#175

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I made this yesterday, but it used a lot of glue, so it looks better now. Usually, you’d concertina a long piece of card, but I had a bunch of heart cut outs, so I started folding them without knowing what to do. I was watching YouTube, so I wasn’t paying much attention to what I was doing. So I need up with quite a few, so I glued them together. I was almost all the way around before I realised it would have been easier to have a card circle as a base, so I went and found my circle punch and glued it all down. After trying different combinations of sequins and gems for the middle, I settled on the gold and blue, although purple looked nice, too.

#174

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I decided writing ‘day’ in the title is somewhat midleading, as I miss days. But this also gives me the opportunity to post multiple times a day if needed. I’ll keep the number so I can see how I’m progressing.
I unmasked the resin this morning, and they turned out rather well. My partner really liked the dr who ones. Not too many bubbles made it through, and they aren’t that noticeable. The glitter worked on a couple, but I blame the resin drying too quick for that. The red dalek looks quite good with just a layer on the back, but K-9 was too thick for it to show through properly. I would mix the glitter in the resin before pouring, but by the time I’d mixed all the colours, they would start to set before I get it in the moulds. I think painting on the clear ones will be successful, then coat with clear nail polish.
The Dr Who figures all stand up, so that’s useful. I think I’ll probably turn them into Christmas decorations.

Day #173

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I’m back from the heat wave. I stopped functioning, and it wasn’t even very hot by summer standards. The other day I went to our favourite gaming/pop culture store, and while picking up a new game, I saw dr who ice trays. I’d been looking at buying these online, so when I saw it, I had to get one for using with resin. There’s a lot of places for bubbles to hide in them, so I had to chase them out with a toothpick. I made sure to measure and count the drops correctly, and it still began to set before I was ready. Halfway through mixing glitter into the poured resin, it got thick, so I just covered the ones I wanted with glitter to hope they cling onto it enough. I suppose I’ll find out tomorrow, even though they were probably set half hour after I poured them :/
With my last batch, I had to coat them with nail polish, to shine them up and get rid of some stickyness. It didn’t feel too sticky, but the pieces stuck together, so I think the nail polish will solve that.
I cast a couple of clear pieces, so I can try painting them.
Finally got around to washing the clothes from the op shop, so I’ll try them on, and see what needs doing soonish.

Day #172

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I finished my bag, yay!
It has the black and white all on the inside, and has poppers/snaps for closing with the buttons just for decoration and hide the stitching on the poppers. I showed my partner, and he wants me to design a bag for him. I might use that denim that I bought.
It doesn’t have any pockets, because it’s my first bag, I wanted it to be simple with a high success rate, and ease myself into pockets and other things later. It wouldn’t be too hard, as you could sew the pockets to the lining before it gets sewn together and the stitching will be hidden.
I’m quite pleased with it, and may actually wear it in public. :)

Day #171

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Today was an interesting day with crafts. Such as colouring in a money box car with red marker and paint over it with red glitter, only to have the marker ink reactivate and make an exact blood red. Then I tried to glue rhinestones to a bear money box, only to have them slide down the face slowly because the glue somehow got watery with the heat. Next was making roses with dictionary paper from a book I got at the thrift store the other day, and the pages were so thin that I had to paint glue over them, just so I could bend the petals properly. So they don’t look nearly as good as I’d hoped. Finally, I was bored and decided to play around with felt. Basically, I flicked through my craft folder of pictures on my computer, and made things inspired by the pictures. The sheep was a finger puppet, the circles were flower shapes, the cat was a keyring, and the underwear… was on a bear. A little clay one. None of the colours are the same, apart from the sheeps coat.
In other news, I found my iron, so if I don’t melt, I might get some sewing done. Mind you, everything is a mess, I’ve been crafting in three separate rooms to save cleaning up. I really should get on that.

Tip #8

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So many people are crazy about shimmer these days. It seems all the trend with their wink odefinately and their pearl pigments. Not once have I heard them mention iridescent medium by Reeves. I found this in the art section of my craft store, and it’s intension is to mix with any acrylic paint to make it shimmery. The medium part in the name means it has the same basic structure of acrylic paint, and will mix well with it. There are so many mediums you can get, some to build texture, or some slow drying to make them more oil paints, but less toxic.
Back to iridescent medium. This acts similarly to acrylic in the way that you can dilute it slightly with water, and paint it on surfaces. This is semi transparent, so it will show the colour of paint or paper from beneath, but it will be slightly more pale and shimmery. I’ve made my own shimmer paper this way, as well as using watercolours with it. Mixing the medium with acrylic directly will give you an opaque shimmery look with just one coat of colour. You get quite a bit to use in one tube, as a little goes a long way.
This purchase was definitely worth it in my case, and it wasn’t too expensive.

Day #170

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Went to the op shop today. Actually a couple, but didn’t spent too long looking. I got a few items for me to wear and a few to cut up, like this suede skirt. I picked it up for the fabric which would make lovely miniature bears, and I’d get a lot of them out of this. I have to wash all the pieces and try them on before I know if I need to modify any.

Day #169

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I abandoned the search for the iron for today, and whipped up a couple of small projects to practice with. I made a  tiny quilted piece with a ribbon border. It would be a pot holder, but it’s far too thin, so its just decorative.
Then I decided to make a thread bin to keep on my table while I’m sewing. Its a very basic bag, with plastic tubing in the top so it stays open. I added a loop so I can slide it onto the bar under my table top.
I’m hoping to get to the thrift store soon, so I’ll have plenty to do. Maybe too much…

Day #168

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Busy sewing day, today. I almost finished a belt, did a fair bit of a bag, half made a pincushion and half heartedly made a cat ball.
The reason I couldn’t finish the belt was that I started using the eyelets that I had gotten the other day with my eyelet setter, but they didn’t come with washers, they were gold instead of silver to match the buckle, and they were too small for the buckle to fit into. So that project has to wait to be finished.
Next, I began making my bag. I’m using instructions for a bag, but created my own pattern from the pictures, as I wanted mine bigger, and couldn’t print out the pattern. Essentially it was a square with rounded corners, so easy to reproduce in the size I wanted. I can’t find my iron from when we moved, but i have to find it to flatten the strap.
As for the pincushion, the glue is currently drying, and is functional for the moment, just needs some decorating with some paint and ribbon. It’s actually a box, so I might clean up the inside edges, and I can keep a miniature sewing kit with small scissors and thread in it.
As for the cat toy, I felt like making something, and couldn’t think of anything else. It was quick and cats don’t care if they can see the stitching.