March 11, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Iron Craft Challenge #5 was brought to us by Sesame Street and the Letter "A" or so it seemed. At least for me, it felt like an episode because I must have gone through every word that began with the Letter A. I really struggled with this challenge because it has been a very hectic week because I started working at the theater (at nights) so I am still getting used to working both jobs and fitting in all of the blog work and crafting.
This is a cutout card design that I have been saving for a while. It is originally a pumpkin carving design from Stoneykins.com. The original thought was for me to cut the stencil and then make a t-shirt out of it. When I first saw it, I thought it was a monkey but I was corrected by a friend and was told it was an ape. I said but it looks like a chimpanzee and he said--Exactly. Apparently, chimps are apes and no one told me. So my "thinking chimp" card really is a "thinking ape" card and therefore qualifies for the Letter A challenge.
Now, I just have to find an occasion to give the card to someone.
Monday, March 10, 2014
This year, I wanted to share some new techniques for Egg Decorating. These will be new techniques for me and I will share the prototypes and finished projects with you. The first technique is Silk Egg Dyeing. It is a hot dyeing process and requires that you use 100% silk for the process. This technique was made famous by using old silk neckties.
So, for the prototypes, I used some old silk ties that were being discarded at a local Salvation Army. Since the ties were so out of style, the manager gave them to me. She told me that she got tired of having them around and only be used for Halloween or 70s costume parties. One of the ties that she gave me has been bought and re-donated twelve times.
For the prototypes, I decided to use raw chicken eggs (as opposed to blown out eggs). For the final project, I will use blown out eggs. I will share a tutorial with you later this week but wanted to show you some of the finished prototypes.
As you can see, only some of the pattern transfers. Regardless of how hard I tried to get the fabric to lie flat against the egg, I still got white or missing patterns. Once I tried and failed on this single issue, I just decided to embrace the imperfections as part of the process. To lessen the effects of this lack of transfer, I decided to overdye the eggs with standard cold dyeing techniques. Afterwards, I really like the way the eggs turned out. I tried to overdye with a coordinating color.
In the detail photos below, you can see the pattern transfer on each of the eggs.
|Silk dyed eggs|
(using old neckties)
(the yellow egg is a simple
cold dyed egg)
I am especially proud of the brown eggs (which is an extremely difficult color to achieve without it looking like mud). I learned another interesting technique this year as well--the sheen on the eggs is a thin coat of vegetable oil.
As mentioned above, I will share the tutorial later this week and will share more final results.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
After some new calculations, I decided to attempt this project again. Rather than use book cloth, I decided to use some scrap paper that I had. I have presented this paper before on the blog; it is a paper backed treated paper that is embossed with a reptile design.
For this prototype, I decided to keep the corners square rather that try and cover the rounded corners. The boards were kept the same size but the gap between the boards was increased to 1/2 inch rather than the 1/4 inch used previously. Usually, the gap should equal the thickness of the pages (signature). Yet, for this project, the extra width was needed.
Also, rather than have the elastic wrap above and below the hinge, I cut two slots so that the elastic could pass through the hinge. Hopefully, this will prevent the boards from warping due to the strain of the elastic on the hinge. Another change was the height of the hinge--it is now cut to the height of the boards. The final change was to use a 1/2 inch turn in on all sides rather than the standard 3/4 inch turn in.
|The case and hinge|
After gluing everything in, the adjustments seemed to work well. The case was not warping and there seemed to be less strain on the hinge due to the added width and added length. The only step left was adding end sheets. I decided to use some left over marbled paper that I had.
|End sheets add|