I had a painting party with a couple of friends a while back and we painted some peg dolls. A friend was browsing for Disney Princess peg dolls on Etsy for her daughter’s dollhouse and actually paid $60 for a set of 5. $60!!! After a comment from me that I could do it for much less, she hit up Urban Source, found some peg dolls and we spent a rainy afternoon squinting our eyes and proceeded to paint.
PAPER MACHE TIME!
I started the first layer of the paper mache on the time key and built down. In retrospect, this was not a good place to start, as the rod ended up being crooked later on. If I were to do this again, I should build the rod first to make sure everything was straight, and then add in the supporting piece for the garnet orb later.
The connector ball was all paper mache.
Then I started work on the first layer of the top part. This part required more layers than the rod part to round it out.
All the rod pieces put together.
Fiddled around with some card stock and finally cracked open my instructional book on making pop-ups.
I used a template from the book. I think it turned out well.
- sculpting paper mache
- paper mache ball (2.5 inches)
- card stock
- plastic dowel rods
- Time Key template
- box cutter
This could be a fun adventure. For *reasons*, I am going to be Sailor Pluto for an upcoming event. I managed to find a cost-effective outfit through my usual online shopping methods, but the cost of a ready-built Time Key would put a serious dent in my wallet/credit card. I was initially going to make it myself. then after researching some online tutorials, i decided it would be too much time and effort and was going to suck it up and buy one. Then I realized I could use a different medium so I swung back around to crafting my own.
This is a work in progress.
Step 1: Create the template for the top piece of the time key. It’s essentially two hearts, one sitting on top of another. It’s a very simple outline, for anyone who wants a reference.
Step 2: Trace the template onto cardboard and cut the shape with a box cutter
Step 3: Make the cone that the Garnet Orb would sit on. I fiddled around until the flaring at the top looked right and the bottom matched the circumference of the dowels.
Step 4: To be continued… (most likely with the sculpting paper mache)
A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from someone who had come across my Avocado Earrings and Avocado Necklace. She had been looking for something avocado related and was in quite a rush because she was leaving the country soon and wanted to give something to her boyfriend. (Awwwwwwww!) She was looking for avocados because it was something they shared between them and something they both loved (Double awwwwwwww!). Although the originals had already been given out as gifts, I had some extras (and that is why you never waste craft material!). So, the earrings turned into keychains and the necklace turned into a rear view mirror decoration.
Anyway, when I met with her to exchange the goods, we had a conversation about avocados and her search for crafty ones. She’d mentioned that she tried to find a plush avocado and wasn’t having any luck. I ended up poaching the idea and did some experiments.
Now, the stuffed avocado was cute and all, but what was I going to do with it?
Since I’ve been working with leather, I had a few pieces of scrap from my projects. It was a very simple process of attaching the avocado to the leather band and now it’s a useful pincushion!
All the way back in March, I attended a workshop on how to make moccasins from recycled leather at Blim. The instructor was amazing in teaching us techniques. At the time, I made a pair of moccasins that ended up being a little too small for my feet so I gave them to my mom. I had been meaning to make myself a pair but summer rolled around and I didn’t need to wrap my feet in something warm, so the project fell into a “to do” pile. Well, now that fall is around the corner and I have to put away my open-toed shoes, I pulled my supplies from the pile and started work.
This is the “Inca Boot” style. I’m going to try to make the “Scout” for my next moccasin project.
A colleague of mine had a reusable bag where the straps broke and she didn’t have much use for it anymore. She knew I was crafty and passed it on to me to “do something with it”. Ever the craft supplies hoarder, I took it in without quite yet knowing what to do with it… until one day my drafting supplies fell out of the flimsy plastic bag I was carrying them around in, and thought that the broken owl bag would be perfect to fashion some sort of big pencil case.
But I’m a procrastinator, so I didn’t get around to actually whipping one up until the past long weekend. It turns out it was incredibly easy and it took me a total of less than half an hour to put it all together.
Now all I have to make something to take care of my T square.
After making the avocado earrings, I decided to make a matching necklace.
I found that it was actually harder to make the necklace because it’s a bigger piece, which makes it harder to control the shade.
Finally, something crafty that I had been working on that’s not jewelery and/or polymer clay:
When I was shopping for clothes made of natural fiber a couple of weeks ago, I came across a pair of “sun damaged” Thai fisherman pants. The sun damage is still noticeable, but it’s not the first thing people see when they look at my pants now!