Category Archives: Craft

Teeth

I’ve been making felt teeth for about 5 years.  They are a pretty popular item being snapped up by dentists, dental nurses and anyone with something going on with their teeth.  I’ve even made myself a tooth with a crack it when I found out I had a crack in my tooth and needed a crown.

I still make the felt teeth but these days I also enjoy making teeth from other materials as well as working with acrylic teeth-they are a little bit freaky!  I also have a plaster version of my teeth that is used to make my mouth guard (I’m a terrible tooth grinder in my sleep).

My partner and I visited Reverse Garbage over the weekend and I spotted a lot of plaster teeth, below.

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This made me think of all of my favourite teeth I’ve made. Below are some of my favourite teeth creations.

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Laser Cut Tooth Earrings

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Acrylic teeth into some Plasticine. This is something I’m playing with while trying to learn stop motion.

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Carving a tooth stamp.

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The tooth that started it all.  Mr Felty.

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Wooden Tooth Brooch

Week in Pictures

January 28-February 3

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Teddy.  I picked up this bear from a second hand shop and added some anatomy (stomach, brain and Kidneys in the back).  He had a tag on this leg that had his name in pen.  I think he was a much loved teddy.

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Six Legs.  Spider friend on the back veranda.  I didn’t see her boyfriend until I uploaded the photograph. She’s been protecting our veranda for a few months.

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Hookworms!  Love these little guys. They’re looking for their forever home, will it be your intestine?

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Collection of Gall Bladders, Jar and two options for the brooch.  These guys are so popular at the moment.  Love making them! 

Made in Australia Gift Guide

It’s Christmas time!  This means trying to think of what you can give people.  As someone with my own little biz I find that I always leave picking things out for family too late and lets face it, they probably don’t all want a handmade brain.

Here are my picks for the perfect Christmas gifts, and they are all Aussie sellers! Oh, and there are also some quirky ones 😉

For Kids

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I love this Aussie Animal Puzzle of NSW!  Just $50. From handmadepuzzles on etsy

 

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And QLD!

For Sisters

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Who doesn’t need a diary?! Weekly Planner from mulberryPOPplanners, $58

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Echidna hair pins.  I love these echidnas from One Happy Leaf. Just $12.50

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Are they a bit quirky? Bloody Murder Cushion on red Bubble by Microwave24.  Oh yeah, Microwave24 is my sister… $22.00

For Boys and Men

Males are difficult to buy for!

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This Huntsman Spider cushion cover by Photographic Textiles is pretty awesome! Just $26!

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Or Nick Cave by Spunk Valley, only $15

For Mum

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This Johnson Australia Dinner Plate from KoKo and Bear Co is perfect for mum, and only $10

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This gorgeous Corella from Sheryl Cole Art, $87.95

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How awsome are these Kangaroo Studs from Sweet November Jewelry, $43

For Anybody!

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I really love this Doctor Ibis print, inspired by plague doctors by Rosie Lace $18.  She’s also got cute dresses, tops and shorts.  One stop shop!

 

New stuff!

I’ve been wanting to make laser cut wooden pieces for a while and recently decided “Okay, let’s do this.”  I read through all of the instructions of how to set up the files on the Vector Etch site (the biz I used to do the laser cutting) and thought it was definitely something I could do.  I painstakingly added all of the outlines to the drawings I’d already done, thought about the designs, made the lines the right size.  The fun thing here is that I use Inkscape, it’s free software but is a little bit of a nightmare to use sometimes. I think I spent about 20 hours setting everything up and even then some of it went haywire converting to Illustrator at the other end.

I’m really pleased with the results and how fine the details are.  There are still a few products coming to this range, some of these were first printed in the first lot but didn’t turn out right (bummer) and others I hadn’t event though of for the first lot.

I spent a fair bit of time sorting out the pelvis, below, and I’m so happy I did as I really love how it turned out.

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Intestines never disappoint me and I’m really happy with this guy.  He’s about 3 hours of work.

Brain Earrings

The last time I made Brain Earrings (of the needle felted variety) was in 2012.  They were something I made quite a few pairs of over a few years and I had become a bit tired of making them.  Making small brains like this is a bit of a challenge.  Half they time they don’t look very good at all and I’d started making them bigger and bigger, to get better details.  I wasn’t really happy with the size or the process and stopped, for 4 years.

Recently I got to thinking about them again.  Why?  I don’t know.  I just decided to give it a shot.  Forget about all of the OTHER work I need to do and spend way too long making brain earrings.  Yeah, they take forever!

The brain earrings come with a little glass jar so you can store them like a brain specimen, also available in my shop.

Pituitary Gland

This Pituitary Gland in a jar has been in and out of my Etsy store for quite some time.  Years ago it was in there with the original photos and just hung around, and then it was out of my store for a while waiting to have new photos taken and lazy me never did. I’ve only ever sold one.

I remember making the Pituitary because I got a “convo” (the Etsy speak for a message within Etsy) asking me to make one.  In the early days I would make anything and everything people suggest without taking an order or getting them to pay as it was a great way to get ideas for new pieces.  (This is also why a thymus is sitting my shop.)

What I love about the way  I have made the pituitary is the red and blue threads.  I’ve almost always used the same shades of blue and red, I’d sometimes pick up a different shade but also return to my same favourite DMC colours.

Anyhooters, after finding this guy again I’ve also decided to make a brooch.  I find myself getting back into making and experimenting with anatomy again after going on a bit of a journey off my path.  Not that taking a detour here and there isn’t useful!

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