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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Finished Product - Necklace Using Unconventional Mold

Back in January, I showed you how I often use unconventional molds, like product packaging, to make my resin pendants. Here is the finished product of the Our Lady of Guadalupe resin pendant I demonstrated at that time. I found these awesome pale blue and amber glass beads on EBay. They perfectly complement the colors within the pendant. Oooh la la.....

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

How to Make a Button Fairy Doll - Great Earth Day Project!

Happy Earth Day! Here is a fun (and addicting) project to make if you love dolls, altered art and quick projects. It's a great way to use up those extra buttons you may have at the bottom of your sewing basket.


Thread several buttons onto a piece of flexible wire that is 10-11 inches long. Push the buttons towards the middle leaving wire at both ends.

Select wings and a face or a face with a torso. Use a glue stick to glue them onto poster board. Cut out, leaving an area between the wings uncut (please see photo.) This is where you will glue your top button so important to leave it there.

Place tacky glue on bottom front of doll's torso. Slide it under the top button. The top of the wire goes behind the doll and will be used as a hanger. Let dry.

Glue the doll onto the wings with tacky glue. Let dry. Decorate as desired. Isn't she lovely?

Some other examples of button fairies to get your creative juices flowing:


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Thursday, April 9, 2009

My First Blog Award! Very Cool!

I received this terrific award from Cindy Celusta. Cindy, what can I say? I'm honored to be recognized by such a talented individual like your self. Thanks so much! You made my day!

This is what the award is all about:

"This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!”

In the spirit of paying it forward, I am to pass this award onto 8 deserving bloggers. In no particular order, here they are:

1) Lisa Kettell:
I met Lisa on FLICKR a couple of years ago. She is one of the most generous and giving people I have ever met in the art world. She goes out of her way to make others feel special and she doesn't hesitate to share her tips and success with others;

2) Melissa Ustik:
Melissa is another awesome artist I met on FLICKR. I am forever amazed at her unique artwork and am thrilled to be the owner of a couple of her art pieces;

3) Christine Alvarado:
Christine is an amazing dollmaker. I became hooked on her dolls the first time I laid eyes on them on Etsy and I am proud to say I own of her gorgeous creations;

4) Victoria Gertenbach:
This lady can make the most interesting things out of fabric. She never ceases to amaze me with her charming creations;

5) Mary Ann McKeating:
Mary Ann is the brainchild of the "Itty Bitty Book Club". She got me hooked on these mini art books, and just like Fritos, you can't stop at just one. These things are soooooo addicting.

6) Claudia Sullins:
I met Claudia on EBay. She started out being one of my customers, and we quickly became friends. Claudia is a generous, friendly spirit and I'm so glad I got to know her. Her handmade crucifixes are beautiful;

7) Gillian Allen:
I have been a long time admirer of Gillian's work and Art-E-Zine website. She doesn't hesitate to share her artsy tips with others. Needless to say, I was thrilled when she invited me to participate in a recent Goth Postcard Swap she hosted;

8) Elizabeth Bonura:
What can I say about Elizabeth? Her polymer clay designs are exquisite. When you look at one of her polymer clay flowers, you can't tell that it's a sculpture. She has created some of the most beautiful work I've ever seen - a true inspiration.

Please be sure to visit these blogs. I think you will see why I find these people - and their work - so amazing.
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