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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Last Touches on the Back of the Tile

Jim made me a block with my initials in it so I can stamp my initials on the back of my work. He also made me stamps for the kind of clay. I work with ^04, ^6, and ^10. I use white clay bodies, so all my bisqued work looks the same. Without stamping the cone on the back of my work, I'd have no idea how to glaze it.

Getting Ready to Make Tiles

Jim went dumpster diving and found a round pipe that used to hold big lights on top of a monster truck. He cut down the pipe to a manageable size, turned wooden ends and that's my rolling pin. He also made me a 6" square so I could cut out the clay to the proper size before putting it in the tile mold. I've also found that a cheap pizza cutter is wonderful for cutting out clay.

Making Tiles

Tile Making Tools

These are the tile making tools Jim made for me. The 6" square mold has a 5 degree draft. I line the mold with plastic wrap, put in the clay, put the block on top of the clay, and hammer away on the block to compress the clay. I get very few cracked or warped tiles and I get great stress reduction from hammering on the block.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Making Good Use of Leftover Fabric

I needed some shorts, but I didn't want to buy new fabric. I took some leftover fabric, got out my scrubs pattern, and made two pairs of shorts and a top. The shorts were made by simply folding the pattern to the length I wanted and cutting out short rather than ankle length pants.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My Controversial Ceramic Work..... now at In Effect Gallery in Las Cruces, NM.

The pieces on display are part of my work with the concepts of power, the illusion of power, grabbing power and bullies. No, I can't post photos on the blog - it really is controversial work.

You can contact In Effect Gallery at

Sunday, June 22, 2008

And The Spouse of the Year Award goes to......

... Jim for crawling into a tiny crawl space to get all the cat hair out so the central air would work again. We now have cold air blowing out of the vents.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Yard Art

Jim found the tennis balls and the seahorse. The seahorse has a broken nose, so it needed a tennis ball cast. And now, we have another piece of found object yard art to add to the collection.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Serious Tote Bags

Being arthritic, I've had to figure out ways I can do things. One way was to make myself a Serious Tote Bag. These tote bags are made from heavy-duty upholstery fabric and are about 20" x 20". I make the strap long enough so I can wear it across my chest. This gives me hands-free shopping at the farmers' market and the Renaissance Faire.

More Serious Tote Bags

Thursday, June 12, 2008

ACK! The Spam Folder Ate Your Comment

I was moderating comments mostly because then I'd know when someone commented. Alas, the spam folder ate the last comment so I've turned off the moderating comment feature. So.... if you don't see your comment, it's because the spam folder ate it. Please feel free to repost your comment.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Can you help me date this design?

I bought this bead and sequin applique in a vintage clothing store. I don't think the applique itself is all that old, but I'm wondering about the age of the design. The clerk suggested the 1930's or 1940's, but it doesn't seem to me to go with the styles of those decades. I was thinking more along the line of 1910-1915.

Does anyone have any idea how old the design is or know how it was used? I can see this tacked onto a cream colored silk jacket.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

I've Opened An Etsy Store

You can visit my Etsy store here:

Or... if you go to the Etsy home page, you can search by seller - just enter DebThuman (no spaces) and you will be taken to my Etsy store.

More Jewelry Pieces

I've been working on jewelry pieces. The earrings are approximately 1 inch square and the pins are approximately 2 inches square.