So, this is my first blog post this year, the new year 2017. I believe I wrote on Christmas eve that I would soon show you all some of my handmade Christmas gifts and I should think that it’s about time that I do it now. Therefore, will this post be about handmade gifts that I already have given away because now Christmas is more or less over.
I crocheted this flower bookmark for my grandmother because she absolutely loves to read and she has almost always more than one book at a time. That’s why I thought I would be appropriate to give her a handmade bookmark so she can keep track on what page she is on when she switches between books. I also made a hat for my mom in crochet but I sadly do not have a photo of it yet, but I will see if I can get a picture of it.
These clay charms were made for two of my friends. I like to have a story behind the things that I create. I don’t want the gifts to be random I want them to have a personal meaning for the receiver of the gift, of course I can only accomplish that if I know the person though. One of my friends she is studying to become a dentist and therefore I made a tooth and a toothbrush out of FIMO clay for her. Then I attached the two charms together and contacted them to a blue ribbon so it would function as a necklace. The waffle with the strawberry is for another friend and she really likes waffles and so I thought I have to make her a waffle that she can walk around with all the time.
Some projects I’m working on right now are some more of the Swedish princess cake keychains and clay frames. I have also tried to follow World Watercolor Group’s art challenge this month so I thought that I will post the first week’s drawings tomorrow.
I hope you all had a lovely time in this post and on my blog.
I wish you all a good evening, night, morning, afternoon or day wherever you may be on this earth.
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.
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.