Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fun Alcohol DIY Crafts

1. DIY Mason Jar Mini  Liquor Bottle Mugs
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2. DIY Hot Chocalate in a Jar with Baileys



3. Turn your six pack into Reindeers!




4. Turn your Corona Bottles into Candles


Learn to make them here.





5. Jack Daniel Soap Dispenser



6. Liquor Bottle Slumping







Sunday, February 1, 2015

Working with Polymer Clay


Making Miniature Doll House Food

Almost a year ago now, my little grandaughter Raya was born. My mom found an old shelf on the side of the road and gave it to me and I immediately went to work turning it into a refurbished dollhouse. Click Here to see Dollhouse.

As I was ordering little miniatures foods for her to one day enjoy with her new dollhouse, I started to wonder how hard it is to make them. I then decided to launch into the miniature foods making fun!

I am making this page as a cheat sheet for myself and maybe it will help others too while they are learning. It is a collection of my "go to" pages on how to do stuff related to clays, glazing, baking, beads, miniature foods, and basically anything to do with Polymer clay.



My Favorite Cheat Sheets






Materials You Will Need
(Click to see price and details)

Clay

There is several different clays available and each one seems to be good for different projects.

  • Fimo: Used by caners.(Now available in classic of soft)
  • Cernit: Usually used by dollmakers. Translucent, skin like look.
  • Kato: It can be very stiff and takes longer than other clays to condition, but it's very strong and flexible after baking.
  • Pardo: It's made from beeswax and other natural ingredients. Easy to condition and strong after baking. 
  • Premo: is a medium soft clay that bakes with excellent strength and flexibility.
  • Sculpey: Available at Walmart which is convenient.  Easy to condition. Very soft but isn't flexible and can be brittle after baking. 




Glaze and Sealers

There are different sealers and glazes that people prefer, but so far I have found they all seem to be working pretty well. Make sure to get all the finishes though, matte, glossy and satin. Each foood will need something different, you may want to make frosting or veggies shiny while leavinga  hamburger or cookie either satin or matte. Really all polymer clay is plastic once baked so sealer is really only necessary if you want it to be shiny or seal in certain affects like using chalk for powdered donuts.





Transparent Liquid

This is for the affect of liquid or translucency like for glaze on a donut or cookie. I am yet to find my favorite and would appreciate comments in the comment section below if you have a favorite.







Sculpting Tools

These are the tools that I have found very helpful.

Roller



I bought ones with handles on them that were more expensive but so far, the only one I find helpful is this one. This is used to roll the clay out flat so you can cut out shapes.

Clay Slicer

This is used a lot in sculpting and very important to have. I just bought a long razor and use that.



Tool Set

These pretty much contain everything you will need to make textures, holes and all the little dents and rivets you will need to make in miniature foods such as on frosting and breads.




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Some of my Favorite Miniature Foods Tutorials









Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Handmade Crafty Valentine's Day Ideas

Messages in a Jar 


What you Need to Make These



Cookies in a Jar


What you Need to Make These





Personalized Pillow

You can make these pillows on 
Zazzle.com

Handmade Beer Labels



What you will Need:




Handmade Candy Bags


What you will Need:



Monday, January 5, 2015

Beer Bottle Opener Zombie Head



Step 1

First I buy a piece of pine. I then paint out the zombie face. Be fun, use bright colors. I use some glow in the dark or black light clear paint on it also.
(Steps 1 & 2 can be swithces around, do whatever is easiest for you.






Step 2

After painting the face on, cut it out with a scroll saw or jig saw. 




Step 3

Sand around the edges of the face that is cut out and then paint it to match the face. I use a dremel tool to do this quickly.


Step 4

Next you will want to seal the face. This is important since people will be using this as a bottle opener, there will likely be liquids spilled on it. I usually use Mod Podge.


Step 5

I screwed one big screw that is strong through the top wound in his forehead, with a washer to keep it strong. Always screw this face into a stud or strong wall since there will be extra pressure exerted on it when people are opening their bottles. You can even add a screw at the bottom to make it even stronger. 

Step 6

For the mouth, I placed an old vintage bottle cap opener. You can find these on Amazon for a pretty reasonable price. Just screw it onto the face, you can put it over the nose, the mouth, to the side, on it's forehead, anywhere you see fit.


Step 7

Spice it up a bit with adding some nails or screws to his face. These come in handy to hang keys, or bottle openers or glasses from.