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September 2, 2012


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Getting my project started!

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 12:57 PM
Today I have been messing with journal coding and after a long time of tweaking things, I came up with this :)
There is still a lot of work to be done, but for right now I am pretty pleased with how it looks. I made an etch a sketch background just for this! :)

But you are probably not reading this to hear about my journal skin, you're probably interested in hearing about my progress on the grant :la:

This weekend, I bought so many etch a sketches! Look at them!
some of my etch a sketches weeee! by pikajane
Aren't they gorgeous?
You might be asking, "Why, Jane, did you purchase so many etch a sketches? And why didn't you just order them online?" (by the way, if you didn't know, my name is Jane. (PikaJANE...get it? ha ha ha!)
First, I bought the etch a sketches for the skeleton piece I want to start ASAP. I am currently shopping online for a life-size skeleton.
Secondly, I would have ordered them online, but there are two concerns. Shipping could have made it more costly than purchasing etch a sketches in stores, and every etch a sketch is a little bit different. I like to test them out to make sure they work well before I commit to buying and using them for art. Regretfully, I have had my share of bad experiences with etch a sketches that just have bad mechanics.

Here's a relatively blurry photo to show the size difference between the etch a sketches I just bought (classic size) vs the size I use with most of the etch a sketch art in my gallery (pocket size):
etch a sketch size comparison cool by pikajane
notice those two pocket etches? Those are both pieces that I have uploaded here.
Skull etch a sketch by pikajane and Rodin's Eve etch a sketch by pikajane
I removed the stickers on them and they have been completely preserved, meaning that they are ready to display and sell! I intend on both of these pieces being a part of the series I am working on for the grant.

I'm excited to purchase a skeleton so wheels can start spinning. I'll be sure to keep you updated on progress with many photos, as well as (perhaps!) a video or two, because I like to spoil you guys as much as you have spoiled me.

Oh dear, I seem to be rambling. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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Ella0905 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How can you preserve an etch a sketch image? Is there a way to keep it from erasing?
Ella0905 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Never mind, I just scrolled down and got my answer.

That's cool though how you do it. What do you do with the excess powder?
pikajane Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
as of right now, the powder is sitting in a bucket haha
a lot of it gets cleaned up and disposed of.
I'd love to do something cool with the excess powder, but I don't know what yet
Ella0905 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the powder dull or sparkly?
pikajane Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
very sparkly!!!
Ella0905 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sell it online as cheap glitter! You'll make a fortune!
Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your progress! :la:
SageFillyLuna Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, so coool
waterfish5678901 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
How do you keep the image preserved??
pikajane Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's kind of simple to explain, but a little more difficult to execute.

Essentially, I drill a hole in the back of the unit, and remove the powder by draining it out. The reason why an etch a sketch erases is because the powder inside of the unit re-coats the surface. After removing the powder, I seal the hole I made in the back of the unit, and I glue the knobs on so that no one can turn them anymore.
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