Gwyneth

I live on the west coast of Wales, in the UK. I've been crafting in one form or another as a hobby for a long time, but since ill health and disabling conditions curtailed on the activities I can do and forced me into early retirement I've been doing more crafting. This blog is a record of the crafting I've been doing. I've found that, with some adaptations, there are crafts I can do even when confined to bed, such as making cards using die-cut elements. In addition to the cards that I make for uploading to CUP, I've also made bilingual wedding stationary for family members and lots of other different types of card, some of which can be seen on my website. In this blog I'll try to note how easy or difficult any particular card has been to make. In addition to making cards I make some bits of jewellery (when my hands allow) and knitting. I use to knit with needles and make everything from cabled patterns to socks, but I can no longer hold up and manipulate needles, so I've swapped to knitting on looms/knitting boards the last couple of years and am having fun trying out lots of new yarns to get different effects as oppose to complicated paterns.

3D Printing 1

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Nov 102018
 

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3D Printing

For Your Information – This is a long post but it does contain pictures if you want to jump a bit.

When I showed you my second woven basket – here – where I’d topped the canes with 3D printed items that were designed to be fridge magnets, I said that I’d used my nephew’s 3D printer and that he wanted me to write a few posts, with his help, about 3D printing.

So here we are with the start of my nephew, WMGs, 3D printing experiences.

My nephew learns a lot about such things on the Internet and decided he wanted a 3D printer.  He spent time looking at posibilities that were in his budget.

One afternoon, after spending some time on my computer going through his wish list and prices with his father, he came to me and asked me if I would order what he wanted from Amazon (I have Amazon Prime so it would be free delivery. Also Mam and I are at home the vast majority of the time, whereas neither of his parents can be guaranteed to be at home to take delivery). He had money in his money boxes and bank account to give me cash to cover the cost.

I couldn’t refuse, so the order was placed straight away for one Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer v2 and one reel of white PLA+ fillament.

Now when he researched this printer originally there was a far higher percentage of 5 star reviews, but you will notice that only around 50% of the reviews are 5 star now.  That is because when it prints it is a great little machine with good quality prints, but when it breaks down (and I would always expect a small proportion of any machinery to break down during the first year) the support from Monoprice is non-existant. I am telling you this now in case you are tempted – although this was nephew’s first 3D printer, and what he printed from it were very good, it isn’t the printer he has now which I used to print the tops of the basket canes, so hold fire for further posts if you are thinking of getting a 3D printer.

The printer arrived quickly, as expected, and as soon as WMG came over after it had been delivered he got it out of the box, set up (had I mentioned that he also wanted to keep it here in our study rather than takeing it home with him because he reconed we had more space and he would be able to set it printing when he comes here to do his homework after school each day?), and his first print set to go.

His first print was a cat. The prepared file for this was on the microSD card that came with the printer.  Unfortunately there was no instruction manual, not even a setup guide, in the box, but my nephew had watched so many YouTube videos about it that he know exactly how to work it.

The printer also came with a sample, small, roll of fillament, which is what used for the first print.  A white cat that WMG painted on a pink nose and collar before he gave it to his grandmother.

We were all impressed with how this looked.

He then printed it again with the fillament we had bought.  And that printed out well also.

Now came the issue of what he could print out next.  The microSD card came with a “slicing” software called Ultimaker Cura on it. (Software that prepares a 3D item file in a format that tells the 3D printer what to lay down for each layer to build up the item). So I installed the latest version of this software on my computer.

But we needed items to put into the software. And WMG knew exactly where to go to find items. A site called Thingiverse.

This site has a wide variety of “things” designed and uploaded by a lot of different people. With a whole lot of free to download things, which come with a variety of different licences for use – some you can use how you like including selling, while some are only for personal use, so each one needs to be checked individually – my nephew is so excited to try out new things.

So, off my nephew went, downloading what he wanted to try printing.

Here are a few of the things he printed first.

I also found a site called Pinshape where I searched for some thing such as novelty fridge magnets.

This is him with his printer watching a horse print out for his mother’s birthday.

And a look at those plus some more of the things with WMG.

(I have to appologise to the creators of some of these items as, with so many similar things on the site, and my nephew not having kept a note of the link to the direct page of the thing, some of what he made isn’t credited, but the things he made that are on show in these photos are – Flipflop fridge magnet; Planetary gearbox, Number fridge magnets,Whistle, Cranc casing for radial crank engine, Straw Cup, Horse – if you know the website address of any of the items on show here please leave a message with the info so I can update this post. More info is now being kept on name and maker of each item he downloads so everything he downloads from now on, and then 3D prints should have a direct link to the source.)

(Cube, Sphere, train and space shuttle – were found in the Windows 3D section files on our computer so believe they came with the PC.)

And this is what he printed for me for my birthday.

(Printable Rose Flower – by Jerrill)

Unfortunately things started going wrong with the printer! Firstly the on/off switch stuck in the on position and the machine could not be turned off except by switching off at the mains. As we could get it off that way we kept on useing it until a further problem prevented printing completely as a blockage prevented the fillament feeding through to the hot print head.  As there were no tools, or trouble shooting info, in the box when it was delivered, we contacted Monoprice via a contact E-mail address on their website.  No helpful information was forthcoming and I was told to contact Amazon to sort out a return.

Amazon were fantastic. A return was organised quickly and a new printer was soon on the way out to us.

Please come back to my blog in the future to find out what happened with the replacement printer.

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November’s Calendar Page

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Nov 082018
 

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November Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift right at the begining of the year – which I’m decorating for her month by month.

I’m trying to use a variety of papercrafting styles, with a little but not a lot of dimension (because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month). You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my posts about them if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, for August – here, for September – here, and for October – here.

Some months I ask my mother what she would like on her calendar for that month and she tells me ehat she wants – like last month she wanted my nephews in their school uniform.  This month, however, she told me to surprise her with whatever I wanted.

I’d just received the Pollyanna Pickering “Best of Breeds” volume 2 CD-ROM and immediatelly thought the Border Collie would suit.  I printed out a whole page of the “sketchbook” type image.

This is a large proportion of the image I chose.

I decided I wanted to frame the image in some way, but decided against using further items from the CD-ROM. Instead I reached for my Tattered Lace Brambles die and matching digital artwork (From the Bohemian Garden collection – though I only bought the bramble flowers and fruit dies)

I printed out a background onto good quality paper and the image for the die onto 250gsm cardstock.

I then cut out two of the images.

I used lots of fingerlift tape to attach the image to the background and Pinflair Glue Gel to attach the bramble layers in two opposite corners.

I put lots of fingerlift tape onto the back and attached it to the calendar.

This is what the blackberries look like when layered up a bit – I didn’t use all the little bits.

The image when it was all stuck together looks like this.

And this is the whole calender, as displayed with a file for appointment, prescription, etc., paperwork beneath.

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So, that’s the November page done.  I’ll be back early next month with the December page so time to get my thinking cap on.

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Another Scarf

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Nov 042018
 

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Another Scarf

When I made the crochet blankets for the bunk beds in the spare room (you can read about makeing the blankets – here) I had bought an extra ball of the yarn just in case I’d miscalculated and needed a bit more for the project.

The yarn I used was Caron Cakes yarn in a colour called Funfetti.

As I didn’t need the spare ball of yarn for the 2 single bed sized blankets I put it to one side over the summer.  But as soon as it started getting darker and colder at night, and I couldn’t go out into the garden to sit and watch my fish late into the evening, I picked my crochet hook back up and started crocheting a scarf with the yarn.

I usually make scarves by chaining a small number of stitches, about 20 depending on yarn weight and crochet hook being used, and then crochet treble stitches into each chain and then carying on with dozens of rows of treble stitches until the scarf is long enough.

But this time I decided to work in the other direction – by chaining around 190 stitches, and making these the length of my row, so only 20 or so of the very long rows were needed to make the scarf.  I decided to work lengthways, rather than widthways, like this because I liked the effect of the colour changes how they appeared in the blankets, and I thought that doing short rows would make for more of colour blocks along the scarf rather than each colour carying on along the length of the scarf in narrow bands.

I’m not saying that I’d make all scarves using this type of yarn this way, but I do like how it’s turned out.

This is a section of the scarf along it’s width.

And this is a picture of the whole scarf haning over a table edge.

It weighs a fraction less than the 200g ball as there wash’t quite enough left for a whole row at the end, but I think it is wide enough as it is.

What do you think?  Please do leave a comment and let me know.

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Nov 022018
 

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A Basket And Some Fridge Magnets

I showed you the first basket I wove with sock yarn in my post – here.

I’d bought two pre drilled, round, basket bases at the same time, together with enough sticks to glue in the holes to make a second basket framework. I wanted to make the 2nd one a bit different looking, but still wanted to use up more of the balls of sock yarn I’d started using for the first basket.

I still wanted to work with four yarns at the same time, so this time I took the two balls of brighter yarn and pulled the yarn from the center and the outside of each to begin weaving them together as a cluster together.

This is what the part with 4 threads of the brighter yarn woven together onto the framework.

Once I came to the end of the two brighter balls of yarn I took the grey balls of yarn and took the end from the outside and the end from the inside of each ball, to give me four ends to tie in and finish weaving to the top of the canes.

This is a closeup of the grey part.

I stopped weaving just a little before the top to allow me to work on the fineals.

I decided this time to do something different for the tops of the canes.

One of my young nephews saved up to buy himself a 3D printer. (More about that in future posts as he wants me to blog about that, with his input, once we get the photos we’ve both taken collected together.) One of the things he’s downloaded and printed out for me are a variety of fridge magnets, and amongst those are different cone type ones with a ball shape on top (Thingiverse Cone Fridge Magnetsby Carsten4P). I reconned that these would make great tops to my basket canes and they come pre designed with a hole in the base to glue in a magnet – which I thought would make them perfect for sticking onto the canes.

I first printed out one of each type in white (that just happened to be the colour of the fillament he had in at the time) and showed them to my mother, together with the basket, for her input on which one I should use.

She liked the one with the straight sides before the taper best. But the cones were slightly too big I thought.

So we printed out a batch of them, at 90% size, this time in black fillament to go with the project.

Once removed off the “raft” I heated up my glue gun.

I half filled the recess in each cone with hot glue and put it on top of a cane, holding it until the glue had cooled and set, which didn’t take long for each one.

Once I’d gone all the way round with the cones I finished weaving the yarn to the top.

To hold the top yarn in place, to stop the small risk of a yarn jumping over the stopper cones, I gently pulled the top yarns down and put a blob of hot glue on the cane.

And then I lifted the yarn back into place so that it stuck firmly to the cane.

And this is what the basket looks like when complete.

Now of course I wasn’t going to let my two test ones in white go to waste, so while my glue gun was still hot I put a blob in each and pushed in a magnet.

And up they went on the fridge.

The pen holder magnet and the two flip-flop ones were previously printed out by my nephew, but as I said in the begining of this post, I’ll be doing a post or two with my nephew about his 3D printing in the future.

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So that’s another creation ready for Christmas.  I’ve now got to collect together a few goodies to put in it.

 

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Another Boxed Tree

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Oct 312018
 

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Another Boxed Tree

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In my blog post a few days ago – here – I showed you a wire work tree in a display box I’d created.  I also said that when my mother saw my first one she immediately asked if she could buy it from me, and asked me to make her a second.

I made the tree and display box the same way as previously, the only difference being that I used Amazonite semi precious bead chips instead of Ruby Zoisite ones. And not all the cardstock were exactly the same colours as used for the first one.

I won’t go through all the steps to create it again, just tell you to have a look at my previous post if you want more info.

I don’t think I’ve quite captured the colous correctly in the following photos.  The light wasn’t the same as previously I don’t thknk. But the following photos show you the finished item.

Looking onto the display box before putting on the lid.

Side view.

Front view.

Other side view.

Looking from the top with lights on. You can just see the lights shining to see their spacing.

Front with lights on.

 

 

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Oct 292018
 

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Dreamcatchers

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I showed you the first Dream Catcher style wall hanging I made a week or so ago.  You can see it – here.

Sticking to the same white cotton yarn, together with different sized metal hoops from the same packs, I then made a few more.

I did give you a sneaky peak of these before – here, but I’ve now finished making them.

Each is slightly different, and I also added clear and white seed beads and faux pearls as well to one, keeping to the white look.

Here are what I’ve made.

For this one I used one of the largest rings from the pack.  I started this time by wrapping the cotton yarn all the way around the ring. Where I finished and started I tied it off and created a loop for hanging. I then proceeded to wrap the yarn from side to side sround the covered hoop, but wrapping each time off center so that I was left with a clear area in the middle.

I then proceded to work my way around the hoop, knotting the yarn as I did so, and stepping in a bit for each row, until the whole thing had an interesting pattern on it.

I then made dome tassles by wrapping the white cotton yarn atound my hand and tieing off before cutting and removing.  This time I cut the tastles straight across the bottom, rather than at an angle as I did for the previous one.  These were hung from the bottom of the hoop.

I then took some white cotten thread and proceeded to sew on some clear, silver lined, seed beads around the central hole and in a circle a bit further in.

I tied a knot at the bottom of each end of the yarn that was holding the tassles in place and used the thread to sew a couple of white faux pearls and some seed beads to each knot.  I finished by opening out the ends of the yarn.

And this is what it looks like when finished.

For the next one I took two rings from the pack of rings. I put them together so that they were touching at one point and started to wrap the same cotton yarn as I had used previously around both.

I did this for about an inch and a half until the gap between them got a bit much before continuing to wrap the yarn all the way around the largest ring.  When I got back to where I had started I wrapped a few more times over both rings before going all the way around the second ring.

I then built up a pattern by weaving between both wrapped rings

and then knotting a bit until I had a hanging that looked a bit like a new moon.

Rather than make tastles for this hanging I decided that it would be a moon and stars hanging. So I took 5 pre cut and drilled, wooden star shapes and painted them with white acrylic paint.  Before the paint was dry I sprinkled on some Nuvo Sparkle Dust – Snow Glow.

I did the same on the other side.

To attach the stars to the bottom of the moon I used some fine, white, tigertail, beading wire held in place with crimp beads.

I think this picture shows the glitter on the stars better.

And here is the finished creation.

I have one more of this type of creation on the go, and might even make some more. Keep an eye out for future posts about them.

Some are earmarked as gifts for specific people, but if I make more I may have some to sell. Any idea what I should charge if I do decide to sell some?

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Oct 272018
 

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Wire Work Trees

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Having showed you two slightly different Tree Of Life style wall hangings previously – here and here – this time I have another one that is similar, but smaller, and possibly more suitable for hanging in a window as a sun catcher.

I used another hoop from the packs of metal rings I’d bought, this time one of around 3″ inner diameter. I used silver coloured 28 guage wire and clear, silver lined, seed beads. I also used some thicker silver coloured beading wire from the same pack as previous trees.

As with my previous Tree of Life style wall hangings, I cut lengths of the thin wire.  These were put in a bundle together and twisted together to form the trunk of the tree. I then twisted smaller number of threads together to form roots which were then wrapped around the bottom of the ring, separating the twisted clusters out a bit.

For the branches I twisted small numbers of wire threads together, shapeing them, and then splitting out each wire thread.  I then started adding the seed beads one at a time, twisting the wire around some of the beads to keep them in place, before twisting each wire end individually around the metal ring.

The piece was finished off by winding around the whole ring using the thicker wire, including makeing a loop.

I also made a small box from 300gsm mottled cardstock to present it in.

I’m going to add some tissue paper for it to lie in.

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For the standing tree, in a display case, I took a real of 0.5mm coloured copper wire and cut it into lots of lengths of about 15″.  As I was putting together the tree I realised that I hadn’t cut enough so had to go back and cut some more. I’m afraid that I have no idea how many I cut, I just went for fow many I thought looked right in the end.

I then took a string of Ruby Zoisite semi precious stone chips and threaded one onto the centre of each length of wire and twisted about an inch so that the stones were held in place.

The next step was to take a couple of the twisted wires and twist them together. Then adding another twisted wire, and making a good handful of “branches” with two or three stones on them.

It was then a case of twisting two of the branches together until I had several of those, and finishing off by twisting the larger branches together to make the tree “trunk”.

Which left me with lots of dangling single wires coming out the bottom which I separated out onto small clusters and twisted to make the “roots”. These I wrapped around a stone.

For the display case I took an A3 sheet of construction weight Acetate and cut out three panels, for two sides and the front.

I took several sheets of A4 cardstock from my stash, which included a sheet of pale blue, mottled looking cardstock, and several sheets of Adorable Scorable in a variety of colours.

I chose a dark breen card for making the inside of the base, into which I cut a small hole so the stone with roots would be dropped to give to more stability.  A very pale green was chosen for the outside base.  The mottled light blue was cut as a background to the back of the display box and a sheet of white Adorable Scorable was cut the same size to form the outside of the back. A very pale blue Adorable Scorable was used to make the top and the two corner posts.

After cutting out and scoring the pieces where necesary I used the red lined, ultra tacky, double sided tape to secure the corners of the inside and outside base, as well as the top.  The inside base was dropped into the outside base. The same tape was used to secure the tabs on the side acetate panels to the back panels, sandwiching the acetate tabs between the inside and outside back panels.

The next step was to attach the corner pieces to the front edge of both side panels before putting tape on the other side of both panels and attaching the front acetate to one.

I then heated up my hot glue gun, used wire cutters to chop off some of the wire ends so that there was only about 1 cm of each “root” wrapped under to the bottom of the stone rather than the mess of wire.

I then hot glued the roots underneath the stone, put extra glue underneath, and dropped the stone into the hole in the inside base so that it stuck to the inside of the outside base. This gives the tree extra stability. (If the tree isn’t going to be placed in a display box then extra glue can still be put on the bottom of the stone to level out the humps and bumps of the stone and wrapped around wire. Put it either on a piece of card it can be left on, or put it on a silicone, or similar, mat that can be pealed off.)

I then eased the sides of the display box into place and, after checking that everything was fitting right I peeled off the final piece of red liner backing and stuck the last corner in place.

I held the outside base sides slightly away from the acetate to drizzle some hot glue in before pushing the sides back in until secure.

I then used glue dots to attach a string of lights inside the lid, keeping them a little inside the outer edge so they wouldn’t be in the way when the lid was put on, and keeping the on/off switch/battery pack outside with a bit of wiring.

I also put a nick in the top corner of the back where the wireing was going in under the lid.

Then it was simply a case of poping the lid on and using some more sticky dots to hold the battery pack switch to the back out of sight.

Then a final look around my creation

… before turning on the lights.

The actual lights are not visible unless you go down a bit and look up.

As soon as she saw this one my mother asked whether I was going to sell it, and if so, would I make another one as she wanted to give them as gifts to two people.

So I’m working on a second one now.

I’d like to ask you all what do you think I should be charging for this. Obviously Mam will be getting Mates and Family Rates, but if I make more, what will be a fair price to charge. (Display box is 6″ top to bottom and 6.5″ across the front)

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Wall Hangings

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Oct 252018
 

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Wall Hangings

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Having pulled out some stuff to make the item for my swap partner over on the Chronic Crafters! Facebook group – you can find the group here and my previous post here – I decided to make a few other ones in various styles before packing the makeings away again.

For the first one I’m going to show you I chose to make a Dreamcatcher style hanging.  It doesn’t have the hole in the middle, that I understand that traditionally is there for the nice dreams to drop through, but I though I’d just go completely “my style” of knotting rather than following any pattern or try copying anything I’ve seen.

It is simply made using a 19cm metal ring and white cotton yarn.

Other than a pair of scissors I didn’t use anything else to make this.

I wound and knotted the yarn around and through the ring to make the web.  Then wound more yarn around the ring to cover and hide it, finishing off the main piece by knotting a loop on the top for it to hang.

To make the tassles I wound some yarn round four fingers of my hand, slipped a piece of cut yarn through it along my palm and tied it off to make the hanging piece.  I then took it off my fingers, wrapped a piece of yarn around the whole lot near the already tied piece and tied that in place.  I finished off by cutting open the bottom of the tassle and then cutting it at an angle – I didn’t want a straight bottomed tassle, I wanted a different look.

And this is what the finished wall hanging looks like.

I then decided to make another wall hanging in the same “Tree of Life” style hanging as I made previously for the swap I mentioned further up this post.

I went a bit bigger this time and used a ring that was one size larger than the previous tree. Around 6 rather than 5 inches in diameter.

Once again I picked out some beading wire – this time of gold and silver, and the same pack of Amazonite semi precious stones chips, and followed the same method as previously to make the wall hanging.

And I domed the tree canopy a little again this time.

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With yarn, metal hoops, wire and Amazonite chips still left over I will be makeing more of these types of wall hangings.  I think that they will make great little gifts for Christmas or birthdays, or even things to sell or for me to donate as raffle prizes.  Keep an eye out for more blog posts as I create more variations over the next month or so.

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Crafting Group Swap

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Oct 232018
 

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Tree Of Life Wall Hanging

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I’m a member of many groups on facebook.  A large proportion of the groups are for crafters who do general crafts or specific crafts such as cardmakers. I’m also a member of support groups where members have various health conditions similar to myself. While some of the members of the various craft groups also have various health issues, and some of the members of the support groups are also crafters, I hadn’t come accross a group that was for specifically for crafters with chronic health/disability conditions.  But, a couple of months ago I found a group for crafters with chronic ill-health.  The group is called “Chronic Crafters!”  Members can do any type of crafting and have any chronic health issue.

It is a friendly group, and when a swap was anounced for September I thought it would be nice to put my name forward for a swap partner.

The rules of the swap were “Anything but a card” (If  I’ve understood things right it seems they had had a card swap previously so wanted to give a chance for non cardmakers to get involved this time).  And as members are from all over the world, to keep postage costs down, there was a size constraint of 6″ x 6″ maximum.

I have to admit that it took me far more time to decide which of my many crafts I would turn to for my swap item than it actually took to make it.

Out came the ruler to start with, to see what the maximum size was, but then I decided that I still couldn’t picture the size properly and come to a descision – so I decided to start by making a shallow box of 6″ x 6″, base and lid, so I could see straight off exactly what was the maximum sized item I needed.

I tossed a lot of ideas around my head, but in the end decided on some wirework.

So out came some beading wire, some semi precious stones, a metal hoop, and some jewellery making tools.

I chose a 5″ diameter metal hoop and made a “Tree of Life” style wall hanging. I used two different colours of the wire, one for the “tree” and the other to wrap around the frame.

I had domed the upper section a bit as I think the little shaddow that this creates on any wall behind it when hanging is quite nice.

I hope my swap partner likes it.

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Since makeing this I’ve made a few more wall hangings using metal hoops. Some are in the style of dream catchers and some are tree of life ones similar to this one with different sized hoops and different coloured wire.  I’m working on blog posts to show them to you now, so keep an eye out over the next few days for those.

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Chocolate Pumpkins

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Oct 222018
 

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Chocolate Pumpkins And Icing Carrots

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I book my slot for a Tesco delivery every Saturday morning a week in advance, sometimes more, and usually drop in an assortment of stuff I usually buy at the time of booking.  I sometimes also have a look at the special offers to see if there are any special offers that Mam or I fancy. Mam and I then go through the list Friday afternoon to remove anything from my basket that isn’t needed and adding anything that’s run out since I booked the order.

Whilst having a look around the Tesco app last week I spotted that Chocolate oranges were on offer – down to £1 each. Well I put half a dozen straight into my basket because I had an idea – not to put to one side for Christmas, but to use for halloween!

I had some red, yellow and green icing in the house from the previous week when I was going to use them to decorate carrot cupcakes, but I had been way to exhausted by the time the Tesco delivery arrived (the big storm had caused floods and downed trees on route) to think of cooking last weekend. I thought that I could use the icing to make “stalks” for the chocolate oranges to turn them into pumpkins, as well as make some icing carrots to decorate the plate.

Funny thing is, online last week I saw that somebody else had had the same idea to turn a chocolate orange into a pumpkin, but they had used a green pipe cleaner for the stalk and had added a green calix. I can’t remember now whose work it was.

So, with the two youngest nephews here again at the weekend I put a plate in the middle of the table, put out a chocolate orange each together with red, yellow and green ready to roll icing, knives, scissors, and some sticky back plastic sheets that I use to make peeloffs in my electronic cutting machine, and we all set about decorating.

The two boys and I decorated one each and then I quickly decorated one extra for Mam.

We mixed some red icing into the yellow to make orange icing (no orange icing available to buy when I ordered so mixed our own).

The carrots were made by takeing a lump of orange icing. Shapeing into a rough cone shape and makeing a depression in the top.  We then took a small piece of green icing and shaped a much smaller cone. This was put into the depression at the top of the “carrot” and the top of the orange closed around it.  Using a knife or scissors we tyen cut into the green top of the “carrot tops” to five it a broken leaf expect. The cartots were then finished by using the back of a knife to make some marks sown the sides.

A piece or orange icing was again cut off and a cylinder was made from it.  This was then put on top of the chocolate orange and squashed out a little to make it stay in place before adding some marks for texture down the sibdes and giving the top a bit of a tweak so it wasn’t completely upright.

We then cut out bits of sticky backed plastic to make the “face”.

 

And this is what we landed up with.

My first one.

Eldest of two young nephews chose to do a face based on a Minecraft character.

His brother went for a similar face to mine.

And my last, quick, one at the end.

All on the plate together for the icing to dry off a bit before Halloween.

Mind you, I’ll be very surprized if everything is still on the plate come Halloween.

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