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So this past month, my work has included white trash gingerbread houses, fleshy spiny bio-weapons (that one was a repair job rather than an original, but still interesting), and most recently, hundreds and hundreds of styrofoam letters.  Yep, I recently began working on part the second of The Job That Ate My Life, a.k.a. Livet i Bokstavslandet, the educational children's show for which I did the first season last spring.  Last year, it kind of nommed all of my spare time, and then some (had to stay in the workshop a few nights, because there wasn't time to go home and sleep or shower).  I do hope that it won't be quite as bad this year, but as it looks now... well, just don't expect much activity from me in the next few months.

As usual, there are copyright and secrecy issues and stuff about what you can post online, but I hope to get to share some pictures once these things have premiered (and once my head isn't full of styrofoam words and letters).  Pretty curious to see the gingerbread one in action, personally.  The person who's worked with the most weird materials when they die wins, right?

In personal news, in the midst of said odd jobs, I also recently moved out of the apartment I've shared with my now ex for a couple of years.  It's weird and a bit melancholy -- I do very much like the man, but our long-term compatibility was quite low, and we both knew it.  Also, I've had to compress my home work area quite a lot after the move -- the housing market in Stockholm can be pretty harsh when you can't afford to just up and buy an apartment.  Still, had to happen, and was really a bit overdue.  And at least now I have a room that I'm not sharing with anyone, which I rather needed.  The environs around the place where I'm now renting a room are among the prettiest I've seen in the Stockholm area (it's right next door to a nature reserve).  Plus, apart from my new flatmate, I also share the apartment with a cat -- a rather talkative old matron kitty named Ripley -- which is always a plus.  Far too many years since I lived with any kind of quadruped.  Next time I consider getting attached to someone, I should probably check if they're allergic first. :P


Bullet; Black  My shop: Armadillo Artifacts on Etsy.  Because of my recent work load, I have increased the handling times somewhat, from 1-3 work days to up to one week until posting.  Also I'll probably not put up anything new in the next couple of months, but only handle orders on what's already there, so if you like anything and need it before mid-July or so, be aware that the things in the shop are the only ones available until then.  Still, feel free to browse, and if you'd like to make an urgent order, write me in advance and I'll see if I can make time for it!

Bullet; Black  A note about commissions:  I'm closed for commissions until July, once more because Work.  Some of the things in my gallery may still be available and up for sale at the right price, and if you're interested in buying something you see or commissioning anything that can wait until July or later -- props, accessories, jewelry, or any other stuff that's within the range of my competence -- feel free to write and ask.  Doesn't hurt to start talking in advance, after all. :)

Bullet; Black  I decided to make a blog that's more focused on props and related things (whereas I consider DA to be more of a personal "anything goes" kind of forum), but I got derailed before I was done putting up my backlog1.  And now I don't know if I'll have the time or energy to get back to it before I'm out of the Land of Letters once more.  Anyway, it currently doesn't have much that isn't on DA already, but it's on Wordpress here, or reblogged on Tumblr here.</span>

1  Uh, kind of like I periodically do here on DA as well.  Well dammit, I just like making stuff a lot better than editing the pictures and putting it up online.  This is why I need to kidnap an agent and a web designer and make them do my bidding. :ninjaplot:
  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: Jefferson Airplane - The House at Pooneil Corners
  • Reading: reached book #11 of The Dresden Files
  • Watching: Pushing Daisies. Dat set design, man. *_*
  • Playing: scrabble, with styrofoam letters
  • Eating: brie cheese
  • Drinking: red wine


Ylva Lundberg
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
Current Residence: Stockholm, Sweden
Favourite genre of music: The good kind. Bonus points for narrative lyrics.
Favourite photographer: A bunch of people.
Favourite style of art: Whatever gets the job done. Bonus points for creative re-purposing.
Operating System: Needles, scalpels and giant lasers.
MP3 player of choice: WinAmp, because I am stubborn.
Shell of choice: Nautilus shells.
Wallpaper of choice: Tentacles.
Skin of choice: Yours, deep-fried with cheddar cheese dip.
Favourite cartoon character: Iron Giant Dean or Uncle Iroh are pretty high on the list
Personal Quote: Maybe we're all delusional oranges.


Bone Predator mask by ZombieArmadillo
Bone Predator mask
This is a few years old, made for a costume party for my then-SO, who sported a rather massive set of dreads.  So it's not exactly professional-standard work, but hey, I'm certainly both a professional and hobbyist craftsperson depending on the day and circumstance. ;)  I think there's some rule that everyone with dreads needs to dress up as Predator sooner or later.  (Had some help making it from aforementioned ex, btw.)  I haven't ever gotten around to taking pictures of it before, but today I happened to have the chance, so, heh, better late than ever and all that. :P

Airex, spackle, bit of aluminium net for the eyeholes.  We didn't try making it an exact replica from any of the movies, but more of a boney "inspired by" kind of thing.
Banksia seed pod book by ZombieArmadillo
Banksia seed pod book
Banksia trees must have some of the coolest seed pods in the plant kingdom. When I first came across these seed pod segments, I was instantly enamoured and knew I wanted to do something with them. This hand-bound book is the first result. :boogie:

This book is 21.5 x 17.5 centimetres in size, with 96 pages (or 192 is you count both sides).  Coptic stitch with wooden covers, sliced banksia seed pod, and brown kraft paper.

Available at my Etsy shop.

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satanen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Gratulerar på födelsedagen! :party: Party Have your cake and eat it too Death Emoticon 
mauxer Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey thanks for the watch! :)
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, and likewise. :)  I like to see how other people craft things, so it's cool that you have pictures of things is progress.
mauxer Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I like to share the progress. And I also like the nice critiques for make things better :)
Erinus20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015

Thank you so much for the favourite of my work.


Have a peaceful day
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, keep up the good work. :)
Uru-Tigre Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thx for the fav,  have a nice day Tiger La la la la 
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, keep up the good work! :)
Uru-Tigre Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Crazy Dancing Neko Emoji-40 (Ok Okey) [V2] 
OtakoStar12 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Thanks for the Llama Love   
midnight-ruby-thief Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
THank you for the fave :)
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, keep up the good work.  And thank you for faving Vulture Jack. :)
Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Thanks for the fave. You make some wild props.
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!  Your leatherwork is really impressive, keep up the good work. :)
komodithrax Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
No prob, love your work! Super cool!!!
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