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ArtGypsy
02-11-11, 11:19 PM
I got corrected recently - that most of what I do are crafts and not "art".
I guess they are crafts, but much of my stuff is original. Maybe ideas were borrowed, but I prefer not to use the same designs.
And art to me is something you create. Music, dance, photographs, etc.

So anyhooo......here's some of my "crafts" :rolleyes:http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/il_fullxfull169904330.jpg

ArtGypsy
02-11-11, 11:22 PM
Ohhhhkaaayyyyyyyy.....that's a bit large to post the rest.

BTW - they're suncatchers....lol. They're made of plastic beads. Can you tell I like hearts? LOL

Here are the links.
http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/030-1.jpg
http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/055-1.jpg
http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/048.jpg
http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/045-1.jpg
http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/040.jpg
http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/019.jpg
http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/014-2.jpg
http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/010-1.jpg

undermythumb
02-11-11, 11:36 PM
Oooo I am MESMERISED. How did you make those??! I really love the first one you posted and 030-1, beautiful. I really feel the need to do some photography right now... and eat gummi bears.

ArtGypsy
02-11-11, 11:41 PM
Don't they look like candy!?!?!? That's what I think. LOL

I use different kinds of transparent beads, all metal cookie cutters (not the coated ones), a toaster oven and a VERY well ventilated area - outside. Melting plastic is not something you want to inhale.

It was a process to figure out how long to let them melt, how many to put in so they weren't too thick, or too thin - or they break easy. I made some snowflakes for ornaments and a few of them broke because they were too thin.

I made a few small bowls/soap or candy dishes too. Let me see if I have pictures of them.

undermythumb
02-11-11, 11:52 PM
First thought upon opening this thread was actually, 'that looks delicious, i want to lick it' um. so yes!! haha they do look like candy.

I'm impressed, if I tried to melt plastic in an oven, I would not be around to tell the tale, let alone have products that resemble candy to show afterwards!!

ArtGypsy
02-11-11, 11:54 PM
These were more experimental. You have to mold them over a bowl as soon as you take them out and it's kinda tricky if they cool too fast. I thought these would make cute soap dishes for Christmas time. Or candy dishes. Although if you put candy in them, you may not see it.
I can't find pictures of the snowflakes. :/

http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/021.jpg
http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/029.jpg
http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww203/elm1974/Suncatchers/027.jpg

metzfanaz
02-12-11, 03:10 AM
I loved the dragonfly glass hanger. Very pretty.

Thanks for sharing, you do great work. :D

dsvlil1
02-12-11, 04:12 AM
These are stunning ArtGypsy, have you ever tried your hand at glass slumping?

Some people might call three dimensional art craft, but it's really just a matter of perspective. We called it studio art in school.

ArtGypsy
02-12-11, 11:54 AM
Thanks :)

No, I haven't worked with glass - that's all plastic - it hardens and feels like glass but a lot lighter.
I don't have a kiln.
I would love one. But we move every 2-3 years. Not practical for us right now.

I like the idea of calling it studio art ;)

Pamplemousse
02-13-11, 10:12 AM
I am utterly in love with the dragonfly! It's so awesome!

And as for the art/craft decision...in my opinion it's art. I'm an artist myself and I think anything that you sit down with and create, take pictures of, whatever. To me it's art because you are expressing yourself in some way. :p

Amtram
02-13-11, 11:45 AM
Maybe you should try some stuff with polymer clay and/or epoxy resin. For those, all you need are a toaster oven (for the clay) and a well-ventilated space!

Oh, and check out some of the stuff on Instructables.com. You can actually use certain plastic take-out containers for some of this kind of thing!

ArtGypsy
02-13-11, 12:42 PM
Maybe you should try some stuff with polymer clay and/or epoxy resin. For those, all you need are a toaster oven (for the clay) and a well-ventilated space!

Oh, and check out some of the stuff on Instructables.com. You can actually use certain plastic take-out containers for some of this kind of thing!

Thanks for giving me a another site to get lost on - LOL!

I actually have a few things I have made with polymer clay that I need to "cook". I let my kids make some stuff too so we can do them all at the same time. :)

Amtram
02-13-11, 09:43 PM
Well, don't do them in your regular oven. Once you've baked polymer clay in something (or on something) you shouldn't use it for food ever again. You can use those roasting bags if you need to use your oven for clay, but that can end up pricier than just getting a toaster oven. . .

ArtGypsy
02-13-11, 10:23 PM
I've heard not to use the same utensils once you've used them on the clay, never heard that about the device you use to cook them in.
My sister uses her regular oven all the time :O

Amtram
02-14-11, 11:13 AM
It's a precaution, because the chemicals the clay releases when it's baked will collect on the walls of the oven and can contaminate your food. I'd recommend you tell her before anyone gets sick!

ArtGypsy
02-14-11, 01:53 PM
Ok - i'm doing some searching on it. I don't think she cooks much anyway - LOL!

zannie
02-14-11, 03:18 PM
I'm in with the the dragonfly is sooooooo...beautiful group!!