Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tutorial - Chain Cufflinks by Anna McDade

Want to learn how to put together some etched aluminium cufflinks like this? Check out Anna's tutorial RIGHT HERE!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Book Review: Homemade Gifts Vintage Style

Homemade Gifts Vintage Style
by Sarah Moore
RRP £16.99

This book has over 60 ideas (if I counted right!) for gifts, most of them quite quick to make and so satisfying if you're strapped for time. The introductory parts of the book quickly go over stitches and using a sewing machine, so some very basic sewing knowledge is needed before you decide to take on projects in this- largely sewing focused- book. There is a more substantial section on how to look for useful vintage materials to upcycle, such as tapestries to reuse the fabrics and old furniture. A lot of the projects take these old items- and with a lick of paint or a bit of decoupage- are transformed into new items such as fabric covered suitcases or teacup candles.

Nothing in this book is particularly difficult or very revolutionary. Some of the "projects" are as simple as wrapping some plates and cheese with ribbon to give as a present, or putting a collection of old beads into a jar, however they may just trigger an idea for a gift hamper for a friend of member of the family with a particular hobby or interest.

The pictures in this book are lovely and vintagey- as you might expect- and the templates page is disguised as photographs which makes a section- that would otherwise be dull to look at- a lot prettier. The list at the back that puts the projects in the book in sections to suit various gift giving occasions.

This book is not for you if you're after taxing crafts and to develop your skills beyond the basics, however if you're a craft butterfly, a newcomer to making your own, or even just after a pretty coffee table book then if you can find it for less than £12, this might just be your thing.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

{Blog Review} Jolene at Kitzbitz Art Glass

Who is it?
Jolene at  Kitzbitz Art Glass

What Craft is it?
It's all about the glass beads and supplies!

What to expect:
• Beads and Lampworking supplies from a very talented artist!
• Glasstesting, technical reviews and easy to read fun posts!
• Great links to her favourite recommended places on the web!

Why we LOVE IT!
Well, not only does it give us options and beautiful handmade beads to drool over, but even for non-lampworkers, there are fascinating features about glass which gives a great insight into the mystical world of lampworking. Entraced and curious with the tests that she makes in her studio with frit and glass, you can see why her lampwroking murrini, shards and mojo boxes have become very popular in the lampworking world!

Other places on the web to find Kitzbitz Art Glass!
Etsy Shop Frit 'n' Chips - CLICK HERE
Etsy Shop Kitzbitz beads - CLICK HERE
Facebook - CLICK HERE
Website - CLICK HERE

Monday, May 7, 2012

Tutorial - Seaside buttons by Nan Fry

With thanks to Nan Fry of Polynana for this fabulous tutorial on making seaside themed buttons from polymer clay.

Friday, May 4, 2012

{Blog Review} Mel at InkyDoodleCrafts!

Who is it?
Mel at  InkyDoodleCrafts

What Craft is it?
It's all about the cards!

What to expect:
• Beautiful Cards for all occasions!
• Lovely features on her favorite artists!
• Great links and lots of producs based on challenges!

Why we LOVE IT!
Is a great reminder of why and how handmade cards are so special. In this modern day, where e-cards are becoming more convenient. cards arriving by post and written by hand are becoming more precious, personal and rare. Mel makes such bright colourful cards for all occasions - good enough to make anyone smile on their special day.

Other places on the web to find  InkyDoodleCrafts!
Etsy Shop - CLICK HERE
Facebook - CLICK HERE
Twitter - CLICK HERE

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Meet the team - Dawn, Jill and Sam

The second in a new series of posts to introduce you to the members of CPteam. This week I am focusing on the teams glass fusers - though each of these team members are awesomely talented in other glass disciplines and much much more.

First up is Dawn of dawnturnerdesigns

Amber Dish - Maple Syrup

Dawn's Etsy shop is packed with delicious one of a kind glass pieces like this maple dish and wonderful fused decal coaster sets. Dawn also makes wearable fused work too, pretty pendants and innovative scarf buckles. Outside of Etsy Dawn creates large scale site specific art instillation's using a variety of mediums including glass and ceramics and is currently working on creating an Olympic Legacy Wall at Kirk Hallam Community Technology & Sports College.

Next I'd like to introduce you to Jill of kilnfiredart

fused dichroic glass freeform pendant, multicoloured glass necklace

One of the delights you will find in Jill's shop are these composite fused dichroic pendants. Jill is a skilled fine artist who uses uses traditional overglaze painting techniques to create stunning works of art like these magnificent boxing hares.

boxing hares painting, lustre overglaze enamels on porcelain

Jills Etsy shop is a veritable Aladdin's cave of delights including slumped bottle noticeboards, jilldoodle decal mugs and homeware and anodised aluminum jewellery.

Next up is Sam of VenusArtGlass

Large 'Tribal Blanket' Fused Bowl

Sam is hugely inspirational to me. Her work is detailed, colourful and contemporary. It is clear to see the attention and time that is lavished on each and every piece. Sam's fused work is awesome, her sun catchers are quirky and cool but it is her lampwork beads that truly blow me away. Sam makes the most elegant kneeling goddess beads which you can find for sale on Etsy from time to time. They are just stunning. If this wasn't enough Sam is currently working on a series of cast glass sculptures and I am looking forward to seeing where this journey will take her.

I hope you enjoyed this quick introduction, click the pics to go to Etsy and see more from each of our teamies.