Posts tagged ‘recycling’

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!

April 3, 2010

Another busy week

As the title implies it’s been a busy week! I’ve almost finished my weasel; it just needs the tail finishing. I’ve also been making a box which I haven’t tried before but it’s simple enough so I may put a tutorial up sometime soon (hopefully better than my last effort!). Lastly I have made a small seal and when I say small it’s only 4″ long which is small for me! 

I have also received the photos for the non-paying commission so that will keep me busy for the next few weeks! I will post photos once the recipient has received her dog!

None of these have been painted yet but here they are so far:

Have a happy Easter!  Jo

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 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…

March 18, 2010

Cupcake Box Part 3

I’ve got a bit further with this box this week. Last night I made a new batch of paper clay and it was the best, least lumpy batch I’ve made! Unfortunately I’d run out of premixed filler so I used powered, make-it-yourself filler and whilst it made a good clay, it also set in the airtight tub overnight! Lesson learnt; if I’m going to use this again, I’ll have to use it all in one go!

This is the cupcake so far (excuse the fish in the background!)

I’m quite pleased with how it has turned out so far though I’ll probably ruin it when it comes to painting as that’s the part I’m not too good at!

As I have agility training tonight I’ll have to leave it until tomorrow…