I'm finding various online "design your own figure"-type sites and trying to design figures that look as close to me as possible for a self-portrait collage project. This is surprisingly tricky when one (a) wears glasses, which aren't always offered, and (b) normally has blonde/brown hair and currently dyes it vaguely-reddish/blonde. What hair color to pick?
I finally got around to getting some steampunky jewelry components--keys, locks, and clock faces (and a pocket watch with a very fragile plastic face that I broke very easily), and I had this giant gear that I'd picked up at my volunteer job. So I put together these pieces, inspired by these instructions.
This is the other possible decoration for the crochet hat. I may tie it onto the brim.
I also managed to come up with something to do with my broken pocket watch parts...
I like how I turned the key into a missing middle element--it's attached with a bit of wire.
And then there's the giant necklace...
...which fits pretty nicely into the blouse I got to wear with the outfit.
All of the pieces are glued together, really. Not a lot of metalsmithing, but it did take several days for it all to dry.
First, I made a necklace out of rainbow guitar picks and guitar charms.
It's inherently cute, but in execution, it doesn't exactly lie flat to see the charms so well. I kinda figured as such, but wanted to try it anyway.
Second, I am taking a class in silicone mold making. As has been previously mentioned, I took lost wax casting and thought it was a pain in the ass, what with the kind of wax used, a lack of keepable mold, etc. Well, this lady has worked out her own technique for this that (a) involves using Sculpey/polymer clay and modeling clay, and (b) you come out of it with a keepable silicone mold. The first couple of classes are for sculpting, and it was sooooo much easier to just make the piece you wanted with Sculpey. You make what you want and then cook it. If you want to have a hollowed out middle--like I do since I am trying more guitar pick jewelry again-- you use the modeling clay to fill it out since that won't bake hard in the oven. Then you scrape it out. Here's what I made in the first class-- a few flat pieces, some that have been hollowed out, and one that still has the modeling clay within it.
I have high hopes for about 3 of the hollowed out ones, as my first run (top left) both cracked a bit and doesn't hold all of the picks too flat. It was a much more fun time than lost wax.
And third, I am crazily designing my own cropped tied bolero sweater during the Ravelympics Ravellenic Games. I have been wanting to make one since I lost mine for ages, I could not find a suitable pattern, so I am altering another one. Run #1 was surprisingly fast to do the back and two front pieces....but it's a tight fit at the armpits, and the tie part (I was doing two panels that were triangular and tied together) just looked strange. I stupidly took out most of the work--the two side panels entirely and added two more inches to the back piece--and am winging it again for round 2, only with two skinny ties.
The ridiculous thing about this is that I could actually have had the thing DONE before this weekend (note that the point of the games is to do a project entirely during Olympic season), had I not started over to try this again. Or possibly again. I am kind of nuts.
I read the book Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen and then was inspired to make key jewelry a la the book. This one has a plastic purple key that came with a key chain doodah (I bought it for the key, not the keychain), then wrapped wire and beads around the key.
Knitting: am working on swatches out of my handspun. Seems like they are coming out more bulky than worsted in the knitting. Am undecided as to what to make yet. Am still working on my regular-yarn Carnival Top in the meantime.
Sewing: I am TRYING to finish up my sewing projects before the CC closes on Friday. I just finished a T-shirt dress that came out looking good, but I had SUCH PROBLEMS making it. The skirt came out fine, but the bodice was a royal pain to make, and it didn't help that for a few days I couldn't sew for crap because I kept having weird problems with the machine crapping up. The bobbin wasn't happy, the machine wouldn't work if I used the color thread I wanted and would spool off the top...wtf? I ended up with loopy mess too often, and I'm surprised this thing wasn't shredded in the end. I also ended up doing some real fudging on the top (it's too big on the top and too skimpy on the sides...sigh), but it looks okay now. Pictures to come.
I also have a new dress that I ended up sewing the boobs more together on so as not to embarrass myself. It also needs hemming- it's one of those dresses with a layer of sheer over the underskirt, and not only is the overskirt hem all kinds of off, it's too long to be able to walk in. And when I say the hem is off, it ranges from 2 inches to 5 inches too long in places. I'm trying to figure out how to hem the sucker, but good lord, it's gonna suck. I'd serge it, but the color can't be matched with serger thread on hand.
Jewelry: I read the book Lock and Key, which features keys being made into jewelry, and now I wanna do it. I ended up buying some kind of Hello Kitty key holder specifically so I could get ahold of the fake plastic purple key. Not sure what I'm going to do with it- wire wrap and beads, I suspect.
When I signed up for a show, it was in spring 2011. Now it's been moved up to...summer 2010.
HOLY SHIT THAT'S A YEAR AND A HALF AWAY HOLY CRAP SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT THIS NOW?!
I think I am going to do a "chaos and change" theme, have a Persephone section, have a Tower/tarot section...that sort of thing. Oh, and Eris. Need to throw in some Eris.
I also need to work on something yarny for it, don't you think? Maybe something from all my areas of expertise. I've got glasswork, jewelry, and ceramics with a pomegranate theme, and some glass-ish stuff in Tower stuff, I think...
Four days into signups, nobody is signed up for my class. Gee, I guess it wasn't as much of a hit as people thought.
That's a bummer, but on the other hand, it's not that big of a deal to me if it runs either. It gives me a free weekend, and technically it's not like I can get paid for it anyway.
The classes I am signed up for this quarter have nobody but me in them.
That's not a good sign at all.
Okay, I got an idea...make my own "motley" yarn. Spin with any ol' random colors I get ahold of, mix them together at random. Then it doesn't matter if it doesn't match, and I can make as much as I want!
After getting confronted by someone in spinning class as to why I wasn't going over there to practice spinning Right Now (I am busy every day at lunch this week, she caught me just as I was unexpectedly getting out fifteen minutes early), I was all...I just don't want to practice this any more. I am not having fun. I am not a natural at this. I am trapped physically having to go there to practice. I won't be doing that much, if at all, once class ends. Why the hell should I bother, again?
I have a beading party to go to tonight. You know you're jealous.
I am frantically trying to at least finish the bodice on Universal Tunic before Ravelympics starts. I've done the back, and am now trying to customize the front with short rows. I'm on my third try at that. This is tricky because I need to get the sides on both pieces to be 4 1/2 inches long, and putting in the short rows, um....this is not so easy to match.
First try I did 18 short rows...and then realized why nobody actually does this- it's huge. Fits boobs nice, but you've got this hugeness in the middle and very short sides.
Second try, I did the same as I did on the Shapely Tank and did three different sets of 6 short rows. This also fit the boobs nice, but led to shortness on the sides and a big high middle, and matching the 4 1/2 inches with the extra highness was not looking good.
Third try, I just took out the last set of 3 short rows, then started doing the back-n-forths to fill in the extra 3 1/2 inches needed. This seems to be working better so far, and the boob fit isn't bad. I hope this works. If it doesn't, I guess I'll just knit for size 36 on the front (I did a 34 on the back...and 32 on the band. Yes, this is odd) and hope for the best.
With regards to Ravelympics, I am starting to wonder if I should try to do another project within that time. I picked Singular Tee in part because crochet is very quick and I probably wouldn't have THAT much time to work on it. I am flat-out-Very-Busy this coming weekend doing RAD self-defense (and then have an all-night meeting after one of those nights, argh!) and may just be too tired to do jack shit when I get home, and the weekend after that I have to go out of town, so who the hell knows how much time I'll get on that. But I am starting to think (especially realizing that uh, I may be getting More Being Left Alone Time Than Usual in one of these weeks when I wasn't expecting that) that I should, perhaps, challenge myself a wittle bit more. Like, say, sign up for some other event too. Maybe not attempt to do two projects from scratch in two weeks, 'cause I ain't THAT good quite yet, but sign up the tunic as a "WIP Wrestling" and try to finish that within whatever leftover time I've got. I'm unlikely to finish it, but I could at least earn myself one medal and keep on truckin' during Olympic time. Though upon checking the rules, I'd have to STOP on it until August 8....er....Oh bugger, I dunno.
Or I could just do Zaftig. Yup, I have decided I will sign up for that and try to work on it after Singular Tee is done...it can't take me that long, right? I can squeeze it in...Team ItsyBitsyBikiniBackstroke!