Saturday
Jan102015

It's Smauglock Time

by Sm0otchie on Deviant Art (Click Image for the artist's gallery

We are going to watch the Hobbit's third and last instalment finally.  I have been kind of reluctant to watch it to be quite honest.  As a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, I definitely am into the franchise, but a few things about the Hobbit trilogy tick me off:

1.  It's a trilogy.  Why was a very small book made into a trilogy?  So that more money could be made.

2.  They took out some characters and added in a girl elf; apparently because the Hobbit needed a romantic subplot. It didn't.

3.  Very distracting make-up mistakes.  Just watch the dwarves' hands...

I'll stop there.  So why would I even want to see it? Mainly because I saw the other two and want to wrap it up (and possibly complain more).  The other reason is my love of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  I love them in Sherlock and can't get enough of Cumberbatch's velvety deep voice.

Now, I will watch an episode of Sherlock with hubby (he hasn't seen season 3 yet) while continuing my DIY and tomorrow we will go and see the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  I probably will like it more than I hate it (both feelings will be present, that's for sure).  Either way: Hurray for Smauglock!

 

Friday
Jan092015

Decision Made!

If you have been reading my posts recently you might already know that I was recently trying to decide what to do with this thingamajig:

I decided! I will be working somewhat freehand, not follow a tutorial and create my own design.

I'm very inspired by this beautiful jewelry box by Magia Mia:

Isn't it marvellous? Click on the image to see the source material and more photos.

...but, I will be using a gorgeous vintage atlas page on the front of the drawers instead and I'm going to experiment with making knobs/pulls from polymer clay.  

This is the atlas page I picked: 

Also, picked the colours to paint with and sanded the chest to make sure paint goes on smoothly.

Now on with painting.  I will be posting this project as a DIY tutorial as soon as it's finished (unless it looks hideous-then I get to tell you what went wrong).

Seriously though, I think this is going to be awesome!  

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Jan082015

30-Day Blogging Challenge Day 24: 5 More Geektastic Crafts

I'm having a bit of a blogger's block (husband just asked if I was having this as he saw me delete the only sentence I was able to write) at the moment. In fact all I really want to do is clay tonight. Since the "5 Geektastic Crafts" post from last week was such a hit, I figured I should share some more geeky crafts with you!

Just click on the images below for the links.

DIY Lego Minifigure Display Frame by Our Nerd Home

Drooling over this one...

Isn't this delightfully chic and nerdy?!! These peeps are geniuses.

 

The Sting Plush by Choly Knight

Did you know that Sting's name comes from the Sting? Of course you did...

I have one of Choly's sewing books and I fully intend to make use of it in this upcoming year of craftiness.  She has a great eye of colour and design and her bog is fantastic too!

 

Dinosaur Bookends by Doodle Craft

Who knew you could make so many great things with dino toys?

I love the way these dinosaurs look as bookends, but personally I would prefer to use better glue than hot glue and not spray paint (just don't like spray paint in general), but Natalie's design is great to get one inspired to cut some dollar store dino toys up!

 

Luna Lovegood's Dirigible Plum Earrings by the Come and Go Room

Dirigible plums! I wonder what they would taste like... Not the earrings, the vegetable!

Luna Lovegood is one of my favourite Harry Potter characters and I love these earrings.  I may try my hand at beading eventually, just so I can make these!  

"Makers Gonna Make" Appliqué Pillow by A Beautiful Mess

Yup. That's right. Can't stop me.

Last, but not least, a dorky rather than geeky craft!  In fact this one makes me laugh every time I see it because I AM a HUGE dork!

Are you going to try and make anything inspired by these nerdy DIY projects?  Which one is your favourite?

 

 

 

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!

 

Tuesday
Jan062015

Varnishes and Polymer Clay: A Review of Glazes

Here is a quick guide to help you choose the best glaze because you will be hearing different things from different people all over the internet and will ultimately become unsure and waste a lot of money.  Just like I did!

 

Sculpey Glazes were the first ones I tried:

• Small size and high price.

• The glossy one yellowed and thickened in the jar after a year and a half.  

• The satin one dulled glitter and mica powders when applied (it completely took the metallic look away)

• On finished projects, it was easy to dent with a fingernail and scratched just as easily, so I started look for an alternative.

• Dries super fast.

• Did not try on anything other than polymer clay.

• No toxic fumes or odour.

Conclusion: Might be better to buy it to use it up all at once and only on items that will not be touched very often.

 

Triple Thick:

• Takes very long to dry.

• Remain flexible, but is also easily dented.

• Creates a decent depth effect without the use of resins, but definitely doesn't look as professional or level as UV resin does.

• Good price point.

• No weird odour.

Conclusion: Might be better for home or school projects and not for professional use

 

Varathane Brand Water-Based Varnishes (Interior)

Can be baked to make more durable.

• Both gloss or semi-gloss are great.

• Can product is more durable than tube Varathane.  Great for jewelry.  Still dries relatively fast.

• The Varathane in the tube dries faster, but isn't as durable even after baking.  Possibly better for products that will not be in constant use.

• The can developed rust around the lid and now rust is falling inside the Varathane. Also the can is a pain to open and close. :(

• The tubes are easy to keep clean and open and close.

• Good price point

• My favourite glaze for all polymer clay projects.

 

Liquitex Glazing Medium

 I actually bought this one to seal paper or Kroma Crackle with and haven't yet tried on clay.  I assumed, since it's acrylic medium that it would be fine, but cannot offer any advice.  Great for sealing Kroma Crackle, paintings on canvas, acrylic paint on wood and decoupaging. Have you tried it with clay?  How did it turn out?

Hope you found this helpful.  Feel free to share any additional comments you have on these or other glazes you have tried on polymer clay.