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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?
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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?
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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
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Ella0905 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the powder dull or sparkly?
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pikajane Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
very sparkly!!!
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Ella0905 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sell it online as cheap glitter! You'll make a fortune!
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Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your progress! :la:
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SageFillyLuna Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, so coool
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waterfish5678901 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
How do you keep the image preserved??
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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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