Fishful Thinking – or – how to give a gift of money in a card!

A relatives Birthday  and he wanted money as gifts rather than presents from everyone so that he could get enough to buy himself a particular  game for his Xbox One machine.  This sounded brilliant to my ears because it meant I didn’t have to try to find a ‘man’ present (why are men always so difficult to buy for? ).  But then came to problem of how to ‘dress up’ a gift of money so that it looked like I’d at least tried to make something look special and as if I’d made some sort of effort other than just finding a paper clip and putting the money inside a card.

I remembered a card I’d seen on Pinterest and thought that I could ‘go’ with that sort of idea, but change it so that it was my own design rather than someone elses.

So I combined one of his loves – his fish tank and the amazing fish in it,  with the gift of money – and this was the result.

 

handmade by Cobwebs at the Cobweborium Emporium.
handmade by Cobwebs at the Cobweborium Emporium.

The red fish, big blue fish and the purple octopus are all made from balloons.  Regular sized balloons.

I pushed a little cushion wadding (the stuffing from a cushion pad) into the big blue fish so that it kept its puffy shape.  The red fish and the purple octopus – I simply cut up two balloons to make those.  With the addition of googly eyes they came to life.

The little fish-shaped sentiment at the top of the card (hidden  a little bit by the money) says ‘Fishful Thinking’.  The watery effect behind the fish is made from a piece of plasticky type backing ‘paper’ which I’ve had for aaaages and never found a use for until now.  The shells are plastic adornments which I’ve had for a long time too, and the green water ‘plants’ were cut out with my die cutting machine. as was the window shape cut into the card blank.  Oh … and the bubbles coming from the big fish’s mouth are flat back pearls.  You can just see some other ‘bubble’ – these were made with tiny amounts of hot glue, but I had to practise making these bubbles (A LOT!) before I felt they were the correct shape to glue onto the card.

The receiver LOVED the card and it was said that it was the  best card you’ve EVER, EVER made!.  …… aw … some people are so easy to please, eh?  lol

So .. are you a card maker, do you ‘make’ anything?    Pleeease leave a comment in the box below because I love to talk to people, and if you have a blog then leave me a link and I’ll come and visit you and leave a comment for you too.   Or perhaps do you save your makes to a Pinterest account?  If so, please leave a comment with the link to your Pinterst board and I promise that I’ll visit and leave you comment – I might even ‘like’ and re-pin some of your pins!

Have a great rest of your day!  ~

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The Enchanted Unicorn – a gem set focal pendant

 post 2 – in ‘Polymer Clay’

A few years ago I bought pair of vintage earrings from a car boot sale…. 

 

Vintage Unicorn Earrings which inspired the Enchanted Unicorn Focal Pendant.
Vintage Unicorn Earrings which inspired the Enchanted Unicorn Focal Pendant.

 

I can’t remember how much I paid for them but I have this feeling that it was something like £2.00 or £2.50.  I wasn’t buying them to wear,  I bought them because they’d charmed me and I’d fallen in love with them.  I ‘needed’ to own them so that I could look at them – and for a while they sat on my dressing table where I could see them,  and pick them up too,  because they’re so amazingly  tactile and they feel so lovely in the hand!

A few weeks after I’d bought them I looked at them and had an idea that maybe I could make something a little inspired by  them,  perhaps a pendant,  either on a beaded necklace or hung on a coloured rope type necklace.  So I took them to my work desk and, using them as inspiration,  I made a unicorn using polymer clay.

 

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The Enchanted Unicorn
– A Gem set Focal Pendant. (handmade by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium)

 

All made from white polymer clay.  The head, neck and ears were pretty easy to form, – a long(ish) sausage, thicker at one end and tapering off at the other–  but I decided to make the neck a lot shorter than the necks of the unicorn earrings, and also the face a little plumper.  I wanted to give my Unicorn a shorter nose too, as I wanted him/her to look a little more ‘comely’,  sort of a bit more friendly and maybe a tad more magical.

Once the head and neck were formed it was at this point that I had to decide where to put the ‘hole’ for the necklace part.  I knew I wanted a hidden hole, so had to work out where the hole would have to be in order for the pendant to hang properly and where I could hide the hole with ‘hair’.   I’ll admit at this point that pushing a knitting needle through the head of this incredible magical beast felt  SO  cruel.  Ugh,  … I felt like the RSPCA would be knocking on the door any minute and I’d be arrested for cruelty towards a *mythical* creature.

Hole made, …  Next came the Unicorn horn.  I chose a long, (rectangle shape)  freshwater Biwa pearl for this,  which I wrapped with a short wire twist, added a little liquid clay to it so it would anchor firmly and then slowly and carefully pushed the horn into the Unicorns head.

Next …  the eyes.

a part of a Unicorn,  handmade by Cobwebs at  The Cobweborium Emporium
a part of a Unicorn,
handmade by Cobwebs at
The Cobweborium Emporium

I know when you look at the bigger photograph of the Unicorn, the eye kind of looks like it could be complicated.  Don’t be fooled, it’s way easier than it looks.

The eye itself is a round, polished gemstone which is set into an eye socket  (a sort of ‘crater’)  which I made by pushing a sculptor’s ball tool into the clay to make that eye socket.  If your a crafter you might well have a ball tool which you use to press into the centre of a punched out flower in order to give it that realistic look.  Providing that you’ll never use that tool on any food item, then you can use the tool on polymer clay.  But if you’re possibly going to use any item for food making then you MUSN’T use it on polymer clay.

After the socket was formed,  I rolled a small, thin sausage of clay and wound it in a circle around the eye,  cutting it at just the right point (I find an angle cut works better than a straight cut & it’s easier to ‘hide’ the join or seam) and then closed the seam between the two ends by carefully blending the ends of the clay together.  I added a tiny bit of liquid clay into the socket and then took my bead and inserted a little ‘thread’ of wire through it, twisted it around the back and then gave it a little kink so that it would work as an anchor to hold the gem bead in the socket.  I then carefully pushed the bead gem into the socket, making sure that the wire went through that tiny bit of liquid clay, so that the liquid would wrap itself around the clay and ‘set’ when the clay went into the oven.

Now it was time to add the mane.

Unicorn mane

As I made the curls of hair, I applied each one very carefully so that they built up in layers, hiding the hole I’d cruelly made through his/her head for the necklace .  I also wanted to add a twist.  I wanted it to be more magical than just a mane, so added real gemstone beads, tucking and nestling them into the curls of hair, anchoring each one with a twist of wire threaded through the small holes drilled in the gemstones.

Once I’d built up the mane I gave him/her flared nostrils  and then finally I gave the face and neck some texture.  I thought about brushing ‘hair’ into the tiny sculpture but dismissed that idea straight away.  I knew that it wouldn’t look like the magical creature I saw in my minds eye, so instead I used one of my small ball tools and gently prodded little dips into his body which turned out to be the perfect texture and suited him/her down to the ground.  (or to the end of his/her neck at any rate!)

The final thing I did was to add a little Pearl-Ex powders, in various places and various colours, so that the P.Ex picked up on the colours of the gem stones and gave a little ‘glow’ around them and accentuated the deep blue of the eye.

He then went into the oven and,  a little while later,  a unicorn was born.

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The Enchanted Unicorn
– A Gem set Focal Pendant.
(handmade by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium)

An extra bit ….

If I were to make the unicorn again, I’d make the mane of thicker pieces of clay rather than those small curls.  Although I love the individual smaller curls, I worry about them catching on something and being broken.

—->  * mythical * creature <—–  ~ …  …  ‘mythical’?  – bah humbug!        From where I’m sat typing this I can clearly see my Unicorn in my garden.  He’s a fabulous chap and doesn’t mind me trimming his tail to make paint brushes. <innocent face>

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The Armour of God – ‘Shield of Faith’ Pendant

The Armour of God - Shield of Faith Pendant.  handmade by Cobwebs at The cobweborium Emporium  https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/
The Armour of God – Shield of Faith Pendant. handmade by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/

The Shield of Faith

I made this pendant for a young relative who is religious and who has always like this type of steampunk style jewellery.  She’s always been the one who stands out from the crowd, so I thought this combination of everything which speaks of her faith, combined with her love of the ‘alternative’ style of jewellery might just hit the spot.

 

Armour of God

tucked into the presentation box was this little book style leaflet which I put together, and which quotes the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 6:10-18.  For those of you who may have just glazed over …  (lol) ..  if you want to understand what I’m going on about then perhaps check out Wikipedia, and in its search bar just put  ‘Armour of God’.  It will take you where you need to be in order to read. 

I didn’t want to start quoting biblical passages here as this isn’t a religious blog, it’s simply a post in my Craft blog, about an item of jewellery I’ve made, but it just happens to have a religious theme to the pendant.  (But if you’re not in the least bit religious – it’s just a great Steampunk pendant!)

I have to admit that I’m fairly new to my Ranger Melting Pot  (which I’ve christened  The Cauldron).  I bought it and then sat looking at it for several weeks, terrified of it.  It seemed so ‘major’.  Such a professional looking item which required someone with way more skill than I had.  But … eventually I talked myself into getting the darn thing out on my desk and plugging it in.  From that moment I was hooked.  AND HOW!!

If you’ve never used one, then I highly recommend it.  It’s the most fascinating, amazing, awe-inspiring bit of kit and you honestly don’t have to be a brain surgeon to get it working for you in the way you want it to work.  I’ll be making a post about this machine in the ‘Products I Recommend‘ category on my blog, very soon.  So if you are interested in possibly purchasing this bit of kit then check back and I’ll put together as comprehensive post about it as I can muster and get it up and ‘live’ by the end of this current week.

But .. back to the pendant:  The necklace which it hangs from is made from a length of velvet ribbon in a rich warm green (it had a posh name for the colour, but my memory is rubbish so that name has gone by the by).  I turned this length of ribbon into the necklace you see in the photograph by the addition of some jewellery ribbon ends – which are like little clamps with teeth which grip the ends of the ribbon so that it’s held firmly.  I added some jump rings and then two lobster claw clasps.  Voila – one necklace ready and waiting for a pendant.

  The pendant:  I did a rough sketch of what I had in mind and then set about making it.  I chose the hobnailed bezel you see in the photograph and then searched through my stash for a cross which was the right shape and size to fit into that bezel.  Once I’d found it, I then wanted to make it ‘glow’ in such a way that it showed clearly through the poured liquid which was to complete the pendant.  So I used some Cosmic Shimmer glitter and flake Glue which I dabbed all over the cross, waited just a moment or two for it to get to a tacky stage and then covered the cross in a mix of silver, rose gold and yellow gold gilding flakes, so that it had a multi toned effect – but you couldn’t really see where one colour finished and the other began.

Then it was time to turn on the Melt Pot(hears the notes to The Twilight Zone in the background)….   Into the Cauldron Melt Pot I poured some clear Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals – not too much, but enough to make what I guessed was enough to fill up the bezel and then a little more, just to be on the safe side.

I added some inks – Cosmic Shimmer Melt Inks,  … don’t use any other inks in your melt pot because other inks aren’t meant for the Ranger Melting Pot and if you get the wrong inks then the whole molten liquid can explodeyou have been warned, –  which, because I used CLEAR Ultra thick crystals, the inks simply coloured the clear [now] liquid in the melt pot.  The colour remained transparent but the more ink you use, the deeper the colour gets.  I then added a little pearl shimmer ultra thick crystals, which gave the liquid a look as if some sort of magic was happening somewhere in that mix.

I poured a small amount of the hot molten liquid into the triangle bezel and quick as I could, I then ‘set’ the cross into that tiny bit of liquid while it was still in its ‘un-set’ state.  I needed to do this so that the cross was held in the place where I wanted it to be, so that it didn’t float around the bezel when I poured more liquid on the top.  I gave it a moment or two to cool off and then I sprinkled some tiny specks of gold gilding flakes over the inside of the bezel and then carefully poured more of the molten liquid over the cross and carefully filled up the bezel to just the right level so that it was domed a little, but not so that it was close to over-flowing.  All I had to do then was wait.  Not long.  Just wait a little while for the whole thing to cool down – which honestly doesn’t take long at all.  Maximum ten/15 minutes for it to be totally cold.

And there you have it.  One Steampunk pendant … or pendant with a religious theme (depending upon which way you want to look at it).

There is a little more to the Cauldron  Ranger Melting Pot which you need to know if you’re going to invest in one.  Either click to ‘follow’ me (that way you’ll get an email when I post something new on here) so that you won’t miss out on the post in ‘Products I Recommend’ which will be about the Melt Pot, or remember to keep popping back and checking my blog out so that you don’t miss it.

Have a great day all  ~

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Angels are Watching Over You

An all handmade card made by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/
An all handmade card made by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium
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An all handmade card, made by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium.  (Side view showing a little of the inside) https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/
An all handmade card, made by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium. (Side view showing a little of the inside)
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Two views of the same card (the colour difference is one photograph was taken with a flash, and the other was without the flash).

I had to use a high graded gsm card stock for this card in order to take the weight of the Angel wings which I mounted to the front. (The wings are all handmade by me too).

There is a little silver tone Angel hanging from the bottom of the wings, which has a skirt covered with AB crystals and they catch the light and make the whole card twinkle.   The wording:  “Angels are Watching Over You” – was made using a stamp which I’ve had for aaages, and then embossed with a little gold and silver embossing powders, which I mixed a little to get a great effect.

There’s an Angel Feather inside the card … and a little pink bow.  The decorative black trellis type decoration to the front of the card was made using a Tonic Die, and I also used a die cut tag, again cut using a Tonic Die, to stamp the words onto.

I loved making this card and am so happy to be able to share it with you all.

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Angel Wings Brooch.

post 1 – in ‘Polymer Clay’

Angel Wings Brooch copy

Made from Polymer Clay, each of those tiny little feathers you see, were individually made and attached to a heart shaped base which I built up in the middle in order to give it that plush, plumped up, heart shape which make the Angel Wings.

Before curing the clay I attached a brooch back to the under-side of the wings, so that the wearer could pin the wings to a coat or top.  But … I did wonder if I could make these wings into a pendant, so I threaded a couple of links on a chain onto the ‘spike’ of the brooch back and VOILA!  … it worked as a pendant too.

Size-wise, the brooch measures (approx) 5cm in length (top to bottom), which is just under 2″.

I liked this little brooch so much that I made a handful of them and gave them as little gifts to members of my family, and close friends.

The golden sheen you see to the feathers is Mica powder, which I gently brushed on before curing the clay.

Thanks for visiting and reading!

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