Sunday, July 31, 2011

Retro Futuristic Alien Antennae

My daughter insisted I use this shadowy photograph.
These alien antennae feature moving parabolic dishes which swing around as the wearer is grooving during Ludo's Summer Concert Tour, Space Dracula's Basketball Expo.

These space-themed accessories were built from polymer clay over bamboo skewers and attached to a headband.  I really enjoyed making them!  The hardest part were the parabolic dishes which I formed around the concave base of a shot glass which was liberally dusted with cornstarch.

I liked the idea of a retro futuristic scheme so I pulled the colors from 1950's cafes.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

LA to Honolulu Via Seattle

Do this to view the most interesting route:
‎1: Open Google Maps (directions)
2: Type Los Angeles as your starting point
3: Type Honolulu as your destination.
4: Read step 13

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bag End Fairy Door

The fairies of Middle Earth should be right at home living behind this tiny version of the door to Bag End.  This door was made from polymer clay using a variety of techniques.

Friday, July 15, 2011

TARDIS Fairy Door: A Home for Fairy Time Lords

This fairy door, perfect for fairy Time Lords, is a mini replica of a TARDIS door.  It's just over 3.5" and made from polymer clay.  I spent far more time on this door than I had anticipated, building up layers, referring to photos, cutting pieces, carefully placing things, and just generally fiddling around with it.

I used liquid polymer clay to cover the tiny signs which were printed onto plain paper.  I simply dabbed the liquid on both sides of the paper, smoothed it out with my fingers, and cooked these briefly on baking parchment paper.  The smooth blue clay on the surface of the door itself was just a little too tidy so I brushed liquid polymer clay onto it to finish, creating striations with the bristles.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Vintage Console Stereo Revamp: So It Begins

My husband, the vinyl geek, has been searching for a console stereo for quite some time. He has hundreds of albums and wanted to be able to play them in a dedicated system. About 5 years ago, he acquired one that was in really rough shape and eventually decided against fixing it up, as almost every component needed replaced and the structure also needed some work.

After looking hard for a while, this is the one he finally found to fulfill his console dreams. Most of it works and the furniture itself is in really good shape. He has plans to hook-up a laptop, allowing our digital music to be played over the vintage speakers. We ended our Thursday with its delivery and the weekend is being planned around the beginning of its revamp.

 Here it is:

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Happy Independence Day America!

This little celebration cupcake is mock red velvet (I added about 2 Tbsp cocoa powder and a Tbsp or so of red food coloring gel to yellow cake mix), frosted with vivid blue icing and topped with white fondant stars.