Your Craft Assassins are hard at work making all kinds of crafty goodness! Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere, IL, which you know we’re CRAZY about, checked out our website and really liked what they saw. They asked if we’d make some stuff to sell in their gift shop, and we said, “Heck Yeah!” Amy’s been hard at work casting resin to make bottle cap magnets that feature the animals at the Zoo. Todd helped to spray paint the bottle caps he’s been collecting at work for a project just like this, then Amy re-sized and printed out pictures of the animals at Summerfield. So far, we’re working with 26 different images! After sealing the paper, she punched the pictures out using a 1″ hole punch, hot glued them inside the bottle caps, then poured resin inside. Once the resin is dry, we’ll hot glue magnets to the back. We’re not sure how we’ll package these, but we’ll probably put 5 or 6 together, and kids (and adults) can “collect” the whole set. As we get pictures of more animals, we’ll be able to add more magnets.
Three Sets of 26 Magnets
Amy’s also been working on more steampunk resin pins, rings, necklaces. Right now everything is cast in resin, and we’ll have to wait for it to harden before attaching them to pin backs, rings, and chains. We were very excited to pick up a TON of watch parts and watch movements from Sim’s Jewelers and Pawnshop the other day. We got all of this stuff for $22!
LOTS of Watch Parts
Here are the things we’re waiting to harden:
Steampunk in Resin
More Steampunk in Resin
We’re pretty discombobulated right now, and our apartment is a MESS! Craft Assassins World Headquarters did not have enough room for all of these projects, so we had to move to the kitchen island, too.
Another thing Amy’s been working on are more Graffiti Rose Hair Clips. While the red with black trim ones are pretty nice looking, she wanted to try some more colors. Please note that I took these with my cheapo point and shoot camera instead of my fancy camera…the colors do not revel how awesome they are. Once they’re finished, you’ll be able to see how cool they are!
Blues, Purples, and Pinks with Blue and Black Edging
Purples, Pinks, and Blues with Silver and Black Edging
Reds, Pinks, and Oranges with White and Black Edging
And last, but not least, I’m trying to make spray painting on glass work. Todd’s mom Barb and step-dad Sam recently came for a visit from the Land of Yuengling (Pennsylvania). You can’t buy Yuengling here, so when Barb and Sam visit, Todd gets a treat. According to Todd, Yuengling is the BEST beer he has ever tasted. So, this last visit they brought two cases. Todd’s been drinking them and sharing them with friends, and the empty bottles have been put back into the cases. I had a bright idea for a single flower vase. I took some contact paper, cut out a squiggly shape, adhered it to the bottle, then spray painted. Uh…didn’t work. The paint ran. So then I took my Crafty Chica white paint and painted two coats on, then spray painted. It probably would have worked if I had waited long enough between coats, which I’ll do in the future.
The picture makes it look good, but, believe me, it’s crummy. I think my idea is solid, but I need to have more patience and let each coat of paint dry before moving on.
So, that’s what we’ve been up to! After I post this I’m going to find line drawings of the animals that are at Summerfield Zoo so that Todd and I can stitch them onto tea towels. As a reminder, Summerfield Zoo is open this Saturday and Sunday!