Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Chainmail Necklaces

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From the top left, going clockwise:
-Byzantine weave with pink-lavender rosettes
-Eensy(TM) Byzantine weave with Iolite beads and dark blue-toned accents
-Green titanium Jends Pinds weave with tiny paper crane in a glass bulb
-Sterling silver spiral weave
-Sterling silver Half-Persian 4-in-1 weave
-Copper Half-Persian 4-in-1 weave

Medium-small crane in drop-bulb pendant. Wingspan: less than 1cm.

Chainmail Bracelets

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From far left, clockwise:
-3 Byzantine chains with rosettes (red, green and black) in aluminium
-Tiger's eye bead with titanium Byzantine chain (with gold-tone accents)
-Cloisonne bead with rose titanium Half-Persian 3-in-1 chain
-Sterling silver Half-Persian 4-in-1 bracelet
-Turqoise bead with titanium Byzantine chain (with green-tone accents)
-Jade bead with green and gold titanium Jends Pinds chain

Monday, December 11, 2006

Ceramics and cardboard

The only final today was the ceramics final critique.
I set up my area surrounded by a noose. Whee~
And instead of studying the rest of the day, I made a cardboard viking ship:
It will be used in a viking funeral! Yay finals!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

OMFG Ceramics!

Yeah, my drawer is collapsing under all that weight.
(And that's not even all my pieces.)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Felted Fuzzies

Felted whale is about 1.25" long, kiwi bird is about 1" long.
(Penguin pics pending!)

Kiwi bird & Kiwi fruit,
Acid etched glass silhouette, engraved plastic cap:
The Kiwi bird is about 1" from head-tail.
The fruit is way smaller.

Some of my better finished pieces

Crane: slab construction. Tenmoku & Iron oxide, high-fired in oxidation.

Bowl: Thrown. Raku glaze, low-fired & reduced.

Bowl: Thrown. Clear, Black, Glossy Blue-Green,
Turquoise Ash, New Blue glazes. High-fired in oxidation.

Thinger: Coil & Slab construction. Glossy blue-green glaze
(cooled slowly? Matte.)
High-fired in Oxidation. Leaf acid etched on bottom.

Cup-thing: Slab construction. Blue engobe w/ glossy blue-green glaze.
High-fired in oxidation.
(See bottom of this post for a pre-bisq/glaze photo.)

Smoke-fired box. Bisqueware state.
(See middle of this post for a pre-smoking photo.)
Knob at top was lost during firing.
It's now Turq.Ash+GlossyBlue-Green glaze run-off
pried off the kiln shelf, ground flat and glued back-to-back.

Monkeywrench. Sculpted? Bisqueware, spray painted. (14" long)

And closeups of the wrench head

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

More bisqueware that I neglected to post last time

For more information, refer to title of this post.
Leaf saucer thinger. 3.5" high, approx. Slab+coil built. (Bisq.)

Organic vase with cut-out and texture. Approx 5.5" Slab built. (Bisq.)
This might be my favorite item. It actually did what I wanted it to do.

Pinchpot+Quadrapeds, and mini-Pinchpot+Quadapeds 2.5" and 0.5" tall. Pinched. (Bisq.)

So I glazed some pots

There'll be a brief description of the object, the type(s) of glaze(s) used, and whether it was fired in oxidation or reduction.
Burnished pinch pot with turquoise wood ash glaze on the inside. Oxidation.

Cylinder thing. Grey engobe & mishma technique. Acidentally got overfired in oxidation.

The claw+cup thing. JH black glaze on inside of cup, and white glaze on claws and bone handle. Oxidation.

Box! Woodash glaze on left, gold patina on right. Much of it was scraped/sponged off to highlight the texture. Oxidation.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Oh, hey, I'm in a ceramics class...

The pieces posted here are for some of the projects assigned. The really ugly pieces aren't included.
The parenthetical notes are for which stage the piece is in: Greenware, Bisqueware, Glazedware, Finished. I don't have anything past the Bisqueware stage, though.
Another post will contain some of the pieces I made outside of class assignments.

Coil built vase thinger. Approx 10". (Bisq.)

Exposed coil pot. Approx 5". (Bisq.)

Box with cut-out lid, slab construction. Approx 4.5". (Bisq.)

Pitcher, base form thrown, decorations inset slab. Approx 6". (Bisq.)

Slab built & cut pot. Engobed (will fire to blue) with sgraffito. Approx 4". (Green.)

Monday, August 21, 2006

To the Batcave Bandwagon!

And now you can be continually updated on the latest NOTHINGS posted here!
I've not fallen off the face of the planet, and to prove it, I've made this blog syndicated through Feedburner, available in the various atom/RSS/whateverelseyouuse feed formats. Vive la !
I expect to have more things made as I spend more time stuck in lecture classes, starting in a week.

Friday, August 11, 2006

New Business Card


It's vauger and therefore more all-encompassing. I guess I'll be handing these out to family friends and the Demonwares card out to Anime-con goers.
The phone number works, but it's not my cell phone number.
And yes, I hate giving out my real name. Both of them.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Quick update: champaign flutes, metal rose, shirts

Pair of champagn flutes: one side with Bride and Groom The other side with initials, interlocked rings, and wedding date

Aluminum rose: circular sheet aluminum, approx 18 ga. Brass threaded rod and steel nuts.
Three shirt logos:
And shots of the tshirts, for size approximation.
The SPQR shirt is a dark heather grey. The Greek shirt is a light dusty moss (I think it's called "willow") and the Good Idea shirt is a turquoise shade.

It's kind of hard to convey colors in an unlit room with lousy photography.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Pirates! Booze! What could be better?

Pirates are awesome. Shot glasses are awesome. Pirate shot glasses are AWESOME.
I rest my case:

It's a single glass with five designs
From the left, going clockwise:
Blackbeard, Jack Sparrow, Long John Silvers, Sir Edmund Drake.

Paperclips & Nietzsche trump finals week

It's a paperclip, really.
I had a paper that was pretty long, since I had figures/images attatched. My fairly-heavy-duty stapler wimped out and couldn't staple the 23 pages. I searched the room for paperclips/binderclips/bulldogclips, but alas, found none. I've learnt from prior experience that sewing paper isn't going to work, not without special tools. I didn't have a 3 hole punch, and I didn't have any drill bits. And then I remembered I had plenty of wire. So: a study of desperate invention in copper 18g wire.

Here's a photo of it in action:

So I had an exam in an hour. What do I do? This: Rasterized Nietzsche image
(I didn't have a Superman hat, else that would've been in the photo too. 00bermensch!)


Monday, April 24, 2006

Oh, look, MORE glass

MWFencing Club "logo"
(It's a stylized "MW" with a "F" in the middle.)
Canadian maple leaf
(You may not be willing to take a bullet for your country, but you can take a shot instead.)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Sorry, it doesn't have teeth, but it is classy.

I had bought a basswood box from the craftstore (I think it cost less than 2$) and taken a coping saw to it, cutting a window into the top of the box. I had installed a pane of glass in it and then tossed it in the faculty/student lounge to hold tea.
And then I got bored or something, and took it back, removed the glass and etched the chinese/japanese characters for (suprise!) "Tea" and "Box" on it.

Here's the box with tea in it.
It's about 8 inches wide. I don't recall the exact dimensions.

Though it does look very nice, don't be fooled: it's a the box is of a light wood, and was very, very cheap. I wasn't all that accurate with the coping saw, either, so the cut lines aren't crisp. I did sand a polish and burnish the box, and waxed it too, so it's loads classier than what it started out as.

(The box is now back in the lounge and stocked with tea. )

Friday, March 31, 2006

Recycled wire musings

It's like a thought in wire form, sort of bounced around and then reformed into something new. Well, it's amusing, if not a musing. *Phhbt* I'm tired and my brain is mush.

Yeah, the explanatory details are needed.

18 gauge aluminum wire.
It used to be a Batman symbol, wire noose/balloon/invisible-dog-leash, and another dragon. (It's been through several reincarnations.)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Biology and drinking don't mix-- academia is not, in fact, soluble in alcohol.

So in Costa Rica, we couldn't go five minutes without "bromeliad" or "epiphyte" being said. In a stroke of genius (or heat stroke of genius, I'll let you decide), we decided this would make an awesome drinking game.

I give you:

It's a shot glass with a bromeliad-in-a-tree (aka: epiphyte).

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Three Stages of Drinking

Images pulled and tweaked from The Bunny comic

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Ockham's Straight Razor.

Numquam ponenda est pluritas sine necessitate.
"Entities are not to be multiplied without necessity."
A real straight razor with "Ockham" engraved on it. (Dremel & engraving bit and some creative set up. The little bugger is /sharp/.) This was made awhile ago, so it's not a recent creation.