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Happy Independence Day America!

It is the 4th of July in the year of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020. 
I hope your celebration is a good and safe one! 

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Listed some yarn bowls in the store and other Updates

Hello everyone. I have just listed a few yarn bowls in the store. They include both alpacas and sheep yarn bowls. I hope you find them as beautiful as I do.

Also, I'm in the process of listing my paintings at https://www.saatchiart.com/cindydouglass

What else have I been doing? I made a video for people interested in discovering how I make my bas relief tiles. I've discovered that I will need to do some prettying up my YouTube page. That's in the works. 
You can see the bas relief demo video here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WlSS0-1Bsg

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Website Updates

I've spent a bit of time adding more work to my online portfolio. There's a whole series of Extreme Sports in Space paintings for your enjoyment. They are also available for purchase if you'd like.
I've also added my Muses Sculptures to the gallery. Some pieces are located at one of the galleries that carry my work, some may be available directly from me. Please contact me if you are interested in these offers. 

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Art Lessons For Children in the Drexel NC area

All of the artwork shown on this poster were created entirely by the children who have taken my classes. If your child shows artistic promise, give me a call to arrange a free consult session. Openings are limited. This is a real working studio. 

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Wishing You a very Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to You! 
I'll be revamping the offerings on this site over the next few weeks so check back soon for some fresh items. 

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Developing A Numbered Tile - Some completed tiles

This is the end result of all of the work shown in the previous tile posts. 


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Developing A Numbered Tile - Step 6: Finish The Process

So here's how I finish the process of making tile molds.  
Up till now, I've got the base of the tiles made and had created a mold of it. 
I roll out some clay, and lay out my foam template numbers onto the clay. I cut out the numbers and score and slip a number to a base tile.
Numbers cut from clay and placed onto base template of the tile.
If you look carefully at the image of the number 2, you'll see the slip before I've cleaned it off the base near the edge of the number two. 

So now that I have this model, I next make a mold of it. I make eleven molds in total. One base mold which is used to pull ten base tiles, and each of the base tiles get a number adhered onto it, and a mold created of that number. 

Original trashed, but mold of tile number 2 is fine.After the mold is made, the model tile is trashed because it has too much plaster. Plaster blows up claywork in a kiln because it expands at different temperatures than the clay. Because of this, it is best to be very careful about not reusing clay with plaster on or in it. 

The mold is completed, and will be cleaned up, having air bubbles and undercuts addressed before pulling tiles from it. Air bubbles will have plaster added and sanded, and undercuts will be cut away with an Exacto knife from the plaster mold. Edges are rasped rounded and smooth. 

There are many steps to bringing an idea from start to finish. Thank you for following along. I'll be posting these number tiles soon. Add yourself to my email newsletter list if you would like to see the finished results when they come out of the kiln. 

Thanks for following along! 


 

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Bas Relief Face Demo & Surface Treatment


Just a reminder to those who may be interested, I will be doing a demo of bas relief faces at the Triangle Potters' Guild.  The topics I intend to cover are how I sculpt a dimensional face on a 2D surface and the surface treatment I use to get skin tones. 

Tuesday, March 5

7:00pm

 TPG Demo: Cindy Douglass

When Tue, March 5, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

WhereThe Crafts Center at NC State University, 210 Jensen Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA


 

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Developing a Numbered Tile - Step 5: Creating the Tile Base

creating the tile base
For consistency sake, to tie all of the numbers together, I wanted the same tile base behind every number. So I rolled out some clay and made my design impressions, then cut the tile to size. I had planned in step 1 to bevel the edges of my tiles. My first attempt at beveling the edges left the bottom outside edge too thin. From that try, I knew I needed to leave some clay at the bottom edge. I used a paint stirring stick as my base to run the beveler over. It worked like a dream!

Now, I'm not great at getting things to look exactly the same everytime I create it. I'd have to be a machine to do that! So once the base tile was created, I poured some plaster over it. Shown below is the mold of the original base tile..It's not very pretty, but it IS very functional, and that's beautiful!


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Developing a Numbered Tile - Step 4: Making Foam Templates

Making Foam Templates for Number TilesOnce I have the numbers vectorized, I then print them out. I suppose if you are concerned about keeping the paper pristine, you could use clear shelf paper over the top of the paper on one side. I didn't bother doing that here.
Using plain white school glue, I glue the paper to craft foam. (The foam is the color red in this image.) I've found that other types of glue, such as epoxy, tend to eat the foam. After that I carefully cut out the numbers' shapes. 

These foam pieces are the templates that I use to cut numbers out of clay.


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