DIY. How to Make A Baby.

No, I’m not one of those people that posts their ultra sound photo on facebook.. but I am grappling for evidence of things that I made this month!

In truth my husband also helped me make this but I have been brewing “it” for 20 weeks now. Half way there!

This is the latest ultra photo of our baby’s little feet. Ahhh. lol.

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bronze & copper clay art class completed works!

Well, last week I finished the last of my metal clay jewelery making art classes at the Campbell River Art Gallery. What class should I take next!?

Pretty fun, intimate, low key art class with really inspiring local folks. So awesome to talk to people that are as nerdy as I am and have more skills than me. I learned the art of using precious metal clay ~ that’s how you actually make silver, bronze and copper jewelery.  As well, making molds was super fun ~ I have several ideas of other things to make! And I can reuse those molds with.. drum roll… RESIN!!

If you look back at the month of Feb on this blog ~ you will see the start of this class and the clay in raw form. Here’s what I ended up with after forming and firing and finishing:

moonsnail nipple pendent in bronze

  

copper pendents 2 inches long, from root inlays

copper earrings from plants leaf inlays, 1 inch long, silver wire will make ear wires

Metal clay is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silvergold, or copper mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelrybeads and small sculptures. Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds. After drying, the clay can be fired in a variety of ways such as in a kiln, with a handheld gas torch, or on a gas stove. The binder burns away, leaving the puresintered metal.  PMC was developed in the early 1990s in Japan by metallurgist Masaki Morikawa. I would be a chemist / scientist now if I was taught about this stuff in highschool. 
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thing a day dot com

I’m totally registering for this. What a GREAT use of the internet for craft. A bunch of anonymous people making stuff every day for the month of Feb and posting it on one BLOG and like me, on mine. I will register next week before I leave on my 2 week holiday (to get MARRIED in MEXICO!), then I will join a week late. If I’m totally loving the structure (doubt it by week 3), I’ll continue on for a week four. WHO IS WITH ME CRAFTERS? Suggestions of art projects always welcome, fellow crafter-nooners.

Recently, I unpacked the art book box and leafed my way through this book. After adding yellow stickies to most of the pages for “projects I want to try”.. I decided this is a winter project for me. Then the thing-a-day.com popped up on my fav CRAFT MAGAZINE BLOG (see links on the side).  Here’s also a few photos of projects I’m pretty excited about. The goal is to just make stuff and not focus on the crap weather (post Mexico) but also to use up lots of the fiddley bit supplies that I’ve been shuffling from house to house. It will coincide nicely with the viral FACEBOOK Pay It Forward Movement, that I got easily suckered into. 5 + projects to go in the mail in 2011, perhaps made from this book.

tile work - bathroom sink, bowls, table tops (also with buttons & glass), resin work

 

felting, fabric work, tapestries (including beach plastics & native inspired button blankets))

 

soap making (and lip balm & oil extracting from herbs)

 

weaving! (kelp baskets, upcycled materials, paper, cedar)

plastic jewelry (also LP cuffs, resin & beachcombed sculpture, mold work with clay)

Well, that’s my share. I doubt I’ll be on the BLOG very much in the next 3 weeks, other than the odd hipstomatic camera share (so fun!). So, don’t forget to go to http://www.thing-a-day.com and register Jan.21. I’ll see you on there Feb 8th ish.

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