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Bird of paradise tote bag

I finished this tote bag at the end of last week so I could present it to my mum. (It has been sitting around cut out for a while).

I used the Two Tone Fabric Totes tutorial, but there are hundreds of tote bag tutorials available. I picked this one as it was lined and turned inside-out for no interior seams.

Both fabrics here are from the Scrapstore – a pretty birds of paradise upholstery print and a plain aqua which is also the lining. Probably both cotton, of reasonable weight. I didn’t add any other embellishment where the fabrics join because I didn’t think it needed it – the print is big enough on its own.

Bit tricky to take good photos as it’s rather larger than the drawstring bags! So I hung it on the wall.

Front:

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Back:

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To show scale:

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And finally:

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Those box-and-crosses to reinforce where the handles are attached took a fair bit of oomph from my machine to sew. There’s 6 layers of fabric there once you count the seams inside the handles.

Anyway, I think it turned out very nicely! Will have to make one for me from something. (I don’t have enough of the same print to make another).

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CiM colour testing: Chamomile and Caboose

I got a lovely big pile of new colours to test and then had kiln controller issues, which means so far I have only had time to try these two!

Chamomile

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This colour surprised me! Look at the difference between the rod colour and (most of) the beads. Those spacers were batch annealed because of the aforementioned kiln problems, and before they went in the kiln they were much more like the rod colour – still swirly with transparent and less transparent areas, but a yellow ochre rather than a green ochre. The gremlin went into the kiln straight away, and they all came out like this! Which frankly I find far more interesting.

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A spacer close-up: I etched the left two. I’m not what I did to the warmer-coloured one differently than the others – struck it less? The stripe round the middle suggests I added a small last amount of glass to match size with the previous one. (Which I did, though I couldn’t tell you with which bead).

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End-on: those green variations make me happy! The rightmost bead in particular: I just find the distribution pleasing.

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I made a gremlin with little red flowers. You can see it’s opaque enough as lips and eyelid, but there’s still glow and reflected light from transparent/translucent areas. The feet are yellower and more transparent – they were done towards the end, just before I added the vine, so they get much less in-and-out of the flame. There’s an area on top of the lip that’s gone yellow again too. That’s next to where I heated and raked a bit of the vine, so that’s consistent with it being the initial colour and the green developing as it strikes more, unless you reset it.

Overall, the swirliness and colour differences remind me of some of the Vetro odds, but a lighter, non-cored colour. I’d like some more, which I hadn’t thought I would from the rod alone.

Caboose

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This is a coral red. It does look slightly darker here under my halogen light than under incandescents or sunlight, but it doesn’t change nearly as much as some reds. It’s pretty uniform and not streaky, which can again be an unwanted issue with many opaque light reds.

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Spacers, left two etched.

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A little gremlin with steely blue flowers.

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This one’s quite a small gremlin!

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Nail Art catchup: Aztec Orange and Stormy Yellow

Aztec Orange

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• Sinful Colors Cloud 9 (orange, might be 2 coats?)
• Sinful Colors Nail Art Time Off (black)
• Seche Vite top coat

I adore any and all sparkly oranges, and Cloud 9 is a fab one. I can’t remember whether I did 2 coats here, as it’s quite sheer. I did zigzags and dots with the Time Off black. Didn’t entirely get on with Seche Vite though, as it started peeling after a few days. I’ll have to try again with another top coat sometime :)

Stormy Yellow

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• Revlon Sunshine Sparkle
• Rimmel Stormy Skies
• Seche Vite top coat

Sunshine Sparkle is quite a thin, runny polish, in a creamy yellow with a bit of sparkle that is more evident in the bottle than on the nail. (More coats might show it more, I guess). This was 2 coats. I’m not fussed about the not hugely sparkly nature of it, because I love this shade of yellow. (It is paler than both the other yellow colours I have used recently). Stormy Skies is a nice steel blue colour that I did lines, wiggles and dots with. If I was doing beads, definitely Lauscha dark teal (aka steel blue). Could be tricky doing the stringer work, since that is a very spreading colour. Might need encasing in clear first, or leaving raised.

I was impressed, this one lasted 8 days without too much chipping. I wore it to Flame Off because I didn’t have time to do any flame designs, so I was packing glass and beads, hefting them on and off the train, unpacking at Uttoxeter… then repeat in reverse to get them home again! So this combo gets on with Seche Vite just fine.

I have trimmed my nails for a bit of a change since these – new job, new keyboard, etc etc…

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Dotty Fruit Salad beads

I did have a go at making these beads, based on my Dotty Fruit Salad Nail Art post.

The colours were a bit tricky.

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I started off using Effetre pastel yellow and coral. The smaller rightmost tab used these colours and came out fine, but in the two larger beads both the yellow and the coral struck more towards orange, meaning that the colours weren’t so distinct. So I put the beads back in the kiln the next day and went over them again, this time in dark yellow. The dark yellow’s a little brighter and also not quite as opaque in the dots, so there are some smeary-looking areas.

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Both yellows are really too bright if I wanted to match the nail polish better. I do have some Vetrofond banana cream, which can be pale but is also a striking colour (though definitely doesn’t go orange). Or I was thinking of mixing yellow and white and seeing if that gave me what I was after. It’s a difficult one!

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Nail art: Dotty Fruit Salad

Inspired by Nuthin’ But A Nail Thing’s polka dot tutorial.

I went for some nice bright spring and summery colours. (Also, I might have to make beads in these colours, because they are rather nice. Not sure if I have a coral that is this pink though, I don’t usually use coral).

Dotty Fruit Salad

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I used alternating base colours for my nails.

Colours:
• Collection 2000 Lemon Soda
• Collection 2000 Fruit Salad

Lemon Soda is a similar colour to Miss Sporty’s Popcorn, but a warmer shade. Fruit Salad is a coral pink. They’re both pretty opaque, which is good for this. They are also both fast drying, which is very handy when you are layering lots of dots!

I used Seche Vite as a top coat because you want something fairly thick to go over the layers of dots. Though it may just be me, but it seems to be shrinking even faster than usual over these colours.

I used a dotting tool – it has one larger round steel ball end and one smaller. If you don’t have one, then anything with a rounded end works. I have used the end of a mandrel before, and a toothpick should do for small dots. Brushes are bad for making dots because they give you splodges instead.

Thumbs! (I trimmed my thumbnails down before they caught on anything, they were getting slightly impractical. As a nail biter, it is a novelty for my nails to get too long). See also experimenting with my camera’s timing option for the two-hand pics.

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And one of each hand. The colours make me happy.

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I should find a matte top coat sometime, because I think they would also look awesome frosted. I have three matte polishes, which I was unsure about at first, but I do really like the finish.

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Nail art: Hazard Warning decals

I did these at the end of last week (we were having a theme day at work).

Hazard Warning decals

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• Miss Sporty – Popcorn
• Saffron London clear (for decal base)
• Black Sharpie marker
• Seche Vite top coat

I made the decal base on a ziplock bag like before. Then I started off using acrylic paint for the warning signs, but you need precise and sharp lines for these and doing that small enough with the consistency of tube paint wasn’t working for me. Sharpies write on most things, so I tried to see if they would write on dry polish – yep! You could draw directly on your nails too, but I wanted to do both hands so this way was easier. I left enough space around the decals for them to cover the entire nail, so there are no little edges to show up.

I put a couple of coats of Miss Sporty’s Popcorn as the base colour. This is a rather nice warm buttery yellow, no neon or green tinge. The brush was awful though – bristles sticking out and falling off and generally rough feeling. Strange, as the £1 Saffron ones have perfectly serviceable brushes.

Then a third coat to use as the one to stick down the decals – actually, two in total would have been fine. Popcorn is a fast-drying polish, so I didn’t wait long before applying the decal. I put them all on before filing the ends to remove the excess there and then using a brush and acetone around the sides. Add Seche Vite and presto.

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The thumb got some bubbles trapped under the decal and there was the occasional smudge, but on the whole they worked incredibly well. (And of course, you don’t see little messes when they are at arm’s length!)

You can get Sharpies in all sorts of colours – I wonder if others work as well as the black does?

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Colour testing: CiM Orange Crush, Firecracker, Rudolph, Ocher, Sunset

In the limited edition reds and oranges section, I have three transparents and two opaques.

Orange Crush, Firecracker and Rudolph

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I left these trios of spacers on the mandrel so you could see what the striking is like. I deliberately struck all three colours, which was not difficult. Orange Crush is an orange that strikes from transparent to misty. The bottom of the furthest out bead is transparent while the top is cloudy.

Firecracker is a medium light red with orange tones – you can see that the end spacer is less struck and much more orange.

Rudolph is a true red, and has less colour variation in striking. The end bead is mistier but is still red.

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I also made lentil beads and small dotty rounds which have a core of Effetre white encased in the colour and then white dots. You can see from the lentils that both the reds go quite opaque, while orange crush has streaky translucent and transparent areas.

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One of the orange crush spacers cracked on one end – that end had a thicker layer of orange and you can see that it went more opaque and lighter than the other bead – may have had something to do with it?

CiM Ocher and Sunset

Ocher is CiM’s spelling, I would normally write ochre :p

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Ocher is a greenish mustardy yellow. Sunset is an orange coral type of colour. I could see Sunset striking as I worked, but it doesn’t really seem to unstrike again so I got a more uniform colour than I was expecting.

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You can see in the spacers that ocher is bit streaky and the sunset is pretty uniform even as spacers.

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I made a gremlin out of each to see how they did sculpturally – there is still variation visible in the ocher. The only lighter part of the sunset gremlin was the soles of its feet, which you obviously can’t see here! They are done at the very end. I used marine for the little heart on the ocher gremlin, and the sunset one has a scar and an awesome little skull murrini by Jolene Wolfe (Kitzbitz Art Glass).

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I did some random thin stringer trails over a background of Effetre black. You can see a little bit of colour variation in the sunset dots, and also that at this thinness they aren’t entirely opaque, particularly the ocher.

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Last of all, I did some tiny ribbed cylinder beads with ocher, sunset and Effetre dark sky blue. Ocher and the dark sky blue react together a little to give a dark out line, while sunset doesn’t. What I find interesting here is how different the ocher looks with other colours next to it – it is much yellower when alongside the sunset. Dark sky blue on top of sunset has a tendency to fuzz out and spread at the edges instead of having a sharp line.

I used dark sky blue rather than turquoise as it tends to grey up less. I did give them a bath in Lime & Grime to remove any that there was.

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Colour testing: CiM It Ain’t Easy Being, Flax, Hazelnut Mousse, Jupiter Storm

Here are the other CiM limited editions I tested at the weekend.

It Ain’t Easy Being

Greeeeeen! Not a Kermit green though, a light blue-tinged green.

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I made a gremlin! (Over a core of clear). Marine behaved fine thus far making the little hearts on top of this green.

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Here’s a comparison between It Ain’t Easy Being and Mint Chip, which was in the last lot of limited editions. The new green is a bluer one.

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Flax

Flax is a very pale yellow transparent.

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I did the heart to see if it did the faux boro effect with iris gold frit, like Effetre straw yellow. No! Ah well, bit of a fugly heart as a result. (The little hearts have marine or green lantern over It Ain’t Easy Being).

Hazelnut Mousse and Jupiter Storm

These are another pair in the beige range. Hazelnut mousse is on the left here. It strikes a little, as visible on one of the spacers, and is a warm beige. The heart with Double Helix psyche dots has gone a darker brown, as you would expect.

Jupiter storm is the interesting one. It starts as a grey beige and strikes to an orangey colour. Good for silver glass – the psyche dots are sharp and have little outlines. Unusually, it hasn’t fumed from the silver glass – the orange is from striking.

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I made a gremlin too – this angle is to show that the psyche heart is right next to a more unstruck part that is still grey – no colour change from being next to the silver glass.

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Gremlin! I like this colour – it works like Effetre tongue pink, but is sufficiently different. Tongue pink is white when unstruck, not greyish, and it strikes to a less orange hue than jupiter storm does. Tongue pink also fumes much more.

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More to come next time – I have a fair few reds and oranges to test too.

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Nail art: Neon Psychedelia marble decals

Bright!

These are so very much not colours that I’d normally wear, but I thought I’d go ahead and see if they grew on me.

These were the marble pattern made from the Models Own colours – Luis Lemon, Pukka Purple and Dinky Pinky. I prefer the yellow when it isn’t on top of the blue, because of course it picks up a green tinge then.

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My favourite is absolutely my pinky nail. I like the colours there and the accidental little heart!

I put the decals on over a base colour of the yellow and then Seche Vite topcoat. This decals was rather thick in places, which causes problems at the base of the nail particularly as you get a very noticeable ridge there and this is where any catching of the polish will happen. This is also why my pinkies were my favourites, as they came from a thinner section. I had to rescue a couple of these and reattach them (and of course, adding a second topcoat makes the problem worse). They lasted 6 days before I took them all off, which isn’t bad. These decals were again made on the 30th Dec, and put on on the 19th Jan. It *was* getting brittle by this point. I ended up with quite a few little broken off pieces, which you can use as a confetti decoration placing just a couple over a base colour – it looks a little different that way.

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I did try going round the edges with acetone to melt them down slightly, but that’s a mistake when the backing isn’t clear because the purple especially gets smeared out and muddy along the edges if you do that. Never mind!

I took all the rest of my decals off their backing sheets when I was getting these ready. I got a surprise as the very first one I made, with greens and metallic brown, came straight off the greaseproof paper no problem! The rest were more finicky and more brittle. (They’ve all been together in a ziplock bag). It had the Collection 2000 clear down first, which none of the others did, and then W7 spearmint. So something in that combo made it very easy to remove – possibly just leaving it so long, as the clear was very hard to remove earlier on its own.

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A-dabbling in nail art – marbled decals

I asked for (and received!) vast quantities of new nail polishes for Christmas, since I’ve started having a go at doing nail art again. I did a little bit of multi-colour and attempted patterns some years ago, but nothing like what people are doing now!

I like nail art because it’s a small decorative thing that is pretty much entirely for my benefit – I spend a lot of time at a computer, so looking down and being able to admire interestingly-coloured nails makes me happy. Also, it stops me biting my nails :p

There are so many nail art blogs out there now doing amazing things – I’m only just seeing what is possible.

So, just before New Year, I’d read this tutorial: Dry Water Marble Nails Tutorial on Nuthin’ But A Nail Thing’s blog. I have always loved marbled paper and this looked a lot of fun. I like the idea of making decals with nail polish that you then apply later, because that avoids having to paint left-handedly when I’m right handed.

I did mine on greaseproof paper, because another blog had mentioned parchment paper being the easiest surface to get the polish off. (I think what the US calls parchment paper we call greaseproof, but no idea if theirs is thicker). Well, it will depend on the polishes, but greaseproof paper didn’t work *that* well for me – the polish comes off, but it grips quite tightly and it’s tricky to get the edges up without stretching or tearing, and greaseproof paper is very thin, so also easy to tear with tweezers. Next time I will try on ziplock bags – someone else used a sheet of acetate.

Here are the marbled decals I made, anyway!

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The top green and brown one was the first – I made my initial blobs a bit small on that one. I think the next two look a lot better. The neon one uses Models Own Luis Lemon (really neon yellow!), Pukka Purple and Dinky Pinky.

The glittery lime and brown one uses W7 Mojito and Collection 2000 maxiflex Mocha and Shiraz. I was impressed that the mojito works as dots on top of the others – it sits perfectly well on top of them and shows up as itself. Since it’s a transparent with green glitter, I wasn’t sure if it would stay dense or not.

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I was really pleased with the orange one! It made such smooth dots that I didn’t marble it at all since it looked great as was. It is Topshop’s Venus Fly Trap (the lime), Stage Dive (the orange) and Pillar Box (red). Many thanks to my boyfriend for venturing into Topshop to get those! I didn’t even know they did a range of nail stuff, not been in there in years.

I was in two minds about the purple one – the colours bled a lot so you didn’t get clear edges, so I did fairly extreme marbling by dragging lines in all directions to get something that wasn’t too muddy. I tried using that one first, and it works really well! It was Revlon Chroma Chameleon Aquamarine, which is a colour-shifting blue to light purple metallic polish, plus Jess Moonflower and Breathless. Moonflower is a midnight blue satiny colour, and Breathless is a blue-pinky holographic. Looks bluish in the bottle, made all the pink glitter in the decal.

I decided to name this combo Midnight Garden because there are some decidedly foliage-like sections.

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I did three nails per hand, over Collection 2000 Hot Looks Button Moon, which is a pale wintry blue. ‘Scuse edges, etc etc. Not quite at the professional finish stage yet!

The other nails are two layers of the aquamarine with one layer of Miss Sporty Sparkle Touch 889, which is apparently called Amethyst Dust – no name on bottle. Small pink, blue, red, silver and amethyst glitter. One layer is just a little bit of glitter. That’s what I had on before, so just left it on those nails as the base colour was the same.

I don’t have any fancy top or base coats as yet, so have just been using Collection 2000’s maxiflex clear. Being flexible, it’s easily dented and doesn’t stay quite as shiny as I would like.

Also, after a few days I had the rather disconcerting experience of having all layers of polish on my first finger fall off together! Look down, no polish at all on that nail anymore. I think I much have caught an edge on something and then the whole thing just came straight off, but without enough of a tug for me to notice as it happened. I tried putting one back on and it’s staying there as well as the others for the time being…

I’m keeping the rest of the decals sealed in a ziplock bag, so they hopefully won’t get too brittle.

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