Tag Archives: Cheap Projects

NAIL POLISH ART

I’ve always wanted to try nail polish art.   I tried it on glass votive holders.  The one on the left is hand painted on; the one on the right is dipped (using a bowl of water, drop in the polish, swirl, and dip the glass).  Neither was difficult, although I did use glitter polish along with the regular nail polish.  I think the darker the polish color the better.  Both took putting on several layers of polish, allowing each layer to dry before adding another.  Not sure what I will use them for, or how they will react to adding a votive, but the more I look at them, the more I like them.

Nail Polish Art-2
Nail Polish Art-1

16 Candles

ART BY FAITH is rolling again. One of the many projects I have loved doing was making candles. I have been saving all my used jar candles for reuse; and in the last few days, I gathered all my apparatus together and got started.

What I did first was lined a pan with foil, put all my jar candles on it and put it in the oven on 200 degrees. This melted all the used wax, which I poured through a strainer into my candle melting pot (one of the things I paid full price for, because they never seem to go on sale). Then I thoroughly wiped out the jars with paper towel and washed in hot sudsy water. I also gathered all the little wick holders from the bottom of the jars for use later.

I purchased an inexpensive, single, hot plate for $12.00, and with a double boiler from a pot set (which I dedicated solely to candle making), I put the wax pot (with the melted wax in it and added whatever other partly used chunks of candle was, in the double boiler and then on the hot plate. (You can use the stove for this, just remember to check the water level in the double boiler often, and keep it at a medium boil.) I also added crayons in the color I wanted. One hint: if you start with a light color, and then gradually add darker colors, you can continuously change the color of the wax as you go along. If you have a lot of a specific color like blue, you can add red crayons to make it purple. You get the point.

In this manner I was able to make a lot of candles of different colors, adding more wax chunks and crayons as I went along. It is a good thing if you add the scent just before you pour the wax into the jars. I used several scents and mixed and matched. As long the scents smelled great together I was fine. Also, when reusing the wick holders: I took a nail and hammer through the bottom to both remove the burnt wick and open up the spout through which to put the new wick, and remember to pinch it closed with pliers. I used a glue gun to secure the wick to the bottom of the jar to hold in place, and a rolled the wick around a skewer to secure to the top of the jar to keep the wick straight while pouring the wax. Another hint: save a little color (or use a different color), maybe in another jar, because most likely the wax will cool and leave a dent around the wick. When the candle hardens a little, you can use the extra wax, or another color wax, to fill in the hole.

I have added some pics: 1) Picture of the utensils I used, 2) my 16 jar candles, and 3) a closeup of 2 of the jars with labels I made (print on inkjet and glue with Mod Podge, add another coat over the top).

Candle Making Supplies
Jar Candles
Display jars with label

That was fun! Next project please!

Scarf Hanger

I know it looks like Art By Faith has not posted any new creations of late, but I have been preoccupied with other things.  I did make a scarf hanger out of shower curtain rings as a gift to a relative who has many scarves and no way to hang them.  Check it out.  I used hot glue, some pipe cleaners, and finished the inset of the hanger with some tiny flowers and resin.  I haven’t heard anything more from her, but I hope she is using it.  I think this type of hanger works best as it curves at the shoulder and the hanger part is metal, the rest is heavy plastic.  Shower rings me $1.00!

Scarf Hanger-view 1
Scarf Hanger – View 2

One Dollar Spice Rack

spice rack
$1.00 Spice Rack

My kitchen has very, very limited space and spices are taking over my cabinet, falling out everytime I open the door to reach for one.  I’ve been looking for a “cheap” solution and I found it.  At the dollar store, I came across a set of 3 mini-baskets for $1.00.  I found a piece of acrylic I had at home, gorilla glued the baskets to it, and voila, a spice rack for all those small spice containers and seasoning packets.  LOVE IT!

Paper and Glue

I love working with paper and glue, aka paper machete.  This time I went bigger.  Using an old wicker basket as a mold, I taped on plastic, slathered it with vasoline, and then layered it with cut up paper bags and glue.  After many, many layers, I let it dry and painted it with a faux leather-look paint kit.  I call it a trough.  Not sure what I’ll use it for, but I like it.

Basket Mold
Basket Mold
Paper Machete Trough
Paper Machete Trough
Paper Machete Trough 2
Paper Machete Trough 2

Summer is Open-Air Fair Season

I am looking forward to attending a few Open-Air Fair events this summer.  I love to get out and mingle with people, especially other crafters, it’s great fun.  To that end, I need to prepare something myself to show.  I have a few ideas I am working on.  One is an inexpensive item I’ve done before: Paperclip Earrings.  I have some large and some small colorful, plastic-coated clips to work with.  I pray to God that all the crafters out this year are safe and successful.  Who doesn’t like homemade?  See pics below.

Paperclip Earrings
Paperclip Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

Paperclip Earrings

Paperclip Earrings

 

 

I am also working on bags, totes, etc.  My latest offering is a crocheted bag using a specialty yarn.  I’ve had the crocheted panels around for a while, but just decided to crochet them together into a shoulder bag using waxed cording.  I crocheted the entire bag around as one piece, including the strap.   It is different and the pocketed lining makes it very usable.

crochet bag
crochet bag

 

 

 

 

 

crochet bag-lined
crochet bag-lined

 

 

More Calendar Art by Faith

Calendars are great things.  They have beautiful pictures, worthy of saving and using in many artful projects.  Lately, I have endeavored to do a large collage.  With two medium large canvasses that I secured together, I used a great calendar of large flowers with inspirational words to produce a 3-D like floral effect by enhancing each flower with artificial flowers, ribbons, glitter, ink, fabric, clear wrap, even shoestrings.   I think it came out very well.

Now I haven’t done a collage for more than 20 years.  I had no idea where to start.  I was stumped many times.  But, where faith always comes in to play: I called upon the Holy Spirit for direction.   It never fails when I called upon the Lord, he always presents ideas as to where to go next with any project.  Whether it is cooking, cleaning, art, computers, my music, finding a place to live, anything,  I find that if you have faith to believe, the Spirit of the Lord will always show you what to do.   Now, what to do with it?

Check out my collage.

Calendar Art Collage
Calendar Art Collage

Suncatcher Art Gallery

These items are made from recycled, repurposed and clearance acrylic plastic, purchased from a local plastics store.  I like acrylic because it is stays clear, is scratch resistant, and it is easy to cut and sand the edges.  I create designs  and paint each one using glass paint.  They can be hung in a window, placed under a lamp, in front of a mirror, or anyplace light can pass through is best.  Also, I put

inspirational messages on most so that the words can always be prominently displayed.

Sewing News

Aside from sewing bags, totes, curtains, pillows, prom dresses and making alterations, I do have a limited ability to sew actual clothing for myself.  I put this to the test recently in making a couple of garments.  I had not sewn a garment for myself in years (10+), so I chose a simple pattern by McCall.  First, I made a summer knit top, then I used the same pattern to make a heavier, winter knit top.  I found that purchasing fabric online was really easy and cheaper than purchasing in the store.  Fabric.com has a great variety of fabrics.  I shop clearance, of course!

Summer Knit Top
Summer Knit Top
Winter Knit Top
Winter Knit Top with Lace Inset
McCall Pattern M6398
McCall Pattern M6398