September 17, 2014

DIY Faux Granite Rings

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I’ve started looking for alternatives to my marble obsession. Polymer clay is great for making different surface textures and effects and I’ve used it to create Faux Agate, Faux Labradorite and Faux Geodes as well as marble of course. But did you know you can get ready made effects that are created for you? Yes, the rumours are true. Faux granite is real and it’s ace!

I’ve had some knocking around for a while so I thought I’d put together a really relaxing Sunday (or midweek) project together to share with you guys.

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Materials:

Instructions:

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1. Take a ½” section of each polymer clay and roll it to about ¼” in height.

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2. Press a small piece of pipe into the clay at each end. Test the hole with a ring you wear. If it needs to be bigger circle the pipe in the hole to stretch it. If it needs to be smaller you’ll need a smaller pipe!

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3. Use the knife to cut carefully around the hole leaving about ¼” of polymer clay half way around the ring and then cut the flat top shape as sharply as you can.

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4. Peal away the excess clay and heat the neaten up any edges

5. Heat the rings in a pan of water on a low heat or in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

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You can varnish them to create a really shiny surface or leave them natural. Both are great!

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Teri over at The Lovely Draw has also been playing with granite effect polymer clay! See, I told you it was ace. I love her simple, chic necklace and I also love the gold effect alongside the grey. I think these rings would look fantastic dipped in gold!

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September 14, 2014

How to Paint Laminate Furniture

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I’ve decided my office needs a makeover. Actually, I decided this about a year ago after moving into our flat but it’s taken me this long to do something about it. So in the spirit of DIY blogging (and because I’ve seen lots of other bloggers do it recently) I’m doing a room makeover! Spring is the time for cleaning and apparently Autumn the time for change… Makes sense.

I’ve taken photos of my office as it is, which I can say is particularly messy at the moment. Moving furniture and sorting means every surface is covered with exploding boxes and bags. I’m almost too ashamed to share it with you but I’ll swallow my pride and give you a glimpse… but only once the whole thing is done so that I can quickly redeem myself! One of the bigger jobs is painting my miss matched (not in a good way) donated/found/acquired furniture, most of which has a laminated or varnished surface. This is a little trickier to paint onto, but totally do-able. Here’s how to paint laminate furniture.

*Before we go any further I just want to note that this is not a sponsored post… (although at times it might seem like one.)

Materials:

*I’ve done the hard work for you and found links so you can easily buy the materials I’ve used if you like. Click on the materials above to go straight to them. They are affiliate links so if you choose to buy I make a tiny bit of dollar to put towards new projects!

I had to fill a couple of holes in this cupboard. This is pretty easy to do. Fill the hole with a filler and then sweep a piece of thin card over the top to create a flat surface.

Instructions:

1. Cover the area you want to paint with cream cleaner. Rub into the surface using a cloth and leave for half an hour.

2. Wipe the cleaner back off and leave to dry.

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3. Start painting with your primer. I will usually put 2 coats onto the lighter areas and 3 coats onto any darker parts. Leave the paint to fully dry between coats and then sand any drips smooth.

4. Go over the corners and tricky parts with a paint brush.

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5. When you’ve finished priming go over once with your top coat. I always go for a gloss to give it a shine, but you could choose matt if you prefer.

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September 12, 2014

Make it Easy | Copper, Rope & Rubber Necklace

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My favourite part of this weeks make it easy necklace is the rubber.

Do you ever get that feeling of invisibility sometimes? Sort of like you’re just slipping through the cracks a little. I was listening to an episode of This American Life the other day that explored the idea of superpowers. Which would you choose; invisibility or flight? Flight was the ideal, unashamed power whereas invisibility was often the darker, solitary choice. Flight was a force for good and invisibility mysterious and lets be honest, the best way to steal things; sweaters, travel, electrical equipment and most of all secret shower glances.

But it’s worth noting that invisibility is a lot more practical for everyday life and if you really think about it invisibility is in fact much more useful to have when fighting crime. It’s just a lot less heroic. It’s often the people who are seemingly invisible in life that are doing the most and making the biggest impact. They just don’t get to show off about it.

So what’s the point of the rubber. It slips into the copper tube and is only barely seen. Instead it lifts the copper up off the rope both protecting the fibres and creating a balance. It might be almost invisible but it reflects the light to give it form.  It’s the unsung hero of the necklace yet it’s definitely the best part. If you like this necklace you can make it easy with the following tutorial.

Materials:

*I’ve done the hard work for you and found links so you can easily buy the materials I’ve used if you like. Click on the materials above to go straight to them. They are affiliate links so if you choose to buy I make a tiny bit of dollar to put towards new projects!

Instructions:

Measure the rope the the length you would like your necklace making sure it’s loose enough to fit over your head and cut. Cut off sections of tube and pipe around 2″ long and thread them onto the rope. Cut another section of rubber pipe and glue both ends of the rope into it. You can spray paint this cream before if you want it to be exactly the same. My view? It’s at the back and if I can’t see it, well I don’t care so much….

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September 10, 2014

DIY Marbled Earring Backs

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My little inner marbling voice is really starting to take over. There are just so many ways to create this beautiful abstract pattern and so many uses for it! I’ve barely finished this tutorial and I’ve already got marbled aspirations for new projects. I just can’t help myself! Marbled fabric anyone?

Let’s stick to one thing at a time. This tutorial is very much inspired by all the fantastic pearl back earring DIY’s I’ve seen this summer. I think marbling has such a cool, winter aesthetic so using this pattern is a great way to take this trend right through into autumn. 

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Materials

Instructions

1. Roll out a ball of white clay into a long, thin tube and break up the black clay into small flecks.

2. Roll the white tube through the black polymer clay until all the black and white are together.

3. Roll it into a ball then roll back into a sausage again.

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4. Keep doing this until you’re happy with the marbled pattern. Be careful not to over mix as you’ll lose the pattern as the colours mix together.

5. Separate the clay into two equal balls.

6. Use a bead reamer or skewer to poke a small hole into the balls. 

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7. Take your rubber earring backs and poke them into the holes.

8. Heat the clay on low in water for about half an hour, remove from the water and leave to cool.

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8. To make the earring cut a piece of wire around 1″ long.

9. Bend the wire using flat nose pliers at the middle until it’s about a 45 degree angle.

10. Use a cup burr or nail file to smooth the edges. This part goes through your ear and into the marbled ball. You might need to trim or make it longer to fit perfectly.

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If you want to check out some other marbled tutorials I have many (and a slight obsession!) try these marbled envelopes or marbling enamel. My marbled sneaker tutorial is very popular right now. I think it’s down to this time of year when we’re all moving from open toe sandals into something warmer and all weather ready!

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