Friday, April 29, 2016

How To Make Baby Shower Coasters ~ Craft Klatch DIY Another Coaster Friday

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Today we are making baby coasters for decorations or baby shower favors, or how about for a Mother's Day gift!!



You will need:
-  Polymer clay - in whichever colors work for you.
-  Rolling pin or pasta machine
-  Multi-surface paints
-  Black Sharpie marker

Here is the video tutorial:




1.  Draw a template on a piece of paper that will be the size of your coasters.  You can get the size from an existing coaster, or a jar lid.
2.  Roll out the flesh color and cut out a circle.  I used pasta machine and used the #7 setting.  
3.  I placed the template on the clay and cut it out with my craft knife.
4.  I rolled out a thin sheet of pink clay on the #3 setting on my pasta machine.  I laid it over a portion of the flesh colored clay.  I patted it down.  I used a crochet hook to make sure the edges are adhere and then I cut  off all the excess.  Be sure to watch the video for great tips and to see how I did it.
5.  I then used my craft knife to create the look of a brim and smoothed it with the crochet hook.
6.  I then baked it according to the clay directions.
7.  I repeated with the blue.  I also did two darker skin tones.
8.  I used a combination of Sharpie markers and multi-surface paint to finish off the faces.  

Once baked, they can withstand a hot beverage or a cool one!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer....so grab your glue gun and your glitter!

Stay Safe!

Mona





Monday, April 25, 2016

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It's time for a Giveaway!!  Today I'm giving away three items, so there will be three lucky winners!  Whoohoo!!

I'm giving away an exclusive Craft Klatch mug and two Craft Klatch car magnets!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

DIY Peacock Drink Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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It's time for some peacock coasters!  I was going for a high impact on color and look with the feather and a whimsical look with the drawing.


You will need:

Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1Wgf3D2


Transparency film:  http://amzn.to/1YJxG1g
White pigment:  http://amzn.to/1Nn67tV
Circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/23MJIOe
Link to free Peacock Images:  http://www.gumroad.com/craftklatch


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin and add some white pigment.  Mix well.
2.  Pour into coaster mold (one ounce into each of two cavities).
3.  Use your lighter to pop the bubbles.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Print your images on transparency film.  Be sure to buy the transparency film that works with your printer.  FYI:  I am giving the peacock images I used away for FREE at my Image Store!!  Go get 'em!!!
5.  Cut out your images - I used a circle cutter and it makes it EASY!
6.  Prepare two more ounces of resin.  Pour one ounce into each of the coasters.  Slide the transparency film into the resin and press it down with your stir stick.  Press until all the bubbles come out from underneath.  
7.  Pop bubbles with your lighter.
8.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

Now you can unmold it and you have two fabulous coasters!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!  Stay safe!

Mona



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Silicone Caulk Mold Experiment DIY ~ Craft Klatch

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I have been asked to try and make silicone molds using caulk.  Rhonda asked me again a couple of weeks ago and I thought, maybe it's time.



You will need:

Silicone caulk:  http://amzn.to/1U6Wz83
Cornstarch:  http://amzn.to/1T0Al2v
Rub and Buff:  http://amzn.to/

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Squeeze out the silicone on wax paper.  Squeeze out more than you think you will need:
2.  Pour some cornstarch over it.  With a stir stick, start mixing the silicone and cornstarch together.
3.  Add a squirt of baby oil.
4.  Mix it some more and add more cornstarch.  
5.  Continue mixing and adding cornstarch as needed.  You will know when it is ready when it stops sticking to your gloves and you can roll it into a ball and it keeps shape.
6.  Put it on your was paper and flatten it somewhat.
7.  Add the pieces your are wanting to mold and press them into the silicone.
8.  Allow to dry for at least a couple of hours.  You will feel when it is firm enough to remove.
9.  Carefully remove them.

Results:  I found it worked really well and picked up the details of what I was molding.  When I added polymer clay to the mold and pulled it out, I got a really nice impression.  When I used it with resin, I found the resin stuck to the silicone and it did not come out clean.  

For use with:
Polymer clay = YES
Resin = NO

I hope that helps and if you have personally tried it and had better or worse results, I'd love to hear about it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Friday, April 15, 2016

DIY Hello Kitty Drink Coaster ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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This week we are doing a Hello Kitty coaster!!  I made a Hello Kitty coaster with resin, a few years ago.  This time, I decided to work with polymer clay.







You will need:
-  White polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/1SF7OPs
-  Yellow polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/1MwZR2R
-  Black polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/1Ywzrif
-  Black permanent marker:  http://amzn.to/1WuSo6u
-  Red polymer clay:  
-  Pasta machine (optional):  http://amzn.to/1SF8d4D

Here is the video tutorial:  







Directions:
1.  Soften the white clay by kneading it in your hands, or by running it through the pasta machine several times.  I ran it through the #5 setting.
2.  I printed out two images of Hello Kitty and I sized it to be at least four inches tall.  
3.  I cut out the first image for the outline of Hello Kitty's head.  Out of the second image, I specifically cut out the bow, eyes and nose.
4.  I laid the Hello Kitty head on the white clay and with a craft knife, I cut out the clay to the shape of Hello Kitty's head and removed the excess clay.
5.  I repeated the process with the red clay for the bow, the black clay for the eyes and the yellow clay for the nose.  However, I rolled these thinner, on a #4 setting with the pasta machine.  FYI:  You can use a rolling pin or brayer to roll out the clay as well.
6.  I carefully placed the red clay bow on the white clay, where the bow would be.
7.  I did the same with the eyes and nose.
8.  I rolled whiskers out of black clay, added them and trimmed them as necessary.
9.  I carefully lifted the whole piece up and carefully placed it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
10.  I baked it according to the directions on the clay package.
11.  Once cooled, I use a Sharpie market and outlined the piece as it looked on the original artwork.  You can bake it again to make the marker more permanent.

That's it!  Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Monday, April 11, 2016

Princess Golf Ball DIY ~ Golf Ball Recycling Series

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Get in the princess spirit!  Think decorations, or party gift for a little girl's birthday party!!  




You will need:
- Drill or Dremel tool:  http://amzn.to/1RNDPsH
- Golf ball
- Curly doll hair
- 2 Googly eyes
- Black and red markers
- Flesh colored paint
- Glue
- Card stock
- Gold nail polish
- 5 Small round gems
- 3 Small flower gems
- 1 Small eye screw

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Drill a hole into the golf ball and add an eye screw.
2.  Paint it with flesh colored paint - it will take two coats - allow to dry.
3.  Glue on the googly eyes.
4.  With a permanent black marker, give her eyelashes.
5.  With a permanent red markers, give her lips.
6.  Glue on the hair.  Start at the top, which would be the part and add a line of glue the add the pieces of hair.
7.  Then repeat under the first line.  It will take a minimum of three rows, but you can add random pieces after to finish filling it out.
8.  Time for the crown.  Draw a crown onto a piece of card stock (see video above).
9.  Cut it out and cut slits into the tabs.  Slid the slits into each other and use a dab of glue to keep it together.
10.  Using gold glittery or shimmery nail polish, paint the crown.  This will take at least two coats.
11.  Glue on the gems.
12.  Glue the crown to the top of the princess' head!

That's it!  Now use it to decorate!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Friday, April 8, 2016

Hamburger Drink Coaster Set DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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It's time for a foodie coaster!  You can have a good old fashioned burger sitting on your coffee table, waiting for guests to use the pieces as coasters!


You will need:

Tan polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/23gx3Tt
Brown polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/20cwRPY
Yellow polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/1qx58xg
Orange polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/1Nchm37
Green polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/20cxby2
Pastel chalks:  http://amzn.to/1NchBuW
Clay blade:  http://amzn.to/1XkwEZj
Multi-surface paint:  http://amzn.to/1UM3bcJ


Here is the view tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Take the tan clay and condition it.  Conditioning is just kneading it and manipulating it until it warms up and is very pliable.  
2.  Roll it into a ball and then flatten it into the shape of the bottom of the bun.  
3.  Shape more tan clay into the top of the bun.
4.  Scrape brown pastel chalk into a cup.  Use a soft paint brush and use the chalk to give the buns a toasted look.
5.  Take the brown clay and condition it.  Shape it into a hamburger patty shape.  
6.  Using black and brown chalk scraped into a cup, use a soft brush and brush the clay to give it a charred or grilled look.  Paint on grill markings.
7.  Mix the yellow and orange cheese and use a rolling pin or pasta machine, to flatten it.  Take your blade and cut it into a square.
8.  Using green clay, flatten it and create a roundish shape.  Make the edges curled to give it a lettuce look.
9.  Bake all of the pieces, according to the clay package directions.
10.  Using multi-surface paint, in a white birch and a skewer stick, paint on little sesame seeds on the top half of the bun.  Bake to cure the paint.  

That's it!  Now you have 1 burger, but 4-5 coasters!!  Whoohoo!  You can use dollar store pieces to create a little stand.  It makes a nice presentation, rather than having a burger just sitting on your coffee table.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DIY Easy Butterfly Shell Art ~ Beach Craft Series Craft Klatch

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I have shells and I still have a bag of stuff that our friend Joe dropped off before he moved a few years ago.  If you remember, I made a garden flower made out of thumbtacks that he gave me and made over a frame for my French/American party theme.  

His little bag of goodies/junk, also has some old frames in it.  I decided they would work perfectly to frame a butterfly made out of shells.  It almost has a shadowbox feel too it.


You will need:

-  Old frames
-  Cloud paper
-  Seashells
-  Wire
-  Gray and white birch paint
-  Triple Thick:  http://amzn.to/1MPZCzy


Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Remove old pictures from frames.  One frame I had was metal and other was an old wood frame with no back.  I cleaned both.
2.  I removed the old picture from the metal one and put in some cloud paper.  You can change this background out whenever you want.
3.  I glued the wood frame, which had no back, to the metal frame, with the cloud paper.  I allowed it to dry.
4.  For the shells, you need two that look like butterfly wings, one that would work as the body for the butterfly and one round one for the head.
5.  Using Triple Thick, I painted it on all of the shells and allowed them to dry.
6.  Once everything is dry, I glued the shells on to the glass of the metal frame.
7.  I cut some thin wire into strips and twisted the ends around a skewer stick.  Then I glued them behind the head, for antenna.  Let everything dry.
8.  I thought the frame was too dark for the butterfly, so I used some multi-purpose paint in gray and white birch.  I put both paints on the brush and streaked the frame.  I wanted it to have more of a washed out driftwood type of feel.

That's it!  Hang it on your wall, or put it on your desk to remind you of the beach!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Friday, April 1, 2016

DIY Egg Drink Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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Ready for some breakfast?  How about some eggs?  Okay, so you aren't going to eat them, but they would sure look good holding your glass of orange juice in the morning!!



You will need:
Silly Putty:  http://amzn.to/1Uw15Oc
Yellow pigment:  http://amzn.to/1SCQaPa
Yellow pigment:  http://amzn.to/1ROkGT4
Orange pigment:  http://amzn.to/1MXtqVQ
Parchment paper

Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Mix one ounce of resin and add the yellow pigments, with just a touch of the orange.  Mix well.
2.  Pour into the molds you will be using for the yolk.
3.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Unmold the yolks.  
5.  Roll Silly Putty into a snake and on parchment paper, shape it into an outline of an egg.
6.  Mix three ounces of resin and add white pigment.  Mix well.
7.  Pour into the molds you made and use your lighter to pop any bubbles.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
8.  Remove the Silly Putty.  
9.  Mix more resin.  I mixed three ounces, but I think I could have gotten away with less.
10.  Pour a little on each egg and use a paint brush to spread it all over the eggs.  Add more as needed.  This layer adds to the realism.
11.  Pop bubbles with lighter and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

That's it!  Now you have some great coasters and that's no yolk!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Monday, March 28, 2016

Beach Treasure Mother of Pearl Flower DIY ~ Craft Klatch Crafting With Nature Series

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I have some beautiful mother of pearl and I wanted to make an easy home decor piece.  I made a mother of pearl flower.


You will need:
-  Mother of pearl pieces
-  Square wood plaque
-  Background paint of your choosing

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:  
1.  Paint the plaque with the paint.  I chose blue.  It may take two coats.
2.  Paint Triple Thick on the mother of pearl pieces.  Allow to dry and then repeat on the other side.
3.  Arrange the pieces on the wood plaque.  
4.  Use your glue to glue the pieces in place and allow to dry.
5.  Add white to the original color and paint along the edge to set it off.  Allow to dry.

That's it.  Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona