21/11/2014

Diy Gold Clay Stars.

Diy Gold Clay Star Decorations
I can't believe Christmas is only 33 days away (thank you yourchristmascountdown.com). For some reason Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. I'm afraid I'm a terrible last minute Christmas shopper.

This year I'm trying to be more organised so the other day I decided to sort through all my Christmas decorations to try and see what I do and don't have. I was halfway through when I came across the embossed clay star decorations I made last year. I'd forgotten how much I liked them and I'm glad to say they've all survived and are still in one piece.

You all know how much I love making things with air dry clay so I decided to add to my Christmas decoration collection by making some more clay stars, this time covering them in sparkly gold gilding flakes.

Things you'll need to make your own Diy Gold Clay Stars:

Air dry clay,
Gilding flakes (but you could also use gold leaf sheets)
Gilding flake adhesive,
A rubit scrubit pad,
A star cookie cutter,
Parchment/greaseproof paper,
Sandpaper,
A sponge,
A rolling pin,
Some wool or ribbon,
And a straw.

Make your own Diy Gold Clay Star Decorations.
1. Start by taking some of your air dry clay and working it into a ball until soft and pliable.

2. Roll your clay out to around 5 mm. If you're worried about the clay sticking to your work surface you can roll it out onto some parchment paper like I did. This makes it easier to lift your clay shapes away without stretching and distorting your stars.

3. Use your cookie cutter to cut out your star shapes and use a straw to punch out a hole for the wool or ribbon to thread through.

4. Leave to dry. Mine took around 48 hours. Remember, the thicker the clay the longer it will take to dry.

5. When dry, sand away any rough edges.

6. Using a sponge apply a thin layer of the gilding flake adhesive. Leave to dry, until it begins to go tacky.

7.  Cover your star in a generous layer of gilding flakes. I know some people empty their gilding flakes into a larger container and then press the object they want to gild into them but I found it worked better when I patted the flakes down onto the adhesive.

8. Gently rub away any excess flakes using a Rubit Scrubit pad.

9. Thread with wool or ribbon and hang.

Tips for using gilding flakes.

They're messy. The flakes are extremely light and get everywhere so make sure you have any windows closed and air conditioning off. Put some scrap paper under anything you're gilding, this way you can catch any excess and use it again.

When applying the adhesive try not to use too much, a thin layer is all you need. If you apply too much or don't let it dry enough you'll find that when it comes to burnishing (buffing away the excess flakes) all you'll do is clump the flakes and glue together and leave you with a patchy finish.

If you do end up with any flake free patches you can go back in and apply a second layer but make sure the first has totally dries first otherwise you'll end up rubbing this layer away as well.

I read somewhere that you can always seal the flakes with a top coat of glue but so far I haven't felt like I needed to. Has anyone else used these gilding flakes? If you've got any more tips or tricks please share them in the comments below.

Make your own Diy Gold Clay Star Decorations.
Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need:



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17/11/2014

Around Here: November.

Around Here: November.
Crocheting: my first cowl thanks to this tutorial.

Reading: The Great British Bake Off Everyday. Coffee and chocolate choux buns? Yes, please.

Listening: to Ben Howard, I Forget Where We Were.

Making: gilded paper clay stars, tutorial to follow.

Feeling: very Game of Thrones with my new wolf door knobs, a belated birthday present.

Growing: muscari bulbs in a pot on the window sill.

12/11/2014

Diy Folding Envelope Mini Album.

Diy Folding Envelope Mini Album
Ever since I made this Diy Instagram Mini Album I've been thinking about more ways of using and storing my printed photos.

I thought about making another pocket notebook like this one but I wasn't quite sure and after a quick google for 'envelope albums' I found a couple of great tutorials for making accordion folding albums using envelopes. You can find them here and here.

The thing I love about this accordion mini album is that no matter how much you fill/stuff your envelopes with photos this album will keep expanding. No more overstuffed albums.

So, let's get started.

Here's the things you'll need to make your own Diy Folding Envelope Mini Album:

Envelopes,
Scrapbook paper, I used the Close Knit range from Crate Paper.
Card stock or chipboard,
Double sided sticky tape,
Ribbon,
Glue,
Scissors.

Learn how to make your own Diy Accordion Folding Envelope Mini Album
1. Decide on how many envelopes/pages you want.

2. Open up your envelopes and lay them flat. Using either glue or double sided sticky tape you're going to stick the inside of the envelope flap to the back of the next envelope.

3. Keep going until you've stuck down all your envelopes. Fold like an accordion and put to the side for later.

4. To make the hardcover for your mini album you need to cut a piece of card stock or chipboard slightly larger than your envelope. I made mine a couple of millimetres bigger on each side. You need to make your cover slightly larger so it can protect your pages/envelopes from being damaged.

5. Stick your hardcover pieces down onto your chosen scrapbook paper leaving a 1cm border. Cut triangles into the corners. Leave a small gap at the corner tips (about 1 mm). This gap will fold around the depth of the chipboard.

Learn how to make your own Diy Accordion Folding Envelope Mini Album
6. Fold and glue down each flap and leave to dry. Depending on what type of glue you've used you may need to press your cover pieces as they dry as pva and mod podge can warp the card.

7. To make the closure cut and glue down a piece of ribbon to the back of each of your cover pieces.

8. To finish the back cover, glue down the final envelope flap along with your piece of ribbon. Cover them both with another piece of scrapbook paper.

9. Repeat for the front cover except this time you'll need to glue the whole envelope down.

10. Once dry decorate and fill with your photos.

Diy Accordion Folding Envelope Mini Album

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