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.
Perfect! 

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.





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.

Materials:
Sand
Shells
Amazing Clear Cast
Blue Resin Dye
Wine glass
smaller glass votive
Decoart glass marker


Directions:

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, 

Tanya
Tanya Ruffin for tanyaruffin,com
Tanya Ruffin for tanyaruffin,com




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Easy Way for You to Paint Your Pets



We all love our fur babies and here are two easy ways you can paint your own pet....even if you can't draw a straight line!

1st way...

The Pop Art Painting



For this you need a high contrast black and white print of your pet. I opened a photo editing software and simply adjusted the contrast and printed out on white copy paper.

Next, with a black marker- go over the dark lines of the dog.
Now using graphite paper or by coloring the back side of the copy with pencil (old fashioned way), trace the image on either canvas, canvas paper or watercolor paper.


Paint the face of the dog with a bright Acrylic paint color. I chose yellow, but bright green, orange, pink, lavendar, light blue all would work well too. Remember you are painting the penciled in lines black, so the face must be in contrast (lighter) with the black. 


I have a fine line and a medium size brush for the black lines. 

Don't forget to leave little white dots in the eyes! 
Now paint in the background! This should be in contrast with the face also. Think of sport teams, their colors are often complimentary colors... Yellow and Purple, Orange and Blue, Red and Green (ok, that's Christmas) .... I painted the face yellow so a purple background would have worked perfectly, BUT I work at LSU and I am having a little bit of purple and gold (yellow) overload, so I moved one color over in the color wheel and chose blue as my background. Check out a color wheel for more ideas.

Tada, pretty easy!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Secret to Getting Resin OFF Your Work Space



First off when using resin you should ALWAYS have your work space covered with a Teflon sheet. I have a large sheet that I ordered from Amazon to cover the bottom of an oven. Who says you have to buy the one that say CRAFT?
It never fails, in the middle of a resin project you get a spill on your Teflon sheet. Yes, when it dries it will peel right up, but what if you are using clear and it takes 24 hours to set? I can't just avoid that section of my work space....

So you are using your Amazing Clear Cast or Amazing Casting Resin and opps... a spill...




Tada!! Enter BABY OIL!


Simply squirt an ample amount on a paper towel and wipe it off.

If it is a huge spill, you may want to squirt some directly on the resin spill and let set about 5-10 minutes. This works for Part A, Part B or after they are mixed. If you have some harder to clean areas or it is a glob, you can use your craft knife to scrape it up.



This is about 10 minutes later, it is completely free of an uncured resin spill.

It also works well on your hands!

Until next time!
Tanya



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Patriotic Scarf-lace made with Resin and Fabric



Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty


This project first came to mind after i spied some toy soldiers at the dollar store... Hmmm, what to make... So I made a mold and cast the soldiers, I painted them army green and they were adorable. I thought about just putting a jump ring on it and making a charm, but how boring is that? AND I was a day late for Memorial Day, next up, 4th of July!!

I found some flag fabric in my stash drawer (why I have fabric, I have no idea since I cant sew worth a poop) and thought to use it as a necklace base.

I had recently purchased some cool army dies from Die-Versions and thought the eagle would be an awesome centerpiece to my Patriotic Scarf-lace.  So, here is what I did...

Materials:
Eagle Die-Versions die
Amazing Mold Putty
Amazing Casting Resin
Blue Resin Dye
Pony Beads
Patriotic bandanna size piece of fabric

Steps:
Cut fabric to the shape of a bandanna
Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Fold in half and then cut in a triangle shape. Keep folded in half  for cutting fringe.
Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Cut fringe and slide pony beads on. 

One tip... Use a open paper clip to help feed the fabric through the bead.


Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty


Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty


Now mold and cast your soldiers. I found mine at the dollar store. You will need to clip off the stand of each and file and trim some of the edges.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Make your mold.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty


I added blue dye to the resin so I would have vivid blue pieces. The army green didn't seem to work with the bright flag pattern.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Glue a pony bead to the back of the soldier so you can slide the soldier on the fringe. The weight of the soldier may make it slide off, so I tied a knot under it. 


Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Now you are going to make the eagle. I used the box from a 12 pack of Sam's colas. Punch 4 or 5 eagles out and glue them together. 

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty using Die-Versions

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty using Die-Versions

Make a mold and cast with blue dyed resin.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty using Die-Versions

Glue a pony bead in the center ( i used a smaller bead) and slide in the center of the scarf-lace with the soldiers flanking. Tie a knot under each soldier and the eagle.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty using Die-Versions

How amazing is this?

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

I even went back and made a mold of the back of the soldiers. They were just as nice as the front side.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Our finished project came out amazing!
You can tie it around your neck or add a necklace clasp to it.

Tanya
Tanyaruffin.com

Tanya's Create Studios, Baton Rouge





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