Polymer Clay Cuff

I found this easy tutorial on a Russian site. Although I don’t speak a word in Russian, the pictures talk for themselves. A clay extruder will be needed though.

A thicker tude is extruded, which will be in the inside of the cane, and many-many thin tubes that come around the thick one. Then they are twisted and pinned through on the ends. I also used some liquid clay to stick them together and make sure they won’t fall apart. Then bake on a round metal piece and maybe give a shine in the end.

 

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(source: http://www.livemaster.ru/topic/120243-vitoj-braslet?msec=2)

3D Paper Ornament

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These are made from 12 slotted flower shapes that fit together to form a sphere. No adhesive needed; the only ingredient is paper.

Download the PDF templates here:
Large ball (10″)– print/cut 12 sheets
Medium ball (5″)– print/cut 2 sheets
Small ball (3″)– print/cut 1 sheet

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If you want to hang your ornament, you might like to add the string before assembling the ball. I placed a piece of tape on the back of one flower so the hole wouldn’t tear, then used a needle to pull string through, forming a loop on the front side. I secured the ends of the string on the back side with another piece of tape.
Use the slits to join petals together. Keep adding shapes, connecting as you go, so that every petal is connected to another petal on a neighboring flower.

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(source: HowAboutOrange)

Start the New Year Organized!

Chalk Board Calendar – from PSA Stamp Camp

Angie 1

Materials Needed (for calendar):
Frame
Sheet of metal cut to size for your frame (example is 20 inches by 24 inches)
Metal Cleaner
Metal Primer
Chalkboard Paint
Spray Paint for frame
Chalk Markers

Let’s walk through it, step-by-step:

1) First take your metal piece and clean it really well. Engine cleaner for cars work well or anything that is made to clean metal. Rinse it really well and follow all package directions.

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2) Next paint one side of your metal piece with one coat of primer plus two to three coats of chalkboard paint. Again follow all directions on your paint. Chalkboard paint generally has to cure for 24 hours before use so please be aware of that.

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3) The frame can be new or from a thrift store. Example uses a spray primer plus paint in one in Sky Blue. Paint whatever color you choose. You can use a brush and regular paint instead if that is what you have.

4) After the chalkboard paint has cured, be sure to follow the directions on the paint for conditioning it. Generally you rub chalk all over your surface and clean it back off.

5) Find chalk markers at your local craft store – they come in white or fluorescent colors. Chalk markers only come off when they get wet. This makes them perfect for a calendar.

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6) Used a ruler or another straight edge for your lines. Calculate so that your calendar is roughly centered and the squares are all the same size. Be sure your magnets will fit inside your squares. Leave an area for your month and days of the week. Plus add your numbers to the squares. Remember at the end of the month, you just use water to wipe off and you can draw on a new month.

Angie 5

Materials needed (for magnets):
1 1/2 inch wood circles or metal washers
Paint (craft paint or spray paint)
Scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
PSA Essentials stamps and ink
Self adhesive magnets

1) Paint the edges of your wood circles with craft paint (you could also just spray paint the entire circle). Use paint colors that match the scrapbook paper you are going to use.

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2) Trace your circles onto the craft paper and cut out.

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3) Using various colors of ink, stamp your paper circles with your PSA stamps. Again matching your paper to the paint used on the circles.

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4) Layer on a few coats of mod podge.
5) Once dry, add your magnet to the back using the self adhesive provided with the magnet.
Magnetic clips were added to the chalk board to hold chalk. Chalk can be used to write on the calendar during the month without disturbing the chalk marker lines.

Angie 15

(source: PSA Stamp Camp)