Entries in WIP (3)

Wednesday
Jan072015

Project is Finished, Phew!

With all the clutter gone and my studio looking so pretty, I finally sat down to finish my first project for the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge.  I made these earrings and pendant with scraps left over from a cane I was experimenting with.


I think I might wear these very soon.

Have a super day or night, wherever and whenever you are!

 

Monday
Jan052015

Back to Claying and Crafting (P.S: I need your help!)

Hey, you... Thanks for stopping by.  Perhaps you found this post with a google search or you clicked on a link I or someone else posted.  No matter.  You're here and I'm honoured to have you.  If you go back a couple posts, you will notice that I spent the last few days of 2014 and the first few days of 2015 de-cluttering re-organizing my home.  It had been a few years since we moved last and things had gotten a little away from me.  After a full week of de-cluttering, I have become a bit more ruthless and have found that I could get rid of even more. So, it's not over yet, but I can finally see the light and after garbage is picked up this week, I will clean the house top to bottom to put an end to this madness.

Now that my studio and sewing room are looking and feeling so much better, I think it's time I go back to my crafting. 

Here are a few things on my list of crafts:

• Finish and post the WIP items from yesterday's post (therefore meeting my 2015 PCChallenge quota for the week)

• Upcycle these two items (Not sure how yet, may just paint or decoupage, or paint and add some poly-clay flourishes):

This was for the bathroom, but didn't really fit well and I need some shelves for my oodles of doodles, soooo...

IKEA wooden thingy with a Swedish name (no longer available-bought years ago and never got around to painting it)

• Make a new box (possibly OOAK), maybe a Harry Potter inspired one with a golden snitch on it:

This is just the pendant on an unfinished box, to see if I like the idea. I kinda do...

Now, these are quite a few thing to finish in the next week or two, so I need your help.  Can you please help me decide what to do with the wooden shelf and the box unit?  If you help me brainstorm I will be very grateful. The hardest part of crafting is the deciding...

Should I:

• Decoupage these -with old music sheets or maps?

• Paint and decorate with stencils or polymer clay flourishes?

• Just paint?

• Do you have another awesome idea?  Please share!

Thank you so much for reading and I'm looking forward to reading your opinions!

 

 

Saturday
Dec272014

A Very Delightful Visit to Michaels, Work in Progress and Other Stories...

As mentioned yesterday, I had a nice Michaels visit yesterday and they had an additional 25% off coupon for one day only, so I got some great items:  

Lots of new acrylic paint - some are metallic and are going to look great on the boxes I got. I want to design some new boxes for jewelry or dice, hence the wooden boxes. Finally got a great new work surface: The We R Memory Keepers Precision Glass Cutting Mat and can tell you even after one use, that it's worth every penny. Super happy to have a work surface that is big enough, I can cut on, easy to clean and non-stick!  I also bought a little drawer unit to start my second studio (yup I have two rooms of craft tools and supplies, the one room needs to be cleaned and tidied before it can be called a studio though).  

When I got home, I realized that my purchases would give me something to blog about.  For example, I made my first "test" notepad and it turned out pretty good (used the Tacky Glue in the photo).  I will be making a second, much prettier version to show you very soon.  After the notepad, I wanted to try out my wonderful new work surface (see last paragraph) and I have been thinking about a golden snitch inspired necklace; therefore, that's exactly what I decided to make:

 

Although it's still in the prototype phase, I'm quite happy with what I made.  I will be posting images of this necklace as soon as I have it ready for Etsy, but just wanted to share what I really love about this piece: my interpretation of the golden snitch rocks and the metallic lustre accents made possible with the Metallic Lustre Wax by DecoArt.  That made me realize that I should write a review of this great product and show you how I have used it- it really deserves its own post, but a quick summary for the moment:

• So far I'm super pleased with results I had both on wood and on polymer clay.

• I only have silver and gold colours at the moment because not all colours are easy to find in Canada (or they are ridiculously over-priced).

• I want to try them all, especially the black shimmer,

• A review is definitely on the way!


 

Thanks for reading!