Personal sized Projects

I Heart IUD Enamel Pin

enamel IUD heart pin

Inspired by my love for my IUD and the political atmosphere in this country, I illustrated an IUD inside a heart to make into an enamel pin. Since it turned out a lot better than I expected, I decided to put it up on Etsy. 10% of the proceeds of the pin will go to Planned Parenthood.

Go get one!

iud enamel pin brooch on jacketiud enamel pin brooch from side






What next?

Scoby dried

Now that I finished drying out the second round of kombucha fabric, I’ve started thinking about what to make with it. I want to end up with a light display-what form that takes is still TBD. Much like rice paper, the dried fabric is translucent and bendable. It also has a tough quality, similar to leather, that allows it to be stretched and manipulated. 

I’ll attempt dye first since I’ve had a packet of indigo sitting around forever. But after doing some research, I realized I shouldn’t limit myself to that alone. There are people doing all sorts of stuff with it. I could embellish, cut, sew, or print. Take a look at the contrast of this rust-printed fabric. The possibilities!

Kombucha Fabric Experiment: The Harvest

Scoby water bath

Here are some photos of the harvest from a few weeks ago.

It took no time for them to dry on the deck. One of them had a lot of variation in thickness probably due to the shape of the original scoby. I changed a few things in the next batch to try to remedy this. Not that I don’t want wrinkled fabric. The texture reminds me of tough elbow skin or alligator hide. The other one took up the texture of the window screen with small grid marks.

The next batch is brewing outside now. We’ve had a series of 100 degree days so things are happening fast. I’ll post an update soon.

Rails Project

rails assessment

For the rails assessment I built a simple project logging CMS. This is a tool for crafty people who have various types of projects to catalog. Users can select the materials involved in a project or add one if it’s not already listed.

I thought it needed an image uploader and decided on CarrierWave with most of its functionality disabled. I opted for CarrierWave over PaperClip because the documentation was thorough and be could scaled up.

I added Google sign in for the Omniauth requirement, which gave me a few headaches along the way. Google recently changed the design of their developer console, so it took me longer than it should have to find where to add the redirect uri. Once I got that added, Google OAuth2 threw a Faraday SSL error. Luckily, this is a well documented error  and I found a fix (I ended up disabling certificate verification for localhost).

Here is a clickthrough:

I would have liked to add a materials catalogue or projects comments to it but I’ve already spent a lot of time on rails. Although it’s been fun, I’m anxious to start the next section to continue on the full stack track. Over and out. 

Kombucha fabric experiment: day 19

kombucha fabric

kombucha fabricI checked in on the kombucha growth today. It’s like opening a slimy present.

It’s at about 1/4″ inch thickness now. I want to get it to about 1/2″ before I hose off and dry it.

The insides of the tubs are covered in condensation. I guess I should drill more holes or cover them with cloth instead to let them breathe.

The new SCOBY is growing around the original, circular one. I’m not sure I like or dislike this yet and I’m not sure how to avoid it. Add more tea to the brew??

SCOBY close-up

We’ve had a few hot stretches of 90°+ days so far this summer but last week was rainy and cool and probably slowed down the brew. I’ll dump in more sweet tea and stick them outside to bake in the next heat wave.