I like to make my own elements using silicone molds and Plaster of Paris.Recently I was re-introduced to the beauty of Paperclay.Using Paperclay is easier to use than Plaster of Paris, is less messy, and the elements are stronger.
need is a silicone mold
and Paperclay, which can be purchased at most craft
stores, such as Michaels.
off a small section of Paperclay and press it into the silicone mold.Afterwards, scrape the Paperclay with a putty
knife.Doing this step will give your
elements a flat surface for gluing.
you need to wait.The Paperclay
directions say it takes 1 to 3 days to dry (it took mine one day).You know your elements are ready when the
sides of your elements pull away from the mold.If they don’t pop out easily, give them a little more time.
the elements drop out of the mold, the backs will have a little bit of paper on
the edges.You can easily remove this
with your fingernail.
In the past
few years, I’ve really enjoyed participating in Christmas craft fairs.The challenge is that I procrastinate and
then scramble at the end trying to make things to sell.This year I thought I’d try to get ready a
little earlier than October.I sat down
and experimented with bits and pieces I had at home to see if I could design
pendants without purchasing any additional supplies.So far, I like the pendant with the rhinestones the best.
I have the habit of re-doing my art projects until I get them just right.This piece came from one of my re-do’s.I loved the bird, the wire cage and the bird’s wire “birthday hat.”Unfortunately, I didn’t love the substrate which housed him.While trying to find a new home for my bird, I was also trying to figure out what to do with the cool frame.It was a little damaged and couldn’t hold glass in its present condition.Then the two ideas came together.. . . bird cage in a frame.I’m rather happy with it.
I used very old wire to make the bird cage.I twisted the wires together and made a loop for the top.I then clipped the loop onto a clipboard, and formed the sides and front of the birdcage.