Recognizing pbretzger

There are so many designers in Tinkercad that never get recognized, so I decided that I would start recognizing them on my blog. pbretzger designs are unique and interesting. I love their use of color. Their profile states they have been using Tinkercad since September 2020.

This three-by-one bay arcade has the added interest of an ancient Roman stone bench and a decorative floor pattern.
Michael Graves was a world-renowned architect. He also designed housewares like the tea kettle that inspired this Tinkercad model.
This vase derives its two-color, low-reflectivity concept from the Wedgwood company’s famous “jasperware” line. Tinkercad’s “Twisty Ring” object comprise most of the model’s white detailing.
Monuments such as this dot the Irish landscape, many of them well over a thousand years old, thus signifying the country’s ancient devotion to the Catholic religion.
A Castilian Spanish invention, the “morion” helmet is an iconic design that several European kingdoms adopted before it finally went out of use, generations after its introduction.

Polymer Clay Crosses

I spent some time creating crosses from polymer clay, which was left over from all of the other polymer clay projects.

First the pretty crosses:

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The difficult cross:

Folding clay and braiding clay is a little bit challenging.

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Interesting Crosses:

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The weird ones:

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Do You See the Butterflies?

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Double Crosses

These are the crosses I did for Mother’s Day gifts.  I ordered the blank wooden crosses from ArtisticCraftSupply on Etsy in July 2016.

The top piece on the cross was stained.  I left the back side of the top piece unfinished so I would have a better chance for the pieces adhering together when they were glued together.  The bottom cross was sealed with white primer, several coats.  I did a fluid painting pour over the top of the crosses using chalk paint.  The colors were: Dark blue, white, light pink, light green, light purple and light yellow.  I added Floetrol and water each paint color to help the paint flow, and silicon to the mixture to help form the cells.

After the bottom cross dried for several weeks, I cleaned the crosses with a mixture of Dawn and water.  I sprayed the mixture on the crosses and wiped gently.  After I let it sit for several weeks, I glued the top cross onto the bottom cross using wood glue.  Several coats of glossy vanish was used to finish the cross.

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I put a hanger on back of each cross attached with a screw.  The screw goes into both pieces of wood, so if the glue fails I have a backup.

K’s Passions

Today is the first full day of Spring.  It is also Down Syndrome awareness day.  Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder.  Yes, they were born that way.  My nephew Kegan has down syndrome and he has grown into a man that loves a lot and has many passions.

Today, drawing shows a few of Kegan’s passions.

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Drawn on a Zentangle tile with Sakura pens.

The Box Project

I found this box at Hobby Lobby and I had to finish it.  I decided to stain and varnish the box and for the cut out, to use chalk paint.  Since I never used chalk paint, I decided I needed a test piece to determine if I wanted an antique finished.

This is the test piece with the same chalk color and an antique finished.

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Needless to say, I did not go with an antique finish.

The box frame was stain in dark walnut and varnish with a clear gloss.  The cutout was stained in ebony.

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I painted the inside of the lid to match the outside.

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To finish off the box, I decide to put a mosaic pattern on the inside of the box that match, not exactly, the cover of the box.  The mosaic tiles were made from polymer clay.  For the grout I used gold puff paint, a.k.a. fabric paint.

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The filler mosaic is a black, brown, turquoise, gold combination.  Since I had a lot of extra clay, I decide to use them on the test cross piece.  This is the final result.

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