Monthly Archives: October 2016

Clay jewelry, in the color of autumn

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Hi everybody!
Today it’s very visible that autumn has arrived and worked its way through the trees and leaves (at least where I live). When I looked out the window only some days ago a tree was full of bright yellow leaves and today there is only a few sad leaves fighting against the wind to stay on the branches. But that is of course the way of this season and that’s why I thought it would be suiting for something related to autumn and its shades. This week it was my mother’s birthday and of course I could not resist the urge to create something handmade for her. I started to think about her present some weeks before her day and I thought that she could use some new jewelry and then I combined that with her favorite berry, physalis. By chance the berry happens to have fall colors, at least I relate this berry with this season. I decided to make this craft with FIMO, polymer clay which I thought was the best medium to use for this project.

Here is some photos of the berry I had as refernace for this project.


I began the process with finding reference photos, so I got the colors and shapes relatively correct. Then I mixed orange, red, yellow and some white clay in my pasta machine to get the right shades for my berries. For the leaves, I used different tones of green clay and then yellow, orange and white clay. Then I shaped the clay roughly and put the different colored parts on jewelry wire pins. When the clay well was on the pins I could shape, and form the clay even more with my clay modelling tools. If you don’t have any modelling tools you can take usual household things like a needle. I always use skewers of wood. So, when I found the right shape that I wanted the berries and the leaves they got a trip to the oven for 30 minutes in 110 Celsius.


When all the clay pieces had cooled down they got a painted with a coat of FIMO Gloss Varnish. I let the varnish dry until the next day and then it was time to create wire loops out of the remaining parts of the wire pins. The reason for making wire loops is so you can connect your charms to a bracelet or something similar. I connected my charms with jewelry chains which I later attached to a big wire ring that I had decorated with brown macramé. I didn’t want the charm to be to big, because it was supposed to be a necklace and therefore I got some clay pieces left over. I used the left overs to make a pair of matching earrings. The finishing touches consisted of joining all the parts together so they became whole jewelry pieces.


I am very pleased to say that my mom got very happy for her present and I got satisfied with my progress within the field of clay.
I hope you all had a nice time reading and viewing this post as well.
I wish you all a nice Saturday and a good evening, night, morning or day wherever you may be on this earth.


CraftGirlsWorld

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Mosaic here, there and everywhere

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Hello everybody!
This weekend a long and quite testing project came to its end. For a long time, my mom wished to have a Moroccan mosaic garden table and now finally this year we decided to get one. But I also thought that I would give it a try myself. Therefore, the end of the summer I started with a mosaic table, my first ever mosaic project. At first I couldn’t decide what tiles and color combination that I would use. After a lot of research and inspiration on sites like Pinterest, an image of the table appeared in my mind. I bought small mosaic stones on sheets in various shades of green and blue. An old garden table, that was in need of a remodeling would become my guinea pig during this process. The table top is made of glass and that’s why I had to use a special multifunctional glue for outside use instead of the ordinary sealant. I also had to think about the weight of the mosaic of the tabletops material.
The first step I took with this table was to clean the surface so the glue could stick properly. I wanted to have a complex pattern and I wanted to decide the color combination of the mosaics. Therefore, I had to cut out all the stones from the sheets and then sort them in to piles according to color. I should say that only this process took a long time and if I would do it again I would not buy mosaic sheets only loose stones, at least when you are dealing with more detailed layouts.


The second step consisted of sketching the design on the glass surface. I had different round objects that I used as stencils to create circles. Before jumping into the gluing I place mosaic as outlines around every circle and then I started to glue them to the table. It was very sticky and detailed but it didn’t make it easier that I had to use gloves to protect my hands. I found that a big tweezer was very helpful when placing the mosaic in the glue. This step of the project was the most time consuming and took me maybe one week with late nights. It was important to me that all the circles were distinctive and of course some time also flew by when I tried to make this possible. I actually finished up with the gluing part some month ago but however there is a third step and you could say that it is the most crucial stage.


The third and last step was to use grout between all the spaces. I would think that it wouldn’t take that long time and that much effort but it was more work than one can expect. To fill in the spaces with grout approximately took an afternoon because you also need to polish of the grout from the mosaic stones witch can be a little tricky. Before you start putting on the grout put some masking tape to protect the table stands edges. But now two months later the table top seems to be finished maybe some extra details will be added later on but basically its done. The details that I mentioned was that I possibly want to change the color of the table stand from grey to black, but of that I’m not quite sure yet. I also decorated two folding chairs with the same mosaic, this time I kept the sheet on the back because the design is simpler than the table. The chairs are in desperate need of a new splash of paint and that is something I will do when the time is given.
I wrapped up the project this weekend and now today mom mothers real Moroccan table arrived. I compared the two tables but it’s quite hard to do so because they are to unlike for it to be a fair comparison. I like both of them but I dared to say that I adore mine a bit more.

 

If you see something fluffy in the pictures is my dog, he is always around when things are occuring.
List of supplies
Table (the table top does not have to be of glass)
Mosaic, tile in whatever shape or color you prefer
Mosaic tools such as Tile Nippers and Tile Cutters, then YOU WILL need PROTECTIVE GLASSES! if you want to shape or cut your tile.
Multifunctional glue that fits for your surface and purpose or sealant (depending on your surface)
Big tweezer
Plastic gloves
Pen (for marking your design)
Grout
Masking tape
Sponge (for cleaning the mosaic tile from grout)

Now when I’ve been talking about the bought table I thought that i might as well have to show you a picture of it.

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I hope that this post was inspiring to see and read. Now I wish you all a good day, afternoon, evening or morning  wherever you may be on this earth.
CraftGirlsWorld

Bedtime drawing and a sketchbook

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Hi to you all!
Today I thought that I would upload something different to my recent posts, so that’s why you will see some of my latest drawings and doodles. It was just some days ago that I discovered drawing before bedtime or actually in bed, I just got the idea one evening when I didn’t feel like reading. So then I thought why can’t I just draw in bed? and so I gave it a try and I completely love it. I think I will call it bedtime drawing but of course there is probably more people than me that does this. For me this was almost like a revelation, to use my creativity and accomplish things at the same time as it helps me to fall asleep. I can absolutely recommend this as a stress relief before entering the world of dreams. So here is a sampel of my first bedtime drawings, not all of them are finished yet it is an ongoing process. The doodles are created with different sizes of ink pens.

 

 

Apart from drawing at a late hour I also do it whenever I can or have the urge for it. These drawings are from my Moleskin sketchbook. They were created some while ago but I thought that I could show you them anyway. The first one is a drawing from this summer and it’s created from a bridge with the view of the mainland. The second one is a fashion illustration I made when I wanted to improve my skills at drawing the human body and clothes. The last one was an idea I had that I would paint all the places I visited during a year and to add the key moments of those trips as illustrations, so this was one of the pages from this idea.

I hope you had a fun time in this blogpost and that I’ll see you in my next one soon.
Now I wish you all a god evening, night, day or morning wherever you may be one this earth.

CraftGirlsWorld

 

 

 

 

FIMO Clay, fabric, some thread and a pen

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Hello everybody!
Today I thought that I would share another one of my handmade gifts in clay. This time it’s a little bit bigger than the last craft I showed you but this one has so much more details. It took me quite a while to make this frame in clay, I would say maybe two days. When I say two day’s I literally mean that I sat for almost two whole days from start to finish, so my eyes were hurting quite a bit. I always say that the most fun thing with crafts and creating is to see what you can accomplish by yourself, at least that’s what I think. The process of creating can also be fun but I am always looking forward to the finished product and am very pleased with this photo frame. It’s a gift for a friend that just got their first child, a little baby girl, so I thought that a little cute photo frame could be a nice gift for the first time parents.


I started this project by selecting a fitting picture frame in wood. Then I covered the front and the side parts of the frame with FIMO clay. Then the small creations started to take come to life one by one. I wanted the theme for this craft to be forest animals and therefore I choose animals such as hedgehog, bear and squirrel to be on the frame. When all the clay parts were added the frame got a sun vacation in the oven. After that some more details were painted on with acrylic paint and the last touch was to cover the baked clay with FIMO glossy varnish. I am very happy with this clay creation and I hope that the persons it’s intended for will like it to. I created the illustration in the frame mainly on the computer with a Wacom tablet.
When I’m still on the topic about children and nurseries I would like to show you a little bunny pillow alternative a stuffed animal that I sewed. I’ve seen a lot of this type on Pinterest so I thought that I would give it a try myself so this is my version. I think that the fabrics are absolutely adorable and that’s why I picked them for this handcraft. The little bunny will possibly accompany the animal clay picture frame but I’m not sure yet so we just have to wait and see.


I wish that you had a nice time and read with this blog post.
Hope you all have a nice evening, night, day or morning where ever you may be on this earth.
CraftGirlsWorld

Pastel Fimo Jewelry

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Hello all you people out there! I thought that I should update my blog a little bit extra now after such a long break from blogging. When I create something if it’s in clay or some other material it’s usually a present for somebody. I like to give away handmade things because to me it feels more special than something store-bought.

So this post is about a handmade gift just like the previous two posts I submitted. This time I made something a little bit smaller, a jewelry-set, a bracelet and a matching pair of earrings. The gift is made for someone who helped me a lot with different things. That’s why I want to thank her by giving away something I hope will be special.

The bracelet consists of handmade fimo beads and bought white pearls and all of the beads of the earrings are handmade by me. The technique I used on the beads are in some places called embroidery or applique. When I first bumped into this technique I thought it looked so complicated and hard but when I well tried it my opinion changed. I will try to make a tutorial on clay embroidery/applique the next time I use the technique but I will also show you how to save clay when you are making beads. I hope that you are interested in this or maybe you have other suggestions for what you would like to see? Then please do tell me.


I did not only make the present but also the gift boxes for the jewelry. I used scrapbooking paper witch a have a whole bunch of and created small paper gift bags. Last years I made several of these bags for an advents calendar we had at home. The gift bags are very useful and can have many purposes, it’s only the imagination that sets the limitations. Maybe a tutorial for this can be appropriate when Christmas is getting closer or new year’s eve.

 

 

I wish you enjoyed Reading and viewing this post and now I hope you all have a great day, night or morning wherever you may be on this earth.
CraftGirlsWorld

Clay is back, once again

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Hi once again!
This time I haven’t been away long. So today I wanted to show you all a present I made some months ago to a driving teacher. I made a model car out of fimo clay and decorated it’s sorundings with suiting things like a map and a suitcase. This clay creation was the first one I made in a really long time and it was also my biggest and most advanced clay work ever. Thereafter i just continued to work with fimo clay and as you could see in my previous post the size of the clay crafts are just getting bigger and bigger. On the  license plate is the teachers name written in small letters, but i blurred it in these pictures.
Have good evening, day or morning wherever you may be on this Earth.


CraftGirlsWorld