TARDIS Necklace

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Hey, it’s Rhea here, and it’s time for a new updo! I have been watching a lot of Doctor Who recently. For those who don’t know what this show is about: Doctor Who is a British television series that has been running for about 50 years. It’s basically about an alien who is a time lord named the Doctor. He travels around space and time with a time machine called the T.A.R.D.I.S. that looks like a police box. The Doctor and his companions fight monsters and save space and time usually every episode. It’s probably a lot to take in, but I do recommend this series to everyone. What we have here is a Doctor Who inspired necklace (If you’re staring at the picture and panicking: No, I was not attacked by the Silence). It might look hard, but we’ll explain everything.

Supplies:
– blue polymer clay
– white polymer clay
– clay tools (knives, rollers, stamps, etc.)
– white acrylic paint
– black acrylic paint
– yellow acrylic paint
– black pen
– oven
– headpins
– jumprings
– chain
– clasp
– wire cutter/bender
– clock charms (optional)
To get started, I created the TARDIS charm. Start out by taking a slab of the blue clay and molding it into a rectangular cube. The ratio of the rectangular cube should be about 2:4.
Take out a tool to create the squares of the police box. You will have to get a bit creative with this because I assume we all have different tools. Don’t press the squares to close together because you want some space between the squares. Try to keep them even on all sides of the rectangular cube. The squares should be 2 by 4. This may take a while.
After this is finished, take out another slab of blue clay. Roll the clay out with a rolling pin until the clay is about 2-3 millimeters thick. Place the police box on top of the slab for measuring purposes. Using a knife, cut a couple millimeters away from the bottom of the police box. This should form a slightly bigger square. Push this square to the bottom of the police box until it sticks all the way.
Now, take some blue clay that is about a centimeter thick and square it. Place this on top of the box. This is where we will write “Police Box”.
Next, we work on the bottom of the box. Roll out a slab of blue clay that is about 2-3 millimeters thick. Place the police box upside down on the slab and cut directly around it. Take out this square and make the square a millimeter smaller. Place this square on top of the box.
Repeat the previous step, except cut another millimeter into this square, forming an even smaller square. Place this on top of the box.
By now, you can probably see the TARDIS forming. Take out the white clay to form the light on top of the box. I used a white glow-in-the-dark clay to let the light glow at night (;D). Roll it into a tiny ball and shape it to form a cylinder. Stick this to the top of the box.
Now, take out a headpin. Trim the headpin to fit the box and stick it into the light of the box. Put the charm into the oven for however long the brand you are using instructs to do so. I used Sculpey, so I usually put it in the oven for 15 minutes at 275 F.
Once this is baked and dried, take out your paints. Using a thin brush, use white paint to fill the top row of squares on all sides. These are your windows. Now, mix a bit of yellow with the white. On the front of  your police box, paint the square directly below the left window. Now, take the black paint and paint a stripe of black above the windows on all sides. Let everything dry. With the whit paint, paint the black stripes. Make two big white stripes on the ends and one smaller on in the middle. With the black pen, make crosshatches on the windows and the light, and make lines on the light yellow square.
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Let everything dry and your charm is ready! Let’s get started on putting it together. Cut some chain with wire cutters to your desired necklace length. Use your wire cutters to bend a jump ring and pull the charm and the chain through. Close the jump ring.
You can add some clock charms, too. I just added these because I felt that it finished the time lord effect. I just picked up these charms from a local craft store. Attach these charms with jump rings the same way as you did with the TARDIS charm.
Don’t worry, we’re almost done! Attach a jump ring to one end of the chain. Attach a clasp to the other end of the chain. Guess what? You’re done!
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I know it took a lot of steps, but this necklace turns out great in the end. This TARDIS necklace is a perfect gift for the Whovian in your life, or if you are that Whovian! Do keep in mind that this is a necklace. Necklaces are cool. Hope you enjoyed that Who pun; thanks, and don’t forget to comment!
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Felt Fruits

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Hi, I’m finally back! I really hope that none of you forgot, and if so, here is a good refresher. I know I haven’t posted in what seems like forever, but here’s a new updo that is sure to wow anyone. These are felt fruits which really aren’t that hard to make. Here are the materials you’ll need:

Orange:

-orange felt

-yellow felt

-hot glue

-orange thread

-needle / sewing machine

-scissors

-stuffing

Strawberry:

-red felt

-green felt

-red thread

-yellow thread

-needle / sewing machine

-scissors

-stuffing

Orange: First, cut out 2 half circles from the orange felt that should be the same size. Take a look at the shape I drew (number 1). The shape should look similar to this. Now, sew up the 2 straight parts of the half circles with orange thread and tie it off. You’re probably wondering how to sew up the bottom, now. Cut out a shape out of the orange felt similar to the template (number 2). I would suggest cutting out this shape on a piece of paper first, because you want to be precise when measuring how long it should be at the bottom. Sew this shape with orange thread onto both the curved sides of the half circles. Before you tie it off, leave a hole to put stuffing through. After it is fully stuffed, finish sewing up the bottom. Cut out 6 teardrops (refer to template number 3) from yellow felt. These will make our orange actually look like an orange. Using hot glue, adhere 3 yellow teardrops on each side. Let dry.

Strawberry: First, cut out a shape from the template (number 4) using red felt. You want to make sure each straight side is the same length so they match up. Using the yellow thread, embroider the red felt with yellow ‘seeds’. I was lazy and just sewed little lines, but french knots work, too. An alternative idea is to embroider yellow baby beads into it for a little bling. Sew up the straight sides of the red felt together with red thread. This should give you a cone type of look. Run the red thread through the top of the ‘cone’ or through the curved side. Don’t tie out off, instead, leave both sides of thread loose. Fill it up stuffing. When you’re done, pull at both ends and tie it up, so the top has puckered and closed up. Cut out a piece (template number 5) from green felt acting as the leaf. Hot glue this piece on and let dry.

Here you have it! Two pieces that will give you fulfillment from hard work and will brighten anyone’s day. Basically, they’re just plain fun to make and play with and if you do happen to make these, let me know or send a picture. Awesome to make, but not to eat! Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

Mini Book

Picture 016Picture 017Picture 018 Hi, again! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been really busy. To relieve all that stress, I thought, “Why not do some crafting?” I saw this idea on another blog which had a video and step by step instructions. I love crafting mini things, so I thought that this one was exceptionally cute. Here is the link to create this mini book:( http://www.paperkawaii.com/2011/07/25/mini-origami-book-tutorial/ ) Her book is just origami and for display, so she glues all of her papers together. In my book, I can draw in it (the drawing of the girl in the dandelion garden is my 4th page drawing). I skipped the step of gluing the papers together. It depends on what you want to do. My pages are different shades of brown – just for a little bit of a vintage look. For my cover, I used red organic paper from Sikkim (another one of my trips a couple years ago). To finish it off, I added a little embroidery floss and cute stickers. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and don’t forget to add a little of your own flair! Thanks, and don’t forget to comment! References: Me and http://www.paperkawaii.com/2011/07/25/mini-origami-book-tutorial/!

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Pop – Up Heart Card

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Hello, everyone! Feelin’ the Valentine mood, yet? I am! I am loaded with tons of V-Day crafts. This is one that I found irresistible. It’s perfect to give to your family and friends.

Supplies:

-scissors ( an X-Acto knife would be best)

-needle

-ruler (optional)

-thick paper

First, download the following template (http://www.minieco.co.uk/images/jan13/valentine-popup-2013-dark.pdf) and print it on the thick paper.  There are 2 cards, so if you mess up, big deal. There is an outer card, too.

Now, the hard part. The following cutting and scoring plan (http://www.minieco.co.uk/images/jan13/valentine-popup-2013-cut-score.pdf). An X-Acto knife is ideal because cutting using scissors for this template is a very onerous job. After cutting, take out you needle and score along the given lines. You can use a ruler to make it look more straight.

Pop out the heart and fold it a few times. Make sure it is reverse so the lines don’t show.

Lastly, write a special inscription and give it to one that you love.

Thanks, Happy Valentine’s Day, and don’t forget to comment!

References: Me and http://www.minieco.co.uk/popup-pixel-valentines-card-2013-new-improved/

Nani Bird

Nani Bird

Hi, everyone! I have been making these for quite a bit of time. These little creatures are called ‘nani birds’. I’m sure some of you already know what this is. If not, they are pretty cool! To pull them up, just type ‘nani bird’ or ‘nani bird template’ on your online browser. Pick the template you like most. There will be blank templates too. In my picture, the 2 on the left were done by me. The one the most left was done in silver marker. The other one was done in marker (imitation of bird domo). The blank templates just look white.
The printed templates already have a design on them. My printed ones are the two on the right. I really liked the black and white one – the designer offered patched wings, a tail, and more. The other one is a sleeping birdhouse with a mustache. I have an affinity for this kind of weirdness.
These birds are a bit hard to understand at first. The toughest part is the beak. Make sure you fold all the sides before gluing. When, gluing, all the tabs should match up nicely. If you have questions, I would love to answer them. Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: Me!

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Glass Stones

Glass Stones

Hi guys! Rhea here! I have been doing these for a long time and wanted to share with you.
So, these are glass stones with something on the underside. I am not going to list the supplies because a lot of them are optional.
First, take a glass stone. You can find these in craft sets or in home decor sections. You can choose to paint them or glue something on the underside. The ones in the picture have something glued. Think about your design before hand. Keep in mind that everything will be in reverse. Since it is on the underside, paint backwards. This especially applies to letters. Also, remember to paint foreground first. For example, say I was painting a smiley face. I would paint the eyes and mouth with black paint first and let it dry. Then, I would go ahead and paint the underside yellow. From the bottom the entire stone would look yellow, but flip it over and voila! The smiley face would appear! You can do this with any design, just remember foreground, middle ground, background – not the way you would usually draw it.
These are an amazing piece of art that can magnify beautifully. You can do so many things with them. Make some nice jewelry or refrigerator magnets. You can even just leave them around and they will still look nice!
This is one of my favorite crafts. I hope you have fun and don’t forget to comment! Bye for now!

References: http://cheriesparetime.blogspot.com

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Newspaper Flowers

Newspaper Flowers

Hi guys, Rhea here! I have been wearing these and all my friends have gone crazy over them. These are the following supplies:

-newspaper
-wire
-scissors
-glue stick
-markers
-bowl of water
-paintbrush

1) Take your wire and find the length of however long you want your stem to be. Add about a 2 inches to it and cut it off. Make a knot so the know is about an 1.5 inches into the wire. Set it aside.
2) Take your newspaper out. Cut out circles slightly bigger than quarters. Take a colored marker (I recommend a darker color) and color around the sides. Don’t color too much, bot don’t color too little (look at the picture for help). Repeat on the other side.
3) Take your paintbrush and dip in a little water. Brush the water on the marker of the newspaper to make it bleed. Repeat on the other side if needed. Set it aside to dry. Make about 12-16 petals depending on how big you like your flower to be.
4) Once your first petal dries, take out your glue stick and wire stem. Apply glue on the bottom half of the petal. Applying the first petal is the hardest step so be careful. Take your stem on the shorter side of the knot and wrap your petal on the wire so it looks like a burrito with a stick that dropped into it. Apply a little more glue on the bottom half of your new ‘burrito’ and fold it around again. This is your starting petal.
5) Keep taking your dry petals and wrapping them around the middle. Don’t do it like how you did to the first petal. Just wrap it around the center – applying glue on the bottom half and wrapping them around. Usually, there are 3-4 petals on each circle of petals. Once you think you are reaching your last 8 petals, listen in.
6) Wrap it on the same way. When it is on, take the upper part of the petal and curve it slightly outwards. Do this for your whole circle. Then, stick on the last 4 petals around. Curve them out the same way, but more outwards than your previous 4. They should look a lot like roses by now!
7) Are your hands really icky by now? They probably are. These are really hard flowers – they require tons of patience. Go wash your hands and let the flowers dry. In the next few hours (or the next day) go check on them. They should be hard and molded. They shouldn’t be sticky. You can slide them off and attach them to something (I made a hairband) or you can leave them and use them in a pretty vase around the house. Also, they make great presents!
I hoped you like this updo! Don’t worry if you didn’t get it! Keep trying with practice and you’ll get the hang of it. Bye for now! Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: www.polyvore.com

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Perler Beads Bracelet

Perler Beads Bracelet

Hi, guys! So, I saw this cool idea and I thought I would try it out. I love Perler Beads and thought this is pretty creative. First, lay out your beads on some wax paper. Don’t put them right next to each other. Then, preheat the oven to 400′ F (200′ C). Pop them then in for about 5 minutes. Pay close attention. Some may become pretty flat. Certain colors melt faster. So, take out the colors that are totally flat. The others can stay in for a few more minutes. Pay close attention! When you’re done, string them on elastic and you have a stylish accessory! Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: craftgawker.com

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