Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Button Earrings

I've made some simple button earrings and pendant necklaces. They were so much fun to make. Hard to know when to stop! Thought I'd share the process for any of you who have some clay kicking around.

I gathered together some supplies that inspired me. I love these clear flexible stamps. They are meant to be used with a clear rigid stamp base, but they work very well without it on the polymer clay. I mixed up a batch of a pleasing colour and flattened it out to a 3mm thickness.

I dusted the stamps with cornstarch and stamped right onto the rolled out clay. I cut around the stamped images with a craft knife and tried to pair everything off. Some of the images I used a tiny round cutter on. These are my favorite pieces. Random patterns chosen without looking too closely. I really just tried to make sure I had two of each kind of pattern.

I dusted each piece with gold metal pigment powder before I baked them. After I baked and cooled the pieces I used a nail buffer to remove the gold powder from the high points of each design. I super glued earring backs right onto the back of each piece and poked them into apiece of cardboard to hold them still. I used some water based glossy varnish to shine them up and make sure the gold powder stayed put.

After the pieces dried I used my drill to make a small hole in the bottom of each piece so I could hang a bead or bead cluster from each earring. I also drilled into the top of each necklace piece to glue eye pins for hanging.

I had a bit of clay left over and decided some beads were in order. Now to figure out exactly what I'm going to do with these!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

So Many Nails

So many nails!!!!
It's been a fantastic month. Heaps of new clients all with new nail art ideas. Here are a few of them. Too many to post them all. 

This was a transparent blue builder gel over top of some holographic glitter that was applied over a base of opaque blue gel. Love the depth this technique gives.

Some matte burgundy gels with a 3D gel brush sculpted rose.

A hand painted snowman with a few accent nails. Loads of snowy glitter and a sweater nail in grey.

Great set! Love doing marble! and who can resist matte black?

A hand painted feather with an embedded crystal.

These are some embedded shards of mica flake. Soooooo pretty!!!

A simple double stamped snowflake with holo glitter accents.

Chilly blue and silver with some 3D swirls in snowy matte.

Lovely sweaters.

3D swirls with blizzard glitter. Brrrrrrrrrr.....

Sweet pink set.

Natural nail polish mani. I love doing these.

A faded chrome over white with a 3D ring finger for textrue.

I was calling these ones Canadian winter. We did a glitter fade and a plaid with chrome tape.

These were my Holiday nails. a mauve ombre with snowy stamps.

More sweaters. This time with a metallic denim accent.

Black gel overlays with some rainbow glitter.

Some natural looking french extensions.

My glittery New Year Nails. Matte nudes over a glitter base edged in 3D white powder.

More pretty pink festive nails.
Hope these are a bit inspiring.
I'm tired now.....

Maybe I'll relax by painting more nails.

HAPPY 2018

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Well, That Didn't Go As Planned..... And a Bookmark Tutorial.

 I took last week off from the Salon so I could get some Christmas gifts made. We make almost everything. Usually we get a couple of purchased things but the  majority of our gift giving is home made. So.... I was all excited to start making..... And then..... The flu!!!

I'm almost caught up. We have heaps of things made (that I can't show you yet), but I have LOADS more to do. Mostly at the sewing machine. So I guess it will be between clients this week rushing to get it all finished. Really...... Every year I say I'll start earlier next year.....

Wanted to share this gift we made with Beastie.
It's pretty fast and easily made with things you probably already have in the house already.
Here goes...

Beastie Bookmarks:

You'll need:
colour printer
computer to manipulate photos
Photo of child reaching
Packing tape
sharp scissors small
white glue
Embroidery floss or string or ribbon
gauzy fabric
thread to match and hand sewing needle

I took loads of pics like this. I had Momma Beast hold a string WAY up above Beastie's head and told her to reach for it. I wanted a shot that had her face up and arms up with a straight back. If you can get them to jump a bit for the string that works too.

I loaded the pic onto my PC and then onto a site called Picmonkey. Then I got rid of most of the background and made a frame around the pic. I flipped the framed pic so I could have a two sided bookmark. Then I printed it out in a couple of different sizes. Some folks like big books and some like little ones.

I cut out the images along the frame lines. This is helpful for keeping the images lined up. I glued the two mirror images together and let them dry flat. Once dry, I covered each side with some packing tape to make it more durable.

Then I cut those things out! I cut a tiny piece of fabric and gathered one edge with a running stitch and then I used the needle and thread to sew the tiny capes right onto the backs of the Beasties!

These are the beads that we made last year. We used FIMO Kids clay and had a HEAP of fun! I sewed a bead onto the hands of each bookmark using embroidery floss but you could use anything. Thread, ribbon, dental floss...... seriously! Whatever you have is great.
Beastie was thrilled with these!!! She wants to keep them all. I had to wait until nap time to put them up out of harms way..... I left her one so she could fly herself around the house like a tiny superhero.

We've been cookie baking too! These are the tiny tots creations. We added a bit more spice than the recipe suggested. We added cardamom and anise and ginger to the cinnamon and nutmeg. We also used a cookie mold shaped like an acorn leaving an indent in the middle of each cookie. Beastie wanted to fill 'em up with walnuts and chocolate. She is onto something here I think!!!

Wanted to share this recipe. It's from a very, very old out of print cookbook. Hope your Holiday plans are going smoothly and you're avoiding the flu!!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

So Many Nails

 A quick nail post to let you know I'm still kickin'.
These are some of the nails from the last month or so. I've really been enjoying the requests from my nail girls. Every time a different technique or colourway. 

Window nails accented with some metallic striping tape.

These are mine. I did a bit of a tutorial on 3D gel flowers for my Nail Nerdz.

So soft. a pretty mini baby boomer fade with a mandala accent nail stamp.

Hello Kitty Nails!!! With an embedded 3D bow. Hard to photograph. I'll have to do a bit more research on capturing the depth. I used acrylic paint under a gel topcoat to detail these.

Some natural looking french extensions for some wonderfully talented musical hands.

My eldest's fingers. I LOVE it when she comes home and I can spend time just her and I. So good to pamper her a bit.

Some wintery nails with my first go at a 3D sweater nail and a hand painted jeweled snowflake on a custom blended blue.

WOW!!!! Rainbow Chrome with a hand painted red rose. These babies have some bling!

Subtle accents over a natural looking french. These are very beauty and the beast. Love the rose stamp. I hand painted some swirls on there too just to fill it in.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween 2017

Here are a heap of pics from our Halloween this year. I'm still recovering from a seasonal overindulgence of spiced whiskey laced apple cider so I'm going to keep this post very, very quiet.
No words. Just pics!

Hope your Halloween was AMAZING!!!