Space Lockets

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending an art supplies swap, and got loads of strange stuff (old x-rays, glass balls, fake eyes, a BUTTON MAKER) to play with.  Something I randomly picked up (because it was so cheap!) was a bag of glass lockets you can put stuff in.  At first, I thought it was fun to put some glitter in it, because it would move around like snow in a snowglobe.  It also keeps Justin on his toes to know he could be glittered at any moment.  The poor boy lives in constant fear of glitter.  Today I finally sat down and tried my other idea: multi-layer space scenes.

I had so much fun painting these! I wish I had more than three to play with.  I made two, and listed them on Etsy for your perusal.  Here’s how I did it:

Tiny amounts of acrylic, sparkles and lots of concentration.  Most of the things I make don’t require expensive materials, just a good eye for tiny details.

This is the closed locket.

I painted on some very light nebulas first, then a few glitter atoms, some stars, more nebulas, then the sun and planetoid.  On the other side I painted a solid background with more glitter for stars.

I absolutely love them, and am wearing one until someone buys it.  I need to find out where to buy more of these lockets!


Santa Cruz Antique Market – I found treasures!

So, I think someone may have accidentally sold me a human tooth.  I LOVE flea markets, jars of odds and ends and I have literally bought a box of rocks (and was really excited about it).  This weekend Justin and I took an overnight trip to Santa Cruz for the UCSC Origami exhibit.  We happened to be there on the second Sunday of the month, when downtown hosts the Santa Cruz Antiques Fair.  The pickings are not slim, but since the quality is so good, sellers are easily parted with jars of broken jewelry and tiny junk.  Here’s a pile of my newly acquired tiny things and bags of chandelier crystals:

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Adopt a Waterbug: Rolli

Rolli gets shy.

My first Water Bug is going out to her new owner today, and this bug’s name is Rolli.  She is the first Water Bug I made, and has picked out a pink-striped birthday candle to take with her, along with a handwritten letter to her new owner.

Like most of the Water Bugs, I found her stuck in a jar.


Each Water Bug picks out an item to take with them and comes packaged in a plastic bubble.

Pick yours out today at my Etsy store!

Blue Spring

I finally found a use for the keyboard springs I’ve had lying around for years.  These are my favorite creatures I’ve ever made, and can’t wait to perfect them so they may be sold on my Etsy.  They are polymer clay, pins, pipe cleaners and metal springs.  Aren’t they adorable?  I wish I knew how to make animated gifs so I could have one boinging around.

DIY Holodeck from Star Trek: TNG

EFF YEAH DIORAMAS!  I am getting to the Star Trek: The Next Generation game a little late, but it’s never too late for more nerd cred.  I feel like since I’ve started watching the series, a new community has opened up, with more humor, dorkiness and inclusion.  A few weeks ago, I decided that in my tradition of making a photo corner at my birthday party, I would make a holodeck (black tarp, yellow duct tape, determination).  But before I attempted that, I made it tiny!

I’m really surprised I didn’t find any IRL holodecks online, no Google, no Etsy.  The ONLY “holodeck” entry on everyone favorite craft mega-site was this.

Other than the bright yellow tape, this papercraft holodeck from the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) can be made mostly with things you likely have around.   It could be small enough for miniatures, or big enough to take pictures of yourself in.

Supplies needed:
lightweight cardboard (cereal box)
matte paper
exacto knife
straight edge/ruler
yellow tape (artist/masking/duct)
Holodeck pattern

Print out one pattern for the cardboard structure, and another for the “wallpaper”.  The wallpaper pattern should be printed about 5% larger.  You’ll need a tiny bit of overlap so it wraps correctly.

STRUCTURE: Trace the smaller pattern onto the cardboard and cut out.  The tabs along each edge are not necessary for the cardboard piece, except for the “GLUE UNDER A” tab.  Bend along dotted lines and glue appropriate tab under the floor side marked “A”.   This should make a corner with two walls and a floor.

WALLPAPER: Take the larger pattern and trace/print onto a piece of matte black paper (I used construction paper) and cut out.

Using a straight edge, draw gridlines with pencil onto the black paper.  The spacing is up to you, but keep it consistent.

Apply yellow tape stripes to wallpaper BEFORE attaching wallpaper to model.  With the exacto knife (and a self-healing mat if you got it) cut tape strips long enough to run the length of both the wall and the floor.  The stripes should form what looks like a basket:

The width of the strips depends on the size of your model, and your interpretation of TNG holodecks.  For a 3” model, I cut the strips ⅛”.  Attach the strips to the wallpaper top to bottom on the left wall and floor, and across the model left to right.  Attach the top to bottom strips on the right wall AFTER the next step.

Fit wallpaper to model and fold tabs over the sides of the cardboard.  Glue in place.  Fold the “GLUE UNDER A” wallpaper tab under (do not glue).  Make sure all edges are adhered and straight.

Now, attach top to bottom tape strips to the right wall.  Use the end of a pencil (but not the lead) to tuck the tape into the angle between wall and floor, and continue along floor.  Fold all extra tape under model.

To finish, use large strips of yellow tape to cover back.  Just make it nice!


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