Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Needle Felted Tarantula

This is how he started off.....just plain black wool over a pipe cleaner frame.

Then I added the coloured details and 8 plastic bead eyes. He's a gift for a friend.....not for sale.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Guitarist Jacket

Here's a jacket I made for a friend who's an excellent guitarist. This was the first time I have ever made a men's fitted jacket. The first one was a write off, so I purchased a BURDA pattern and made this one.

Here is the friend wearing the jacket

Friday, July 24, 2015

Is It Art?

I went to the auto wreckers with my boyfriend to get some parts, and I couldn't help notice all this interesting stuff on the ground. I knew I had to take this stuff home and do something with it. Here is the final piece that I have decided to call, "Driving In Toronto"

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Froggies and Other Backyard Sights

One of the Green Frogs living in my Mom's backyard

Damselflies laying eggs in the fish pond

A lovely yellow Iris

Another Damselfly

Japanese Iris

My Mom's cat, Nubie

The Green Frog was sunning himself on the rocks for quite a while



Another Green Frog

There are three living near the fish pond.

Sign in my Mom's garden

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Needle Felted Dog I Made

This is the first time I've ever done a specific "pet portrait" type needle felting. The friend I made this one for has done me so many favours that I offered to make a miniature version of her dog who had passed away earlier this year. I only had a few photos for reference, but she was very happy with the result!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Finished Pig Skull

As you can see, the bones became lighter in colour after they dried.

I used an elastic band to hold the two halves of the mandible together. A LOT of connective tissue was lost through boiling, Many of the bones that seemed fused before boiling, came apart after.

Now it's glued back together as best as I could. The parts became VERY brittle and cracked easily as I was reassembling them. I think it's because the pig had been roasted THEN boiled. Next time, I'll use a pig's head that HASN'T been roasted first!

Back view

The finished skull.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Boiling a Pig's Head and Some of My Skull Collection

I was given a pig's head from a pig roast that I had attended with my boyfriend.

I removed the skin and as much soft tissue items I could with a knife and by hand.

Then I put the skull in a pot and boiled it for around 3 hours.

I didn't photograph the icky job of removing the sinuses, brain and other lovely things......but the bones fell apart while I was doing this. So, I'm going to wait until they're dry, then glue the parts back together.

Here are some other skulls I have acquired in the past. on top is a brown bear, which I purchased, but had to soak in liquid dish soap because it was greasy. Beneath that is the cow moose I was given many years ago, then below is a female deer and a Jackal! The jackal I bought from a shop that deals in such things. The tiny skull is my Striped Skunk "Bone Clones" replica skull. I ordered it from the Skulls Unlimited website.

Here's my male deer, complete with antlers.

Some people think I'm strange because I collect animal skulls, but I think they look beautiful, and I am an artist, so I learn more about form by studying their structure.