My parents and I went to a craft fair recently. I figured that this year I would write a list of the things I planned to buy. Normally I'm a bit of a magpie - ooh I like that, or ooh I need that. So the plan was to buy the following:
- Some big sharp scissors for cutting fabric. I will turn that duvet cover I've kept for 3 years into a crochet rug;
- Ring blanks. Both my daughter and I want to make some rings;
- Clip On Earring findings;
- Coloured paper. I love finding pretty patterned paper, but when I come to make cards I struggle to figure out which patterns I can use with what, and besides I have a bit of a stockpile of patterned paper. Oops.
- pretty flower beads like these. I saw these bracelets and fell in love immediately, I now need some similar beads!
- Good value yarn, lots of balls in the same colour. I want to make something for me.
- Little gems - because you always need these;
- Double sided sticky tape;
- Black/dark coloured embroidery thread
Oh, and the earring findings.
And I'm sure they'll look beautiful on cards too, if I can bear to part with them. I made some cards for friends with my lovely new paper and some of the gems got a look in too. The bird stamp set is also new.
I did find something to buy that wasn't on my list at all, but I am so pleased I did! I saw some molds like these and these. I couldn't decide which ones to buy, I wanted them all! I ended up with 3 different packs of molds, with a variety of shapes, flowers, butterflies, owls, birds, cupcakes,strawberries and bows. I wanted to play straight away, but sadly the air drying clay in the house belongs to my daughter, so I had to wait until she came home from school. Luckily she loved the idea as much as I did and we had already made a whole load of shapes before tea time!
I decided to have a go with the home made air drying clay I had used before and then my son wanted a go too, so I made another batch. It definitely does work with the home made air drying clay, but it doesn't have such a pretty finish on it afterwards - it feels quite rough whereas the clay feels lovely and smooth.
For jewellery I think you'd need the bought clay although you might get away with it for ear rings. I want to try it with hot glue and fimo too to see if I get different finishes. So far it has been super easy to use these molds and I'm so pleased I bought them.