“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”

Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

 

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A co-worker asked me to make her a life-size trident because, as part of a PTA function, she was going to dress up like Ursula from The Little Mermaid.  Since I love a good challenge, I said let’s do it!  Considering they have a fabulous collection of medieval armor, the journey started at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  My BFA degree is in metals and metalsmithing and the proposition of making something look like metal and wood, even though I was going to use plastic, made me giddy… in that I’m a geek to the core sort of a way 🙂

I thought it was equally important not to lose the quality of the animation aspect of the trident and that lead me to more research on the movie as I had never seen it.

 

Based on this information, I created the vector designs in CorelDraw, to use the laser for cutting the acrylic.

 

 

 

The trident needed to be three dimensional and I decided that a ‘spreader’ component was necessary to achieve this.  I cut triangular shaped pieces out of 3/16″ acrylic to get the distance I thought was necessary between the flat trident shapes and also allow me to install the square dowel rod that was going to support the trident head when it was inserted into the PVC pipe.

 

These are the design pieces coming together.  Acrylic solvent was used to cement the two clear trident shaped pieces together, along with the triangular pieces to give the shape dimension.

To fill the gap between the trident shapes I used cold porcelain clay made from corn starch and glue.  I used baby oil in mine.  Here’s the link to a wonderful video tutorial to create your own: https://youtu.be/jC77TstFmFc

It took several days for the clay to dry!  Truth be told, I was coming up on a hard deadline with the event date and needed to paint the trident before all of the clay was completely dry.  If I make something like this in the future, dry time will be important.  I wanted to fill some of the divets in the clay to make the edges completely smooth but there wasn’t time for that!  Rust-Oleum is your best friend.  Their line of hammered metal and textured paints superbly took on the qualities I was trying to achieve to make this look like a real-life animated trident of metal and wood.  Great Stuff worked beautifully to fill the PVC pipe and add stability to the dowel rod, which was inserted into the pipe.  Once that set up, it wasn’t going anywhere.

 

I was really pleased with the interaction of the hammered metal paint on the acrylic surface.  Looking more like a real trident!

 

 

Getting down to the wire, the night before the event I made Ursula’s crown and necklace.  The crown was intended to be molded mirror gold acrylic but the time crunch got the best of me and I opted for sparkled gold foam from the craft store.  A couple holes on either end and some ribbons for tying did the trick!

 

I had a lot of fun working with polymer clay again.  In a former life I was the designer for a line of polymer clay dolls.  You never know where random expertise will come in handy. I blended two gold clays to get a seashell effect because, the real deal look and nothing else, will do for Ursula.  Additional clay was used to create the ring on the staff of the trident.

The final size of the staff is 6 feet tall with the trident measuring 19″ high and 15″ wide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A co-worker requested that I create an announcement and sign-up sheet so that we can share yummy things on Valentine’s Day.  Some well placed washi tape finished off the design 🙂

If you might be thinking that a buffet of confections sounds like a good idea too, below is a PDF download of the 11 x 17 announcement and the 8.5 x 11 sign up sheet.

 

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The announcement PDF can be found here.  lz-vd11x17

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And the sign-up sheet is here.  lz-vdsignup

 

 

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You use a glass mirror to see your face;
you use works of art to see your soul.
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One man’s trash is another man’s art! 
Urban up-cycle this discarded mirror using a laser and spray paint!
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This mirror design was created using an Epilog laser.  The mirror finish was removed from the back by the raster function of the laser, then spray paint was applied to add color. 
Next the front of the mirror was etched with the laser to add depth to the piece. 
These effects can also be achieved using a sandblaster and masking film.
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It all started with this discarded mirror.
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Then my design created in Corel Draw.
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A template was cut in cardboard to hold the mirror.
This insures that the mirror is placed into the laser in the exact place each time.
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The back of the mirror now complete with the raster removal of the mirror finish.
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Ta-da! 
The mirror finish has been removed via the raster function of the laser and the clear glass shows when viewed from the front.
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The front side of the mirror was etched with the laser.
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Cool technique spoiler alert! 
Use a combination of vector cutting, to achieve a hairline around the border frame image, then use the raster function to give the appearance of etched glass. 
The cut vector is sparkly… oohhh, aaaah!
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Final check inside the frame to view placement.
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Next, painting of the lattice frame.  Spray paint is your best friend! 
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Lighter to the inside, darker to the outside.
I didn’t wait for dry time because I wanted the colors to mix, and they did, creating a really nice ombre transition.
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Bronze glaze after the paint dried worked like a champ to give the paint some depth.
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The final project!
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If you have a lot of friends on Facebook, your News Feed can be an array of status updates, links and photos. 

So you’re a 7 Yaks Design fan, but Facebook won’t let you stay up to the minute on all that’s happening?

I feel your pain, instead of letting Facebook determine which friends and pages you’d most like to see first, now you can choose the pages and friends to stay at the top of your News Feed.

Hooray!

Facebook announced that the News Feed has been updated to show you content that matters to you the most by allowing users to prioritize which friends and pages are featured in their News Feed.

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Here’s how to get what you want to see on Facebook:

Step 1: From the Facebook app on your smart phone, tap the More button located in the corner (it looks like 3 lines). Then, scroll to the bottom of the resulting menu and select News Feed Preferences near the bottom of the list.

From your desktop Facebook, go to your settings menu and then choose News Feed Preferences.  If you’re on the 7 Yaks Design Facebook Page, it’s even easier.  There’s a drop down menu if you mouse over the ‘Liked’ button.  Then choose ‘See First’!

Step 2: On your smart phone, tap Prioritize who to see first at the top of the resulting page and choose whose posts you don’t want to miss, whether pages or friends. Tap Done in the upper-left corner when finished to implement the changes.

It’s even easier on the desktop, just click on the photo of the page or person!

Are you looking for vintage and hard to find yarns like Rowan, Sanguine Gryphon and others?

7 Yaks Design is adding new yarns daily!

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Summer is perfect for getting your dye on!

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Materials List:

Black plastic garbage bags
Large mason jars (or gallon freezer Ziploc bags)
White vinegar
Acid dyes
Protein fibers, including silk

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Adding heat to your kitchen in the summer doesn’t make a lot of sense but that doesn’t mean you have to abstain from dyeing.  Summer sun, even on a mild day, is plenty hot for dyeing.  If a glass jar isn’t getting the temps you want then a black garbage bag will assist, or even putting the dye containers in a closed car in the sun will get the job done.  Some who use solar dyeing swear by leaving it out for a few days to get the maximum color possible.

I dye in bulk so my batches usually consist of 2 lbs of fiber per dye bath.  It’s also the maximum fiber weight for a 1/2 ounce of Jacquard dyes, and most other dye sources.  I co-mingle my fibers too, anything that will accept a dye with vinegar as the mordant can go in the same color dye.  It’s much more efficient when you desire to dye multiple fibers.

As a test to see if the dye bath is done, I always check to see if the water is clear in the container with the fiber.  If the fiber to dye ratio is appropriate, the dye bath will exhaust (meaning the dye absorbed completely into the fiber) and you will see clear water around the fiber.

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A new selection of soft spinning fibers have arrived!

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BROWN JACOB WOOL TOP

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Jacob Sheep have graced the large estates and country homes of England for many centuries.  Their impressive horns, black and white faces and spotted bodies have no doubt contributed to their popularity and survival.

The Brown Select Jacob Wool has been hand picked from the fleece and processed to keep the rich brown color.  The micron count ranges between 25-35. Jacob is easy to spin and produces a springy yarn.

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MASHAM WOOL TOP
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Masham sheep have been bred for over a century on the hill farms in the Northern Counties of England.  The Masham sheep is produced by  crossing  a Teeswater or Wensleydale and Swaledale or Dalesbred. 

This wool overdyes beautifully and is a great choice for rugs or projects that need a more robust wool.  Masham wool is a beautiful silver grey color with a good degree of lustre.  It is classified as a longwool.  Micron count is between 31-36 microns.
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CHEVIOT WOOL TOP

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Cheviot is a main British wool breed.  The modern Cheviot breed has been produced by selection rather than by crossing.  It is a pure breed, one of a very few in this country.  Cheviots produce generous fleeces of white wool which is preferred by mills because its fineness, crimp, and length of staple give it superior spinning and combing qualities, and its low grease content

Cheviot Wool Top is a beautiful natural white color. The micron count is between 27-33.  The wool top is open without being slippery making it an excellent wool for beginner spinners.  The wool practically spins itself.  The yarn produced from Cheviot wool is a pleasure to knit, crochet or weave.

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Are you allergic to animal fibers? 

Fear no more, this batt contains none of that!  

VEGAN BATT Collage

Hand dyed nylon fibers with a hint of firestar for sparkle and shine. 

You can spin this by itself to make a vegan yarn, or combine it with your animal fiber batts to add more memory to your yarn. 

Here’s a few suggestions for spinning the vegan batt:

Spin it as a single and then ply it with another animal fiber based yarn,

or blend with an animal fiber batt as you spin. 

Any way you choose to use this fiber, it’s all good!

See all of the colorways at sevenyaks.etsy.com

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