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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.
~ George Bernard Shaw
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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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Here’s some photos of the process.
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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! 
Two colors of paint for the frame. 
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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Paper tape is applied to cover the mirror surface so that the spray painting can be masked and done in stages to allow for different colors.
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The paper tape is peeled away to reveal the next part of the design to receive a different color of spray paint.
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Have I mentioned how difficult it is to get decent pictures of a mirrored surface? 
The colors are teal, black and brown.
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The final project!
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“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)

 

This is the last sale of the year and just in time for all of your holiday projects!

Use the Coupon Code woolofbat15 to save 30% off your order at

7 Yaks Design.

Expires October 31, 2015

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

7 Yaks Design is adding new yarns daily!

Yarn Collage 3

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

Thanks to a request from an Etsy customer,
I have developed a design for Nordic Mitten Blockers.

Norwegian mitten blocker with holes
The mitten blockers are available at 7 Yaks Design.

 

These Nordic Mitten Blockers are made out of
1/8″ (4mm) acrylic cut-offs from a local plastic manufacturing company.
GO GREEN 🙂

Also included in the separate blockers for the thumbs are WPI gauges…
I knew you’d like that!

© 2014 7 Yaks Design

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Nordic Mitten Blocker: 3.75″ x 10.75″
Thumb Blocker: 2 3/8″ x 1″

 

Garn Studio is bursting with free patterns for
Nordic mittens and wrist warmers!

Ravelry is heaven for fiberistas!
You can chat on Ravelry too, share ideas, tips and techniques.
It’s easy to lose as much time on Ravelry as Pinterest.

pig mitt
Ravelry puts the FUN in funky.

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I had a request for gauntlet blockers too,
which will also work great for blocking wrist warmers!
Included are thumb blockers so they are truly a versatile design.

Gauntlet Blocker:
3.5″ x 15″
(8.89 cm x 38.1 cm)

Thumb Blocker:
2 3/8″ x 1″
(5.08 cm x 2.54 cm)

wrist warmers                                   Quick knit in garter stick for this set!

 

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Knit sleeves are the perfect accessory, especially under a jacket, for added warmth!

 

Stash of handspun yarn, no problem!

Left-over yarn from projects, bring it on! 

This pattern will take it all.

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This is a great pattern for a self striping yarn and using up your stash!

hat

This hat is made with 1 skein of Noro Kureyon or Taiyo yarn with novelty yarns added for pizzazz.  This is a great pattern for using bits in your yarn stash if you’re not using Noro or another self-striping yarn as the base yarn.

Materials:
Size US 7 needles
Crochet hook

Directions:
Cast on 25 (child size) 40 (adult size) stitches with size 7 needles.

Row 1 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
Row 4 Purl
Row 5 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
If you wish to use novelty yarns, add to rows 6 – 12 of each section.
Row 6 Purl
Row 7 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 8 Knit
Row 9 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 10 Knit
Row 11 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 12 Knit

Repeat rows 1 – 12 seven times (14 sections) for child size and nine times (18
sections) for adult size.

Finishing:
Bind off stitches. Pick up 60 (80) stitches along bottom edge to add hat rib. Knit 2, purl 2 rib until desired length and bind off.  Sew side seam. Weave strong yarn through stitches at top of hat and pull to gather tightly into chocolate kiss shape.

If desired, use bits of yarns incorporated into hat to make pom pom to add to the crown of the hat.

Here’s a PDF download of the Twisted Kiss Hat Pattern:

Twisted Kiss Hat Pattern
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“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)

 Halloween Sale - Blog big

This is the last sale of the year and just in time for all of your holiday projects!

Use the Coupon Code woolofbat to save 30% off your order at 7 Yaks Design.

Expires November 15, 2014

Get festive this Halloween – add a fun and stylish skull to a scarf.
If you’re like me, skulls are fun to wear any time!

halloween skull

Scarf blanks are 6 inches x 6 feet long in super soft polyester.

scarf blank

If you haven’t needle felted on fleece yet, Craft E Magee has a great tutorial to get you started!

skull tutorial

If you want to play around with a simple design, needle felting some yarn or roving is always a great start.

scarf yarn

Here’s a free PDF stencil to print and cut with an X-Acto knife to create your own scarf!

 

Skull PDF

Skull PDF

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