Sunday, September 26, 2010

Blackbird Flame

I took the blackbird image from Alter Bridge's album Blackbird, and gave it a candle flame effect. It took awhile to get the blue part of the flame right though... I totally love how it turned out. I might print it on a shirt...

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Finished setting up and planting my aquarium! Living here is:

1 - Pleko
2 - Crabs
2 - Kuhli Loaches
4 - Dwarf Puffers
? - Plants
? - Snails

Monday, July 5, 2010

Grouse Feather Hunting Ornament

I made this ornament awhile ago, out of used shotgun shells and grouse feathers. The feathers are placed inside the empty shells, which are bound by large band elastics.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Indoor Pond + Hydroponics Design

This is a Sketchup model of an indoor pond with a built in hydroponics trough, which I plan on building this summer.

The pond will be filled up 2" with coral sand, and will be occupied by tadpole shrimp and snails. A water pump located below the pond will pump water to the end of the trough, which will flow along until it falls back into the pond. Bamboo will grow through the four holes on the trough. It's roots, along with some java moss, pebbles, and foam will filter the water as it works it's way down the trough. This way, there is a perfect relationship between the creatures and the plants; the creatures add nutrients to the water as they eat and poo, while the plants filter the water for them.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ocean Storm Oil Painting

This is my first ever oil painting. I followed one of Bob Ross' videos, and finished it within two hours. I made the foam on the waves wispy, and they even have a 3D "sticking out" effect.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Walking Stick / Bludgeon

A while ago I carved a branch into a walking stick and stained it. I then created a tutorial on how to do so here. But since then, I've somewhat improved it as both a walking stick, and a club/bludgeon. The grip part of it is made up of three layers: duct tape (sticky side up), then a wrap of twine, and finally black hockey tape. The metal end is made up of two iron wires twisted together, then finally twisted around the end of the stick. The finished product almost looks like a combination of a medieval European weapon, and an Asian marshal arts staff/cane.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chinese Wall Picture

I made this antique looking Chinese poster completely by accident. It was originally supposed to look like golden Chinese lettering on a red silk background, but as you can see, the project kinda veered off course!

First, I took a standard piece of printer paper, and penciled in the letters. I then used yellow marker to color in the letters, and then used a sharpie to give it a reflective gold look. But while I was working with the sharpie, I accidentally shaded the whole first two letters without realizing it...

So I just continued on shading over the letters until I finished, when it just looked like boring black letters on a white background. So finally after an hour of painting, gluing, burning, and antiquizing, I came up with a neat looking thing with my name on it.