Saturday, April 19, 2014

Polymer Clay Hair Chopsticks

I was going through my stamps for inspiration, and I found Graphic 45 Bird Song stamps. I really like the fan, because it had interchangeable details. I thought it would make some really interesting hair chopsticks.

I decided to make it with black Premo! polymer clay. I like Premo! better, because it is actually softer and easier for me to work on, since I am still a novice.  

I had some actual chopsticks from a restaurant. I decided to paint them black. I wasn't sure how to fasten it to the fan just yet. I used a wire to attach the fan to the rest of chopstick. It did not seem very stable, so I also added some liquid Sculpey to keep it from falling apart.

It took me a few tries to line up the fan outline stamp with the details. The trick was to get the fan form first, because then you can line up the form easier. I baked the fans on top of a bottle to make sure it would keep the form. I used Inka-Gold metallic rubs to bring out the details from the stamp after the clay came out of the oven. 

I also experimented by using polymer clay to make the chopstick part. They broke fairly easy on the second time I try to use them. I am not sure if it was because I did not condition the clay enough or simply I needed to add wire to help to give it strength. I probably will continue using the wooden chopsticks, because they require less effort.

There is still more experimentation to be done, but I did like the results. Hopefully, I can perfect it a bit more.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Phantom of the Opera Mixed Media Journal Page

My husband saw the Phantom of the Opera when he was younger. He talked all the time about seeing it with me. We were both very happy when we got tickets from Paul and Donna as a Christmas present. 

I've always loved the theater since I was little, but seeing the Phantom is a whole different experience. The music and the story were amazing. I know that since that day, Justin and I have been listening to the Phantom's music day and night. It seems fair that the Phantom finds a way into my art journal, to remember the experience. 

I wanted to add something about the theater as well. It took me a while to find a picture of the front of the Cadillac Palace theater big enough for me to draw. 

I started off with music sheets, I thought it would be appropriate. I knew I wanted specific elements on the pages. The mask, the theater and a rose was the original idea. 

The chandelier came as an idea afterwards. I used Lindy's spray for the background. It's difficult to tell, but it has a blue shimmer. I used color pencils for the thinner lines on the theater. The white is acrylic paint. 

Seeing the Phantom is something that will stay with me forever. Now, it is also marked in my art journal. 

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

New 2014 Mixed Media Journal Entry

Last year, sometime in October, I started a journal page. I loved the background I created, but I could not come up with something else to add to it. Lately, I have not been crafting much, because of school and work and life in general. I have a lot of projects I want to start, but when I do have a minute to craft, I can't make up my mind on which one to start first.

It took me almost three months to finish this journal page. The beautiful thing about art journals, it's that you don't have to think about it (or it will take you three months to finish, hehe).

I used a lot of sprays on this page, and a couple of stencils. I also highlighted some of the texture on the page with Inka gold metal rub. 

I stamped a lot of leaves on green paper. I fussy cut them out and distressed their corners. I also added a gold spray from Lindy's Stamp gang. 

The flowers I made with a flower punch. I used distressing inks (red brick and yellow mustard) to color them. I also used the same colors for the numbers, but I added a green, to make sure they stand out. 

I was not sure what to do for this other side. I knew I wanted to add something with the year in it, since it took me so long that it became my first 2014 page. I thought it would be fitting to add "New 2014", because so many things are changing already this year in my life. 

Anyway, this is my first 2014 Journal Page. I hope you liked it. 

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Polymer Clay Flowers on a Jar

I was browsing through Pinterest for ideas for polymer clay projects. I found a few ideas on decorating glass. One of the most beautiful things that polymer clay offers, is the bright colors that just call to the eye. I wanted to try it. I used an empty jam jar I had around.

I used some silicon molds that I had for different flower sizes. I also got a few of birds and butterflies. Most of them are from the Martha Stewart. 
I added some small details to the flowers and birds using a tooth pick. I wanted to make sure that most of the details were unique. 

I made sure not to mix the clay, because I wanted the colors to remain as bright all around the jar. I used liquid clay to make sure that the figures would adhere to the smooth glass. I was not completely convinced that they would stay on it otherwise. 

I also added pearls to the middle of the flowers. I had added some rhinestones to some of them, but after baking, they melted. I decided to change them all to pearls afterwards. I used E6000, and they seemed pretty secure.

At the end, I gave the little jar to a friend of mine at work. She had made some Christmas Jam for me as a present. She had a tough year, and she still managed to think of me and my family during the holidays. I wanted to give her something as special in return. I think she really liked it.

I hope this inspire others to try new things.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

"Wampler" Mixed Media Sign

I liked the sign that I made for my stepdad so much, that I had to make one for myself. I wanted it to be very "girly", the opposite of the one I made for him.

I made the letters the same way, using polymer clay and molding it over a print out of the letters I wanted to use.

Since I wanted it to be gold and pink, I made sure to use clay in light colors that would not show through after I used the acrylic paint. I colored all of the embellishments with Martha Stewart's Craft Paints Pearls in pink. 

Most of the embellishments were made using polymer clay and silicone molds. The fabric flower at the right lower corner I made with some left over lace from a different project. I also added some acrylic flowers in darker pink to maybe add some "bling" and contrast. 

I made a couple of pins to hold it to the wall. The pins were made out of left over stuff I had just laying around. I wanted them to stay in the same tones, pinks and gold. I think they look very "girly". I made sure to use Glossy Accents glue to keep all the components from sliding. 

I rubbed Inka Gold Metallic Rub in red over most of the embellishments to bring out the details. I also added the gold tone rub to the letters, making them stand out from the rest. 

I took the sign to the office and I've gotten a lot of compliments on it. 

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Autumn Flowers for Tori's Bottle

Well, with this post I will share one of the projects I did during the holidays. Between enjoying time with the family and friends and what seemed like an endless supply of good food, I did some crafting.

+Tori asked me to make some flowers for a bottle she had covered with yarn. She is so creative with everything she does for her home and family. She has also been incredibly supportive with my crafting since day one. I was happy that I could do something for her. 

Here it is:

She wanted something for her house that would match her decor. She has mostly browns and it just made me think of fall. I got a dark brown ribbon to go around the bottle a few times. I added a butterfly and a dragonfly made out of clay, just because.  

The flowers were handmade. I had to mix a few colors of distress ink to get the right tone of orange. I added some bling to the middle to just make it sparkle. Then I went through my stash and I found a Tim Holtz key that says "Love". If there is something that characterizes +Tori's home is Love, I found it fitting. 

I hope she likes it and I am so grateful for the opportunity to do something nice for her.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Calla Lilies Christmas Mixed Media Canvas

+Justin always tells me that giving a present I make to some else can be tricky. I would have to agree that it is. You do not want to tell others how to decorate their home or just force them to take something they do not like. I do however, want to make things for my friends all the time.

I told Jenny that if she did not like this canvas she was welcome to say no. She did say she liked it. 

Here it is:

The Merry Christmas sign I found at Walgreen's. It has a lot of glitter, and of course, I had to have it. The background color is one of Lindy's Sprays. I used a couple of stencils and modeling paste to add texture to canvas before I added everything else. 

The calla lilies were made from polymer clay. I used a fondant technique to make them. They were originally meant to be white, but they burned a little in the oven. They still look good though. 

I think she liked them. Too bad Christmas does not last longer. 

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