Some other projects in progress…

…back in August. A key-hanger, decorated letter and a Darth Vader furniture knob.

(I’ve been a bit ill last week, and still very busy with Sinterklaas, now I finally have some time and engery to post what I’ve been doing. Not yet the energy to craft though).

They haven’t changed a lot since the pictures.
First, the more plain projects.

Sleutelhanger / keychain

I decorated wooden “things” to use as sleutelhanger (key-hanger?).

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I tested my pyromancy skills (a wood burning tool) – I guess this isn’t the best wood to use it on. Too soft.Daqadoodles140723wo134103

And another lesson: write the text the other way around if you want to hang it by the big hole in the hanger. You can see I made a tag-shaped one earlier, sort of same process using turqoise and copper acryllic paint.

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Decorated letter

My next project: decorate a letter for my daughter, to put or hang in her room. She is (now) 2 years old.

This was at the table outside obviously. Just crafting in between toys.

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Time to get messy. I had allready glued design paper on the letter, and added some ribbon to the outer edges.Daqadoodles140805di125208 Daqadoodles140805di125217

I’m not sure what I wanted to do, I guess I wanted to try out the colours. They were too vibrant / not matching the design paper so I didn’t use them.Daqadoodles140805di125248

Here is what I used instead.

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Gold glitter embossed edges:Daqadoodles140805di133644

These are glued on now (or 2 are) but that’s about it. And it’s standing on the piano, not in her room as we haven’t got a shelve to put it on yet.

Dart Vader furniture knob / pull
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Now the next project is really cool, I forgot where I got the inspiration from. A Darth Vader furniture knob. (Darth Vader knop.) Could be http://ournerdhome.com/diy-han-solo-cabinet-pulls/.

I had an icecube tray and lots of leftover hot glue (due to me messing with my new mod melts mold and using toouch glue). Making this one used up a lot of glue, much more then the leftover glue I had.

I made just one. If you check out the link, you see that they didn’t put the bolt inside the glue/material. That might look better inside the drawer, I’d have to saw a bit of my bolt off (or accept that there is a part of the bolt sticking out into the drawer). Anyway, this is just a prototype.

Also, if you’d want to make more of these with the bolts in the materials, here are a few tips: take a wooden paintstick, drill holes with a diameter larger then the bolt (but only slightly larger), and glue some nuts on.

Next, turn in the bolts, all approx. the same height. Then put the bolts in the material, making sure the wooden stirring stick doesn’t touch the glue.

The glue stays hot and fluid for some time, but probably not long enough to fill up all shapes and then add the nuts. If it looks like it’s cooling too much, just dip the nose of you glue gun in.

Anyway here was my setup:

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The result:Daqadoodles140820wo145843

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I painted it with cheap acryllic paint. I should have used gesso first. I didn’t have black, so couldn’t use that. In case you’re wondernig what he hangs into now, it’s the side of my chest of drawers. I drilled holes in the sides and into the drawers and put a dowel in it to prevent my children from opening the drawers (with my hobby materials). The eldest is 3 1/2 now and hasn’t yet noticed how it works, he just ignores the drawers. My middle child (2 now) is occasionally trying out if the drawers open, as sometimes I forget to put the dowels back in place.

So far so good, but there will be a time when they discover how it works.

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Oooh I just realized…. if I glue nuts to the inside of the drawer I could use Darth Vader to close them! I might do this after my kids have figured out how the dowels work (push them in the drawer with a pencil) as this guy stands out a bit more then dowels.

For now, the guy is lying around in one of my boxes, waiting for his final treatments and placement. it’s been fun making him. Next time I might try out other materials, although hot glue is something I have in my drawers allready.

 

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Gift of nature

In my previous post I mentioned that I made a second “print” with the household foil used for the Fairyland card. The print reminded me of bark or the bare branches of a tree. A while ago I was playing with the peacock stamp set and had stamped several images and embossed it in coppertones and then cut them out. This little peacock (Chocolate Baroque stamp) was perfect for this dead wood! See how it sits on the branch? It also matches the inspirational image from Our Creative Corner, where there is an image of a snail in twigs and dead leaves. Not that this peacock is a snail ofcourse.

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The daylight picture. I think I like the evening picture better.

Note: Pictures are made last night with artificial light, I’ll see if I can get a good picture in today but as the Chocolate Baroque challenge is closing today I want to get this blogpost out first!

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I’d like to imagine you don’t see him from afar, hidden on the branches which look like dead wood. But those that take a second look see the beauty of it, as there is beauty all around us.

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Embossing on tissue paper. I first tried without embossing and Stazon Jet Black, seen in the lower right corner. The text was too light imo. Next to it is the first embossed part, but it didn’t have enough coverage. The embossing powder is applied to the upper text but not heated yet. See the embellishments? Made with the Mod podge mod melts and then painted with acryllic paint.

The text (from a Crafter’s Companion sentiment set) is first stamped onto tissue paper & heat embossed with black fine embossing powder, then decoupaged to the card.

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The gloss of the paint disappeared a bit behind the tissue paper ofcourse, and the edges of the tissue paper were still quite visible so I added a bit of paint to the edges to smoothen it a bit.

The leaves are made myself with Mod Podge Mod Molds. The 2 greenish leaves are made with Martha Stewart clay, as is one of the bigger leaves. The other leaf is made with Mod Melts or hot glue from the gluegun. I don’t think there is a difference between the two (mod melts or hot glue) actually. The clay (or rather, the chemical kneadable siliconefoam kind of something) gets soft again when it gets wet so painting it is not advised, you can alter it with e.g. pan pastels or perfect pearls. In the picture below you can see the three molds I have, now filled with the clay. That needs to dry for almost a day. The hot glue is ready in just 10 minutes after putting it in, but it is more difficult getting all the details and getting a flat back.

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All leaves for this card are dusted with perfect pearls copper. (The only pan pastel colour I have is sparkling black, which doesn’t really match this card). I brushed the text area also slightly with the copper.

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Horizontal / left one is Martha Stewart white clay (although it feels and smells more like silicone foam kind of stuff then clay), the vertical/right one is hot glue.

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Blinded by the low autumn sun.

A picture to show the shine/glimmer:

Can you see that it is the second print? It’s best visible if you look at the upper right corners in the picture below.

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The two cards together:

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For the Craftstamper design team: The card with the white palace also has stamping on tissue paper, the white bit (palace and pillars) is done with that technique, only I didn’t know about your challenge yet unfortunately.

I’d like to enter the peacock card in the following challenges: