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Wax candle holders

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Here’s a great idea for a table display. I love that the wax candles are held inside wax, so fragile. Try adding some dye to create different colours. For instructions visit here

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Christmas fans

Having flipped through an old copy of ‘Better Homes and gardens’ in my dentists waiting room, I came across some cool ideas for Christmas decorations using paper. I started the process but soon realized this was going to take a while to get a really good bunch together to hang on the wall and trees so I’ll come back to it another time!

What you’ll need

Different scrapbooking papers (3 of the same pattern to make one large)
Stapler
String to hang them

Easy!

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Concertina the paper and fold in half securing with a staple

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Join 3 up together with staples to form a large fan

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For a smaller fan cut in half. Poke a hole at the top and thread some glittery string for christmas decorations or glue smaller ones to larger ones to make for a wall display.

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Time for Slime!

There’s always time for slime but with Halloween coming up I thought a reciepe for the green stuff was needed, here provided for  from ‘Totally Kids Times’.

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Resins

One of my favorite products to use is ‘craft smart liquid gloss resin’. Resin gives a glassy, clear protection over your work instead of using glass or about a thousand coats of varnish! It can be messy stuff and should always be used with latex gloves ( believe me I’ve learnt the hard way!). However there is also a product called ‘craft smart clean up’ which is great for spills.

I usually use resin in my jewelry making or to cover art work but today I’ve put the resin to another use making a boring tray into something more me. The resin is strong enough to hold hot cups without marking and is washable for when I spill my cup of tea.

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1. Choose your papers or materials to place on a dust free tray.

2. Decoupage the tray using any PVA glue making sure you layer so you can’t see the tray beneath.

3. Leave to dry for 24 hrs.

4. Mix together part and and part b of resin in equal amounts and pour over tray using a spatular to get into corners.

5. Leave for at least 48 hours in a dust free area.

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Doily lamp shade

Ok, so things don’t always go the way you hope but that’s no reason to give up eh? Take my lastest crafting attempt. I’d come across this idea from a while ago and thought it looked fun. I’d forgotten about it until a trip to my local laboratory store and saw they’d used the idea for their latest window display, so I jumped into action.

Now the original article I saw called for wall paper paste which I’ve discovered is not that easy to find in Australia!? I have no idea why but when you do find it in bunnings it costs a fortune! But I won’t go on, because other comments said using mod podge worked just as well. Hmmmm, not only did this turn out to be quite expensive, and messy, it turned the pretty white doilies yellow 😦 I figured I could always spay the doilies with paint later though.

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Unfortunately when I popped the balloon the doilies weren’t quite dry and it collapsed – impatience ruins another project!

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Tiger Face Paint

So for those of you who don’t know I used to be a clown. Well, actually I hardley ever dressed as a clown (steven kings ‘it’ has a lot to answer for) but I would dress as a fairy, cinderella or dorothy from the wizard of oz, it was a dream job! It was my first job out of university and was the best paid job i’ve had since!

Part of learning to be a children’s entertainer is face painting so I thought id share with you an easy tiger face as I recently found my old face paints in my mums attic. Unfortunaltely there were no kids around so I had to do this on myself which is actually a bit harder that I thought but it gives you an idea.

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Sunography

I’m so excited to use my new purchase, solar powered paper! I’ve seen only a few examples of this technique called Cyanotype which is basically photography without a camera.

All you have to do (once you’ve sourced the paper or material which I stumbled across in a shop called magma, Erlham street, London. But now I know what it’s called I’m sure you can find it online!) ….. Is place any object or transparency on the paper or Cyanotype material, expose in strong sunlight and rinse in water to reveal a beautiful rich blue print.

You can use plants, lace, photo negatives, x-rays, or any object to create awesome sun photos.

This type of process has been around since 1842 and was popularized by Anna Atkins one of the first female photographers.

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Leaf it to an expert!

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Look at these delicate leaves that have been cut into pretty pictures by Lorenzo Duran. Tiny art seems to be a running theme with me at the moment, I think it’s because I’m so slap dash and clumsy with my own art that I really admire those who work with delicate materials. My hands shake trying the thread a needle I couldn’t imagine doing anything like this!

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Photo Effects

Photostudio hd is a great new iPad app that I’ve been using to create some cool effects on my photos. The app allows you to do the usual cropping and contrast alterations of a normal photo editing suite but has loads of extra effects that are simple to apply such as a rusty look, old antique style photograph, or layers of fire!

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