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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! 

Just some pictures and captions

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I bought some acrylic teeth from ebay.  They were only about $7.  I use them in teratomas but I was also playing with them in some sculpey.

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The laser cut wood brain.  The first “printing” sucked.  Pleased I kept on with it.  These also come in earrings which are very cute, so tiny!

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The Boy, AKA Charles.  He always acts cute for the camera.  

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I’m trying to learn stop motion animation.  The photos I can do (well, I need to do a lot of practicing on them but I can do them) but the video editing.  NFI!  I read the details and just go WTF?  Makes no sense to me. Hopefully I can score some help from my partner soon to sit down and figure it all out.

Murder Tree

There is a tree in our front yard that is a home to crows, the crows fly in and out of the tree all day.  During the school term the crows steal food from the grounds, they steal yogurt containers, muesli bars, and tuck shop paper bags.  All of the rubbish from the food ends up under the tree.  But then something started to happen, there were dead animals under the tree every day for 5 days.  A rat, another rat, a top knot pigeon, a lorikeet, another rat.  I started to expect a corpse under the tree after a few days.

I buried all of the animals under the tree in among all of the litter under the tree.  It’s a huge pine so there are heaps of needles and dirt underneath to bury the animals.

After that first 5 days we’ve only seen a few more dead animals under the tree.  Mostly old ones, like half mummified rats and bird parts. Today I was reminded of all of the animals the showed up under the tree over that week after my partner mowed under the tree uncovering the poorly buried bodies (it’s super dry under the tree and hard to dig up).

As I have a bit of a collections of bones and body bits the corpses under the tree don’t bother me and  I can easily bury them when they do show up.  We don’t think the crows were actually killing the the animals but that the rats were poisoned (there were heaps of dead rats in the area at the time) and that a cat originally killed the birds and the crows stole the bodies.

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Bird wing from the top knot dove

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Rat skull

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.

Shrinky Dinks

I’ve been playing around with Shrinky Dinks for about 4 years now after learning about them in a Hands On Brisbane class.  Hands On Brisbane is my “day job” and one of the perks is learning all sorts of crafts (I have to be able to assist the facilitators).

I started making Your Organ Grinder pieces from Shrinkies soon after.  I use an old refurbished Canon printer at the moment.  Oh and FYI, you can’t use the ink that is made for archival printing, or the high quality art printing.  Just the regular printing ink.

 

If you want to learn how to make your own Shrinkies you can check out the process I use for shrinking and adding doming resin in my instructable here.   If you are in Brisbane I sometimes teach Shrinkie Dinks workshops and Resin workshops at Hands On Brisbane so join our mailing list, here.

Images above are Uterus Earrings, Dodo Earrings, Tapeworm Brooches and Dodo Brooches all made using the shrinky dink with doming resin technique.

 

A Week of…Flowers

I often have a little jar (a vegemite jar at the moment) of flowers on my desk. Although I have allergies I don’t react to some flowers, such as nasturtiums.

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I keep Jasmine in my bathroom as it smells lovely but gives me a terrible headache.  Jasmine is not around for long, though.

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This poppy was in a beautiful bunch of flowers at my workplace, The Gardens Club.

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This bunch are sitting on my desk now.

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