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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: wallet, anyone want it? (new, improved with how-to!) on: December 21, 2006 11:32:08 AM
cool, good luck!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: sculpture on: November 13, 2006 07:51:10 AM
i have no idea. we had a pseudo-critique at the end of the semester, she didn't grade each project. but i got an 'a' in the class, so i was happy
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: sculpture on: November 12, 2006 07:20:08 PM
thanks guys!

it's about 10 inches. the color is simply a black base with gold/bronze color drybrushed lightly over it, plus it's waxed. i didn't know you could wax clay before, but go figure- now i've also got a bas relief so shiny it looks like you could eat off it
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / sculpture on: November 11, 2006 08:58:18 PM
torso sculpture i did for a class; clay with an acrylic patina

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: vinyl cat pillow! and other! on: August 21, 2006 07:23:14 AM
Hey, I like your pillows...
How did you do it?

I just had to put my beloved cat to sleep on Friday...
and I miss her soooooo much...
did not have a good Friday.
I did what was right for her.
but I missed her on my bed with me the last couple nites...

pics of feather kitty here:

I don't have that many pictures of her =(
but I'd love to make something with her picture on it that I could see all the time.

would you mind tellling me what technique you used?



i'm sorry, that really sucks, i've had two cats who had to be put to sleep, one was like 18 years old so it wasn't so bad but one got hit by a car and had a million problems for like a year

that's a really good idea though, having a pillow you can keep in your bed just like the original-so here goes:

i silkscreened both of these pillows. doing the design itself was the tricky  part, since it was so intricate. what i did was take a photo of my cat and open it with a free trial download of photoshop you can get from like, adobe.com or something. if you want to try this method, which i found extremely helpful for isolating two colors to make screens of, do this:

-open one of your photos in photoshop
-open up the filters menu
-select 'cutout' (i want to say it's under "artistic")
-when you apply 'cutout' you can change how many layers you want it to show, i did two, because i wanted this to be a two color screen. you may also have to fiddle with the brightness a little bit to get it how you want.
-once you get it down to two or three layers you want, depending on how many screens/colors you want to do, save the file (kitty).
-now, using the paintbucket function in the toolbar on the left, fill in everything except for one color white. in effect, you'll have one layer isolated, or one screen. save that file as something else now (kitty2).
-open up the original file, and repeat with another color, save that one (kitty3) and repeat the process with as many remaining colors as you have.
-now you have a couple options. if you want the pillow to be under standard paper size, 8.5"x11", then you can print each layer right on your home printer. however, if you want it bigger, which i did, you'll have to save the files on a flash drive, floppy disk, cd, et cetera and go to kinko's or another print shop and have them print out big sheets of your layers. you can also, if you're familiar with photo emulsion, have kinko's print it onto transparencies- only problem is they can only print 8.5"x11" transparencies and if you wanted them bigger than that you'd end up having to split the image on multiple transparencies which can be a pain.
-now that you have the printouts of the layers, trace each one onto a screen and print away! i'm assuming that you're familiar with printing; if not there's about a million tutorials in the screenprinting section of the forum-but if you can't find any let me know, i'd be happy to explain.

well there you go, if you have any questions about the process let me know, i'd be happy to put up some pictures of the different stages. if you print one, put up some pictures! good luck with your memorial pillow!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / vinyl cat pillow! and other! on: August 18, 2006 11:24:59 PM
so i made a couple of screens of my cat- i posted a print of it somewhere but i don't feel like spending a million years looking for it to link to. anywho, i made cool pillows- one is this:

featuring my cat in front of it.  the fabric on the back is freakin awesome, my girlfriend picked it up randomly at joanns for no reason other than it was on sale, and it was robots

and then i made this one on vinyl! it's pretty hard to print on it, and kind of a pain to sew, but it looks so cool

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: new shirts! on: August 01, 2006 10:52:36 PM
haha yeah, i figured the manatee one would get the most comments
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / new shirts! on: August 01, 2006 03:51:38 PM
a bunch more of the shirts i made, continuing a previous post

a shirt i made for my sister's friend, some design i assume she found online

legalize manatee hunting! a promotional shirt for the S.E.U.S.A. (Society for the Extinction of Useless and Stupid Animals)

a shirt i made for the clarence ny high school ultimate frisbee team

one of my favorites, we made a bunch of these shirts for the people we play kan jam with

and that's all for now folks! tell me what you think!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / 1000 watt bulb on: July 17, 2006 03:05:43 PM
so, a guy my dad works with has a screen printing operation on the side, but i guess all he does is actually physically print the shirts, he sends out to places to make the screens. he found out i silk screened, and i'm currently making a screen for him, just a test.  thing is, i'm using cheapie speedball photo emulsion stuff. he sent over a lamp assembly that he never used before (it came with the printing machine i guess) and a couple of screens (they are super awesome industrial heavy duty super tight ones that i wish i could steal). thing is, the bulb is a thousand watts. it's the size of your head.

so my question is, does anyone have experience with industrial printing/making screens for industrial use? and thoughts on wielding this 1000 watt superbulb?

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: stencils on: July 12, 2006 05:55:15 AM
for all three of these pictures i actually just typed in like, "frisbee" or "jellyfish" or "break dance" on google image search to give me an idea. when i found a photo i really liked i drew a freehand interpretation of it, and that's what you see. i found i have a knack for freehand line drawings, no tracing or printing out, which works out well for screen printing.

right here, i found the link for the photo i looked at for the jellyfish

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