DIY: Moroccan Candle Holders

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Hello Thursday readers,

It’s time for another easy yet satisfying DIY tutorial.  If you’ve read my posts, you’ll know how much I love doing things with plain glass, whether it be frosting, painting or drawing. I bring to you another project which you can do in mason jars, stemless (or stemmed, if you prefer) drinkware, or any other plain glass jar or container that you think would look great with a candle inside it.  This tutorial comes from Creme de la Craft and is super easy and looks a lot more complex than it actually is.

You will need a few things for this project, and all of them you should be able to find at your local craft store. You will need transparent glass paint in two different colours (you can get a few and mix and match as you see fit), puffy paint (sometimes called dimensional paint) in whatever colour you wish, but silver/gold/black seem to look the best, in my oh so humble opinion. You’ll also need a paper plate so a mess isn’t made, and your oven.

First thing you’ll need to do is pour your first colour of glass paint into the bottom of the glass so that the bottom is completely covered. Start tilting and turning your glass so that gravity can pull the paint up the walls of the container. Feel free to add more paint if you find you don’t have enough to swirl. While still holding your glass on it’s side, you can add your second colour of paint to the walls and continue to rotate the jar so that all of the walls have some of the second colour of paint on them.  Rotate the jar a little bit more to get the paint moving, and then turn the jar upside down on the paper plate and the excess paint will roll down the sides of the jar.  After a few minutes, if the walls aren’t fully covered, you may need to add a little more paint and repeat this step.

Let the excess paint drip down for about an hour, though you should rotate your jar every 15-20 minutes so that it doesn’t actually dry and stick to the plate. After the hour has passed, turn the jar upright and let it dry.

For a durable finish, let dry for a full 48 hours then bake the jar for 30 minutes at 200°F in a non-preheated oven. Allow to cool with the oven door open. (based on instructions from paint manufacturer – please follow the directions on whatever paint you buy.)
Using the applicator tip on the dimensional paint bottle, paint your desired pattern onto the bottle. For best results, first sketch a design on a piece of paper and practice using the paint before applying onto the jar. You can also search for designs. I find that Indian henna designs are a great inspiration and look fantastic when they’re done.
Happy crafting!
~Megan

Little Lady Tea Cosies

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There are very few things that we take quite as seriously over in Ireland and England as tea (and after the fact, apparently, Brexit). It is a way of life, a life saver, and the very fabric of most of our social interactions. I carry tea with me on foreign trips, because no, you cannot get good tea everywhere and it is necessary for life. Happily, today’s post is about that most marvellous of things that you get to play with when not travelling, tea cosies.

Mary Poppins tea cosy

I can’t tell you how adorable I think these are. HandMadeAwards on Etsy has patterns for these incredibly precious tea cosies.

Alice in Wonderland cosy

HandMadeAwards and their tea cosy patterns, toy patterns, and much more can be found on Etsy.

Now I need to find the time…

~ eliste


Extreme Crafting: World’s Largest NERF style gun

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This is what happens when scientists get into crafting. You go big or you go home.

That is former NASA engineer Mark Rober showing off the new toy he built. A NERF gun so large that it requires toilet plunger heads attached to pool noodles for it’s ‘foam darts’. The canon can shot them at around 40MPH. If I was his neighbor I’d want all demonstrations fired away from my house, lol. It would also be considered cheating in all my family NERF battles. No mods allowed. Definitely worth seeing in action though.


Raw and Organic Jewelry

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While it may seem hipster, there is something alluring and almost historic looking to the jewelry made byAngeline.

Working out of Oregon in the US Angeline Boyer uses raw rough gemstones, conflict free diamonds & precious metals to create fine art jewelry by hand. The results are altogether unique and quite lovely. High quality jewelry smiting like this is all witchcraft to me of course, but I love the old world feel I think it gives the pieces.

She’s become flooded with orders recently due to her work being passed around various social media sites, so no custom pieces at the moment, but you can still see quite an impressive gallery to pick from over on her etsy page with her already made pieces. Definitely worth a look at the very least.

-Nicole


Light Up Your Life

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Happy Sunday, all!

There was a third vendor at Philly Comic Con that I really must gush about. Dan at Altruistic makes some of the most wonderful wooden geekery! They make clocks, pendants, amazing cosplay accessories, and other nerdy goodies.

AltruisticGallifreyClock  AltruisticVaultBoyPendant  AltruisticMasterSword

Their most unique creations, though, are the tea light boxes. Small, carved wooden boxes in your favorite fandoms with your choice of different colored battery operated tea lights!

AltruisticGreenTealight  AltruisticJSTealight  AltruisticMKTealight

These would make absolutely fantastic night lights for the kids (or yourself) or great accent pieces for your game room. The best part is that the “faces” are interchangeable, so you can buy some to make everyone in the house happy and just switch them around when you like. Let it be noted that if you don’t see your heart’s desire on their site, they also do custom work!

If you like what you see and want to add some clever geek pieces to your home, Altruistic can be found on Facebook and their website.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


What to make with all of this character fabric! – Part 3

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A few weeks ago I talked about Camelot Fabrics new line of character fabric that was released at Spring Market.  If you are a sewer or quilter, the biggest struggle is always what to do with it.  In addition to the new fabrics, Camelot released a few free patterns as well!  Over the next few weeks I will show you some of these special patterns.

This week I will feature the patterns that were released with Star Trek and patterns from previous collections, Batman V Superman, Finding Dory, and Jungle Book.

The Quilt patterns include:

Star1   Star2 Star3  Batman2

Dory2

The Sewing patterns include:

Star4  batman1

Dory1  Dory3

The last 3 weeks have given you a ton of patterns to keep you busy all summer long but I am not done!  I will scour through other sewing patterns in more traditional fabric lines and will share them with you next week.

-Toni


Meet The Hackers: Too Many Games

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Today is the start of Too Many Games in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

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TooManyGames is for anyone interested in video games, board games, CCG’s, and tabletop gaming. The event will be held on June 24-26, 2016. TooManyGames has been known for its video game music concerts, chiptunes, industry panels, panels by famous YouTubers, and brand new game releases for old consoles.

Craft Hackers will be there!  Nicole (Craftigurumi) and Toni (Quiltoni) will team up again this weekend.  You can find them at booth B40.

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They will have all of their amazing hand made goodies in addition to their new Tardis quilt pattern!  So swing by their booth and say hi!

 


Atomic DIY

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Hey Thursday Crafters,

I have a cute little geeky DIY that you can use for any occasion and customize ever so slightly to match whatever decor you are making them for. These are little wire wrapped atoms from Ruffled Blog.

Depending on what you’d like to use these for you can use different colours of wrapping wire and you can also change the beads that you use as the nucleus. You can even buy some smaller beads to orbit on the wires, if you so choose, and remember, that you can add glitter to any of these with some spray adhesive and loose sparkles, so there’s lots you can do! But I’ll just give you the basics for how you can put them together and then you can let your imagination run wild.

The beautiful thing is that the only things you need to make these are beads of your choice, wire of your choice and wire cutters. Your first step is to thread your wire through your nucleus bead, and wrap both ends around so that it won’t move.

Start from measuring at your ring finger, and then wrap the wire around your fingers 3 or 4 times (depending on how many orbiting threads you’d like.

When you’re ready, cut the wire at the back of your fingers.

If you want to have any beads orbiting on these wires, you will need to add them now and move them to the different strands.

At this point, you will need to gather the strands together at the mid point (where you cut your wire) and wrap the tail end of that wire around all of the strands to pinch them together and secure them.

Your last step is to open the loops into an atom shape, or wherever you would like them and then to take your beginning bead and wrap the point where your loops all intersect so that they’re secure and won’t move.

And it’s as simple as that, ladies and gents. Use them as decorative pieces on a table setting, or hang them from fishing wire.

I hope you enjoyed this little, simple diy.

~Megan


A History of Color

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Something a bit different for today. I came across this article recently and it struck a chord with me that harked back to my color theory days in school. While it makes sense once you talk about it, most people won’t consider where the color for their project comes from. Sure objectively we all know it’s made from dyes that are made in factories and added to the base, but what about that color. Where did it come from? What’s the original source?

Back even just 100 years ago, pigments were created from nature and some of the most vibrant colors were also the most rare. A rock of lapis lazuli was worth it’s weight in gold for the brilliant shade of blue it provided. If you fancy a quick lesson in history, check out this article from CO.DESIGN and if you’re really into history then maybe visit the place they talk about; The Harvard Pigment Library.

It is a store for the world’s colors. Some of which have gone extinct or are incredibly rare/illegal to obtain; like Mummy Brown that was made from the wrappings of embalmed mummies.

It’s a pretty cool read that will make you pause and really think about where that color in your bracelet or your favorite clothing dye came from. Maybe even inspire a natural color set for your next project. AT the very least you’ve learned a fun fact to throw out at parties. 😉

~Nicole


What to make with all of this character fabric! – Part 2

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A few weeks ago I talked about Camelot Fabrics new line of character fabric that was released at Spring Market.  If you are a sewer or quilter, the biggest struggle is always what to do with it.  In addition to the new fabrics, Camelot released a few free patterns as well!  Over the next few weeks I will show you some of these special patterns.

This week I will feature the patterns that were released with Nightmare Before Christmas and The Jetsons.

The Quilt patterns include:

night4 night5   night6 night7

jetsons3   jetsons4

The Sewing patterns include:

Night2   Night1

jetsons2   Jetson1

Next week I will finish off the character collection patterns with Star Trek and patterns from previous collections, Batman V Superman, Finding Dory, and Jungle Book.

-Toni