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Wood working, metal working, ceramics/pottery, etc.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited February 2013
    I like the mobius earrings. You should definitely take the time and take some better/non blurry pictures so you can do the work justice. :)

    Edit: and I just bought some wood working tools for my home shop and I'm going to start trying to do more of that. I'm going to attempt to do some cutting boards with combinations of purple heart, hard maple, and padauk.

    padauk:
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    purple heart:
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  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    edited February 2013
    Thanks, yeah I'm still getting used to this camera, thinking about getting a tripod for it and maybe a nice wood board for indoor pictures or something. Some wood like that that you posted looks good, would make some nice cutting boards.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited April 2013
    I'm hoping I could make a bit of money off etsy selling these things. The first board I'm attempting will look something like this:
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    Has anyone here had any experience selling things on regretsy?

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  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    What is the process for making something like that?

  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited February 2013
    It is easier than it looks you cut some purple heart and hard maple in 2 sets of 4 different sized strips. Then alternate the strips purple heart and maple so the outside piece on one side is purple heart and on the other side is maple. Then glue those. Once that is dried then you run that piece through the table saw perpendicular to the current glue up. Make 10 or so even pieces. Then take every other piece and flip it over giving it the checkered pattern. Then flip each piece 90 clockwise so they are on their side (so the end grain is up) and then glue them again. Once that is done you just do some basic sanding, routering, and food safe sealing.

    The forums over here: http://lumberjocks.com/forums has some other amazing things and a lot of the people provide instructions.

    If I get the one above done and am pleased with the work I think I might try and use my friend's bandsaw and try this kind of cutting board next:

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    "Drunk" cutting board instructions.


    Edit: found the video on how to make that first cutting board:

    part1:


    part2:

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  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    I redid my pictures outside, they look way better. link to album again

  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    They definitely look a lot better.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited February 2013
    A friend posted this on my facebook wall:



    :)

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  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    I have a bunch of new stuff, and am quite happy with how the full Persian came out. Any C&C from others that work with maille for my stuff?

    Here's the Full Persian bracelet.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    I have absolutely no experience with metal working so the only comments I have are some of the fasteners you have look like a dull brass while the rest of the piece is shiny. I would try and keep a consistent sheen between the fasteners and the rest of the material.

    Also from a photography perspective you should try and get the whole item in focus. You can do that by shooting in brighter light and using a higher f-stop. Some P&S cameras will let you mess with that or you just have to shoot in bright light and hope it automatically changes to a higher f-stop. If that doesn't work then try and shoot straight down at the item so the whole thing is in a single focal plane. IE avoid shooting at an angle if parts of the item come out blurry.

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  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    thanks for the camera tips, have been taking them outside and straight down sounds good, will give that a go from now on.

  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    Finally finished making that cutting board I was talking about.

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    Does anyone here have any experience selling things on etsy? If so could you take a look at the shop I just made and let me know if there is anything I could do to improve it or could give me tips on promoting my stuff?

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  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    Your photography skills are really helping you out here, nicely staged. Your graphic design skills, however, are letting you down a bit. Its really hard to read "Chopping Block" on that banner, its too light and the thin font doesn't compete with the wood grain well.

    I don't know how to get your etsy out there, though. Maybe tumblr the stuff you make? You take nice enough photos that they may get around just on that merit. If you are a foodie you could also do something like "heres my daily instagram pic, oh its presented on this cutting board you can purchase" kind of thing.

  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited March 2013
    Iruka wrote: »
    Your photography skills are really helping you out here, nicely staged. Your graphic design skills, however, are letting you down a bit. Its really hard to read "Chopping Block" on that banner, its too light and the thin font doesn't compete with the wood grain well.

    I don't know how to get your etsy out there, though. Maybe tumblr the stuff you make? You take nice enough photos that they may get around just on that merit. If you are a foodie you could also do something like "heres my daily instagram pic, oh its presented on this cutting board you can purchase" kind of thing.

    Thanks, I'll work on that banner. I was also thinking about doing bold cartoon-y letters. Would that seem odd or completely out of place?

    I don't really do any blogging about food stuff, but I do have a friend that blogs about the bento boxes she makes. So maybe I could get her to use the boards in her posts.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited April 2013
    Just finished this cutting board which I made for a custom order and made a quick new gate for my garden:

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    Maple, Padauk, and Walnut.

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    Beetle Kill Pine and some red semi-gloss exterior paint.

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  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    Those are wicked cool CC. Especially dig the fence man :^:

  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    I've got a lot more stuff in my album, my favorite thing so far is this water themed full persian.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    Niiiiice. I also like these two:
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    http://i.imgur.com/Vwy4kSr.jpg

    Are you managing to sell much of this stuff?

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  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    I sold a bracelet to my uncle, was going to give it to him but he insisted. That's it so far, want some more inventory before I open an online shop or start advertising. Also asked a friend that sells for pricing advice a few days ago so I'm looking into it but haven't really started advertising yet.

  • NappuccinoNappuccino Registered User regular
    I'm . . . actually really tempted to pick up that smaller cutting board as a present for my sister. I think it's something she'd be into, I just have no idea if she needs one. I'll see if I can get a good answer from her about it.

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  • curly haired boycurly haired boy Your Friendly Neighborhood Torgue Dealer Registered User regular
    hot damn, this thread is full of beauty and i am bookmarking it for later.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited April 2013
    SkutSkut wrote: »
    I sold a bracelet to my uncle, was going to give it to him but he insisted. That's it so far, want some more inventory before I open an online shop or start advertising. Also asked a friend that sells for pricing advice a few days ago so I'm looking into it but haven't really started advertising yet.

    For pricing I would just go to etsy and search for stuff similar to what you are making and just see what other people are charging. Just make sure they are actually selling things.
    http://www.etsy.com/search?q=chain maille jewelry&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US&ref=auto3
    Similar looking ear rings appear to be going for $12-$15 and bracelets for ~$30.

    In other news a friend has ordered a Zelda Triforce cutting board from me. So that will be a bit of a challenge in the upcoming weeks figuring out how to do that. I'm not used to cutting out triangles and clamping them together.

    Edit: @SkutSkut just in case you missed this post since this isn't a high trafficked thread.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    New cheeseboard. Made from Walnut, Padauk, and Maple.

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  • EncEnc A Fool with Compassion The Land of Flowers (and Dragons)Registered User regular
    Did you ever make an etsy store?

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  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    @CommunistCow are the imperfections intentional? The fact the squares are just slightly off on two rows really weirds me out, in an almost optical illusion kind of way.

    Its really cool though! Make a spiral one!

    Make one with juice grooves!

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    Enc wrote: »
    Did you ever make an etsy store?

    I did but I still need to work on the title image and some other stuff. I've pretty much sold everything to friends or friends of friends. So that's why I keep putting off making improvements to the etsy store. An old acquaintance who runs a local hand crafts shop asked me to make two more of the heart shaped cutting boards for her to sell on consignment. So I'll do that and see how that goes.

    @Iruka - the imperfections are not intentional. I tried cutting all the pieces at the same time but I guess some got off slightly even though I never moved the rip fence on the table saw. So a little difference here and there looks like it got compounded into pieces being off by about 1/4 of an inch or so when it was all put together. Plus I wasn't able to sand it consistently such that I took off the same amount on each piece. I think I also messed up on the glue up on the long piece of walnut on the diagonal. So it definitely isn't perfect but I'm pretty happy with it for my first attempt at this kind of pattern.

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  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    edited June 2013
    I've got a lot more stuff and a shop set up finally. Mostly just keychains and bracelets right now.


    Speaking of bracelets, right now this is my favorite one. Gun metal/seafoam dragonback
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  • curly haired boycurly haired boy Your Friendly Neighborhood Torgue Dealer Registered User regular
    looks like a magnetic clasp?

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  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    edited June 2013
    Magnetic clasp on the dragon backs, yes.

    And it's done

    Japanese Cross or Lace, I forget the name.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited August 2013
    So I got to try raku pottery for the first time last night. These pots are a little derpy and aren't usually up to my standard but I threw them on the wheel REALLY quickly because I had to make the last firing so I could get these raku'ed on time.

    Front/Back
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    Front/Back
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  • Wombat!!Wombat!! Registered User regular
    What type of raku did you use to get that red on the first one? Were they oxidized or reduced?

  • curly haired boycurly haired boy Your Friendly Neighborhood Torgue Dealer Registered User regular
    those are iridescent and pretty awesome :O

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited August 2013
    Wombat!! wrote: »
    What type of raku did you use to get that red on the first one? Were they oxidized or reduced?

    I'm completely new to raku so I don't know but I'm guessing reduction. On the red pot I used a copper based glaze that was mixed at my local community center. We used a small gas kiln and fired these up to cone 08 in about 40 minutes and then pulled them out and put them in metal trash cans with news paper and then put the lid on. Then we left those there for 30 minutes and took them out and immediately quenched them. It was my understanding that starving the fire of oxygen causes a reduction atmosphere in the trash can.

    We are putting some stuff in a cone 10 salt firing kiln tonight and pulling them out next week so hopefully I'll have some more interesting stuff to show off next week.

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  • Wombat!!Wombat!! Registered User regular
    edited August 2013
    Ooooooh, salt fires are gorgeous. That quenching is definitely a reduction. I missed out on my one chance to do some raku, but managed a bunch of cone 10 firings. So much more variety in those than cone six boringness.

    Here's the salt kiln our instructor built last year. works like a charm:
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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    Here is a shitty cell phone picture of our kiln with it loaded with our classes stuff.

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    I'm actually kind of nervous about this firing because this is the first time I've tried under glazes, imprints, making carvings on my pottery, and doing salt. So I'm just hoping it doesn't all come out looking like brown poo. The kiln will be unloaded Wednesday and it is just killing me sitting here waiting.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited August 2013
    Here is a terribad cell phone picture of the kiln after firing:

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    I'll upload some photos of my pots soon. I was disappointed in a lot of my stuff. Techniques I used in cone 10 reduction glazing didn't work so well and looked a bit sloppy in the salt firing. I need to learn to rush less and spend more time on each piece. My wife was super diligent and her stuff came out looking amazing.

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  • DyasAlureDyasAlure SeattleRegistered User regular
    So I found this thread. You guys do good stuff. I don't think I am as good, but I made 3 planter boxes this summer for plants. Messed up on one with the 45 angle on the top. The other two I cut boards wrong lengths. But I got a little better. I heard people talking about selling things. A planter box similar to what I made cost a good 150 at the garden store (why I made them) and I can make for a lot less. I could stand to get better and not make mistakes, but how do you sell your stuff? I can get a picture of one (with tomatoes in it) if you want to see it.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    DyasAlure wrote: »
    but how do you sell your stuff?

    Poorly. All but one of my sales have been to friends or acquaintances. Friends have seen my stuff on facebook and asked me to make them something. As for selling it to strangers I can't be much help since I've only managed to sell one thing on etsy. I just followed the blog posts on tagging and I'm assuming that's how someone found one of my cutting boards.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited August 2013
    So I was actually kind of depressed about how this salt firing turned out. I really rushed a lot of my pots trying to get a bunch done and so they are all a little bit sloppy. I was also used to doing glazes on the outside and inside so if stuff from the inside dripped on the outside. When you don’t glaze the outside and you get drips it doesn’t look very clean and neat. I also just need more basic throwing practice. So I’m taking another salt firing class in September so hopefully I’ll have some better stuff then.

    All the brown/tan parts of the pots are just unglazed parts that were covered in salt during the firing.

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    I was expecting the underglaze that was outside of the divets to get burned off but they didn’t so this also looks a bit sloppy.
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    I suck at handles I need a lot of practice making these.
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  • RadiationRadiation Registered User regular
    Hello Metal working thread!
    Debated making my own thread, but figured I'd post in here. I've been working with Bismuth lately (which is awesome stuff), and I've been trying to make a Tardis thing for a while now.

    I most recently (today) screwed up my 4th attempt, which I'm tired of doing.

    Here are photo's from the past few attempts.
    First set:
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    Second set:
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    So I purchased a Tardis thingie from thinkgeek, then made a silicon mold of that (which, I kind of want to redo). I then made a wax positive from the silicon negative, to make a plaster of paris negative. Then I melt out the wax and bake the Plaster mold for like 5 hours at 350F to remove the moisture.
    Then I pour in melted bismuth, let it set for a few minutes, then dump the excess out.

    So my issues thus far has been limited crystal growth (they aren't as big as I'd like), and the outside looks kind of like shit in some areas (which I imagine is partially because of the many transfers).
    I've been told concrete may be a better mold material for the bismuth, and I think I'll be giving that a go next. Still would love some advice, if any one has messed with this type of project.

    Oh, additionally I'll be trying to put an LED on top (and possibly underneath the top bit). Trying to figure out how to wire that up.

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