OBSESSED | POLYMER CLAY CHARM TUTORIALS

I'd probably get around to posting more Youtube videos if I spent less time watching them but I just can't help myself. I'm back on the polymer clay charms obsession... again, so I thought i'd share some of my current favourite tutorials and hopefully pass on the bug! 

Let it be known, when you delve into these videos you're also in for some serious eye candy with charm collection videos and craft hauls so say goodbye to a few hours of your life!




The Little Mew | Youtube | Instagram



xoxoRufus | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram



creativesculpey | Youtube | Instagram

Cute overload!!!! Looks like i'll be heading back over to Hobbycraft this weekend then! >_<
If anyone has any more Youtuber recommendations, please leave me a comment or tweet me @thegluegungirl so I can kiss goodbye to some more evenings!

I'm currently still in the process of spraying everything I can get my hands on gold! I really hope chrome doesn't suddenly come back into fashion because i'm creating a Midas palace over here! I'll be sharing my efforts with you soon including a gold inspired tutorial!

Almost the weekend folks!! Hope you've been having a great week! x

DIY | CREPE PAPER FLORAL MINI PHOTOGRAPHY BACKGROUND


Hello! You know how you have rolls of crepe paper streamers just laying around (nope I don't know why either...) there's only one thing to do with them, make yourself a budget mini version of a Kimye's floral wedding background as a photography prop! I actually love this so much that i'm going to hang it on my bedroom wall  - multi functional people, multi functional! Fancy having a go? Keep on reading...


You'll need: crepe paper streamers | sticky tape | scissors | pencil | shoebox lid


Start by cutting a 85cm strip of your crepe paper streamer and roll one end a couple of times. Pinch the end and make small wave like ruffles using your thumb to hold onto each fold. This is a lot more complicated to explain than it is to do!


As you make folds, keep turning and pinching the bottom. The folds don't have to be uniform as they are forming the petals of your flower.



Once you reach the end of your streamer strip your flower should look something like this.


Slightly twist your pinched end and secure with some tape.


Gently fan out your flower and repeat the same steps with all the colours of crepe paper streamers you are using for your floral background. I made just under 100 to fully cover the front and sides of my shoebox which is 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches so stick on some Netflix or Youtube while you fold and twist!



Once you've made all your flowers, stick your pencil into one of the corners of your shoebox to make a hole.


Poke in your first flower, you might need to give it a little twist to get it in there. 



There's no set rule for the distance between each flower but mine are roughly 1.5" apart. As you start filling up your board you'll be able to add extra flowers into any gaps and they fan out to just over 2" each. 


Et Voila!  Below are some examples of how you can use your background! If you have any questions or tutorial suggestions for me then you can always leave them in a comment below or tweet me @thegluegungirl and if you make this then as always, I would love to see!





DIY | Porcelain Painted Accessories





I was super excited to receive an awesome package from Baker Ross as part of their blogger network and when I saw these porcelain paints it was love at first sight! I've dabble in the old 'sharpie on a mug' DIY before and was pretty annoyed when even after baking it just washed off so I was keen to test these babies out and come up with a way to use them that didn't actually require "real painting" or drawing because to be frank, I suck at both.

The end result is what i'm calling a candy stripe plate and unicorn ombre mug which of course you can eat off of and drink out of, but i've decided to have them on my desk as a pen pot and dish to hold all my odds and ends. Here's how I did it.....!



You'll need: porcelain paints / sponge / washi tape (or masking tape) / porcelain mug & plate / small container for your paint / scissors


Start by placing strips of washi tape onto your plate. I left a gap about the thickness of the tape between each strip. Run your finger along the tape to make sure that it's stuck down along the edges 


Cut a small piece of sponge and put a small amount of paint in your container. Dip your sponge in the paint and using a dabbing motion, cover the area of your plate between the washi tape. 

When I first started playing around with porcelain paint I was getting frustrated by how streaky and washed out it looked using a paintbrush, it also didn't take too well to being layered up so using a sponge eliminated this and gave a good, even coverage with a pretty, almost watercolour effect.



Once you've covered all the white areas with paint, carefully peel off your tape and allow to dry. 


While your plate is drying, take your mug and put a blob of pink and blue paint next to each other in your container. You want these two colours to touch so don't worry about them running into each other.


Cut a new piece of sponge and dip it in the middle of the two colours so that half of your sponge will have blue paint on it and the other half will have pink.


Dab this around the top half of your mug. You'll get an awesome ombre effect between the colours! 


Once your mug and plate are dry to touch place them in a cold oven and bake at 160°C for 90 minutes or as per the instructions on your paint. The great thing about porcelain paint is that until you've baked it, you can wash the paint off so theres lots of room for error and once you're happy with your design, you can bake it and seal it into place. Once it's baked it'll be waterproof and dishwasher safe.