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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Planters with plants for necklace charms. on: July 21, 2019 09:48:45 AM
An update to the first post. I finished two necklaces, one with a Sarracenia made from Starburst wrappers (The best color in my opinion), and another with two calla lilies.

(The first post has more information).

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Re: A Zen Cat Garden? on: July 19, 2019 07:31:54 AM
I see them.

Looks good Cat, bit labour intensive though.
The kids used to have some teeny playmobile kittens. Check aliexpress, they have everything.

That's where we found these cats.  Eh, I guess they'll have to do...

Luckily, as long as I make several of these at one time, I can cut the time down a lot.  The middle three in the first image are what I made in one sitting (with my constant pains, that stretches out to 3 days, heh). The only slow parts were putting the cloth on the hideaways, and wrapping the yarn around the dowels (I don't count gluing times as I can do other things during that time).  If I can figure out a better way of dealing with the cloth and cutting the holes for the dowels, I could cut down the time even more.

Meh, it's an idea, and I think I'm pretty good at it, and at this juncture, I'll take what I can get, HAH!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / A Zen Cat Garden? on: July 18, 2019 10:36:17 PM
Alrighty, this is going to be weird.

Anyhoo, the following image are some of my latest creations, and it got me to thinking, would there be a market for a zen cat garden? Erm! I bet that sounds like I'm trying to sell, I think the more appropriate term would be "would anyone really care for such a thing?"...I think...Anyway, I'm more interesting in everyone's opinions about something of this nature...

Well, a zen garden is a kind of...well...stress reliever which allows a person to modify a garden like scape as a way to relax. It's rather calming, but...um...I do it on full scale, heh.  With a zen cat garden, what it'd be would be various cat trees at 1:12 scale (dual purpose, dollhouses or as a zen garden), which people could move itty bitty kitties around in various cutesy poses...See next image for a few ideas I drew up...

I'd have to heavily modify my cat trees, though, as I'd want the kitties I'd find to be able to be placed inside of the hideaway boxes. (Which I guess brings me to another question, what on Earth are there for tiny cats? As the ones in the first picture are the only ones I've been able to find that are even remotely decent).

Crap! My brain is failing me again...Anyway, what are your-all's thoughts on something like a zen cat garden?

(I hope I don't get reprimanded for this, but ever since last night this has been bugging the living daylights out of me, and I don't think I'll be able to get anything else done until I let this thought run its course).
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Planters with plants for necklace charms. on: June 22, 2019 09:06:05 PM
Ooooh nooooo!  My wife just told me the ones I made for her have become sticky, and I looked over some of the others I made and sure enough, the Krylon finish I sprayed over them reacts with the polymer clay and makes them fairly sticky.  Craaaaaap!

Edit: Understanding Polymer Clay Glaze, Sealer, Varnish

Polymer clay, when cured, is vinyl

Welp, now I know I can make records out of the clays, HA HA HA HA HA!

Either way, attempting to make a couple all out of wood to replace the ones I sent out.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Rosemary Herb Meatloaf on: June 14, 2019 02:34:53 PM
This is my wife's favorite dish that I make (that's not a dessert).  Grin

  • 2 lb.s ground hamburger (leaner the better)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium size ciabatta crumbled and dried overnight.
  • 1/4 c. chopped green onions
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (best for spreading flavor throughout the meatloaf)
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary.
  • 1/4 tsp finely chopped fresh sage (We do not tell the wife this is in it)
  • Salt and pepper

The next ingredients are what I'd add to it if I was allowed to, heh.
  • 1/4 c. chopped green peppers
  • 2 tsp.s Worcestershire Sauce.

Ketchup for topping.

Blend all ingredients together, and place into a baking dish of your choice.

Place in 350 degree heated oven.

For 2 inch meatloaf, between 35 and 45 minutes.
For 3 to 4 inch meatloaf, between 45 and 1 hour and 30 minutes (Longer time because I use my toaster oven which I prefer as it doesn't burn the bottom of the meatloaf).
Anyway, bake til 165 degree internal temperature, or 145 degrees if you're lucky enough to have a butcher shop close by.

Smear ketchup over the top after the first 25 minutes of baking time. (I really have no idea why I stopped putting the ketchup on before putting it in the oven, but this is what I do now).

Best served with poached corn and fresh baked dinner rolls.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Miniature Cat Trees, ferns and pots. on: June 11, 2019 01:46:07 PM
Okie dokie! Finally finished the 2nd re-design from the last post I made here.  This design definitely is far better than the first, and gives a lot more space for kitties to be placed around the tree.  Unfortunately, I was in a bit too much of a hurry to do some of the things I wanted to do (such as use a strip of fabric to go around the circular platforms, and put the fabric inside the top box BEFORE sealing it up, yeesh, and place the lower two platforms at more appropriate heights).  All in all, though, definitely a much better design. 

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Planters with plants for necklace charms. on: June 08, 2019 08:29:59 PM
Next three are done...
This one is the best one, as I've not been feeling well and had done a horrid job on all of them (Lack of sleep make the pains a tad more fun, yeesh).  Anyhoo, I messed up on this wood pot and made it too long, which gave me the idea to put only two instead of three. I think I kind of like this, and can add it as a variant. 

The next two (posting as links to save on image loading on ya'll's computers, phones, etc, which reminds me I need to thin up some of my posts here,  Shocked).  Anyhoo, tried something different, used brown jute instead of white and I think it works as well.

The first one the wood pot broke, woops, but I decided to leave it and finish it, but it does seem to have some interesting qualities to it, and gives me an idea of attempting a broken pot laying on its side with a plant coming out of spilled soil.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Re: Making fern leaves on: May 26, 2019 10:41:01 PM
Have you considered die cuts for plants?

Oh definitely.  Even searched up about designing my own dies.  Only trouble with either is until I can get a handle on my pains and get my mind back to working well enough to make any money, I'm kind of stuck with what I have or am allowed to buy. Hopefully I'll get that at least moderately figured out here in a few weeks, heh.

Anyhoo, with my pains being a bit worse, working on these leaves was just a tad too painful, so I am putting them off for the time being (the one leaf I did attempt came out pretty awful, heh).  However, I decided to attempt the Heliamphora leaves, and they are a tad easier on my shoulder, but probably won't get too many more done for a few days. Really need to relax,  Roll Eyes.

I'm going to turn these into earrings by using those little glass (preferably plastic) vials so they seem like tiny terrariums.

Here's what a Heliamphora is. It's a type of carnivorous plant native to South America.

How I did these, I used the scour with my combination square, and glued the paper around it. Then I cut off the excess paper, then reglued it again (I actually think the gluing twice is needed for these shapes. The first gluing holds the shape for cutting, then the second gluing seals the edges). Then I took a paint brush, and put the butt end in watered down glue, I would wipe the very tip off and lightly press it into the opening after cutting the lid to shape, and very carefully curl the lip. (That is so poorly written. I really need to try to take a video of these things, HAH!)

They may not be true to life and you seem to really know your plants. I think most people are not going to have that level of knowledge though and will be very happy with something nice looking at that scale.

Yeah, I know I take things way way waaaay too far, and I'm trying not to,  Grin.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Re: Mini Planter Magnets (WIP) on: May 21, 2019 09:50:52 PM
Well that's a cool idea. Magnets, clever.

There's a WIP craftalong going on where you could also post this project. We are pretty rah-rah supportive of each other, it's a nice encouragement to keep things going to completion instead of ending up in a pile. I don't know what your crafting space is like but mine is full of abandoned projects, lol.

I have the most weirdest deja vu.  I think I've come across that before, and when I searched for something like that before posting, I just didn't see it as I was thinking it'd be somewhere else... Shocked.  Meh! I think I may rename this if I can, as I've come to another far more interesting miniature which is going to be quite fascinating (for a weirdo like me anyway).

Not only can I do bipennate Adiantum and Platycerium, I had made successful attempts at Pteris cretica and Doryopteris pedata (though only the fertile leaf. Still have to figure out how to do the sterile fronds), and although I didn't finish the simple large Nephrolepis, enough was done that it'd be perfectly doable.

Idea 001: I believe I could pull of a small pendent with some form of epoxy with Microsorum leaves below and above water.


Platycerium bifurcatum at 1:12 scale as a fridge magenet...Wrong color, but meh, bloooooooody awesome.

The rest of the pics are in this album.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Making fern leaves on: May 20, 2019 10:28:56 AM
Ok! This has been on the burner, but just recently came up with an axiom that may be of use for some people who have a desire to create their own leaves.

1. Get a feel for the leaf

The very first thing I do is search up images and get a feel for the leaves by drawing the veins first, then the leaves around those veins. The larger drawings are generic, and not to scale, where as the smaller drawings are far more accurate and aid me in designing "unique" leaves.
Now, if I were to make these leaves to scale, there'd be a lot more detail, but since I am working on making these at 1:12 scale, I am not overly worried about "detail", heh.
Species I'm working on: Doryopteris, either pedata or palmata, or a blending of the two. (Haven't narrowed them down as of yet).

Edit 1:
With these two species of ferns, the sterile leaves are very very similar to certain species of ivy. So, there's a dual purpose for those particular leaves. After thinking about it, even the larger leaves could be used for generic palms, perhaps even a Philodendron.

Edit 2:
Just recently I had read an article about using clay and a cookie cutter for a paper cutter. Which gave me an idea for these leaves. What I do, is I find a tray small enough for our toaster oven that we use specifically for the polymer clays, and I put a piece of parchment paper on it. Then I cut out the shapes I want fairly thick, and bake them. Then I peel off the paper and use them as guides to cut around.  However, I have found a device called the Sizzix Sidekick, and after some time, once I feel I can afford it (the chronic pains have been horrible lately), I'm going to contact the company and see if they can make dies for it.  If so, then I'll go that route, but until then, the clay templates work just fine. Plus, they're easy to mold into whatever shapes I so desire.

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