Snow Day!

It’s snowing! This is huge news for us Portlanders πŸ™‚

I’ve been a bit busy with school but with classes canceled I should be able to finish up some projects and post them up soon πŸ™‚ The snow has stopped quite a few things. I went home early from school yesterday… or anyway tried to. I got stuck in traffic for 2 hours but at least I arrived home in one piece πŸ˜€ I’ve got quite a few photos of me in snow now (now if only someone would be willing to play with me ;)).

On the way home the traffic was dead still at one point, but I got a wonderful photo πŸ™‚ The snow was melting on my windows but you can still see it on the ground. I wish I knew which bridge this is… πŸ™‚

Portland, OR Bridge

Well I’ve got to go finish up a custom order πŸ™‚ Enjoy the weather in your area (whatever it is :D).

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Free Shipping Store Wide!!

Boy I’ve been busy. Between school and thinking of new project, I haven’t had much time to blog πŸ™‚ To be honest a lot of that time has been used doing “research” for new product ideas. I have thought of new things! I promise! But I could have gotten a whole lot more done πŸ˜‰

Anyway I’ve got some big news for you guys! I decided to give my lovely customers a special gift. From now on all my products in my etsy store have FREE shipping*! That’s right! The price of my items haven’t changed, but now you get an even better deal! So check out my stuff and buy something! After all Valentines Day is approaching fast! Buy something for your sweetheart today πŸ™‚ And don’t forget to tell all your friends. I bet you can’t find a deal better than this πŸ˜€

I have some new jewelry pieces in the works so check back very soon!

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*Free shipping on US addresses. International shipments will still have a shipping charge. Sorry :/ but it costs way too much to ship outside the country otherwise.

A View of Prague (Canvas Cutout Tutorial)

Prague Canvas Cutout

I finally bring you the total experiment piece that I promised you guys! πŸ˜€ What do you think of my silhouette of Prague (ignore the vinyl cutouts, those are other experiments ;))?

I have a sort-of tutorial on how I made it. It’s a sort-of tutorial because I totally made up everything as IΒ  went along and would probably change quite a few things the next time around πŸ™‚ But it was fun to try πŸ˜€

I totally was planing on doing something else with the canvas, I’m sure you guys have seen the tutorials on how to do this:

I was totally planning on making my own, then I couldn’t decide on what pattern to use so I thought of something completely different to do πŸ™‚

Materials: Canvas (you can find packs for pretty cheap, I got a pack of 3 for $5 at Ross of all places), Exacto Knife, Cardboard, Paper, Acrylic Paint (cheap stuff rocks! ;)), and image with multiple layers.

Step 1: Choose your image and print it out. This is the image I used:

What I loved about it was the multiple layers of the buildings, that’s the type of image that will work the best for this. Print it off, black and white is probably easiest. When you have that done make sure you can fit it on your canvas in the way you want. I had to cut off a couple inches from the sides. Tip: Remember that you can’t go onto the wooden frame of the canvas. So stick to the square in the middle.

Step 2: I use the “I’m poor and crafty” method of transferring outlines of images I want. This means on the printed side of you image trace the lines you want. Keep in mind that the first layer has to be attached to the canvas, so you can’t have random bits that aren’t attached to anything. Trace all the layers you want, I only did two. Make sure to trace hard, it’s easier if you can see your lines on the other side of the paper. Next flip your paper over and shade over where your trace lines are. You want a nice thick layer of pencil on that side.

Step 3: Now you transfer the first layer onto the canvas. To do this cut out the area of the photo that you wanted to fit into the square/rectangle of the under side of the canvas (I really wish I realized that I should take a photo of this :P). Now place the photo in the space behind the canvas (the wrong side of the canvas) with the shaded side of the photo touching the canvas. Trace over the first layer of the image that you want to be the front of the cutout. Press hard, it’s not easy to transfer the pencil lines. After you finish tracing, take out the photo and go over the lines on the canvas again. Make sure you can see the lines well.

Step 4: Use your Exacto knife to cut along the lines you just made. Then repeat the same steps but transfer the second layer image onto a piece of cardboard, I recommend using something thicker than what I used (it will look cooler and more 3d). Just make sure you remember which side will face forward in you cutout (I didn’t realize until just now that my second layer is flipped the wrong way).

Step 5: Cut out a support for your canvas layer. It really flops around otherwise. Out of cardboard cut out the basic shape of your outline, it doesn’t need to be perfect.

Canvas cutout steps 2,3,4

Step 6: Now with all the cutting out done it’s time to paint. I just used acrylic paint I got on sale and a large brush. Do whatever color scheme you want. I didn’t have newspaper to protect the floor, so I used a large piece of paper. I also painted half the paper to be the background of the cutout. You can have your wall be the background if you want, but I wanted a 3d painting effect. Tip: Don’t forget to paint the sides of the wood frame a dark color. Otherwise it will be really obvious that there’s a wooden frame.

canvas cutout step 5

Step 7: After your stuff dries, glue everything together. Start with the support for the canvas, then the second layer, then the background. I can’t really give you much help with this since I just stuck it all together the best I could. You might wantΒ  to think of supports or something to keep the layers from bending funky. Tip: Glue very carefully! Believe me the glue will show if you get it on the nice side of your layer, and you will have to repaint. It’s a serious pain so whatever you do, do it carefully!

Canvas cutout step 6Background paper, right before gluing

Canvas cutout step 6

See what I mean about glue showing? After everything’s glued and you’re happy you can hang it up for all the world to see πŸ™‚ I used packing tape on the back side and then attached a command strip.

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, I realized some important things I need to change the next time I do this. It was still fun and I think I’ll let it stay on my wall (surrounded by other experiments ;))

I want to know how your cutout’s turn out!! Send pictures and comment on the blog please!! πŸ˜€

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Christmas Penguins

Wow I haven’t posted in a while πŸ˜› I’ve been busy (and lazy), lol. I do have some stuff planned πŸ™‚ I have a total experiment I’m in the process of making, I have a new line of jewelry I want to start making, a couple of knitting projects to show, and hopefully some other things to show you guys (If I have time before starting school).

I thought I’d start off the New Year with a little tutorial on how to make yummy holiday penguins πŸ™‚

Olive Penguins

Cute aren’t they πŸ™‚ And they’re easy to make too πŸ™‚

All you need is jumbo olives, small olives, cream cheese, a carrot, and wooden toothpicks.

Just take a jumbo olive and slice it lengthwise. Don’t slice all the way through, just through one layer of the olive so there’s a pocket (I don’t know how else to describe it). Basically you only want to cut through the belly, but not his back.

Next take a chunk of cream cheese, chilled works best, and stuff it into the slice. Make it look nice in whatever way works πŸ™‚

Now take your carrot and slice a piece off so you have a circle. Cut a small triangle out of the circle. This forms the penguins feet and beak.

Take the carrot triangle and put it into the top of a small olive. On one end of the olive there will be a perfect hole for the piece. Just make it look beak-like πŸ™‚

Now it’s assembly time! πŸ™‚ Take the jumbo olive and line it up on the feet, cream cheese where the slot on the feet is, and line up the small olive on top of that with the beak facing the same way. Take a wooden toothpick and stick it though the middle and through all the layers until you hit the carrot feet. Make sure to go through the carrot feet too or they’ll fall off πŸ™‚

You’re all done! Know you know how to form your own edible penguin army! (mwahahaha) πŸ˜‰

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Happy New Year!

New Resin Pendants!

I decided to use up the last of my resin pendant supplies. Maybe people will like these pendant, buy them, and give me enough money to buy more bezels. I want to add a line of bracelets, earrings, and rings. But I can’t afford it at the moment. You guys can help me πŸ™‚ Go visit my Indiegogo Project (here) or buy one of my pendants directly (here) πŸ™‚

Glitter Resin Pendant

Glitter Resin Pendant

Glitter Resin Pendant

Glitter Resin Pendant

Glitter Resin Pendant

Glitter Resin Pendant

So what do you guys think? πŸ™‚

If you have a cool color combination that you would like to own, donate to my Indiegogo campaign. You get a custom piece (pendant, earrings, bracelet, or ring) and don’t have to pay for shipping! Isn’t that a great deal! πŸ˜€

Resin Jewelry Tips

So I finally made a new batch of resin pendants πŸ™‚ This means that all of you are in luck πŸ˜€ I will finally give you the tips about resin that I’ve been promising you from the creation of this blog πŸ™‚

Supplies

All the supplies I use are pretty cheap (being broke makes you very creative).

1. Buy disposable medicine measuring cups in bulk. If you pour resin often it will be a whole lot easier to just throw them away instead of washing them (trust me on this). You can buy decently priced ones on amazon, here.

resin measuring cups

2. The sticks I use to mix the resin are drink stirrers I bought at Dollar Tree. Just wander around and see what would be comfortable and easy to use for you. The pack I have are long, and plastic. To be honest I think anything will work, as long as you don’t use it for food later on.

Resin Stir sticks

3. I use a thick, old, wooden cutting board and an octagon Silpat under the pieces I’m filling up with resin. The Silpat is great. It’s normally pricy but my dad found one at Goodwill for a fewΒ  cents (I love that place!). The cool thing about the Silpat is that resin will not stick to it, so even if you spill you can just peel the spill off when it sets πŸ™‚ If you don’t want to spend the money (which I don’t), just find a level board, old cutting board, whatever you use just make sure you don’t mind ruining it. Resin will spill and set. It is impossible totally wipe up resin.

resin set up

Resin

4. The resin I use is EasyCast Clear Casting Resin. I think there may be better option out there. It’s hard to get it to cure completely solid (I’m working on a remedy and will let you know ;)). It sets fairly fine, it’s just not glass hard. The price is fantastic though with a 40% off coupon at Michaels so I can deal with it πŸ™‚ This is the best, biggest tip that I will ever give you: Warm up your resin! Take a bucket or something, pour warm water into it, place your resin bottle in in and leave it until the bottles are warm to the touch when you take the bottles out.Β  If the bottles are cold, it will not set properly!

Warming up resin

5. Along the same lines as the previous tip, make sure you let your resin cure someplace warm. Mine sit on the kitchen table, by the heating vent, and this is still not always enough. The ideal temperature is between 75F and up apparently. This is why your resin will cure a whole lot better in the summer.

Randomness

6. If you’re embedding anything in the resin and need to glue something in (or seal paper), I suggest using Mod Podge. White Elmer’s glue looks dark and a bit weird under resin, in my experience.

7. Wearing gloves while working with the resin may be a good idea. If you get any on your bare hands it will feel a bit weird. I’ve heard that some people can get rashes from it (after all resin is chemicals).

 

Now if you don’t feel like attempting your own pieces anymore, you can always buy them from me πŸ˜‰ Click here. Or help me expand my business and donate to my Indiegogo campaign here (you get a custom piece of jewelry and no shipping cost!) πŸ˜€

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Or not ;P It snowed today! Now those of you who don’t live in Portland, Oregon won’t understand why this is worthy of attention. It never snows here! And when it does the city shuts down basically. That means you can get stuck in traffic for over 2 hours (this actually happened to me today, I ended up being so late that I missed one of my classes completely), schools are closed, and life just starts sucking if there are things you really have to do. I do like snow by the way, just not when I have school, especially right before finals. But there is one great thing you can get out the mess the snow creates (Portlanders have no idea how to drive in snow), you get amazing views.

University of Portland Snow 2013

Well, enjoy your snow-days (or just your weekend ;))!

Don’t forget, I have an Indiegogo campaign! Every little bit helps! Spread the word….Pleaaase! πŸ˜€