12 October 2009

Skeleton earrings DIY

So these came about when I was after some skeleton earrings but couldn't find any.  I wanted ones where the legs and arms moved independently, I didn't want one solid thing just hanging there, like a stiff ( yes.. yes!) it had to have movement and look a little animated...I guess these would come in handy for Halloween as well...if you must...

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These are the 26 pieces you will need, 22 if you just stick the feet onto the lower legs like I did immediatley after this picture was taken. (I used black sculpey because I didn't have white, spoiler alert: I painted it white!..in hindsight black looks a bit neater but Im a traditionalist not a goth)
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Shape all the bits to resemble bones, pelvises, ribcages and skulls... make the rib and skull markings on both sides because the earrings will turn and sway so both sides will be visible.
Important: don't forget to make the holes BEFORE you bake it
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(looks a bit like Ötzi the Iceman here)
Attach the ball chain firmly into the skull, making sure the clay envelops the chain so it won't fall out after it's baked. 1, Make a groove in the ribcage put the chain in. 2. Put a little clay over it. 3.Do the same with the pelvis. 4. Cover the chain and cut off remaining bits with pliers. 5. Add the earring hook thingy to the skull (also important).
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Make holes in your bones, or the clay ones...totally your call
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I skewered my bones just to ensure the holes didn't close up with man-handling and such.
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grill 'em!


(remembering that these bones are quite thin and will only require like 10-15 minutes in the oven)
Then paint them if you were lazy like me and didnt use white sculpey.
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Seal with mod-podge, sealer or pva glue, if they're painted, if not painted, no need really, unless you like them shiny.
Wait till they're completely dry.


Link up all the limbs with the 'o' rings. Not too tight so they still dangly.
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ta daa!
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trick or treeeeeaat!
or chillin' at the club...whatever tickles your fancy
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08 October 2009

Coasting


I made these coasters as an experiment...using stuff from around the house, the first is made out of those decorative glass bead thingies that you use under candles or is vases, they're flat on one side. I'm not sure what they're called but they look like this:

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so the coaster experiment ended up like this:
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I stuck the beads onto a square piece of 5mm thick balsa wood (with PVA glue), I didnt have any real grout lying around so I just used some 'modelling paste' (art supply item, sometimes called 'modelling compound' or 'texture paste') which has the consistency of toothpaste, and it worked ok, painted it afterwards with a metallic green paint, use a damp sponge to wipe off any paste from the glass because when it dries it will take hours to scrape off (I would know). It looks messy up close but it looks good from about 1 metre away and it holds cups and mugs and glasses quite well, despite it not being totally flat.

I made another one from some mirror mosaic tiles:
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same process as above coaster...also not so neat but it was an experiment afterall.
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this one functions well also...just like a piece of cardboard would, these are just prettier (from 1 metre away)
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the glass beads reflect the light nicely at night and look all sparkly...

What else could one use these glass beads for? Anyone?

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