Category Archives: Treasures

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

Our Kickstarter is live! Retro games on your TV! And you can write your own games too!

Sorry for the exclamation points.  I’m addicted to them since Elaine had that outburst on Seinfeld.

Anyhooters, we’ve launched our Kickstarter, here.

Here’s a brief explanation why we’re doing it.

Simmone and Andrew are both passionate makers and teachers.

Simmone is the coordinator at Hands on Brisbane and also teaches many of the workshops helping people learn new skills.

Andrew is a long term electronic tinkerer that creates things like The Asteroid Belt and games for the Uzebox like Tornado 2000. He regularly teaches people how to make electronic things. More to the point, over the years he has taught scores of people how to write computer games.

That is where the Uzebox DTV comes in. The Uzebox itself is an awesome platform for learning to write games on, however many people are intimidated by having to build it themselves. The Uzebox DTV is pre-built, so you can use it immediately, without having to know how to solder. It will help build the Uzebox community, and hopefully can help get YOU involved in writing games, and sharing them with your friends.

 

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The DeadlySpawn

The below VHS movie has haunted me for decades, first as a child because of those teeth and in recent years because I could picture the cover but didn’t know what the movie was called (I thought it was called teeth!)

As a child this VHS cover always grabbed my attention in the video shop.  I would always look at horror movie covers and the gruesome images on the back even though I wasn’t allowed to borrow them.  The stuff of nightmares for me who used to think ghoulies were in the toilet and gremlins under my bed would grab me.  This particular movie cover really stuck with me.

Two decades later my sister gives me Teeth to watch and it made me think of this movie which I thought was called Teeth, can you see why!?!?  And that sets me thinking about this movie on and off for  several more years,  unable to ever find it until last night after 30 mins searching I use the magic words “horror VHS covers” and there it is!

I never did see The Deadly Spawn, it was probably damaged and removed from the video shop well before my mum would let me borrow horror and I don’t much feel like buying it now  (the DVD doesn’t have the same case).  But maybe one day I will buy it and print out this cover to go around the dvd, so I can continue to be scared…

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Taxidermy

I’ve wanted to learn taxidermy since I was small, late primary school age, probably about 10.  When I was in year 8 (the first year of high school in Australia) I said that I wanted to be a taxidermist (when asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?”) Wanting to be a taxidermist (and actually saying that) are probably not the best moves for someone just starting high school, but whatever.

I finally got a chance to try it out in one of Mickey Alice Kwapsis’ workshops when she came to Brisbane.

Very excited to try more taxidermy.  In fact I have to order some scalpels this evening.

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When the rabbit was first done I had to pose it
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It has dried out really well but is a bit top heavy.

Treasures-Biological Drawings

I’ve been wanting to start a blog series about my most treasured possessions, so here it is, post one in the series.

My treasures fill my space.  Some are books, some things, some significant because of where they came from and what they mean.

I’ve had this book-Biological Drawings- for about 20 years.  The copy I have was published in 1957.  It is in fairly good condition considering it is a soft cardboard cover and has been kept in my room that tends to be filled with bugs who eat books, in fact it looks rather untouched by bugs. Perhaps it was covered in some sort of bug repellent many years ago.

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Biological Drawings is one of my most favourite things.  Not only is it an old book but it is about anatomy of both plants and animals and was written by a woman.  I loved looking at the dissected rabbit when I was younger.  Recently I’ve most enjoyed the insects and the plants.

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I love the little rabbit hands up near its head, all trapped by the removing of the skin.

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Below, some of the plant drawings.

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I was reading these bird beak descriptions to my cockatiel last night.

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The only typewritten text is that on the cover, the inside cover and the index.  The rest is handwritten.  Another reason why I love it.

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I cannot leave out this Rabbit brain!

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