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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Tub Girl on: August 11, 2008 09:54:44 PM
Wasn't sure where to post about sculpting tips!

I'm a messy messy artist with zero workspace at home...
While a wee bit cramped the bathtub is an awesome place to work on messy projects! Afterwards you can just flip on the shower for no hassle cleanup. Yay!

Here are closer shots of the WED clay monster I was working on:

12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / paper cephalopods on: June 17, 2008 11:29:15 PM

Spent some time designing these guys over the last couple of months. Finally got the patterns glued together for 3D fun times. They are basic sphere and oval shapes with flat bottoms that radiate into tentacles. The squid has a smiley beak on the bottom of him.
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / plush snappy bunny on: June 17, 2008 11:24:47 PM

I decided plushes need to be accessorized! This fellas nose is a snap so I can pop on lots of moustachios!
I'll post the pattern I made later. I lost it amongst my messy computer files.
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Antiqued sculpey beads with watch parts (pic added) on: June 08, 2008 11:29:55 AM
Added better pic here

I took ivory colored sculpey and made some tiny fetishes using a toothpick to sculpt them and sepia colored paint for the aging. I combined a few with old watch faces and the clasp from a watch band. The fox and the squid are beads, the others I'm not sure what to do with yet. Maybe pins!

With the squid(geez you can barely tell it is a squid in this image) I made a blank pendant from sculpey and etched into it after I baked it to carve in the squid. Trying to treat it a bit like bone carving.

I like that the hawk heads have a vaguely steampunk quality.

Sorry for the poor picture quality. I hope to get a better camera soon and maybe update some images then.
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Peanut Butter Jelly Time! on: June 01, 2008 03:28:04 PM

I made a wed clay sculpture and cast a food grade silicon mold and then cast gelatin in it for my brother's birthday this year. He love's him some bananas!


It is a reference to one of the best things ever.
Peanut Butter Jelly Time!
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Jello Squid on: May 08, 2008 10:55:27 PM
So I'm kind of Jello crazy and have begun a series of craft experiments utilizing it. This is the second experiment(the first was gummi venus de milo replicas).

What I was trying to do was create edible faux stained glass. So I made me a squid. First I poured red Jello into a cookie pan and let it set up. Then I cut a squid shape out using a butter knife. I carefully removed the extra Jello. I put the squid in the freezer while I made blue Jello. Keeping the first part cold is really important or the second batch of Jello will melt your pieces. I poured the blue Jello carefully at each corner of the pan and used the knife to scoot Jello into areas that it didn't flow easily into, like lines between parts. I then let this set up.

Unfortunately I should have used some kind of cooking spray because even though the surface was non stick my Jello did not want to come off without a fight. I could get small sections off, but not the whole thing in one piece. Also, make sure you don't our any unmelted sugar in the bottom of your melted Jello container into your finished piece. It makes it slimy and grainy and your material will simply fall apart in those areas.

If I had made my Jello thicker(the layer was about a centimeter in the pan) and used a release agent(like cooking spray) I bet it would have popped out of the pan just fine. I did try flipping the pan over and banging on the backside, but it wouldn't budge.

17  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Glass Castings on: May 04, 2008 03:23:47 PM
These measure about 5x5 in each and are made of lead glass. The originals were clay and wax which I cast in plaster. I spent a heck of a lot of time cleaning all the original sculptures out of the molds. It's tricky not to scratch the molds during the process, any scratches will show up on the glass surface afterwards. Though you can totally grind those off. The molds were destroyed during the process of firing glass into them. Afterwards the molds crumble off easily and you can get all the plaster off the glass with a tooth brush and warm water.

The blue thing is a hollow form that I made using a two part mold held together with a screw during firing.

Edit: Add some pics!

18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / cthulhu religious icon on: April 29, 2008 12:22:13 AM

This one was all done in Photoshop a couple weeks ago. It was a request from my friend Melzah, whose birthday had also come up.
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / #2 Pencil Dragon on: April 28, 2008 11:18:25 PM

11x17in drawing of a dragon in #2 pencil. I smeared the pencil on the page a lot then erased out of it to get brighter whites and to push the darks. I ate through the paper in a few spots trying to get the darks dark enough.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gummi Venus De Milo on: February 26, 2008 09:21:12 PM
I posted extra pics on my blog here:

Using food grade silicone I made a mold of a tiny Venus De Milo. I made the gummi using unflavored gelatin, jello, and melon flavored kool aid. It's really quick to make a big batch of gummi creations because the gelatin mixture cures so quickly. Also, it's completely non toxic to do! Hooray non toxic mold making!

The pictures were taken by the most rockin' dude ever mah homie Dan Cole.

Get yer silicone molding on. I bought my silicone online through this site:
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