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« Reply #120 on: January 25, 2010 06:40:06 PM »

I love your seasons plaques!  Are they handbuilt from clay?  Is it regular clay ( I don't know the terminology) or the polyclay stuff?  Also; how big are they?  You did such a beautiful job!

Thanks!

I made them from salt dough (2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water).  Each plaque is about 5 inches across.  I love 'em!  Hubby wants me to make some for our house.

I'm impressed even more now that I know they are salt dough.  I've worked with salt dough many times but I've never achieved that quality of work.  You've inspired me to try again.  Oh one more question, what temp did you bake them at and for how long?  I hope you don't mind all the question, especially considering I'm kind of hijacking the thread.  Sorry

I baked them at a low temp for a long time since they're kind of thick.  I did 200-250 degrees every evening for 3-4 days (probably 4-5 hours per evening).  Just stick 'em in when you get home (or after baking your supper!) and take 'em out when you go to bed.  That way they dry out slowly -- less cracking and browning.  Paint with acrylic paints and seal with polyurethane spray (3 coats).  Hope that helps!
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« Reply #121 on: January 25, 2010 06:42:43 PM »

Thanks!
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« Reply #122 on: January 25, 2010 11:29:57 PM »


Tonight, inspired by karin_'s post in the Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 22 ideas, I made my little brother a set of 8 apple key-board magnets.
He's a bit OCD about making sure every assignment and appointment date is on his white board calendar, and I thought that these magnets would be a great way for him to post little notes about certain days on the board to make them more recognizable.

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They're pieces off an old apple keyboard, since we all own macs. I thought they were very appropriate. Smiley


Wow, I'm glad I could inspire someone! Love your magnets! Smiley I have some stuck on my white board too, they work like a charm.
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« Reply #123 on: January 26, 2010 04:29:18 AM »

Those plaques are fantastic!
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« Reply #124 on: January 26, 2010 10:37:48 PM »

Hope it's not too late to join in on the fun. I too want to make handmade gifts for my entire family. So I hope that by doing it little by little I will be able to accomplish that. For this months project (this month that is almost over already. yikes. lol) I've started making some salt dough ornaments that I may use as special gift tags or as the gift itself. Yay! I've started! I know that Christmas will be a little less stressful if I can keep this up for the year.
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« Reply #125 on: January 27, 2010 06:16:57 AM »

I finally managed to finish some things for January! I really went with the "start small" idea, I made one ornament (I'm planning to make one ornament a month to give to my sister for Christmas) and one Christmas card. Both were made using this really beautiful wooden stamp my friends brought me from their trip to India. I want to play with it lost more soon!





I'll be making more of these Christmas cards too, so simple and fun!

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« Reply #126 on: January 27, 2010 06:32:54 AM »

That stamp is so beautiful!!!
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« Reply #127 on: January 27, 2010 07:46:56 AM »

lovely card and ornament!  what kind of paint are you using?  i always have trouble finding the right paint for fabric.
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« Reply #128 on: January 27, 2010 08:43:51 AM »

Wow, that stamp really is beautiful! Are you stamping on linen or muslin or ?
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« Reply #129 on: January 27, 2010 01:06:59 PM »

lovely card and ornament!  what kind of paint are you using?  i always have trouble finding the right paint for fabric.

Thank you! Smiley This time I actually used some block printing/lino inks I had in my stash, because these items are not meant to be washed anyway... If I decide to make a bag or something later I would use fabric paints. Nothing fancy, just whatever I can find at my local craft store. Smiley They way I did it is I put a blob of paint on some cardboard, and put a piece of craft felt on top. When the paint soaks through the felt becomes a brilliant "stamp pad" for this kind of hard wooden stamp!

Wow, that stamp really is beautiful! Are you stamping on linen or muslin or ?

Yep, just regular muslin. Super simple! Smiley
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