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A 3D Printing Project

In the past I’ve made a small number of posts about my nephew’s saga of problems with his first 3D printer and how he part built the different one he’s got now.

If you haven’t seen those posts and are interested then you can find them – here! And other bits that have been 3D printed have appeared in my projects such as the the tops put on the canes when I did some yarn basket weaving – here! and many more.

Since he first got a 3D printer, when everything that he printed were designed by others, and downloaded by my nephew from the Internet from a site called Thingiverse, he has started doing his own designing of little things.

The project I’ve got to show you today is one such project he did for me.

I have a large supply of alcohol markers, water markers, etc., in a large rack by the side of my bed as shown here – easy to just pick a few colours out, get into bed, and colour on a lap tray.  (It is a bit taller and with more pens in by now as this is an older photo.)

But when I want to do colouring sat with my mother in her room, or in the kitchen or sitting room, or even outside sat in the garden in the summer, it means choosing and pulling out the colours I am likely to want to use, of whichever type of pen I’m going to work with, and carying them where ever I intend to do my colouring – and usually missing out a colour that I find is essential as soon as I settle wherever to do my colouring, thus meaning getting up and dragging myself back to my room to collect the missing colour.  And that usually happens more than once a session.

So I decided to buy myself another set of alcohol markers that I liked the look of – and have in a bag to carry around for the times I’d want to colour somewhere other than my room.

And if I had them in a bag I’d need some sort of inner support to hold the pens in place tidily when carying, that would allow me to store the bag, and thus the pens, on its side when not being moved around.

And this is where my nephew, his designing, and his 3D printer comes in.

Designing And Printing Marker Holder

I showed him lots of different pen storage – both the ones I’ve got in my room as well as photos of several different types online.  I said I wanted the bag to hold all the pens I had of the new type – Prism Craft Markers from Hunkydory – and let him decide by himself how he thought would be the best way to go about creating the support/rack to go inside the bag.  I haven’t seen any others using the exact same style and method as he came up with.

A bit of measuring.  Counting the Pens. A bit of designing in Tinkercad.  A bit of converting to the right format for the 3D printer in Ultimaker Cura.  And away he went 3D printing.

He even did some time-laps recording of one of the layers of the marker holder being 3D printed using his Apeman Action camera – he’s got a slightly earlier version of this one – here.

Then it was down to me to stick the layers together.  He’d designed the base layer and the two other layers with a recess/groove at each corner to accomodate corner pieces.  He was thinking that we might use metal corners for strength and stability, but we decided to try the cheaper option of PVC first.  I cut the long piece into 12.5cm pieces using a hacksaw and then started to glue them to the 3D printed layers, starting with the base, which I left to get a good stick for several hours before starting to attach the top layer.

I put strips of tape cross ways over the outside corner of the layer – so that the corner wouldn’t stick to the surface I was working on or my fingers if I accidentaly squidged out some super glue from the join and then I positioned the top layer in place before putting glue on one of the corner recesses.

It was then turned and pressed to my work surface to make sure that the corner posts were flush with the top of the 3D printed piece, and then I wrapped the tape around.  This isn’t enough to hold the corners in place while they stick, but did help keep my fingers from oozing super glue while I pushed.

I found I could get the corners to make good contact with the printed piece by putting three fingers in three of the holes on either side of the corner post.

And then pushing with both thumbs against both sides of the corners (obviously I couldn’t take the photo with both hands holding in place so I had to remove one to give a better photo of what I mean)

I worked all four corners until they were stuck in place.  I think I might have had a quicker grab if I’d sanded the recessed corners a bit where the PVC corners were going to glue onto to make it a bit smoother, but they did stick quite well.

I then cut a piece of thick packaging cardstock into a 5cm wide strip which I folded in quarters and taped the ends together to make a hollow square tube.

For attaching the middle layer I put the super glue on both sides of each corner and slid the layer into the middle of the holder at an angle.  Once it was within the corner posts I started lifting one side and slid in the square tube before dropping the middle layer onto it so that it was positioned at a level 5cm from the bottom layer.

By being careful about this very little of the super glue rubbed off on the inside of the corners as it went into place and it was held at exactly the right level, without any chance of it sliding down, while I used thumb and next finger of both hands to pinch and push together opposite corners of the marker holder to get the superglue to bond.  And then did the same with the other opposite corners.

Then it was simply a case of sliding out the cardboard that had held the middle layer in place and start putting pens into the holder.

Oh, and printing and makeing a 2nd one the same as, because of the size of the printer my nephew had decided to make each layer enough to hold half my pens.

This Is What The Marker Holder Looks Like

So, having removed all the tape and the support, I started sorting out pens into numerical order and putting them into my marker holder.

As you can see, we decided to leave the pens with the length of the cap above the holder to give room to grab hold of them without too much being out that they would fall out when on their side.

My nephew factored the size of the holes for each pen when he decided on the size of the holes after his initial measurements.

He believes that the same size holes will be suitable for several of the different alcohol and water markers I have should I require more marker holders in the future.

He is also going to offer the file for others to use to print their own marker holders.  He’s talking about doing so under a Creative Commons Licence, but hasn’t worked it all out yet.  I’ll let you know when he does.

And this is them on their side as they will be stored and when being used.

I printed out a sheet from the Hunkydory website and coloured in each numbered circle with the corresponding colour as the colours on the top are not a good representation of the colour you will get when using the markers.

I would highly recomend that anybody who has any colouring media prints out a grid, whether supplied by manufacturer or print your own, and then colour in a small area with each pen so you know exactly what colour you are working with.  Always print the grid/swatch panels onto the same type of cardstock you would be using with that type of media.

This Is What We Used

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Now it’s my turn to do a bit of designing.  I have some denim fabric ready, and some wadding, and with a long ruler in hand I’m starting to design the bag that is to old the pens for carying around.  I need a firmish base and sides squared off at the correct size for my pen holders.  I’m thinking of adding a pocket for my work in progress and board that I use under the cardstock when colouring.  We’ll see how it goes.  I’ll be back with the bag to show you in a couple of weeks hopefully.

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Forever Pouring Cup

Forever Pouring Cup inc. Video

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

The project I’ve got to show you today involves an ever pouring cup that has been printed on a 3D printer, that I’ve decorated with flowers.

I’ve seen this type of thing made using a china cup and saucer and using a piece of bent cutlary to support the cup, but decided to use a 3D printed one because I thought it would be easier to get it stuck together, (with no bending of cutlery involved,) when made using a ready prepared design that was available online. Also, the “pouring stream of milk” wouldn’t need to be completely covered like disguising a bent spoon would need to be.

I’ve done some posts on my nephew’s saga to get a working 3D printer a while ago. If you want to look back you can go to my blog – Here! And you can see some of the process of putting together the part build one he has now on YouTube – Here!

Video

I’ve filmed the majority of the stages of me makeing this creation.  I hope you like it.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used

(Some of these links are affiliate links that would give me a commission should you click through and buy.  It costs you nothing to click, and no more than the stated prices to buy.)

Finished Creation

This is what the finished item looks like from a few different angles.

And a closeup of the decorated base.

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I’m not sure which crafting I’ll have to show you next, or when my next video will be ready for uploading to YouTube, but I have several bits on the go at the moment so I don’t think it will be long before I have more crafting to show you.

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My YouTube Adventure – So Far!

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My Craft Demo YouTube Adventure So Far

I’m not sure that this was the brightest idea I’ve ever had, as today’s post is more of a “Behind The Scenes” look that about showing a lot of crafting.  But I hope some of you will find it interesting if nothing else.

This blog post isn’t showing you anything specific I’ve crafted, but you will see me crafting a bit in the video that you will find a link to further down – keep an eye out for sneaky peaks of what I’m working on now!

Fear not, I will be back with more varied crafting before long, but I thought you might like to see the development of my YouTube journey over the last couple of months.  There will be a list below of things I refer to in this post.

I’d also like to ask you if you would be so kind as to pop over to my YouTube Channel and Subscribe if you haven’t already, and also to like and comment on one or two of my videos.  There’s even a bell you can click on so that it will notify you when I upload new videos.

The Begining Of My Journey

Back in a post towards the end of January I asked people who visited my blog, as well as people in some crafting groups I’m in on Facebook, for their thoughts on what they like to see and not like to see in YouTube videos, because I was thinking of starting a YouTube channel to run beside this blog, so that I could show more of “how I did things”, not just “what I’d crafted”.

So many of you helped me out with your opinions, which greatly helped me get some thoughts clear in my mind about what I wanted to do and how to go about it.  So thank you to all who did chip in some opinions and ideas.

I had decided that this would be an ideal opportunity to introduce some Welsh into my presence in the online crafting world.  As a person with Welsh as my first language I had wanted to create some Welsh content online for a while, and my original website is bilingual, but I had found that the layout of the blog interface didn’t lend itself to doing bilingual posts of the type I like makeing (I know I tend to write more than many craft bloggers) without it becoming double the length and people having to navigate over pieces to get to their prefered language.  But I realised that by filming the actual crafting from overhead – a crafter’s viewpoint which many told me was their prefered method of crafting video – and not speaking while crafting, I could actually create two separate videos for Welsh and English by doing two different language voiceovers once the video had been edited.

Seeing other videos I’d realised that I do like seeing the person demonstrating in a video, but didn’t want to be cutting from “overhead” to “pieces to camera” during the crafting itself, so I decided that a short piece to camera at the start and the finish of each video would be the way I’d go, and doing quick pieces like this, in Welsh then in English wouldn’t take up much time to record or to edit.

I also recognised that lighting and camera are important when recording, but knew that I couldn’t afford expensive camera equipment or lighting equipment, so, I decided to use what I had, film when lighting was reasonable and, as I said in my first video, go for a “homely look”, rather than try to get videos of the quality of those who make their living from vlogging or who have studios to record in.

Want to guess what I’m makeing with the bits collected under the tripod? I’ve put a sneaky peak on the Maes Mieri Crafts FB Page.

The one thing I did buy was a tripod and attachments so that I could do my overhead filming.  I had a little, table top, tripod, which would have been fine to film me talking to camera, if that was all I wanted.  But it wouldn’t be able to do the overhead filming, and I’d been wanting something bigger and better for some time, so that I could take steadier photos out in the garden in the summer as well. (Plus – nephews are always coming over with their cameras, often dragging trypods, so having a reasonable one in the house would mean we could all use it and the place wouldn’t get cluttered with them leaving theirs around the place.)

I even bought a book as some light bedtime reading before going to sleep after putting down my tablet for the night.  There are a lot of helpful information in books, as well as lots of quality YouTube videos on how to go about creating YouTube videos and channels. In fact, it is quite amazing how many people have done YouTube videos about YouTube.

Getting My First Videos Online

So after looking and reading I decided to go for it and gathered a few things together and got my first Craftau Maes Mieri Crafts Channel videos uploaded on 24th January – in English and in Welsh.

These videos were just an introduction to me and showing an assortment of the items I’ve crafted over the last year or so.

I decided to take my colour scheme for the Channel from what I already use on this blog and on my website so not to complicate matters – a shade of light purple.

Then it was on to makeing videos with actual craft demonstrations in them.

I’ve even managed to set up two Playlists in my YouTube channel – one showing all my English videos and one showing all my Welsh videos in the order they went online.

Video

I’m not pretending to be a YouTube expert after such a short time of researching and uploading videos, but I thought you might like to see what I have been using and how I have been setting things up.

As I said, I’m going for a more homely look, so I record my pieces to camera when sat in my armchair in the sitting room, and record my overhead crafting pieces sat at the kitchen table.

So now I’ve had my nephew follow me around with a smart phone, recording me as I’m recording pieces for several videos, and I’ve edited it into the following video.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Equipment and Software I Use
  • Camera – Fujifilm FinePix XP80 – I actually managed to find a purple one a few years ago when I got mine, but couldn’t find one when researching for this post – so here’s a link to a yellow one.
  • SDHC card – 8Gb SanDisc
  • Tripod – Camera Tripod, TYCKA 55″Lightweight Aluminum Portable Travel Tripod with 1/4″ Quick Release Plate, 360 Degree Panorama Ball Head and Carrying Bag – Nowhere near the most expensive, and means I can have legs extended to different lengths depending on whether I’m working on the table or not.  You can get ones cheaper on Amazon, and as I wasn’t planning on using it for anything more than internal work, rather than carying it around a lot, a cheaper one might well have been enough for me, but because I wanted to add an arm for overhead recording, and because I wanted the nephews to be able to use it rather than carying theirs here all the time, I decided that a slightly more robust tripod would be a good idea.
  • Arm Attachment for Overhead recording – K&F Concept Camera Tripod Boom Arm Stand Fixable External Multi-Angle Center Column Extension Arm (32cm Length, Load Capacity of 5kg) Tilting Rotation – this cost me under £30, but I can’t find it on Amazon, where I got mine, any more.  The closest looking I can find is a little more expensive, but you can see it Here.
  • Video Editing Software – Roxio Creator NXT Pro 7 – as I have done various bits of editing home videos over the years I got a trial of this software many moons ago and have been paying less than full price to update it.  The suite includes PaintShop Pro, in addition to the Roxio VideoWave software that I use to edit.  There are free video editors available for creating YouTube videos, or ones that come on computers when new.  My nephews use these and found them easy to use, but as I was already use to useing VideoWave I decided to stick with it.
  • Photo manipulation software – Sometimes I use PaintShop Pro, and sometimes I just go with quicker, easier, software.  One I have used for many years (don’t want to hazard a guess at how many but I’m sure it is over 10 years), which is free for non-commercial use, and not much for a licence, is IrfanView – Open, Edit, Crop, Save, is all that is usually needed for most photos I take for both my blog and inserting into banners and thumbnails for YouTube.  You can also easily add text in any size and any location on the photo – which really is a must these days with so many people claiming other people’s work as their own (much as I don’t like “defaceing” something I’ve taken time creating by putting something on top.)
  • Laptop – Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series (16GB DDR3 RAM, Intel (R) Core(TM) i7-6500U CPU @ 2.500GHz, 2TB) – A good speck laptop in terms of office and internet use, but mediocure in terms of the power needed for video editing and authoring.  But those who gave me suggestions before I started thought that around the 10 minute mark would be a suitable length for an edited video I don’t have much trouble with the laptop doing what I need.
  • Books – YouTube Channels For Dummies – Not bad as it made me think about some things I hadn’t realised before, such as that you could put your own thumbnail up with a video rather than accepting one of those suggested by YouTube after upload. (I’ve also got “YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and Making Money as a Video Influencer” for Kindle on my tablet but haven’t started reading that yet so can’t comment.)

I also have an attachment to hold a mobile phone to a tripod to use the phone’s internal camera to record, but I haven’t used this yet.

Feedback Please!

How do you think I’m doing so far?  Is there anything major I need to change?  Do you like seeing a variety of different crafts demonstrated, or do you only like channels that concentrate on a particular craft? 

How do the pieces to camera and the overhead pieces with voiceovers come across on your equipment?  I know that my mother could understand and see everything on my laptop and tablet as I’ve shown her different video’s on each, but I have no idea how they look on different monitors or tablets, or even on smaller mobile devices like smart phones.

As you can see in today’s video, I have a few more projects on the go that I have to do bit by bit because of drying time, etc., and I’m in the middle of recording and editing bits as well, so you should see all those appearing as a finished video before long.  Keep an eye out for those.

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Makeing Quick Cards

Makeing Quick Cards

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This makeing quick cards post is aimed at both people who want to start, or have just started, cardmaking, and also at those who are more experienced and might be wanting something to look at when inpiration is needed, or even to point friends and relatives at if they express an interest in starting to make cards.

Often non-cardmakers say “I don’t know where to start”, “I don’t know what I need”, or “I don’t know what will go together”.

One of the simplest ways to start, and not have the worry of what will go together, is to buy a kit, or a magazine with a free kit.  This will not only give you the basics of what you need, but provide things that you know will work together, and usually inspiraition ideas of what you can make with the kit.

And these are also great for experienced cardmakers who have lost their mojo, need quick cards in a hurry, or who, like me, have health/disability issues that mean that sometimes all you are capable of doing is “quick and easy”.

I showed you in a previous post how very basic tools and consumables could be used to make cards to start with, and I’ll make posts in the future showing more crafting tools you can expand your crafting with, but this time I am keeping to quite simple tools again by just adding a scoreing tool to the equipment list.

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Video

I normally speed up bits of my crafting videos, but for this fideo I’ve not done any speeding up, and it still comes in at under 9 minutes.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used
  • Scoreboard – Hougie Board (if you don’t have a scoreboard then use the pencil and ruler method I showed in a previous video – Here!)
  • Scissors
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2mm Deep, Double Sided, Foam Tape
  • Hunkydory Box Magazine Cardmaking Collection Issue 7 (Any Hunkydory boxes are good because they usually have toppers with matching cardstock, inserts and backing papers in the collection, as well as things like stamps that you can expand your crafting with in the future when you are ready.  There are several other companies that make similar Box Magazine Cardmaking Collections – so pick one with images you like.)
Finished Creations

First one that is shown in the video :

As I used foam tape for the topper itself there is a little dimension on the card.  But you could just use double sided tape and stick it flat – which is good for postage.

The matching insert was placed inside.

The image is a mirror image of the one on the card front and matches the topper.

Another quick card made from the same collection –

This time I have added a Welsh “Penblwydd Hapus” (Happy Birthday) peeloff greeting on the outside but not yet on the inside.

The frameing element was put on with foam tape and the topper with fingerlift tape.

And a third, where I’ve scored and folded the card in a different place but still only added sticky stuff and peeloffs to the card making collection that is in the box.  The little flower peeloffs in the corner were “fillers” on the peeloff greetings sheet.

The frame came in two parts on the sheet but I’ve only used the outer one.

And this is what it looks like on the inside.

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I have several bits of different crafting projects on the go, including a shaker card made using more items from the same collection as these cards and a pouring cup ornament decoration or whatever they call them.  Hopefully I’ll have videos of me makeing them to show you if everything goes to plan.  Still a bit of work to do yet though.

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Glass Jar Light inc Video

Glass Jar Lights
Including Video

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Decorating Glass Jar As A Light

At Christmas we had a couple of round glass jars with fruit in.  I thought that, because of their shape, they would make a couple of nice lamps.  Using a string of LED lights inside means that there is no need for any electrical work, and they look nice on a table or dotted around a room as mood lightling.  But, of course, I had to decorate them up a bit before putting in the LED lights, and I made a video of this crafting.

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Video

I made two slightly different versions.  Both of which I’m showing in today’s videos.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used
Finished Creations

First one (glitter over twine):

Unlit – in normally lit room –

Lit – in normally lit room –

The second one (glittered, then twine added)

Unlit – in normally lit room –

Lit – in normally lit room –

Which version do you prefer?  My mother and youngest nephew, totally separate from each other and without knowing what the other had said, both said that they prefered the second version.

Both jar lights were on the table by my side in the sitting room while I was working on my laptop, unlit, and what amazed me was how sparkly they were when in no natural light but just overhead room lighting.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus including Video

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Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus
Happy Saint David’s Day
March Calendar Page & Video

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Today is St. David’s Day, the patron saint of Wales.  And as it’s the 1st of March it means it’s time to show you another decorated page of my mother’s calendar.

If you are regular visitors to my blog you will already know about me buying a Papermill Direct blank calendar each year for my mother and decorating up each month as it comes along (Have a look at the January page – Here! and the February page – Here!)

Calendar Page

Because of St David’s Day being at the start of the month, and flowers starting to peep out in the garden, I decided to make a Welsh themed calendar page this time, including dafodils.

I’ve used several dies from the Tattered Lace Welsh Die Collection.  I bought them via Create & Craft and there was a free download that came with them that allowed you to print out ready coloured, with bleed line, versions of each image and then cut these out when you don’t want to colour your own.  For this project I did use the images already coloured which TL call Charisma.

I also used one of the backgrounds I made during my “Playing With Ink, Stamps and Stencils” sessions.

What I did, including some links to what I used to make the background, and a YouTube video, can be found on my earlier blog post – Here!

Video

I made a video of some of the stages of makeing this calendar page.  You can have a look at it on the Crafftau Maes Mieri Crafts YouTube chanel.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld fersiwn Gymraeg y fideo – Yma!

Let me know what you think below, and please give my video a Like on YouTube and Subscribe to my channel.  Thank you

What I Used
What I Made

I started with this blank page

Made up the A4 piece to go on the front – look at the video to see how I made this. I purpously put the background image to one side for a different look this time.

And then attached my creation to the calendar page.

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Playing Around With Inks, Stamps and Stencils – Video Part 1

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Playing Around With Inks, Stamps and Stencils

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YouTube Video

Today’s blog post and video isn’t about showing you completed projects, it’s about me just having a play with some inks, stencils and stamps, and seeing what I create.

I pulled out an assortment of crafting bits onto the table at the start of last week, and did bits of playing and then creating several times during the week, until I had to clear the table for the weekend and Tesco delivery.  Things just took shape as I was playing and wanting to try out different things.

I put my camera to record most of what I was doing, so when I finished I had well over an hour and a half of footage – I know, not a lot for several days of crafting, but I can’t do a lot of anything before needing to rest.

Having seen that what I’d recorded was too long to make one video, even with speeding up bits, I separated out the playing with inks and the creating a couple of finished items, to make separate videos.  Today I’ve got part 1 to show you.

The stamps and stencils are new ones I bought in the January Sales, so this is my first time having a play with them.

You can see the English video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo Cymraeg – Yma!

Items Used

These are what I used in my play session:

Pieces Created

These are what I finished off with:

A6 in size.  1st play.  Not quite right this one!

A4 size. This one has turned out much better.  The look I wanted as a background for a project for March 1st – so keep an eye out for that one.

A4 in size and much better than the smaller, first, one.

Back to A6 size for this background. I have an idea for using this one but haven’t put it together yet.

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Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

Remember that I am giving away one of my creations to a person who’s name is drawn from the hat at the start of next month.  You have until 23:00 GMT 28th February 2019 to get your name into the hat.  Go to the announcement at the bottom of the blog post – Here! – to get the details of how to be in with a chance of getting the tree.

I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Wirework Tree inc. Video

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Wirework and Semi Precious Stones Tree
inc. YouTube Video and Giveaway

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Tree Of Life Style Wall Hanging

I have new videos (Welsh and English versions of the same one) live on the Crefftau Maes Mieri Crafts YouTube channel today.

I decided to do a video to show one way of making the round framed, tree of life style, wall hangings I’ve been makeing.  I only tackle a project of this type when I’m feeling reasonably OK, but even so it took me lots of short sessions over 3 days to make the tree, but I’ve edited the video down to under 13 minutes, cutting out the shakeing hand and semi-precious stone chips flying all over the place because my grip had gone, so it won’t take you hours to watch how I made it.

While a set of jewellery pliers are good for this project, you could get away with using wire cutters and pliers from an ordinary tool set if you are makeing a large wall hanging. You would probably get markes on the wire you didn’t want, but OK if you are going for a distressed look tree.

I have made these types of circular ones smaller than an inch diameter before, and for that size you definately need the most dainty jewellery pliers you can find.

The other items I used were – Metal ring; Gold Coloured Copper Wire – 20 gauge; Gold Coloured Copper Wire – 26 gauge; Semi Precious Amazonite gemstone Chips.

You can see :

The Welsh Video – Here!

The English Video – Here!

This is what the creation looks like when finished.  It is around 14.5cm in diameter.

I do dome the centre up a bit while doing the final tidy up.  This means the wall hanging casts a bit of a shaddow onto the wall behind it and appears more dimensional.

I’ve even made a box, ready to be closed, addressed, and posted – see giveaway information below!

I’d love to see any wirework projects that you have hand made, so please do pop photos into the album I’ve created to go with this post and video.  You can find it – Here!

Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

The winner of this giveaway has been drawn – winner details can be found – Here!

As it is only a short time since I announced that my first two (Welsh and English) Crafftau Maes Mieri Crafts channel YouTube video were live, and that I’d started a Page on Facebook to draw together the various Crafftau Maes Mieri Crafts online presences, I thought it would be a nice idea to do a giveaway draw as a sort of cellebration that I managed to actually get things started with my video making project, and not only get one, introduction, video done, but a couple of demo videos as well.

And what better thing for the giveaway than to give away the Tree Wall Hanging that I demonstrated in the video that is going live today.

I’m allowing up to four entries per person –

  1. Leave a comment below.  Any comment, provided it’s not Spam, or nasty – in fact any comment that makes it through my usual moderation, will go into the hat.
  2. Leave a comment on the album that goes with this project on my Facebook page – Here!
  3. Put a photo of any of your wirework projects into the album – Here! (Any wirework project, be it wire encased beads, wirework brooches, wirework lettering, etc. I do like to see what others are doing.  Leave a link to your blog post if you have one with details of your make.)
  4. Comment on either the English or Welsh version of the Wirework Tree videos on YouTube – Here or Yma! (I do want to know what you think of my videos, and if you have a suggestion of something you’d like to see me demonstrating then please let me know in your comment.)

That’s up to four chances to have your name in the draw.  I’ll be collecting the names together from each location on the 1st March, 2019, and drawing one to win the wirework tree.  The winner will be announced by the 3rd March in all locations.

Good Luck!

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Birthday Card Video

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Makeing an Emoji Birthday Card With Pocket For Gift – Linked Video

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Today I have an Emoji birthday card to show you.

I set myself a challenge to make a matching card with pocket to go with a gift using stuff that might be in any home, not my endless supply of crafting tools and consumables. Sometimes it is good to get back to basics – it makes you look at things with fresh eyes.

I even decided to video me makeing it for uploading to my new YouTube channel.  A video that will hopefully help new card makers but make experienced card makers think.

To make it matching I decideď to use some of the wrapping paper I’d used on the gift to make the card, which has a pocket inside for an extra gift such as money or gift card.  The wrapping paper came from Tesco, ordered with our grocery delivery.  I’ve ordered a cake with the same image for delivery before the person’s birthday.  I just hope they have it in stock on delivery day.
(Remember that copyright rules apply to such things as images on wrapping paper, not just licenced images from well know companies who agressively go after people who make money from their copyrighted images.  It’s one thing to use wrapping paper to present a gift in a different way, in this case some money in a pocket inside a gift birthday card, but you can not use wrapping paper to make cards to sell because you don’t have a licence to use them for personal or charitable gain.)

This is the what the card looked like in the end.

And here with the envelope and gift that went with it.

You can see the video – here – in English.

And – here – in Welsh.

A Challenge For You

I finish the video by challenging you all to make a card with simple things.

If you do accept the challenge I’d love to see what you make so please post pictures with some info, or a link to any blog page that has details, on my Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Facebook Page in the album – here.

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Blanket Work In Progress and Video

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Blanket Work In Progress and YouTube Video

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Thank You (YouTube Question)

In a previous blog post – Here – I said that my youngest nephews were trying to persuade me to make videos for YouTube. I said I was doing some research, and asked for everybody’s input to some questions I had about what viewers like or don’t like in YouTube videos.

A big THANK YOU to all of you who responded to my questions either here on my blog or in the Facebook groups I posted to.

I have decided to go ahead and try to make the occasional video, in both Welsh and English (separate, not bilingual).

See video links and information further down this post.

WiP

I also showed you some Works In Progress (WiPs) and said I was going to try and keep photographing and blogging as I was going along to keep me motivated.

Today I’m going to show you how I’m getting on with the blanket I showed you in that same previous post.

I’ve made several blankets in the past. Some from multi coloured, self striping yarn, crocheted in rows. Some a patchwork of patches of different colours. Some as a giant granny square with rows in different colours.

For this one I’m using a yarn that has several shades of colour in it.

The yarn is Lisa Print.

I’m using a 3mm crochet hook.  I’m doing a standard “granny square” stitch. Three trebles, one chain, into each gap, on the straight, then three trebles, two chains, three trebbles, one chain, into the corner gap, before going back to the straight pattern.

This is how much I’d done the time of the previous post.

My hands have been feeling achy after short sessions of crocheting so I haven’t made a huge amount, but it has grown to this size by now.

Definately bigger than in the first photo. Though perhaps takeing the photo on a red patterned background wasn’t the best idea. But I’ll have to find something larger to put behind if for the next photo as it will have grown too big for the cushion that’s under it in these photos.

So now I’ve come to the end of the first ball of yarn and am ready to attach the 2nd.

YouTube Video

One afternoon after the nephews came here after school, I decided to sit down, get one of them to point a camera at me, and record my first official video for my new YouTube channel “Crefftau MAES MIERI Crafts“.

I asked him to video me from my best side, but it seems I don’t have a best side LOL.  In fact, my face is even more puffy than usual due to swollen glands.  But the first, introduction, fideo is done, “warts and all” as they say. I’m not sure I’m cut out for doing a “piece to camera”.  I keep on loosing track of what I want to say. But hopefully that will improve with practice as I try and make more videos.

There’s not a lot of me crafting in this one. It’s more of an overview of me and my crafts. I thought it would be a good way to start and see how good or bad it comes out. (In my next video I’m demonstrating a simple card.)

Both versions are now Live!

The link to the English version is – Here!

And the link to the Welsh version is – Here!

I hope you have time to pop over for a look and let me know what you think. I would appreciate it if you also hit the Like and Subscribe links.

If you are looking for the info about the items on show in the video, here are the links to some of my previous posts about some of them.

  • Crutch cover – here.
  • Big project of 2018 – here.
  • Hand coloured dog card – here.
  • Calendar – here.
  • Christmas cards – here.
  • Screen printing –  here.
  • Peackock canvas – here.
  • Tree – circular wall hanging – here.
  • Tree – in display box – here.
  • Dreamcatchers – here.

These are just links to some of the blog posts about items on show in my YouTube video CMMC001 Introduction

If you want information about anything I’ve not linked to, please leave a comment below or leave me a message on FB or YouTube. And I’ll try and get back to you with the info you want.

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Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing, so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.

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Crefftau MAES MIERI Crafts Facebook Page – here.
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Crefftau Maes Mieri Crafts YouTube Chanel – here.
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