Post your arts and crafts!

Ok, I added buttons to the Manny doll. I think it looks pretty cool with buttons. Four on the front of the suit, and two on each cuff.

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Here's something I've been working on over the last couple of weeks for a laugh: a cover of Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence, which should sound pretty close to the original if you're familiar with that.

So my first semester of Sculpture is over and I've made a few pieces I thought I'd share with you.

What works? What doesn't? Why? All comments will go to make next semester's work even better!

These two pieces are from my welding and metal fabrication class.

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Geodesic Spheres - Steel - 65" tall

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Pyramid - Copper - 30" tall

These four, along with the pedestal they're standing on were all made in my Sculpture 1 class.

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Never Forget - Clay and Acrylic

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5 Senses - Bronze

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Mobius Strip - Plaster Carving

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Hat Ride - Clay and Acrylic

You can find more photos here. Sorry for some of the out of focus pictures. I was dealing with low light in less than ideal circumstances. Once I get the work home, I can take better shots.

I submitted Geodesic Spheres and Hat Ride for my school's Spring show. I doubt I'll make it in, but they're my two strongest pieces (IMHO).

Moggy wrote:

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Hat Ride - Clay and Acrylic

I heart that... mainly cause I had a minor obsession with Alice in Wonderland this past year for my thesis project. I'd post the portfolio, but I am unsure as to an efficient way of presenting a 96 page document on the internet.

We did an exhibition of our entire faculties work, Its located here (flickr) if you are interested. Below is a sample:
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not mine, but someone from my studio

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This is mine, its called Alice in The Underground... I was proposing an underground library based on Wonderland.

Either way, love the hat

PandaEskimo wrote:

Moggy, first, I think they're all pretty cool. I'd recommend putting finishing on the first two metal ones.

I dunno, the raw color of the metal is precisely what I like about the first two sculptures.

Yellek wrote:
PandaEskimo wrote:

Moggy, first, I think they're all pretty cool. I'd recommend putting finishing on the first two metal ones.

I dunno, the raw color of the metal is precisely what I like about the first two sculptures. :)

Likewise! The first one in particular is great -- I really dig it. I really like the Hat Ride too. PandaEskimo, it looks like your link is broken -- I just get a 403 when I click on it.

i'd forgotten about this thread, but I do have some arts of my own to share, too: a slightly glitchy ambient track called tiny droplets, and a breezy little tune called frozen summer. The latter was recorded for the Tunestorm02 challenge, so it's built entirely from sounds I sampled around my house.

Yellek wrote:
PandaEskimo wrote:

Moggy, first, I think they're all pretty cool. I'd recommend putting finishing on the first two metal ones.

I dunno, the raw color of the metal is precisely what I like about the first two sculptures. :)

The first metal piece has been colored. It's been hot patina'd with ferric nitrate for a reddish-brown finish followed by two applications of wax (hot then cold). The copper piece is intended to be left polished. I was hoping to fill in the join gaps with solder and then electroplate with copper to hide the silver solder color. Ran out of time.

Interestingly enough, Moebius is a plaster carving and didn't need coloring. The teacher mentioned the need to seal with wax and I decided to try using shoe polish, which is colored wax.

Thanks for the compliments!

Panda, I hear what you're saying about color and agree to some extent. My only caveat is that the color has to compliment the firm. To do otherwise can confuse the eye and, unless that's the intent, destroy the impact of a piece.

I like the copper shine, but as you said you had intended, I think copper plating the joints would look a lot better. Perhaps it is the few hours (and it was probably only about 10 hours) I spent learning to weld that makes me think those pieces look unfinished rather that intentionally that way.

My link isn't broken, I think the host is just really terrible. It's an old one and I don't even have the password for that account anymore.

Moggy, first, I think they're all pretty cool. I'd recommend putting finishing on the first two metal ones. It looks like the sculptures were made but never painted / coated. The shapes and seems look very clean, but the weld marks make it look too rough. I think if it was all painted or finished in some way the whole sculpture would look great. As is, it distracts from the shape for me.

The mobius strip on the other hand, looks distressed or rough, but in a meaningful way. That one looks intentional, where there was once a painted sculpture that has been worn by the weather.

In that sense, you don't use a lot of color apart from the color inherent in the Alice one and the bit of color in the mobius strip. In that sense, maybe you could experiment with color and planning it into your sculptures. I find a good way to do this is to test out colors and ideas that are crazy, some parts might just work and it will get you working in ways you may not have worked. You can do this on sketches or with photoshop. Then, after you've tested your ideas till you think you have no more, force yourself to make more tests. That's when you may do some really crazy stuff.

EDIT: Ah whatever, looks like my links aren't showing.

My favorites are Never Forget and 5 senses... great work. If you're considering selling them, I'd recommend etsy.com (and send me the link!)

PandaEskimo wrote:

Moggy, first, I think they're all pretty cool. I'd recommend putting finishing on the first two metal ones.

I agree with Panda. I love those pieces and I think shiny is the way to go. But I may have some bias since I happen to like shiny things.

pneuman wrote:

i'd forgotten about this thread, but I do have some arts of my own to share, too: a slightly glitchy ambient track called tiny droplets, and a breezy little tune called frozen summer. The latter was recorded for the Tunestorm02 challenge, so it's built entirely from sounds I sampled around my house.

Awesome work as always. The second track in particular is extremely well done. I really enjoyed listening to it multiple times.

Moggy wrote:

The first metal piece has been colored. It's been hot patina'd with ferric nitrate for a reddish-brown finish followed by two applications of wax (hot then cold). The copper piece is intended to be left polished. I was hoping to fill in the join gaps with solder and then electroplate with copper to hide the silver solder color. Ran out of time.

Oh, I'm a skimmer. I'd really like to see those pieces again in their finished states.

Mystic Violet wrote:
pneuman wrote:

i'd forgotten about this thread, but I do have some arts of my own to share, too: a slightly glitchy ambient track called tiny droplets, and a breezy little tune called frozen summer. The latter was recorded for the Tunestorm02 challenge, so it's built entirely from sounds I sampled around my house.

Awesome work as always. The second track in particular is extremely well done. I really enjoyed listening to it multiple times. :D

I think you might just be addicted to watching those bouncing boxes on Bandcamp Thanks for the feedback though! I'm really happy with how that second track came out.

I like them all, but I feel like "Never Forget" is a bit too easy, conceptually. The Mobius Strip unnerves me in a way that (or perhaps because it) reminds me of that creepy talking-mouth robot from Japan.

It's like they don't even try anymore.

Arise, o' thread!

I have a new track up, called "phase transition" -- I'm not really sure how to describe it, but it's electro with a bit of a groove happening. You can check it out on either on my Bandcamp page, or on my blog.

I prefer the highly ineffective machinery myself.

FEAR THE ROBOT!
KNOW THE TRUTH!
BUY HUMAN!

PandaEskimo wrote:

BUY HUMAN!

How much per-pound?

PandaEskimo wrote:

I prefer the highly ineffective machinery myself.

FEAR THE ROBOT!
KNOW THE TRUTH!
BUY HUMAN!

The robot is feared.
We don't know what it will do.
Go human, stay safe.

I trust the computer. The computer is wise. The computer controls the highly effective means of production.

I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.

Of course Steve Austin is pro-machine, he's a damn cyborg!

My anniversary is coming up at the end of November. I'd like to make my wife a wine stopper out of aluminum or tin (10th anniversary gift material). I've seen some things about building wine stoppers with wood-turning kits. I'd like to make something out of tin/aluminum. The stopper kits come in plastic, chrome, and cork. I know I'd want something that would last. I think I may be able to take a piece of aluminum/tin and mount it to the top of a piece of wood. What might be cool is to get the aluminum anodized and then engrave it. I could also do a thin aluminum band around the wood piece and engrave our wedding date on there. I kind of like that idea. Anyone have any ideas/suggestions?

Arise! (Crossposted to the Overwatch post, btw.)

My girls typically cross stitch while we watch movies and shows, so I decided to give it a shot with a project I'd find appealing. Those of you who haven't played Overwatch might not recognize this, but it's the icon of one of my favorite heroes to play.

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Neat.

The post a picture - something you created thread is a bit more modern than this one, Coldforge. Might want to post it there.

pyxistyx wrote:

Neat.

The post a picture - something you created thread is a bit more modern than this one, Coldforge. Might want to post it there.

Thanks! I dug through 12 pages of posts before searching for "crafts"... wasn't looking for the right thing I guess :D.