Monday, 9 July 2012

Polymer Clay Dolls

My first attempt at making polymer clay dolls. Now, I thought it would be quite easy to make things look cute, BUT I ended up with super scary looking dolls that aren't cute at all!

I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with them haha.

I started sanding the one on the bottom right and before I knew it, the black colour on her hair was being sanded away!

I think I need more practice!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Mokume Gane Flashback to the 70's Jewellery

I was experimenting yet again with different colours of polymer clay to make pendants using the mokume gane technique. What I ended up with was a super bright, pyschadelic looking colour combination!

I made the pendants 'puffy', they look nicer but it was such a pain to put resin on it! Drips everywhere! I think I resined them all 4 times altogether! If anyone knows of an easier way to resin curved surfaces, please point me in the right direction!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Polymer Clay Umbrella inspired Pendant

I did a little experimenting yesterday and ended up with this, it turned out ok, I just need to find some proper tools to make it a bit neater!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Polymer Clay work in progress yet again....

More experimenting polymer clay, this time by adding swarovski crystals into the clay.

I'm still waiting for the resin to dry, yet again. I'm liking how the resin magnifies the crystals.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Cute Acrylic Phone Charms!

When I went to Japan for the first time ever about 5 years ago, I fell in love with some Kokeshi Dolls.
Kokeshi dolls are handmade using wood and hand painted. Some of the designs I were were so cute, so eventually it inspired me to design my own drawings and have them printed onto acrylic.

I decided to turn some of these charms into phone straps to see how they looked.

I wouldn't say I am the best at designing but I have so much fun so I guess it doesn't matter what the end results look like.

What do you think? Good? Bad? I welcome all feedback because it'll make me work harder!

Friday, 29 June 2012

Polymer Clay Work in Progress

I should try and be a little better at updating this blog!

I have currently learnt a new technique with polymer clay and played around with it yesterday to make some pendants.

Here's a picture of them so far (I'm still waiting for the resin to dry):

The colour combinations are endless, now I just need to buy more clay colours! These were made using Premo Polymer Clay. I like Premo since it is softer than the other clays and doesn't make my hands ache as much when I condition them.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Etsy Shop Opened!!!

I've been soooo bad at updating this blog, but it's because I've been busy trying to juggle working full time and trying to open up my etsy shop. BUT it's finally here, yay!

Check it out if you have time!

Tomato Felt Phone Charm

Here's another felt  phone charm that I whipped up in 10 minutes, I was going to make it an apple but then I got lazy so it has since turned into a tomato! This one was given to my lovely lil sis as a present.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Matryoshka Felt Doll

First craft item of the day is....dun dun dun, a felt Matryoshka Doll. I made this last week then decided to give it my mum as a present and she said it looked like me! That's the thanks I got!

I managed to stab my finger with the felting needle as well whilst making this so I literally bled for my mother :P

Welcome to Banini-Crafts!

So, I've decided to start up a separate blog to showcase things that I have made in my spare time or soon to be part time job (hopefully).

A little about me:

My beads of choice are swarovski crystals since I like shiny stuff, initially I always made jewellery using string. Time consuming but worth it in the end if the item looks good! Too many times have I pulled the strings too tight and the whole piece looks distorted!

I'm also currently learning to crochet (hardest thing ever!) What's with all the different stitches to learn?!

What I would love to do tho is make silver jewellery using art clay. The method seems simple enough but will I be able to do it myself? I don't particularly want to waste any clay either cos that stuff is expensive!

Anyway enough rambling, let the blogging begin!