Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Crochet Emoji Balls

A few years ago my Mum came up with the idea of crocheting around a tennis ball to make a fun toy. This was at the height of everyone's Minion obsession so she made some Minion face balls.
Then last year I thought the technique would make great Pokeballs to sell alongside our Pickachus. They were a big hit with the kids at a school Christmas fair.

And now with Emojis being my main make we've decided to make some Emoji balls!

My Mum crochets around a tennis ball and then I add the features by sewing on cut out felt pieces.

The size and shape of these balls make for perfect Emojis. I think the crying laughing one is my favourite.

These are the ones I've made so far but I'm sure a whole range of Emoji faces will be appearing on balls soon.

These are now for sale in my Etsy shop - take a look

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Deadpool Figurine

I really enjoyed making my Groot figures so I decided to make some more characters. Since the original template for the wire armature is for a person I thought I'd do a human figure and since Deadpool is a favourite in my house I gave him a go.

This is the wire armature made using this method. I covered it in Sculpey and started modelling. It was a lot trickier to get a good shape compared with making the Groots. In fact I thought about giving up about 5 times in the first 15 minutes, but I perservered!

 It was quite fiddly with all the different straps and pouches, and one of his guns broke and had to be glued back together. But in spite of that I think the finished product looks pretty cool.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

More Felt Dogs

The felt dogs have been really fun to make and people seem to be liking them so I've been creating some more.

First up is my attempt at a Chihuahua and a French Bulldog. Cute, right? These are both for sale in my Etsy shop.

I had a request through my Etsy shop asking if I could make two Border Collie's. Challenge accepted! It turned out the buyer's dog has its own Instagram which gave me lots of photos to work from. Check out Jenson the Collie. He has over 4000 followers!

And finally my good friend Robyn, having seen all my other felt dogs, asked if I would make one of her dog Mack. Of course!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Sweet Treat Charms

I was looking through my old posts recently and was reminded about the miniature food made out of salt dough. It was a really fun project so I decided to try a similar thing using polymer clay. 

I got out my Sculpey and started modelling. This time around I decided to make the mini snacks into charms by inserting a small pin bent into a loop which could later have a jump ring attached to it.

These are the tools I used with the Sculpey. There's a craft knife, a 'pokey tool' (that was genuinely the name on the packet), and some dotting tools that were sold as nail art tools but work great for modelling.

After the charms had their time in the oven it was time to paint them. I used acrylic paint and my smallest paint brushes. 

With a jump ring attached these charms could become a necklace, a key ring or even part of a delicious foods themed charm bracelet.

 I think these turned out really cute and I'm already thinking what other sweet treats I could make in miniature. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Baby Groot Figurine

Have you seen the new Guardians of the Galaxy film? It's awesome. One of my favourite parts is when the now tiny Groot is dancing around at the begining. What a cutie. He's a funny little character that I've decided to immortalize in Sculpey.

I started by making an armature out of garden wire and card. I made a template by tracing the dimensions from a photo from the film that I'd enlarged to the size I wanted the figure to be. I made the armature using this technique I learnt at a model making course.

Then I started covering the armature in Sculpey. I decided to form the head around a ball of foil so that the Sculpey was roughly the same thickness all over. Without the foil the head would have been way thicker than the rest of the body.

Once I had the shape of the body I added the details. This mostly involved rolling tiny bits of Sculpey and attaching them to the body to look 'branchy'. I also added a bark texture using a craft knife and other modelling tools.
I wanted the model to stand up on it's own so I had to make the legs a little wider, but I don't think they look too out of proportion. Since you can't tell from the photo, the figure is about 3 inches tall.

After I'd baked the figure in the oven I painted it with acrylic paint. I started by going all over with one colour, making sure to get in all the little bits with a small brush.

I couldn't stop at just one Groot so I also made a model from the bit in the film when he's sitting in the space ship eating candy.

I think I like this one better as the proportions are more accurate and I got to show more expression.

These were so fun to make I'm tempted to make ones for all his dance moves!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Birthday Beer Box

My boyfriend's Dad's birthday was this past weeked and as part of his present we'd bought him a few bottles of beer. Andrew asked me if I could do something with the bottles to make them look a bit more 'gifty'.

All I needed was a cereal box to make this birthday beer box. Ok...and some extra card and paper. But mostly a cereal box.

First I cut the cereal box to the height I wanted. The cereal box happened to be just the right width to fit the bottles in. I measured the length of the three bottles and cut the box accordingly, using the excess to make a new side on the open end.

As the bottles were quite heavy I used some corrugated card to reinforce the cereal box. I cut four pieces of card and stuck them to the inside of the box.

 To decorate the box I cut some brown packaging paper to fit around it.

Before I stuck the paper to the box I wrote the message. To make it look fancy I just googled 'birthday calligraphy' and traced it straight from the screen. I used a black felt tip to go over the outline and then fill it in.

I think it's a great way to make gifting bottles a bit more special. Perfect for a Dad. But if it was my Dad the box would be filled with ginger beer!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Making My Handwriting In To A Font

I found out about making my own font from Natalie at Work Over Easy. You should check out her post, the font she made is great.

To make your own font from your handwriting just go to My Script Font and follow the instructions.

There's a template to print out which includes the alphabet, numbers and some extra characters. I filled mine in with a pencil first, and then went over it in pen. For my first attempt I tried to do the best version of my natural handwriting, but I'm not sure if it turned out like that.

The template sheet then needs to be scanned and uploaded to the website. Then you download the font file and load it to your computer by dropping it in the fonts folder in the control panel.

 It's so cool to see your handwriting being typed out on the screen!

For my third version I wanted to have a bit of fun with it and see what crazy letters I could come up with.

It's such an easy and relatively quick process I think everyone should have a go at making their own font.
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