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31  Some giraffes in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by pocketwatch on: June 07, 2009 10:14:31 AM
In art we had to pick a mentor to emulate, and I picked Bosch, but so did Salvador Dali. So here are giraffes copied from Dali (the flaming one) and Bosch (it was the 16th century, and he probably hadn't seen a giraffe, so he can be excused for the sloppy biology)

I think giraffes might be my favorite animal; certainly they are my favorite to draw.
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32  Vinyl Stickers to make my car visible in Completed Projects by pocketwatch on: June 07, 2009 10:08:54 AM
I have a tan compact car. Possibly 10% of the population has a tan compact car. In a small lot it's not bad, I usually just walk up to the wrong car, spot my car, and head over. In grocery store lots, sort of medium size, I walk around a bit until the contents of my backseat or my license plate catches my eye. In really large lots, oh, it is so bad. My school's remote lots are like a half mile long, with precious little in the way of landmarks. The one time I parked there without managing a spot near the entrance, I had to walk around what I thought was the proper region, clicking my door unlock button on my key fob until my car's lights flashed.

So, after that I decided to do some vinyl on it. My Dad has a lot of leftover vinyl so I chose a few pieces while I was home for the weekend, cut out stars and a panda, looked up the maximum window coverage in California on the DMV website (it's 5"x5" on the front window in the driver's side corner, 7x7" on the rear window directly behind the driver, and as far as I could tell you can block your whole passenger window behind the driver.)

Oh, oops, I took this picture before I outlined the panda in silver sharpie. It looks ghostie this way.

Anyway, this isn't very inspired, I might change it up. It was more urgent that I get some identifying marks on my car than that I express my soul via stickers. Now, I think vinyl can be coaxed off of most car paint, but it's not a sure thing and your paint can discolor under it. I think also over time with sun damage the vinyl fairly fuses onto the paint. So, sticking it onto the glass is a good solution, and you can use a hairdryer or worst case scenario a solvent to get your windows back.

I would suggest doing this even if you are able to magically home in on your vehicle (it seems like most people can...) because whenever I see the panda I feel a little cheered. Plus, if I pick someone up they can spot the car easily. If you don't have vinyl (and this is the sticker kind, of course, not the leather looking kind) you probably could use a bumper sticker with a solid color background, or maybe the plastic contact paper?
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33  PMC Plankton Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pocketwatch on: May 18, 2009 05:59:51 AM
I made this pendant for the She Blinded me With Science swap, and because it was nearly impossible to photograph I thought I should spare my partner the headache. Also she has not received it yet because it is in an envelope in my purse.

I learned there are plankton called radiolarians, and they are gorgeous! So I scratched one onto a bracelet pendant made of Precious Metal Clay, fired it with my torch, melted part of the back, and then completely failed to polish it. I have a set of 6 really good polishing sticks in increasingly fine grit (the last 2 just buff) but on a not-perfectly-even surface they can't reach the crevices. So I eventually had to give up on polishing the back. Sigh.

Here it is as a necklace.

Here is the clearest picture of the radiolarian I could get.

Here it is on.

I am very much a beginner at pmc, but not at all new to clay. This is the 5th piece I have made. It's crazy trying to work on such a small scale- not necessarily for this piece, though I used a needle as a stylus, but more so trying to sculpt complicated little forms. I've made a decent bear, a goat that was really great until the wax I had inside it exploded out (I suppose I thought it would melt out gently from a small hole on the stomach), a tragic, tragic pentaceratops, and a bathtub that I made just to prove the wax  inside thing would work with a big enough hole. So. It's the best executed fine silver plankton pendant you've ever seen, yeah?  Cheesy
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34  Re: She Blinded Me With Science - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pocketwatch on: May 18, 2009 05:36:24 AM
I told myself I would do pics when my room was clean.... I have a roommate. Our sides of the room have not been simultaneously clean in, um, months. So, I went outside, and upstairs, because wow, I recieved at least a week ago.

On to the awesome! I am an artist, so I do not have a science focus but I do love astronomy (ugh, I am not loving my Overview of The Universe class- conceptual text (no worked problems); hw that you need to use formulas for. He gives them in lecture, but still.) so echo brook knit me the emission spectrum of argon. Dude. Wow. I recognized it as soon as I saw it (not as argon, lol) and then in the note she said she made it because argon is one of my favorite elements. "Is it?" I thought "I thought I like mercury best for being a liquid metal." Um. I am not the most consistent person.

Soooo big (but I do have a small couch.)

but totally wearable! It is so cozy and huge, I love it! So far no one has commented on it, possibly they are intimidated by my geek cred.

Aren't these great? They are meant as coasters, of partially dug up dinosaur bones, in petri dishes!!!! (i took the lids off for the pic) Made with resin! I really don't know how to use them best, they are so fancy (for the next month until I move home for summer my coaster needs are covered by my roommates much less gorgeous glass ones)... Part of me wants to install them on my dashboard as part of a gradual art car ification of my car... I'm still deciding.

And these are just a fun extra- possibly tinted by hand? not sure.

Okay, I also recieved 4 polyclay pens that I have not managed a pic of: Orion, slugs, slugs, and scorpio. (banana slugs are my school mascot.) I love the scorpio one! I will be so impressive (I assume) signing people up for juggling club at school spirit day using my slug pen, and taking acing my astro final with my scorpio pen.
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35  Re: Chunky Pages Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pocketwatch on: April 24, 2009 07:10:06 PM

Left: Gamemom42, circus theme
Center: Tigris Glaxy, stone castles them
Right: Goatgoddess, circus theme.

I love them all so far!  Grin I am excited to find out who picked which themes, so I can decide how to organize them. Goatgoddess, what is the confetti made from? It is very stiff. I didn't do pictures of the backs (should I?) but Tigrisgalaxy has some great vintage looking playing cards, captioned "King and Queen of Stone Castle"

More posts to come, as I receive.
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36  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by pocketwatch on: March 16, 2009 07:32:51 PM
I recieved from astormorray today!!! I was so excited to open the package, and luckily there was a little daylight left!

Here she is with her cozy shawl.

This doll is soft and squashy, with a body that's copper and teal with more teal embroidery, and lacy little accents. She has a removable headscarf/shawl knit in light purple yarn. Thank you so much astormorray!

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37  Mosasaur Painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by pocketwatch on: March 12, 2009 07:50:33 PM
The ocean is pretty scary*, but in Cretaceous times it was so much scarier. Giant sea reptiles preyed on by ridiculously giant sea reptiles and such makes sharks seem... eh... manageable. I made this painting of a mosasaur because I had to do something dinosaur related while I wait for the components of my plesiosaur ice sculpture to freeze. (Pics shortly, unless it falls apart or melts too fast or is otherwise crappy)

It's heavy body liquitex in titanium white and some sort of black. (I actually bought giant tubes of paint for this because it is a 30x40 canvas. I painted the background with those paints yesterday. Then I 100% lost them, they are nowhere to be found so I did the skeleton with my old little tubes. The little tube of black is called ivory black.) The background went on really well with a 3 3/4" hake brush, which I have seen used but only recently bought one.

*For instance, the giant squid? Is the second largest squid. The real largest squid, the colossal squid, is 14m long and lives in the Antarctic. *shivers*
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38  "Steampunk" Rocket Ship in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by pocketwatch on: March 12, 2009 12:39:45 PM
The second to last project in my 3D Foundation class is Gift Art To Mail. I picked my Dad and for the gift I picked a rocket ship. My Dad really, really likes space. he has taken me to the launch of spaceship one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceShipOne , to Yuri Night at NASA AMES, and to the Chabot Observatory a ridiculous number of times. Probably because of all this, I really like space too, and have taken most of the intro Astronomy courses my school offers (all the ones for non science majors that is  Cheesy).  I tried to make his gift steampunk because we both like that style, but I seem not to have pulled it off very well- it looks futuristic instead of victorian. I think a stained glass porthole and some cast iron detailing (ooh, or a cast iron nosecone) would be perfect, so if I make another one that's what I'll do.

This was the most complicated thing I have ever made from paper, and it was a very satisfying process. I tried actually using rubber cement as the bottle says to, applying it to both pieces, letting it dry, and then sticking them together and it works very well to avoid getting cement oozing away from the join onto the piece. And because you can leave them sitting on the work surface while they dry you don't have to hold it in place for ages.

My blog has some unfocused, stream of consciousness blathering about it: http://caitlancan.blogspot.com/2009/03/not-for-dad-do-not-look-at-it-it-is.html

Anyway, comments/criticism are appreciated! (Honestly I am so pleased with it that you could tell me it looks like something a monkey made under an unreasonable deadline and I wouldn't mind, so if you have tips on how to manipulate paper better I certainly welcome it)
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39  Panda USB Drive in Completed Projects by pocketwatch on: April 21, 2008 07:03:36 PM
Inspired by the mimobots

I decided to make a little panda from my thumbdrive. I had a jumpdrive secure so it was already too bulky to fit into a lot of ports. Before:


I used magicsculp, which air cures, not polymer clay! I put it on this board so I wouldn't inspire anyone to bake their files Shocked. I painted it with two coats of white nail polish and then did details in black. When I find the little cap I plan to make it into a little plot of grass for my panda to stand in.
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40  Re: Fairy tales, Folklore & Fairies gallery of gorgeousness! in The Swap Gallery by pocketwatch on: April 21, 2008 06:21:20 PM
I received from monkey-see-monkey-do! She made a tree of life wristcuff from denim and (I think) sculpy painted with something iridescent, and an eagle pendant that is absolutely gorgeous. I really like the stamped magnet as well, it's kind of hard to see but it's a fairy with monarch wings and a magic wand/flower spewing glitter.

The doll ornament is kind of hard to see because I lost my camera cable and had to use a scanner, but she has iridescent wings and a tissue paper dress! I think the journal is really amazing, with the little shiny wisps on the wings and I love the tights! I don't embroider so I haven't had anything embroidered in my life, I think, but it's such a sweet craft.

That was a very exciting, shiny package! Thanks!
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