Hello and Happy Friday ! So in my last post I explained how keeping up with my addiction of crafting has gotten expensive and I am no longer able to keep up with the constant need for supplies to enhance my craft resume or repertoire. But I am trying to find alternatives that won’t break your wallet or in my case your pocket change jar.
Of course one method that most crafters already know about is going to the dollar stores like the 99¢ only store or buying things at thrift stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army. A friend suggested to me if I’m ever looking for fabrics for sewing projects …. the Goodwill is a great place to find old clothing which you can cut up into fabric sheets. She’s told me she’s found interest glassware, old jewelry, and even things she would consider wearing.
My husband recently got me a great clay craft alternative. I’ve been using a now worn out placemat as my clay surface and it’s gotten so many different craft stains that it’s not even a smooth surface. There’s puffy paint stuck on it, dried up acrylic paints, glue dots, etc I’ve tried scrapping them off but they just won’t budge.
So my husband and I were at a Home Depot the other day he was looking for a replacement shut-off valve for our bathroom. After he got the parts he needed we walked over to the tile section. I was curious as to why we were in the tile section. My husband picked up a faux marble tile about 10×12 maybe ? And said “this would be great”.
My reaction of course was clueless (π )? Great for what I wondered. Then he turns to me and says “This surface is smooth and probably great for your clay work”. (O⌂o) Oooohhh …. He was searching for a *new* surface for my clay crafts. (♥ε♥) I have such a loving husband !! So I started looking at all the tiles and remembered a lady who does Polymer clay tutorials was using a Marble cutting board as her clay surface.
I knew that a marble tile would generally be very expensive even if it’s for a small square tile. But this faux Marble tile that my husband picked up costs only $2.27 I was like (*D*) Wow ! It’s mine !! I also picked up a small 3×6 tile to use as a roller and presser sorta. Still wanna buy an acrylic roller but this works great for rolling balls into snakes and evenly pressing clay flat.
So little by little I am finding ways to craft more affordably and not break my piggy bank each time I need craft supplies. Oh one more cost alternative for Polymer clay is going to Walmart. I found a 1lb. brick of white Polymer clay for about $5. If you’re like me and have a large container full of paint bottles you can just paint the finished product rather than using the can get expensive colored Polymer clays. They do have colored sculpey sets that are about $10 but the bricks are very small. I’d rather just get two(2) of the 1lb. white clay brick and paint them up.
Well, feel free to comment if you have any tips or hints for me to stay cost effective in crafting. Thanxs for reading ! As always B3 B0LD … B3 iNSPiR3D … B3 CR8TiV …. MYT CR8TiV.
Hello, Everyone ! Well, certain things in my Life has taken a sad turn. After getting married in September 2011 my SSI *Disability income* has gotten revoked. Being SSI was my only source of income finances have become extra tight. I try my best to satisfy my crafting urges but expanding my crafting skills has come to sorta a halt. Although I want to dabble with Resin and Needle-Felting I have no money to do so.
Crafting isn’t cheap and constantly buying supplies can become pricey in the end. But thankfully we have store coupons like Jo-Ann’s occasional 50% off coupons and Michael’s 40% off coupons which can be used towards the purchase of some craft supplies. But after losing my only source of income I never realized how expensive some craft items are. Not having the money to buy them puts things into a whole new perspective. But you learn to cut corners and make sacrifices to make things work out in the end.
I used to buy the Sculpey III sampler packs that are like $30 and didn’t think much of it. But now I see the pack and think … (O~o) Jeebus that’s expensive and just go with buying a single pack of white which I can just paint instead of buying colors. I now appreciate stores like Walmart for my Craft supplies bcuz there’s no other store you can buy bottles of FolkArt Acrylic paints for like .57¢ to .97¢ each. I generally stick to buying the Primary colors in larger bottle sizes so that I can mix the colors to the color I am searching for with the help of my color mixing wheel.
I started searching for alternative craft items like paintbrushes … I found you can just go to like the .99¢ store to a buy makeup brush set and use them as paintbrushes. I try to think of alternatives for my craft supplies now. Of course some things cannot be substituted like resin or polymer clay. But I am finding myself upcycling most of the things I used to just trash. Small plastic sauce cups from a restaurant like the El Pollo Loco restaurant I bring home a cup or two to use for my craft containers. I no longer throw away my used cough syrup measurement cups. I wash them and use them to measure out paint and mix colors in them.
I often do wish I could go back to the good old days when I could easily just walk into a craft store buy what I need and leave with an eager smile on my face. Now when I do save up a few bucks I spend hours in the craft store trying to decide which I wanna buy vs what I can afford. But luckily my craft stash has grown extensively to keep my crafting urges satisfied for awhile. My only problem is I’ve become a craft hoarder. I have plenty in my stash but I still want more in a different color, pattern, design, or craft project.
But crafting doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. With CR8TiVity you can do alot of things using things you’d find in a recycle bin or just everyday items that you come across and use. My husband now saves alot of jars and stuff bcuz he knows I will find a use for them and let’s me decide if they are usable or tossed out.
All I can say is I hope things over time get better for me and I can return to pursuing the MYT CR8TiV™ name to become known, sell the things I make, and be able to financially become stable via my craft projects like some crafters that I envy.