The Glue Is Taking Forever To Dry! Some Works In Progress & UFOs!

20181230_023605 (2)Pictured are:  the last three pear snow person shapes I used in the how-to-do tutorial; Spider Girl, who needs another coat of the shiny black paint; what will be Spider Junior; and sweater shapes that were going to be Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments but the glue took forever to dry so they will now be Ugly Winter Sweater Ornaments. It has been raining and raining, so much so that I rarely have to water my garden. But all that humidity from all that rain is seriously slowing down the drying time for things I’ve been working on. The Ugly Sweater Ornaments were supposed to be a quick project to finish before Christmas, but the glue used to glue the shapes together took super long to dry, so they’ll be a project for January. They’ll look kind of like these, in the picture.18af30e080883678dbd394150d0d58a3

20181230_023539 (2)I started six more air dry clay pig ornaments and two kick fighter bear ornaments. I cut the shapes out this last Friday, so hopefully they will be dry by next weekend. One of the pigs will be an Oxford Sandy & Black pig for me and the other pig shapes will be painted like other breeds of pigs.

20181231_031833 (2)I’m a slow crocheter, so, slowly but surely the scarf I’ve been working on is getting longer. And Squirrel Boy has the beginnings of his eyes, nose and mouth!

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The white has to come up to more around the mouth area and he needs the shading for his nose and cheeks. He’s starting to look a little friendly. I’m using the picture below, “Squirrel Angel”, done by Vicki Sawyer, as the reference for the facial shading.0994ee8fb15f2069a32e78e59ade1c32Squirrel Boy won’t look exactly like the “Squirrel Angel”, I don’t want to copy, but I’ll try for similar facial-shading wise around the nose, mouth and eye area.

So, projects in the works for the new year! Coming along slowly but surely! I hope you all will be safe and warm for your official changing of the calendar and your New Year’s celebrations! Remember your pets and if you can’t refrain from shooting off fireworks, give your pets a safe and secure place to hide from all the noise! So, Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope yours’  is SUPER NICE! Happy Crafting!

The Air Dry Ornaments for the gifting have been varnished!

The original idea for these came from Imagine Blog’s “Make Gingerbread Ornaments with Clay and Memento Ink” article, which I re-blogged and it is in my November month archive, in which the colors were done with various colors of ink. I wanted to try doing my version with paint.

20181223_172424 (2)I varnished these this morning, the weather was cooperating for a change. So I set these guys on top of my storage unit on my patio and sprayed them with Krylon ColorMaster Clear Satin Crystal Clear Indoor/Outdoor spray varnish.The cats’ noses are done with FolkArt : 633 Baby Pink acrylic paint. Their eyes and mouth shapes are done with a Sakura Pigma Micron 005 pen in black.20181223_172418 (3)

The piggies’ spots and splotches are done with FolkArt : 938E Licorice acrylic paint.20181223_172424 (3)proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-pigs#1

The clay piggies are a little like the cuties in the wagon, color and pattern wise. I’m going to make another one of the clay piggies like these guys for me and some more colored like different breeds of pigs.

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The kick fighters are embellished with Puffy 3D Paint in White and various colors.

I’m going to do a bit of a review of the clay, the Puffy 3D Paint and probably the Micron pen when I get everybody finished. For now, let’s just say products didn’t preform as promised on the various labels.20181223_172723 (2)The bear, the stars and Squirrel Boy are still works in progress, but are further along than they where. I’ve been looking on Pinterest.com to see how other people have done their teddy bear cookies and star cookies to get ideas for my clay ones.

So, there you go! The ornaments for the gifting are ready for their hangers and ready to give to the relatives I made them for. I’ll keep working on the bear, the stars and Squirrel Boy, in between watching holiday movies and making the real gingerbread cookies version of the clay kick fighters on Christmas morning. Christmas is almost here! I hope you are having a SUPER NICE HOLIDAY time!!!!  HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

 

The Air Dry Ornaments so far & Squirrel Boy!

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I’ve got the base color on everybody and tomorrow I will do the fine details and embellishing. The cat shapes are based on this cat ornament, below,  which was posted on Pinterest by AnnsCrockteria, of New York in the U.S.A. My cat shapes are coated with FolkArt : 901E Wicker White. I’ll use Sharpie Ultra Fine point markers for the features on the cats.

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The running pig shapes are based on this pig ornament, below, which was posted on Pinterest by SnowBunnys, of Angelus Oaks, California, U.S.A.

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On my version of the pigs, I gave them two ears and all four of their legs and a tail. And for the color pattern, my husband wanted me to make the pigs look similar to one of these guys….proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-baby pig #4This is a baby version of an Oxford Sandy & Black. My husband’s uncle raised this breed of pig and even grown up these piggies are incredibly cute! I went over my gingerbread base color on the pig shapes with a real thin wash of Apple Barrel : 20764E Apricot acrylic paint to get that sort of sandy orange piggy fur color. For the black markings I’ll use FolkArt : 938E Licorice acrylic paint. I’ll use a black Ultra Fine point Sharpie for the eyes.

For the two ninja kick fighters, the two star shapes and my teddy bear shape, to get that gingerbread kind of color, I had to mix into a base of FolkArt 901E Wicker White :  FolkArt  939 Butter Pecan, DecoArt Americana Espresso, DecoArt Americana Burnt Sienna, and a small bit of Apple Barrel 20764E Apricot. My round shape ornament is being used to test how the various colors and washes look against each other, I’ll paint over it when I get everybody else done. I’m going to use various colors of the Puffy 3D Paint to embellish all these guys.

For long suffering Squirrel Boy, the light is now visible at the end of the tunnel. To get his all over base color I mixed into a base of FolkArt 939 Butter Pecan :  FolkArt 901E Wicker White, FolkArt Artist’s Pigment 462 Burnt Umber, DecoArt Americana Espresso and just a touch of FolkArt 938E Licorice. For his tummy I’ll mix a kind of soft cream color and I’ll probably use that color for the light rings around his eyes. His nose will be a soft brown…proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-Squirrel#4.jpg I’m trying to make Squirrel Boy look a little bit like this guy, above. Not exactly like him but at least recognizable as being a squirrel-like creature. And not a zombie, my husband made me promise to not make a zombie squirrel and not make any of these ornaments into zombies. Though I have more of the clay, different things will be made with that… Any way, all the paints I used are acrylics and I used FolkArt Floating Medium 898 for thinning the paints and for making color washes. So after the ornaments are embellished and dry, on Saturday I’ll varnish them and put their hangers on them.  So, it’s coming down to the wire now, Christmas is almost here! I hope you have a SUPER GREAT DAY and HAPPY CRAFTING!

 

 

A Pear Snowman Tutorial…

20181211_162400 (2)Been working on attaching hat pom-poms, chest buttons, and paper discs for them to sit on to help keep them from falling over. So, back to the beginning…20181101_183104 (2)I started out with the idea I had seen in a magazine several years ago to make snowmen from plastic pears. It took me several years to gather all the various do-dads to embellish these with and one of the places where I got a lot of the small buttons, tiny pom-poms, and the little Christmas light strand beads, Hancock Fabrics, has gone into bankrupt proceedings. You can probably find the buttons, pom-poms and the little light beads or ones similar to them at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or amazon.com. 20181105_200831 (2)It started out well enough, I had sealed these guys with matte medium, gessoed them and prime coated them, but then problems arose. Two of the pears I had  purchased from the dollar store started bleeding color up through the matte medium, the gesso and the prime coat of paint. So, to stop the color bleeding  I put two coats of varnish on the bleeders. Then proceeded to put two layers of paper mache on the bleeders to further seal them and halt or at least cover up their “bad complexions”, so to speak. But just in case they continued to go down hill, I made two replacement pear shapes from compressed aluminum foil. To make them…20181209_194037 (2)I started by mashing a clump of foil into a pear-like shape and then rolling it around on my drainboard to smooth the surface and I kept doing that and adding more foil till I got the size I wanted and the “pear” was rock hard. Then I put a layer of masking tape all over the pear to completely cover the foil. Then I wrapped the pear with floral tape which is self sealing and really helps to smooth out the lumps and bumps. Then I added the bamboo skewers to give me something to hold onto, which makes it easier to handle the shapes while working on them. Then I put a coat of matte medium on the pears to help keep the floral tape from unwrapping itself. Then I paper mache’ed the two replacement pears and let them dry. Then, I put a coat of matte medium on the two replacements and the original two bleeders to seal the paper mache’ and protect it from the wetness of the gesso and paints.20181111_182455 (3)

I used Elmer’s Glue-All, Multi-purpose Glue, the Extra Strong Formula and Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue and Aleen’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue, all slightly watered down, as the adhesive for the paper mache’. I used gift insert tissue paper for the paper. 20181111_182753 (3)

I used Liquitex Matte Medium, the fluid formula and Liquitex Basics Acrylic Gesso to prep the surface of the “pears” to get them ready for the paint I was going to use on them.20181209_194652 (5)I used Folkart Outdoor Acrylic Paint in: 6240E Cotton, as the prime coat, the base coat and the top coat of all the “pears”, and I used sponge brushes to apply the paint cause they don’t create as much streaking as normal paint brushes sometimes do. On the “eyes” and mouths I used Folkart Outdoor Acrylic Paint in: 1640 Licorice, which I applied with a nail art dotting tool. On the carrot noses, which are pieces of round bamboo skewers, I used Folkart Outdoor Acrylic Paint in: 1615 Pure Orange and I applied it with a Crayola Kid’s Disposable Craft Brush. You could also use pieces of orange chenille “pipe cleaners” for the noses. I got those cute little clamps, that I used to hold the small parts while I painted them, from Walmart. The paints came from Walmart too. The snow men’s “arms” are made from the branching bits left over from when I was cutting off silk fall leaves from silk leaf bunches for my Halloween display. I have a bunch of those and they looked kind of like arms and hands so I used wire cutters to trim them to the sizes I wanted. Then I put two coats of gesso on them and then I painted them with Folkart Outdoor Acrylic Paint in: 1617 Maple Syrup (it’s a color, not actual maple syrup) I used the disposable brushes for these too. For drilling the holes for attaching the noses and arms, I used a round mini diamond needle file, which I got from http://www.micromark.com , they sell all kinds of way cool small tools which are good for model making, small wood carving projects, jewelry making, doll house building, etc.20181209_194926 (3)For the “hats”, I used baby socks in the 0-6 months size, the pastel color ones I got from Walmart and the striped ones I got from amazon.com. To make the “hats”, I turned the socks inside out and then tied the sock off and knotted it tight, just before the heel area, with a piece of string. Then I cut the part above the knotted part off and turned the “hat” right side out and wiggled the hats into place on the snow people’s “heads”. 20181211_162319 (2)The tiny little buttons I’m using for the chest buttons came from Hancock Fabrics, and they come in lots of colors. I glued paper discs on the bottom of all the snow people to cover the holes left from the bamboo skewers and to help keep them from toppling over.20181211_162228 (2)

I used Crafter’s Pick, THE ULTIMATE! to glue all the various small parts to the snow people, it holds firm and dries clear.20181211_162400 (2)So, here they are again, I’m working on them assembly-line like. I glue bits on and let them dry and keep doing that till their done. These guys and gals actually aren’t very hard to do, they just had some fiddly problems I had to ponder on and overcome. The only hard bit was threading those “lights” on the wire “light strand” that the one snowman is holding. They are very fragile and kept breaking so I’m only doing one like that, those “lights” are actually little beads that can be used to embellish like Christmas cards and gift tags, etc., and they came from Hancock Fabrics. In a perfect world these guys would only take a few hours to do plus drying time for the paint and glue. But because I had to paper mache’ some of them it took quite a while longer, plus I was fitting in working on them around doing housework, doing laundry, cooking meals, dealing with hurricanes, tropical storms, etc., you know, fun stuff like that. My recommendation for doing these is that you make the pear shape from aluminum foil and paper mache’ it. That way you have less problems and you can make the bottom flat-ish so they stay upright without toppling over. So, I would place these as an intermediate skill level crafter’s project. They took some problem solving to do. And they need some adult supervision if kids are making these for using the wire cutters, craft knives and sharp scissors for cutting the different bits and pieces out, plus working with the special glue. So, it took a while to get these guys to this point, but I’m liking how they are turning out so far. I hope you find my tutorial helpful and you don’t have to use the exact products I did to do these. I use what is relatively inexpensive and what is easy for me to get locally. I used the Outdoor paints because they are self sealing and don’t absolutely have to be varnished. So there you go! If you make these I hope you like them. Christmas is coming soon and happy crafting!

 

 

 

The Pear Snow People so far…

20181129_091239 (2)This is what they look like so far. The one with the blue hat is going to have buttons that match his hat, but he is the most farthest along of all the snow people. And he might be the only one holding the string of lights cause the little bulbs keep breaking, they are so fragile! And the one on the far right, with the hat made of pom poms, is going to loose the pom pom hat, I like the baby crew sock hats better. I’ve got ones of these guys in various stages so I can take pictures for a tutorial. As long as they aren’t bleeding color the pears are relatively easy to work with. I used a thin needle file to drill the holes for the noses and the arms. The string of lights blue hat guy is holding is green craft wire with tiny light bulb ornaments strung on it. I used Folkart Outdoor Paint, which is self sealing, on these guys, so they won’t need to be varnished. Yeah! That’s a good thing cause the weather has been really crappy here, front after front just keep rolling through. It’s like it went from hot summer to nasty cold winter with not much moderate fall weather. Bleah! I’m going to see if I can find some more baby crew socks in actual holiday colors, so far our Walmarts are not keeping the baby sock section very well stocked, Target is even worse. I think it is because of the hurricane, the stores still haven’t really restocked yet after having to throw away so much damaged merchandise. Hopefully, as it gets closer to Christmas, the baby clothes sections at the local stores will get better stocked up on colorful baby crew socks I can use for hats. So, this is what’s going on so far with the pear snow people! Christmas is coming soon! Happy Crafting!

Finally, Squirrel Boy is ready for matte medium and then the gesso! YEAH!!!

20181121_045612 (3)I’ve done a lot of work on Squirrel Boy, learning what I can and can’t do with the floral tape wrap method along the way. I made his arms and legs longer to help balance his longer tail. And I’ve done some major work on his ears, sculpting them some and making them look much more like squirrel ears. I’m getting his eyes ready. And, as you can see behind Squirrel Boy, Spider Girl and the pear snow people shapes have been gessoed and are ready for the prime coat of paint. YEAH!!! So, that’s what’s happening so far with these guys and gals, things are finally progressing to the stage where the embellishing process can get in the works, YEAH!!! So, I hope you all have a SUPER GREAT DAY!!! HAPPY CRAFTING!!! HAPPY NOVEMBER!!!

An update on Squirrel Boy & the pear snowmen, trying a new technique in papier-mache, & a bat that didn’t get into the Halloween display

20181114_051634 (2)Poor Squirrel Boy! I’m trying the floral tape wrap on him to give him a smoother surface. I made his tail a bit longer, his back legs a little longer for better balance, made his arms a little longer, and extended his muzzle a little bit to give him a more egg shaped head like actual squirrels have. When he has a full layer of the tissue paper glued on him, I’ll open his eye sockets back up. Up in the top of the picture is what will be Spider Girl. I’m starting her now cause my paint I want to use on her might not be usable when it gets close to next Halloween, a use it or loose it thing. She will look similar to Spider Boy but have a more extensive dot pattern and maybe a bow on her head. So, the floral tape wrapping thing is the new, to me, papier-mache technique and it really does help to create a smoother surface, it worked real well on the pear snow men shapes I made. When you are using the tape you pull on it as you wrap it around your shape and it sort of sticks in place and self seals itself. 20181114_051510 (2)The pear snowmen shapes are now ready for the gesso, again. The bleeders and the two I made have two layers of varnish, two layers of tissue paper and two layers of acrylic matte medium on them. The other pears that didn’t do strangeness have two more layers of the matte medium, just to make sure they can handle the wetness from the gesso and the paint. Wish me luck! Hopefully, there won’t be any more weird things happening with the prep for these guys.20181114_052143 (2)This is Bat Boy and I’m not tormenting him with those pins!  I made him so he could hang suspended in the air between like my two cupboards like he’s flying. The pins have thread attached to them for the hanging part. He was hiding on my desk and I didn’t find him till after Halloween. I saw him in Woman’s Day magazine several years ago and worked up a pattern for him. That was the easy part. The sewing part was the tricky part.20181114_051945 (2)He is made out of black fleece for his body and black felt for his wings and outer ear shapes. His inner ear shapes are pink felt and his little feet are brown felt. His muzzle is a pink pompom with a black felt dot for his nose. His eyes are two neon green beads with the pupils marked on with a black Sharpie. He is stuffed with polyester Poly-fil. All his parts except for the black dot for his nose and the pink inner ears are sewn in place during his assembly, even his pink muzzle. His black nose, which is glued on with fabric glue, hides the knot that holds the muzzle on. The pink part of his ears is glued onto the black outer part with fabric glue. All his parts had to be carefully folded inward while sewing him together and then very carefully pulled through the tiny opening when I turned him right side out before I stuffed him and sewed him shut. His body is a three inch circle and his wings when fully open extend out to sixteen inches. The black part of his ears is two inches tall and an inch wide and the pink part is an inch tall and 5/8ths of an inch wide. Each of his feet is an inch wide from outer toe to outer toe. I used a 1/4 of an inch seam allowance for his body section and for attaching his wings , ears and feet. I wouldn’t recommend him for a beginning sewer but he isn’t super hard to make. Just kind of fiddley cause trying not to accidentally over-sew his wings or ears or feet while sewing his body up and then trying to not pull him to pieces turning him right-side out. I sewed his eyes and muzzle in place before I sewed him completely shut so the knots are on the inside for those. I think Bat Boy would be considered a softie cause he’s not all felt and he is soft and kind of furry from the fleece in his body section.

So, there you go! A Squirrel Boy update, the beginning of Spider Girl, a pear snowmen update, a little info about the floral tape wrap method and Bat Boy! I hope you all have a SUPER GREAT DAY! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!

A tutorial for how to make the Zomkins and Spider Boy!

20181111_182455 (2)Here are the basic products I used for the papier-mache’ part. I used the Tacky Glues thinned down with some water cause it was starting to dry up, you know, a use it or loose it thing. And when I ran out of that I used the Elmer’s thinned down some with water. To get other ideas for gluing options look on, “Ultimate Papermache”, at https://www.ultimatepapermache.com . On there you can see all kinds of great how-to-do tips and techniques for doing papier mache’ and there are hordes of different recipes for the glue/paste. It is like a papier mache’ wonderland, a super great website! So, to start out I had the basic pumpkin shapes, I used a sharp craft knife to cut them open and to carve out the facial features. I used a grapefruit knife to help with the hollowing out part of the ones that needed to be hollowed out.20180819_192936Then time for the torn up pieces of newspaper and gift insert tissue paper. I did two layers of the papier mache’ and I applied the glue with a disposable kids paint brush. I used the Celluclay around the eye areas to strengthen and reinforce those thin places. I also used it around the lid openings to strengthen those areas too.20180905_073525 (2)To attach the teeth which I made out of foam-core board, I used masking tape. Then I applied the tissue paper that had been dipped in the glue mixture to help lock the teeth in place.20181006_064421 (2)After the Zomkin shapes and Spider Boy (who is just two foam balls stuck together with toothpicks) have been completely covered with the paiper mache’ and have dried till they are rock hard,  I applied acrylic matte medium, two coats at least.  This drys super fast and seals the papier mache’ and protects it from the wet gesso and paint later on. 20181111_182753 (2)Then I applied acrylic gesso, at least two coats, this helps to create a really hard and smooth surface for painting. If the surfaces are still not smooth enough, you can sand the shapes with a fine grade sand paper, and then add another coat of gesso. 20181013_145813 (2)Time for the prime coat, I used Folkart matte acrylic paint in 901E Wicker White. At least two coats, this also helps smooth the surfaces. Spider Boy already has his base coat of Folkart matte acrylic paint in 938E Licorice. Smiley and Baby Boo have the inside color in their mouths of Folkart matte acrylic paint in 736 School Bus Yellow.20181111_183139 (2)For the insides and outsides of the Zomkins, in their mouths, around their eyes, and on their lids top and bottom, I applied a base coat of the School Bus Yellow. Then when that was dry, I thinned some Apple Barrel 20764E Apricot with FolkArt Floating medium and painted on two coats of that on the outer surfaces of the Zomkins. I made that paint really thin cause I wanted the yellow base coat to like “glow” through the paint layered on top of it.  Then for that pumpkin-like color, I hand mixed Apple Barrel 20589E Harvest Orange, some of the apricot, some of the school bus yellow, and Folkart Artist’s Pigment 917 Yellow Ochre, and a small amount of Folkart matte acrylic paint in 939 Butter Pecan until I had the shade of orange I wanted. I also mixed the floating medium with this paint so the drying time would be extended and the paint wouldn’t  look streaky when I was layering the different coats of paint. The float medium kept the paint fluid enough so that when I started painting on one side of a Zomkin, by the time I got around to where I had started again, the paint made an even blending without hard edges.20181017_162450 (2)I used these guys as color models.20181111_183918 (2)For the stems, which on Smiley and Zack, are dowels covered with Celluclay, sculpted to look more stem-like, I used a mix of the licorice black, Folkart matte acrylic paint in 939 Butter Pecan and Folkart Artist’s Pigment 462 Burnt Umber and more of the float medium and mixed them some what while they where still wet to get that dried pumpkin stem color. Then when the stems were dry, I touched the color up some with the brown fine point Posca pen and the ultra fine point black Sharpie pen.20181017_162316 (2)Here they are ready for their eyes except for Smiley, who already had his cause they stuck in place when I was trying to see if they fit, they did, too well and I had to leave them in place rather than risk ruining them trying to get them back out.20181111_184155 (2)For all the larger Zomkins’ eyes, which in Zeke, Zack and one of Smiley’s eyes, I used ping-pong balls, Smiley’s smaller eye is a clothespin doll head. Baby Boo and Spider Boy’s eyes are fake berries from fake holly berry clusters. All the eyes were gessoed, base coated white and then the color parts were applied with various colors of Sharpies in shades of green for the eye color area in the Zomkins and black for the pupils of all. I used the Posca pen in brown to do the final touch-ups on the Zomkin’s stems and the yellow Posca pen for touch-ups around their mouths, lid openings, lids and eye areas. When everybody is dry, dry, dry I will varnish them all with Krylon Colormaster Clear Satin, Crystal Clear, Spray Varnish.20181111_183653 (2)Spider Boy is final coated with Apple Barrel acrylic paint in Black 20404, which gave him that shine on his shell. His polka dots are made with Lumiere Light Body Metallic Acrylic paint in 571 Pearl Turquoise. The eye color area in Spider Boy’s eyes, is done with a pink Sharpie, the pupils are done with a black Sharpie. Spider Boy’s mouth is done with a pink fine-point Posca pen. His legs are black pipe cleaners.20181027_215847 (2)Don’t they all look so happy!

So, there you go! A some what long process not helped by having to deal with Hurricane Florence and the tropical storm version of Hurricane Michael. Mostly what takes the longest time in doing papier mache’ is the drying time. Every thing has to be rock hard dry before going to the next step in the process. I’ve already got two more pumpkins that I bought on clearance after this Halloween to add to the Zomkin patch for the build up to next Halloween. On a scale of between 1 and 10 with 10 being the hardest, I’d rate making the Zomkins and Spider Boy at a 5, they need adult supervision to do because of using the craft knife and the grapefruit knife to carve the features and hollowing them out. But they are not super hard to do.  And the basic steps for this papier mache’ project can be used for making most other papier mache’ projects. And you don’t have to use the same brands of products I did, I use the various ones I  use cause they are relatively inexpensive and easy for me to get locally.  So, I hope you find this how-to useful! I’m already looking forward to next Halloween! HAPPY CRAFTING!

A drying day

20181105_200831 (2)I’ve added two layers of varnish and a layer of papier-mache’ to the two bleeders,(hopefully this will stabilize them) and the two pears I made. I’ll probably add at least one more layer of the papier-mache’ before I gesso them again and start the painting process. Hopefully, they will be ready to be ‘snowmanafied’ soon. I’m thinking of using the ankle part of some baby crew socks I have to make the hats for these guys. And the pointy ends of some bamboo skewers, painted orange, for the carrot noses. Now, if the pears will just cooperate and stop doing strange things, I can get this snowman project properly going and out of the prep stage. I’m glad I didn’t wait till the week before Christmas to start this! Log this under crap happens!   Happy November!   Christmas is coming soon!   Happy crafting!

The Pears are being difficult!

20181104_010833 (3)I don’t know if you can really see it,  but see that second pear from the left up there on the bamboo stick? The color is bleeding through the gesso! The third one is doing it too but not as bad as the other one. Whoever made them didn’t seal them before they put them up for sale. So, I made two replacement pears from aluminum foil and wrapped them with floral tape to give them a smoother surface to work with. And Squirrel Boy isn’t into bondage, I just wrapped some of the floral tape around his arms and legs to help strengthen the joins. He might get some more tape on him cause it really does help to make the surface smooth. I’m thinking of trying the tape around the two color bleeding pears to sort of seal and resurface them to make them usable. So, this is what’s going on so far with the pear snowmen and Squirrel Boy is coming along. So, Happy Crafting!!! Have a GREAT DAY!!!!