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12 Month Craft Challenge October – Fimo ghost in a bottle charm.

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I’ve wanted to make something like this for a while, after seeing miniature bottles on etsy and as it was the month for Halloween, well, why not?

What you need:

Miniature glass bottle

Fimo in glittery white, black, grey and brown.

Sculpting tools (or a biro pen if you don’t have any)

Tweezers.

A headpin.

Beading pliers.

Sewing needle.

Glue.

Using white fimo make your ghost.  Make sure the surface you are working on and your hands are clean as the white will pick up any dirt. Make eyes from black fimo and blend in, once again being careful not to smudge it into the white.  Once done, use your needle to poke a hole through the ghost from top to bottom.  Make sure the hole is big enough for you headpin and your ghost is small enough to fit inside your bottle.

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Now warm up a small piece of brown fimo in your hands so it is pliable and drop it into your glass bottle.  Use your fimo tools or the non pen end of a biro to squish the fimo onto the base of the bottle.  It doesn’t need to be smooth as this is your graveyard earth but it does need to be firmly stuck.

Use white and black fimo to make a tiny skull and a bone.

Use grey fimo to make a gravestone.

Use tweezers to place your skull, bones and gravestone inside the bottle and once again push firmly so that they are attached to the brown fimo on the bottle’s surface.

Now bake your bottle and ghost in the oven according to the instructions on the fimo packet.  Yes you can bake your glass bottle, just let it cool down completely before touching it.

Once cool, push your headpin through the ghost and through the cork lid of your bottle.  Use your beading pliers to make a loop.  (I’ll be writing about how to do this in my next post.) Glue the cork lid to the bottle to seal.

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I really enjoyed making this and would love to make one’s using resin at some point.  If you don’t have a headpin, I have seen some tutorials on youtube that use clear thread instead, although you wouldn’t be able to use it as a charm.

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12 Month Craft Challenge – August Powertex Part Two: plaque inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune.

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This just might be *the* geekiest craft I’ve done (and I’ve done plenty of Lovecraft crochet).

My husband has phases of going crazy obsessive on things.  Currently, all things Dune are in fashion in our house.  After watching the TV mini-series, the fan edit of David Lynch’s Dune and Children Of Dune on Blu Ray during the Summer, I decided to make a Dune inspired Powertex project.

The plaque is made using Bronze Powertex soaked fabric arranged on a plastic plate.  The plaster face was wrapped to make it look like a shawl. I used the elastic edges of an old skirt to make the ‘sandworms’ that are burrowing through the desert of Arrakis in the background and cut two circles of fabric for the two moons.

Once dried, I dry brushed the gold pigment onto it and of course, painted the character’s eyes bright blue to make her look like a Fremen Sayyadina (a wise woman that is native to the planet Arrakis).

This project was far more difficult to do than the decorative bottle, (and I think it shows) but just as enjoyable to make. Powertex might be one of the more expensive crafts I’ve tried this year but it is well worth it!

12 Month Craft Challenge – August. Powertex Part One: Decorative Bottle

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Apologies for being so late with this one.  Firstly I went on honeymoon and then secondly, Powertex is VERY messy so as our house is small and rented, I had to wait for a dry day so I could do this outside.  It turns out that my little starter pack gives you a lot for your money so I ended up making two projects and I still have more powertex left!

This is project one.  It is pretty straightforward to do. Continue reading “12 Month Craft Challenge – August. Powertex Part One: Decorative Bottle”

Powertex Haul!!

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At the weekend, I visited Leamington Spa’s ‘Art In The Park’ event in Jephson Gardens.  It was my first time and I will definitely be going again.  There were lots of amazing artists there, with lots of affordable artwork, jewellery and crafts to buy as well as some demonstrations.

I’ve had my eye on Powertex products for some time now after my mum bought me an awesome plaque from a craft fair she visited in Birmingham at the beginning of this year.  It looks fairly simple to do, however the supplies and workshops are usually really expensive. So I was really pleased to finally find someone selling a starter kit for a reasonably priced £20.

So, what’s in the bag?

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For £20, the kit includes:

500g bottle of bronze Powertex

Small bag of gold Powertex pigment

3 small plaster shapes (I chose 2 faces and 1 heart)

2 small pieces of cotton fabric

varnish

protective gloves

application brush

information/tips on how to use the products to get the best results.

If you are interested, the artist, Annette Smyth creates some wonderful pieces using Powertex that you can view on her website here.

I can’t wait to get started on a Powertex project for August’s Craft Challenge!  Watch this space!

12 Month Craft Challenge – April. Creative Candy Melts. #1 Smooch Lollipops

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This just might be the easiest craft challenge I’ve done so far!  I’ve always seen the bags of Candy Melts in Hobbycraft and wondered what on earth to do with them. I managed to make a couple of projects using them this month.

This is the first one: A smooch on a stick

At work, we have a huge cake sale and a whole week of charity fundraising.  I thought it was a perfect opportunity to try out some Candy Melts as part of my challenge.

To make you’ll need the following.  All of this is available at Hobbycraft:

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– A bag of candy melts  (this makes around 6 lollipops)

– A pyrex bowl or jug to melt them in if you are using a microwave (this is the easiest way)

– A plastic mould in the shape of a pair of lips

– Lollipop sticks (you need the long ones)

– Cellophane bags and ties  (optional.  You might want to eat them all straight away)

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How to make your smooch on a stick

Pour half of the Candy Melts into the jug.  Put in the microwave for around 60secs.  Stir with a spoon.

If it needs melting further, heat again 30secs at a time until spoonable.

Meanwhile, place the lollipop sticks in place in the mould.

When the Candy Melts are ready, pour into the mould until they are half full.  Spin the lollipop sticks round to coat them and tap or shake the moulds lightly to remove any air bubbles.

Pour more mixture until the mould is full.  Tap or shake once more.

Put mould into the fridge to set.  This may only take 20-30 mins.

Once set, you should be able to easily lift the lollipops out of the mould.

If desired, put into cellophane bags and tie.

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And that’s it!  We managed to sell all of the ones I made and all of our cakes for the year charity.

Video Game Crochet #1: Link

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My partner is obsessed with video games and one cute character in particular…Link from the Legend Of Zelda games. This little guy was his request when I was stuck for a new project to make.

There are lots of patterns for Link available online but I couldn’t find any that I particularly liked.  Link has also had several incarnations so eventually I opted for Link from Wind Waker.  I learned a few new techniques but my favourite thing was using felt to make his hair and accessories.  I’ve always shied away from using felt extras as I’ve always felt it was somehow ‘cheating’ but thinking about how video game graphics look, in actual fact it helps to make them look more defined.

I also decided I wanted accessories that you can ‘pose’ and move around.  The shield has a little felt loop which enables you to do this.

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I’ve enjoyed making him so much that I’m looking forward to designing and making plenty of other video game characters.  Watch this space…

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