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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay Earrings with Hand Made Molds on: January 24, 2014 10:26:05 AM
Thanks everybody for the encouraging feedback!  Trekky, I totally wear this as a brooch!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Pennywise the dancing clown! with tuto, lot of pics! on: January 23, 2014 06:47:47 PM
This is horrifying! In a good way! Well done!
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer Clay Earrings with Hand Made Molds on: January 23, 2014 06:43:18 PM
Since about July, I've been OBSESSED with making little polymer clay animal head earrings and pins.  I love them.  My first love is definitely sculpting, and each earring is like a mini sculpture. To easily replicate them, I've been making push molds.   It's so fun. I'm on my third box of Easy Mold Silicon Putty: https://www.currys.com/catalogpc.htm?Category=EASY_MOLD_PUTTY&NBReset=3  This stuff is awesome. Non toxic, flexible, just a wee bit expensive.  Anyhow, I took progress photos the last time I did a new design.  I live in a place called Buckhorn, so of course I HAD to make a buck pin.

First I started with a little toy fawn. I picked this up at my local TSC store (unless you're a Canadian living in a rural area, you've probably never heard of TSC stores... so this info might not be helpful...)


I used the silicon putty to make a mold of the toy's head.


I pushed polymer clay into the mold to make a casting that I could work from.


For my buck, I thought the ears were too big and I wanted a different neck, so I chopped these parts off of my casting.


I sculpted new ears, a buck's antlers, and a nice symmetrical neck for my pin.


I made a new mold of the altered piece. Oh la la!


Here's a casting of the final mold.  I've trimmed off the excess clay.  Loving how it looks at this stage.


Paint.  The painting of this guy was a labour of love.  I reference some online photos of bucks so that I could get it as true-to-life as possible.


The last step was to glue on a clutch back pin blank.  I used Gorilla super-glue.  It's amazing stuff - and great value compared to other super glues.


This is the finished dude!  I'm so proud of him, I think he's such a handsome little dude.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I am Sherlocked - 221B Baker Street Altoid Tin on: January 23, 2014 04:45:27 PM
Love it!  I could see a whole series of these based on places from favourite books/ shows.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Micro Terrariums and living biospheres from recycled jars on: January 23, 2014 03:57:22 PM
Rocked 'em!  I have a collection of homemade terrariums too, but I've never added snails.  I'm definitely going to try that one in the spring.
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Luxe Knock off - Beaded Wrap Bracelet on: December 01, 2013 06:27:54 PM
I'm not sure that this is a common problem, but I have someone with very expensive tastes on my gift list. It can be difficult to buy gifts for my youngest sister because she tends to like items that are often out of my price range. One way that I can get her something I know she'll love, while keeping it affordable for myself, is to find something in style and on trend, and do my best to duplicate it by hand.

This year she made it easy on me, as she pinned these designer beaded wrap bracelets from here: http://www.chanluu.com/womens-jewelry/wrap-bracelets/



My supplies: I knew by looking at the specs of the expensive version that the finished bracelet was about 80 cm (34 inches long).  Using my awesome math skills, I knew I'd need about 80 cm (34 inches) worth of beads and 1.6 m of leather.  Nice that they print the length of the bead strand is right there on the label... makes it pretty darn simple.



The tutorial I referenced was here: http://www.craftsunleashed.com/jewelry-main/beaded-wrap-diy-bracelet/

I did a couple thing different from the tutorial.  Since this was a gift, I made two knots at the end so that the size can be adjusted a bit.



I also found that my beads were sliding around a bit much, so I went back and stitched my beads twice.  That is, when I finished beading the whole length, I went back and stitched the whole thing in reverse.  So I worked right to left the first time down, then left to right back up through the strung beads.  This secured everything really nicely. And I like how the mirrored stitching looks.


Ta da! Here's my finished bracelet. (Yeah, I did a photo shoot.  Tongue ) I know its not exactly like the inspiration bracelets, but I think it turned out pretty nice - and more importantly, I think my little sis will love it! 




Anybody else DIYing knock-offs for gifts?
17  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Fuzzy Monster Wreath - Pic Chubby on: November 05, 2013 12:02:10 PM
Yay! Thanks, sweets! I'm unbelievably honoured!
18  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Fuzzy Monster Wreath - Pic Chubby on: November 05, 2013 09:36:52 AM
This is my version of the fuzzy monster wreath.  There's several tutorials out there already, but I did take progress pics... so I'll just let the photos speak for themselves.  Wink  But if anybody has any questions on this version, I'd be happy to answer!























19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Faux Fur Monster Stuffie - Link to Tutorial & Pattern on: November 05, 2013 07:57:05 AM
I had some extra fun fur leftover from making a furry monster Halloween wreath, so I decided to make a couple of small furry monsters.  These will be Christmas gifts, if I can convince myself to give them away.  I love them... alas, I think I'm too old to cuddle an adorable green monster. *sigh.



Some progress pics






I did a full step-by-step tutorial (and posted the pattern) on my blog... sorry for the external link, but its just easier than re-posting everything here with my super-slow country internet connection. http://www.artisan82.blogspot.ca/2013/11/tutorial-cute-and-cuddly-monster-plush.html





All in all, I love how they turned out.  I love to squish 'em!
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie Girls and Frankenstein Brides on: November 05, 2013 07:40:44 AM
LOVE LOVE LOVE!
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