Category Archives: Craft

Sloss Furnaces – Acrylic Gel Project

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Earlier this year, I visited Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham. Sloss began making Pig Iron in 1882 and continued until 1971. Today the unique park is the only one of its type in existence.

 

I decide to take the above shot and give it a painterly appearance by using Snap Art 3 software by Alien Skin. Snap Art allows you to experiment with multiple artistic styles. Afterwards, I cropped the photograph and had it printed at Bay Photo on an 8×20 canvas textured paper, and then mounted onto a 2mm black styrene backing.

 

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The Door

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A while back, Cindy and I were visiting The Loading Dock South, a building material salvage outlet, located near us in Helena. They have a wide variety of products ranging from lumber to carpet, and you can’t beat the prices. We had been searching a folding screen to place in the corner of our bedroom. While walking through this place we found an unfinished 8’ twelve pane door that we thought might work in the space.  However, when we arrived home it just didn’t work. We later found a folding screen that did, but now we needed to find a home for the door. We came up with the idea to use the door as a means to display some of my photographs.

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Larry Becker’s Reflector Board

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Recently I heard Larry Becker speak about making a reflection board that could be used to photograph product items while adding a reflection. The problem with using glass or plastic is that it is easy to get a double reflection. Larry describes a great way to make a single-reflection surface for these types of images.

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Quilting

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Cindy was inspired to make a small lap blanket after getting cold in her office a while back. She says that this is her version of an Urban Cabin pattern.

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Swanky Beads

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Linda Merrill is a family friend who is a RN. She manages a department doing utilization reviews for hospitals and insurance companies. In her spare time Linda and her family used to raise and show Boer Goats. This is a special breed of goats originally from South Africa that was bred mainly for meat production beginning in early 1900. I never realized how prized these animals were before meeting her, but this is a very serious business.

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