This blog has moved!!!

•September 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Please check out my new location, www.MakerWeekend.com

I will no longer be updating crystalfacet.wordpress.com

Maori Hook Necklaces

•September 7, 2011 • 4 Comments

These are my latest carvings. They are my local take on the traditional Polynesian style of carving Hei Matau. Traverse city, along with the general lake Michigan shoreline, is sort of the ‘third coast’. This style of carving is very popular in coastal areas all over the world, but I have yet to see a version adapted to a more ”freshwater” style. Hopefully this is a unique new craft that will be appreciated by local Michiganders familiar with Hawaiian, Maori, and general Polynesian culture.

The carvings themselves are made out of cow bone. I carved it with a bandsaw, drumsander, and a flexishaft Dremel. The cord is cotton that I dyed and twined into cordage myself. I also waxed the cotton myself as well. The lashings holding the carvings to the cord is a completely traditional method that I taught myself.

The fish hooks traditionally represent strength, prosperity, abundance, fertility and a great respect for the water. The fish tails represent speed, strength, and support. The fish represents thankfulness and appreciation for what the water provides.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Soda Can Stove!

•April 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Lately I’ve been making these little backpacking stoves out of soda cans…check it out!

Postage Stamps!

•March 31, 2011 • 4 Comments

Homemade postage stamps!



Her’s how I did the perforations>

Copycat!

•March 15, 2011 • 2 Comments

This is a replica of a jade pendant I got from Nawbin beads. I used the same silicone self-curing mold compound I mentioned earlier.

The replicas are cast in Rocktite Leveling Cement. The detail is incredible!


This is the original jade pendant.

This is another replica thing I made, the far right is the original. The middle one is the copy.

Daybreak Sheath

•March 15, 2011 • 2 Comments

A sheath I made for my Japanese Daybreak knife (Kenetsune Akatsuki). It’s made of rawhide. I hand stitched it with black linen cord. There is also a loop for a fire steel on it, that’s the little black stick thing.



Garden Suns and Silicone Molds

•March 15, 2011 • 1 Comment

These are large garden-suns I cast out of sifted concrete. The mold is made of my super secret silicone recipe. It’s self curing, so it cures throughout in 30 min regardless of thickness.
Super secret recipe for silicone mold material:
1 ounce white Silicone 1 caulk (or any 100% silicone caulk)
5 drops Glycerin (get it at a pharmacy)
1 drop blue acrylic paint.

Mix together until a consistent color is reached. smear onto object you want to replicate. Wait approximately 30 minutes. Peal off and enjoy.

The glycerin is what makes the silicone cure throughout. It also makes the mold peel off the object really easy.
The paint lets you see when the mixture is blended completely.