Archive for April, 2008

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Ornament Thursday redefines motherhood

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Ornament Thursday again! Feels like it was just a month ago.

This month’s theme is motherhood. I had fun making this pin. It’s made from cane pieces made out of Kato Polyclay. Tiger lilies have kids too (sort of). I made the cane parts and before assembling it into a flower cane, I cut off some individual petal slices and made a 3D flower and bud.

An eye pin and some chain hooks the bud to the pin, much like I was hooked to my mother’s skirts when I was just a bud. MZ

Hop over to Ornament Thursday to see what everyone else has been up to this month.

5 Generations of Mothers
Hali’s first attempt at an altered book featuring family photos of great grandmother down to her niece.

Art Bead Scene
Add art beads to needle-felted flowers for the perfect Mother’s Day corsage.

Candie Cooper
See a sweet project that Candie and her mom made together.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Celebrating Mother Earth with a ceramic pendant tutorial

Katie’s Beading Blog
Make this easy talisman for new moms or moms-to-be

Linda at Make It Mine magazine
Quilts inspired by Mom’s Mom

Modern Glass Link Earrings
Modern Glass Links for the Mom who’s a classic!

Strands of Beads
Melissa and the Short One celebrate motherhood with a little origami

The Swell Life – Swelldesigner’s blog
Make this cool and colorful buckle inspired by the iconic “MOM” tattoo

UR Charmed Mother’s Necklace
Easy to make and personalize necklace for Mom or Grandma!

Mommy-isms by Michelle

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Ornament Thursday..

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It’s nearly OT time again and this month the topic is motherhood. Michelle has come up with a great project .. it’s totally yummy and here’s a preview of it.

check back on the 24th to see it in all its glory. HB

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Monday, April 7th, 2008

Krafty Lady molds save a reluctant jeweller..

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Krafty Lady Art Moulds are pretty amazing – they can take a whole lot of abuse and they still come out fighting. This time I blasted them with one of those neat heat guns from Ranger, guaranteed to get the heat in the right place every time without a blast of air to scatter everything everywhere.

So, I was supposed to be making a necklace with Friendly Plastic – which, if you haven’t used it is a totally cool product. Since I’m the kind of person who routinely colors outside the lines, I looked at the Friendly Plastic and then at the first of my new designs from Krafty Lady which features my African mask carvings and thought that here was a way to get out of making necklaces sitting right in front of me. How would Friendly Plastic work in my moulds? Giving only a passing thought to the possibility of frying the moulds I placed some pieces of Friendly Plastic in them and melted it by waving the heat gun over it!

Some what to my surprise, I admit, the plastic melted and the mould was fine. I left the plastic to cool in the mould and then, with the help of some cold water, the plastic molded shape popped out. Needless to say the necklace project was left standing in the dust and I spent the next hour molding colorful African masks from Friendly Plastic some of which you can see in the photo.

If you’re doing this at home, start with Krafty Lady Art Moulds – they work well because of what they’re made of and other molds may not stand this abuse. In deep moulds like the African masks work by layering strips of plastic inside the mould instead of using one big piece of plastic because the big pieces sort of drip into the mould whereas using strips lets you plan stripes, dashes and all sorts of designs. Zap the pieces with the heat gun and watch as they melt into the shape. Then set aside for a few minutes to cool – don’t touch them because they’re hot! Then pop the mold and Friendly Plastic into a tub of water and pop out the finished pieces. Too easy… and way fun. MZ.

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Monday, April 7th, 2008

Finishing touches..

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I was on a big clean up rampage on the weekend – more news about why coming up, suffice to say it involves someone by the name of Lynne Ann, polymer clay and breathtakingly beautiful canes. But, my lips are sealed. Back to the topic – which is the half finished pieces of clay I’ve had kicking around in the bead bin marked – “not done yet”. They’re cool looking leftovers from a faux diachroic bottle that were just too good to throw away. They are made using Jones Tones foils, paints and PearlEx powders from Jaquard. I covered the bottle itself with a 2 part epoxy and, while I liked how the leftovers looked, I wasn’t about to go to the trouble of brewing up a mix of epoxy just for them.

So, instead, I gave them a nice thick coat of Lisa Pavelka’s new (and wonderful), Magic-Gloss which leaves them beautifully glossy and finished. Since these were leftover pieces and their edges weren’t great, I swiped a fresh blade from Helen’s desk, did some magic with my eXacto knife and then covered the raw clay edges with adhesive foil tape which is normally used to prep stained glass pieces.

I like how it all came together. I’m tossing up whether I’ll finish it with Liver of Sulphate but, for now, they qualify for the finished bin.

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