More February Crafting

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Feb 282019
 

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More February Crafting – Musings and Fans

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

It’s been a while since I wrote any of what I call my “Musings”, but I decided that I’d start writing a bit every now and then again, starting with today’s post.

A crafting WiP and a couple of fans follow.

Musings

I’ve said before about crafting being my way of achieving something, despite my health/disability problems, and being able to say when a piece of crafting is complete “I did that”. It is a sense of satisfaction and a big boost, especially to give somebody else something I’ve done.

It may be a simple card that should have taken half an hour, but in reality took two hours, or it may be a longer project that takes months.  It is still a way to achieve something, when a lot of things I did, without thinking about any consequences in the past, I am now either unable to do, or only able to do with a lot of forward planning, and resting before and afterwords, sometimes for days.

One woman started explaining what it was like living with a long term debilitating condition to her friend as only having a set number of spoons in a day and every little thing you did used up your  spoons, so everything was a planning excercise.  But reather than try and explain it myself, I’ll direct you to her own words – The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino.

I read it a while ago, and thought it was good, I re-read it lately and still think it is good.

So I’ve used a few of my spoons to make the following items lately.

Colouring A Fan

I bought some simple fans, wanting to decorate them to hang on a wall as a room decoration.  The first one I decorated I simply freehand drew some flowers on it with Flex Markers.

For this project I used –

  • A blank fan
  • Flex Markers – Purple Velvet, Sunset, Amranth, Red, Cloud Blue, Watermelon, Heather, Chartreuse, Aniseed, Sapphire, Blush.

This is what the fan looked like before I did my colouring.

And this is what it looked like after I did my little bit of colouring.  This was an evening’s work, taking a bundle of markers and the fan with me when I went to watch TV in bed, and just colouring a bit in the ad breaks.

Nothing spectacular I know, I’m just not good at freehand, arty, sort of stuff, as you can see from this closer look.

As this fan is just coloured it can be folded back up and opened to use as a fan when needed.

A Decorated Fan

For another fan from the pack I decided to go a bit more ornate and decorate it up a bit.  This means that the fan can only be hung on a wall as a decoration, it won’t close back up and isn’t practical to use as a fan.

For this project I used –

  • A blank fan
  • Hobby House Colour Collection – Periwinkle – Ribbons and Flat backed pearls.
  • Glue Gel
  • Leaves – from my crafting stash – no idea where from
  • Flowers – I die cut and embossed these quite some time ago from white cardstock – no idea what dies and embossing folders but the word Trio jumps to mind and I don’t know why.  Coloured with Flexmarker – Purple Velvet, and gem stuck in midde.

I started by takeing a bit of ribbon and tieing the ends together in a knot before stapleing it above and below the knot to the centre front of the fan.  I then used the bow maker to make a double bow from the same type of ribbon and glueing that in place.

A different ribbon was used to tie another bow, with long trailing ends, which was stuck to the bottom of the fan.

I used the same Flexmarker as I used to colour the flowers to put a line of purple on the top and bottom of the fan paper.  The flowers were already embossed in my box of flowers I’d cut out previously, and that is why they have come out with random line patterns on them.  I did shape the flowers a bit after adding colour, and stuck a gem in the middle at the same time as sticking the flowers and leaves to the fan front.  I finished off by randomly sticking faux half pearls on.

Again, the colouring in is not especially good, but you have to go close to see it properly – like this close –

Work In Progress

I showed you how I was getting on with crocheting a blanket a couple of times.  You can see how far I’d got back then in the post – Here!  I have progressed a bit since then, though not quite as fast as I was hopeing.

So, this is how much I have now done – as you can see, it is now bigger than the top of the box seat I displayed it on previously.

So I’ve re-photographed it out flat.

A long way to go before it is blanket sized, but it is slowly progressing.

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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.

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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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