Beaded Dragon Brooches

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Okay, I know we’ve all dabbled in beads for bracelets and necklaces at one point. Maybe you used seed beads and a stand to weave one just made some nice jewelry, but these? These dragons are something else entirely.

This is one of many custom designs by Russian artist Alyona Lytvin, and they are all just jaw dropping amazing. They are made mostly from beads and thread, with some wire and paint reinforcements for the fins.

I know they’re brooches too, but man I’d just want to keep it as a decoration piece! No way I’d risk something happening to this!! I love the addition of the sequins as scales for the sea dragons. Man they’re just all so beautiful!

I wish I could give you more info about the artist and the process but little it up in English about it on the store front, so I’m afraid we all just have to admire the shop and wonder. Perhaps even buy one yourself so you can study it up close. ūüôā


Uniquely Cute

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Hello Sunday readers!

Last week we were at MAGfest and you know what that means! New vendors that we’ve fallen in love with gushy posts are imminent! This first one has so much to offer, I almost don’t know where to start. ALMOST. In¬†our wanderings through the crafty rows, the lifemate and I stumbled across a booth that had chubby little ornaments hanging from a dowel and I HAD to pop in for a¬†better look. They were animal ornaments! Hooray! To my very great pleasure, upon closer perusal, I found that there were some very odd animals on display:

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Do not adjust your screens, folks, those are indeed a baby tapir, a pangolin, and a COELACANTH. A COELACANTH, PEOPLE!!!!! Ok, I know I’ve obsessed over cute animals before but I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that my actual degree is in Geological Sciences so this sort of thing just runs right up my alley, squeezes my tush, and tugs my heart strings before dashing off again. Much to my dismay, we had such a busy time that I did not have a chance to go back to purchase some amazing creations from artist Kelsey Wailes, also known as eattoast. I assure you that this shall be remedied in short order. I was so distracted by the “cnute aminals” that it took husband directing my attention to her other wares for me to find her re-purposed ponies. I’ve seen other versions of ponies over the years but not always with the same level of detail:

I mean, just look a My Little Immortan Joe! With his wittle face mask and wittle killer eyes!

I mean, just look a My Little Immortan Joe, with his wittle face mask and wittle killer eyes!

Once I tore myself away from the cutie cute animals and the ponies, I noticed the things I truly regret not purchasing as gifts for certain Trek fans in my life:

Redshirt Deadshirts. Yes, a little pile of very unfortunate redshirts that still makes me giggle uncontrollably.

Redshirt Deadshirts. Yes, a little pile of very unfortunate redshirts that still makes me giggle uncontrollably.

Besides her very obvious talent with clay, Kelsey is a very gifted pen and paper artist as well. If you, too, would like to own some of her creations or just squee over her works (like I just did for the last hour), she can be found on DeviantArt, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and most importantly, Etsy. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go put in an order for a Peacock Spider ornament that will really tie my room together.

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 

 


A new year brings change

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Hello to all of you! I’m Kim from Fantastical Menagerie. Toni from Quiltoni asked me if I would be interested in contributing to the blog spot here on Crafthackers, and I was delighted.

I have been running my own art business for twelve years, and full time since 2011. I work mostly in polymer clay, and some mixed media. I tend to work with sculpting animals into wearable art. Besides doing a number of ComicCons and Art Shows each year, you can find my things on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fantasticalmenagerie or on Etsy at www.fantasticmenageries.etsy.com.

I am hoping to have some tutorials over the next few months, along with ideas to inspire you to create! If you would like to see one I posted here in September, here is the link. It’s on clay pumpkin earrings.

DIY: Pumpkin Earrings and Pendant

We have a new year in front of us, and so many things to try.

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Baby Dragon Jewelry

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Like dragons? Of course you do. Dragons are one of the oldest fantasy myths around the world and come in just about any style/design you can think of. Ever wanted jewelry that look like you own a baby dragon pet?

Okay, they may not all be babies, but I know if I ever have one I would certainly be calling it my baby dragon. These adorable handmade dragons are made by Canadian Etsy artist, Aelia Petro. Her shop, ArtbyAelia, has been around for 5 years now and she’s amassed quite an adorable dragon jewelry collection for your viewing and shopping needs. Besides the adorable ‘Dragon Drapers’ that are sort of half necklaces, she also makes traditional pendant necklaces, wrap bracelets, wrap rings, and even just adorable tiny sculptures.

If you love fantasy creatures you are missing out if you haven’t seen her work. Even if you don’t like etsy shops, you can follow her work on facebook instead. ^_^ You won’t regret it.

-Nicole

 


This is Super Glassy

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As you’ve probably noticed, we’re at C2E2 this weekend and I had a little bit of time to wander around the vendor hall. I stumbled across a sign I couldn’t resist because it advertised CUTE GLASS! I was in for a real treat, too. The two artists at Bling Squared make adorable little animal sculptures in glass.

Look at the little cutie I purchased!

Look at the little cutie I purchased! His name is Louis.

They have quite a few different critters as pendants, earrings, and straight up little sculptures to display around your home.

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I think the best part was the looping video that they had playing showing just how they create their pieces! They do demos in and around their home base of Salt Spring Island, BC.

I'd love to watch them play with fire!

I’d love to watch them play with fire!

If you want a piece of some really cute glass, Bling Squared can be found on their website, Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

See you next Sunday with some egg-cellent last minute Easter ideas!

~Laura

 


Last Minute Madness!

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Hello fair readers.

So there’s a couple days before Halloween and there’s still so much to do. If you haven’t started decorating yet and you want to do up your house for all the guys and ghouls to see, then here is a last minute DIY projects. ¬†This super easy tutorial is really fast and can look so amazing when it’s done!

Makezine.com gives us a really simple tutorial for making some awesome mummy hands that you can stick out of your lawn.  The ingredients are so simple it hurts:

You need as many glowsticks for however many hands, and the same for the number of straws.

All you need to do is keep the straw against the inside of your arm and palm. And then you need to wrap your hand in masking tape with the sticky side against your skin. You may want to put some lotion on your hand to make it easier to remove when you’re finished.

And:

Once your hand is all taped up, use the straw as a guide to cut up to the finger. Once you’ve done this, you can just tape the cut shut. ¬†You can keep the straw inside the hand to anchor it to the ground. When you’re ready to go, just crack your glowstick and insert into the casing.

Looks great right? A few of these on your lawn glowing in different colours is a great effect. ¬†You can get even more creative and do the same thing to your foot, and even paint them with blood! You could even use green “painter’s” tape to make a glowing green hand. ¬†If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can open your paint brushes and paint some bones or cracks or other things on them.

 

Happy crafting!

~Megan


Timid Monsters

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While I was at Gen Con this year I was excited to see an artist that used sculpy in a way I hadn’t seen before, creating monsters!

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Timid Monsters are small, individually handmade clay sculptures. Most are made in sets of 15‚ÄĒthough no molds are used in the making of these series‚ÄĒwhile others are one of a kind. ¬†Each Timid Monster comes with a bit of nonsense written about it printed on a small card.

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Some of these amazing monsters are one of a kind so they will never be made again!  If you want to see more of these cute timid monsters check out their website here, their Facebook here, their Tumblr here, their Twitter here, and their Instagram here.

-Toni


International Tabletop Day

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Tomorrow is International Tabletop Day. ¬†What does that mean? ¬†It means people all across the world will be tabletop gaming as well as attending events that celebrate tabletop gaming. ¬†Here in London (Ontario) there is a fantastic event that will be taking place, the London Game Crawl. ¬†I will definitely take part in it and can’t wait.

But what does Tabletop gaming have to do with crafting?  Tons!!  There are so many wonderful crafters that create works of art with their hands just for tabletop gaming (we have even featured a few of them) like Wyrmwood Gaming, Artisan Dice, and Geek Chic.  Wyrmwood Gaming is even giving away a gaming package including a dice vault, personal dice tray, and dice tower on their Facebook page!

But it doesn’t stop there. ¬†You can make your own board games and tabletop games. ¬†Artists Helping children gives us tutorials on how to create your own games for kids including this Magnetic Board game travel set.

 

Or how about all of the hours tabletop gamers put into their figurines?  You can make your own figurines instead of buying them.  Smooth-On has some great products you can use including Oomoo silicone rubber you can use for your pewter figurines.

 

Or look at some of their other model making silicone rubbers and liquid plastics to create your own figures.

However you celebrate International Tabletop day, make it a crafty day!

-Toni

 

 


Bringing Your Jump Scares to Life

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Like many of my fellow crafters, I no longer have as much time to play video games as I would like, so I’ve started watching ‘Let’s Play’ style videos instead. As one of many siblings in my family, I didn’t always get to play a lot when I was young and I learned how to enjoy watching games as well. There are also games that I won’t play (mainly horror) because I can’t stand jump scares/zombies. Well one of the games I’ve enjoyed listen/watching was the runaway trilogy, Five Nights At Freddie’s. It’s a spoof of the Chuck E’ Cheese franchise and you play as the security guard that must survive the night while the animatronics try and kill you. One fan just couldn’t seem to get enough from the game however and has built his own Freddie Fazbear animatronic.

The builder’s name on youtube is Dr.CreepyPasta, and while I would not be able to sleep with something like this in my house, I have to admit the construction of one’s own personal animatronic is very impressive!¬† There are several videos of his progress here on his channel, but if you just want a glimpse then check out the video below. He apparently followed a step by step walk though on the process, so any out there looking to follow in his footsteps then I wish you all the luck!

~Nicole


Artist Alley: Kimchi Kawaii

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Every now and then I run across a form of crafting that I haven’t seen before. ¬†Turning your boring old phone case into an exciting creative one is something I haven’t seen before. ¬†I was really interested when I saw what Holly could create.

 

She also makes some fantastic rings and cake boxes.

 

If you would like to check out her fantastic hand made items, look at the Frosted Fleur de Lis Accessories on her website.  If you want to see her other products or talent check out her Deviant Art page and her Pintrest.

-Toni