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1  Koi Pond in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by kathleeen on: August 12, 2014 09:31:58 PM
after watching NerdEcrafter's tutorial on youtube I made one myseld and here is the result:

For any Aussie's who want to try this please note the following:

- use Sculpey to make the fish, Fimo, even the soft kind is too hard to make them without making you feel like a failure. I got Sculpey at Spotlight. Fimo is at Lincraft and is ok for the decorations.

- the liquid acrylic she uses is crazy expensive here, about $60 for 200mls. I used Digger brand casting acrylic that I got at Bunnings. Remember to buy the Catalyst I had to go back to buy it they keep it under the counter at the paint desk. It was $26 for half a litre. It sets much faster than Jacky's acrylic, I came outside (do it outside the fumes are high) and found mine set hard and I hadn't put the fish in. I just put a but of the acrylic on my fish and glued them on then spooned acrylic around them and it worked fine. You can get the acrylic off your hands with nail polish remover.

- The mold was a silicone mini patty cake tin I simply bought at Kmart so my ponds are round. They work nicely.

I'm making a pile of these for christmas, I'll put a magnet on the back so it can go on the fridge. I chose not to put in any decorations like the grass that stick up so they wouldn't break off in transit.

Thanks again NerdEcrafter for the free tutorial it worked great!
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2  Baa! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by kathleeen on: July 28, 2014 12:49:29 AM
Second attempt at polymer clay and I've made cute little sheep.
Hope you like them!
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3  More Koi in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by kathleeen on: July 26, 2014 03:33:44 AM
After watching nerdEcrafter's tutorial on making koi fish I was another who just had to give it a go so here is my first polymer craft too. It's about as big as an aussie 50 cent piece.

it more delicate in person, I also recoment tweezers.

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4  Rainbow Rain in Needlework: Completed Projects by kathleeen on: May 25, 2014 09:29:48 PM

This image has been around a while and I've been wanting to do one. Sadly I do not paint well. So I made this embriodery, which was heavily inspired by this project:

The image of the girl comes from a deviantart page that I can't find to credit and I think may have been recently removed. I traced the image using a Clover washable pen and ruled in some rain and backstiched the image. Here is a picture with all the embriodery complete and it just needing a bath:

Sadly after this things hit a snag, part of the washable Clover pen would not come out. Just a few small patches, but very noticeable. I then spent a lot of time trying to remove it. I tried nappy cleaner and it remained. I scrubbed hard with bi carb soda and water, it faded a little bit. I was wondering if I should just think up something to embrioder over when a friend said to try methylated spirits, or metho in this part of the world. I soaked the patches for a long time.. eventually most of it came out though there are still small patches of the texta here and there. I no longer recomend Clover pens.

It's my first time making an embriodery that is displayed in a hoop and I think it looks great!

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5  Some Bunny to love in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kathleeen on: March 11, 2013 09:06:14 PM
I made another one!

Again in a gift card tin. They are so cute, so easy and so cheap to make! less than $5.

Hope you like it!
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6  Bunny Tin in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kathleeen on: February 15, 2013 02:35:10 PM
I've been seeing this floating around the internet for a while but since there is no such thing as Altoids where I live I haven't been able to make one. Yesterday I spotted a gift card tin at the craft shop and here it is!

It is a very economic birthday gift, I don't think it cost $4 to make.

Cute isn't it?
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7  A baby for Breanna in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kathleeen on: January 15, 2013 03:29:41 AM

I made this Dolly for an 18 month old girl called Breanna.

Here she is in all her glorious in perfections!
She needs a bath and the 40 degree heat should be perfect for that.

I made her from a pattern from a quilt shop, I've made half a dozen now. Little girls all love them even in the age of the DS. Three are currently overseas with their owners. If you make many little dresses to change they love them more. You can take them to bed not like the hard plastic ones. Hint: A Fat Quarter is not enough material. 

If you want the pattern send me a message and I'll tell you where to get it. If that's allowed I guess.
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8  Re: Baubles, Baubles and More! Pic Heavy in Winter Holidays by kathleeen on: December 22, 2012 12:20:37 AM
More glass baubles!

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9  Baubles, Baubles and More! Pic Heavy in Winter Holidays by kathleeen on: December 21, 2012 10:53:49 PM

Hello I'm not sure if this is the right place but I had my first try at painting baubles, the DIY kind from the craft shop. I think they turned out pretty, more to follow!
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10  Moist Carrot Cake in Dessert by kathleeen on: April 20, 2012 10:51:00 PM

‎2 Cups grated carrot (3 large carrots)
1 tin crushed pineapple drained
1/2 cup crushed walnuts or pecans (buy crushed walnuts)
2 1/4 Cups SR flour
1 level tsp bi carb soda
1 level tsp salt
1 1/4 Cups canola oil
4 eggs
2 cups castor sugar
 beat eggs abd sugar together (hand mixer will work) add oil gradually fold in flour and dry carrots and pineapple bake in a big tin lined with baking paper (important lined) bake 350C or 180C 1 and 1/4 hours
 Cake is very moist.
 125gms cream cheese (half a block or tub)
 1/4 cup butter
 1 1/2 Cups icing sugar
 1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix with a mixer spread on cake.

Apologies for camera phone picture.
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