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31  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Cold Porcelain Clay on: January 10, 2010 05:37:03 AM
I live in India where it's hard to find Polymer Clay or Fimo. And instead of ordering online, I decide to go for another alternative: Cold Porcelain Clay. That's glue, flour, and some other odd stuff over the stove. Yes, I cooked glue. It was fascinating.  Tongue

After some research online, I found I could get away with substituting Nivea for cold cream, and Vaseline for glycerin which I did have at home. It air dries, so there is no need to consume electricity or draw unwanted attention to the tray with smiley faces on it. And it shrinks, so it's not perfect.

But here's what I've made so far:

http://aunexamor.net/entula/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/claythingsthumb.jpg

I used heavy silver eye make up, purple hair dye, and black stamping ink to color them and then sealed them with clear nail polish. The texture ones were made from pressing the clay into irregular surfaces, painting over with black and then lightly brushing over silver.

Those are the only painted/finished ones I've made so far. Clear nail polish, by the way, has no longevity (I found that out the hard way Sad) so until I order in some Sculpey Glaze, I left the rest unpainted/unglazed:

http://aunexamor.net/entula/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/unpainted.jpg

Has anyone else experimented with Cold Porcelain clay before? Comments and tips will be much appreciated!  Grin
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First Miniature book on: September 09, 2009 11:58:18 AM
I finally got around to trying the eye-pin technique, and it works like a charm.  I just glued it into the spine with a dollop of modge podge and then attached the text block.  Worked wonderfully!
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=286288
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=286289

Gosh that worked out so well. I'd totally forgotten about it. I have some made without covers lying around from before... I must try this technique.

Your minibook is super cute, thank you for sharing! ♥
33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First Miniature book on: July 27, 2009 04:10:48 PM
I have never seen anything so cool! I do have an idea for attaching a jumpring. Could you try a jewelry pin- the kind with a flat end, and a ring on top: you see beads strung on them. (They come in various lengths, and can be cut-to fit). It could run the length of the spine and stay very flat, with the  flat end tucked in at the base under the
headband. you could actually hide it even, and have the looped end coming just above the top of the text box. then the jump-ring would be right at the edge of the cover, and free to move, with no hole in the book. I hope someone tries it... I've never made one of these before, but I will! K.

o_o That is actually a really good idea! It's brilliant, thank you! I can't wait to try it!
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First Miniature book on: July 02, 2009 12:45:31 PM
... I've made a couple, and have the textblocks and covers prepared for more, but am holding off assembling them until I can figure out how to make them into pendants.  Just putting a jump ring through the spine pushes the textblocks out a bit too far.  Jewelry is not my craft of choice, so I am rather befuddled about what to try next.

And just for kicks, my first three, sitting on a quarter:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/12309_P4220025.JPG

Gosh those are amazing gaudiknight! So much neater than mine, I really like how the spine pops out and how you used different paper for signatures... that's actually a really cool idea. I'm going to try it like that next time... also with different art/collage paper for signatures for a more personalized look.

I wouldn't know how to convert them into pendants either. When I made my tiny book keychain, I punched a hole into the front cover and attached a jump ring (strengthening it with an eyelet would've been ideal)... but these books are so small as it is already and a hole won't be very pretty either.

I hope you do find a way to add jump rings... I would very much like it if you shared your solution if you do.
35  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Tutorial: hidden stitch for closing up stuffed animals on: July 01, 2009 07:41:48 PM
You have nooo idea how useful this was for me! It was just what I needed but couldn't find with illustrations as simple as yours (and your handy knotting technique).
36  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: darling plushies <3 and pattern for you! on: July 01, 2009 07:36:52 PM
They are absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing the pattern.
37  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First Miniature book on: July 01, 2009 07:22:49 PM
Wow! that looks so fantastic. I looked at both tutorials, that looks really complicated.  Tongue Yours turned out perfect. Your headband is sloppy? Huh? It looks great to me! but what's the jigger in the background? Huh  dontcha think these would make cute jewellery? a pendant, earrings etc?

Thank you, I'm glad you think so. The step-by-step with photos made it easier to attempt. The thing in the background contains are mechanical leads, I used it for size comparison. You can't really tell in the photo, but the headband actually moves Sad which it's not supposed to do.

They would make cute jewelry... if you could find a way to seal it/protect it. I would rather use it as a keychain. Smiley

38  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First Miniature book on: July 01, 2009 04:57:58 PM
I've always wanted to make a really tiny book, so when I stumbled upon a tutorial for it (that seemed incredibly easy) I thought - why not?


I know it's not perfect, there are actually so many things that are wrong with it - I should have used better paper for the outside, my headband is sloppy and the cardboard I used was too thin. I still like it though and I plan on making more (and getting better at it).

Here are the links to the tutorial, in case anyone's interested:


Thanks for veiwing! Advice, thoughts and opinions are welcome.  Smiley
39  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Teeny mice from reclaimed fabrics with TUTORIAL (A LOT of pics!) on: June 29, 2009 08:57:43 PM
I love your little mouse, and that you used what you had on hand!  Oh, and your kitty is just adorable!  Thanks for sharing this. Smiley

Thank you! Sadly it didn't last very long, the kittens tore it apart... I'm sure they had happy times though. it's just more incentive to make new ones. Wink
40  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Cat-Scratcher from recycled card board on: June 23, 2009 06:00:52 AM
... I think I might put a bit of hot glue here and there as I make it to keep it sturdier. That would also help hold it together as you made it.
Ramblin Lady 

I used masking tape for mine and it's held pretty well so far. Using the hot glue does sound like a better option for lasting longer though.  Smiley
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