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Tips and Tricks Wednesday:Clean work

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Be sure – before starting any project that you have washed your hands. Especially with clay.

Especially with white clay:

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So wash your hands.

A good way to get off the extra oils is to use some hand sanitizer, it works well between colors if you’ve gotten them into your skin.

A good way to avoid getting color into you skin is to use hand lotion after you’ve washed your hands.

 

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Tips and Tricks Wednesday #4

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Don’t be overly ambitious:

Start small, learning and getting comfortable with the medium (any medium) will go a long way to making your work better.

When I started with clay I made sure I did only little charms. I learned how the clay moved and shaped and blended in my hands.

Now I’m more confident with the medium and I’m doing far better work.

So always start small. Keep your goals small and with practice you can make your goals more advanced.

20150707_121443This was one of my first projects. I was getting a feel for the clay and working with shapes.

Purple dragon Now I can do more complicated things.

Baby steps are the way to go.

 

Happy Wednesday, Crafties.

Genevieve

Polymer Clay Color Recipe Box

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Hello, Lovely Crafties,

Its another Sunday and what a beautiful day it is.

Okay, so I don’t really know what kind of day it is. Because its Monday and two weeks before this post is going up, but we can pretend, right?

Today I’m going to be showing you a storage solution/idea for all those polymer clay color recipes we collect.

I’ve seen people use folders and notebooks and every other thing I can think of to save the recipes.

There are some brilliant ideas out there.

But I had an idea that would both be a space saver in storage, and an easy to flip through catalog of color recipes.

(No, that’s not a spelling mistake, that’s how we spell color here.)

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Index Cards:

I know… They went out the window before VHS tapes did, but lets haul out and dust off this wonderful filing system because its perfect for a few different catalog needs.

As you can see this is a simple plastic “Bantex” index card holder. I put some vinyl lettering on it and used some Washi tape for colored accents.


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I made some dividers by laminating black card stock, cutting it down to size then using scrap-booking paper to make the tabs.

I made the labels using the print and cut feature on my cameo.

I made main dividers to keep brands separate then I subdivided by color groups.

Premo:

  • Black / White
  • Skin Tones
  • Browns
  • Pinks
  • Reds
  • Yellows
  • Oranges
  • Greens
  • Blues
  • Purples (which is my indigo and violet)

Then Fimo and so on  until I had dividers for all my brands of clay.


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For the actual recipe cards I used bright index cards and printed and cut out labels on my cameo (again) The little color chip goes on the top right hand corner of the card.

I thought I was rather clever, but then I’m an organizing junkie.

Happy Crafting,

Genevieve

 

 

 

 

 

Make your own mini Embellishments

Morning Crafties,

Today I have a quick tutorial on how to make your own mini accents.

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You will need:

  • Small image punches. I got this set from Makro of all places, it cost me R119 when I bought it and considering how many little image punches I got it was well worth the price.
  • White paper or card stock. I used normal printer paper.
  • A bottle of glossy accents or some other dimensional adhesive. Personally I love Glossy Accents and its not too pricy.

I used my little punch to punch out a lot of the little shapes then I store them in a embellishment holder. As the edges get punched I just cut off the negative spaces and punch the next row. You can get a lot out of one piece of paper.

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When you are ready to use it. Use a marker or (insert your choice of medium here) to color the little punched image.

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Then squirt out a generous amount of glossy accents (or what you want to use) over it, let it dry and you have a little embellishment.

Hope this helped you all out,

Happy Crafting

Genevieve

File Tabs – How to.

Good Morning Crafty Folk,

This morning I have a quick tutorial on how I make file tabs.

Now there are easier ways. If you have a fancy tab punch or so on, but I don’t have one. So this is how I do it.

  1.  Choose your patterned paper and cut it down to the size you want for your tabs, using a paper trimmer. That way you have a nice neat straight line

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  3. Use a bone folder to fold the tab in the middle. Now you have the pattern on both sides and you can stick it over your file divider and have a good place to grip.
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  5. You can use a corner rounding punch, mine is an inexpensive corner rounder from Upkit. And crop your corners so that they are nicely rounded.
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  7. Make a whole bunch and store them away for easy access when you need to put a tab on a page or divider.
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Happy Crafting,

Genevieve

Trick to keep your yarn from tangling.

Good Morning Crafty Folk,

This morning I have a quick tip for you.

I’ve been knitting a jersey (pullover?) for a while now, and I’ve been working with three different colors in a stripe pattern, but that means I have to keep switching between yarn and it was getting tangled in my box, so lazy me thought up a way to keep them from tangling.
I went out and bought a inexpensive plastic dish 9 inches long by 7 inches wide by 3 inches deep. (23x17x8 cm)

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and I had my hubby drill two holes on each end then I put eyelets in it, so the yarn could move through freely.

I put my three different yarns in it and fed each through a hole (the extra hole is for when I’m working with four yarns)

I put the lid on it and started working, and I have to tell you it works fantastically. I have no tangling, my dogs and cats don’t feel the need to attack my yarn and I get to work in peace.

Hope this tip helped you all

Have a great crafting day,

Genevieve

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Baby Oil Blending tool

Hi Everyone,

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I did a little experiment today. I had an old dried up manicure correction pen from a long time ago. It came with extra nibs that I had never used.

And I thought it might be interesting to make a blender out of it.

So I took out the plastic covered little sponge and washed it several times with (dish liquid) soapy water until I couldn’t smell the acetone in it anymore.

Then I left it to dry out completely.

I was going to fill it with Glycerin, but at the last moment, I thought of something else.

Usually when you blend with baby oil on a drawing you use a paper stump, and you sand it off or switch as you change colors.

I wondered if it would work if I filled the pen with baby oil and made my own color pencil blending tool.

So I set the little sponge in a small dish and left it to wick up the baby oil. Did the same thing with the pen (new nib inserted.)

I’m going to give it a good try  out soon, but testing so far it seems to work quiet well.

So there is an idea for your own, baby oil blending tool.