Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tea Tree oil Soap

Tea tree oil is excellent for treating acne, I have used it for some time now to treat acne I get on my chest and arms and was looking for a soap that would help with my condition when it hit me, Tea tree oil soap and since I already had everything I needed, I made my own. I used 4 ounces of  melt and pour glycerin soap with 1 Tablespoon of tea tree oil, color and pearl powder was optional but I like my soap to have color:

the largest bar was cast from a recycle computer mouse package, I loved the shape as soon as I saw it and threw it in with my soap making supplies, It is the perfect size and shape for your hand

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Silhoutte tree with mini tutorial

When I started this blog I knew I wanted  some props to help with photography,
I decided to make some and came up with this when I discovered 1/4" fun foam

Come to think of it this tree would be awesome for Halloween,
I just might have to make some polymer clay ornaments to go with it

To make your own you will need:
one sheet 1/4" fun foam ( I purchased mine at Michael's )
craft knife
the pattern

trace pattern onto funfoam using a sharp craft knife cut out

the finished tree is 8 inches high and is 6 inches at the widest point

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sea Turtle necklace

Polymer clay sea turtle with pearls and glass beads

Friday, September 25, 2009

Button bracelet

created with buttons, polymer clay spacer bar, magnetic clasp and beading thread

this is the back so you can see it's construction done with a needle and beading thread

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Jalapeno Box

One of my favorite polymer clay project a polymer clay box- I think the face came out great, but the conceal hiding place for small trinkets makes this project special- I plan on doing similar projects  but in different shapes.

If you see any project here you would like to learn more about feel free to contact me and let me know, If it's a good candidate it could be featured as a tutorial

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

All Hallow's Eve- Altoid tin

My very first Altoid tin just in time for Halloween covered with polymer clay

The hand separates into two pieces when opened

Monday, September 21, 2009

Vampire bad necklace

Yay! more Halloween crafting.
polymer clay bat with red seed bead eyes , black and red glass beads on satin cording.
Fast, fun and easy!

full view

and up close

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Inchies Halloween Hanger

Inchies are 1"x1" art used for swapping- I created these inchies  on card stock using rubber stamp and painting with acrylic paint, I used scrapbook paper to frame each inchie, sandwiched  a piece of ribbon between two inchies using 4 sets or 8 total to create the hanger below (front and back are shown)
I finished the ends of the ribbon with decorative beads

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Skull and roses resin magnet

The Skull, roses and leaves were sculpted out of polymer clay the cast in clear resin, using a star shaped ice cube tray, the black background are seed beads

Friday, September 18, 2009

MIni Paper sculpted pumpkin

The Fall/Halloween crafting begins

This pumpkin was crafted using 8 paper circles cut with a paper punch, the circles were then folded in half and the halves glued together to form the pumpkin shape, I then rolled the stem out of green paper jellyroll style and attached it to the pumpkin with white craft glue

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mother of pearl onyx necklace

I needed a necklace in brown to go with several outfits and came up with this

the picture doesn't do this necklace justice, in the light it sparkles

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Skull and Roses Barrette

Polymer clay skull and rose barrette

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Craft Storage jars with chalkboard labels

Like many crafters I am always on the look out for craft storage, recently I stumbled upon these jars and just knew they would be perfect for storing all those small craft pieces that I have strewn all over the place.
I knew I wanted some sort of label on the jars to help identify content, size, etc. after a 
little bit of thought I remembered I had a jar of chalkboard paint that had been waiting 
for a suitable project. But how was I going to keep the paint from scratching off the jars? 
Glass etching cream of course, and so my chalkboard labels became a reality 
And here's how I did it
first I created a template that I could trace around that was the size and shape I wanted my labels to be (to create my template I use packaging plastic, you know the packages that you need scissors or a knife to get into.I always save the packaging to make templates and patterns of things I am going to make in quantity.) 
Next I used  double stick tape on one side of my new plastic template to hold it in place while I traced around the template onto the jar  using a permanent marker.   I removed the template and any glue residue that may have been left by the double stick tape being careful not to erase my newly drawn outline
Using  an old brush and the glass etching cream I carefully filled in the drawn outline with glass 
etching cream and allowed it to sit for 5 minutes (follow the manufacturers directions for
the appropriate time and safety precautions)
After the five minutes is up I rinsed off the glass etching cream  and any remaining
permanent marker outline under running water and dried the jar thoroughly  
Using the chalkboard paint, I painted over the glass etched label (this may took 4 coats of paint to get a good coverage) 
I allowed each coat to dry  1 hour and 24 hours for the final coat  I then conditioned the chalkboard  according to manufactures directions.
There you have attractive, functional jars with labels that can be changed quickly as the jars contents change.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Angry American Plaques

This plaque was a part of a challenge, craft a song,
After some thought and the purchase of a simple wooden plaque,and star hook
inspiration struck with the help of Toby Keith's Angry American, A little
acrylic paint and some polymer clay this is what I came up with:

The dog tags contain the lyrics:

Justice will be served and the battle will rage
This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage

And you'll be sorry that you messed with
the U.S. of A

Star hook was painted with acrylic paint.
The relief was created in polymer baked then attached to plaque

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Lava necklace

I just love this necklace the colors are so deep and luxurious, the pictures don't do it justice, It is made from lava, snowflake obsidian, hematite and garnet colored glass beads strung on coated Tigertail with a magnetic clasp

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Skeleton Hand clutching egg

Welcome to the Daily Crafter each day I will be posting a complete craft project and will be offering tutorials periodically, so be sure to check back often to see what is going on.

Today's craft project is skeleton hand clutching a skull egg

I created this by first covering a real blown chicken egg with polymer clay, I then sculpted the skeleton hand to the scale of the egg also using polymer clay