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1  Re: Miniature glass fishing float for mermaid display in CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES by EmmyS on: March 10, 2015 04:43:26 AM
So PVA glue and green acrylic paint might do the trick you think? I'll have to experiment! Thanks for the tips!

Patraw - Our Mermaid Club is a fun fitness class where we put together Esther Williams style routines in the pool. It's sort of Synchro meets Retro. For example, we were working on some moves to Bobby Darin's song "Splish Splash" last night.

MareMare - The new Chambord bottles are a bit more streamlined and modern looking, but this is what the old ones used to look like. Glorious huh? Definitely channelling (or Chanel-ling) French decadence!
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2  Miniature glass fishing float for mermaid display in CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES by EmmyS on: March 09, 2015 04:48:04 AM
I'm in a mermaid club and we're thinking of holding a party to celebrate our first anniversary. I've been looking for inspiration for an underwater theme and one thing I see repeatedly is fishing floats - glass orbs surrounded by a knotted rope. Chambord (black raspberry liqueur) comes in spherical bottles, so I thought I'd try using a miniature one to craft a tiny float for this challenge. I can use it for a table centrepiece for the party, or I might even upgrade to a full size bottle!

(Here's what they're supposed to look like BTW! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/Large_glass_floats-9-2.jpg)

Making of...

Sadly my bottle was full so I had to empty it first!

Then I washed it and removed the label. I did try to colour the bottle light green with diluted nail polish but it went gritty and so I cleaned it out.

I took 4 strands of rough twine, knotted them in the middle and began to tie them in alternating knots.

The big centre knot fitted well under the base of the bottle. The rest I built up around it, adjusting the distance between the knots so they best held the bottle. I pushed the remaining ends into the neck of the bottle and wrapped some more twine tightly around the neck to hold them in place.

Tada! My glass fishing float from a bottle. Thanks for reading!
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3  Retrofit Liquid Soap Dispenser in CHALLENGE 97 ENTRIES by EmmyS on: April 07, 2014 04:38:52 AM

I like liquid soaps but the modern plastic containers always look out of place in our traditional bathroom. I'd had this idea drifting round my head for a while so when this challenge came up I thought I'd give it a shot. I used two containers, an empty jam jar and an old liquid soap dispenser, to make my project. There are a few tutorials online for this, but here's what I did.

- Drew a circle on the lid of the jar that would fit over the thread of the soap dispenser.
- Used a hammer and nail around the circle to perforate the hole in the lid (leaning on a cork coaster stopped any damage to my table).
- Spray painted the jar lid in silver and left to dry for 24 hours.
- Separated the pump lid of the soap dispenser from the base.
- Cut the neck portion of the soap dispenser off the base using a hack saw, then neatened the cut with scissors.
- Fed the neck portion through the hole in the jar lid and attached the pump lid firmly.
- Cut the feed straw of the pump lid with scissors to fit the new jar.
- Filled with liquid soap and placed in the bathroom.

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4  Star lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by EmmyS on: February 04, 2014 08:53:36 AM

I don't think it qualifies for this months comp, but I made this lamp on Sunday afternoon using some things I had around the house:
  • 2 A4 hard back envelopes
  • A piece of corrugated cardboard
  • A string of 40 LED lights
  • Tools: a pencil, scalpel, metal ruler, an awl and a glue gun.
If anyone wants a guided tour of what I did, just ask!

I was inspired by my husband who showed me this item - http://www.made.com/broadway-star-floor-lamp-black. My lamp is only about 40cm tall but it only cost about 4 (the price of the lights in the post Christmas sales). Much better value. Even better - When I see MY lamp I get a lovely warm glow of satisfaction having made it myself!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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5  Love heart "stamp" for poster parcel in Valentine's Day by EmmyS on: February 01, 2013 08:41:51 AM

I am giving my husband a beautiful A3 poster print for Valentine's day. It came in a large white cardboard envelope which was protecting it perfectly, so I thought I should just redecorate the outside rather than rewrapping it.

I stuck a red heart over the address, ready to write his name on, and made this "stamp" for the top right corner.

The stamp uses 2 contrasting pieces of paper and is great if you want to re-use an old envelope as you can make it any size for covering up existing post marks.

Here's a few pics of the process.

I used pinking shears with a zig-zag edge to cut the smaller stamp shape, and then used a steel ruler and craft knife to cut the inside border.

Then I cut out a small heart of the inside piece of paper...

And then a futher hollow heart shape from the remaining paper.

I arranged them, stuck them down with a gluestick, and cut out a number 1 for the corner.

I stuck the "stamp" in the top corner of the envelope, and here's how it looks. I hope this might inspire someone else with a similar wrapping dilemma.

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6  Another first-timer entry - My Icelandic honeymoon momento in CHALLENGE 74 ENTRIES by EmmyS on: May 07, 2012 04:34:36 AM
This is my first challenge, and I picked a bad one as it's already got some great entries that put mine to shame! Nevertheless I'm going to submit it and take my first baby-steps into this fine Craftster world!

This challenge appealed to me as when we were on honeymoon in Iceland last year I picked up some gorgeous matt black lava rocks from a local craft shop. I used most of them to make a bracelet/necklace but I had a few left over that I wanted to use. When we were there we also ate some of the best sushi I've ever tasted so I felt that making some paper sushi rolls would set me up for a fab little honeymoon momento necklace. Here's how it went...

I cut some strips of paper (with scissors - naturally!) and rolled them tight round a cocktail stick before glueing the ends with a gluestick.

I dug out my stones and picked a nice square one out.

I used some dark green nail polish that I'd had for ages to paint a nice seaweed "nori" around the paper sushi rolls.

I left the rolls to dry on cocktail sticks in a tub of Playdoh, and used a dark pink pen to draw a salmon coloured centre onto each one.

Ideally I'd use a fine silver chain for them, but instead I threaded them onto a piece of cotton to finish.

Here's the finished article as it'd look hanging round my neck...

Thanks for looking! If you have any tips or thoughts on how I can improve or how I can better present a challenge entry, please let me know - Cheers!
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