Archive for November, 2010

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Baroque Beauty your way to beautiful skin

baroque oatmeal dress soap1 Baroque Beauty your way to beautiful skinYou know how you’re supposed to use oatmeal soap for gentle scrubbing action on the skin? I made some Christmas gift soaps with that in mind. Krafty Lady sells a mould I made for them a few years back called Baroque Beauty. She comes in various sizes, I used the biggest one. It was difficult scootching the oatmeal flakes around quick enough so that they became part of the beauty’s dress, stray oatmeal bits just would not do.

I plan on making many of my Hanukkah gifts this year and she’s one of them. I love getting hand made gifts. It means that someone took time out and thought about me. They made something with me in mind and I feel special. I’d encourage everybody to join the handmade challenge this year for their holiday gifts. Either make your gifts or pledge to buy handmade. Oh… don’t forget to add me to your holiday gift list! I like purples and blues, and have a special fondness for whatever you’re making! – Michelle

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Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

From Frank to Michelle and from 2D to 3D

blog boy 1 From Frank to Michelle and from 2D to 3D

It all started with this toothy fellow. My friend Frank and I were in a meeting where we both doodle. My doodles are more like geometric puzzles within geometric puzzles, Frank’s doodles are more like creatures from other planets.

A few months ago he doodled this fellow and gave me a cheesy grin which I took to mean, “neener neener betcha can’t build it”. I promptly swiped his doodle, bought a lovely glass eyeball and went to work. A few days later wearing my own cheesy grin, I nonchalantly brought Eyeball Boy to visit his daddy.

Then my birthday arrived. Frank drew 6 more doodle-beings as my present. I was very happy until upon closer scrutiny, noticed that all of the drawings had balance challenges.

blog boy 2 From Frank to Michelle and from 2D to 3D

I picked Mr. Horns and with a gleam in my eye, pulled out a couple more eyeballs and went to work. Besides having overly large hands in odd positions, the weight of his head and horns, even with light armatures, could easily make him topple over. He was made in two pieces and will be glued together at the neck.

blog boy 3 From Frank to Michelle and from 2D to 3D

Now I’m working on Lips, a strange creature with one foot and a very wild head of… well you get the picture.

Michelle Zimmerman

favecrafts blog hop logo From Frank to Michelle and from 2D to 3D

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Monday, November 1st, 2010

Madam Velvet

velvet woman Madam Velvet

I’m often busy making things to order for people and places so it’s a treat when I get to let my hands make what they feel.

This woman’s form is about 12 inches high and has been hollowed out. She’s made from a moist clay, AMACO’s Magic Mud. (The clay doesn’t require kiln firing, it’s fairly sturdy air dried.)  After she’s kiln fired she’ll turn to a nice buff color and I’m sure she’ll tell me what she wants to wear in the way of colors.

Everyone who’s entered the studio has stroked her, so much so that she’s become velvety smooth. I’m sensing the need for her to have a sister soon, but first to our magazine commitments – don’t you love Easter in November?

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