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71  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Eyeball pin head tutorial....feed your monster well. on: February 17, 2014 11:24:28 AM
I made a monster for a swap recently and decided to send a basket of snacks with him. What better to feed a monster than eyeballs!



  • Start with some white, well kneaded polymer clay and ball headed pins.
  • Pinch off a piece about the size of the end of your little finger and roll in to a ball between your palms. Don't worry if it is not quite round.
  • Gently push the head of the pin into the center of the ball of clay and reshape to as round a ball as you can. If they are not perfect, don't worry, after they are painted, no one will notice.
  • Try to keep it as tight to the shaft of the pin as possible to minimize wobbly effects.
  • Bake as directed on polymer clay package and cool.



  • Now paint! I painted several layers of white.
  • Then drew a circle for the iris with a black fine tip Sharpie.
  • I painted the iris in fun monster colors using a toothpick to streak the iris.
  • Use the end of a paintbrush to dot on the pupil and when that is dry, use a toothpick to place a white dot near the edge of the pupil as a light reflection...makes the eyes pop!
  • I re-did the circle outline on the iris, drew some red blood shot lines with a red sharpie.
  • Several layers of glaze makes them look very slimy.
Now go feed your monster.
72  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tiny monster and his basket of eyeballs on: February 17, 2014 09:25:46 AM
Yes, eyeballs. It's what all good monsters like to snack on isn't it? In a recent One Tiny Surprise Thing swap I made a creepy cute little monster to cheer up my partner. He comes with his own basket of eyeball pins for snacks. Yum, yum! I just did a tutorial for the eyeballs at www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431628.0#axzz2tbp6vNzm.



73  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Craft Witch to watch over my craft world on: February 13, 2014 05:05:56 PM
She's faceless, but she still watches over my craft haven. After all, she's a witch. Made from an old paintbrush and a rather uninspiring doll body she now has painted, but laced up boots. She's decked out with bloomers, an old lace petticoat and a scrappy witch skirt. Keys hang from her zipper belt and she holds knitting needles to ward off evil. The feathers are just vanity! Don't cross my craft room threshold with bad thoughts!!

And I made this for me, just me. She's hanging on my wall and I smile every time I see her. I may add a face someday, but then again. Maybe not.





74  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / More monster eyes! They are watching you! on: February 13, 2014 04:05:32 PM
I have a monster swap coming up and I'm trying to get a jump on some stuffies for next fall...yes next fall. I never have enough time, so when I make one stuffie, I try to make more. And they always need eyes.

I used mylar from candy wrappers for the base this time and I think I should have left more mylar showing, but I like them anyway. The original tutorial is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430188.0#axzz2tFYOOS9z



And a work in progress shot.

75  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Craft Witch to watch over my craft world on: February 10, 2014 01:20:41 PM
She's faceless, but she still watches over my craft haven. After all, she's a witch. Made from an old paintbrush and a rather uninspiring doll body she now has painted, but laced up boots. She's decked out with bloomers, an old lace petticoat and a scrappy witch skirt. Keys hang from her zipper belt and she holds knitting needles to ward off evil. The feathers are just vanity! Don't cross my craft room threshold with bad thoughts!!

And I made this for me, just me. She's hanging on my wall and I smile every time I see her. I may add a face someday, but then again. Maybe not.





76  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Scrappy Valentine Love on: February 03, 2014 05:54:52 PM
I saw these little hearts somewhere on the web and that "I can do that" bubble appeared above my head. I mad about 8 of them, but gave them away to friends after a gathering at our house on Sat. So Ellie is only left with two hearts to keep her company. I pulled out all the red, pink and purple bits of fabric I had. Sewed them together after tearing in to strips, cut them apart and sewed some more. Added lace, buttons and some paper beads. Fun.



And Ellie with her hearts.

77  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest or Put Your Boss on Your Shirt day! on: December 20, 2013 10:35:18 AM
We had an ugly holiday sweater contest and I just couldn't resist creating one to honor my boss. I asked marketing for the dorkiest picture they had and I just went from there.

Funny thing is, except for the sweatshirt (in my boss's size), everythng came out of my stash. Nice stash buster.





I used Adobe Illustrator and a lot of clip art to create the image, reversed it and printed on iron-on transfer paper. Ironed it onto a piece of muslin and then went to town decorating. I'm getting orders, but I think it should stay one of a kind.
78  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jeepers, creepers, make your own Monster Eyes - Tutorial on: December 19, 2013 03:16:18 PM
Monsters need scary eyes! And making your own is so easy.*


Materials:

  • watercolor paper or stiff cardstock
  • clear flat marbles, ususally found in the floral dept in craft stores
  • paint or colored pencils
  • scissors
  • glue

Now get to work:

1. Draw circles on the paper slightly smaller than the flat marbles. You can also trace the marbles, but circles work fine.

2. Paint a base color in the circles and let dry. No need to be exact as you will be cutting the eyes out.



3. Paint at least two colors of iris. I use a toothpick to make the stripes. Let dry.



4. Using the end of a paint brush, dip in black paint and dot in the pupil, paint a vertical slit for cat eyes. Let dry.



5. Using the end of a smaller brush, dip in white paint and add a highlight. This is very important, it makes the eyes sparkle. Let dry. (see below)

6. Cut out the circles and using a clear strong glue like E6000 dip the back of the glass marble in the glue, then press onto the cut out eye. Use a good coating of glue so there are no air bubbles. Let dry. Notice how the marbles magnify the iris!



7. Glue onto the monster using the same glue, creating a good seal. I like to use ovals or circles of felt for the main part of the eye, gluing the painted eye in the center. OR I paint an eye shape filed with white, and edged with fun colors.



See other monster eyes at:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428559.msg5115051#msg5115051
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428670.msg5116641#msg5116641

* Not recommended for toys for small children.

79  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Super hero gift bags/toy bags/stuff bags on: December 15, 2013 02:32:29 PM
For Christmas, I stitched up a variety of simple stuff bags out of super hero fabric. I hope he can use these for keeping track of all those little pieces in all the fun building toys I keep (or Santa) giving him. The smallest is about 8 x 8 and the largest is bed pillow size. Merry Christmas.



80  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / X tags mark the spot! on: December 15, 2013 02:26:10 PM
My little grandson has the perfect name! Xavier or Little X as we call him. So for Christmas I made gift tags that can double as tags for his backpack or anything else! They are felt and just machine stitched. Very easy, but then there were no curves. Life is good.

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