Sunday, May 26, 2019

Resin shuttles

 The shuttle is complete! Making the center post took a few hours but I am happy with the results. It's size is just shy of the length of my forefinger. I am hoping that its size will help me learn to tat in the slip and slide method verses the vertical way I normally  tat.
It looks like the flower is encased in ice. There are irregularities inside give it a slightly warped look to it, like looking through clear ice. The next step is to see if it holds up to use. I did record myself making it, so I have a reference to recreating it from the beginning. With ideas still running through my mind, I moved onto  another style of shuttle.

Previously I had made a micro shaker shuttle. I wanted to see if using the layer painting would work to make one. This will most likely take a few weeks to complete. I thought it would be better to start with a similar size to get the technique down. Then later, I can expand to a larger size.
The bottom of the blades with one having the top piece laying on top. 
I added some blue resin to give the appearance of water for the little fishies. The shuttle layers are very thin and fragile right now. It's going to need at least another dozen layers to be sturdy enough to hold pressure. For now, progress is good.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Patterns and Shuttles

I was working on writing up the pattern for the water lily I made last year for BellaOnline. It is essentially made the same way as the Ribbon Rose, all chains. The trouble came when I tried to remember the stitch counts. I went in search of the of the rainbow that I made for last year's fair but wasn't able to find it. I did my best to count the stitches from the progression photographs I took. I recalled that it had a consistent way of counting. I began with 7 and added 10 to work the outer row. Then decreased it to the next odd number 5, then 3. While it did work, it did not have the exact look as the ones I made for the fair.
I couldn't remember if the yellow center was a solid ring or a chain joined. I opted to stay with the chains. Once it was written up, I found another set of progression photos on another storage drive that let me see the counts better. I may work it out again with the original counts, but it still works as is.

After that I wanted to keep the chain only pattern making, going. Since it was close to Mother's Day, I went back to the Ribbon Rose. I had made this rose to send to the Ebay bid winner along with the shuttle.

 Using the pictures I taken previously, I started on completing the rose pattern as a set. After making another rose, I began writing out the pattern for the calyx.
Then I noticed that the bottom of the calyx is different from the Ebay rose version. 

I found where I deviated from the original. It was after the base was made. There was another chaining sections that I failed to do. This was set aside again for now because I was inspired to work on shuttles again. 

I made two more smaller shuttles from the original tatting made shuttle. Adding the outer chain to the pattern made it easier to tat with the shuttle. The thread didn't catch on the gaps on the clovers anymore. It did occur to me that using a finer thread than what I tatted the rest of the piece, might make it look less clumpy. The white one is a post shuttle and the variegated is a bobbin style
Unfortunately white fibers tend to gravitate towards transparency when put in resin. I tried to 'fix' the issue by adding some white glitter. It did help make the thread appear opaque but it made the rest of the shuttle cloudy. Not the effect I was going for.

 The variegated thread is Lizabeth Sea Shells. It has darken considerably. I wanted to keep the light romantic feel of the original thread. It's not possible or rather, I haven't figured out how to do it with resin yet. I did seal the thread with Modge Podge before applying the resin but it didn't help. There is a temporary post holding the bobbin in. I need to get some more sanding drums for the Dremel to shape the post holders.

Another idea for shuttles was to tat up motifs from the Chinese Zodiac. This rabbit pattern I purchased from TattingNyonya. There was also a snake pattern that I also purchased a few years ago. 

I was using the same template that I made the large bobbin shuttle with before. I wanted it to hold a larger amount of thread compared to the SewMates and Clovers I was using. I also didn't want it to be as long as a Starlit though.

I didn't like how it turned out. It feels very crowded. There was also an issue with small bubbles hiding in all the rings. I only made this one blade. I need to tat up more rabbits to practice on. I was trying to find a way to add the tatting while minimizing the bubbles. I got an idea to paint it on in layers, similar to how I made the Tatting made shuttle. Using some bits of tatting from The Stash, I began.

These blades took such a long time to make. The amount of layering involved is crazy. A definite test in patience, much like tatting. The good thing is that there are no bubbles in the initial layers. There are a few micro-bubbles near where the bud and stem meet, but they are very hard to see unless you are looking for them.  They still need more sanding to get them to where I can make a center post for them. They are 5 CM long. A small thumb shuttle. The blades will be clear around the tatting when I finally finish it. It only looks opaque because of the sanding. This way of creating shuttles does make it easier to adjust the size of the shuttle to fit the size of the tatting piece. The downside, besides time, is that it is hard to get the same size in both blades. It has more sanding time involved because of this.

The shuttle in the center is one that I made when I first began making shuttles. The epoxy used at that time is not good for this. It has aged badly and is bendy. The brand was Easy Cast, for those who are curious. I am planning to finish this shuttle by the end of the month. I have begun my classes so weekends are the only spare time I have now. It works out that this is a three day weekend, so there is some time to work on it.

 And finally I wanted to show that my Dragon shuttle has arrived from Middy Clark earlier this month. I love tatting with this. Here it is with the Lotus Flower also from her shop.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The shuttles, they're spawning!

These past couple of weeks have had me working some more tatting shuttles. I began by decorating some shuttles I purchased on Amazon.They are the same size and feel as SewMates tatting shuttles.

The first one was a plain black shuttle. Using some nail art supplies, I got to work turning it into a galaxy.

After this one, inspiration kept me creating some more..

I loved the way the white one turned out. It has an iridescent coating on it that changes color depending on the angle you view it.
Now when I craft, I usually have other random crafting videos from YouTube playing in the background as white noise. It was a painting tutorial. My skills in that area is seriously lacking, but I had ideas on what I wanted to make. A few resin tutorials later, I went about "resin painting" a ocean scene.
After gaining Honey's approval and admiration, I showed it on Facebook's Tatting Shuttle Addicts page. I was happy over the positive response to it. I wanted to make one with the design on both sides instead of one. I had 3 more clear shuttles, so I began again.

It wasn't quite the same as the blues are different shades. I still finished them, sanding and sealing it. I had at this time been attempting to purchase shuttles from a fellow tatter, but she lost the money order I used to pay it. This led to us eventually settling on doing a trade. She liked this shuttle so I made a third and sent it to her, along with two others.
It worked out nicely that we ended up exchanging 3, it allowed me to reuse the packaging rather then throwing it away. These were the ones she sent me.
I like encouraging people to be crafty, it makes me feel good. The dishcloths she crocheted, I loved! 

With one last shuttle, I decided (with Honey's urging) to put it for sale. I have no idea on how to fairly price this. I haven't seen any shuttles similar as to this one I created. Some painted ones, ranged in pricing from $20-$80 USD. Ebay was the answer. I haven't sold anything on Ebay before, mostly I do Etsy, but since I didn't have a set price, I went with auction. It still has 3 days left on it, as of this post.
I began working with the pastel ones. They are lovely all on their own, so I wanted to keep the designing simple. I had 2 of the mini clock faces, so two shuttles were created.

This green shuttle was a very pretty shade so I added some flowers. The purple flower seems to be too big for the piece. The backside I like much better. Delicate.

Since I had resin left over from the previous projects, I decided to make a shuttle out of actual tatting. Then I used a Tatsy shuttle to help shape the first blade. It did not work out. I quickly tatted up another and used some silicone tipped pins to do the shape and painted the resin on.
Here it is with two coating. It was still pretty flimsy so I added a few more coats. I was trying to decide whether this would be a bobbin shuttle or a post shuttle. I only found one bobbin, so post shuttle it will be.
The final product is a bit wider than a Starlit shuttle. It has enough firmness to hold shape, but with enough flexibility to the tips to let the thread pass through.
I have been using much thinner shuttles, so this took a moment for my hands to adjust tatting with it. After using it for a bit, I think it would benefit with an outer chaining. The manner that I tat (up & down motion) makes the thread catch on the spaces between the clovers at times. So that's what on the rest of the days agenda. I have plenty of sewing machine bobbins, so I will use smaller thread to fit those bobbins.