I was thinking you could do book covers either as large sheets of polymer clay glued onto the regular covers (like a composition book or something) OR make very thick polymer fronts and backs. Either pre-punch the holes or drill them after baking - then stitch up a book. Just be careful to use a binding method that would be pretty loose because the polymer won't bend like a paper cover would (OK, it will bend, but then break!). Hope that makes sense!
Please post whatever you come up with - now I'm curious to try it out too!
I'd also suggest: -Flea Markets -Garage Sales - www.mantofev.com -your friends and family. Once word gets around that you are looking for odd little bits and pieces for collage, they can start collecting their "trash" and findings for you too. My family and friends are now trained well - they bring me bags of stuff every once in a while. And, if you don't use it just recycle/trash it. -Hardware store -Polymer clay (make your own items to glue on) -Your own trash (corrugated cardboard, packaging for light bulbs, orange mesh bags, fast food napkins, etc).
Also, I use matte (sp?) gel medium over almost everything... and tacky glue or more serious stuff to glue down big things.
Yep - Not so much art stuff, as far as what I've sold. I BUY art stuff a lot though. Selling wise, it pays to really surf around eBay and see what is selling (vs. just posted), prices, trends, etc. Be sure to also do the same searches in completed auctions also. And, figure out how people who sell what you want to sell list their items so they get lots of hits (what key words work, etc.). i.e., say not just SUSHI in your listing, but FOOD, CANE, Polymer Clay, beads, etc. The listing title doesn't have to be a complete sentence - just cram in there whatever somebody might search for so that you have a better chance for YOUR item to show up.
And, if it doesn't sell the first time, relist right away (second time is covered if you don't sell the first). And, then if it still doesn't sell, wait until a big snowstorm when people will be on the computer a lot! You just never know!
Ah... Tetris, my nemesis! Love it, love it, love it. I'm thinkin' Frogger would be fun too (but a bit more organic?). The original ones for class are GREAT! Not an easy artist to simplify down to a few utensils!
With the Modge Podge coverings, does the silverware hold up OK with handwashing? I'm thinking if I would just use it for special events and handwash afterwards it would be OK?
What about making dif. memory books? Accordian, fun folding ones, etc. They are really easy to make, then you can sit around and decorate them (which is the fun part). There is a bookmaking strand here in craftster, but I bet there are at least a few tutorials on making the memory/photo type ones.
I know it sounds dorky, but in 30 years it would be fun to look back on a book you make together about her whole ordeal (gotta illustrate it, make lift the flaps, etc)!
A few more variations in case anyone would like them...
We did a family project about 15 years ago with everyone making their own designs on various size soup/food cans. My mom rigged them up with x-mas lights inside, gathered them together as a centerpiece and put greens around them. Looked cool.
You can get LARGE cans (industrial sized) from schools and other cafeteria type places also. Works the same way, but it does take a while for the water to freeze! I did this once for outside luminaries and used old pillar candles in them.
There is a martha stewart project floating around out there where you make a halloween themed can and spray it white or black when you are finished.
Nowadays you can get the little battery powered tealights which are MUCH safer than tealights if you are working with kids or need to leave them unsupervised. They make a bunch of dif. type ones - some even flicker like candles!