Archive for May, 2008

* Popbead kitchen curtains

Posted on May 27th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


No internet has made me finally figure out how to post to craftlog via Flickr. So expect lots of mediocre iPhone photo posts now :P

I made these curtains for our kitchen, to block out the new crazy neighbors. They’re a splurge fabric from Superbuzzy, and I used every last centimeter, including the selvedges. I’m pleasantly surprised at how nice they look and how easy they were.

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* resin miscellany

Posted on May 25th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Resin.


Last of the resin for a while, I promise.

Bezel cups. The first one was colored with a bit of fluorescein, a dye that glows under blue light. I haven’t had a chance to test it yet.

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Weird little mold that was originally filled with Hello Kitty stickers. Blythe-scale lime jello.

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Another little guy and some tiny erasers I’ve had since I was a kid.

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Center of my paint palette filled with buttons! Not sure what to do with it.

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* hardware store resin

Posted on May 23rd, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Resin.


More resin bits, these ones made using stuff I found at hardware stores. For more hardware inspiration, check out Hardwear by Hannah Rogge. I got it with my brand new Seattle library card last week. It’s got some clever projects and neat connection techniques.

Most of these follow the template of 1 find some sort of ring 2 tape the back of the ring 3 fill with colored resin. I’ve now tried lab paper tape and packing tape, and I didn’t like either; they leave too much sticky residue on the resin. Also, some of them leaked. More experiments needed. Most of these are probably destined to be necklaces.

hose clamps

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Washers. The cork one is my favorite.

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rubber band. I’m going to play around with this idea more, I think.

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* googly eyes resin magnet

Posted on May 20th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Resin.


Another goodbye present,this one for my teaching partner of 5 years. He totally randomly came across craftlog by accident by googling googly eyes the other day. I glued magnets to the back using E6000, which I think is not actually the right glue for the job (epoxy instead?) It is awesome and creepy.

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* sciencey resin jewelry

Posted on May 19th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Resin.


I wasn’t kidding when I said I had half a container of resin to use up before moving. I’m going to drag out posting everything or else it’ll be a huuuge entry. Oh, and I am now living in Seattle, so any local peeps who might like to be craft friends, drop me an email. I have to say I’m liking the scene here so far; in 2 days, I’ve randomly stumbled on a big street/craft fair, a weaving supply store with a ton of roving and other goodies, and a quilting store with a reasonably good selection. Also, several indie designer shops.

I am upset to move away from my craft night buddies, though. I made resin jewelry as goodbye presents for everybody.

All scientists love graph paper. In fact, over dinner at the last craft night, we had an entire conversation comparing brands of engineer pads and lamenting the discontinuation of our favorite brand of rectangle-gridded paper (immortalized in resin on the bottom left). Very sad. The nonscientists in the bunch thought we were crazy. :P These were molded in a paint palette and then I dremel-drilled a hole in each one and added a jump ring to make necklaces. The ones with numbers are funny because some of them turned translucent in the resin so the numbers from the back show through and make little weird looking patterns (top row middle, for example).

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These are more 96-well plate molded plugs. Amy had some great deep-well plates that I used for the larger ones. Tinted with pastels and also dremelled for necklaces. They look really cute on.

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One of the plugs sanded down and glued into a bezel cup, then to a ring blank.

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Other lab-related ones I didn’t give away:

Molded with part of the lid of a 96-well plate. You can even seen the little numbers embossed on the lids. I had a few other experiments with the lid, but they failed spectacularly. I like the effect enough that I’ll probably try it again, though. Looks like a lego, but it a little curved because of how I had it squished into the little mold.

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Molded inside lab tubing. I am really eager to see how these look as bracelets and necklaces.

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