It's a part of who I am...

Creating heirloom pieces at present - leaving my footprint behind, and perhaps a little something extra for my loved ones in the future

Monday, February 21, 2011

Rosetta Pendant

Once again, it amazes me what you can make from Clay. This Rosetta Pendant that I made can be easily achieved by rolling up tiny clay tubular shapes, and then gently folding down the outer layer to reveal the floral shape. You can make an entire bouquet, or just one....the choice of course, is yours. Then following the directions on the package - bake, let cool, and enjoy. These necklaces are great for anyone, so think Spring! See what you come up with!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Michigan J. Frog!

Michigan J. Frog was my favourite Loonie Toons episode growing up as a kid, and today it continues to put a smile on my face every single time I think about ol' Michigan.....sooooo.......
Thanks to Jewellia7777 on youtube who created and awesome frog tutorial, I modified my frog slightly to resemble MY favourite Rag Time Frog...Here's to you Michigan!

Friday, February 11, 2011

You Are My Sunshine......

Hey Teachers!
Wonder Women Extraordinaire!

You want a way to show off your little people in the best possible light? LoL....Then follow the link to learn how to make this two piece origami star by Mio Tsugawa. I've turned my little creation here into a picture frame to house my little son Lukie. So thanks to the author Mio Tsugawa, and to Origamiancy for an awesome tutorial.

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Gothic Valentine.

"Romanti-Goth" has a nice sound to it, don't you think? That dark Victorian/Gothic Vintage look appeals to me very much, and so, I created a necklace some time ago which represents a "darker", "dangerous" more seductive Valentine's Day.

To create something similar, work on "gun-metal" curb chain. Create three beaded cluster groups in whatever colour palette you choose - as long as you include black. The focal bead is a black stone heart surrounded by purple, lavender, and peach shades in varying colour shades and sizes. Add interesting findings into your piece. Add extra "spice" to your necklace with a chain extension that dangles off of your clasp a couple of inches and finish off with a co-ordinating glass bead. Enjoy!

Homemade Crayon Tips.

Melting old crayons and creating new ones is definitely a great way to recycle...even upcycle...and I thought I would take a few moments to write down the useful tips/tricks during this little experiment.

1. Make sure you use the same BRAND of crayons. If you mix different brands together, their varying ingredients creates different melting points. So you will have some crayons that are ready to pour, and some that just NEVER want to melt at all. Also, I have found that some brands of crayons have a creamier texture, and some have a more oily keep it in the same to speak.

2. Adding just a hint of cooking spray to your candy molds, not only makes them slip right out of their molds when cooled; but also adds a wee bit of sheen to your newly made crayons....makes them look EXTRA cool!

3. Mixing a whole bunch of different colours may LOOK cool to your final product; however, when the kids use it, they might be disappointed with the "muddy blend" when they start to color. By using different ranges of "red" for example....light, medium, dark, neon, of the same shade will create a palette of colours that they can actually use and be happy with - about how the colours are blending together.

4. Use the oven to melt the crayons. Microwaves have a tendancy to "boil" the product. By placing the crayons in individual tin foil tart shells will allow you to have better control over your batches. You can even "pinch" the side of the tart shell to create a "spout" which makes it easier to pour.

Hope this helps! Have fun!