Category Archives: Your Organ Grinder

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! 

Oh, hello 2017, when did you get here?

I read something a little while ago that suggested different reasons why we feel time pass faster as we get older.  The one that stuck with me (well, the one I remember) was that the percentage of your life that passes in a year becomes smaller and smaller. Therefore when you are between the ages 4 and 5 that year is 20% of your life so far, making it seem like such a long time, whereas when you are 35, like me, it’s only 2.85% of your life so it goes much faster.  I think it’s probably more so that when you are an adult you are always so busy doing all of the things, all at once sometimes, that time flies.  When you’re a kid you’re looking forward to and counting down to everything; birthday, christmas, school holidays, moving house.  I’m sure adults agree that when they are counting down to something they really want (or something they really want to be over) that time moves much slower.

And now it’s 2017, oh my! And the 12th January already, how did that happen?! I already feel like I’m wasting my time.

I’ve been doing some planning with the aid of a mind map.  The mind map is a great tool to clarify your goals and I’ve got it on my clip board that is filled with paper of sketches and notes to keep looking at it.  In this house any paper that is printed on one side goes into a drawer or a folder to reuse.  Most of my anatomy patterns have something printed on the other side, whether we printed it or it’s junk mail. But let’s not get side tracked.

Search mind map on pinterest (there I already did it for you) to find more info on the technique.

It’s pretty weird for me to think about having goals as even 5 years ago I was like goals, fuck off, that kinda thing is for losers (like me, actually) but in the last few years and particularly the last year I’ve really found that using techniques like goal setting are helpful to keep propelling me forward.  Oh, and I have motivational quotes on my wall, can you believe that!?  As an adult I think it is so easy to just get lost in the motions of everyday that you forget to pursue the things you want to do and are passionate about. You forget to stand up or be present for the things that matter to you.  Goals, motivational posters, all that kinda annoying stuff that other people do that used to annoy me – I’m now that person and it’s bloody working, so I’ll just keep being a goal setting, motivational poster put’er upper.

One of my favourite motivational quotes at the moment is this one “If you commit to nothing you’ll be distracted by everything.”  It comes from here.  I think this is the most completely solid piece of truth I’ve ever read so to try not be distracted by everything this year I chose 3 words to repeat to myself..  Those words are Focus, Learn, Do.  I wanted something a bit more fancy that “do” but it’ll do (ha ha).  Focus has really become something of a mantra for me already. It’s a great little word to get yourself into the zone.

But anyways, here we are in 2017.  So, tell me about your focus for this year?

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Here is a Uterus, just because.

 

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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