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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gigantic Squishy Sprocket Pillow on: June 14, 2012 11:27:44 PM
Oh, whew. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has two crafty shoulder angels. (Also: glad I'm not the only one who thinks the horny one speaks so much sense!)

Gorgeous pillow! I just want to nab it and floomph myself down on it. Maybe it'll be inspiration for me to eventually learn how to sew so I can have one of my own. Smiley Once I move and whittle my yarn stash down a bit, of course.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on Packing/Shipping Ceramic Art? on: May 23, 2012 07:41:44 AM
Thank you, everyone! Smiley  I had a feeling box-in-a-box would be the way to go, but it's nice to have some confirmation that it actually works. I'm still going to be nervous about my darlings, but now I know how to ensure that at least some of them make it through.

Now just to find a million (okay, only 20 to 25) smaller boxes in various sizes that will all fit inside a bigger box. And hopefully an inexpensive biodegradable packing peanut.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Advice on Packing/Shipping Ceramic Art? on: May 18, 2012 07:19:16 PM
Hello, all.  I couldn't find the answer to this question, so hopefully someone here knows what I can do. (Also: I hope I didn't miss it somewhere!)

I've been taking this ceramics class at my local JCC for about six years now, and as a result have an apartment full of ceramic monsters friends all over the place.

This fall, I'm going to be moving from San Francisco to New York City. I plan on shipping most of the stuff in my apartment via one of those PODS portable storage thingies, but I have no idea how to wrap and pack my babies so that they will arrive in NY damage-free.  Some of them are pretty sturdy and don't have dangling parts, but then there are ones like the two pictured below:

Absinthe 3 Quarters by Eapa, on Flickr

Bruce 14 by Eapa, on Flickr

I just know that something's going to bonk them and snap off their legs or something like that.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me?  Have any of you gone through what I'm about to go through, and have any advice that worked?  I'm just worried I'll be unpacking in my new apartment, and find all my work has turned into clay dust in the trip over.
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: It's Bigger on the Inside! [TARDIS Box] [IMG Heavy!] on: February 22, 2012 06:40:05 PM
I think I'm in love.  This is beautiful, and even if weren't a TARDIS I would want it.  Thank you for sharing!
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Archaeopteryx Faux-ssil (Fossil)! (Image Heavy) on: November 30, 2011 07:39:50 AM
This is fantastic!  You did a great job, and it's given me some ideas of things to play with once the current spate of Giftmas Knitting is over. Smiley  Thank you so much for sharing!  I heart dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles/birds.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tatty Devine inspired dinosaur necklace + tutorial! on: November 13, 2011 02:58:54 PM
Amazing and totally inspiring!  This might actually get me to do something with that shrink-plastic I have sitting in my craft box.  Thank you for posting!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Bruce, my Dream Paramour on: September 29, 2011 10:59:07 PM
This is only sort of a personal story.

Bruce came to me in a dream.

Bruce by Eapa, on Flickr

It was one of those situations that seem perfectly normal while you're in the dream, but make you think twice about your inner psyche when you wake up in the morning. In this dream, a basilisk and I were, ah, having "intimate relations". 

If you know anything about the mythical basilisk, you know that his look means death. (And if you know anything about the real life basilisk, you know that he walks on water, but that's a different story.) In my dream I wasn't concerned about a look of death or getting turned to stone at a glance. While we were locked in that deadly embrace, I was more concerned instead with keeping him distracted every time he tried to bite me. His bite was poison, and he was touchy ... though also easily distracted.

Bruce by Eapa, on Flickr

There's a lot of symbolism involved in a dream about making love to a dangerous mythical lizard. I'm very much aware of that.  I didn't take much thought to realize what and who this lizard dream represented. The image haunted me for weeks, and during that time I worked diligently on the sculpture I present to you now.  He's as close to a spitting image of the lover in my head as I could get.

Bruce by Eapa, on Flickr

This's probably the most complicated project I've worked on yet in my weekly ceramics class. Pinchpot-based head and body, tail created using coils, the body elevated with scrap clay while the legs stiffened enough to support the weight of the entire creation. After he was bisque fired, I dabbed him with black underglaze, washed it away, had him high-fired, and then wet brushed him with acrylic paint to get the mottled green look.

Bruce by Eapa, on Flickr

The name, Bruce, is taken from the man who (I'm pretty sure) inspired the lizard. Sort of. He's very special to me, just as this project is very special to me.

Bruce by Eapa, on Flickr

But, of course, not so special that any constructive criticism wouldn't be appreciated.  (Adoration would be fine, too  Wink He is a reptile, after all.)  Please let me know what you think.  And thank you for looking! It's nice to get some feedback from people who aren't necessarily my classmates, teacher, or friends.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! My knitting doesn't look right. on: August 10, 2011 10:09:49 PM
From your picture, it's really hard to tell a lot of things.  But I don't think it's a question of tension - if it were, it wouldn't look knotted, but instead would just look loose and loopy.  So I'll have to ask a few questions:

1)  What kind of cable are you trying to do?  A four-stitch cable?  Two-stitch?  A braided cable?  Do you have a link to the pattern you're learning from?

2)  Are you using a cable needle to hold stitches out of the way?

3)  Are you cabling every row, or -- as most cables are -- on right side rows only? 

4)  When you say you know how to do cables, does that mean you know the general idea/theory?  Or are you referring to knowing how to do cables in crochet?  It's a little different with knitting, I think (though to be honest, I haven't done cables in crochet myself, so I'm not completely sure).

Interestingly, the cables to either side in your picture look more like regular (and, as you mentioned, loosely-tensioned) cables than the one that you're focusing on.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: From Pow to WOW! Tons of pics on: July 21, 2011 09:46:36 PM
I'm blown away.  It looks wonderful - and is completely inspiring!  I'm just a renter, so I can't do too much altering to my place, but now I kind of want to play around with making wall plaques and frame trim out of Sculpey, too.

Thank you for the post, the great pictures, and the detailed discussion!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Skull Salt Pig and ladle on: May 16, 2011 11:41:55 PM
I really love the colors, especially on the inside!  I hope you get a chance to take more pictures of the salt pig soon!  (I never knew that's what they were called, I call mine a salt cellar.)  I'm really curious to see more of it. Smiley
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