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.
This made me think of all of my favourite teeth I’ve made. Below are some of my favourite teeth creations.
Laser Cut Tooth Earrings
Acrylic teeth into some Plasticine. This is something I’m playing with while trying to learn stop motion.
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.
Intestines never disappoint me and I’m really happy with this guy. He’s about 3 hours of work.
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…
A Teratoma is a a tumour that collects cells from around the body. Known to have hair, fingernails, teeth and sometimes limbs, eyes and other body parts (I always think of The Dark Half by Stephen KIng). Some of them used to be mistaken for a vestigial twin. Teratoma translates to Monster Tumour and it certainly is!
I started making Teratoma’s after watching a documentary them and have spoken to many teratoma patients. Unfortunately a Teratoma can cause some severe problems when in the brain (if the patient survives a brain Teratoma-often a baby at birth).
Teratoma’s are also commonly found on the Ovary at puberty (failed menstruation) or at the base of the spine.
I do not recommend doing a google image search for Teratoma.