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Wine cork for mini planters

So, I discovered this wonderful internet site that works like old school magazine idea books. Goodness knows i have lots of those and just can’t bear to part with any of them. It’s called pinterest. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. The only drawback is that once you post.something it belongs to them. That’s how they get around copyright infringement. So I choose only to post one image of what inspires me from my own collection.

Today I made these cute little planters out of pressco corks. I can’t take credit.for the idea, because I did find the image on pinterest. But I can take.credit for.making them into magnets and putting them on a magnetic picture frame. Here’s the.images.

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I drilled holes infuse cork for dirt, and two small holes in the backside.for tiny cylinder magnets. They.have to be.reaaly strong. When making the magnet holes, I used a piece of green masking tape to mark how deep to drill, on the drill but itself. Keep.your hands away,.as the flapping tape can cut.you.

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Fun aren’t they? They will also stick.to any corner that has been covered in metal, like in my bathroom.

Decorating light switch faceplate: sculpey

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First roll out sculpey with a rolling pen like device, you may have to use clay softener and knead it some to soften it up enough to work with it. Use wax paper under it so it won’t stick to anything. Make it about 1/4 inch thick, and just big enough to cover entire plate. Don’t worry about the switch holes or screw holes just yet, we’ll get to those later.

Cover the metal faceplate with aluminum foil, conforming it to the surface. Cut out the switches and punch out the screw holes.

I actually glued the sculpey down to the metal plate to give more stability in the end. You can find metal switch covers at Home Depot, they are about $2 each. I found a white one. Look for something that will withstand the heat of the oven (325).

Take the sculpey and after peeling it off the wax paper place it onto a foil covered metal faceplate. trim the sculpey around the outside edges. You can shape the edges how you want with your fingers.

Ok, now you need stamps and sculpting tools if you want to create something from scratch. I used pigment powder and those new style clear plastic stamps, but didn’t use the stamp block (you’ll figure that out when you go to look for them) .

Press the stamps into the sculpey wherever you want to make the impressions. Then take a paint brush and randomly (or orderly) apply the pigment powder to the surface of the clay wherever you want the color. I brushed the green color into the dragonfly bodies and wings, then blended the other colors to create a veragated look. You can practice on sculpey before you roll it out. When you knead it, it will blend into the sculpey too.

Once the design is complete, you can cut out the switch holes and small holes for srcrews, use the actual faceplate as the template. You can use an exacto knife for this cutting. I used a scalpel.

Once you have all the holes ready, and the design complete, you can take the whole thing and bake it to the sculpey specifications. The time and heat are on the package.

When done baking, let the item cool, remove the sculpey from the foil covered plate, remove the foil from the plate, and glue the sculpey to the metal faceplate. I used flexible jewlery glue. I think its called 4000, ill have to check the name and comment later. Let dry, and apply 2 to 3 coats of mod podge to seal the pigment powder to the sculpey. Let this dry, and you are done! Yay!

Decorating light plates. Part three: Clear coat application and dry time.

Drying and clipping to hold the paper in place after coating each plate with Mod Podge. Love this stuff!

I use bull clips to hold the pesky edges down until they dry. Just be sure to remove them carefully, or use some kind of plastic or wax paper in between to keep them from sticking.

Next comes the mod podge. I covered the whole thing, saturating it like paper mache. You may want to do this in steps if you don’t have any clips.
Cover the front and just bend the paper around the sides. Fold one side at a time. Hold each portion until it stays. Do this until all sides are firmly in place. Let all dry.
When dries, coat again with mod podge.

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Drying time. This is where I become impatient. Going to watch some Star Trek.

Fabric jems

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I made this from clear glass, bits of left over fabric and glue-on bails. I love how the glass magnifies the fabric weave.

Curtains for Charity

These fabulous curtains were made from purposed fabrics. Old shower curtains, and a goodwill sheer panel. I used my aunts sewing corner, since I’m living out of my suitcase, so to speak. Doing projects for other people as a thank you for letting me stay with them is highly rewarding. Why can’t we use the barter system more often? It does wonders for your soul.