July 2009


Oh man, have I been busy? Sad enough it have been busy with working and not busy with nice craft things.
steampunk heart

But now I have had two free days and thought that I would do something with a idea I have had quite some time. I designed some prints for school back in February, mostly I made repeating prints, but I also made some prints that were not supposed to be repeated. One of them was a steampunk heart, the placement of the parts are base on real pocket watches. If you were to make a real pocket watch which was heart shaped, this is a possible placement of those parts.

steampunk heart - t-shirt
It is great as a print, but I saw the possibilities of making it into a jewelry to.

So last night I decided to try it out, making them as brooches this time. They are made out of paper clay that is painted and and then I have put real cogs and screws into them.
They were tricky to make since the paper clay is quite brittle when it is thin, but after a lot of filing, carving and sand papering I could paint it and assemble the pieces.

steampunk heart - big
steampunk heart - small
I like the smaller one best, since it is more of the size I was after. The size of a ordinary pocket watch movement, but since it is smaller it is harder to make, so I started with making the larger one.

steampunk heart - beside a pocket watch movement
Both of them are for sale for 77$ if you are interested in one please email me on coolacatta(at)hotmail.com since my etsy shop is on vacation mode, all my other jewelry is out on a little trip without me at the moment.

a while ago I drafted my fist custom sized corset pattern for someone that is not me, a pattern that will be used by someone that is not me. Scary shit, I tell you that :p I am always so weary that it will turn out crap, deep within I always second guess myself and do not believe in my abilities. It is silly since I know pattern drafting, I do.

And today she posted pictures of her mock up corset, and it looks wonderful! It really does and the shape is gorgeous! All my bad feelings are wiped out in a second I an have to go back to the picture again and again giggling silly.
But pattern drafting for corsets are different, lots of stuff to take in to count like “squishability” and boobs (they are so unpredictable). So it is a bit big in the top and she can lace it in all the way shut, but that she said she could fix herself.

You should head over to her picture diary and look, I do it once every ten minutes ;)

http://sealsex.bilddagboken.se/p/show.html?id=390997380&directlink=1

I really should not promise this, since I do not know when I will have the time to do it but there WILL be a tutorial on how to draft your own underbust corset pattern sometime in the near future.

and then all the sudden my heart starts to ace for my own loom! Really it is silly, I have not missed it THAT much before but now I stumble on a weaving blog and bang! My heart goes loooooooooom.

Depending on what apartment I find for this fall I might actually have room for a loom *giggles, crappy word game; sorry*, secretly in my heart I’m hoping for that one that is small but have 3 rooms and cost just as much as my current place.
Oh I could have a craftroom! How many people have a craftroom in their apartment at the age of 21? Most people live in a 1 roomer without actual floorspace.

I actually got the question of why? When I said I had a two room apartment.

What do you mean with why? I say; why not?
I kind of need all the space I can get, I have lots of stuff that takes lots of space, or well not really. All the stuff I have except for the furniture did fit into my room at my moms place which is 4 * 2,5 meters. Okey it was always a mess, but I could have it clean and have everything in place.

But now, I just want to weave something, I’m actually having plans of making kitchen towels, cotton warp and flax weft. And damask borders, crowns perhaps? in the bottom. I just need to find a loom and then get a damask equipment for it.

Balloon styled skirts are both fun to make and give a nice result without hems and raw edges anywhere in sight and may I say I think that they are rather quick to make to.

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