So there is a state fair competition to make a fairy garden. Seriously, that exists. I happen to know someone who totally does that sort of thing, so we're working on one together. Here are the results so far:
Here's the base, which has to be 12x12. Meg provided me the yarn and I knit/crocheted a cover for it to make a shaggy forest floor. The base brown/green yarn I designed and Meg spun and then I crocheted around the edge.
This is the base piece--I used flower stamps all over it, then used a foam donut to make it more of a holder-type thing. I painted on red, purple, orange and yellow underglaze and then Meg used celadon glaze on top of that. It came out amazingly coppery and a perfect holder for the mushroom hill.
I can't really explain this one so much other than it was another slab draped over a foam donut. The weird blobs are things Meg made with drippings, which I hand painted underglaze on to attempt to make them flower-ish.
A baby labyrinth that I cut out of the tile stamp..
And here's where we glued the pieces on, and added little fairies out of yarn, and glued some nature-y bits and twigs and stuff onto t.
Here's the last of my crocheted samples.Yeah, that octopus has a ton of arms, what of it?
For Round Two of this level of experimentation, Meg and I dipped the pieces in slip without pre-soaking them first, and then put them in already made little cups.Meg also threw a bowl for my second version of the mandala to drape in there. I painted more slip on top of that.
So how did they come out?
This one has pretty much lost its shit altogether after the photo was taken, really. And after breaking an edge off of another piece unexpectedly, I am being VERY careful about touching them. I glazed everything but the big nice bowl (I'm afraid to mess with it) to see how that comes out.
Oh, and this is a totally random thing I made after using some of Meg's experimental drippy swirly bits.
What is the Gavle Goat? Read and laugh here.
Approximate steps to making it:
Here's shots on the mannequin:
In 1966, someone in the town of Gävle (pronounced "yeah-vleh"), Sweden, got the idea to make a giant traditional Swedish Yule Goat every December and erect it in the town square. On New Year's Eve, someone set it on fire. This has led to an over 40 years long tradition of burning or otherwise destroying the goat approximately every other year or so (even years seem to be likely). Sometimes it's burned right after it’s built, sometimes it gets burned before they finish it, and sometimes they just get stolen. For the record, the town of Gävle does not want to actually burn the goat. They would like to not have to remake the goat every year, or sometimes twice a year--they would like to save it for later. At this point, two different organizations are erecting goats, because they need backup. It costs around $30,000 American dollars to erect one goat.
Every year the Swedes insist on putting up the goat, though they do attempt to make them less flammable. This isn’t going so well, as techniques such as freezing the goat with water don’t actually work. The Swedes especially don't like the fireproof solution that turns the goat brown, because that makes it less pretty.
People are paid to guard the goat--firemen, police, hired guard, volunteers, taxis, the Home Guard, an infantry regiment at one point.... but that doesn't always prevent burning. Heck, people will run out in the middle of a heavy blizzard to burn the goat. Once money to pay the guards runs out, the goat usually ends up burning.
There is a fence around the goat, but it's not exactly the world's most badass fence. Because the Swedes like things to be pretty, the fence is rather small and easily jumped over. Putting webcams on it doesn't prevent burning, but does lead to several helpful flaming goat videos on the Internet. As for catching the burners, it very rarely happens. In 40+ years, only four burners have been caught at it, and so far none of them have paid for the damages.
Of COURSE people take bets on the goat's survival.
Goats have been run over by a car, kicked to pieces, and thrown in the river. The webcams have been hacked. One year some guys tried to bribe a guard to look the other way while they attempted to grab the goat with a helicopter and haul it to Stockholm. Four men burned the goat in 2012, got tattoos commemorating the event, and posted pictures of them along with an anonymous confession on the Internet…and they still weren’t caught.
This sweater is to commemorate the burning of 2005, in which a guy dressed up as Santa and another guy dressed up as a gingerbread man showed up with crossbows and shot a flaming arrow into the goat, burning it down. Not only were these guys not caught, they were featured on Sweden's version of the "Most Wanted" TV program.
I'm thinking of doing a series of ugly holiday sweaters. Next up: Hawaiian....
Almost done with the...
Sorry the hat pic is blurry--will try to get better later.
So this one features the frock coat, corset, some of the jewelry, skirt, bloomers, and spats. I am not going to bother with the scarf since I came up with the jewelry (plus um, not sure where I put it), and I'm not sure about the frock coat since it doesn't look so good with the rest of it. I have a funky frilly knitted-looking purple jacket that might work better for this outfit instead. I'll see how the rest of it looks tomorrow. And the rainbow socks will probably be replaced by darker leggings or knitted ones later--I had them on for something else to be seen later.
I will hopefully get a picture taken of the whole ensemble for real sometime tomorrow, but it won't be up until after Halloween, most likely.
I was pleased to hear that last year's winner wants to keep her trophy, so here I am making another one. I wanted to make it fairly well different from the last go-round (and it was requested that it be ah, slightly smaller).
I wanted it to be different...was originally shooting for a haunted house theme, but it wasn't executing well. Maybe next year. I decided to go for a spiderweb theme, with hanging wacky things in the web. Then I decided it needed a white backdrop...and I needed to make something out of yarn..
In the end, it came out 2-sided. The winner can display it either way!
Two of mine were total losses, and half of the double mold didn't come out great, but three of them should work well enough to actually try to make a metal piece with them. Someday. Apparently there's not going to be a metal casting day until...who knows when, so I'm pretty annoyed about that. Maybe winter.
Followup from here.
Here's week 2. I made one more mold (the one with squiggles), but mostly just spent class adding sprues (the sticks hanging off the projects--used to hollow out a mold) and making boxes to hold the silicone for next week.