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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My new hobby farm [pic happy] on: February 06, 2011 04:39:27 PM
I have recently developed a taste for all things scuptural and after a wood carving class last year, thought I would treat myself to a metal casting class. We used low melt pewter, after making silicone moulds from clay maquettes. I had meant to take in my urban wildlife sketchbook as a source but accidently took my farm sketchbook instead. The result is my new hobby farm:

Sorry about the quality of the photos, pewter does not lend itself well to flash photography. The heads, tails are shiny and I made a textured body.

I created moulds for a standing and seated ewe and a seated lamb, plus two ewe and one lamb heads. The heads were attached with araldite....but I am thinking there must be a less obvious way of attaching the heads than araldite or soldering.

And of course, the tails...these were made as part of the body. Cleaning the clay from the tails in the moulds was not fun. Apparently molten pewter is the best thing for getting clay out of all those nooks and crannies..

The beauty of both the silicone moulds and the low melt pewter is that you can do it at home in the kitchen. Well, that is the theory.  Wink

I hope you enjoy, comments/criticisms most welcome. Grin
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Yule Cards for 2010 on: December 04, 2010 03:33:57 PM
This year, my present/card combo is a bit hit-and-miss. Not only am I generally a bit of a scrooge when it comes to spending money at the festive time of year, this year I had the added bonus of a move overseas in the very near future (January) so I really needed to do some stash busting.

My presents were all wrapped up using any left over papers from previous year (they are all plain colour rolls so some will get red, black, purple, gold or silver) plus any ribbon (fabric or foil) I could find. But my cards required a little more thought.

Out came the multitude of spray cans, gold star confetti and origami paper I own. Eight hours (or three DVDs) later, this is what I came up with.

I layered dripped spray (in white, silver, copper and dark blue) over randomly place stars on some green card I had bought last year (it was a hugh box of 50 A6 cards plus envelopes), then I had to origami some 25 trees using all the pretty origami paper I could find. Luckily I had enough...just! Wink

You would think that got rid of a lot of materials, but no, there is *so* much more to go... Roll Eyes As always, comments and criticism most appreciated. Happy Holiday Crafting! Grin
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Nearly a year on...slightly more wiser pottery-style [pic heavy] on: December 04, 2010 02:40:39 PM
I am now coming to the end of my first year with all things clay  Grin, and I think there is some improvements in my work. I have retaken the beginner's pottery class again with the same tutor, though she doesn't let me off with beginner's quality work...apparently I am expected to be better  Tongue I do point out that that I am still somewhat rubbish but I suppose I am slightly more adventurous with the type of work I am producing. Anyway, enough words more pics of my babies. Cheesy

These are some finally glazed pots from my throwing course in June. All are in Tenmoku glaze (my favourite) and all are nearly perfectly centred. In order of size, there is the tiny draycott white SW saki cup (about 1"x1.5") thrown off the hump.

Then there is the thrown and altered (paddled) draycott white SW square bowl. Its about 2.5" square and 2" high.

And last of these, is the St Thomas SW cylinder, about 3"x7". I put an awful lot of wax on the outside so you can see the groves (one of my fave decorating tips, made using a plastic fork). All three have the groves but I really made it into a feature here. Its been given away as a pressie for Christmas.

Onto the things from my November course. These are all hand built and using red clay fired to earthenware. My tutor always starts with that. The first is a pinched sauce boat, quite large at 4" long by 2.5" wide, where I first refined the actual "boat" and then scored the outside, rubbed in white slip and finally coated in a turquoise glaze. It turned out kinda cool, and actually sits flat. Yay! Like I said, more was expected of me Wink.

Then we went onto slab building. As I made a relatively good box last time I wanted to make something different, and I had been playing around with the idea of a slab built condiment box. Originally this was meant to be salt and pepper cellars, but it ended up being kinda big so it probably more suited to olives, cheese, dips etc. It is my own template design, and I think my tutor was more worried about it splitting in half than I was (yes, those two boxes are joined together by the power of slurry and glaze). So here it is, the boxes are 3" square by 2.5" high, and is also going to be a chrissie pressie (I have to declutter somehow).

But what to do with all those leftover decorated slabs? Make a vase for yet another present, of course. This is quite a good illustration of how the different glazes change the slip and clay colours. The box above had a honey mustard glaze, and this is clear lead, its about 8" by 3" square.

So that is about it for now. I still have a heap of glazing to be done for our last lesson next week Cry, including a porcelain vase made of two pinched pots and a slab built curved plate. I am having a lot of fun with slabs... Smiley

I hope you enjoy, as always comments and criticism most welcome, and joyous wishes for the festive season! Grin
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / New Mixed Media Series on: July 29, 2010 11:53:00 AM
I have been doing a painting course over the past year, and have finally been inspired to pick up a brush and work on the Burnbank Farm series... an homage to our old family farm and a never ending source of inspiration.

This was completed first, its called Top Paddock and is a 30x60cm box canvas. The photo is not the best as the yellows should be a reddy ochre colour but I hope you get the idea. Its recess set into a limewash box frame, slightly smaller than the height of the canvas so you can see the sides.

These two were done as a family, called Strathkellar (Sheep) and Strathkellar (Cattle), and both are 30x30cm box canvas, yet to be framed. The colour is much better on this photo.

I hope you enjoy, would love to hear your comments, criticisms.
Happy crafting! Grin
15  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Hand built ceramics class on: July 29, 2010 11:02:45 AM
I have recently been on some more pottery classes which focused on hand building rather than throwing. It has really opened my eyes to the possibilities out there and I have enormous admiration for hand builders who create those practically perfect vases and bowls without the aid of wheels and moulds. Cool

Anyway, on with what I have been doing. My only slab built effort: a box or tea caddy, made from red clay, fired to earthenware with textures, coloured slip and turquoise crackle glaze.

I made a really pathetic coil vase - its not worth showing - but I love making pinch pots. These were from my first 3-week taster course, also red clay fired to earthenware. With coloured slips and glazes. The one in front has holes incised and given to a friend to use as a floating candle (singular) holder. They are about 8cmx6cmx5cm each. The one behind has a pouring lip.

By the end of the first course, my pinchpots were much larger, such as this stoneware pouring bowl in crank clay with tenmoku glaze inside. Its about 15x14x5cm and is my favourite Grin. Well, tenmoku has taken over from celadon as my favourite glaze.

I made this pinch pot on the first day of the next 3-week course for experimental pinch and coil pots. Its made in Draycott White, fired to stoneware, with chili oxide underglaze and clear shiny glaze. Its about 12x11x6cm

Lastly, here is a pinched pie plate, made from stoneware Draycott White. It was coloured in yellow slip then fired with celadon glaze to give it the rather olivey colour. Its not perfect, but I like its organic-ness, but only small at 16x16x3cm so a single pie serving.

I think that is it for now, I am waiting to pick up some items from glaze firing including first time porcelain use (not for the faint-hearted or the slap-dash like me Tongue) and I won't bore you with the success-challenged efforts. Thanks for looking and would love to hear your comments and suggestions.

Keep crafting! Grin
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Thrown Pottery - First Attempt [image heavy] on: February 27, 2010 03:13:49 PM
I finally managed to do a thrown pottery course; I've been wanting to do pottery since primary school when my last attempt with clay resulted in a cat ashtray (don't ask, I was a weird child...and neither of my parents smoked cigarettes Undecided). My class was six weeks, and it was definitely a case of being thrown in at the deep end.

This is the result of the six weeks (bar two slightly taller ones still being glaze fired), some turned out better than hoped, some had more unexpected result but I am reasonably pleased with this lot. Cheesy

This is probably my favourite, a kind of bud vase. Its about 5cm tall  Grin

I love this one too, its the one with the bluey green outside, because this is what happens when you melt marbles.... Cool

This one I just love the colours on the outside and the resist on the inside.... Cheesy

Edit 14-Mar -- Picked the last of my pots yesterday, of which I am quite proud. The glazes were still surprises, but not unwelcome one. Both pots are about 10cm high.

Hope you all like them too, comments/feedback always appreciated
Happy viewing and happy crafting
17  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Stag stamp equals Yule card on: January 15, 2010 02:25:59 PM
Happy New Year, everyone!  Grin I know Christmas/Yule is long past, but I thought I would share my greeting card for 2009. Every year I make my Christmas cards, I have to do about 40 or so, so stamps make the ideal crafting start point. And I love making stamps.  Cheesy This year I thought I would go with a winter scene: a stag and foresty style background.

I used black ink for the stag, over the red "forest", which was on an A7-ish size ruler-torn piece of conqueror paper. This was put onto claret coloured rice paper and then onto A6 red card. I made an insert of typo paper to write on.

These are the stamps. Because of their size, I used a spray can to "roll" pressure evenly rather than pushing with my hand, which I found kept lifting and "echo" printing when it flopped down. I researched pictures of stags from the internet and then made a stylised shape that I was happy with. The forest was always going to be a little abstract.

I hope you like them. Comments/Feedback always appreciated!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Will-They-Go Cushion Covers [more pics added] on: August 14, 2009 11:27:58 AM
My brother gave me this fabric to make some cushions for his bedroom....it was about two years ago and there was "no rush". So I have only just finished them. Since then he had moved out of his flat, in with his girl, married and moved again. I have no idea if these will still go with their decor but they are getting them anyway....the cushions take up too much room in my house!

So I give you the Will-They-Go cushion covers...

The fabric is a screenprinted silk from The Designer's Guild. I just got a25mm wide turquoise satin ribbon to make the trim and fashioned my own pattern. There is a beige zip on the bottom seam rather than back as the piece I was given to work with was not big enough for my initial pattern. Above is the front and following is the fabric pattern on on the back.

I really like the fabric and will be quite sad to see it go but it does not go with my furnishings. Here is a close up of the ribbon detail.

Here is the other set that I finished today (15 Aug). My bro also provided this fabric and I had slightly more than the other one.

That was the front, and this is the back

Here is a pic of the detail as you can't quite see the trim on the front image. I used two colours of ribbon for the trim as they were quite small (about 8mm and 10mm wide) and would be quit difficult to sew folded.

So now I need to finish off the other set (pics to come later) and post them off to him...just in time for his birthday. It will be a surprise as I think he has forgotten about them.

All comments/feedback most appreciated
Happy crafting and happy viewing.
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The Long Overdue Baby Quilt is done on: August 10, 2009 03:52:18 PM
I started this quilt a long time ago, probably late 2006/early 2007 and completed up to the final bias tape in a few weeks. Its based on the "Corn Crib" pattern from the "Quick & Easy Projects for the Weekend Quilter" book by Rosemary Wilkinson. The bias tape confused me which is why the quilt was left unfinished for so long.

So there have been many friends and colleagues having babies in between now and then, but bias tape no longer scares me and I finally finished it off in time for yet another colleague, expecting her second daughter in a few weeks....

So without further ado, here is the long-overdue baby quilt...

It is all cotton fabrics, most are assortments from lots of squares that I have purchased. The backing is just a piece fabric in the same patter as the yellow border. I machined stitched a diagonal pattern on there.

This is a close-up of a corner

I can't quite remember the exact measurements, but I did make it to the size of the pattern (standard crib size I guess). Its not perfect, but I like it; and I hope you do too.

All comments/feedback is most appreciated
Happy Crafting
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / OMG it fits! [pic happy...and I'm happy] on: June 10, 2009 03:27:32 PM
Hello all you lovely craftsters, I haven't posted for a little while, but I want to share with you my latest project.

I was *meant* to sew a dress for my brother's wedding in a couple of weeks, but I chickened out citing sewing machine problems (truly, it did break...I had to buy a new one...) but I was not going to risk 140 worth of silk find out if I could actually sew something other than bags.... Wink

....turns out I can! I bought the fabric in Liberty's summer sale (sooo cannot wait for it again this year). I think the pattern is called Tana Lawn but I cannot remember the pattern number. I bought a Vogue pattern and some buttons last Saturday and forced myself sit down and make a shirt. The pattern is V8248 (view A) .... Very Easy was the promise... and they were right! Grin

Its not perfectly executed, but it fits! I was afraid I was making a size too small and it was looking a little "busty" at the time, but no, on final fitting it was great. I am so happy. But enough of the story and on with the pics....

Detail of fabric and button

Front view

Back view

The obligatory fitting shot (I hate pics of myself, so you'd better enjoy this rarity!  Tongue)

The colours are pretty true on the photos. I'm just so happy that I have something that fits my bust, waist and arms..... Most of this was sewn on my new Brother BC2100 as my old Toyota 2260 died on me and I have to send it away for repairs. So it was a learning curve on the machine as well.

Any comments, feedback most appreciated! Happy viewing and happy crafting! Grin
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