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It's probably been about 3 years or more since I've posted on Craftster. I've had 2 baby boys and not much time to do any decent crafting  Sad

However,  I have started a new hobby making temporary, recyclable artworks within a 30 minute time limit (due to my newest baby never sleeping for more than 30 mins at a time!) out of ordinary household items and miscellaneous bric-a-brac. I don't use any glue so I can re use the materials. These rules I set for myself can make it quite tricky sometimes.

I've actually been taking requests from people on Facebook and Instagram, it's hard for me to keep up, but I get around to all of them eventually. I make the art, take a photo of it and post it so they can see what I made for them, it's a fun hobby. Some are quite silly! Here are some examples of what I've been playing with....

A request for 'a millipede' - made from a cable tidier and hair slides

A request for  'something on the theme of Steven Spielberg' - made from rice and seaweed sheet and some capsicum (he produced Memoirs of a Geisha)

A request for 'something by Vincent Van Gogh' so I did a version of Starry Night - made from beads, matchsticks, rubber bands, scarves, buttons and paperclips

A Bee - a request from a 3 year old girl. Made from a seed pod, rubber bands, baking paper for wings, a banksia brush, teddy bear eyes, straws and some apple

My 2.5 year old boy requested a picture of a lion eating his baby brother, so of course I had to do it- it's just made from sheets, blankets and pillows with a couple of plastic plates for eyes.

An owl - seeds, ice cream cones, lasagne sheets, nuts and dates.

This list is growing!! I have done many more. Everything can be packed away and re used (or eaten!) It's so much fun you ought to give it a try, and if you do, please share it with me. OR if you want to request something you can go to my Facebook page or Instagram and request away. It doesn't cost anything, just a bit of silly fun and a way for this creative mama to keep herself sane Smiley

Facebook page is called George Can Create It and Instagram username is @george_can_create_it if you are at all interested in following.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Vulva book *warning: this post contains pictures of realistic looking vulva!* on: October 30, 2010 01:49:42 AM
My friend was constantly going on and on and on about how she thought she had a strange looking vagina. One day we were listening a radio program and heard someone talking about a book with pictures in it of 50 different vaginas. An informative book for women to peruse, to help them stop freaking out, as my friend does, about the appearance of their ladies bits. She suggested to me that she'd like to own this book, and was very excited to hear that it existed. So I said I'd buy it for her birthday. Instead, i went one better and made her a very special vagina book of her very own! And here it is!

There are 5 different vaginas that I individually sculpted

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And they are made from a gel substance, so they are stretchy and soft and you can play with them! Just like a real vagina!

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Ha ha ha ha. Hope you like!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My big sliced wooden human heart. Now with process photos. PIC HEAVY. on: August 26, 2010 02:53:15 AM
I was recently invited to participate in a thing called The Kauri Project. A few years ago a massive 108 year old Kauri pine tree had died in the Sydney Botanical Gardens due to an infestation of flying foxes, which are a protected species, but they unfortunately have a tendency to destroy the trees they nest in. Instead of mulching the tree they decided to ask about 30 different people to make things out of the wood. We all chose our wood and went off on our merry way to make totally different things. Here is what I made.....

A giant sliced human heart!

It took about 3 weeks to make it.

I've now added process pictures to show you all what a nightmare it was! I was so frightened that people wouldn't like it. All the other participants are well known or skilled professional woodworkers, this was my first time working with wood in such a way. Hope you like it.

Other people made a variety of things including sculptures, tables, chairs, bowls, boxes, cupboards, jewellery and a boat!

There is an official website, but I don't know the address, if you'd like to know more about the project you can Google 'The Kauri Project'

Ok so I started out with a model of a heart that I found. An educational toy. I glued all the bits together then sliced it up on a band saw.

Then I had my chosen piece of wood, big and flat. I used my little heart slices as a pattern and with an overhead projector blew the pattern up to a size where they all fit into the piece of wood that I had.

Then I cut out each pattern slice on a bandsaw. I then glued and clamped the slices together with a piece of paper in between each slice. This is so I could break them apart again, the paper stops the wood from gluing to the wood. It really works!

With my slices glued with paper in between I used any tool I could find to carve and carve. I used grinders, sanders, files, planers just about anything that worked. I was a maniac, I tried everything.  made sure I enclosed myself into a corner of the workshop because I created a LOT of dust.

Anyway after a lot of cursing and dust in my bra and undies, it ended up looking like this

And then I used chisels and a hammer to gently separate the slices.

And then I had sand off all the paper, carve out the interior parts of the heart, sand the outside smooth and add detail to each piece and add a pole in the bottom of each piece. This took quite some time and was more work than I'd really anticipated. I was very sick of it after a while because each slice was like a sculpture in itself.

And after all that I had to carefully paint and stain and finish the whole thing. I added veins on the outside of the heart. The quickest way I could think of to do this was to use knead-it, that 2 part epoxy fix it stuff you can get from the hardware store. I then has to carefully paint each vein. 

I was in a rush to get it finished in time. Typical me, leaving things to the last minute. I quickly made a basic block stand for the base, with holes in it for the poles and painted that with varnish, i spent all night painting and painting the heart and it was all a bit of a rush job and it's making me tired just thinking about it. But I got it finished in the end. So after all that work I felt like it was a lot of effort for a bit of an ugly product! But that happens sometimes, and I've learned to appreciate it more now that I'm not having to look at it and think about it all the time!

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: July 25, 2009 09:02:15 AM
Okay, this was a joint project between my boyfriend and I but he's not on Craftster so I have to post on his behalf as well.

This was one of the most mammoth, complicated, annoying, crazy things I've ever had to make. And I've made a few strange things. I'll spare you the trials and tribulations and just give you the pretty pictures of the finished products. I learned SO MUCH during the process of of making these....so many mistakes! We were just about in tears sometimes, but I think, in the end, they look great. Phew!

I almost forgot to explain that we made these for a hair show. The hair/wigs was done by a hairdresser. We made the heads. The wigs are AMAZING. There were 6 heads made in total, each had it's own style.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I made a fountain! A peacock fountain! old post fixed up. on: September 26, 2008 12:53:38 AM
For my final year project I decided to make a fountain. I had no idea how to make a fountain and just went for it! I'd had the idea for a while, water spraying out the head then trickling down the feathers, it took a lot of hard thinking as well as sheer luck to get it right, hope you like it!

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Venus fly trap!! RRAaarrghhh!!! on: April 03, 2008 05:00:29 AM
I made this. It's plasticine covered in latex and then painted.

Oooohhhh, very scary.  Shocked
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My GIANT pixelated face... on: April 03, 2008 04:37:26 AM
This was a task our class had to complete for life drawing. She was a kooky teacher but we did some fun stuff. This is a giant pixelated self portrait. We got a photo of ourselves and pixelated (I'm not actually sure if that's spelled correctly, who cares!) it using photoshop, then we coloured in some old computer mouse mats that I'd cut into quarters

and put them in the appropriate order and ta DA!!

Here's all of us together...........

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A dad and his son painting in acrylics. Very happy families! on: April 03, 2008 02:18:07 AM
I painted this as a commission for a friend of mine. Hope you like it as much as I do!

Thanks for looking!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A picture of knitting hands, drawn with WOOL! New photo. on: August 02, 2007 09:14:06 PM
This took a lot of patience. It's not embroidery, it's just wool cut to size and individually glued down onto the canvas. I had very sticky gluey hands whilst making it. The wool kept sticking to my fingers and driving me nuts!

And yes...the hands are knitting a spatula, or egg flip however you like to say it. It's a long story.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I made a giant devil. And I mean GIANT. And now I'm just showing off..... on: August 02, 2007 09:08:44 PM
Just thought I'd show off a few pics of a project I have been working on at school.

Nuts eh?
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