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DIY Bucket Bag Tutorial from A Pair & A Spare here. This is a basic pattern that can be altered really easily. For more DIY bags of all kinds go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/bag
DIY Polymer Clay Faceted Metallic Ring Tutorial from Poppytalk here. For more polymer clay DIYs and tutorials go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/polymer-clay Polymer Clay
Safety Issues that I post all the time:
- Once a knife, unlined cookie sheet, rolling pin, or whatever touches polymer clay, then that item can never ever touch food again.
- Use aluminum foil as a tent over your baking clay so the fumes don’t contaminate your oven. I use a cheap designated toaster oven.
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DIY Maison Martin Margiela Inspired Plated Copper Necklace Tutorial from Rock Mosaic here. This is made out of polymer clay and is such a good knockoff with an easy to understand tutorial. It uses one block of polymer clay which can go on sale as low as $1 at Michaels. Left Photo: $670 Maison Martin Margiela Plated Copper Necklace here. Right Photo: DIY by Rock Mosaic. Rock Mosaic has a Tumblr blog called Crochet Clouds here, but I really wanted to show the original because her necklace came out so beautifully.
Tips: You may be able to save clay if you cover tin foil with polymer clay, but it may not be worth the effort. Also, I say this over and over again after having worked so much with polymer clay: if your clay touches an object you can never use it for food again. You cannot just simply wash a fork or knife - it has now become your polymer clay tool only. I even have a dedicated cheap toaster oven that I use for polymer clay.
DIY Metallic Galaxy Tee Shirt Tutorial from By Hand London here. This galaxy tee tutorial is a little different because it uses metallic colors and bleach - so a different type of galaxy emerges. For more galaxy tutorials go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/galaxy
Also, I received a question about whether you could use bleach for a galaxy design using NYLON and did some research since I’ve only used cotton when dyeing. The answer is NO. What you can do and more info:
- You can use Rit Dye Color Remover instead here.
- The more scholarly article is here: www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/nylon.shtml
- RIt Dye has a page on what their dye will dye and won’t here: http://www.ritdye.com/dyeing-techniques/tips-success It also states: about Nylon:
- To help achieve a more intense color, add 1 cup white vinegar to the dyebath, especially when dyeing in the washing machine. When dyeing smaller amounts of fabric using the bucket or stove-top method, add 1/2 cup white vinegar after the fabric has been in the dyebath for 5 minutes.
- Rit dyes nylon very easily and quickly.
- To avoid wrinkling, do not exceed a water temperature of 180º F.
- After dyeing, allow fabric to cool down before rinsing in cool water.
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DIY Gold Lace Tutorial. I’m always hesitant to post thing I haven’t tried but the side by side comparison of painted lace with gold paint and then with the metallic pigment was so striking on She Sells Sea Shells. *Pearl Ex makes a powder pigment I’ve used with polymer clay here: www.discountart.com/store/pearlex.html
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DIY Crocheted Embellished Hair Elastic Tutorial. Love this idea because it takes something inexpensive and makes it look like jewelry for your hair - go to the link to see three pretty examples. Tutorial from Trinkets in Bloom here. *One image download.