Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Find new and exciting ways to use patterns on Silhouette Studio Designer Edition

The fun I had in my previous posting using my pattern library to make washi tape has led me to another useful use of patterns "and" Inkjet Printable vinyl.  As you know, I have an Epson 13" wide format printer which I am loving, Workforce WF-7610.  I have not done a lot of vinyl work, just a few things made over the holidays as gifts using vinyl I had had but never used before.  I decided that if I were going to use vinyl again, and did not want to have a huge supply of all the various colors, I would look into getting Inkjet Printable vinyl which I could color anyway I wanted before cutting.  I found this 12" x 24" inkjet printable (PERMANENT) vinyl here.  So I ordered 4 sheets (if I cut in half, I have 8 12" x 12" sheets---for $15.80 plus $6.95 shipping --total $22.75  comes out to $2.84 per 12x12" sheet)  It is a lovely matte finish.  I have been having such fun adding interesting patterns to my pattern library, some are my painted papers, some are great images found here and there.

Now to put all that to work.  My smart phone is a Nexus 4 which I love,  I also love the leather case I have for it, see here.  However, I often misplace the phone in the house and because it is black, I often can't see it, so I have used my Device Manager to make it ring while I scurry from room to room looking for it.  So I tested a tiny bit of leftover vinyl from those holiday projects I made and found the vinyl sticks nicely to the leather.

So I made a template for both the front and back of the leather case, one having appropriate holes for camera and speaker openings, one which covers whole side with no openings.  Here is a screenshot of my template:
Then the fun began as I filled these templates with the various patterns I have added to my pattern library, see previous posting and video on how I fill objects with patterns.  I couldn't stop, this was so much fun.  I have to be honest, my first template was just the solid without the cutouts for the back.  I thought I could easily cut out the areas after sticking it to my case, which I did, but a much nicer job can be done if you get the placement and template working with the cutouts.  For one thing, you can "pan" or scale your design pattern in exact position where the holes won't matter.  I will, therefore share with you the printout of my vinyl showing only the full front templates as shown below and I have annotated the picture to show you another mistake I made
I also could have moved the registration marks to allow for wider print/cut area, so you can learn from my mistakes.  Well, I used the black cat ( I love my black cat named "Pepper"), and that graphic certainly makes my phone visible when I misplace it again.

What is nice, Is that I can change out the vinyl patterns when it suits me, The only thing is I keep thinking up new ideas for decorating my phone. 
 Here are some more I have been playing with.
 and here is a screenshot of some of the patterns and I have lots more that have been added to "my Patterns" .  Hope you are inspired to try some of these ideas.


Friday, January 09, 2015

making inexpensive washi tape using printer and Silhouette Studio Designer Edition

Happy NEW Year everyone  here are two videos showing new ways to use the Silhouette software with Designer Edition.  Sorry for 2 videos but I forgot a few important items covered in Part 2 and have not found good way (and the time) to edit them into one video

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Playing with sketch function in Cameo

Someone else (sorry I can't find out who, but think it was on this list)  put me on to the great bargain of gel pens at COSTCO. 100 Tek gel pens for $19.99 from COSTCO

They sell for $49.99 at Amazon: picture here:


  I have them, soooo many colors and nice metallic colors too.  So, I decided to put them to the test
I also boought the pen holders from Amazon here: Silhouette Pen Holder
but they have no instructions and it wasn't til I saw this blog tutorial that I figured out how to use them:

 So now I was ready.  the pens come with a rubber grip which I sliced down and removed --nice razor slice enables you to put it back on after using.  here's pic 
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So I tested it with a new font I downloaded called League Script (free)

and made some adjustments to pen depth, then marked the pen as shown in above pic.

Just did name and address but thought I would give the whole thing a workout.  I had just created a very complex design using Inkscape to bend a design and possibly use as a silkscreen or print image, but I had traced it and did some other work i SD so it was a cuttable image, tho not one I would try to cut for obvious reasons, wayyy to complex, but I thought hey might be good for sketch.  I am very impressed, see pics below---First test in the middle I ran through twice when the lock on the pen assembly unlocked, Obviously pen too far down and a mess, top address came out good so that is the place I marked, but whoa, the sketch of the seabirds was great, Too bad camera doesn't quite pick up slight metallic.  Anyway, thought it might be useful:
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Thursday, November 06, 2014

one more

This plate did not get in bisque firing  and previous glaze firing so it just came out of a firing that had some items glazed after bisque and some items single fired.  I love to edit my photos as part of my glazing notes.  I have an android tablet and use Photo Editor app to do this and it is quick and easy.
I had used a foam cut to make this ---
here is foam cut
I just free handed outside curved edges.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

glazed and dazed

At this post, I shared the silkscreened ornaments in greenware stage.  Here they are glazed on both sides, wired with little bow on top, I think they are cute

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Story of a pot gone bad

The story of a very bad pot:  looks so innocent sitting on shelf between glazes doesn't it?
In it's early life, after bisque but before glazing:
I didn't like the sloppy way I painted on the underglaze so I decided to steer this poor pot on its path to ruination, see above as it awaits more glaze
The rest  is history, pot stuck to shelf made a huge mess see previous posting, but alas, quite a beauty in death:  

and the moral of the story is--------------

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

OK opened up kiln yesterday, as the title says, a bit of all.     But maybe I should begin with the "good".  There were a few:  

The heart plate above was made using this foam cut.  The first "regular" thickness foam I cut on my new Cricut Explore which resulted in deeper impressions.  I think the raggedly edges of the cut are not as good as the cleaner edges I get from the Cameo, but on clay, it doesn't seem to matter, so I now have the option of deeper impressions if I want them.  Here is the foam cut:

Then there were the bad and the ugly
The testing of the "new" Spectrum Green Mirror Glaze did not work out well, Caused the piece to crack, but to be fair, it probably wasn't constructed well, although it made it through the bisque firing.

  But the piece that made the biggest mess was the one that totally stuck to the kiln shelf, "and" ran off shelf onto another piece below.  While kiln was ramping up,  I remembered, while lying in bed, that one item I glazed with 3 coats of Spectrum "Old Copper" I had not elevated    ( put on stilt) in case the glaze ran. Well it ran all right.  But there is a lot to be learned here.  The piece is  goner, but I do like the way that glaze did over black underglaze and will try it again, next time with more care regarding the glaze running.  I had used the glaze before on a couple of single fired pieces shown here last May.  These were flattish pieces and I could see some running underneath, but it was not  problem.  Maybe I only used 2 coats also.  When in doubt, protect the bottoms and shelves, lesson learned.

As I loaded up kiln, I had this pushed to edge of shelf and that glaze just ran down on item on lower shelf too:  You can see this down he frog's back here:
More later----

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Announcing kiln load "before" opening is pretty risky but---

All the items in previous posting and a few not made with foam cuts have been glazed and kiln just finished, but must wait 24 hours to unload.  Will I share results?  As every potter know, there are so many surprises in the glazing business, esp since I never use same things and use every kiln load to experiment a bit also.  So, fingers crossed until tomorrow morning when it will be safe to open.  Recently I have been single firing but have encountered some issues with just some of the items with pinholing glazes, etc., so this time I bisqued "most" of the items now in the kiln, small handful though went in as single fired.  I got some Spectrum low fire metallic glaze in the mail as I was glazing on Friday, so one of the items has been glazed in Mirror Green.  Will be interested to see what that looks like.  So, if not posting tomorrow you will all know it was a "bust.!"  but maybe I'll share that too, everyone has them.  Til the morrow.