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tmmopar73
05-10-2007, 12:47 PM
here are some fiber and bead combos i have tried out.i am planning on making a fiber necklace to go with them
and a few beads

airwynnglass
05-10-2007, 01:11 PM
Those are VERY COOL! :clap: They are really unique .... I bet they would sell great for fall fashion!!!

Nalynn
05-10-2007, 10:14 PM
How do you get those so packed down? My needle felting is always super-fuzzy with lots of little wisps - no matter how long I jab at the wool or what size needle I use.

gingery
05-11-2007, 04:22 AM
Your work is very impressive!:thumbsup: Do you ever sleep? Or maybe you have your hands trained where they just keep working when you sleep! I love seeing what you come up with!:cool:

ginger:wave:

calumey
05-11-2007, 10:04 AM
Very pretty. How long did it take you to create the felted pieces?

tmmopar73
05-11-2007, 12:01 PM
Very pretty. How long did it take you to create the felted pieces?
yes i have a touch of the attention adhd thing
when i am not work on glass or when i am at my sons baseball games i work on all my felts and felt purses.
the piece that is with the bead is wet felted
it took a couple of hours to get it totalled fulled(tightly tangled fibers)i take it in the car in a baggie so when i run errands i squash the hell out of it while its in a plastic baggie.
the needle felting ? take your fine neelde and poke lightly every where.sometimes it is the type of wool if it is combed really straight mess it up (make the fibers go every where)and it will felt better.

mtnest
05-11-2007, 04:59 PM
Really cool! I love the idea of taking your felting projects with you in a bag! I am always looking for portable crafts! Can't exactly take my torch everywhere I go. Keep posting pics of your work! I'll try to get some up soon. I have been playing with different media to make wings for sculptural glass dragons. Got horribly sidetracked and now I want to play with polymer clay! Funny how life goes in circles. Started out as a spinner, felter, weaver... wonder where I'll wind up next? (I'll always come back to glass!)

LouiseI
05-11-2007, 08:13 PM
That is very cool, they remind me of cocoons with something very special inside! I love that you can't see the whole bead, it's like a buried treasure :)

mtnest
05-12-2007, 03:25 PM
Here are a few of the things I've been playing with,
Glass, Wirework, Fantasy Film, Hot Glue, and copper smithing...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2007/67146-DragonFront.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2007/67146-DragonBack.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2007/67146-Dragon006.jpg

richsantaclaus
05-12-2007, 04:06 PM
mynest - VERY nice!!!!!

Sharyl
05-12-2007, 04:25 PM
Love the stuff I am seeing here. Great work!

mtnest
05-13-2007, 12:36 AM
Rich, Thanks so much for the kind comments, it's reallly encouraging!

hotColes
05-14-2007, 03:05 PM
Here are a few of the things I've been playing with,
Glass, Wirework, Fantasy Film, Hot Glue, and copper smithing...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2007/67146-DragonFront.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2007/67146-DragonBack.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2007/67146-Dragon006.jpg

These are the most darling little dragons! I just love them...they're worth seeing for the second time.

Where do you get fantasy film?...never heard of it...

januarybaby
05-14-2007, 11:47 PM
Just got into glass fusing and am loving it! Great stuff here.

Daenyris
05-15-2007, 12:19 AM
Very cute dragons, mtnest! I love them! :clap:

mtnest
05-15-2007, 02:36 PM
Thanks guys! I have just started doing the "sculptural" stuff and I must say its very challenging for me! I think that's one reason each one is so different!
Some times they turn out really cute, sometimes just butt ugly! The wings were so hard to do in glass that I started searching for different ways to do them. Some of things I tried were... Ultra thick embossing powder, dipping in hot glue and rubbing on various perl-x powders, hand dying tissue paper and coating in Mod Podge, etc. Then, I saw Pipyr's exquisite winged beads and knew immediatly I had found the style I was looking for! I did some more research and found a couple of tutorials using "Fantasy Film" and Gallery Glass. I am in heaven! I will post the links to the tutorials and sources as soon as I find them again. (I am not the most organized person, totally right brained, nothing on the left side):o

I am redoing the wings on the hot glue guy and will post a pic when its done. His new wings are drying at the moment.

mtnest
05-15-2007, 02:52 PM
OK, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to locate my sources...
http://www.clayalley.com/fairy.htm

That's the tutorial and the link at the top will take you to the order page for the Fantasy Film.

I do my wings a little differently. I make a wire armature out of 20 g. and 24 g. copper wire, I sandwich the wires between 2 layers of FF, and using a teflon plate on my iron and a silicon matt under everything I press the 2 layers together. I use the tip of the iron to get into the small spaces and make sure it is all fused together. I trim around the general shape so there wont be so much to melt away in the next step.

I use a tool called "Versatool" that I got at michaels to melt the film onto the top edge of the wire and contour the bottom edges very carefully, its easy to go to far! Sometimes I poke a few tiny holes in the wings with the very tip of the tool. Oh, the point I use is the "stencil cutter", or "soldering tip". I'll bet any wood burning tool would work as well. Maybe even an empty hot glue gun? I haven't tried either one of those.

The last step is to coat the wings with clear "Gallery Glass" and let them dry completely. They are then quite pliable and easy to pose.

When I make the glass dragons, I Insert a temporary loop of 20 gauge copper wire (twisted so it has two prongs) into the hot glass and leave it there while the bead anneals in the kiln. Once cool, the loop just falls out. Then I can superglue the wings into the holes.

I am turning these guys into fan pulls since they aren't very comfortable worn on a necklace!

Charlotte

hotColes
05-15-2007, 06:40 PM
Thanks, Charlotte, for the info! It would be fun to try that some day.

Rose Queen
05-15-2007, 06:49 PM
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mtnest
05-15-2007, 09:19 PM
Thanks for the heads up on the better price. Have you used this product? Please post pictures :)
charlotte

Rose Queen
05-15-2007, 10:08 PM
Thanks for the heads up on the better price. Have you used this product? Please post pictures :)
charlotte
I have not used the product, although I have ordered molds from this company for a long time and their service is very good. They sponsor a Yahoo group and a number of the members there have posted some amazing work with this film. This woman's work is especially interesting: http://zeborahloray.blogspot.com/search/label/fantasy%20film

And here's a tutorial on its use as a crafting material: http://www.amstamps.com/fauxcarnival/index.html and for handmade beads: http://www.amstamps.com/fantasybeads/index.html



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mtnest
05-17-2007, 01:10 PM
Very nice links! This stuff is amazing! Now I need to go light my torch!