Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Pendants Galore!

I've been playing with setting the friendly plastic into bezels and have at long last got round to putting them all together and coating them in resin, not bad for a first attempt, a few gaps here and there, but with a bit more experimentation, I'll get there!

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Lookie Lookie!

At what the lovely Jana sent me as a pressie for entering one of the friendly plastic comps. I've been meaning to post this for a while as I got it in July! I absolutely love it and it goes with pretty much anything as it has lots of different colours in it!

Friday, 10 July 2009

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary!

I made this card for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary, which was on Saturday 4th July! I wish we could have been there with them, so I'm a bit sad, but maybe next year! From left to right (hopefully I've got this right); Sheila & hubby, Dad & Mum (Mike & Sylvia), behind them is Unlce Ray, Grandpa & Grandma Brown (Dad's parents - Leondard & Ivy) and my Mum's parents (Basil & Victoria Feeny), shame you can't see Bas behind Nan's hat!

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Funky New Hats!

I found this wonderful lady on Etsy.com who makes the most amazing crochet fab funky hats and her name's Janet (funkyhooker - what a fantastic name!). If anyone's interested in Janet's fab hats, you can find her shop here; http://www.funkyhooker.etsy.com, just let her know Sara @ Silkychicken sent you!

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Bling Bling!

I’ve been working on something a bit different, a beading project as I wanted to make a present for a very dear friend of mine. It started off as a beaded bling bling bra strap set, but has now become a full matching set - necklace, earrings, bracelet & watch. The bra straps have proved quite perplexing, as they needed to have a bit of give in them but not be so stretchy that you ended up with gaps between the beads when worn. I've tried so many different things and have ended up with 0.8mm stretch magic, as that’s the thickest I can use with cultured pearls, but I have had to pull the stretch magic through each bead using a needle threading tool doodah, what a pain that’s been! I've also decided to start making them as bridal/special occasion jewellery and I've got a silver version, gold version and a red and gold version.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Friendly Plastic Catherine Wheel Pendant

Here's my latest creation which I've made for the Marbling Magic challenge on www.friendlyplastic.blogspot.com There's a couple of bits I need to 'tweak' and I need to finish the back and add a coat of resin.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Another birthday card!

I had a lovely surprise this morning, a lovely card from Christine (Charliecat CBC Forum), we thought it'd got lost in the post but it arrived, maybe they sent it by sea in error eh?! Anyway, it's on my sideboard and thought I'd upload it for you all to see.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Alcohol Inks

I had a go playing with alcohol inks on FP and using isopropyl alcohol. The effects are lovely, however I don't seem to be able to do anything quite as lovely as Jana's Ewy's work using this technique.

Tick Tock!

I've been having a play with my Friendly Plastic again as I wanted to create a watch with a difference. I've been having some trouble with getting the watch head to stay in place in a pleasing way and having played with all sorts of ideas (including cutting down a tuna can!), I've had to stick with rolling some FP and using it to secure it in place, it's a bit messy, so I still need to work on the back to make it look more aesthetically pleasing, but that requires a bit more playing around with the piece. This one is my first attempt, so it's no perfect by any means as it's been heated so many times some of the bits are over melted and a bit wonky, but I LOVE the colours and I can't remember which alcohol inks I used, so I'm making sure that I keep all my recipes written down for any future pieces I make!

Friday, 24 April 2009

And another one ....

from Sue F arrived in the post this morning with a lovely funky fairy on!

Ellen's Card!

This is Ellen's beautiful card that my naughty little girl 'borrowed' so I forgot to scan it in as it had been moved elsewhere (sorry Ellen!).

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Birthday Cards (CBC Forum)

Here are all my lovely cards from the Craftsbycarolyn forum I belong to, plus one extra one from my sis as it's also handmade. From top to bottom they have been made by; Ruth (my sis), Sue, Smayed, Purplepenguin, Melissa, Kinglake, Joanne, Jake, Craftyhazelnut & Carolyn. I'll upload the other three as and when they arrive.

Birthday Cards (CBC Forum)


I decided to have another go at making a friendly plastic doll of sorts as the first attempt was a tad basic, but hey, we've all gotta start somewhere! This fairy is mixed media this time and is made from friendly plastic, angelina fibres, sugar wire & green silk fibres. I'm quite pleased with my green fairy and think I'll make some more for Christmas this year.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

My 40th Birthday!

I had a lovely day on Saturday, openened all my lovely cards & pressies (forum cards to be scanned and uploaded soon!). Dan, Bob & I went out for brekkie at the Lott and then I set about the task of supervising the boys with food prep. The party zoomed by and suddenly it was all over and I realised that I'd done really well not getting too squiffy until Bob had started making B52's! Here's a few pix of the evening.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Birthday Girl!

I'm a bit slow in posting atm, but here we go! It was Summer's 2nd birthday a couple of weeks ago and she had a lovely time, I was completely knackered from all the cooking, baking and running around, but a good time was had by all and the excitement over the birthday cake really said it all!

Surprise, surprise!

This is one of the birthday dresses that Melinda and Ian gave Summer.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Arm op

Hi All, nothing crafty to report as I had my arm op on Tuesday, op should have been at 2pm, but I didn't get knocked out til just after 5pm and I was in surgery for longer than anticipated ... must have been all that granny's knitting of wirework holding my elbow together that did it I reckon! Anyway, I didn't want to stay as Dan and Summer had been hanging around all day and that would mean another journey back to Canberra and home again the following day, so I insisted I went home and we got home just after 22.30, fortunately the roo's stayed away from the road as they're a nightmare in the dark. I've pulled off my bandages as they were too tight and now the swelling's gone down, so I just have a long plaster with some hexagon shaped squishy stuff over it. Stitches are due out 27th, but I'm still waiting for an appt from the fracture clinic back in Canberra for that one, which means another day sat around waiting to see an ortho just to get signed off, last time we waitied 3hrs past our appt time, it's just mad and frustrating when you have a little one in tow! I'm not sure if I need any more x-rays, we'll see, but I have all 30 odd of my x-rays at home with me, so I'll be mostly taking pix of them before I have to hand them all back over! I'll post some pix when I get a mo :-)

Friday, 6 March 2009

Friendly Plastic Beads .... my first attempt!

Well, here's my first decent attempt at making some FP beads, I've even managed to coat them in envirotex! I messed up a bit by not cleaning drips from around the cocktail sticks that they were resting on, but managed to cut off the excess that had attached the cocktail sticks (oopsey!), so just a little bit of touch up was required. Not bad for the first batch, I just need to decide how I want them to be on a necklace and see what I've got in my stash that'll do the beads justice. The colours I used were gold/black, chocolate/black, red/red.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Wiggly Pendant

I've been having a play today with something new, using FP, hammered silver wire and a glass nugget. I'm not entirely happy with it, but I need to do some more playing as the droplets at the end of the wires aren't quite right.

Monday, 16 February 2009

Funky Wonky Clocks

Ok, so this is something other than Friendly Plastic that I make, but .... it does have some Friendly Plastic on it, it wouldn't be the same without it! Each clock is hand sculpted from scratch from a modelling compound called Sculptamold (clay, papier mache & plaster) and I call this series 'Space in Time'.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Friendly Plastic is Back!

Most of you already know that Amaco have relaunched Friendly Plastic and some new (and old) colours will be coming out soon! There's a yahoo group for FP enthusiasts (see further down the page on the right). Linda Peterson has kindly setup an FP blog that both Linda and Jana will be imparting their wonderful knowledge. I've put the blogs/website links below and also permanently further down the page on the right.


Monday, 9 February 2009

Aerial House Pix

I know some of you have already seen these, but I've pulled everything from the Silkychickendesigns.com.au website and am putting it on here now as it's easier.

We're the house with the blue/grey roof btw!

This is the day we moved in, so no furniture, not so tidy now! The lounge/diner/kitchen are all one area and because of the expanse of glass it's like being in a hot house, so we had to put air con in.

View from the front verandah with low cloud (we're approx. 1200m above sea level here).