Recently I’ve been working on creating a new design: puffin fridge magnets.
Puffins look so cute – sometimes they seem like they’re smiling, and sometimes they look like they’re a bit worried. So I tried to capture that in the design.
To make them magnetic, I used small thin neodymium magnets …
… which I stuck in the back of the puffin with PVA glue (e.g. ‘No More Nails’, but I just got mine from Wilkinson’s).
It’s amazing what a difference the new magnets make. This is the kind of thing I used to use – big chunky ferrous magnets:
I would have needed to make the puffins from wood that was twice as thick, just to fit the magnet in the back!
But now all I have to do is etch a shallow litte hole in the back of the puffin piece, and glue the neodymium magnet into it.
Thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) last night I finally finished the first draft of my book full of step-by-step articles on how to create polymer clay canes.
More news to follow over the coming months, but in the meantime I am so pleased to have actually reached such a milestone. I started the book about fifteen years ago, and it has been on a (virtual) dusty shelf ever since then.
I am now really looking forward to “proper” NaNoWriMo in November, and in a fit of excitement have bought “First Draft in 30 Days” by Karen Wiesner.
Called in at the “CraftTEA Gift Shop” (www.facebook.com/thecraftteagiftshop) in Worthing this morning to drop off my latest batch of designs. It was also a good chance to try out my new laser-cut display frame thingy, with handy hooks on it to hang the jewellery from:
Rob pointed out that the elephant pendant would look nicer with a smile on its little face, so I will try to make the next batch look more smiley…
Another experiment with laser-cut, laser-etched jewellery. Based on a Day of the Dead “sugar skull”…