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1  Autumn Bookmark Tag in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by asma·kr on: February 02, 2010 09:05:27 PM
I'm participating in the One World One Heart giveaway event this year and for it I've made my first paper collage bookmark.

I used old forest green packaging paper, torn papers from ruined books, metallic paint, some wire and an old diary key. You can't really tell but there are some flat circular mirrors glued to it, and the orange/burnt paint is actually metallic and has a shimmer. The leaf at the center is ornamental.

Full view and some close ups:

If you want a chance to enter the give away to win this bookmark, leave a comment on this post and I'll enter your name for the draw.

For more information on the event: One World One Heart

Thank you for viewing.

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2  Multi-stranded Amethyst bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by asma·kr on: February 02, 2010 02:24:45 AM
I decided to participate in the One World One Heart giveaway event this year. For it, I'm giving away a bracelet (and a bookmark)... but here's the bracelet:

Since I was running low on good craft wire, I used tigertail to make this bracelet. I slightly crimped the metal beads so that they'd stay in place for the entwined strands. The flat, glass amethyst beads are a favorite in my stock and I rarely ever use them. But they looked so pretty here, I could not not make this bracelet  Tongue

A quick collage:  Smiley

Thank you for viewing.

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3  When the moon turns blue in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by asma·kr on: January 19, 2010 12:41:03 PM
I recently finished a page in my art-scrapbook (it's technically not a scrapbook because there are more art stuff in it than photo pages.)

This page was inspired by these lines:

    But once in a while the odd thing happens,
    Once in a while the dream comes true,
    And the whole pattern of life changes.
    Once in a while, the moon turns blue.

To go with that theme, I gave the clouds a silver lining and then glittered the moon and stars. The moon, clouds and mountains are layered with blue shaded calender paper, construction paper, clear blue plastic and newspaper cuttings. Then I printed out three of the four verses above in a simple font and glued them to the bottom.


Here's a quick collage of the page, hopefully showing you the layers on it:


And finally, here's my favorite part: Smiley


The stars were made to look as if they were hung from above. I used silver embroidery thread to do that and taped the excess to the back. Too bad for my messy fingers.

It actually turned out a lot simpler than I intended, but it's definitely a favorite of mine.  Smiley

Love to hear what you think!
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4  Re: Cold Porcelain Clay in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by asma·kr on: January 11, 2010 03:42:50 AM

Clear nail polish, by the way, has no longevity (I found that out the hard way) so until I order in some Sculpey Glaze, I left the rest unpainted/unglazed

I'm not sure why that happened (and what exactly did happen re "longevity"?) since all air dry clays should be fine with most all clear sealers (or acrylic paints, etc), including clear fingernail polishes, as long as they are completely dried first.  Since cold porcelain can take a more than a day (or even up to a week to thoroughly dry), did you perhaps just coat the cold porcelain too soon?

I didn't suspect it would take longer than a day to dry actually. I glazed them over the next day. The reason I said that it doesn't last long is because for the one piece that I glazed it with and wore, the polish wore away and the paint underneath started chipping off. I figured that it was because I used nail polish since... the same thing happens on our nails. Undecided

This is it only three days of daily wear (showers included... maybe that's why?) :


I'm definitely looking into polyurethane! THANK YOU for making it so much more simpler. And also for your tips and those links, they contain loads of useful information - I've been checking them out since last night!
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5  Wandering Hearts in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by asma·kr on: January 10, 2010 12:35:49 PM

Bits of hearts,
Of paint on paper,
On wood and dust,
Here and there.
Whimsical things made for future scrapbook pages or ATCs. I painted them on the Classifieds and newspaper pages, outlined them with ink pen and then cut them out, not sticking to a margin.

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6  Cold Porcelain Clay in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by asma·kr on: January 10, 2010 05:37:03 AM
I live in India where it's hard to find Polymer Clay or Fimo. And instead of ordering online, I decide to go for another alternative: Cold Porcelain Clay. That's glue, flour, and some other odd stuff over the stove. Yes, I cooked glue. It was fascinating.  Tongue

After some research online, I found I could get away with substituting Nivea for cold cream, and Vaseline for glycerin which I did have at home. It air dries, so there is no need to consume electricity or draw unwanted attention to the tray with smiley faces on it. And it shrinks, so it's not perfect.

But here's what I've made so far:


I used heavy silver eye make up, purple hair dye, and black stamping ink to color them and then sealed them with clear nail polish. The texture ones were made from pressing the clay into irregular surfaces, painting over with black and then lightly brushing over silver.

Those are the only painted/finished ones I've made so far. Clear nail polish, by the way, has no longevity (I found that out the hard way Sad) so until I order in some Sculpey Glaze, I left the rest unpainted/unglazed:


Has anyone else experimented with Cold Porcelain clay before? Comments and tips will be much appreciated!  Grin
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7  First Miniature book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by asma·kr on: July 01, 2009 04:57:58 PM
I've always wanted to make a really tiny book, so when I stumbled upon a tutorial for it (that seemed incredibly easy) I thought - why not?

I know it's not perfect, there are actually so many things that are wrong with it - I should have used better paper for the outside, my headband is sloppy and the cardboard I used was too thin. I still like it though and I plan on making more (and getting better at it).

Here are the links to the tutorial, in case anyone's interested:

Thanks for veiwing! Advice, thoughts and opinions are welcome.  Smiley
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8  Re: Cat-Scratcher from recycled card board in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by asma·kr on: June 09, 2009 02:44:40 AM
I personally loved this idea on Design Sponge. The cats absolutely love it.

I made mine only 2 inches tall because I thought I'd run out of cardboard to wrap:

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9  Re: Teeny mice from reclaimed fabrics with TUTORIAL (A LOT of pics!) in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by asma·kr on: June 05, 2009 11:46:09 PM
Thank you for sharing this awesome idea!! I just finished making one last night and my cats love it! I think I may have to make some more since they're quite a bit possessive of it (and that they're so aggressive when they play with it).

Instead of adding eyes and ears, I just gave them a face/head. I couldn't get the nose to be pointy either (I'm really not good at the whole sewing thing). I guess it turned out so flat because I didn't stuff it enough (with fabric scraps, that too).

But my kitties aren't complaining, and I still like it all the same. Grin

Excuse the sloppiness of my hand-sewing and the choice of fabrics (it looked better in my head):

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10  Tiny book keychain in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by asma·kr on: May 14, 2009 02:28:34 PM
I actually made this last year. My sister got me a very cute, small but plain address box. So one day, I punched a hole, took out my scrapbooking stuff, dressed it up and converted into a keychain.

The silver ribbon that goes across the middle from the front to back is actually from an old birthday present; it effectively covers an ugly telephone icon on the front. The flower stickers are glow-in-the-dark and the “A” charm is one of the two that my sister and I bargained for at an exhibition a few years ago.

The shiny silver paper on the underside of the front and back covers (4th photo) is just more saved wrapping paper from past presents. The textured beige papers (2nd & 3rd photos)  are bits of sample wallpaper that my cousin and I collected in large amounts on a crazy whim from Office Depot.

So while it doesn’t look like much, it has a lot of sentiment attached to it. Now you also know how much of a pack rat I am.  Tongue
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