Sunday 18 September 2022

Inspired by "All That Glitters"

 My name is Jessica and this is my first post on Mum's blog.

We have been watching "All That Glitters" on the BBC iPlayer. We were inspired to make our own jewellery. I settled on making necklaces out of wire and thread for me and my friends. This is how I did it:

1. Put pegs in a board to wrap the wire around to make a design.

2. Make coils of wire by wrapping it around something round!

3. Decide how long you want the necklace to be and measure your thread so that it is twice as long.

4. Thread it all together using the coils to keep the doubled thread together. Tie a knot at the top.

5. Share them with your friends and see them smile!

Sunday 7 March 2021

Bookmarks from Clay!

I have been desperate to have a play with Fimo Leather Effect since seeing it featured on Kirstie's Handmade Christmas so I chose this for our most recent Crafterzoom session. The concept of a clay that tranforms into a leather-like material that can be sewn and cut after hardening was inticing and the stuff has not disappointed. We've only been playing with it so far but Jessica and I have enjoyed our initial experiements which culminated in these bookmarks. 

The clay can be used in the same way as other polymer clays before hardening; we experimented with marbling and dotting before rolling out our clay as thin as we could and stretching it gently by hand to add additional texture. We also stamped messages into the clay using small rubber letter stamps ahead of hardening in the oven. It takes 30 minutes at 130oC to harden and fix into this strange rubbery material. Once this is done, it can be cut and sewn just as you would leather. I used punches to create holes and fringed a rectangle of the fixed Fimo before rolling and gluing into a tassle whilst Jessica used a paper punch to cut out a heart that she stitiched onto hers.

There are loads of ideas and tutorials online but this one, from Hobbycraft, gives you a good sense of what can be done with Fimo Leather-effect: Luggage Tag.


Saturday 6 March 2021

Tatting - crafting in minature!

Our Crafterzoom sessions contnued with a Tatting kit from Harlequin Lace. This one required concentration and a significant amount of practice after the first attempt. It is another craft involving knotting thread and reminded me of making friendship bracelets. The big difference is that you need the knots to stay flat and so the manipulation of the threads and shuttle (think bobbin if you sew) is really important and was the element that made this craft challenging to grasp.

As with crochet, you can work either in a line or in a ring. You work everything in double stitches, which act against each other to stop the whole thing twisting around itself. Once I was happy that I'd mastered the basic stitches I had a go at following a pattern and making a butterfly. I have not mastered this craft yet; I'm finding it hard to get the rings equal in size at the moment. However, I intend to keep picking it up occasionally to improve my skills and confidence. 


Saturday 27 February 2021

Diamond Painting

We've completed two diamond paintings between us now and have well and truly got the bug. I've found it to be a great mindful activity through these difficult times and have already ordered another two for us to do. 

This one used almost 16,000 "diamonds" and the resulting picture looks fabulous up on Jessica's bedroom wall. 

We've tried both round and square drills with these kits. The square drills were much more time consuming and fit so tightly that they were a bit of a fiddle. I ended up using tweezers rather than the pen for attaching them. On top of that, there were a couple of different cuts of drill with the surfaces looking very different and I couldn't decide whether that bothered me or not! The circular drills are uniform and much more forgiving in the application so we could make much faster progress. Not surpisingly, the new kits are both circular drills!

Having completed the kits, we've now got millions of them left over and I can't bring myself to get rid of them so I have to think of creative ways to use them up. Cue more card making and tiny mosaics... :)


Friday 26 February 2021

Foil and Fingerprint Cards

We had cause to make birthday cards for twins a couple of weeks ago and wanted to make them matching but not identical. With left over foil from her Galt Foil Art set rubbed onto double-sided adhesive, Jessica created a cake and some balloons. We then added fingerprint flames and more balloons before stamping the birthday message.

Super simple but Jessica was realy pleased with the results...

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