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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / 100's of Rat Earings <3(__)~~~ on: September 06, 2012 04:11:29 PM
hiya all. i've recently discovered the delights of polymer clays and i posted about my bottle top endeavours the other day. but i've also been makign some Rat earings.....well infact i made a pair for myself and a pair for my swap partner in the rodent revolution 4.... and i showed a few other rat loving people and they all said they loved them.....so i've just been making hundred and hundred of little rat earings Cheesy in all different rat varieties...... (all in both dumbo and top ears)

Heres a few of my favourites but there are hundreds more. i've been triying my hand at every rat variety going, but my faves as always are the haireless and the blues

Hairless black eyed rats,
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Facebook/Stuffs%20I%20made%20In%202012/544538_3928195958674_1529611044_n.jpg
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10020.jpg
Russian Blue Berkshire,
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10005.jpg
Black self dumbos
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10008-1.jpg
pink eyed whites (PEW's)
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10022-2.jpg
black and white hooded
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10010-1.jpg
red eyed hairless
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10025.jpg

Ther are lots more but i wont bore you they're all the same just different colours lol.......... i cant seem to get siamese right atm.........and am trying to work out how i'd do a rex rat............
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bottle Top Sculptures on: August 22, 2012 07:40:02 AM
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10015-1.jpg

hiya all. i made some of these over the last month or two and havent posted pics yet as i was waiting to send one in a swap and didnt want to give the game away lol.........


anyways one day i was sitting there fiddling with a odd blob of soft pink poly clay in my hand and found myself pressing it into a spent bottle top just messing fiddling while watching tv thinking about what i could do with the clay using the bottle top to make prints and then i ralised i was making a tree in the bottle top not with the bottle top......... so i pulled in my focus grabbed a cocktail stick and made.......

http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10007.jpg

the bottle top tree needed a friend..so i decided to make a set of earth, air, fire, and water.....
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10027-1.jpg

Earth=the tree
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10016-1.jpg
air= a dove
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10008.jpg
fire= a volcano
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10009-1.jpg
and water= a seahorse
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10010.jpg
and turned them all into  fridge magnets....



then as my rats are my  true love i found myself sculpting a little image of of one of my hairless rats sausage into a bottle top..........
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10014-1.jpg

totally hooked on sticking things in bottle tops i promptly went out an bought a big bag of 50 bottle tops for 1

i then made another similar rat sculpture to send to my swap partner as she has some hairless rats too, and turned it into a pendant
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10027.jpg

i then finally started playing with some coloured clay and made a little black and white hooded rat in a bottle top.......with pendant fittings
http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss34/LilMissHev/Craftster/SDC10013.jpg


i've got about another 45 bottle tops to use up and apart from loads of different rat varieties <3 does anyoen haveany more ideas of what to put in them?

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 1920's art deco swap on: August 21, 2012 01:23:54 PM


the 1920's is my favourite era ever. i love the style, the fashions, the interior design, the music the cars,  i adore everything 1920's and art deco and i wondered if anyone else loves the era too and wanted to do a little 1920's swap.....i'm UK and would love it if lots of UK people joined in

what do you think? if theres enoguh interst i'll see if i can organise it
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / i tried my hand at Mosaic :D and made a horsey :p on: March 06, 2012 07:59:40 AM
its my first ever attempt with mosaic i just fell in love with some tiles in the craft store and had to find something to make with them Smiley so i bought one of their paper mache, horses and a few more different tiles.....and a tile cutter.......and a whole load of stuff that has nothing to do with mosaics lol .......   ;p

and after one failed attempt were all the tiles fell off as i tried using a silicone glue as advised on the packet.....and i had to start all over again clean the horse off completely and throw away a good portion of those lovely tiles Sad i staerted again with good old modge podge and it worked brilliantly...and i discovered

i absolutely love mosaic

i even brought some mini wooden mice today cos i want to make some tiny tiny mosaics.

so without further ado here is (101 pics of) my little mosaic horse...who needs a name....









and with a few left over tiles i mosaic'd this mini clip board Cheesy



5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / help me with my mosaic pretty please i'm having a nightmare! on: March 01, 2012 08:08:27 AM
hiya guys,

i didnt know the best place to write this so i'm writing this here, basically i'm trying my hand at mosaic. i'm working with a simple paper mache model horse i bought from hobby craft and some " moulded plastic" not glass tiles which i've cut up smaller. anyway the tiles packet said to use a silicone adhesive to fix them which i did and then after 48 hours of tiny tiling and grouting the whole thing fell apart. the tiles pealed of the horse with the slightest touch and rubbing the grout on made the rest fall off no matter how gently i tried. even after it had dried i could just using my fingest peal off the whole thing and i am now back to a bare paper mache horse.............. .............

and so my question is what would be a better glue to use for plastic tiles, on paper mache, as although the tiles were plastic they were not cheap and i've waisted at least 3/4 of what i had so before i start again and waist the rest please help..........what should i do
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / help me with my mosaic pretty please i'm having a nightmare! on: March 01, 2012 08:06:07 AM
hiya guys,

well my problem isnt strictly to do with glass but its a glass technique i'm using so i hope its ok to write this here, basically i'm trying my hand at mosaic. i'm working with a simple paper mache model horse i bought from hobby craft and some " moulded plastic" not glass tiles which i've cut up smaller. anyway the tiles packet said to use a silicone adhesive to fix them which i did and then after 48 hours of tiny tiling and grouting the whole thing fell apart. the tiles pealed of the horse with the slightest touch and rubbing the grout on made the rest fall off no matter how gently i tried. even after it had dried i could just using my fingest peal off the whole thing and i am now back to a bare paper mache horse.............. .............

and so my question is what would be a better glue to use for plastic tiles, on paper mache, as although the tiles were plastic they were not cheap and i've waisted at least 3/4 of what i had so before i start again and waist the rest please help..........what should i do
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a BIG GiRl jumper pattern on: September 09, 2011 12:35:22 PM
hi guys do any of you know any crochet jumper patterns in larger sizes HuhHuh? i'm a big girl and would like to make myself a nice jumper as i've fallen inlove with some wool i have found, but i dotn have and cant find any patterns for a jumper especially one for a larger lady.........i'm also a beginner crocheter and tought myself a ffew stitches from fome books so a pattern thats not toooooo complicated......al so its a varigated yarn if that makes a diference to patten choice

thanks guys Cheesy
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / need quick help with Gold Leaf Flakes on: February 14, 2011 06:47:39 PM
Ok to cut a very long story short........ i need quick help with a little project....i bought some gold leaf flakes for the first time in my life and wanted to use them to make and crackled oriental 'ish effect over a dark red base on the interior of two little wooden trinket boxes i bought for 99p from the charity store the other week. i really love these little boxes but having never used gold leaf before i have messed up the inside of the first box and luckily havent started on the second *phew*

so what i did; after sanding them down and getting the varnish off, i gave the inside a few coats of dark/blood red acrylic paint..... then i applied the gold leaf (fist by pressing it into the wet paint=which didnt work too well) then by usuing my trusty old PVA craft glue worked a treat.............t hen i was an idiot and wanting to protect it from wear and tear and make a thick glossy almost enamel coat i covered it in acrilic gloss varnish....

what happenned well basically within minuits of applying the gloss varnish the gold leaf turned green mouldi looking and looked like it has just been pulled out of a fish tank.......... (verdigree?? maybe)

scan you advise me of the best way to remove the green muck from my little box,do i need to sand it all down and start again ( bearing in mind these are thin boxes) and what would have been a better way to apply the gold leaf and seal them so it doesnt flake everywhere everytime i use them when i come to do it properly, to get the same look without the green mould effect???

The pictures



9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Cross Stitch Wrap on: February 09, 2011 02:27:48 PM
i dont know if you are allowed to double post, but i have already posted this item in craft challenge 59 - super ugly to super awsome. but i wanted to post it here and get other needleworkers opinions of my efforts in freestly embroidery and the piece as a whole. the actual embroidery is pretty simple and consists of mostly open chain stitch, lasy dasiy, and blanket stitch oh and some stem stitch and french knots with two colours in the needle.
the whole project is a wrap to keep your flosses in when working on a project, it was made as a gift for my mum. here are a few pictures on the embroidery but if you would like to see the whole item and read about the product, particularly the inside details pleasee click this link and visit my other thread in the craft challenge area here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372456.0. thanks for looking i welcome any comments and critiques as i am new to emroidery and am teahing my self from a stitch encyclopedia.....th e wrap is for my mother who loves cross stich but does no other embroidery.












 
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Super Crusty Curtains(&shirt)into Super Cushty Cross Stitch Wrap gift for mum on: February 07, 2011 03:24:22 PM
Teaser;



Well i hope i have made the deadline as i dont know weather you are ahead of me or behind me but i haven't been able to post this project as i have been having camera problems, if i have missed the deadline oh well never mind it was fun to make and i will try again next challenge.....any ways to get to the point

i turned This;

 a pair of stiff crusty old  pastel green curtains i(4) and a hideously overpatterned flowery shirt (3) in shades or mauve/pink that looked like Dylon had exploded on it and was so small i doubt it would fit on a  barbie doll and turned it into the coolest Cross stitch thread wrap EVER, as a gift for my mum....as omg that hideous curtain material...she liked it...as green is her thing and cross stitch is what she does best and is currently using an old piece of card, with pencil scribbles on to separate and identify her floss, she is forever getting them mixed up and the flosses are forever tangled and she really needed a better system, so when she said she liked my ugly material and i was in need of a creative project and this seemed like a perfect solution to both our problems. so after lots of umming and ahhing and scribbles on bits of paper and having to sew and unpick and sew and unpick almost every facet at least twice i give you the "super crusty curtains(and shirt) to super Cushty cross stitch wrap gift"

Outside Closed


Outside Opened


outside embroidery detail; picking out the patten in the curtains i used daisy chain / detached chain stitch to make the flower petals in a variety of colours that matched the inside lining. i used clusters of french knots to make the centres with two different flosses in the needle one a dark and the other pearlescent and accented with some pinks iridescent seed beads to catch the light. then i used stem stitch to make the flower stems. the whole of the front is bordered simply with open chain stitch using a green multicolour pearl cotton.




inside whole.


inside details
accessories Panel including two clear pvc pockets, and a three page felt needle book. and a section of elastic to hold items such as a pencil scissors, seem ripper etc. all hand trimmed with blanket stitch in the same matching multi colour thread.








Floss Holders.
the only part of this project that didn't come out of my stash was the metal rings i used to hand the floss on. i chose to use a white background behind the floss so its easier to see the floss colours, but my favourtie part is the the identification system. i used more clear pvc i had in my stash and made a row of tiny clear pockets above each floss ring so that you can slip the relevant key code in them above the floss and it keeps every thing neat and tidy, and when you do the next project they can be taken out and replaced with the new key. along the bottom of the floss section i also put an envelope flap that can be opened with poppers so that any long ends of floss can be tucked in and protected from damage of hanging out of the bottom of the wrap. everything was again hand embroidery trimmed with open chain stitch










Other details
inspired by another craftster's members project, i used poly clay to decorate the heads of 5 pins with daisy's(my favourite flower) to use as stitch markers, return to points so she doesn't keep loosing her place when stitching. she can just pop a daisy in the place and know where she has to come back to. also being a gift for my mother i also bought her a tub of thread heaven. and a gorgeous gold pair of DMC embroidery scissors and some little pots to go in the pockets for keeping beads in, oh and a pencil/ rubber sharpener set, but they aren't really part of the project but they are part of the gift.


that was so much fun to make i want to make one for myself now, and cant wait for the next challenge it was great having a deadline to work towards too
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