Wall Hung Moon – Finished

The finished fired clay piece –  it’s about 12″ across.  It exceeded my expectations!

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More Clay Play …..

And one more Piece before I fire up the Kiln. This will be wall hung; it’s about 12″ across.

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Putting My Trust in ArtResin…

Do you ever have one of those projects where the items you’re using in it are SO important to you that, if it goes wrong, and those items are ruined, it would be devastating?

I’m doing that very thing right now.

My wonderful mum collected brooches and pins, and man, her collection was Extensive!  She and her sister had a friendly rivalry going on, with the gist of it being “Whoever has the most brooches when she dies, wins!”  I’m confident mum won, ha!  I don’t think I’m exaggerating to say that she had a couple hundred; more importantly, she wore them all, and literally never went out without a brooch.  Even at her passing, we made sure she was wearing a pin.

At mum’s Celebration of Life, all the women chose brooches and other jewellery, and wore it on that day.

We all gave her pins as presents, and searched them out whenever we traveled.   Her favorite, I think, were Christmas pins……….

Anwaaaaaaaay, my sister and I went through all her pretty shiny objects and cherry-picked a few to keep for ourselves.  I wanted to do ….something…. with them, but wasn’t sure what.  Mounted on velvet in a Shadow Box Frame?  Under glass, as the top of a side table?  I finally settled on embedding them in Resin in a Mirrored Serving Tray.

Actually doing it was daunting, because I really did NOT want to wreck them…..

I’ve been using ArtResin for about a year and a half now, and have been really pleased with the consistent way it performs.  I also follow many Resin Artists who use ArtResin, and have not seen a single negative review, honestly…..

Soooooooooooooooo

I took the plunge.   I did a Test Layout of the pins.  I poured the first thin layer of ArtResin, placed the pieces, and poured a second thin layer, all within 15 minutes.  I torched it to get rid of the bubbles.  I covered it to ensure that no dust or bugs floated on the surface.

I waited 3.5 hours, and poured another layer, as ALL the pieces need to be completely immersed if I’m going to use this as a Serving Tray.

And then I had to wait 24 hours………  gahhhh, that was hard……

But the finished product?  Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!  I am SOOOOOOOO pleased with this memory of my wonderful mum……………

Note:  I only know how to put Still Photos in my blog – go to @CherMcKittrick  if you want to see a video

 

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More Sewing Machine Action….

Since I had the machine out anyway, and my favorite jeans needed some new patching, I thought I’d try the Free Motion thing on them. I was able to do it on 2 spots, but the third bit had to be hand stitched….  I also added a little patch of same material on the back of one of the legs, just for the hell of it………..

I love these jeans……..

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Watercolor Flamingo…

I had a couple of lovely women in the studio yesterday that wanted to learn a little bit about watercolor.

Here’s what we did – this lesson included wet-into-wet, using Frisket as a mask, hard lines, shadows, and a bit of pen work.

My Piece

Judy’s

Theresa’s

Good job, Ladies!

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ArtResin – Coasters – Part 1 of 2

I’ve been using ArtResin for quite a while now, but only to finish the Acrylic Pours that I’ve done.  The Company does such a good job of supporting their product!  Any questions I’ve had have been answered clearly and promptly, and they regularly post tips and ideas on their site, and on multiple Social Network sites.

Aside from using it to finish a painting, there are SO many other ways that you can use it, and Coasters seems like one of the easiest projects for experimenting, so here I go…..

I’ve read that you shouldn’t pour ArtResin really thick, so I’m going to pour these coasters in 3 thin layers.

I went through all the weird and wonderful stuff that I have in my studio to see what I could embed in the Coasters, and here’s what I’ve come up with, after the first layer:

Fishing Flies – this was a SLIGHT disaster, because you’ve got to use a torch to get rid of the bubbles in the resin, and I singed one of the Fly Wings; I’m hoping that won’t be evident in the final product.

Beautiful buttons – I have about 18 million of ’em

A plastic lizard, because why not?

Skulls – for some reason, I am soooooooo drawn towards skulls

Fancy Fibre

Stay tuned – I’ll pour two more layers, 3 hours apart, then leave them to set for 24 hours, then I’ll post again with the finished product.

 

 

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Free Motion Stitching on the Demon Machine – Finished Scarf

Surprisingly, although I really didn’t enjoy using the sewing machine, this is one of the most satisfying projects I’ve done.  Also, I need to stop bad-mouthing my sewing machine.  It really does run well, and has some pretty cool features, such as a semi-automatic needle threader.

I finished the scarf today, and plan to wear it to the Theatre tonight.

Here’s how I finished it off.

If any the pieces appeared to be too “hole’y”, I just added more stabilizer and fabric.

I rinsed all the pieces, and then put them in the dryer, with a bounce fabric softener.  Then, more stabilizer, and I connected all the pieces

 

I ended up with a wearable piece of Art.  I LOVE It!!

It was VERY time consuming – I’m sure I spent at least 5 hours making it.  And, although these Art Scarves sell for $35-$50 dollars, it wasn’t cheap to make.

3 Spools of thread = $12, Material  = $5, 10 feet of Stabilizer  = $4.00, for a total of $21.00.

I probably could have stitched less, and it would still have been as robust, but since I don’t know much about fabrics, threads, sewing in general, I can’t really say.

I might make a couple more, but only because I have 5 yards left of EACH of the pink and orange gauzy material, and don’t know what else to do with it.

Maybe, rather than cutting the material into small random shapes, I’ll cut it into long strips and see how that goes together.

 

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