Sunday, 23 November 2014

DIY Dream Catcher Necklace

Hi internet lovelies! Me again! Recently I've been inspired by my love for dream catchers- I have no idea why, but they're just so beautiful! So to start making a Dream Catcher necklace you will need a number of things;
~A hoop or ring of some kind; If you can't find one, make one out of wire like me!
~Embroidery thread, if you have none normal thread and string work just as well.
~A needle,
~Decorative items like beads and feathers come in handy!

If, like me, you are using wire instead of a hoop; take your wire and bend it around an everyday object (hairspray bottle, makeup bottle...etc). Use round nose pliers to slightly bend both ends into a half circle and interlock together (like a chain). Crimp, using the same pliers for strength.

To begin take your embroidery thread, and thread through your needle.

Next loop the thread over and under the circumference of your hoop. Bring the needle back through the thread that makes the first part of your dream catcher (pictured below), and pull to tighten the loop.

Continue to to this all the way around the circumference of your hoop, making the distance between each loop as even as you can.

Once you have gone all the way around, continue to do the same thing, but using the lines created just. Try to position these next loops in the centre of each of the thread lines.

After that simply continue again, until you reach the centre.

At this point you could add a bead or charm. I decided to add a pearl. Thread the bead onto your needle and secure it into place using a double knot on the back side of your dream catcher.

Your dream catcher is nearly finished! Simply add embellishments to the bottom and add jewellery components, to create your finished necklace! 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please comment, share and subscribe it's greatly appreciated! Sorry that there wasn't a post last weekend as I was at the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour, and pictures should be up shortly! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! Enjoy! ;) x

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Autumn/Winter DIY Ideas

Hello internet lovelies! I'm here to share some practical, yet useful DIY ideas for Autumn and Winter, as the cold days and dark nights draw in. So I took to Pinterest and found a range of really creative ideas and DIYs. 
Firstly for any Starbucks enthusiast a crochet cup cosy (pictured to the left of the above image) is a must have. Not only is it easy to make through knitting, there are so many ways in which you can make it look more creative and interesting... Why not crochet it into an animal or shape, like the ones below?

Secondly, DIY Hand Warmers. These are great to heat up in a morning and grab just before you run out of the house. They keep your hands warm in the cold mornings and are really simple to create. Simply sew two squares of fabric together and fill with rice, heat up in the microwave for 1 minute and voila!! They also look fantastic customised;

Finally, it's candle time of the year! Light those sweet smelling waxy things and place them in a glass jar. The first image show some decopaged leaves, however there is much more that you can do with them! Maybe dunk half of the jar in coloured paint and leave to dry, or decopage lace on to the outside instead of leaves??

Hope you enjoyed this collection of Autumn/Winter craft ideas, there are loads more ideas and tutorials and ideas on google alone! See you soon! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! :)

(These ideas were all found on Pinterest, however I am in no way affiliated with the site and/or sponsored. They are ideas which, in my opinion are really creative and I may have a go at my self!)

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Harry Potter Polymer Clay Tutorial

Hello internet lovelies! Today I'm posting a new Polymer Clay tutorial- now I know its not a weekend, but I really wanted to post this as soon as possible. So lets get started...
There are a few things that you will need however, before we begin:
~Polymer Clay (Fimo or Sculpey will do) in Translucent, pale peach, black, grey, brown, white and any other colours you may need if your adding other details,
~Tools, in order to help you model and cut the clay,
~Wire (any colour will do),
~Eyepin and other jewellery components.

To start take your peach and translucent clay and mix into quite a large ball. Try not to get many dust fibres on the clay, as they are easily noticeable. This ball will be Harry's head.

Next take your grey clay and mix with a SMALL amount of the black clay (if too much is added the grey will also become black), in order to slightly darken it. Roll the new colour into a thick, short sausage with flat ends and attach to the head.

After that add legs using the same grey colour, by rolling into smaller, thinner sausages. Attach these to the bottom of the body, and make sure that they're in proportion!

Time to make the robe... Take the black clay and flatten into a pancake. Cut a sort of trapezium shape as pictured above, with the bottom being longer than the top.

Then position onto Harry's body. Add arms to the robe, also using black clay and roll small peach balls as the hands. The body now has its shape.

Before you bake, add details such as brown shoes and a Gryffindor tie (Mine wasn't really a success!), glasses (bent wire), a collar out of white clay, and also the hair. When doing the hair its a good idea to look at an image; this ensures that the direction is as accurate as possible.

Once your character has baked add eyes, a mouth and Harry's scar using black and white acrylic paint. I also added small wands and harry potter books using this post here.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I also did a Ron and Hermione, pictured below. Please share and comment if you enjoyed, its greatly appreciated. Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! See you very soon! :)