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11  Remelted Shrinky Dink Jewellery in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Crafty-Kat on: June 13, 2010 04:16:29 PM
After seeing the idea here on craftster I decided to give remelting SD plastic a go to use up some scraps!

This is the grass one

And this is the underwater scene. Sadly I didn't know which way up to place the pieces with this one so the fish got slightly cindered but I now know for next time!

Thanks for looking
C and C's always welcome
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12  Polymer Clay Jewellery in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Crafty-Kat on: June 13, 2010 04:08:13 PM
I came up with these to use up some more of the polymer clay sticks I have  Grin

Sorry this is blurry my camera didn't feel like playing ball it would seem!

Thanks for looking!
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13  Shrinky Dink Jewellery in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Crafty-Kat on: June 13, 2010 03:54:54 PM
These were actually made during my first play with Shrinky Dinks at the end of last year but I've just refound the photos so thought I would post them Grin

A pretty snowflake pendant

Some out of focus Autumn leaf earrings

A matching snowflake ring

A pair of snowflake earrings (Love this photo with the shutters stuck on the camera!)

Thanks for looking
As always C&C's are welcome
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14  Home Made Yummy Scotch Eggs in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Crafty-Kat on: June 13, 2010 03:28:02 PM
I made these scotch egg's a while ago but have only just got around to uploading photo's  Cheesy

They were supper tasty although completely unhealthy...

I had half a dozen eggs to use up and some sausage meat so thought these would be perfect!

All you need -
Sausage meat
Bread Crumbs
Eggs -I used 6, 4 for the centres and 2 beaten (some hard boiled for the centre and some for the 'glue' to hold on the bread crumbs)
Some herbs and seasoning to taste

And a means to deep fry them! I just used the smallest saucepan with a bucket load of oil  Grin

We had one each for tea and the other each for lunch the next day  Grin they keep very well

Thanks for looking!
C and C's are welcome and appreciated
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15  Stud polymer clay earrings and a pretty purple necklace - New Photos Added! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Crafty-Kat on: May 28, 2010 01:05:11 AM
I wasn't sure whether to put this in the polymer clay section or the jewellery section... I hope I've made the right choice!

I've had a few personal problems that have been affecting my final year of Uni, even resulting in having to defer a couple of my exams...and therefore my graduation for 4months! To say thank you to the lovely lady in the office who's been helping me and has sorted out all sorts of things to help me along the way I wanted to craft her something.

I decided on jewellery a long time ago, and have been playing close attention to her tastes in every meeting since!

Since I've been playing with polymer clay for a while (making sticks and then having NO idea what to do with them!...leaving them so long they get hard.... I ended up baking them) I thought cutting thin slices and adding them to jewellery would be easy and look effective! So these are what were born

I saw a necklace like this in a shop not so long ago and loved the idea but not the price tag Tongue So I made my own.
I have also knotted the cord a little up each side and placed a decorative spacer in the same colouring  

The necklace is a really pretty purple, that photo just doesn't show that Tongue

I really hope she likes them Smiley

C and C's are appreciated and more then welcome
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16  Dino-rama -pudding party mission (very pic heavy) in Dessert by Crafty-Kat on: May 09, 2010 07:15:00 AM
Believe you me this is not for the faint hearted! and although all the ingredients are edible (short of the plastic dinosaurs and the tree) I would never consider munching on this pudding! Yuk
It has been nicknamed 'diabetes in a box'... you will see why!

I have made many of the photo's only thumb nails as I wanted to show the step by step photos I took but didn't fancy killing everyone's computers  Cheesy

A few weeks ago my house mate came to me with a problem- he was going to a pudding party and wanted to make a land of dinosaurs in a box that was obviously mostly edible  Grin as it was his last ever pudding party (a yearly tradition with his society at uni) he said he wanted it to be as impressive as possible...

After raiding my cooking supplies I came up with a plan while he went shopping for a box.

We used -
4 packets of blamange (2 chocolate and 2 vanilla)
2 packets of  angle delight (butterscotch)
4 packets of gelatine
3 packets of pancakes (8 per pack)
3 icecream cones
chocolate powder
Rice pudding
Berry Compote

Red /Green/ yellow food colouring
Vanilla/orange/mint flavouring


First I made up the blamange in two saucepans, and layered it alternately to create 'land'.
I put in a take away box cut to size on one edge of te land to later hold the jelly 'sea'. (the land looked to wet so I socked up some of the water which had collected with coco powder
We made the 'sea' with the gelatine, as it gave the water a off white-blue tint we made this a little darker using the green food colouring. After this was set in a bowl we broke up the jelly to make a rough sea.

Once the land blamange was basically set, I added the angle delight on top.

While this was setting we made the all edible volcano! Starting with the ice cream cones with the tip cut off to create a void in the middle to later hold the volcano's rice pudding 'lava'. Using a couple of cones to make sure it was stable. We then broke up some of the pancakes and used the mash to form a volcano shape, holding it together with compote.

We then mixed the chocolate powder into some icing to cover the volcano. This needed two layers to be strong. and then we let this set.

I stabilised the 'land' with a layer of pancakes to make sure it would hold this volcano!
and then covered it in a layer of icing sugar. Using Yellow for the 'beach' and green for the 'vegetation'. The yellow icing was flavoured with the orange, and the green was vanilla.

I mixed some sugar with yellow food colouring to be sand at the base of the sea. and on the beach area. I also did this with green for a texture on the land.

We then put the volcano on the land (lots of fun getting it off the plate, a bowl and a spatula came to the rescue!).
Mixed red food colouring into the rice pudding then draped it in and over the volcano.

All that was left to do then is stand the dinosaurs up and tie in the flying one at the top (sorry can't remember what it was called).

and voila!
Only a small amount was every eaten at the pudding party strangely  Shocked  Grin

Thanks for looking
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17  Home made crisps / potato chips in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Crafty-Kat on: May 08, 2010 10:58:43 AM
After searching Crafter and the internet for recipes I was brave enough to try these back in January! Have only just found the folder with the photos now so though I would post it  Smiley

Super quick, easy and even tastier to eat then store brought snacks (isn't everything you make your self so much tastier though? Wink)
You can add what ever flavouring you like which is the best bit!

I found the best way to cook them up was on the biggest plate we have which fits in the microwave! instead of the bowl that was recommended mostly as its sometimes hard to get them to stay on the sides!.

Salt and Vinegar -

The second batch I made I added some ground chilli and paprika for colour and taste

Slightly spicy -

I have since tried other veg slices which work great! My fav's are beetroot as the colour is great as well as the taste.

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18  Chocolate fudge and carrot cake- two birthday cakes! in Dessert by Crafty-Kat on: May 08, 2010 09:42:51 AM
It was my BF's birthday last week and we were having a few friends round for a little party at our's so I wanted to make him a birthday cake.
I asked him what cake he wanted... he said chocolate and lots of it!

So I decided to make a chocolate fudge cake  Grin

I made a basic cake, cut it in half once cooled a little, then sandwiched in a layer of the chocolate fudge.

I then covered the entire cake with the fudge and decorated with melted dark chocolate (and the plate as I has lots of left over choc!)

I'm not keen on chocolate cake so I also made a carrot cake.

I made the cake with oil instead of butter as my house mate doesn't eat butter (which is also why there is a blank area in the butter cream topping)

They went down a treat!
Thanks for looking!
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19  Stamp Necklace / Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Crafty-Kat on: May 05, 2010 03:15:34 PM
I've had some stamps lying around since I was a child and thought I should do something with them!

So I picked up some Shrinky Dink Plastic and got drawing, cutting and colouring away...
This is what I ended up with!

As you can see there are a few scratches that happened during sanding, but The varnish soon sorted that out.  I couldn't decide which way round to turn the stamp before sticking it to the boarder so just randomly stuck it on  Wink soo... a couple of layers of varnish later and...

I love it ... just need a leather cord to put it on now as I don't think my normal silver chains will look as nice.

I left the back panel transparent in the middle that lets light through making the stamp even brighter. Shame there wasn't two so I could have made earrings!

Thanks for looking
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Have put together a three strand beaded necklace for it Smiley

Sorry its a bit blurry!
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20  DIY Dress Form - Blue Duct Tape in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Crafty-Kat on: May 05, 2010 09:00:53 AM
This is my first topic so please bear with me Grin

I'm very excited about how well the dress form turned out and just wanted to share it with you all!
With many thanks to my wonderful fella for making it look so amazing and it was lots of fun to make.
Sorry for the number of massive photographs I may have been over excited....

I used-
100m of bright blue gaffa/duct/duck tape (about 10 from eBay- you can use any colour of course!)
1 black bag/sack
A pair of scissors
About 3Kg of stuffing
and a lovely patient assistant!

If you are going to give this a go make sure you have a drink nearby and tie your hair up before you start if it will come into contact with your dress form as you wont be able to lift you arms up very easily ....or walk very far! (as the photo proves I didn't have much mobility but did feel like a super hero, sorry its blurry, my house mate was mid-giggle).

I put on a black bag bin liner, with arm and neck holes cut roughly into the top. I then taped down the excess -which was quite a lot -to give it a bit more shape before the wrapping and to help reduce crinkles and folds in the final finish.

It took about 2hours to wrap (having never tried it before it was a bit of trial and error to begin with!). You can use paper tape, but I have seen it peel off as it dries out so I wanted something a bit stronger.

Wrap under the bust area first which will help stop the black sack from moving. If you need to extend any areas (We needed to on the neck, arms and legs) then wrap a layer of clingfilm around the area so that you can continue wrapping without it sticking to you! The first layer was used to get the basic shape, making sure it was pulled tight against your skin at this stage will save a lot of time later! And will also make sure its a nice finish.  We wrapped 2 layers on most areas, with 3layers in parts that needed more stability i.e. the bust, shoulders, under arms etc.

After cutting it off then taping it back up the back, I stuffed it with polyester toy filling over two days to allow for expansion after the initial stuffing. (Please ignore the mess! I decided this was more interesting then putting the washing away)

I decided on polyester even though I know this blunts pins as I wanted a stiff form but light which held its shape well even over time which I didn't think I could get with news paper/plastic bags/old clothes.

I also considered foam filling (the kind you find in a can that expands) but I wanted to have more control on the filling then this would allow me as gaffa/ gaffer/ duct/ duck tape doesn't hold its shape perfectly (i.e. doesn't stay cylindrical but rather more round!)

I inserted a coat hanger to enable hanging, which is supported by the shoulders. I padded the coat hanger with some of the polyester filling so that it didnt sit too high in the form then continued stuffing around it!

I cut the base, arms and neck shapes out off cardboard to insert into the gaffa tape shell to stop the stuffing falling out and then taped them sealed, make sure you do the neck one last as this is where you stuff from and therefore you can adjust the stuffing easily and ensure a hole for the coat hanger is in the right place. You can also build a stand into the dress form, but I don't think our flat is quite big enough for that!
The base isn't quite straight but as I will be hanging it this doesn't really matter to me, it just makes my shoulders look wonky when its free standing on the floor.

After hanging for 3days I patched up the areas where some of the tape has slipped/stretched slightly-only about 1mm! and also covered any messy bits with the remainder of the tape. And I even fashioned a gaffa ring for my dear boyfriend as a thank you!

The proud man-

And he says he isn't crafty! He is going to sign the neck panel for me too.

Thanks for looking Grin Any C&Cs are always welcome!

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