Author Archives: karlakrafts

Crafting in the Age of Coronovirus

Crafting in the Age of Coronovirus

This is a terrible time in the history of the world. We are currently in the  middle of a pandemic due to the world-wide spread of the Corona virus, also known as Covid-19.

In NC, we are under orders to stay at home. The exceptions are essential workers and essential services. These folks are daily puting their lives at risk because Covid-19 is a killer. 

Prior to this outbreak, I felt like I had found something I really liked to make, embossed and stamped polymer clay heart pendants. I made a bunch. These are examples:

My friend, Laura, and I had also decided to try working a craft show. We put together a display using things I had on hand. We also chose objects that we could carry!The virus has caused all festivals and shows to be cancelled. More, later.

Another Experiment

Another Experiment

I tried out the rubber latex moldmaking material I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby. I made a mold of the bottom of this bowl.The latex looks like thick white glue, but smells horrible. I used it under the exhaust fan above Mama’s stove top.

Instructions say apply with a paint brush, at least 3 coats, allowing each coat to dry. Three days later, I have this:Decent impression, still stinks!

Raining Sunshine

Raining Sunshine

This is my entry for the Chip Challenge on the Beady Bunch page. The Beady Bunch is an online beading group I belong to. 

The chips are citrine, the pendant component is brass, and the chain and findings are gold-plated.

I’m getting lots of positive feedback from my beading buddies! Happy Dance!

Serious Shopping!

Serious Shopping!

I met Laura in Boone, today, for some serious craft shopping!

I need to document why I bought these things, and maybe, where I put them!These pendant trays are gold plated and hold an 18mm cabochon.

Mold making materials. Ultralight can be used to make molds, and you can make corrections before you bake it! These are stored with the polymer clay.
I love making molds, I confess!

The Circle

The Circle

Susan Thomas showed my work on The Circle on her show on JTV Extra today. She shows everyone’s work who submits, now, but it’s still an honor and a thrill. Today’s theme was Color Crush, and I shared one of my favorite yarns for kumihimo, “Copper Penny,” with a work in progress.