Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Antikva buttons - part two



Don't miss part one of Kerrie's (aka Antikva) great advice on shrink plastic buttons.  Here is part two!

The higher grade of yellow/white sandpaper you use for sanding your shrink plastic, the better and don't try a sander, not even a small one ROFL!  It tends to be patchy as it slides too much, has to be hand sanded. I wipe down the plastic sheets with a clean damp cloth after I've sanded them to make sure I've gotten rid of any dust.

They do look slightly scratched or scuffed after sanding but when it shrinks you can't see it even if you've used pastels or pencils, as long as it looks fairly smooth. I wear thin plastic gloves as fingers leave grease marks and affects the colours for both the pastels & pencils. Watercolour pencils don't have that problem once you've swished the colour around.  I have used acrylics thinly but didn't really like the effect, but of course others might and of course they can use just sharpies but not all colours come out the same. Dark colours tend to go black. I've just found some perm markers here that are pastel colours, so this weekend I'm going to test them.

If the plastic pieces curl or go out of shape or stick together, just reheat them slowly, and they will come apart. Llong bamboo skewers or chopsticks are good for reaching into an oven to guide things along. Also, a heavy book plonked on top after heating will make sure they flatten if they come out slightly warped. I use baking paper underneath & on top (the top paper is folded a couple of times for weight to prevent them curling right over onto themselves) of the buttons so I can yank them out of my oven with an egg slice, flip without burning myself or dropping them or fiddling around with tongs. I use a small toaster oven now as the heating gun is not good for making multiples and can fit up to 8 but I stick with 6 at a time so I can quality check as I go.

LOL, yes, my kids tell their friends Mum's baking buttons.

You can make shapes & use scrapbook scissors to cut different edges but they can't be too finely detailed, eg, flowers with petals: the petals can't be cut too thin or they snap off or can be too sharp. I use an emery board to sand down any little edges afterwards before sealing. Oh, and for the button hole pieces, my daughter uses them to make snow globe type water jars!


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quote of the week


It’s so easy to be smart. Just think of something stupid to say and then don’t say it.





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Monday, August 29, 2011

Antikva buttons - part one



After seeing my little post on clip art shrink plastic buttons last week, Kerrie, aka Antikva, contacted me.  She wrote:
Hi Cyndi, I also make art buttons from shrink plastic :) I hope you don't mind but to save you some time/money I thought I'd help out with some tips.
Do I MIND? LOL!! I was so grateful that I was speechless. This is the best part of the internet to my way of thinking...it allows us to learn about things that we didn't even know we wanted to learn about. And it enables wonderful people like Kerrie to share her experience and the wisdom she has gained. So no, I never mind being contacted about tips and techniques, corrections of the way I'm doing something, or practically anything else you'd like to share!

Kerrie sent so much great info that I'm going to break it up into two posts.  I encourage you to visit her site too...she's got so much more going on there than just buttons.  About herself, Kerrie writes, "I fling paint & gold and where it lands is my current project. Sometimes it's on artwork or a handmade book, sometimes on a handmade button."


Antikva on Facebook

Sharpies are fairly good as well [as Zig Millennium] but some colours do fade after a few washes. Although, I have to say I like the effect, it ends up sort of shabby chic style. But if they're sealed (I brush on decoupage varnish), after 24 hours there is really no difference between Zig pens and Sharpies.  Micron pens are useless on it though. Of course not for the frosted look as the varnish takes that away.

If you want to do a non-reverse version, I sand (300+ grit, don't use black glass sanding sheets as black marks show up after baking) my plastic sheet lightly before circle cutting, you have to sand both directions though and evenly. I also use pastels, colouring pencils and also watercolour pencils, once I put the colour on I rub it all over with a soft linen fabric so it's even for the base colour. For the watercolour pencils, I dampen a brush so it's just damp and then kind of swirl it around to get the look I want.

The inkjet plastic version of shrink plastic so far has yellowed when baking :(  and often became brittle/rubbery straight out of the oven, so I'd only recommend that for aged or distressed looks (I made monogrammed hearts for my daughters wedding invites) . I use Grafix brand, so perhaps a different brand might work fine, I am limited over here in Australia with brands :(

If you want to have a look, I have some online on my facebook page in my photo albums.  I call mine doodlebutz :) I'm currently working on Indian henna style designs, paisley patterns and quilt patterns for my next batch.

The rest of Kerrie's advice will be posted on Wednesday!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

More artsy links!

 

Creative Paperclay Necklace
Something new with paperclay!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen tries her hand at 3D paper tole. It's not as difficult as it looks, but does require a bit of patience. 


Beading Arts
Want to add a bezel to a curved surface? Cyndi shows you one easy way to do it!

Blue and Teal Garden Glass Sculpture
Another glass sculpture! This one uses blue and teal glass.  

Creative Dreamer
June's red bird turned out so well, she's made a blue bird... a blue bird of happiness, of course! And she's giving it away... get entered by September 4th!  
 

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
Spooktacular crochet eyeball pattern! 

About Family Crafts
Take a moment to read some crafty money saving tips and then take a few more to publish your own!

Aileen's Musings
This week Aileen offers you a fun Altered Cabinet card tutorial and freebie downloads stop by and get inspired to make some fall art!  

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi has a new card featuring a sweet elephant!  

Cindy Gimbrone Beads
Looking for a unique idea to display your handcrafted jewelry? Cindy's here to lend you a hand!  

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a tutorial on how to fold an origami mosquito and enter to win a copy of the book Origami 101, how to treat a dog when its overheating, dehydrated and sunburned, some art from Gary Panter, and how to make your own crackers with a dehydrator.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy looks ahead at the school year that is already filling her calendar with oodles of projects and commitments.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
Did you love finger painting as a child? Here's a “sort of “ grown-up version you might enjoy.  




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Thursday, August 25, 2011

To gesso or not to gesso...that is the question!


Dear Cyndi...........In my searching I found you and have a question for you..... Is it recommended that you gesso a Canvas and Canvas Boards before you begin working on them. In all my searching some say to treat some do not even say at all. My concern is the Canvas sides - when I need to finish them off -if I'm not going to scarpbook technique them but color with either by paint/ink/marker. Whatever I do, I want a professional product to last and not fall apart after it has been sold. Whatever information you can share with me will be greatly appreciated..........Thank you........... Carol


Hi Carol,
Gesso serves four different purposes: to give "tooth" to surfaces that don't have enough, to prevent "thirsty" surfaces from sucking up too much of your more expensive paints, to create a smoother surface to work on, and to cover over prior mistakes. Five purposes: to add a certain amount of texture. There! I think that's basically it. So I don't think you have to worry about your pieces falling apart if you choose not to use gesso on canvas. Most canvas doesn't really need it unless it isn't as smooth as you'd like, but it is a thirsty material, so it's often worth taking the extra step. Love to see what you make! Best ~ Cyndi


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Quote of the week

  
Press any key - no, no, no, NOT THAT ONE!

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Clip art shrink buttons


I saw a cute little tutorial posted on Scissors.Paper.Wok on how to make buttons out of shrink plastic.  Now the first thing I want you to know is that Kimanh's buttons turned out waaaay cuter than mine did, but I'm happy all the same.  I love how the plastic looks almost like glass if you draw on the rough side and keep it on the bottom.  That means that you've got to reverse your writing if you want text, but that's not too tough.


Kimanh punches out lots of buttons first and then sets about decorating them.  I did it in reverse since I only wanted to make a few for starters: I traced some Dover clip art designs on the shrink plastic and then used a large circular punch to cut them out.  That meant that the design didn't always fit the button perfectly, but that was ok for this trial.  If I make more, I think I'll do it her way and try some more freehand decorations!



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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wild at Heart Studios


How would you like to learn all the newest mixed media art techniques...in a tropical paradise?  A lot of your favorite workshop teachers think it's a pretty darned good idea: Dayle Doroshow, Jane LaFazio, Christi Friesen, and many others can be found lounging by the pool...I mean, teaching classes at Wild At Heart Studios

Indulge your art's desire! Get away to beautiful San Juan island for a one or two-day creative art workshop retreat! You will find a handy link to their gorgeous website (a link to future gorgeous good times?) in our sidebar.  Pay Wild At Heart Studios a visit today and plan your next vacay for the colder months coming up. 






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More artsy links!

 

Creative Dreamer
From a journal page to a three dimensional piece of folk art, June shares her completed bird!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Did you love finger painting as a child? Here's a “sort of“ grown-up version you might enjoy.  

Glass Garden Sculpture
Cherie makes a glass totem with recyled items for the garden.  

Hot Pepper Jam
A great way to use up all those extra peppers in your garden.  

Kim-Flowers and Art
Kim continues work on her crazy colorful craft room  

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen takes a precious amethyst necklace from dull to dramatic.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make a Fancy Framed cartoon card and a chance to win a Cricut Fancy Frames Cartridge. 

About Family Crafts
The current make-it-over crafts challenge is all about teaching math using crafts... Come play along!

Beading Arts
The "Mostly Metal" challenge was a great success, many thanks to Michelle Mach! Come and see all the fun pieces that were made.  

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi shares a post she wrote for John Bead using embossing powders and metal.  

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a fun article all about Jeannine Stein author of Adventures in Bookbinding which you have a chance to win just by leaving a comment in the post, an idea for using an unusual element as a curtain tieback, a bunny poem and how to create a hierarchy and system for type.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy shows off a luxurious new baby afghan made with organic cotton yarn.  




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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Mostly Metal challenge reveal day has arrived!


Today is the big reveal day for my friend Michelle Mach's "Mostly Metal Challenge."  I'm excited about visiting all the other artists that were involved in it.  You might think my design looks somewhat familiar:


Just a few weeks ago, I showed you a steampunk-style cuff that I made this way, using the instructions in Teresa Stanton's article in the July/August issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.  If you visit Beading Arts today, you'll see the whole list of participants in the Mostly Metal Challenge!


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Monday, August 15, 2011

The big "Mostly Metal" reveal is tomorrow...

This is what I received to make my piece:


Any ideas what I did with them?  I'll show you tomorrow...


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Saturday, August 13, 2011

More artsy links




Kim- Flowers and Art
Kim makes a glass garden totem- come learn how!

Beading Arts
Cyndi is celebrating bead embroidery month on Beading Arts! Come find out how you can get started.

Creative Dreamer
June is turning a bird she created on a journal page into a three dimensional one, come see!  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen takes a precious amethyst necklace from dull to dramatic.  

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy is experimenting with some organic cotton yarn and a new baby afghan.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Consider the profit potential of jewelry repair and redesign. 


Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how to upcycle 3 t-shirts using inspiration and techniques from the new book 101 Tees by Cathie Filian

About Family Crafts
Find out how you can participate in the current craft challenge and get your butterfly crafts featured!  

Aileen's Musings
Take a flight over to Aileen's blog to view her ethereal gossamer wing tutorial.  

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside brings you a chance to win 1 of 50 bulking dummies (blank books), a video from the 5th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards, a Steampunk decoration idea, facts about manual coffee grinders and how to create a visual path in a composition  

 



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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Quote of the week



A computer's attention span is as long as its power cord.



Image: Everaldo Coelho and YellowIcon, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, August 08, 2011

Recent beaded jewelry pieces



So far this summer, I have been more productive in creating beaded jewelry pieces than in any other category.  You probably already know that I've got an entire blog devoted to Beading Arts, but once in awhile I like to post a sort of "catch-up" here just to let you know what's going on over there!







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Saturday, August 06, 2011

More artsy links!

 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Consider the profit potential of jewelry repair and redesign. 

Make a Friendship Journal
Since Sunday is Friendship Day, Cherie describes how to create a friendship journal.  

Mo(o)re Gourd Whimsies
Whimsical Memory/Gift Boxes made with Creative Paperclay  

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares step by step how she engineered one of her recent bead embroidery pieces.  

 

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy shares a super easy baby afghan to crochet for that special baby boy.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
How to make a tubular wine bottle tote from a cardboard mailing tube.

Lindsay Sews
The cathedral windows quilt is unique in that it requires no batting or backing. It's an all-in-one quilt block! Check out Lindsay's cathedral windows mini quilt in bright solid fabrics.

About Family Crafts
Learn how you can make back to school fun with all of these crafts and activities.

Aileen's Musings
Stop by and read Aileen's book review on Margot's new book New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry: Unexpected Combinations, Unique Designs and enter to win a book of your own!

Craft Buds
Enter the giveaway this week at Craft Buds to win a Slice Fabrique cordless fabric cutter from Making Memories! Great for sewing applique and also paper crafts! (Ends 8/9)

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a fun idea on customize black and white fabric with colored markers, cutting an orange to look like a chrysanthemum with a recipe, a tutorial on how to sew sequins on "Road Warrior" style and a fun video of Carla Sonheim's illustrations.  


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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Quote of the week

 
My software never has bugs. It just develops random features.

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Monday, August 01, 2011

Altoid tin book



I made a small accordian book to fit inside an Altoid tin container, and decorated the inside of the tin to suit. Remember when working with Altoid tins was all the rage? Maybe for you it still is, or you've just recently discovered the joys. Here are my suggestions:
  • Use a torch or your grill to burn off the enamel paint and give the outside a rustic look.  
  • Use resin to embed items in one or both halves of the inside of the tin.  Be careful not to fill the tin so full that the book won't fit or that the items embedded on both sides prevent you from closing the tin. 
  • Decorate the outside of the tin last.  Watch out that you don't gunk up the hinges!


The text of my accordian book reads:

"But if I say, 'I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name,' His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot."  Jeremiah 20:9. 


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