Astrophotography from 1908 — 1919
I can’t even describe how much respect I have for early astronomers.
Image courtesy: Yerkes Observatory, Royal Observatory of Greenwich, Mount Wilson Observatory
A mouth-watering fuck-ton of hand references.
[From various sources]
I know a ton of you have been waiting for this one. Teaching you to make your own plastic keychains!
To start off, I think the biggest question everyone has is what I use to make them. I work with shrink film. You might be familiar with Shinky Dink brand shrink film as a kid. I use Grafix brand white inkjet shrink film. The inkjet kind is relatively pricey compared to the regular kind. If you’re using regular, I don’t recommend you stick it in your printer. Sharpie markers would be good for that.
Alright, now open up the file with the images that you’re working with. Make sure your images are a lot bigger than you want your finished product to be since they shrink significantly.
You’ll also want to lighten the opacity to about half. I go somewhere between 50-60%.
Now print your image out! I’ve found that it works best for me when I have it at the plain paper setting, and standard print quality.
Holepunch with a 1/4” holepuncher BEFORE you shrink them. It’s so much more work to have to punch holes when your plastic is thick!
Cut out your design, leaving the amount of border you want.
Set them on a tray for convenience. An aluminum foil sheet works too, but I recommend cookie trays because they are easier and quicker to get out of the oven.
Preset heat. Your shrink film package will tell you what temperature to set it at, but I find that it isn’t always accurate for me. I generally set temperature to 350 degrees or so.
Put them in the oven. Remember to keep track of time! I leave them in for about a minute and a half.
After time is up they should be super small! Magic!
If your charms are not flat, put something heavy on it right out of the oven when they are still hot and malleable.
If you’d like to, you can seal them now. In my last two batches, I used clear topcoat nail polish. The problem with that is that I need between 3-5 coats of it, and it takes a while to dry. I’ve been experimenting with modpodge.
For lariats, you can use jump rings or lobster clasps.
Here is one that I made that wasn’t sealed. The finished texture after shrinking is a little bit rough. There’s nothing wrong with leaving them unsealed, but because they are inkjet printed, the colors wash right of without protection.
This is one that was sealed with modpodge. The colors become a little more vibrant and smooth and water resistant. Things often get stuck on when applying or drying so be careful.
These ones down here were sealed with clear nail polish. They come out shiny if you put enough coats, but the grainy texture will still be there.
Well, there ya go! Have fun making your own keychains!
don’t save as jpeg
as a former yearbook editor and designer, let me explain this further
if youre only planning on posting your art online, them please save it as .png ;this is also better for transparencies as well
please, if youre planning of printing your art, NEVER use png. it makes the quality of the image pretty shitty. use jpeg or pdf instead. and always set your work at 300dpi to get a better printing quality - this means, the images are crisper and sharper and theres no slight blurriness. i had a talk with my friend who is currently taking design, and pdf is much better to use when youre working with a bigger publishing company because it still has the layers intact, but if youre only planning on printing your stuff at staples or at some small publishing store, the jpeg is the way to go.
this has been a public service announcement
01. chicago - sufjan stevens
✈ we sold our clothes to the state / i don’t mind, i don’t mind / i made a lot of mistakes / in my mind, in my mind
02. new soul - yael naim
✈ i’m a young soul in this very strange world / hoping i could learn a bit about what’s true and fake
03. big jumps - emiliana torrini
✈ make some big jumps, big jumps / you afraid to break some bones?
04. the painter - i’m from barcelona
✈ don’t give up on your dreams, boy / don’t give up on your dreams now, buddy
05. streetlights - rocky votolato
✈ seems like i’ve got so much more to lose now / than i ever had before
06. live your life - yuna
✈ we were meant for something bigger than this / don’t ever try to dismiss yourself, ‘cause you don’t have to
07. wetsuit - the vaccines
✈ oh you want to do things differently / go do them independently
08. go places - the new pornographers
✈ make records, then set them / make copies, win races / stay with me, go places
09. look up - stars
✈ so far, keeping it together’s been enough / look up, rain is falling, looks like love
10. payne’s bay - beirut
✈ headstrong today, i’ve been headstrong
11. go do - jónsi
✈ go do, you’ll learn to / just let yourself fall into landslide
12. laughter lines - bastille
✈ i’ll see you in the future when we’re older / when we are full of stories to be told
13. can’t go back now - the weepies
✈ you and me walk on / ‘cause you can’t go back now
14. keep your head up - ben howard
✈ keep your head up / keep your heart strong / keep your mind set / keep your hair long
15. wake up - arcade fire
✈ with my lightnin’ bolts aglowin’ / i can see where i am go-goin’ / you better look out below
I Miss the Misery | A Deathless mix.
01 I’m Missing // Jonna Enckell | 02 White Foxes // Susanne Sundfør | 03 Trophy // Bat for Lashes | 04 Empire (Creep Remix) // Alpines | 05 The Devil Within // Digital Daggers | 06 China Shop // The Romanovs | 07 If You Feel Better // Emilie Autumn | 08 I Miss the Misery // Halestorm | 09 Red Dress // Emily Jane White | 10 Once Upon a Dream // Lana Del Rey