Kitty Kitty Bang Bang AKA Knitty Knitty Bang Bang.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The not so successful plaster of paris/dog print experiment/tutorial

As my dogs near the end of their lives I keep coming back to the idea of casting their paws. Today I gave it a try - and while it was fun, it wasn't 100% successful.

Start with:
plaster of paris
disposable pie tins
a bowl
a measuring cup
a spoon
dogs
some towels (unfortunately this was an afterthought)
optional: bead letters



Mix the plaster with cold water - follow the directions on the plaster container. For this brand it was 2 parts plaster to one part water.



Mix until smooth.



Pour into disposable tins and tap gently to pop any remaining air bubbles and even the plaster out in the tin.


_________________
Attempt #1:

I let the plaster sit for 10 minutes. It got too hard and I was unable to easily jam Jezebel's paw into it.



FAIL!



_________________
Attempt #2:

After spending a while wiping plaster dog prints off the floor of the entire house, I went and got some spare towels. On my second batch - I poured a little extra plaster into a tin and pushed my finger into it every few minutes. I waited until the plaster was firm enough to hold an imprint but not too watery (and hopefully caught it before it got too hard).



Before trying to again, I put some towels on the floor.



While not perfect, the result was a lot better.



I did Lola's paw too but I ambushed her while she was eating a bone on the couch (and didn't get a photo of it). Her's came out pretty well too.



I ended by thoroughly cleaning the dog paws with a towel and warm water. Didn't want them to ingest the plaster and this helps to keep it from getting all over the house.

Lola's is out drying on the back porch and I'll update this post once I see the final result. I'm going to keep experimenting.... so stay tuned.... I think my next attempt will be with clay instead of plaster.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Glass Club FTW!

My beautiful pal Shanti Deva runs a class called Glass Club. She opens up her home and glass studio and allows you (for a fee, of course) to come in and learn about fused glass. It is incredibly fun and I love learning new crafts.

My first attempt was an exercise in texture. My plan was to do all clear glass but I ended up including a lot of iridescent pieces. A pre-fired photo is below. The end result (not pictured) is a cool bowl with lots of interesting reflections and some texture.



My plan for my second visit was to do another monochrome piece (all red or all blue) but after watching Serena building Mount Fuji on her glass plate, I got all inspired and ended up with a sacred heart.



I love Glass Club.

In sweater news, my February Lady Sweater is chugging along nicely. I just finished the 9th lace repeat. I'm trying to do one lace repeat (4 rows) per day. I just started into my 3rd skein of yarn and should have enough to dedicate 1/2 a skein to each sleeve.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

skewed!

I was unable to restrain myself from casting on for Knitty's SKEW socks. The are a fascinating knit and I haven't even made it to the magical origami heel yet!! I can see myself making these again in the very near future.



In February Lady Sweater news, I have finished the garter stitch yoke, separated the sleeves and have started on the lace body. Unfortunately I don't have a more up to date photo than the one below which was taken mid-yoke. So far it is a pleasing knit.



Outside of knitting, life is lovely for most part. Skating, hooping, working. My home is harmonious, except for a sickly dog (which is to be expected at 11+ years old).