1. Get a bowl like this one, ($20 at World Market). Don't pick anything out that is too shallow (less than 6'' deep) or that is flat at the bottom.
2. Use a 1 5/8'' (check drain pipe, I think that's right) hole saw bit in a drill and slowly, carefully, steadily cut a hole in the bottom center of the bowl.
3. Get a drain ($8) from the hardware store and try to fit it through the hole. You may need to use a file to widen the hole a little more. Make sure it is not too big, you want the drain to fit in snugly.
4. Get a small box of epoxy pour-on resin- $18. Usually at craft stores. Mix half of it exactly according to the instructions (do NOT screw this up) and slowly pour on inside edge of bowl. Hold the bowl by the bottom drain pipe and turn, allowing the resin to coat the inside. Apply resin to bottom half of bowl sparingly or with a brush, if there is too much it is going to run down the drain.
5. Allow to dry for a day in a cool, undisturbed place. Balance on bottom of pipe on a flat, covered surface. You might want to put something around the drain pipe base so it doesn't fall over for sure.
6. Check on it every chance you get while it is drying. A lot of the resin will run down the drain and make a puddle of stickiness at the end of the pipe. Clean this up and set on fresh surface every couple of hours.
7. When it is dry you can turn it over and do the same process to the outside of the bowl with the resin. I suggest brushing on the resin to make as thin a coat as possible, since the outside won't be exposed to much water. Since the bowl isn't flat, there will be a little bit of a "drip" effect when it dries, instead of a completely smooth finish. But it still works.
I decided to recess my sink into the counter by cutting a hole in it about 1'' less in diameter than the sink. Then just drop in the sink, hook it up, and caulk around the outer edge where the sink meets the counter.
I do not suggest using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals, it may scratch the resin. Vinegar/alcohol work well to clean it.
Here's the background info of this picture from aunt Kaye:
"That is an ice cream cake. Cousin-in-law Phil Mannino owned a baskin robbins and would make cool things and let us go to his shop to scoop our own dessert. Unfortunately the only ice cream that was turkey colored were the crappy ones like coffee, so it weren’t so good."
photos by Kevin McKinney
After going to Ireland, I have become obsessed with moss! and sheep! So I made some terrariums in honor of the wonderful Irish roadside attractions. I will make some succulent ones this summer to commemorate the Albuquerque trip as well. These make me happy.
Here is my recipe for a moss terrarium:
Inside a clear glass container with a lid, include the following:
layer 1- 1/4'' layer of sand
layer 2- 1/2'' layer of gravel and/or pebbles (sterilized)
layer 3- 1/4'' layer of activated charcoal crushed into pieces (get at aquarium store or nursery) This layer will help to clean the air of the fumes caused when the organic materials begin to decompose.
layer 4- 1/2'' dried sphagnum peat moss to improve aeration, water drainage, and water retention. Also lowers pH of soil (moss likes acidic soil, around 6 - 6.5)
layer 5- 1'' or more of potting mix with added sand- Do not add any fertilizer to the potting mix.
layer 6- small (dwarf) plants, moss (bought mine on ebay from someone who digs it out of their back yard), lichen, and sterilized little natural landscape accents in the oven at 200 degrees for an hour or two to kill all bugs and diseases) Plant the moss by pressing it into the soil.
- When all plants are installed, carefully water slowly with distilled water in a spray bottle. No water should stand on the soil around the roots. DO NOT OVERWATER. If large water drops appear on the glass after 24 hrs, the container should be left open for a while, until any excess moisture evaporates.
- Put lid on container and place in bright but indirect light from a window. Do not keep in temperatures above 70 degrees F. Moss likes to be cool.
- If white fluffy mold starts to grow, clean it out and spray lightly with distilled water that has some lemon or lime juice in it. This worked for me!
I moved into my house last November (2007) and I've done a lot of work on it (so has Kevin). This bathroom was covered (walls and floor) with black vinyl tiles adhered everywhere, black gloss enamel and a classy TV built into the wall. It was funny at first but the novelty wore off after a year. So I decided to do one of those low-budget-under-$1000 DIY renovations which led me to more creative problem solving opportunities than I could ever imagine. Bathroom renovations were meant to be expensive. But I would have none of it! I made my own sink out of a bamboo bowl from world market. Kev put 2 built-in cabinets in the wall. I backlit them with LED lights. Then I installed a new floor that looks like bamboo but is secretly vinyl (hey I'm trying to do this cheap, ok?). Kev knew a guy who could cut a new counter and I still owe him a case of Guinness. And I owe Kevin like 2 cases for installing it. Got the faucet on eBay. Bamboo tiles are extremely expensive so I took a chance with these bamboo placemats for less than $2/sq. ft and they worked! (mostly). I'm just glad it's over (after 2 months) and now my bathroom is lovely. photos by Kevin McKinney
So here is a website I joked about making, and then Kevin bought me the domain address for my birthday. Then I had to do it, for real. I had a recording studio set up in my bedroom for music, and I happen to speak Catspeak really well. I also happen to be crazy. Check out the articles that were in Ink Magazine (#2)
I am determined to make this into an iphone application. "Cat Translator" coming soon!
I finally made a personal portfolio website for myself. The theme for the site was inspired by my grandmother's old house, with that dark, late 60's feel- the wood paneling, the wallpaper, the stained glass chandeliers... and of course, my head mounted as a trophy with antlers. A concept I have been sort of obsessed with since my college sculpture class when I made one with a mounted "hunter's head". Click here to enter
We got a little out of control with the time exposures as you can see. NONE OF THESE ARE PHOTOSHOPPED! Check out the slides
original photo ......................................................................................digital painting