21 March 2017

put a bird on it

 I made a bunch of resin feathers, in assorted colours. 
For all those occasions when you really really need to put feathers on your stuff #putabirdonit
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a while between drinks



 sculpting cat head from Polymer clay
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sculpting frame (polymer clay)
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casting in silicone rubber
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de-mould (or de-mold depending on your location)
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painted resin cat and frame
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a few available here
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15 June 2012

No Sew Skirt from Shirt

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This is the lazy persons guide to making a quick simple skirt. All you need is a t-shirt, scissors and a string (from an old hoodie or pyjama bottoms or a long shoe-lace)
Get a shirt that is a bit loose.
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Cut it straight across under the arm-pits. (can make it ever shorter later if you're that way inclined).
Turn the piece you've cut upside down.
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cut two holes in the hem (big enough for the string to pass through).
Thread the string through one hole out the other (with the help of a safety pin)
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The hem that was the bottom of the shirt is now the top of the skirt.
This will hold the skirt up, once tied. 
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et voila! This took all of about 5 minutes. 
You may need to stretch out the bottom slightly if you don't like it too clingy. Use a printed 
shirt for more interest, but the print will be upside down, be warned! Or you can sew a hem on the 
other end, if you can be bothered getting the machine out and threading it and such...
...Or just make yourself some tea. 
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02 February 2012

my 8-bit heart

Plush Pixel Heart DIY
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Stuff you'll need:  felt. scissors. thread. stuffing (sewing machine optional).
you could use any fabric, I used felt because it doesn't fray. If you want something washable..don't use felt..


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.step 1: plan your pixels. You could use a computer if you want to get fancy.

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step 2: cut out all your felt into uniform squares. (this is important otherwise they won't fit), remember to cut two times the squares for the front and back, and one times for the side.

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step 3: start sewing squares together, keep them laid out so you know what goes where, it can get confusing.
I hand-sewed the squares because they were small and fiddly, this part could go much faster on a sewing machine. I used 3x3 (centimetre) squares the total heart turned out about 22cm's (8.7 inches).

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.still step 3...
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still....step 3....

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yep... step 3
(once you have both faces sewn up, join them together inside out, leaving a small 2-3 square opening unsewn)

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it will look something like this.

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step 4: turn it inside out...and stuff it. 
Then sew up the remaining gap in your neatest most invisible stitch.
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step 5: Ta-daaa... have a break and admire your hard work.


02 June 2011

Checkered

Simple paint DIY for simple canvas
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 paint the canvas (I chose three colours, black, blue and green)
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paint a liberal layer of crackle medium (the one-step variety)
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 Using cut up strips of masking tape, make some lines.
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paint in alternating squares of the 1st colour. The crackle medium should show up straight away.
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paint the second colour.
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Peel off the tape.
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Seal with a coat of Mod Podge or PVA glue or whatever dries clear.
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Ta-Daaa
(you could add some lines through the diamonds for an 'argyle' effect, see first photo)
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06 October 2010

Green Lantern

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Small square vase covered with custom cut mosaic glass. Tools required: glass cutter, ruler, 2 part epoxy glue, grout.
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 the above picture is all the tiles stuck on minus the grout.
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with grout, externally lit.


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Finished lantern internally illuminated by candle light.
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05 May 2010

boxy-but-good part III: cruise control


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 Yet another Ikea Fira chest...(first here, and second here)

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I stained the whole thing a dark, dark cherry almost black (not using actual stain but water mixed with acrylic paints), then drew outlines using black pencil, the pattern is an old wallpaper fragment I found, then painted in the white bits, then laquered the whole thing with a shiny water-based sealer. This is not a DIY so much as just painting a box. But there was a lot of sanding involved.

12 January 2010

Pro's and Cons

Japanese wave inspired custom painted chucks. These are really simple all you need is a black sharpie and white watered down acrylic or fabric paint (and a small paint brush would possibly help). Find an image you like and one that matches the colour of the shoe, do not, under any circumstance use images from Twilight. You will have to paint the same image four times, so choose something relatively simple.

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Draw the outline with the black marker, no point using a pencil, it won't show up.



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paint it!
I painted several layers, building up the white. Repeat on all sides until you see waves when you close your eyes and slowly go mad.
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voila!
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12 October 2009

Skeleton earrings DIY

So these came about when I was after some skeleton earrings but couldn't find any.  I wanted ones where the legs and arms moved independently, I didn't want one solid thing just hanging there, like a stiff ( yes.. yes!) it had to have movement and look a little animated...I guess these would come in handy for Halloween as well...if you must...
(click to embiggen)
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These are the 26 pieces you will need, 22 if you just stick the feet onto the lower legs like I did immediatley after this picture was taken. (I used black sculpey because I didn't have white, spoiler alert: I painted it white!..in hindsight black looks a bit neater but Im a traditionalist not a goth)
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Shape all the bits to resemble bones, pelvises, ribcages and skulls... make the rib and skull markings on both sides because the earrings will turn and sway so both sides will be visible.
Important: don't forget to make the holes BEFORE you bake it
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(looks a bit like Ötzi the Iceman here)
Attach the ball chain firmly into the skull, making sure the clay envelops the chain so it won't fall out after it's baked. 1, Make a groove in the ribcage put the chain in. 2. Put a little clay over it. 3.Do the same with the pelvis. 4. Cover the chain and cut off remaining bits with pliers. 5. Add the earring hook thingy to the skull (also important).
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Make holes in your bones, or the clay ones...totally your call
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I skewered my bones just to ensure the holes didn't close up with man-handling and such.
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grill 'em!

(remembering that these bones are quite thin and will only require like 10-15 minutes in the oven)
Then paint them if you were lazy like me and didnt use white sculpey.
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Seal with mod-podge, sealer or pva glue, if they're painted, if not painted, no need really, unless you like them shiny.
Wait till they're completely dry.

Link up all the limbs with the 'o' rings. Not too tight so they still dangly.
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ta daa!
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trick or treeeeeaat!

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