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These wooden ladies make quite a crowd! I’ve been using the 80 watt laser cutter at Tinkermill to cut charms that can be made into keychains, earrings, pendants, or spirit dolls. I started with my own ink drawings and brought them into a free CAD program called Inkscape. the first batch had only lines, no shading. I much prefer the second edition with shading layers added.
I chose my favorite 3 faces among the dozen or so I drew, and made files with just the faces in ovals that will be great for adding beads, lace, feathers, and fibers. Then I did outlines for several different “hair-do’s” and put each face in each ‘do. I flipped them all to make left and right facing faces. Then, just to have even more options, I did them at several different sizes.
Some have holes for stringing, some can be glued in place as a cabochon in bead embroidery or mosaics. All of these are on 1/8″ thick birch, but next week I’ll play with some more variables, like different wood, and adding color!
I’ll be selling these in my updated etsy store and on Facebook–stay tuned for more details.
Or perhaps I mean: mini hands made of light (as in laser) work. I’m having so much fun with these mehndi hands made of birch wood using the laser cutter that I’m now doing them in 3 sizes, 3″, 2 1/4″, and a bit over an inch long.I can burn to different depths, allowing color variation too. I’ll add some hardwoods to the mix soon, but thats another day’s learning curve. I’m selling these online at Etsy and on Facebook, and will be taking them to bead stores and galleries soon also.
In addition, I’ve started some laser cut faces starting with my drawings and turning them into vector designs for the laser cutter. This first batch is just a starting point– I added shading details and I think I’ll color some of them in eyes, cheeks, hair and lips to see how that looks. I draw these same faces for my Bag Lady hand dyed and painted bags, and it is fun to see them in this format as well.
I think I’ll go ahead and add some mehndi style feet to the mix, and maybe some fancy shoes. Eventually I’ll have enough body parts to make Jumping Jack dolls!
I’ve put together a selection of classes at Tinkermill to start the year off with a creative twist or two–metal twists! Lear how to create baubles, bangles and beads using sheet metal and wire which you can then embellish with color and patinas. Tinkermill in Longmont is a fabulous place to while away a wintery afternoon making something beautiful. Next month I’ll be adding doll making and miniature classes as well as some polymer clay! Sign up using the Tinkermill Calendar at Meetup.
- December 31, 2016 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Twisted Wire Choker & Beaded Pendant
- January 2, 2017 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Wire and Bead Earrings
- January 4, 2017 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Hammered Wire and Beads
- January 7, 2017 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Color on Metal 2 – Patinas
- January 10, 2017 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Jewelry Findings & Components
- January 14, 2017 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Electro-Etching Metal
- January 16, 2017 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make Bangle Bracelets
- January 18, 2017 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Business of Art | Open an Etsy Store!
- January 21, 2017 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Color on Metal 1- Inks
- January 24, 2017 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Metal Flowers
- January 28, 2017 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Wire Beads and Chain