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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Koi Pond 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!
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Baa! on: July 28, 2014 12:49:29 AM
Second attempt at polymer clay and I've made cute little sheep.
Hope you like them!
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: More Koi on: July 28, 2014 12:45:28 AM
thank you!
I have learned its very easy to contaminate the colours.
you should be pleased beginiers can follow your instructions
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / More Koi 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.

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Rain on: May 27, 2014 02:56:00 AM
thanks so much for all your lovely comments!

I'd be delighted if you wanted to stitch one of your own. Just a hint, you need to stitch the tights and the puddle or she just looks like she is standing funny.
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Rain on: May 26, 2014 04:53:38 AM
thanks kittykill!I found the graphic on pinterest  if anyone is interested:
I got the image onto the fabric using a poor man's lightbox. I put the graphic into a word file then I traced it straight off the screen. It works well.
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Rain on: May 26, 2014 04:39:40 AM
don't worry about the pen, I got the worst of it out and the rest my mum and I (it's a mother's day present) just went meh, doesn't matter. It's only a few small spots and a small blue line about 1cm long.
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Rain on: May 25, 2014 10:52:30 PM
Thanks! It looks really good. I hope the other person doesn't mind that I've used their idea but they say imitation's the most sincere form of flattery right?
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rainbow Rain 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!

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Water soluable marker didn't wash out on: May 16, 2014 12:46:48 AM
Hi I'm hoping someone can help me. I've done a backstitched hoop and a small portion of the marker has not washed out and its very noticeable. The marker was a high quality clover pen. I've tried soaking it in napisan (nappy cleaner) and its still there. Can anyone help?
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