March is National Craft Month! All month long we’ll be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.
To kick off National Craft Month, we are featuring two extremely creative and kid-friendly projects recently done by AFCI Designer Member, Carol Heppner.
Suminagashi Candle Holder
Carol’s first project is a candle holder… but not just any ordinary candle holder. Carol used Suminagashi marbling, an ancient Japanese marbling technique where ink floats atop the water and then transfers to plain paper, to create vibrant designs. Instead of using marbling inks, Carol use enamel paints from Testor Corporation for her project. The enamel paints also float on water and are able to dry quicker than inks. She then hand washed the finished marble glass with a soft cloth.
The finishing touch to the design is by Kool Tak’s Shiny Foils.
Let’s get started!
When creating this candle holder:
- Follow the manufacturer’s precautions listed on the bottle of paint.
- Cover your work surface with a plastic tablecloth.
- Use craft gloves to keep your fingers clean.
- Have long hair? Use a hair tie to keep hair from falling into the marbling mixture.
- Protect your clothes when working with paints.
- Craft gloves
- Plastic tablecloths
- Low-tack masking tape
- Disposable aluminum pan filled with water
- Glass candleholder, jar or vase
- Testors Paints #1127 GL Orange and #1169 FL Yellow
- KoolTak.com Ultra Clear Tape, 1/8”
- KoolTak.com Sea-Tones Shiny Foils
- Place the masking tape onto areas of the glass that will remain unpainted.
- Put on the craft gloves.
- Add about an inch or so of room temperature water into the disposable aluminum pan.
- Place a tiny drop of paint onto a toothpick and then touch it to the surface of the water.
- Use another toothpick to place the second color of paint onto the surface of the water.
- Continue to add the paints a few more times.
- Leave some of the paint as drops.
- Drag some of the paint in different directions with a new toothpick.
- Dip and then roll the glass into the paint on top of the water. Make sure to cover all exposed areas of the glass.
- Remove the glass from the water.
- Let the paint dry on the glass.
- Remove the low-tack masking tape.
- Wrap the Kool Tak Ultra Clear Tape, double-stick tape, around the glass.
- Apply the dull side of the Shiny Foils onto the Kool Tak Ultra Clear Tape.
TechnoChic DIY Tech-Craft Kits
During the Creativation Show in January, Carol met with AFCI Professional Maker/DIYer Natasha Dzurny, creator of TechnoChic DIY. One of her goals is to inspire more women and girls (age 8 and up) to use electronics in their creative endeavors. Natasha gave Carol a DIY light-up paper flower to make with her ten-year-old niece.
The TechnoChic DIY paper flower kit is a great entry-level project for young girls. The kit comes with paper flowers, an LED light, a battery and a brooch pin.
The DIY light-up paper flower kit also make an awesome party activity. Each kit makes ten LED flowers. The kit’s step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and the finished flower will bring a sense of pride for the maker.
Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the AFCI Blog and all of AFCI’s social media channels.
What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using the hashtags #WeAreAFCI, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.