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21  Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by maxxev on: December 05, 2013 03:06:52 AM
my package from Glasskicker arrived!! Grin

is there some sort of penalty impossed if we fail in the face of temptation......? i mean look at it! i want to open it now.... Sad

a beautiful glass heron pendant straight from my pinterest board!

Day 2
how Epic? a stamped spoon bookmark! Grin i love it Grin  even my O/H thought this was cool (and hes a hard man to impress)

Day 3
a girl can never have too many bags Kiss especially in such cute fabric

LOVE this blue

Day 4
 a stamped pendant.

day 5
 glass light bulb salt and pepper set straight from my pinterest. LOVE it Grin i cant wait to show these off to my family at the christmas dinner

and as if that wasnt awesomeness enough : a mini sewing kit and polymer clay (im sure i  can find a use for that.... Wink)

day 6
a soap making kit|! ive been wanting to try this for ages and finally did a few weeks ago so i cant wait to play with with this. look at everything Glasskicker packed in! molds, frangrance and soap bases!

day 7
id been meaning to make a few more coasters as i can never find one when i need one so i was thrilled to get these in one of my favourite colour combos. they are already in use Grin

day 8
OMG! Glasskicker, can you hear the excited sqeals from there? seriously. you have never seen a grown woman react so much like a toddler at christmas.
Funkins!! i have carvable artifical pumpkins of my very own! Grin

and as if that wasnt enough, an awesome Halloween table runner to show them off on.

day 9
this gorgeous bag straight from my pinterest. i cant believe she managed to match the fabric and the design.

day 10
oh my DAYS!
i cant get over this Grin a star trek baby blanket!!!

even the quilting is in a stars and rocket pattern.

Genius! the colours even match her pram. cant wait to show this off Grin

day 11
an awesome baby play mat. i love the different textured squares

day 12
a beautiful narwhale light, a book and a cuddly toy for my little girl Smiley

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22  Granny Weatherwax pumkin (+sort of tute- marker method) in Halloween Decor and Parties by maxxev on: October 30, 2013 11:09:44 PM

i came across some amazing pumpkins done using a similar method and wanted to have a go myself. learnt a lot from this.
remove the skin of the pumpkin (try not to take off too much of the flesh when you do this)
you need to hollow out the pumpkin much thinner than for a usual carved pumpkin so the design will show through. i made the shell of mine about 1cm. i then left mine to dry out for 24 hours (depending on your pens you may not have to do this but i found a slightly drier surface helped)
draw the design with an oil based marker pen (sharpie do one...try ebay) if you dont have one (i didnt.. Undecided ) use cd or permenent markers and keep scribbling on paper to keep the ink flowing. alternate pens frequently, even with frenzied scribbling its hard to keep the ink going. i went between about 6 pens.
a dry eraze white board marker works well but has a tendancy to spread so use sparingly on anything detailed. works wonders to cover large areas Grin (i only had one in green as you can see...but the colour wont show when lit)
i used a knitting needle to carve into the pumpkin to bring out a few highlights. because the skin is so thin you dont need to carve deeply with a knife or similar, a dried out biro works just as well Smiley

my second traditionaly carved pumpkin...lego wolverine! Wink
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23  Re: MINI 12 Days of Christmas Swap 2013 -- Send Outs 11/27/13 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by maxxev on: August 31, 2013 05:49:24 AM
im not going to join the 'hired help' grumble because if i start i sharnt stop Undecided
hope the op gos okay Rockmygypsysoul Smiley there is nothing more satisfying than crafting with family Smiley
my dad did this for me last weekend. a spoon ring! i wasnt sure it would even bend as it wasnt silver (think its nickle silver Undecided but no marks) but it did Grin so i shall be hunting around for a few more so i can actualy have a go

have been told the eagle stamp may be to do with American military but if any one knows more about vinhtage spoons id love to hear from you...

done well this week i think, trial run of my last two smalls went better than expected so ive oredered the supplies Grin
 im enjoying this swap its given me the boot in needed to actualy try a couple of differant crafts ive been wanting to have a go at for ages but never gotten round to
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24  'segmented' polymer pieces in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: August 28, 2013 06:40:20 AM

ive been trying to move away from bangles and experiment a little with other forms and shapes. these are my latest pieces Smiley

ive been experimenting with ink ( ...well......okay......i admit. im too cheap to use ink. its food colouring lol...and a water based 'waitrose' own brand at that...) and translucent polymer clay.
 i covered the beads with a sheet of white clay, drippled on the colours (i added a sprinkle of salt to concentrate the colour and add variation) then baked the beads. i gently scraped off the salt once cured and covered the beads with a sheet of translucent clay. then baked and sanded again.
i was hoping to avoid varnish as i prefer a more durable finish hence the use of translucent but the  translucent clay 'crackled' particularly on one of the beads (center, right. as you can see below Undecided) and water seeped in during the sanding effecting the ink and ment i had to give the beads a coat of satin varnish anyway Roll Eyes

another segmented necklace

i wanted to use seed beads between my focal beads but because they were much too small to thread on the thicker black cording i had to stitch the finer nylon to the ends on the black cording, secure with glue and then slide down the last focal bead on each side to cover the join. took me ages to figue it out but im pleased that am now confident using differnt cords in the construction of a single piece Smiley

my bangles are usually solid pieces, this is my first elasticated bracelet.
im really pleased with how this turned out but it took me ages to sand all those indervidual beads lol

as always comments or questions are more than welcome Smiley
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25  cake batter decoration: game of thrones & wolverine in Dessert by maxxev on: July 21, 2013 09:18:23 PM
id wanted to try out this method for ages (finaly got round to using my piping bag i got for christmas too... Embarrassed )
i was surprised how well the design holds as the lines particularly on the wolverine cake were quite thin (cone size: 0 ). unfortunantly i managed catch the edge of the rack when i moved the cake and it cracked across the middle. So gutted!

oh well...if ever there was an excuse to try this again... Wink
i went for a black and white design because i only had black and red food colouring (im not much of a baker) both claimed they were not 'bake stable'. this was indeed the case with the red (it went brown) but the black was clearly lying Grin

the house stark version came out crack free...until i put the candles in Roll Eyes
i know it would have looked better with white chocolate icing but i didnt have any and i couldnt bear the thought of my chocolate cake without chocolate Embarrassed

really easy technique, i had fun doing this  Smiley deffinatly one to experiment with. maybe colour next time...

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26  Polymer clay scratch board bauble (+written tute) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: May 31, 2013 01:09:16 AM
Male house Sparrow bauble
using polymer clay as Scratchboard...finally got down an idea thats been sitting on the shelf in my head for far too long. just about any item you can cover with polymer clay could be fair game for this tecnique and you could easily use a differant colour marker or clay Smiley

i covered a plain glass bauble in white polymer clay then baked and sanded. since i didnt need a buffed surface i used 400 grit followed by 600 grit sandpaper just to get the bumps out, then i covered it with permenant marker (buff and rub with your fingers (or a rough cloth if you are leaving the house the same day as this will stain your fingers a rather fetching black/blue colour) to remove 'scribble' marks.
depending on the brand of marker you may need two coats. i used a CD marker
 i then scrapped the design using a craft knife and a thick needle. you can trace the design onto the bauble or draw it first with a pencil first.
finish with a coat of varnish.
 im quite pleased with how this turned out especially since ive never tried scratchboard before Smiley

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27   boiled sweets to create hollow bead forms in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: March 06, 2013 07:58:45 AM
further experiments using sugar to create hollow polymer clay forms

an extrension of my pressed damp sugar method (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=420721.0#axzz2Mm77nf6c ) but using boiled sweets in place of sugar

each of the beads measures 3.5cm in length by 2.5 cm wide
im really pleased with how this turned out, bit of a change from bangles too Grin

this was made using the same method. i made the bead form over a 'pear drop'

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28  Re: IYP22 Crafting with the Glitz GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by maxxev on: March 06, 2013 03:41:00 AM
got my package from Onyxnox and wow!!
words cannot express how much i loved it Grin

first up a Bake it so! apron that id seen, desperatly wanted and pinned

sorry, my camera gets over excited when confronted by almost anything including fabric paint apparently Roll Eyes, the only way i could get a decent shot was to hang it up with the light behind it Roll Eyes

two amazing etched copper cuffs featuring the Enterprise and my favourite characters

i took some close ups beacuse i cant get over how detailed they are Shocked
i know, right?  Shocked

the awesomeness kept coming: an adorable crossstitch owl hoop

a set of woodburnt owl baubles (i cant wait to hang these on my tree!)

and two purple owl crochet dish cloths

thank you, thank you Onyxnox! Kiss
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29  tutorial: creating hollow bead forms using sugar in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: February 22, 2013 09:40:29 AM

i had been wanting to make big polymer clay beads for a while. this was my first attempt  Smiley it measures just over 4.5cm in length and about 4cm in width
a good way to use your molds for clay work without having to worry about anything leaching from the clay. i used to make these sugar shapes as a child and because the sugar simply dissolves in water i thought it would be ideal to use as a hollow bead core

step one: you can use any candy/chocolate mold for this or here, im using a Ravioli tray Smiley. oil the mold with a little vegtable oil.

step 2: mix your sugar. fine sugar such as caster sugar works better than granulated. add water a little at a time and mix until the mixture resembles damp sand. you will need approximatly 2 cups of sugar for every 4 teaspoons of water

step 3: pack the sugar mix into the mold firmly

step 4: smooth the top with a knife blade or similar

place in a warm dry place to harden. small shapes like this should harden in a few days. these took 4-5 days but larger shapes may take longer. when dry release from mold.

step 6: mix a little caster sugar with water to form a thick syrup (sorry i dont know the exact amounts of each for this as i just went for it )

step 7: use the mix to glue the half shapes together. dont use to much, you dont want it running out of the join. be sure your hands are perfectly dry when hadleing the sugar otherwise it will start to crumble and distort.
place back in a warm dry place for a few days (i left these for 2-3 days)

step 8: cover the sugar form with scrap clay. i used a small circular cutter to form holes at each end. bake

step 9: either run the bead under warm running water or soak it for 20 minutes or so then rinse. the sugar syrup dissolves slower than the other sugar mix so if you used a lot of it i recomend soaking.
cover as desired Smiley
if anything seems unclear please dont hesitate to ask  Smiley

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30  Monarch Butterfly Bangle in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: January 02, 2013 12:06:06 AM
polymer clay Monarch Bangle. my first project of 2013!
 i had been wanting to try Donna Kato's butterfly cane for a while, finally got there.i cut slices from the cane and smoothed them over an extruded scrap clay armature the baked, sanded and buffed.
i think i needed to make the black and white areas bigger, maybe make the bangle deeper, but i like the concept of this Smiley

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