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Finished on the 15th Tin can pumpkin box part 2- DIY

This is my post for the Fave Crafts Blog hop, Finished on the 15th.

It is a themed Blog hop for Halloween and I have the chance to win 50$ worth of craft products if you vote for me. Could you please check it out. I would love to win. You have to go to the fave craft  page (click on link of above) and like my post there.

Look for this picture.

You can click on this pumpkin to to go there.

Thank you so much if you do.

I did not get much done because I was getting ready for the San Diego polymer clay Guild’s annual Sandy Camp. You can see the witches here

A good time was had by all.

This is continued from part one here

I thought you would like to see how I make the can boxes.

Never throw another can away again.


You will need:

4 ounce Ortega chili can (You can use any can size but the cutters I am using are for the 4 ounce size can) to find the right circle cutters, put a cutter inside the lid top to see which cutter will work and then use the nest size up for lid top.

Cernit Clay in


Light Green



Opaque white


Poppy red


Large block of Biscuit

1/2″ Oval Kemper cutter

3/16″ round Kemper cutter

1 1/8″ round cutter

2″ round cutter

2 1/2″ round cutter

2 3/4″ round cutter

Clay slicing blade

Knitting needle or bic stic pen

I mix all of my colors equally with the same amount of biscuit.

Condition to one color.

Condition some of the light green Cernit and roll out on the thickest setting in your clay machine.

The mix some of the gold Cernit with the light Green 1:1 and roll it out on the thickest setting.

I used a maple leaf cutter and cut out one leaf in each color.

Cut out the stem of the leaf.

Please disregard the piece of clay on the blade ;-D

Cut a “V” at the base of the leaf.

With a knitting needle make marks in the leaves you cut out for veins.

Like so.

From the back of the leaf pinch down the center vein just a little.

Place on the lid of the can. I make the leaves were the “V” is cut go up the stem a little and scrunch up the leaves to make them look real.

Take a 1/2″ ball of the light green Cernit and roll out in to an elongated cone about 3″ long.

Place the thick end in the dip of the stem and curl up.

Like so.

Roll out some black Cernit on the thickest setting in the clay machine and fold a part of it in half.

Using the 1/2″ oval cutter, cut out 3 ovals.

Stack together. You can wrap these with another piece of very thin black clay if you wish, but I leave them like this.

I roll them gently on the work surface to tack together.

Make 4 sets of these black stacked ovals and place at four corner on the bottom of the can.

Turn the can over and place on the feet and press gently to flatten feet a little.

Cut out 4 more double thick ovals for bat bodies.

Cut out 4 single thickness rounds with the 1 1/4″ cutter.

Cut those single thick circles in half.

Using the point of the 1/2″ heart cutter starting on the out side of the half circles cut 3 points across the cut halves of each set.

Like this. Do that with all of the sets. They will look like wings now.

Using the 1 1/4″ cutter mark partial arcs from the points  to the top of the wing.

Like this.

Place a set of wings over each foot like so.

Roll the little body balls of clay in to stubby pear shapes. Place the smaller end up and place the body over the wing tips and the feet

Roll out some of the red Cernit on the 6th thickest setting and with the 3/16″ round cutter cut out 4 sets of two each for the eyes on the bat.

Cut out a single thickness of black Cernit with the 3/16″ cutter and roll into a short little coil and place over the red eyes. Mark in the center with your knitting needle. Do this on each bat.

Roll another little coil of black and cut off tiny slices and roll into a balls for the pupils in the eyes and place like above.

Make a mark for a mouth by moving the knitting needle. Do this on each bat.

Bats done, now for the face of the pumpkin.

Cut a 1/2″ strip of single thickness black.

Cut the strip so you have 3 triangles for the eyes and nose.

Place the eyes and nose on your pumpkin.

Press gently on.

Using the 2″ cutter, cut out a round and then cut a thin moon shape.

Using the square 1/2″ cutter cut out a tooth on the bottom.

Like this.

Roll out some more of the red on the 6th thickest setting and cut out 3/16″ rounds and place on the triangles for the eyes.

Sometimes you can place the cutter with the red clay on the triangle and pull back quickly and the clay with stay on the triangle.

Roll out a tiny coil of yellow and cut little sections for pupils and place on the cut out rounds of red.

Like this.

Bake like this on a piece of cardboard shipping box in a pre-heated 275 degree oven for 1/2 hour, shut off oven and let cool.

When the piece is cool you can antique it with brown Ne-Opaque. Brush on the color over the whole piece and wipe off with a damp not wet old piece of towel. It will look like the picture at the top.


Happy Halloween.

Thank you for dropping by!


Finished on the 15th- Fave Crafts Blog Hop- a little hope

Well, another 15th of the month and a Fave Crafts Blog hop is here. Welcome to all of you new to my blog, I hope you enjoy your visit and come back again sometime.

To all of you that visit here regular like, HI!!  

Can you believe that it is the 15th of June? The year is half way over and the second half will be here soon.

Is it that my life is so full of stuff, that things are moving so fast?
How about you? Do you feel as if time is whizzing by?

Just a reminder for all of you that make your Christmas presents, START NOW!

Well, the thing that I got finished this month is a flower cane with and with out background and the instructions on how to make a Bottle of Hope.

Here are the links, there are 4 parts to this:

Bottles of Hope were thought up by a wonderful woman name Diane Gregoire who was going through breast cancer treatments in the late ’90’s.

She would take the bottles used in hers and others treatments and place polymer clay around them, then she would return for more treatments and pass them out to the people who were there for treatments too.

I met Diane in 1999 and fell in love with her attitude and lust for life and thriving through one of the most horrific diagnoses one can receive in life. Her large lovely grace gifted my life and I went out and taught about the program and talked to others about Diane and her bottles. I was travelling all over the world at the time and it was fun to spread the word.

Little did I know how much it would mean to me later in life when my mother and Sister in law were diagnosed with this dreaded disease.

I made 300+ bottles for my sister-in-law while she was going through treatments and before she died. I would get a call every week when I sent them, from her saying “oh I am keeping this one” or “I have a special person to give this one too”. I loved it. It gave me some thing to do. I felt like I was helping somehow.

My guild and I have been making bottles of hope ever since and have been closely affiliated with Moore’s cancer center and Dr. Casden over the years, we even have Bottles of Hope Clay Days. Yay Team!

It has been most rewarding and fulfilling  even in the tragedy of it.

Isn’t that what life is about, finding something of value and light in the dark parts?

It is for me!!

Go out and find some light!!!

Go out and make the light!!!

Go out and spread some light!!!

Go out and be the light!!!


Wednesday Wonder- egg me on

I love bizarre art and to see something that works from waste makes my heart
sing for some reason.

I think it gives us all permission to create some thing out of so-called

Dutch Artist Enno de Kroon gets an A
in my book! Go to Eggcubism on his site and click the links on the left.

Picture courtesy of
Enno’s site

The new canvases of the future.

I have always thought that someday we would have to make something beautiful
out of our waste, cause we are running out of places to throw it.

Visit Enno’s Flickr site for some new works and some eggstravagant pieces.

Visit the Amphora series on the right scroll down a little, one of my

Also if you want to see some other interesting works of Egg carton chic visit
the site Best of Texas for instructions on a set of  eggsquisite fairy lights.

Fave Crafts this week sent out their
newsletter and it was all on waste art. You can sign up for this newsletter on
their sight. They always have great tutorials and lots of ideas in them. You can
subscribe here

All the links below are live, have fun and a wonderful Wednesday Wonder kind
of day!!

Do not throw it away make art out of it. That is eggsactly what I have been
trying to tell my family for years!!

Hello Thrifty

You’ve all heard the stats–throwing plastic
away is detrimental to the environment in so many ways. So what’s a thrifty
crafter to do with all that plastic trash? Craft with it, of course! Save the
planet and make something cute, before it’s too late!

Crafting with Plastic Trash

Gifts from Plastic

Plastic Trash


Fave Crafts Blog Hop- April 15thAfrican Trade beads and giveaways

Welcome all Fave Craft Blog Hoppers. This is the April Blog Hop and you are all so welcome to my blog.

And a Hey Ho to my regulars. I hope spring will bring me springing out to the world with bells on my toes!!

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying spring or fall depending where you are.

This month and part of last I was working on African Trade Bead tutorials. I have 8 of them so far and they include the canes, or primary patterns, for the beads and then how to make the beads also. I also have several giveaways going on, see below.

The first flower cane

I am really late today! ;-D

Slept the day away yesterday.

YAY! I feel like I have a hangover today, maybe too much sleep?

You can find the giveaways here.

Here is the 1st give away,

Here is the 2nd giveaway,

Here is the 3rd giveaway,

Here is the 4th giveaway,

Here is the 5th giveaway

You still have time on the first one, it closes today at 6 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

The 2nd Flower cane

Here are all the tutorials for this series.

you can see part 1 here,

you can see part 2 here,

you can see part 3 here,

you can see part 4 here,

you can see part 5 here,
you can see part 6 here,

you can see part 7 here,

you can see part 8 here,

The 3rd Flower cane

I hope you enjoy these tutorials, they are from the bottom and top of my heart.

Have Easy, Joyful, and Glorious Weekend.

The 4th flower cane


This one is coming soon!



The 5th cane, coming soon!



Fave Crafts Blog Hop- March 15th, National Craft Month

Spring is here in Southern California, birds are singing, the sun is shining, the sky is a lovely blue and the breeze is breezy.A lovely month for crafts.

Welcome to my piece of the craft world, I hope you like your visit and will consider coming back here again.

Be sure and click on the favecrafts logo above to take you to see all of the other wonderful crafters that hang out with Fave or here

This month I started a series of how to articles based on the African trade beads that are made out of glass.


“Trade beads are usually associated with West Africa where they are usually found, but they were originally created in Venice, Bohemia, and Holland. The history of trade beads dates back to the end of the fifteenth century when Portuguese trading ships arrived on the coast of West Africa to exploit its many resources, including gold, slaves, ivory, and palm oil. In those days, beads were a major component of the currency exchanged for people and products. Over the four centuries that followed, millions of beads were traded to Africa, and by the nineteenth century, European bead makers were producing a wide variety of designs specifically for the African trade, such as millefiori, chevrons, striped melons, feather, and eye beads.” Full article at Beadopedia,

You can find the second installment here

I plan on having several more canes and posts to go with these so you might want to check back when you have a little time.

Thank you for coming by this month.

Your time is much appreciated here.


Fave Crafts Blog Hop- February 15th , already???

Finished on the 15th, Fave Crafts Blog hop happens on the 15th of every month. Like clock work.

Click to go to all the other Hoppers.

I was not prepared for it all to happen on the 15th of this month, I mean everything that is happening is happening on this day!! LOL.

Not quite, but it seems like it to me right now.

So I have really finished nothing this month.

SO……….. I decided to show you a quick acrylic paint wash easy background for a collage.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great time crafting.

Clean canvas- I used a stretch canvas

Lumiere gold-true gold #550

Ne-Opaque Brown-#592

flat soft 1/2″ brush

Cotton printable paper

Silk printable paper

Flowable extender- just ask Howard for it, we have it.

This was for a friend for Christmas. It is my friend Jodi’s hubby, he is something of a wild west fan and historian.

He tells great stories and studies profusely.

I had the chance to blow this every step of the way (finding the wrong information or pictures) and I am making this on the 23rd of December.

I look for trivia and anything I could find on Wyatt Earp and Nelson Story two of his favorites in old west history.

Now this was fun and I took a chance with the stuff I used it could have all big propaganda and lies, but I went with it and I loved reading about these guys the myth, legend, and the lies. I wasn’t there, it is all propaganda to me. I know how stories get twisted in families. Everybody does it.

I printed the pictures I was going to use on the cotton paper. It is sheet of paper with fabric attached to it so you can run it through your Ink Jet Printer (I am having so much fun with this stuff).

I printed the dates and words on a sheet of the silk paper. I used the silk for this because when I used the flowable extender the silk tends to fade away and the words are just left. This works with encaustic collage too!

I do these first to give the ink a chance to dry before I use it. Otherwise it gets on my hands and comes off in my brush too!

Flowable extender is a gel medium and if you want a thicker one you can use the Jacquard Silk screen flowable extender. The one for the Lumiere and the Ne-opaque is thinner and is nice for thinning the Ne-opaque and Lumiere and for using as a standalone product too. I like this as a thinner more than water, even though water does work also.

I took the canvas and thinned the Brown Ne-opaque with the flowable extender and slapped it haphazardly on to the canvas. That means quickly and with no deliberation, Just do it.

Roughly looks best and you can scrub it on in places and add it on like painting a coat of paint too.

I even painted the sides of the canvas too!

That way they can be hung right away while looking for the perfect frames.

Some one should really clean up my area. LOL!

While the brown was still wet and workable and added the Gold Lumiere. In patches according to taste. I did not want the whole thing goldy, but for it to have highlights of gold in different light.

I took these pictures about midnight. Sorry for the bad lighting. You kind of see the gold in there. It is really yummy though.

Can you see it yet?

How about now?

I messed around with the placement of the pictures before I started “gluing” them on with the flowable extender. 

Here is another look at it.

You can see he was a very good-looking man. I am getting a pretty good idea of what I want to go where now.

I had some scraps of the fabric paper left over so I thought I would use a fine point Tee-juice pen and see if I could draw on the paper fairly well and you can and I am probably going to pursue this one later on.

Just think Zentangle quilts, wall hangings, or fabric collage!!! I am thinking too I could draw my own stuff, heat set it, and then use it in the encaustic. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

It was so easy because of the paper backing and the tee-juice pen is juicy and keeps on flowing, I loved that. It was just like drawing on a piece of paper. Sorry, side tracked. Pretty, shiny thing.

First thing you want to do when starting to use the paper is get the backing off of the fabric.

I use my scissors for this and stick the end under the fabric and pull it back from the paper. Sorry for the black nails ;-D

I lift it up around it and then get a big piece of it and pull away! If your scissors are really sharp be careful of cutting yourself and the fabric. 

I paint the back and the front of the fabric with flowable extender and then paint the canvas where I want my fabric to go. I then lay the fabric picture on the canvas. I then brush more extender on and brush out any air bubbles underneath the fabric picture.

Add more pictures overlapping them, this same way.

I don’t have the finished piece pictures I will have to get you one next time I am up at Jodi’s. I did a good job on these and when I gave them to her husband I found out that I didn’t do too bad in my choice of pictures.

I added the dates of his birth and death and Wyatt’s name in a great font and also added some more scrolly painting and highlighting with the gold paint, I have to admit I really like them and may even do some more of these.

I can also see how some of the techniques I used here could carry over in to other aspects of my art play.

Thanks for visiting.

Have a great blog hop!

My friend Anne at El Milagro studios has just done a bang up series in Gel mediums and I think you would really enjoy them you can find them here.








For January’s Fave Crafts Blog Hop: video’s with complete tutorial for Cernit polymer clay hearts

For December’s Fave Crafts Blog Hop: there are some great links here if you are interested and a complete tutorial.


Fave Crafts Blog hop today- December

Click on the picture above and it will wisk you away to the Blog Hop!

Hi Fave Crafts Blog Hoppers, welcome!

Take off your shoes, sit down in the over stuffed chair by the fire, have a moment of peace at this busy time of year. Would you like a cookie? A cuppa?? A back massage???

Just breathe!!

Do it with me, take a deep breath in slowly one…two…three…four…five… right to your heart…seven and breathe out all stress, rushing, and relax one… two…three… all the dark and grungy thoughts and emotions…five…six… you are loved!!!

December is rushing by at the speed of light. I feel a little crazy and I am still working on Christmas presents. That is one thing that having money would do for me, I could go buy everything in the summer and just relax for once for Christmas.

Those laughing people you see during the holidays have money or they are on the very edge of sanity. I would be the latter.

I am though, glad you stopped by and I needed to breathe too!

I have a quick Christmas ornament I want to share with you.

Here is part one

Here is part two

And now to part three…

You will need:

Cernit Lemon and Glamour White

Wire cutters

18 or 16 gauge red colored copper wire

A Sharpie fine point permanent marker

A 1″ star cutter

Bamboo skewer

Star Stamp I used a retired Stampin’ up Christmas star stamp

Pearl-ex Powder Aztec gold

Mix the white glamour and the lemon together one to one until one color.


Roll the mixed color through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.

Stamp the sheet with the stamp.

Rub on the Pearl-ex Aztec gold powder with your finger.

Cut out with the star cutter and poke a hole in the top with the bamboo skewer.

Pick up the star gently and make the hole bigger with the skewer.

Bake in a preheated 275 degree F. oven for 25 minutes shut off oven and let cool.

While the star is cooling take the wire and holding one end of it on the pen, wrap the other end around the shaft of the pen.

Wrap tight as you can and wrap down and close to the last wire.

It feels like you are pulling the end wire down and next to the last turn on the pen as you go.

Pull off the coil and the cut off the end of the wire that is left, face the flush side of the cutter toward the spiral.

Grab the next turn of the spiral with your cutters and face the flush side of the cutters away from you and cut the wire right at the end that is above the turn you are cutting.

The ends should be almost matching.

The wire loop should be a little apart and one end will almost be above the bottom one.

Pull them just a bit more apart the way they naturally come apart.

Thread on the star through the hole.

Hold the other side of the loop and thread on the tree.

I am holding this with the wrong hand because that hand is taking the picture ;-D.

Move the ends gently back together. Sometime I have to go past one of the wire and move it back to get it in the right place too.

The Ornament is now done.

And you have the hints for the necklace, and the gift tag and you could also leave both holes out and make a brooch out of this too. Oh and don’t forget about an embellishment for a card or scrap book too.

I also finished this project and tutorial Marie-Tangle beads

Part one

Part two

Part three

I finished this Steampunk Album with my friend Jodi. Click on the picture to see some pictures of our progress. From there you can see part one.

I also almost finished a doll using printable cotton paper and one of my own designs here

Here is last months Blog hop if you are interested

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