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Newly organized roving shelves!

Newly organized roving shelves!

— 1 week ago with 1 note
#wool  #roving  #felting  #fibers  #craft  #studio 

Well! The studio space is now empty of everything that needed to get taken away! All the cobwebs have been swept and shop-vac’d out, windows washed, and all the old tacks have been pulled out of the walls. Everything that’s left in there is getting put to studio use when we get there.
My brother-in-law fixed the roof yesterday, and the only remaining thing is to replace the door before we can move the bench and all our tools in.
…Then I get to buy a torch!

— 1 week ago with 10 notes
#studio space 
New batch of slug rings is sculpted and ready to be sent to the caster!

New batch of slug rings is sculpted and ready to be sent to the caster!

— 1 week ago with 20 notes
#slug rings  #slugs  #wax  #jewelry  #rings 
Some initial sketches for some custom pierced wedding bands with a branch motif. Sounds like the clients are going to go with the birch twigs (bottom two of each set). I’m very excited to be working on these. :)

Some initial sketches for some custom pierced wedding bands with a branch motif. Sounds like the clients are going to go with the birch twigs (bottom two of each set). I’m very excited to be working on these. :)

— 2 weeks ago with 11 notes
#sketch  #twig  #branch  #birch  #rings  #jewelry 

Although progress has been delayed by winter weather lasting a little too long this year, we are almost done getting the remaining stuff out of our future studio space. The biggest change is that the huge VR bike got picked up for recycling today - it had been sitting in this shed for 16 years until about 8:40 this morning.

The weather for this weekend doesn’t look too bad, and it looks like we will, with the help of an awesome friend who has volunteered her time, be taking the remaining stuff out this weekend, and maybe even start some cleaning of the floor, walls, and windows. They all need it!

We’re hoping that my brother-in-law will be able to help us with patching the roof (and parts of the wall and floor that got water-damaged) and install a new door this month, so we can begin moving in during early May. I can’t wait!

— 2 weeks ago with 1 note
#studio  #studio space  #improvements and progress! 

Waiting for wool to arrive in the mail is one of my favorite things.

Looking forward to big boxes full of fluffy, soft stuff that smells nice is just… really nice.

— 3 weeks ago with 2 notes
#wool  #mail 

Complete felt masks of the deer and the coyote.

It’s silly - I made these because our friend invited us to a furry convention and we didn’t want to go “naked,” so I decided to try my hand at using my own craft to make something that would work in that setting… and it turned into a weeks-long, incredibly enjoyable project. I had a ton of fun doing the felting, and my partner did a kickass job on forming the mesh bases and painting the eyes. The gloves were even fun - I just felted right over some wool knit gloves, so they came out comfy, too.
We also got lots of compliments on them at Fur the ‘More (the con we went to in Baltimore). While they’re definitely a little removed from the normal visual language of “furry,” people were interested, asked a lot of questions, and I got some really great feedback on improvements to make in the future if I make more - there are some very skilled artists and craftspeople in that community, and I got to hear from a few of them. Plus, actually wearing the masks definitely put some ideas in my head for what I could do differently!
All in all, very fun project. I could keep doing this, especially because working on something so large was quite a challenge and got me thinking around corners. I got to spend a lot of time doing one of my favorite things, which is to really play with color layering and subtlety, to a much greater extent than in a small piece. I’ve already got plans for the next one, and probably have a just few kinks to work out before I open commissions for them!

— 4 weeks ago with 39 notes
#felting  #furry  #coyote  #deer  #furthemore  #masks  #needlefelting 

Progress pictures of the felt masks as they got a little closer to done! I was lucky with both - my partner does some taxidermy work and I got to base my color choices for both the coyote and the deer on pelts that I could examine closely in person. Getting the fluffy long fur on the neck and back of the coyote mask using wool was really tedious, but I’m incredibly pleased with the results… if I do more of that in the future, I’ll be splurging on some nice soft roving like what I got to use for the grey and white nearest to the coyote’s face.
That’s my partner wearing the ‘yote mask - besides doing the mesh understructures, he also painted the eyes for boths masks, which really brought them to life. :)

— 4 weeks ago with 7 notes
#masks  #felting  #needle-felting  #deer  #coyote 

Glass eyes for the deer and coyote masks have come in! Let’s see how close to finished I can get with them this weekend. :)

— 1 month ago with 2 notes

The bummer about putting a project on hold for a while is looking at it in the meantime and realizing that you could do better, but would have to undo a whole bunch if not redo altogether in order to get it up to your current standards.
Learning sucks! Things I made six months ago already look more like they fit in theĀ  “needs improvement” category as opposed to “hey, pretty good!”

Oh well. Time to continue that cycle forever.

— 1 month ago with 1 note