#299

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Yeah, I’ll get around to cleaning soon. I just wanted to try out some quilling. And mould filling. With glue…and tissue…and nail polish. >_>
So, now that our house is smelling of pungent fumes and filled with drying objects, it’s time for bed.
I was talking about the selling thing that I’ll be doing, and we figured that I’d need a website to do the selling from. My lovely partner bought me the domain name, and we set it up using our gaming webspace that we have plenty of extra data on. It’s just bare bones at the moment, but, enter raspberrysheep.com. I even remembered to finally publish my Facebook page. I haven’t set up all the accounts yet, and the ones I have basically just show my posts from here, but you can always contact me through them, and hopefully I’ll be able to sell things once I get the software as well as the all clear from social security.
Now, all the hard decisions of web designing. It’s been so long since I’ve done any coding, but I love doing it. I even thought of doing it for pay once, but it didn’t work out and it does get frustrating. There’s not much room for artistic licence in commissioned sites. At least we can play with mine however much I want. First choosing a colour scheme, and maybe redoing the logo. It doesn’t look professional enough πŸ˜›

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#255

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Finally another inspection over and it was shopping day.
Before my body decided I needed to go home, I picked up a box of friendship bracelet thread , that came with a kit and strange circles. While I was bored in the evening, I decided to try to see what the discs did, and was pleasantly wowed. By putting 16 threads into slots and basically moving one thread up and one thread down, turning slightly and repeating, you end up with a pattern coming out the other end. This amazed me quite a bit, as I am still unable to see how it’s done. My partner deduced the use of dark magics were involved.
I always liked the look of friendship bracelets, but never had the patience. First time, I didn’t have the patience to learn. Then, when I did, I didn’t have the motivation to continue them for long enough, and would plait most of the bracelets length, let alone make two.
I also picked up a magazine, at the shop, that had some quilling supplies attached, including quilling paper, a slotted tool, and a sizing and shaping board, all of which would have equalled the price of the magazine itself normally. Also the magazine has some lovely ideas, not only cards, which is great for a multicrafter, like me.

#236

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A couple of quilling ideas. The first looked way better on the pinterest version. Perhaps a larger stamp with looser flourishes. My version looks like I just put quilling randomly on a page that happened to have been stamped. It’s meant to look like flowers. I might try with smaller paper, a bigger stamp or draw a design where it is meant to incorporate the quilled flowers. Many possibilities as always.
The other idea I don’t remember seeing anywhere, but it came into my head as an idea. It’s a variant coin. Three quilled pegs, glued, then wrapped tightly in paper. I wasn’t sure if it would be triangular or a circle but I pulled it all pretty tight, and it’s a nice shape, not quite either. I guess I could try this with two or four pegs in the middle. These would make a nice pendant for a necklace especially if domed with resin.

#235

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So, I got out my quilling supplies for a few reasons. One- I like making these coin things and they will totally be legal tender of my dream world that I own. Two- I’ve seen some pretty inspiring quilled cards lately and I might get around to making if I stop making coins. Three- I finally found a silicone chocolate mould with perfect domes to use with the resin, in which, these coins would look lovely, whether it’s by themselves, with die cut letters, painted on or layered together.
I originally wanted the domes to glue to pictures to make fridge magnet/paper weight things. These domes are about 1 ΒΌ inch wide at the edge, so too small for a paper weight, but being a dome, they can be smaller, the shallower it’s filled. It’ll be an opportunity to use up the last of the horrible resin that I have on trialling, then I’ll have to buy some good resin online.
I have such a long list of things I want to try in art and craft alone. I have hundreds of notes on my phone and so many notebooks filled. If I never had another idea, I’d be set for life. So I have to screen my ideas, which is sometimes easy because they can be silly. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and try to do so many things at once that I burn out. It’s all so exciting that I can’t decide on what to work on and end up getting nothing done. I really need a way to organise my ideas, so that they don’t all need to be done right now, but I won’t have the fear of losing the energy or ideas if I leave it. Of course one good thing of leaving it is refinement and thinking of variations that wouldn’t be thought of when jumping right into a project. But that often leads to obsession and I make the project up so much in my head that I either get sick of it or it gets too scary that I’ll mess it up.
My head is too full for its own good sometimes.

Day #162

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Preparing more bottle caps for resin trials. My partner requested a Horde symbol, which I painted directly onto the metal. I hope it works out, since it looks quite nice. Later on, I decided to do some quilling for the bottlecaps. I want to see how these come out without sealing the paper for the resin. I tried sealing some after quilling and it was too hard to get it all, and I’m not sure how the paper will bend after sealing. Because the paper is one colour, (not just printed with a white core) I think it won’t be too much of a problem unless the colours run. That’s why it’s called experimenting, I suppose. My hands need a long awaited rest.

Day #106

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Night owling again. Playing with some tiny gold brads and sequins. I suppose these could be useful for adding shinies to cards. They were just fun and easy to make, I don’t really have plans for them. I ran out of the flower sequins, which I tend to use the most of, but I can’t remember where I bought them. I’ll keep an eye out I suppose.
To make these, get a bunch of mini brads and layer anything with a hole. I only had gold, so my combinations were slightly limited, but pink, blue, red, dark purple and green works well.
Still coiling some paper occasionally. The ones above were crimped using a corrugator, which is fun to use. It seems to make the quilling look more like flowers or basketweave, I think.
I like how changing one thing, whether its the texture or the width of the paper, can create a great deal more possibilities and combinations. It’s like that with most crafts. We’re given the tools, it’s the combination of how we put it together that makes it unique.

Day #103

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Been doing some absent minded quilling while watching things lately and have a whole bunch of lovely random coloured coins. Today I think I graduated to basic shapes!
I made this tutu inspired by one made by the frugal crafter on YouTube. She made the bodice in white and it was from memory so its rather different. I wanted to make a bow but the one I made was too big for the dress but still cute for a project.
Then I realised I have a lot of orange strips, so I made a carrot. I was going to make an orange, but that might look like another coin. Maybe I’ll make it into legal tender if I ever own a country.

Day #102

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Quilling and bottle caps combined! Yay!
I know the photos I put up aren’t great as they are taken on my phone at night, since I mainly blog on my phone in bed. This is the easiest way for me, and I know that if I do it all properly and get my camera and daylight and upload on my computer it’ll all look nicer, but I’m not as likely to post then. Besides, blurry or small images boost your imaginative skills. So I’m teaching you… in a way πŸ˜›
So, I was watching the frugal crafter on YouTube today, looking up quilling. It happened that she had made bottle cap pendants with quilling in them. As this was what I was working on, most of the supplies were in reach, so I got to working. It was actually quite fun. I might cover some with the clear embossing powder, especially the cool looking large circle ones.
I got my hot glue gun out also. I rarely get this out, mainly because I’m scared of getting burnt, even though it’s a low temp one. I was burned by one in primary school quite badly and took me a while to even get one. No matter how handy they are.
I was playing around with filling silicone moulds with hot glue. I think a hightemp one would have given nicer results, but it was an experiment and it worked ok. I tried some with pva, which will take a lot longer to dry, so I’ll find out in a few days.

Day #101

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Today I got angry. Mainly at the fact my body doesn’t work as well as it should and I couldn’t do as much as I wanted.
I began drawing more circles for pendants, this time using my own drawings. I got about a third of the page inked before my hand cramped too much to do any more.
My partner really wants me to make stuff to sell and said I should set a goal of selling to buy a 72 set of copic markers. I suppose I’m afraid of failure or something because I keep putting it off. Maybe it’ll be good to have a goal.
I really want those markers.
I tried some quilling, incase I feel like doing some on cards I make. It was a bit annoying amd not great fun. The Internet makes it look easy.