a Quart Format, but that a little Ghetto-Punk-Tote would be a good way to present it.

So I fired up the iron, made some fused plastic and I put this together. He effin' loved it and made sure everyone saw it when they put beer in the fridge.

It's just really a cylinder with two straps FUSED along the bottom and the handle is simply woven inside to the outside and fused at weak points. Safety pins were added for a bit more strength and for look. I also roughed the sides up with a copper kitchen scrubbie pad. And, it held for wear REALLY well.....it survived a rushed walk by me over a Harbour Bridge, up and down hills for a total distance of 4km.

Sorry about the quality of the images, some of them are blurry. Like I said, I started and finished this within an hour or so and was going to be late, so the pictures were a last minute thought.

Hope you enjoy!

General Side shot....letters are simply ironed on top and cut from silver shopping bag, leaving no question to it's contents.

Handle Detail....it's really sturdy...

Here you can see the cap of the Quart Sized Corona that *just* fit inside and some of the roughing up effects.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / A Cat Pillow for Pixie, From Bent on: September 21, 2008 03:43:37 PM
Here's like my second ever sewing project. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

I washed and accidentally put my fav wool coat in the dryer. It shrunk up worse than i could have imagined. But, my cat, Pixie, loved to sleep on it and no matter where it was, it would somehow end up on the floor with her on it.

After I finished my first project (a sleeping mask) i still had loads of this ORANGE...and I mean Orange fabric left.

So, I made a little pillow for her. I sketched out a font that matches her personality and cut it out of the wool scraps from the pillow.
Top Shot (it's not anywhere near as lumpy and obtuse as the picutre)

Bottom Shot (yeah...it looks really off, but it's almost perfect square...meh..)

Being glared at.....

Feigning Interest.....
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First Sewing Project by BENT-Sleeping Mask on: September 16, 2008 06:31:34 PM
Alright, sitting here, super proud of myself, cause i actually finished something that was sewing related (I learned how to thread my sewing machine within the last 3 days). I usually get as far as..."That doesn't look right....where's my lighter?"

This was something I've wanted to make for myself for a long time, a Sleeping Mask. I tried looking for a pattern I liked, then sketching it out, and then I came across what I was missing.

You know those crappy "plastic and running dye" Mardi Gras Masks from the Dollar Store that fall apart the second they get wet? Yeah, well I had the plastic form from one of those, an old >orange< fleece vest and a ripped to sh*t rugby shirt .

I just traced the mask form, then using the width of my index finger, traced outside of that line, cut it out of the fleece vest, then traced that onto and cut out the blue. sewed it, reversed it and slid the mask inside. Hot glued that to the fabric on the inside so i had a nose form and somehere to attach the cord to.

The cord is actually the drawstring from the bottom of the vest. I just cut that off the bottom, and put it between the top layer and the mask layer to disperse the draw strength of it against my eyes.

dear gods i hate that picture of me.

Tell me what you think for a beginner and any tips or tricks you could help me with.

BTW: my shirt says "WORLDS LAZIEST NINJA"....everyone thinks it says SLEAZIEST...which I'm fine with. Wink
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Beer Caps....how Magestic and Royal a Crown they make on: September 11, 2008 05:22:25 PM

As ghetto as all this looks, it's probably one of the most fun things I've made in a while.

My local pub is having a fundraiser for the local University Radio Station (CKDU) and some local charities. Part of the event is to have the DJ's dressed in 'Skag Drag'....picture Drag queens with facial hair and REALLY BAD CLOTHES....it's all for chairty.

The winner gets the title of 'MZ. 88.1 FM' and gets to wear the tackiest, yet most proper of headgear....this crown made of beer caps and love.....and shame...lol.

Here's the Crown...

Here's the Sceptre (modelled by the lovely Sheldon...)

and together....

they're all held togfether with tnesion from bending them into each other and a bit of glue to keep columns and rows together...

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Quick and Dirty Light Table with Ironed Plastic Case on: September 08, 2008 03:24:45 PM
Hey, this is my first finished project post...although not my first finished project by far.
Alright, here's the skinny on it all.
I was walking home trying to figure out how to make a light table/tracing box because, well, I'm a cheap-ass Scotian AND I needed it to be portable. Luckily on my way home, someone was throwing away an old printer/scanner combo.
Picked that up and came home. I already had a small little plug in fluorescent lamp that was just mocking me daily.
I separated the scanner from the printer part with little effort, then I ripped the (surprisingly few) guts out of the scanner. Filed down a few of the little plastic nubs on the inside of the case and gnawed away (with pliers) a hole for the lamp's cord. After I finished I realized I needed more light, so I made another whole for lamp #2....yeah, i know, it looks like a rat did it, but I'm attaching a pen holder over this gaping hole.

Next, I fitted the bottom with only the classiest of Tin foil and used a white garbage bag to diffuse the light a bit. NOTE: The plastic bag SUCKS....use parchment paper...much better results.

with plastic bag....

with parchment paper
After finishing it, and being proud of myself, I realized that transporting it in my backpack would end up with scratches all over it, so I grabbed some shopping bag pieces that I had experimented with fusing.

Essentially, I just made an envelope out of the pieces and fused the seams on the side together.

Just a thought on this...this was literally a QUICK AND DIRTY method of making....I had the supplies and the inspiration, but not the time....threw all of this together in about 1.5 hours, just before going to work.
All in all, this was a pretty quick little project and it weighs in total about 2lbs, perfect carrying weight and size.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Artograh Tracer....can't stand the heat.... on: May 16, 2008 10:39:43 PM

I have an Artograph Tracer that I've been using for sets/large scale rough work and I'm officially fed up with one facet of it and am looking for advice from anyone who uses/has used one.

The light bulb heats up to something that the space shuttle tiles MIGHT be able to deal with. This heat causes the following problems.

1. Photos bubble and curl beyond any future use after about 20 minutes of use.
2. When using glass as a kind of heat sink, it shatters causing my feet to bleed and subsequently me to limp.
3. Depending on the printing quality, can cause the pigments printed to alter/mutate/bleed.

Alternatives that I've considered are using the glass from a toaster over/oven door as a heat sink and the picture/source beneath that. Another option I've looked at has been using a metal mesh screen (approximatly .5cm gap between 14 guage wire) as a heat sink.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Here's a pic of the demon device

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