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 #163

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I got pressies! My partner gave me a load of crafty stuff that he bought during his work lunch breaks. It came in a cute kitten box and there was so much that it didn’t even all fit in it. There’s so many embellishments and things to do. I’ll never need more googly eyes again. I felt weird about making things to give away or sell with the items that he gave me, but he said then I can go shopping to replace them…

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I began by attacking the felt. The package said ‘princess colours,’ so I made a princess with the pink, purple and white felt from the pack, and added some blonde hair. after pottering around, I began colouring in one of the diy money boxes I got. I decided to use the markers that came in the kit, not expecting it to go far, but I managed to cover the whole thing in a base colour. The problem was that being child proof, means washable and takes a long time to dry, so I had purple fingers for the afternoon. I was thinking of covering him in rhinestones. depends how bored I get.

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Finally, I unmasked my resin pieces and attempted doming on bottle caps. Some worked, some didn’t and the resin began curing in the middle of pouring, so some are a coagulated mess, with pock marks from failed bubble popping. I got the measurements wrong again, and the stickers moved, and the glitter turned a weird colour. But some pieces came out lovely… until I put fingerprints into them.

But I should be busy for a while, especially with Christmas card season coming up.

Day #161

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Popping out day! They cured, which is good. They look quite pretty. This is Winnie the Pooh with gold glitter. It worked well apart from his eyebrows had air pockets, so once I get some wet/dry sandpaper, I’ll sand them off and paint his features in black. I also cast a whole bunch of letters in an alphabet mould, but I had the same problem with the air pockets, so will try and fix that. I left some in so that I can try a second layer to fix a layer of glitter, but it’s hard waiting to find out the results. I’m glad the resin turned clear, as it was quite yellow when I mixed it.
Unfortunately, I had to keep my door shut as they were drying and my craft room smells of industrial machinery, so I need to air it out.
Fun times.

Day #157

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Shopping day, Yay! Had a short time but a fun time out. At the craft store I bought some floating charms, a chocolate mould, a silicone baking mould and a Wilton fondant mold, all for crafting purposes. I got some more white card stock, some geisha doll fabric and a cheap magazine with next to nothing good but nice patterns and colours for cutting out. I got two magazines, one on digital painting and sculpture, and a card making magazine which I got for the cute Christmas ‘me to you’ stamps and paper. I then got some beautiful turquoise glitter paint, which is the bottom right picture. The picture looks more green than it is, since it looks like green glitter floating in blue. I also picked up some bottles with fine tips which are perfect for PVA glue, especially because I buy big bottles and use them to refill the little bottles.
In the craft store, we saw scrapbooking paper that was just brown paper with coloured designs, which would be so easy to make, as I have the same stamps as the design. I’ll have to make some presents this year so I can make my own wrapping paper.
I had some fun playing with clay in the fondant mould. It works really well with the polymer clay that I used, and these would look very nice on a box project that I’m working on.
I’m excited to used the ginger bread man moulds as the examples on the packet were so cute, showing a princess and monster. It got my creatives thinking.

Day #156

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I’ve been slowly working on this guy. After the base coat of red I showed you a while ago, I’ve put about 5 coats of pinkish purple glitter paint. I should have done another coat of red, since the glitter is transparent and you can still see the bad paint strokes. It’s quite pretty in the light, but the camera on my phone doesn’t pick it up.
One thing about having cats and a craft room is it makes you a little bit tidier. I often hear strange noises coming from the room only to find my tools on the floor. Also covering drying items is a must. They share my love for art, or they just like playing with my things. They’re lucky that they’re so cute.

Day #120

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In a lot of pain today, so I surrounded myself with bits of paper and glued them together to make pretties. Not much to say about them, as they’re pretty straightforward, but I have been playing around with my big shot machine.
My tip for cutting out small alphabets is to use adhesive paper. Saves on applying glue to small areas. However this doesn’t always work when using punches, as the second layer slips and cuts strange, but it depends on the paper and punch. To take this a step further, I found glitter tape, with a backing (so essentially long coiled glitter adhesive paper) this works well with small letters. If you can’t find tape with the backing, apply tape to a slightly slick surface, then die cut. If you have a collection of washi tapes and small dies or punches, this gives you a range of things to experiment with.
Go wild!

Day #9

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More cards. More mess. Less heat :).
Im still just throwing things together.  I dont really have anyone in mind when I’m making these which makes it a bit harder, but I still think they look nice. With the bottom left vintage looking one, with the santa thi picture was on a Christmas scrapbook paper with a collage of vintage Christmas images, so I cut them all up to use. They already had sparkles on it, too.
I had brought some glittery ribbon to use on my cards, but the glitter falls off far to much for anyones liking, so I’m trying to think of ways to make the glitter stick. Maybe a layer of glue or something :/

Get those thinks bubbling.