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Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted anything in so long… I’ve been making some changes and I’m very happy to announce I’ve just started a new YouTube channel! Please check it out and subscribe if you like what you see 🙂

Here’s my first ever YouTube video, I hope you enjoy it!

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Mermaid Crown

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Hey everyone! I’ve been busy experimenting with things to potentially sell in my (hopefully near) future online store, but here’s a little something I’ve been really excited to blog about since I made it.

I came across some mermaid crowns on Instagram and was a bit blown away by how pretty they were. Then I realised I have a massive bag of seashells that have been sitting in my room waiting for the perfect craft opportunity!

So without further ado, here’s how I made my mermaid crown.

You’ll need:

  • Wire
  • String
  • Pliers
  • Polymer clay
  • Small seashells/ocean-themed embellishments
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1: Measure around your head using a piece of string. You’ll want to place the string where you want your crown to sit so you know exactly how big it needs to be. Make a mark on the string so you know where to cut it.

Step 2: Cut a piece of wire a centimetre longer than your string. You don’t need the string anymore, your wire should now be the right size for your head. The extra centimetre will provide room to bend the ends and join them together to make a circle.

Step 3: Build the frame for your crown. I folded wire pieces around the circle and twisted them with pliers to make spikes. I used my glue gun to hold them in place if they didn’t stand up.

Step 4: Cover the frame in polymer clay. Make sure there is no wire or glue exposed, and try to smooth over any seams in the clay. It doesn’t need to be perfectly neat because it looks good with a more “natural” effect. I twisted long pointed sausages of clay around the spikes to create the spiral effect.

Step 5: Bake it! Follow the instructions provided with your clay. Make sure the wire and glue are completely covered before you put the crown in the oven.

Step 6: Embellish your crown. I chose pretty pink and purple seashells and arranged them carefully on the crown, sticking them down with my glue gun.

Step 7: Head to the beach and show it off!

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Magical Snow Jar

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I love snow globes. They’re like little fantasy worlds encapsulated in a glass globe which we can escape to simply by turning them upside down to watch the snow fall. I loved the idea of making one myself, and since it’s Christmas, it seemed like a good time to do it!

You’ll need:

  • A waterproof ornament (I made mine myself, so stick around for details at the end if you want to do the same)
  • A jar with a watertight lid
  • Strong, waterproof glue (I used Gorilla Glue)
  • Distilled water
  • Glitter

Step 1: Glue your ornament inside the lid of the jar. Ensure there is enough space left around the edge so that it can still be screwed onto the jar.

Step 2: Fill the jar with distilled water. The water will overflow when you put the ornament in, but by filling the jar as much as possible you can prevent air bubbles.

Step 3: Add glitter to the jar. I tested a few different glitters before I found one that didn’t clump or float. In the end I chose some cosmetic “fairy sparkle” glitter. It was fairly fine and I found that the holographic shades worked best. If you’re not sure how much to add, go for more rather than less.

Step 4: Screw the lid onto the jar. It’s worth putting some waterproof glue around the lid to ensure there are no leakages and the lid cannot accidentally be pulled off.

Step 5: Finish it off with a bow! I used a glittery wired ribbon to give a pretty, festive finish.

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If you’re making your own ornament:

I made my snowman with polymer clay and painted him with acrylic paint. To stop the paint from flaking in the water, I glazed it with a waterproof varnish. The one I used raised slightly in the water and made bubbles, but then went back to normal when the snowman was removed from the water and dried. I decided that because the bubbles were whitish it made the snowman’s hat and scarf look frosty, but I’d recommend using a primer and a good quality glaze for other items. Ensure it is glazed completely with no gaps to prevent water from getting trapped beneath the paint.

If you use coloured polymer clay, it shouldn’t need to be glazed, but I’ve heard from others that the clay can develop a whitish coating over time from being submerged in water. Using distilled water should help to prevent this.

Bats on a Branch Decoration

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Halloween is one of my favourite times of year because you can go a little crazy on decorating and setting an atmosphere. And eat all of the sweets, of course! I was inspired to make these little bats after a walk through the woods where I found lots of creepy-looking branches which I brought home with me. Now to decide what to do with the rest of them…

You’ll need:

  • A spooky branch
  • Clay (I used air-drying clay for this)
  • Acrylic paint
  • A glue gun
  • Elastic (or thread)

Step 1: Roll out your clay and cut out 9 wing shapes. Cutting a stencil out of cardboard first will make this easier. You’ll only need 6, but making extras will reduce frustration from potential breakages during step 2.

Step 2: Once the wings have hardened, roll three small balls of clay to make the bats’ bodies. Flatten them so that they are slightly oval-shaped. Now push the wings into the bodies.

Step 3: Use a clay tool to poke holes for the bats’ eyes. Then leave the bats to harden.

Step 4: Paint your bats. I went with black but you could be creative with your colours. You could also paint the branch if you like. I left mine natural.

Step 5: Cut three lengths of elastic or thread to the same lengths as the distances that you want the bats to hang from the branch, plus a little more to the allow for tying them to the branch. I staggered mine a little. Then tie them on to the branch.

Step 6: Use your glue gun to stick the ends of the elastic to the backs of your bats.

Step 7: Tie a loop of elastic or thread to your branch so that you can hang it. Because the weight of the branch may be uneven, it’s best to tie the ends of the thread wide apart to create a sort of triangle loop, rather than just in the middle.

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Woodland Creature Necklaces

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I have this thing about foxes at the moment, and after seeing some cute little fox necklaces online, I decided to make myself one. Then he looked lonely, so I made him a little deer friend!

You’ll need:

  • Clay (I used air-drying clay because it’s all I had but for something like this I’d recommend oven-bake as it’s much more durable.)
  • Acrylic paints (or you could use coloured clay)
  • Jump rings
  • Jewellery cord
  • Cord clasps

Step 1: Roll a piece of clay into a ball about the size you want the pendant to be. Then carefully mould the ball into the shape of an animal head of your choice. Use an image as a reference point to make this easier.

Step 2: Once you have moulded the shape, push a jump ring into the top. Make sure you close the clay over the top of the metal so it can’t come out. Then bake your pendant or leave it to dry.

Step 3: When your pendant has hardened, paint it using acrylic paints. Use an image to copy the patterns on the animal’s fur. Once this has dried, glaze it using a varnish. You can go straight to the glazing step if you used coloured clay.

Step 4: Measure jewellery cord around your neck and cut it to the desired length. Use pliers to attach a cord clasp fastening to the ends.

Step 5: Using your pliers, connect a second jump ring onto the existing one on your pendant. Close it so that the cord runs through it.

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Wooden Quote Sign

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This just a little something I decided to play around with one afternoon. I had a spare wooden plaque from a previous project, and I recently purchased some new rubber stamps and ink pads. I’d seen a sign with this quote on before and thought it was super cute, so I decided to have a go at making my own.

You’ll need:

  • Wooden plaque
  • Alphabet rubber stamps
  • Ink pads

Step 1: This project is pretty straightforward, but it’s not the easiest thing to get right (mine took a couple of goes and I’m still not totally happy with it). For this reason I’d recommend drawing around your plaque and practising your positioning on a piece of paper first. I actually totally messed up on the word “messy”, but I got lucky on the word so I could style it out and exaggerate the word.

Step 2: Once you’re happy with your practise sign, stamp your message onto the real thing. I used different colours to make the key words stand out.

Step 3: If you want to add some extra decoration, you can use punctuation stamps creatively. I used my full stop stamp to create a dot pattern around the outside. I also used heart stamps to decorate it further.

Step 4: I stopped at step 3, but to protect your sign you could coat it with a varnish when the ink has dried. Drill a hole in the top to hang it, or simply tack it to the wall instead.

Now you can display your favourite quotes in your home with pride!

Maleficent Headpiece

 

SAM_8069Hello, hello! Sorry it’s been so long, but after a bit of a hiatus I’m back with lots of new, fresh ideas.

As Halloween is approaching, I’ve started preparing my costume (although we’ll have to wait and see whether I actually wear it or change my mind at the last minute…) and one of the most awesome, “scary” characters ever is Disney’s sassy villain, Maleficent. Here’s how to make yourself a headpiece like hers.

You’ll need:

  • Card
  • Tape
  • PVA glue
  • Plaster bandages (optional)
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Elastic

Step 1: Blow up a balloon to about the size of your head and sit it in a bowl. You may need to secure it with tape. Then tear up newspaper pieces, dip them in a mixture of PVA glue and water and stick them to your balloon. Cover it until you’ve got the shape you want your headpiece to be, then stick a couple more layers over the top to thicken it.

OR cover your head and hair with a protective cap (I simply used cling film) and then dip pieces of plaster bandage in water and smooth them over your head to create the shape of the headpiece. Make sure you don’t cover the back of your head because you need to be able to get the headpiece on and off. You can papier-mâchĂ© over the plaster to even out the shape afterwards.

Step 2: Make cones in varying sizes using your card, then tape them together in a sort of spiral to make the shape of the horns. Try to make them symmetrical.

Step 3: When the headpiece is dry, tape the horns to it and cover these using the same papier-mâchĂ© method as before. Give them a few layers to make sure they’re strong and secure.

Step 4: Once everything is dry, paint your headpiece. I used acrylic paint to do this.

Step 5: To keep the headpiece on your head securely, make a hole in each side and thread some elastic through. My headpiece has three strands of elastic running across the back to ensure it is held securely in place.

Now find yourself a staff and a pet raven and live your life as a glamorous and powerful villain! (Or you could use your powers for good!)

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