A couple months ago, I read this post by Jessica Jones at How About Orange, one of my very favorite DIY/craft blogs. She does a lot of simple, beautiful origami projects, and introduced me to one of my favorite products, fabric stiffener. (She uses Stiffen Stuff in that post, but I strongly prefer Aleen’s Stiffen Quik.)
From her post, I created this fabric necklace (and many, many more).
She mentions at the end of that this paper project could be tried with stiffened fabric, which I started thinking as soon as I saw that first picture. So here’s my take on her lovely project. The fabric used here is one that Jessica designed, Skiff in Dusk (that link is where I got it). It’s home decor weight, which means it’s as sturdy as a canvas. I’ve also made these with quilter’s weight cotton and t-shirt jersey. Continue reading
I wish we could say we timed this project to correlate with Chinese New Year, the year of the Dragon. But we did not. The truth is, we’ve been on a marathon session of How I Met Your Mother, which, despite its laugh track, is actually a really good show! And on the show, they’ve decorated their way-too-big-to-be-for-real New York City apartments with all kinds of vintage games, like pinball machine displays and Chinese checker boards.
I have been marginally obsessed with clocks lately, so it seemed natural that we’d make a clock out of a Chinese checkerboard. Continue reading
Edit: We’ve made these available on our Etsy shop!
We’ve been together for a little over six months now. About 5 months ago, we started our first of many “weekend” projects. Screen printing was on Arrie’s Life List, so we decided to make some art for ourselves.
This, by the way, isn’t going to be a How To Screen Print post – there are great tutorials everywhere else (for example), and, besides, I’m not that good at it.
EDIT 11/5/2012: We are no longer selling custom crayon pieces in our Etsy shop. We are now focusing on a new jewelry project, so please check that out and we hope you enjoy the tutorial below!
Edit: We are now selling custom crayon pieces in our Etsy shop! If you have questions about commissioning your own artwork, please see the shop or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s our contribution to the melted crayon craze on Pinterest. My original inspiration was this one, though original source is apparently unknown, because I found it on Pinterest. Grumble. *Edit! Thank you to commenter SoKnitpicky, I have now seen the original “crayons through a glue gun” pin. Not much more to it than the picture, but she answers a lot of questions in the comments about how to make the crayons work in the gun.
Anyway! We wanted to put a little more of ourselves into it, literally. We started by taking a silhouette photo of ourselves, which Jeff traced on the lightbox and transferred to the canvas with pencil and tracing paper. (We were both smiling in the picture, which means we sort of don’t have lips in the silhouette. But I like it that way.) Continue reading