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Recycled Bottletop Magnets – Valentines Day special!

14 January, 2013

I may be slightly addicted to making Bottletop Magnets. There is something so satisfying about such a tiny little canvas, using up something that would ordinarily go in the bin, and experimenting with what works with resin. These may be my favourites so far….

Bottle top magents scrabble maps

I am not an especially big fan of Valentines Day, y’know, commercialism, guilts, singles feeling rubbish etc etc. But I DO love an excuse for crafting.

Tim and I had begun a long distance relationship about a month before Valentines Day 7 years ago. It was a little opportunity to show each other just how head over heels we already were. I was on a bit of a candle making buzz around that time, I used to experiment with all sorts- old keys, flowers, flax. I poured my heart and soul into a big candle for Tim, using a few different kinds of New Zealand foliage. I sent it up to him, hundreds of miles away, in perfect time and he told me just how much he loved it.

It was only a few months later that he revealed how he lit it at the dining table (he LIT it?? Who LIGHTS candles??!) whilst sitting down for dinner with his whole family…. and it, um, caught fire. Foliage + candles = hazard.  His family must have thought me a bit daft.

Anyway, I know you are wondering how he could have competed with such a WONDERFUL pressie from me… Well! He blew my amazing, slightly perilous, candle out of the water. I returned home from university that Valentines Day to a box of chickens on my doorstep. Live chickens. A pair of chooks called Miranda and Gertrude he had adopted on my behalf.

We got engaged the very next month….

So here is another batch of bottletop magnets from me and seeing as there is only 1 month to go let’s make it a loved up Valentines Day special….
Valentines Day Bottle Top Magnets

HOW TO:

  • Buy your resin (this is an environmentally friendly resin, quite dear but a good amount will last FOREVER)
  • Collect your bottletops – the ones I am using here were picked up from a bar so have their edges pressed out from the auto-bottletop popper which is quite a nice effect, but it looks fine without too.
  • Choose your paper/ random objects
  • Play around- thin paper tends to go see through so choose card/ fabric
  • Mix up a small amount of resin- mix REALLY DAMN WELL, get right in there, until it is utterly clear and not misty
  • Pour it to the brim of your bottletops
  • Leave for 24 hours
  • Stick magnets on the back- I buy ugly magnets from secondhand shops and re-use those!Bottle Top Magents for Valentines Day
    I used these Loveheart sweets and am stoked with how they look- I did try other colours but only the white ones managed to hold their colours, so be warned.

I also cut up a map and placed small (from a travel Scrabble set) letters inside. I like the idea of using segments of maps from places that mean something to you both- where you met, first kiss and all that gushy stuff! And, Gosh, I LOVE Scrabble letters, these mini ones work a dream.Bottletop Magnets with scrabbleAre you already thinking about Valentines Day? Have anything planned?

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Dominoes Fridge Magnets – the quickest, most fun craft ever

26 July, 2012

Van Morrison sings a song, Domino, that is BURSTING with memories for me. It is the opening track of “His band and the Street Choir” and was played on almost every family gadabout in my childhood, all of us bundled up in our VW camper, rumbling along from South London to Eastern Europe.

It has been soaring through my mind for the last week- since scoring two sets of Dominoes from that epic car boot fair. One for 10p and one for 50p. I thought one of the sets would be ideal for crafting so got to thinking what they might be good for. I had a few ideas, but settled on some nice traditional Fridge Magnets.

I have sheets of magnets I bought online for £2.50 a sheet. They aren’t the strongest BUT they are so slimline and it is fab to be able to cut them perfectly to shape. I use about 1/4 of the sheet so 50p plus the 10p for the dominoes brings this revitalised game up to a grand 60p expenditure.

I did it primarily for the asthetics and was pretty happy with the result, but not completely over the moon or anything. Then our 5 year old nephew came over that day and played over ten joyous games  of Dominoes with Tim. He had never played before but he just loved the simplicity of it, and there is something cool about playing a game with on a fridge. And now I am sold on the idea and think a fridge basically looks bereft without a whole set of Dominoes on it.

Like VHS’s and Barbies, Dominoes is one of those things that are part of the furniture of charity shops and car boots, so don’t pass them by another time. What a thrifty fun gift this would make, eh?

What d’ya reckon? Have you crafted anything with Dominoes? Want to get a song stuck in your head that respectfully honours this sunny summer we are experiencing? Here is Van with Domino live, with all the glories of the Seventies right there…
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Bottletop Magnets – a quick craft

7 February, 2012

A friend sent me some gorgeous magnets a few months ago and I instantly thought “Ooh, making these would be super easy.” (This is a pretty standard reaction from me- I have an engorged sense of self efficacy when it comes to art and craft – I’ll look at a Henry Moore sculpture and say “Baah, give me half an hour and a couple a quid and I’ll carve me own.”)

I forgot about the magnets until I saw a picture of some similar ones and Pinned them (Mum, it’s this new internet thing called Pinterest) onto my “Going to make” board. And you know what? I only went and did it.

I am a massive fan of varnishing things – it gives crafted things their mojo– but I have to say, RESIN is now where it is AT. It is the new varnish. (Which was the new laminating machine – remember those days of laminating everything?) It is like a beautiful, thick, non yellowing varnish.

These magnets were incredibly easy to make and gives me another way to use up all the tiny little images I find in vintage books and mags and things.

I am really happy with them although next time I make them I will be a little less stingy with the resin and fill them right up to the edge. I think my favourite is the cowboy on the polkda dots, or the super simple swallow, or the circus monkey saying HOORAY.

Linking up with the Pinaddicts Challenge – the awesome idea of each month taking one thing you have fallen in love with on Pinterest and whipping it up.  Are you a Pinterest fan? You should tooootally get involved 🙂