Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I was not sure what to make and well there is one thing I've been wanting to make for a while and decided why not now.  I make a lot of jewelry and  my daughter gets first pick all the time, I've done lots of jewelry boxes and these work great for bracelets and rings, but I wanted to make her something that will hold her earrings and without taking space from her dressers, so I decided to make an earring holder she can hang on the wall in her room, I might make her a smaller version with magnets that she might want to use in her school locker, if she wants me to.   Well below is a picture of the materials I used, not shown here is the red shoe lace I decided to use as hanger.

1. the lid from a shoe box - opened all the edges
2.  A piece of some window screen I had
3.  A roll of black and white duck tape
4. 2 sheets of duck tape
5.  Westcott's cutting tools
6. Westcott's non- stick cutting board
7. Glue gun and glue sticks
8. Pencil
 First thing I had to do after opening all the edges of the shoe box lid, I had to mark with a pencil the area I was going to cut off the lid , now the reason I opened the edges of the box instead of cutting them off, is that when I add the hot glue to attach the screen I will fold it over the screen so it will hold the wire.

So next I cut the sheet of duck tape into strips and wrapped around the front of the frame as you can see below

Once done adding the duck tape to the front of the frame, you turn it over and add the hot glue all around the frame and place the screen, fold the edges over it and it will sorta sandwich the screen and securing it.  I used the zebra duck tape to cover the back of the frame and parts of the front as you can see on the picture below.

Now all I had to do is add a hanger and well I went with a red shoe string, I cut a small piece and attached to the back with more of the zebra duck tape. The earring holder is now done and ready to be used.

 Here is the finished project, is simple and very handy. I will be making a much bigger size in the future, but for now this will be a good size to hold the earrings I made for my daughter.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Flowers!!! Flores!!!

If there is one thing I like to make is flowers. 

 I've done so many over the years. Three years ago I made about 100 roses out of polymer clay, in different colors and sizes (see above photo) these were used on favors I hand made for my daughter's 15th birthday celebration.  Here are a few photos, that show the favors that included these flowers.  Check them out.

Now I've done jewelry using flowers I made out of  fabric, duck tape, polymer clay, two part epoxy, and so on.  Here are a few photos.

Flower rings made using zippers, beads and wire.

Flower rings made using duck tape and beads

Flower rings and flower key chains using duck tape and beads

 Flower headbands made using duck tape, fabric and beads

Flowers made from soda cans and wire

Flower rings made from two part epoxy and polymer clay

Flowers made from paper to make jewelry like the earrings you see here, I also used chain and crystal beads.


These flowers were made using crepe paper, these are pretty big, I also made some smaller  sizes.

Monday, September 10, 2012

So I was introduced to duck tape at a Chicago Craft Social that I attended with my daughter Nicole over a year ago.  As I was busy modpodging a wooden frame with paper my daughter came over to show me a cute purse she made using nothing but duck tape.  I had to give it a try and I did, I make a clutch, I never would have thought about crafting with duck tape and never had seen any other color but the silver one many of us have used to make simple and quick repairs in our home.  Well I've been addicted to duck tape ever since, I have done lots and lots and lots of different projects for over a year now. My kids go to HS and after  I made them each a wallet to carry their lunch money and change, well let's say that a lot of their friends are now using their very own and personalized duck tape wallets, some even have some of my duck tape flower pens too.   I have to say that there is nothing you can't make using duck tape, here are some sample of what I've done, there's lots more you can check over on my FB page here is a link if you want to see what else I've done. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.204399506251930.54044.100000456466785&type=3

this is a sunglasses holder- I wanted to make a shirt type of holder with a tie! 
Here is one of my favorite rings - a duck tape flower made using the blue denim tape from the duck brand and  in the center I glued a clear crystal bead
Here are some key chain holders!
a special project I made for Charity Wings for CHA's summer show this year in Chicago
Here is one of the wallets I've done

I had to make a case for my ipod, all areas to connect, change, turn on, add head phone or charger are exposed so when I place it in the case, it can stay inside and will protect it, but will not restrict me from using it in any way.

Here are some of my very first duck tape flower pens. 

Oh yes I can make headbands with duck tape too.
so here ares some tiny key chains, I had to make some tiny flowers, added some glue and beads in the center and ready to add to your book bag or purse to show or to hold your keys.

Well, I know there is a lot more I can make using duck tape and I have to say that all I use to cut is Westcott's cutting tools, they are non-stick and work great cutting duck tape.  Hope you like my projects, I love duck tape and how it has challenged me to become more creative, every time I get a new roll, I have to come up with a new idea on how to use it different then everyone else.   Give it a try, stop at a walmart to get some Westcott's non-stick scissors and some duck tape and just have fun, you will be amazed at how much fun it is. 

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