Archive for February, 2008

Project # 8 – resin earrings & 9 – writing to this blog!

Monday, February 11th, 2008

This is taking HOURS to get the basics in.  I am counting this as Project #9…geez!

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Project 8 was making resin heart earrings.  I don’t have the best photos of these.   Here are those hearts in the mold, floating in resin, during the hardening process.

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And here is a lousy shot of the earrings!!!

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Good news – I finally got a better photo.  Lesson for me – don’t use a pink background when photoing resin!  Use the brown table:

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Project #7 – Valentine’s Day Swag

Monday, February 11th, 2008

This idea comes from My Minutia – it was part of her Winter Bella (January) zine.  I of course could not make just one – had to make FOUR.   Well three and well on the way for #4, but I need to mail the other three so I focused on getting them “swagged”.

Lets see – first I had to EAT a tone of candy…well actually I used the candy in this project and another one (see the next blog entry for that).

So you take these boxes and cut out and put things in them…the reason this photo is here is because of the tray its on – got that for a b-day present and now so wish I had about a dozen of them.  I have trays but mine all have dividers.  This was great to glitter on because it was small and had just the one space.

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Then I got to paint glue on the boxes and glitter…thus the tray was a godsend…

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Oh – you can’t tell they are on the tray because I lined it with aluminum foil – can’t waste that glitter!  This way it was easier to pour back into the bottle.  I used Martha Stewart silver glitter, Glitter Art pink for the alternate boxes and thank heavens Martha Stewart glitter glue.  Why thank heavens?  It comes with a metal brush built into the lid.  Martha and her team do think of everything.  I had three choices of coating/pouring from her glitter jar as well.

And the finished projects, three of them – hanging on a door temporarily before they get mailed…

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Project #4 – etched vase

Monday, February 11th, 2008

etched-vase-with-flowers.gifProject # 4 was etching a vase.  I have done etch work before but never to this size.  One thing I learned was NOT to try to etch the whole piece at the same time.  The other lesson was to leave the etch product on a LOT longer than the bottle said to.  Previously everything I had done was with the liquid form which I would put small objects into.  This time it was the creme that you paint on.  Here is a photo with the the foam stick on hearts you can buy at craft stores placed and then the etching creme painted HEAVILY (another lesson) over that area.

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Yes there is some creme on the side – not to worry its not where I had placed the hearts on that side so it could just set until I cleaned and washed the side I was working on.  Yes the gloves are mandatory as is the plastic surface.  This stuff can eat a lot of things besides glass so projection is good.

Here is the finished vase with hearts on all four sides and another of this vase that is NOT done.  And finally a shot with it full of tulips!

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Here it is with tulips in it.  I think you can see the hearts better with the green stems as background…

Thing A Day – Project 3

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

To remind myself – Project 2 was getting this blog finally started.

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Project 3 was the Valentines Supply Swap I was involved in.  Got mine off in the mail without taking any photos but I do have photos of what I got from my partner.  Here we go – the outside of the box was beautifully decorated…I would have loved to have saved them for decoupage work but with the tape to keep them in place and beautiful there would be no way that I know of to get them properly sealed.

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Then Shelley (my partner) decorated a great paper mache box for me.  Here is a photo of it and the chocolates (hmmm – thats another dessert I forgot I ate!) that she also sent.  See if you can spot the great TAG she made also.  I had a great exchange partner – she MADE so many things in this box!

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Oh – its setting on the cute tissue paper Shelley had protected the box with.  And here is a shot of all the bits and pieces she sent for me to create with or admire!

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First – Shelley layered the box – see the dotted square behind the box – the ribbons were the pulls to lift it off.  So nicely done!  Hand painted.  Then the first layer were the fabric pieces you can see – the cute kids (darn its an older fabric run so I can’t go find more!), the cut felt heart, the red felt – oh and the images there next to the box.  And a roll of french pages!

In the wrappers there were paper flowers, the heart shapes, the red hearts and white balls (like stamen),the angel wings, the red buttons, the heart button – all great.  A piece sign – I can resin that .  Thats for another thing-a-day discussion.

A vintage thimble and it actually fits.  A paper umbrella like that comes in those “fancy” drinks.  Lots of ribbons –  blues, dots, mini rickrack – a weakness of mine, and a CUPCAKES prints. A couple of bottle caps, a glass microscope.  Then Shelley made me a fabric red heart pin.  I wore it earlier this week on my jacket.  A wonderful soldered piece – something I want to learn to do. And finally crystals and heart beads!

February Project #1 Finally Posted

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

February 1 project

This one was easy.  I had already done 5 of these boxes so I only had to repeat the process.

I had bought these ribbon boxes on sale after Christmas LAST YEAR – early January 2007.  I had sprayed 3 black and 2 crème. 

 

So I took the last one, pictured here with one ribbon roll set in it.

 

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I sprayed it – quick and easy to do!  It does take several coats though – as you can see in this photo where you can still see snowflakes.   I did not worry about the metal , just sprayed over it.  Nor did I worry about the inside – you can see that its still red thru the ribbon holes.

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And finally here it is on the stack, already filled with ribbon.  I liked the black/white color (or lack there of) because I can really see what the colors of the ribbons are.  Makes it easier to pick the colors correctly.

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Hello world!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

After wanting to start blogging for my own personal historical reference to my creativity – like a scrapbook of sort, I am FINALLY doing it.   Why now?  What motivated me?  I signed up for Thing-A-Day.

Thing a day means doing something creative everyday for the month of February.  It involves posting about tit.  Well if I am going to have to post about it and take and upload photos about it I might as well start the blog to record it all for my records.

 

Now one would think I could start a blog quickly but I had to change my plan.  That takes my provider 6 hours to complete (really very quickly but I wasn’t expecting that of course).  So that took out Day 1 being recorded quickly. 

 

Then the provider allows me access to the old version for 24 hours (the one I never used of course) and provides me another way of linking to the new version for that time.   Ok I don’t feel up to figuring this out so I have to wait another 24 hours so this wipes out Day 2 being posted on Day 2.

 

So on Day 3 I am hoping to put up at least FOUR posts…this one and the first three days of Thing-A-Day!

 

The story of my creative life – it always takes WAY LONGER than I planned. 

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