Posts tagged ‘design’

April 9, 2010

New 3D Picture

I’ve now finished another of those projects that have been awaiting my attention! I made this picture differently to the way I made the first one to try to avoid the warping issues. I have since been told that putting the PM on both sides at the same time will prevent warping but I have yet to try this. This one I did using an off-cut of MDF as a backing which I primed with watered down PVA to prevent it absorbing water and swelling. Other than that I did this one exactly the same as the previous one. I’m not sure how well the 3D effect shows up in the picture, but I assure you that it is in 3D!

April 8, 2010

Sunburst “Text Box”.

One of the 9 unfinished projects is now finished! I’ve decided to call it a Text Box as it is a box decorated with text in a sunburst pattern. I’ll definitely be making more of these to take to the next Craft Fair I’m doing in July, I’m not sure how much to sell them for yet.

 I never did hear back about using books this way from the publisher so I went ahead and did it. They could at least have sent a short message saying yes or no, it wouldn’t have taken them very long out of their busy day…

Here it is, I hope you like it!

March 30, 2010

Craftjuice Tuesday

Craftjuice is a site aimed at promoting  all things handmade. Basically it is a sharing site where you can show off what you have created and vote for other people’s creations. If you want to buy any of the things on there you can view the story, then click on the title. This will take you to the item’s url. These are my favourite things this week. Guess the theme!

This is described as a “slumped wine bottle cheese plate” and I’ve never seen anything like it! Apparently it took 13 hours in a kiln to get it in this position and it would be a great talking point at any dinner party! It was created by bprdesigns.

This amazing bowl is made by Bryan Parks for Eco Emporia  from chopsticks that were headed for landfill! What an amazing idea!

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I’ve often wondered what to do with floppy disks – this is the best use I’ve seen so far! It’s made by The Geekery Shop.

Yup, I went for a recycled theme this week!

March 21, 2010

3D Picture continued

In case you were wondering, I haven’t forgotten the cupcake box! I am almost at the painting stage and I prefer to “bulk paint” so I am waiting until I have a couple of things to paint.

I used paper mache clay to do the background of my 3D picture in the end. I did it first with paper strips using some left over wallpaper paste from my husband’s decorating. I neglected to realise that as he was putting thick lining paper up with it that he had made it with more water than normal so I ended up removing it all and doing it again :(. The backing had warped slightly due to the excess water in the paste but it is recoverable! I haven’t got a picture at the moment as I simply haven’t taken one (lazy mare!). At this stage there is a few choices you can make:

1. To sand or not? If you want a nice smooth finish to it you can go over it carefully with sand paper. Remember not to press too hard or it will crack! 

2. To add a finishing coat or not? Again, you may want to do this if you want a smooth finish or to fill in any small gaps. I picked this tip up from this site. Simply mix PVA glue and filler! The ratio depends on how thin you want it but I tend to go either 1:1 or 1 part filler to 2 parts PVA. For this I will probably do the latter.

Once all that has dried you can paint it however you wish! Don’t forget to varnish it to protect it!

March 20, 2010

How to make a 3D picture in Paper Mache

Last night I made a new batch of paper mache clay which whilst not quite as smooth as the previous one was, it was still better than most of my previous ones; more whisking needed me thinks!
Anyway, on to my first attempt at a basic, probably confusing, tutorial! Let me know what you think!

On Thursday I discovered some lovely Indian and Art Nouveau designs in some books from SearchPress.

I picked one of the smaller designs and enlarged it on a photocopier. I then glued the design to some card from an old cereal packet (you could use corrugated card for a really prominent finish) and cut it out with a craft knife. I put it onto card first instead of directly onto the backing so that it would be easier to find the edge of the design as I applied the PM. I then glued the card shape onto a piece of card to serve as a backing. You could use hardboard or even an artist’s canvas but I prefer free stuff! Corrugated card (the kind that you get in packing boxes) is best as it doesn’t warp so much.  To be really certain that it won’t warp you could even use an ice-cream tub lid or other unrecyclable plastic lid. I have found to my cost that if you apply PM directly on card, it will absorb the liquid and warp ;). I then covered the whole thing with masking tape using a pencil to press it into the edges of the design. Then the fun (if fiddly) bit, applying the PM! I used paper mache clay (recipe from the Ultimate Paper Mache site; link on right hand side!) but it would work equally well with traditional paper strips and paste. I am undecided at the moment as to whether I would be better off finishing it with the paper strips or paper clay but I am erring towards the strips as they will give the whole thing a united look (if that makes sense!). I’ll let you know what I decide later!
This is how it looks so far…