Saturday, 4 February 2012

Hello! ....And also goodbye a bit..

I have traveled to the shiny (and a bit complicated) world of Wordpress and have a brand new blog to show for it, still under construction (I need better photos) and also figuring out how to work widgets etc. So I'll no longer be using this blogger at the moment! If you want to keep up with whats happening in my final semester and what I'm up to at the moment, the address is: :) Please have a look!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Birnam walk in the woods

Mold making and silicone rubber..

So I tried my best at hot rubber mold-making again, this time casting a material I'd never used before - silicone rubber. I imagined it would be a rubbery yet smooth texture. However I'm actually really not keen on the feeling of it! If this is the way it always turns out, including translucent silicone which I would have to buy myself....I don't think I'll be using this in the future! It's is something I've tried and tested though, so it's a learning curve. I might have a few more goes at it- one adding bubbles to it to create a more organic effect, and one go putting the liquid silicone in a vacuum to take all the bubbles out. Oh well, I hope I have a better making day tomorrow!

Friday, 19 August 2011

'sciencey' things...

Off to the woods we gooo...took a wander up round the castle estate to find some mushrooms, squishy things, lycan, etc. Thought i'd slice some fungi up and take a look at it under the microscope. As you can see from the picture, this is a VERY old microscope! My dad's, originally my great grandpa's. You have to have a torch/lamp placed where the mirror is and adjust it so that the light shines up towards the slides, there's no fancy internal light within this thing! It's really cool that it's a piece of family history.
I wiped the dust off it and the slide that i last used years ago was STILL sitting on the plinth, must have been looking at spores because an orange dust-pattern was stuck to the glass slide.

Anywho! I got the best photos that i could out of this. Last time i tried looking down the lens, then drawing what i saw..quite tricky. So i focused my camera down the lens.

The light isn't too great but i didn't think i'd even be able to get pictures in the first place so i'm quite pleased! And i like that the photos are the lens and black background :)

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

The coven of witches..

A funny mossy collection of lumps which is sitting up a hill near the Maltlands on the Castle Estate in Inveraray..I've walked passed them so many times and thought they looked like a group of witches huddling together or whispering! I'm sort of waiting for them to pop out of the undergrowth one day..

Hmmm...silicone eh..

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Whoopie cakes! (or pies)

Decided to make these today, having never tried these wee treats, or made them before...

...leading up to the ultimate question: Are they better than the good old cupcake?!

I can't decide myself, was a good excuse to try them all the same!

A lot have been munched already due to my brother and his pal diving into them.