Friday, February 20, 2015

After the Glitter Fades: Four Things to Make with Mardi Gras Beads

The street cleaners have made their rounds and Mardi Gras is officially over. All that is left is garbage and beads, lots of beads. Actually, tons of beads!

Kids and mostly adults begs for these plastic trinkets like they can be traded in like S & H Green Stamps (now i am aging myself).

Well, if you are one of those successful beggars then you came home with a few sacks of these precious gems. Now what?

Here are a few ideas of things you can make with your trivial possessions that are just taking up space. 


Mardi Gras Bead Chandeliers:


These are fun to make and we even have a class on this at Create Studios.
For more info on the class click here.
I spray painted green beads black to make one for Halloween!

Bead Art:

This is really a lot easier than it looks. 
For full project click here.


Beaded Flamingo:


This can be done on any object. Just remember that the beads make the item thicker, so you will lose any details. 

For full project click here.


Beaded Anchors:


This is a deep pot and didn't need more than this.
This is a great use of beads. Ever have that artificial flower or plant that keeps tipping over? I have a artificial banana plant that is pretty heavy and kept falling out of the pot. I put the plant in and filled it with the uglier beads I did use for any of my other projects. Now it is sturdy! 

You can also put beads in a potted plant outside for some color. Water will flow through it and it will deter critters from digging in it, Some beads fade in the sun, so you may have to refresh this every so often,


Good Luck and Craft Your Own Way!
Tanya



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Friday, February 13, 2015

Love Stinks: Happy V(oodoo Doll) Day!

Tanya Ruffin with Geaux Create It

Love Stinks, yeah yeah... So says J. Geil's Band!
Valentine's Day has us all thinking of love, hearts, roses, butterflies and all things lovely. .. well, not all of us.

Living in Louisiana, I need to look at the dark side. Ok usually is the quirky side, but for Valentine's Day I thought of a voodoo doll!

Using some mini cookie cutters ( or polymer clay cutter)  I used a gingerbread cutter and made it into a voodoo doll.

Tanya Ruffin with Geaux Create It

First stick the cutter to some packing tape or duct tape.  Make sure to burnish the edge to the tape well.  Spray generously with mold release.

Tanya Ruffin with Geaux Create It


Mix resin and pour into mild.  I added red dye to my resin.

Once cured, pop out the resin. I cut two sewing pins and glued them to the top. Add red glitter.

Glue a pin back or bail to back.

Tada. Happy V (oodoo) Day!



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Monday, February 9, 2015

Passon Heart for Valentine: Rhinestone and Resin Sacred Heart Pendant

Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com

This is where my art history background becomes visible. I love religious symbolism, jewelry, decor, etc... My favorite period is medieval and one of my favorite pieces of symbolism is the sacred heart. I decided to make my own clunky sacred heart charm using air dry clay, amazing mold rubber, amazing casting resin, red rhinestones, and red, orange and yellow glitter.

I started off with some air dry clay.
Passon Heart: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com

I made a scared heart charm and was so excited that I forgot to take a photo of it. I let the charm air dry and then made a mold using amazing mold rubber.
Passon Heart: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com

You end up sacrificing your clay piece removing it from the mold. Then using amazing casting resin,, cast a charm.
Passon Heart: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com

I had to use a file to clean up the flames a little. 
Now, pull out the glitter. I had Tulip Fashion Glitter on hand so that is what I used. 
It worked GREAT! 
I glittered the heart because you will would be able to see the white in between rhinestones. This created a nice background. 
You can use clear resin, glue, modge podge or whatever you have on hand to cover the surface with glitter. I used white glue. I glittered the heart red and the flames, yellow and orange. Let dry. It takes about 20 minutes. 

Passon Heart: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Now take out your red rhinestones and start at the top of the heart and work your way down. I mixed up a small amount of clear resin and dripped a small amount on the surface and a q-tip to place the rhinestones. I placed about 2 rows along the sides and put 1 rhinestone on the flame tips.
Passon Heart: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com

After wearing it one night I noticed it did flip around a lot, So I glued some red rhinestone paper from the Buckle Boutique to the back of the pendant.

Passon Heart: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com

Passon Heart: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com

Now if it flips around, it won't be as obvious!

I am pleasantly shocked at how cool this came out! I also made a clay heart with wings that will be my next project!


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mardi Gras Mask made from leftovers?

Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com

On a recent trip to the Dollar Store I saw some foil masks in a package of six. Well, of course my mind went to what I could make with them.... so I picked them up and pondered what magnificent things could be made....instead I made this!  (a little self deprecating humor is supposed to make me charming, right?) Just kidding, I love it!
Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com


I started out with a lot of left over resin pieces made with Amazing Casting Resin. I had a gazillion little boxes with pieces/parts, so i picked out ones that looked mardi gras-ish with a little steampunk attitude.


You could recreate this using odds and ends from around your house or craft room....
Think keys, screws, small light bulbs, coins, items from gumball machines.... 
the ideas are endless!

Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com


With some E-6000, I glued everything to the mask.

Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Dollar Store masks
Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Arrange and glue
Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Just look at some of the treasures on this piece!
Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Doesn't matter what color the pieces are; we will paint it all!
         What can you make with your left overs ?

I took it outside and spray painted it all black.

Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com


I then pulled out some Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments colors that worked for Mardi Gras-
Spring Green, Misty Lavender and Metallic Gold. I used Gel Medium to mix with the powders and a q-tip to apply the color lightly to the surface, apply same as you would a rub-n-buff.  


Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com


I alternated the colors to give a mardi gras effect. 


Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com
Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com


I think it came out rather nicely!


Mardi Gras Mask: Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It.com

Go Craft Your Own Way...

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mardi Gras Shot Glasses with Resin


If you know anything about Mardi Gras, two things come to mind.... Beads and drinking.
Now I'm not advocating drinking, but if you want to get in the Mardi Gras mood this will definitely help you!  
Lemonhead vodka tutorial below. 

Did you know Amazing Clear Cast is actually food safe?  That means I can put a layer of resin in the bottom of a glass and it still be safe to drink out of!

Start with some tall shot glasses. I found mine in a three pack at the Dollar store.

I took a few beads of green, purple and gold (you know, the colors of Mardi Gras) and placed in the bottom 1/3 of the glass. I wanted to leave enough space in the glass to actually have a shot! Mix a small amount of clear resin according to directions and let resin sit about 15 minutes for the bubbles rise to the top. Then slowly pour over my beads. 

Let cure and you are ready to laissez les bon temps rouler! 
That is "let the good time roll" for all you non- Louisianians! 

Other ideas...Charms, dried flowers, candied hearts, shells, etc...


A tutorial on making a Souvenir Glasses.

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Lemonhead Vodka Tutorial
This depends on how sweet you want your vodka. I like mine sweet!
Ingredients

  • 2 C of vodka - tip- use a good grade vodka
  • 1/4 cup  to 1 cup of Lemonheads (depends on how sweet you want your vodka)
Instructions

  1. Put vodka into a mason jar or a jar that closes tightly
  2. Add Lemonheads
  3. Let sit for at least 3 days.
  4. Shake it up and then strain through a fine strainer
  5. ENJOY!
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A tutorial on making a Souvenir Glasses.

Craft Your Own Way!

Tanya



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