Studio Ghibli Table Pyrography

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I’ve always loved burned effects on various materials in art, and today I want to show off a new artist’s first go at Pryopraghy as it was quite ambitious.

Studio Tamago is a French artist that typically works with more traditional art mediums like photography and design, but their custom burned wood table is what really caught my eye. For a first attempt their lines and and fine detail accuracy are just stunning. I really don’t know why they wouldn’t experiment more after such a successful first attempt as they clearly have talent for the medium, but if you fancy seeing some of their photography skills do still check out their gallery. ūüôā

~Nicole


Artist Feature – Abbots Hollow Studios

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The artist at Abbots Hollow Studios has quite the imagination, and wants you to join in on it!  He is creating highly crafted pieces to add charisma to even the most basic outfit, and reminding us that we need not limit ourselves to department store selections!

You can choose between a more demure looking pouch, or call upon the power of a dragon to watch over your possessions… be careful, though, as he may take it for his own.

Need to add some personality to your card holders and dice cups? ¬†These’ll do the trick!

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These pieces are amazingly crafted and designed and the leather looks to be of amazing quality. ¬†Abbots Hollow Studios is really us showing that you don’t need to be in a fantasy novel to experience the fantastical, all we have to do is see the possibilities… perhaps having an extra eye will help?

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-Shalyn


Quilt Block of the Month – Haunted House

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Welcome to the Craft Hackers Quilt a Long (courtesy of fab shop hop!)

All of the blocks are finished, so now it is time for the center piece, the Haunted House.

Haunted House

This is an intermediate level quilt. If you don’t have a lot of basic quilting skills you probably don’t want to attempt this quilt or you may get frustrated. The quilt a long will stay posted so if you are learning to quilt you can always come back and join at any time, even if we are finished! Please post your squares as you finish them so we can cheer you along!

Even though I am posting a square a month I don’t want anyone to feel pressured that you must finish the block within a month. This is a relaxed quilt a long that you can complete at your own pace.

The finished dimensions are 72″ by 72″.

Just to remind you, here is the finished pattern:

Here is the pattern for the Haunted House.

http://crafthackers.freeforums.net/thread/206/quilt-block-month-haunted-house

-Toni


Easttoast Studio

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It is almost time to starting thinking about the Holidays and decorating a tree (yes, I realize it is August).  Tree decorating has turned into a more of a mainstream event and not just celebrating Christmas.  The reason I am talking about decorating trees in August is I have found a unique tree ornament maker that could be commissioned to make you that special ornament.

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Love her work but don’t want an ornament for the Tree? ¬†Don’t worry because she also makes unique sculptures as well!

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Kelsey is also an amazing 2d artist as well. ¬†If you would like to see more of Easttoast Studio’s work check out their sites.

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-Toni


Leather, Leather Everywhere….

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Hey there Thursday readers!

For those of you who have dreamed of having a custom made leather something, well, your dreams can be made into a reality! I’d like to introduce The Leather Lair. ¬†This company, based out of Pennsylvania, USA, specializes in custom leather work made by Suzanne. ¬† She¬†makes¬†original designs that have an American Indian style with a Medieval-Fantasy twist.

Even though there are a number of off the rack pieces, each of those pieces are their own unique item. Each item is hand crafted. ¬†I cannot stress how important this is. Hand crafted means that there’s an innate uniqueness that you can’t find in factory produced merchandise and it gives life and character to the garment. ¬†She prides herself on this uniqueness letting her garments choose their owners, rather than the other way around.

Her pieces have a huge range from jackets (seen above in Batman on these dashing bekilted men) of the nerdy variety to those that are reminiscent of a lab coats and steam She also makes many beautiful bodices and tops for ladies where her inspiration can range from the woodland pixies to a badass steampunk fighter.  Whatever piece catches your eye, you will easily be able to see the care that goes into the workmanship and design.

Make sure to check out the facebook page here for a lot of pictures to peruse and enjoy. Not only does The Leather Lair do clothing for pixies and pirates alike, but they do so much more.

Whether you’re in the market for a new vest, some boots, some cuffs or something else that you never thought you’d be able to find, The Leather Lair¬†fully welcomes custom work so don’t be shy about sending an email to ask about that thing you’ve been dreaming about for years.

Some leather wings, perfect to accent… well… anything.

Make sure you keep an eye on their event’s page¬†for conventions and other events that they will be vevnding at, though you can order online through their website. ¬†From someone who makes a lot of custom work, don’t be afraid to send a personal email if you don’t see a picture of something you would like. ¬†Artisans like this can often do so much more than they’re able to showcase on their website and can often work with your imagination to make something you will love. ¬†Just make sure to share any time constraints as custom work does tend to take a little longer.

It may take a little extra time…. but just look at the jaw dropping results.

 

Enjoy!

 

~Megan

 

 


Have your cake or eat it?

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It takes a special kind of person to make art that doesn’t last. Graffiti, ice sculptures, sand castles- you seem some amazing art created with the knowledge that in a year, a day, even a few hours it will all be gone. The same can be said of art made of food.

All summer long, my conventions have been made by the appearance of Bizarro Cupcakes. Let me tell you, finding a cupcake in the middle of the trade hall of a packed convention when you’ve been standing in your cosplay for who knows how many hours is like finding the manna of the gods.

Bizarro Cupcakes have done it right. Their cupcakes come in a range of flavors (of which my favorite is almost certainly cookie dough) and on top of that, cater to the con scene crowd with their geeky themed cupcakes. My personal favorites were Invader Zim and Gir, but they include numerous fandoms.

I have to say, it is rather satisfying to bite the face off of characters, whether you love them or hate them.

What I recently found out is that they also do full on cakes, and these are beautiful.

I just love the attention to details, like the figures and the pumpkins on this Nightmare Before Christmas cake. Its almost so pretty I’m not sure I could eat it.

Sadly, I doubt they’re able to send these worldwide, but if you’re in Ireland, and you’re looking for an incredible bespoke cake, then I cannot recommend Bizarro Cupcakes enough. I can’t wait to see them again at another convention soon.

Bizarro Cupcakes can be found on Facebook.

~ eliste


Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age

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To continue yesterday’s theme, today I wanted to point everyone at this fantastic museum exhibit that I just found out about at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. I stole it’s title for the posting title; Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and features a collection of custom jewelry dating all the way back to the 1830s!!

An excerpt from the museum:

Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age brings together scientific fact and pop culture in a showcase of wearable and decorative arts related to outer space, space travel, the space age, and the powerful influence these topics have had on human civilization.

Beginning with jewelry and artifacts memorializing the appearance of Halley’s Comet in 1835, Out of this World! travels forward through time to explore nearly 200 objects from landmark moments in space-related history. Pieces in the exhibition include ephemera, jewelry, and objets d’art inspired by events that captured our imagination, such as the 1865 publication of Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon, the 1957 Sputnik launch that kicked off the space race of the Cold War, and milestone NASA missions.

The exhibit is running until the beginning of January so if you live near the area it definitely seems like a great display to check out for inspiration, or even just to look at some fantastic historic handmade jewelry. ūüėÄ

~Nicole


Color World

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Bit of different angle on the subject today. Instead of just featuring another crafter, today I’m going to showcase an artist who mostly works in the 2D space of pictures and books.

Color World is a multi book fantasy series (3 released with more in the works) about an empath that sees the world differently. The author, Rachel E Kelly, ¬†is one of the many lovely people that we have met on the convention circuit and travels with her family as she promotes the series around the country. Since she is an author and not an visual artist you may be wondering why the feature today. Well besides the fact that they are hoping to start a monthly comic based of the book series via kickstarter, they are also big supporters of handmade items; often featuring art from the series made by other artists (and sold with their permission/contract of course). It’s a wonderful fantasy series set in modern times and I highly recommend checking out the book on amazon and then the Kickstarter to see their plans for the future. ūüôā


Artist Feature – Dog Might Games

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The other day, as I was¬†watching Critical Role, I began lamenting the fact that, despite my previous assumptions, I actually don’t have enough geeky friends to join me for some D&D. ¬†I’m considering joining some kind of meetup for it, I’d want to do it in style, and a recent mention to me by Craft Hacker Toni came to mind. ¬†Dog Might Games is a small company of a few dudes (and some dogs) who create tabletop games, as well as high quality, detailed, and frickin awesome wooden tabletop hardware.

These dice chests are made with sturdy wood, lined with felt, and the lid can double as a roll screen, for those who are shy about their numbers.  They also make some pretty decked out card boxes.

These ‘adventure’ cases are like a higher level dice chest, with space to hold cards, lights, and all sorts of customizable pieces.

Yes, they also make dice towers, which are super detailed and are also customizable with your own logos and designs.

These guys seem to have a lot of fun making these pieces, as well as coming up with their own card games.  I love that they include an image of Skeletor in their suggestions for custom symbols to add to your purchase, and their company page gives you a good idea of the creative and humourous attitude of the humans and canines who run things.  Looks to me like they all rolled 20s on this work.

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– Shalyn

 


You Might not Want Your Mat to Say “Welcome”.

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Hello internet folk!

I come to you today (instead of Thursday) to bring you a lovely and easy, but extremely impressive, DIY. ¬†I found the tutorial at Our Geek Home. ¬†I love this website. If you don’t know about it, it is a nerdy couple that posts all kinds of DIY ideas for nerdy decor. I love it. They were the ones that I shared a geeky plate tutorial from, and I love how their tutorials are not overly complicated and you don’t need a lot of specialized materials or training so it’s super easy for anyone to do. Though they’re easy, my favourite part is that they look so impressive! ¬†I’ll give you two methods, both which are listed on the Our Geek Home website as well,

All you need to do this project is a blank welcome mat, a can (or two) of spray paint, some pins (sewing pins would work fine – though make sure you’re ok to get them covered in paint) and a computer/printer. You can choose any size mat. I would just recommend getting one that is – how do I say this – carpety. ¬†Meaning you should be able to see the bristles where you wipe your feet. ¬†The paint looks really neat and old fashioned when you can see the ¬†natural bristles a little further below the paint. I don’t know about you but I really like the idea of an old fashioned looking welcome mat that has a nerdy emblem on it.

The first four easy steps….

The first method is super easy.

First you need to find whatever pattern/emblem/design that you’d like to put on your mat and print it out. ¬†Our Geek Home¬†traced the printout onto tracing paper, but this isn’t necessary as you’ll need to pin it to the rug anyway to hold it down. ¬†Secondly, you need to cut and place and pin your emblem. The thrd step is to spray away! Spray down all the areas that aren’t covered in paper. Let it dry and voila! You’re done! ¬†You can add more detail to your rug by adding details – like the symbol in the centre of the emblem:

 

Or if you’re really creative and careful, you could layer colours and emblems though that would probably be easier with the other method. I think they look super impressive. Just think of all the different designs you can do. Remember, when you’re looking for images, it’s best to put the word “stencil” into whatever you’re searching for. ¬†This will bring up more blocky images with bigger lines that will be easier to put onto a project like this.

The second method that you can use, using acrylic paint and a stencil method similar to the one used in the towel tutorial a couple weeks ago. ¬†I’ll go through both so that you can choose whichever one you find easier or you have the space for. ¬†The stencil method may be better if you don’t have a garage or backyard in which to use a spray can freely. ¬†The only extra materials you need for this is that instead of spray paint you’ll be using acrylic paint and a small paint roller.

 

The above pictures is a great example of a stencil that was hand made, though you can still use the same technique above of printing a stencil.  Notice that in the first method they kept the emblem blank, using the negative space.  The triforce emblem is the reverse where colour is applied to emblem rather than the background.  Whichever way you want to do it, is fine. Just remember this will impact how you cut your stencil.

The steps are also very simple for this method. All you need is a stencil (for this method a negative space stencil like the Zelda one is ideal so that you’re not paining an entire mat by hand), your paint, and a roller sponge. All you need to do is place your stencil where you would like it to appear and roll the paint on top. ¬†For this method it’s probably ideal to do a couple of coats Since the paint isn’t a spray, it will not go quite as deep on the first go round. ¬†Let it dry, and you’re good to go.

Keep in mind that this doesn’t need to be a nerdy project and there’s many different styles you can do this in.

Image taken from Simply Living Fabulous

This example from another tutorial website shows how you can take a simple shape and use it to create a beautiful pattern with an interesting use of placement and colour.

Above is a more simple design that just requires some painters tape.

Lastly, you can even do some hand painting if you have a steady hand. ¬†Just remember if you spray a background colour that you’ll want to let it dry first.

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As you can see, if you click on any of the links on the photos, there’s many different tutorials with many different ideas on how to decorate. My suggestion: Pick something that will make you smile before you walk in the door.

Don’t forget this is also a great way to repurpose old mats that you may not like anymore, so you don’t necessarily need to go out and buy a new one.

Let your creativity fly! And make a mat for every door to your house, garage, shed, backyard, front yard. gate…. well. You get the idea.

~Megan