Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day of the Dead Paperclay Skulls

I new to using Paperclay so my process was simple. The hard part was deciding what to put the skulls on!

Start with a dollar store skull ice tray, paper clay and sharpie markers and paint pens.

Follow directions on the Paperclay package and press prepared clay into the skull mold.
I let mine sit a few days because I was occupied with other projects, but overnight would have worked.
Paint the skulls with base coat of acrylic craft paint, let dry, then embellish with sugar skull designs using a mix of Sharpie markers, paint pens and Stained fabric markers. The Stained markers have a nice brush tip. A white paint pen is needed for the teeth unless you have real steady hands.... these are small!!


You Can Craft Your Own Way!
Craft Your Own Way...
You can call it another Crafty Day..


Friday, October 3, 2014

The Bride of Steampunkenstein

According the Wikipedia Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction or science fiction that emphasizes anachronistic technology, usually from the Victorian era. 

If you think of it that way, then the perfect Steampunk creation would be the Bride of Frankenstein. She was a Victorian lady that was then brought back to life using lightning, gears and gadgets.... and lots of gauze. 

First I started with a few Etsy purchased Bride of Frankenstein cameo molds.
Using some black resin dye, I mixed up some Amazing Casting Resin and poured them into the mold.

After the resin cured it wasn't dark enough for me so I painted them all with acrylic paint.

Now the cameo is dark black.  It looks a little wonky from this angle. I trimmed the edges with scissors and a cleaned up with a file (I use cheap fingernail files).

With E6000 I started gluing on embellishments. I had some large gears that I glued to the backside and a watch hand that I chose to represent the white streak in her hair. I also used some gold, silver and copper rub n buff. 

I glued a bail to the back and added a rhinestone to the top. As dangles I added a key charm, a longer watch hand and another gear.

The finished piece.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sassy the Crafty Dog Makes a Cut T Shirt!

Sassy decided she wanted to cut a t shirt her Mama could wear. 
She first sketched out a simple design on paper... a skull.
Remember to draw your image out like it is a stencil... no intersecting lines. 

Then using a sharpie she drew the design on the tshirt. She is putting the image on the back of the tshirt.
If you make it for the front (especially a skull) make sure to test the placement.
You wouldn't want the eye sockets over your chest!
With a pair of blunt pointed scissors ( she is a dog after all, humans would use more pointy ones) she carefully cut out the shapes, making sure to cut outside the lines so the black sharpie lines were cut off.

She stretched out the shirt to make sure she liked the look and even touched up a few spots.
It ended up being a lot easier than she thought. Too bad she just grab this shirt out of the Goodwill bag.

Then her Mama tried on it.

You didn't think I meant she made it for me, did you? 

Well. She really did!
Unfortunately, Sassy doesn't have an opposable thumb to work the camera to take a pic of me wearing it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Poe Poe Pitiful Annabel Lee- Tabletop Display

Inspired by a recent trip to Edgar Allan Poe's New York Cottage .... it is tiny!

...and an awesome Stevie Nicks rendition of Annabel Lee.
If this doesn't conjure up haunting imagery, then I don't know what will!

On this trip I collected an Edgar Allan Poe key chain and a copy of Poe's handwritten Annabel Lee poem.

I made an Amazing Mold Rubber mold of the book and a color copy of the poem.

photo of a day of the dead skull and the Poe book

At the Dollar Tree I purchased a string of skeletons and a tabletop tombstone. I painted a black and brown wash over the skeleton to age it and painted the tombstone solid black.

Then decorated the tomb with my posed skeleton, resin book and poem that I coated in clear resin. I also embellished with a gargoyle (from Dollar Tree that I also made a mold of using Amazing Mold Rubber) and a raven skull from a purchased mold. And Silver Rub n Buff... lots of Rub n Buff!

I just love that it is actually Poe's handwriting!

Bet you never thought of this kind of souvenir!

Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,

In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,

In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,

Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love

Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea. 

Frankie's Broken Heart Resin Charm Necklace

Poor Frankie, he just can't seem to catch a break!

This necklace was created as an homage to his broken heart when  rejected by his love, "the Bride."

My hubby suggested making a crazy broken heart held together by metal straps and I thought (LIGHTBULB MOMENT), watch parts!!!

I used Sculpey to sculpt the heart (and some watch parts), Amazing Mold Putty to mold the heart, Amazing casting resin to cast the heart, and some Mod Molds as molds for the gears, lock and key, as well some Etsy purchased monster molds. frankie's broken heart for tanyaruffin.com

The necklace


frankie's broken heart for tanyaruffin.com
Sculpted broken heart with watch parts

frankie's broken heart for tanyaruffin.com

frankie's broken heart for tanyaruffin.com
The cast heart, painted red and silver rub n buff.

frankie's broken heart for tanyaruffin.com
Mod molds

frankie's broken heart for tanyaruffin.com
Finished necklace.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Women's Week 2014 classses

is participating in 

WOMEN'S WEEK 2014     SEPTEMBER 19 -28

Etched Glass Jewelry: Make a Bracelet

Women's Week- Etched Glass Jewelry: Make a BraceletDate : 9/19/2014 
Time : 06:00:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM
Location : Create Studios - 3616 Perkins Rd, Ste J1, BR, LA 70808 

Choose from a variety of designs such as fleur de lis, hearts, paw prints, lettering and more! You will learn the process for etching glass and create a stylish bracelet in the process! Feel free to bring your own cocktails. Light snacks, cups and corkscrews available. 

Cost of admission: $15
Click here to register

Mixed Media and Etched Glass Picture Frame: Beach Theme..................................................................................

Women's Week Class- Mix Media and Etched Glass Picture...
  • Date : 9/25/2014 
  • Time : 06:00:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM
  • Location : Create Studios - 3613 Perkins Rd, Ste J1, BR, LA 70808 
Using mixed media supplies and etching cream, build a beach scene on glass and embellish it with a variety of items. You will learn the process for etching glass and leave knowing how to create more! Feel free to bring your own cocktails. Light snacks, cups and corkscrews available. 
Cost of admission: $15
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Rocker Chic No Sew T-Shirt Cutting

Women's Week- Rocker Chic- No Sew T-shirt Cutting Class
Date : 9/27/2014 
Time : 06:00:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM
Location : Create Studios - 3613 Perkins Rd, Ste J1, BR, LA 70808 

Our NO SEW t-shirt cutting class will walk you through the steps of cutting t-shirts using several different styles and designs. Take that outdated t-shirt and reconstruct it into a rocker chic. Bring two shirts to the class for cutting! Feel free to bring cocktails. Light snacks, cups and corkscrews available.

Cost of admission: $10
Click here to register

Wine Glass Souvenir

Wine Glass Souvenir, Tanya Ruffin

Save yourself a little money by making your own souvenirs! Take all those shells your kids have collected and make a lasting souvenir of your vacation.

Amazing Clear Cast
Blue Resin Dye
Wine glass
smaller glass votive
Decoart glass marker


Wine Glass Souvenir, Tanya Ruffin

Pour sand in the wine glass. This is going to replicate the ocean. This is the sand on the bottom of the sea, so fill it about 1/6th up.

Wine Glass Souvenir, Tanya Ruffin

Drop some shells on top of the sand, stick close to the outside edge of the glass (you won't be able to see the shells in the middle very well, so don't waste them).  Mix up some Amazing Clear Cast Resin (clear) and slowly pour in wine glass. Avoid the side of the glass, you don't want clear drips down your glass.  The resin will slowly soak into all the sand. You may see air bubbles. Let cure. It took about 3 hours for my clear to cure enough to move to the next step.

Wine Glass Souvenir, Tanya Ruffin

Using the blue resin dye, mix a small amount into part A of your Amazing Clear Cast. You want just a small amount!!! I made the mistake of thinking it would cure more transparent the first time and it did not!  Start light, you can always make it darker. Let this cure over night.

Wine Glass Souvenir, Tanya Ruffin

Add a layer of clear resin on top of the blue layer. You can throw in a shell or two if you like. I dropped a little sand on the top after it had cured a little while. I decided to do this clear layer before I added more sand because on a test glass, the sand actually fell all the way through the blue in a few spots. The clear layer will seal the blue water layer and keep it separate from the sand.

What Will You SAVE now?

Wine Glass Souvenir, Tanya Ruffin

Now add some more sand and position your glass votive in the center. You can start arranging more shells. After you have the shells arranged you can add more clear resin. I let the resin cure for a few hours then added more shells and more resin. 
Wine Glass Souvenir, Tanya Ruffin

I love how it looks! You may see air bubbles coming up from the sand and need to add more resin as it starts to soak into the sand. 

Wine Glass Souvenir, Tanya Ruffin

Measure the bottom of your glass so you can use a computer to layout text. 

Wine Glass Souvenir, Tanya Ruffin

I used Coreldraw, but you can use any software that lets your curve text. Print it out and place glass under the print out and trace with a glass marker.

Wine Glass Souvenir, Tanya Ruffin

 Now light your candle and reflect on your vacation. 

With all the money you saved on souvenirs you have a jump start paying for the next trip! Think about how much grandma would love a gift like this made from shells her grand kids collected. This is much better than a "I went to the Caymans and all i got was this lousy t-shirt" shirt!!!

Until next time, 

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