Friday, August 8, 2008

More craft joy

I bought something else. I couldn't help it.

Last Saturday, I was over at Stacie's house for a charity project. We made ceramic platters, with Centers for Youth and Families benefiting. Everybody wins. CYF gets some additional funding, we get a lovely day together crafting, and we don't even have to feel guilty about spending a few bucks to participate.

All of the designs rocked - there were several real, live designers in the group - and all were so different! I can't wait to see how they turned out after they were fired. I slopped on a thin coat of green, stuck down a Heidi Swapp mask, and hit it with several coats of purple. The mask didn't stick very well to the green glaze, though. When I pulled it off, I found that glaze had seeped under the edges in spots.

I turned to Stacie and said the silliest thing. In my mind, I was picturing an orange stick or some other manicure implement. So I said, "Do you have something I could use to scrape some of this glaze off with?" She disappeared into her studio and re-emerged with a complete set of antique dental tools. Oh. My. Gawd. And they were just as fun as they looked. Beautifully balanced. Sharp. Tips in every shape you can imagine. I was in heaven.

So the next day, I was out on eBay shopping for my own set. Here's what I got. They aren't super-cool antique real dental tools like Stacie's. But they'll do. I want to go home and scrape something.

8 comments:

Janna said...

What fun tools! So many crafty possibilities! Now you've got me wanting to search the bay for my own set.

Scarlett said...

The masochistic 'material at hand' meets the sadistic crafter. Just kidding! When I saw the wonderful Dentist's tool set I immediately thought of Orin (Steve Martin) in Little Shop of Horrors.

Denise Felton said...

*snort laughing at Scarlett's comment*

idyll hands said...

Well - you'll be set for many tasks with these guys.

I'm just thinking of the WONDERFUL Halloween costumes you could use these with.

ThePeachTree said...

Isn't ebay perfect for that off the cuff, want it now kind of item :) My boyfriend picked up a set like these at a street fair a couple of years back!

ElegantSnobbery said...

How fun. I would never in a million years think of using those in art... well pottery maybe, but that isn't creative at all. You will have so much fun with those!!

dogwood said...

Those look fun and frightening at the same time! Awesome!

Serena said...

those dentist tools could be used for many things! Wow!!! Neat idea!!! :)