MYT CR8TiV

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Help Fund the MYT CR8TiV™ website …

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Hey, everyone ! Hope you’re have a great weekend so far !! (n_n) So I have many MYT CR8TiV™ fans scattered all over the internet and some have liked my Facebook page, some follow my blog, some just shadow me and like MYT CR8TiV™ without leaving a mark. But many of you nudged me to start selling my artworks and some have asked where you can buy it. I’ve always been uneasy and unsure about selling my creations as I’ve never sold anything of mine in the past.

I usually gift my art away like I draw custom drawn greeting cards instead of buying one from a store or I craft a gift instead of buying something from a store. But I’ve never actually sold anything to anyone aside maybe a few bracelets from a previous business attempt. I abandoned my old website where I was selling custom-made keychains, lanyards, and bracelets for Tamagotchi Virtual Pet toys. I’m thinking of renovating the site and turning it into my MYT CR8TiV™ website where I will post and sell mostly my Polymer Clay creations as well as other craft projects I’ve made. Also will be accepted custom requests.

If you follow this blog I’ve explained that I’m currently going through some financial hardships since I lost my SSI income in September 2011 after getting married. My husband is now the only sole income provider and often times it’s hard just to keep up with all the bills, keep the roof over our head, and put food on the table. Sometimes we don’t have food to put on the table. There are days where we try to survive off eating dinner rolls with fake butter for a couple days til we have money to go grocery shopping. Things have been tough and I’m trying to stay positive. I’ve tried applying for jobs but due to my disability it’s difficult to find an employer who’s willing to see passed my disability and give me a chance.

So with that being said people have suggested to me why don’t you just sell your crafts to make some money. It may not make you a millionaire but it’ll be enough to help you get by when things are tough. Thankfully I was given a chance and currently working on my 1st Polymer clay commissioned art request. Hopefully with this commissioned art request she will share my name and talent with others and I can start growing a fan base and/or customers who’ll start placing orders. But I need help with funds to secure a domain name for my site and to get some more supplies to work with in a more professional manner.

I started a donation fund site where you an donate either money or an item from my wish list to help push MYT CR8TiV™ into the limelight and help me become more financially independent. I don’t like always asking my husband to buy me this or that or if he has money to buy me more craft supplies. With him being the only income provider and paying for the rent, utilities, food, gas for the van to get around, and other necessities he has alot on his plate as is and often than not short on money so sometimes he can’t get me the crafts supply or anything I need.

With your help and donation I can push MYT CR8TiV™ into a business that can help provide a stable source of income for me and to help me support my husband in helping pay some of the bills. Think of each donation as a charitable act to help that is not only helping MYT CR8TiV™ become a business but you’re helping a disabled person becoming financially free and independent. I have decided that with each donation I will offer a *FREE* Custom-ordered Art quest. Upon receipt of your donation you can email me with a Art request whether it’s a Fan-Art like a drawing of your favorite character, a charm or figurine, etc. 😛 I’ve been getting lots of Minion requests and one of the commissioned art request item was a Minions set. **PICS COMING SOON**

So please consider helping fund starting my website and helping me offer my cr8tiv works to be available for purchase. The link to the donate page is listed below … Thank you and I appreciate any help you can offer. As usual B3 B0LD … B3 iNSPiR3D … B3 CR8TiV ~ MYT CR8TiV™.

http://www.gofundme.com/4jvqj4

 

 

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Polymer Clay 101 **Update**

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Back in March 2013 I wrote a post about the Must-Have tools for Polymer clay. This is an Update to that post with some more tools that are MUST-HAVEs when working with Polymer clay. I’m currently working on a commissioned clay art project and this project is making me use all the tools I have and coming up with new ones along the way. So below is a updated list of Must-Have Polymer Clay tools …

#1 : Toothpicks – Toothpicks are great for making fine details like fur or smoothing out tight corners by rolling the toothpick like a miniature rolling pin. Toothpicks can be used for many different purposes from adding finer details, poking holes, to helping you shape small area like the fingers on a hand or the paw marks on a paw.

#2 : Clay Extruder Gun – I was lucky to get my Clay gun for $1 @ a Dollar King store. I’ve never owned nor used a clay extruder before but now that I have I must say it’s a MUST-HAVE item. I used to roll out my clay snakes by hand and often times the thickness isn’t even or it just isn’t right. But with an extruder gun and the single roll disc you’ll get a even perfect clay snake with the press of the plunger. Now fair warning these clay extruders are really hard to push and does hurt your hand. A tip I found is to warm your clay making it softer and easier to push through the extruder. Clean up can also be a pain in the butt but I found if you use the brush that is included in this clay tool kit … http://www.amazon.com/Darice-11-Piece-Clay-Cleaning-Tool/dp/B001ED3JMS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379242553&sr=8-1&keywords=polymer+clay+brush and some baby wipes it’s fairly easy to get it cleaned.

#3 : Aluminum Foil – Aluminum foil is great for making a Armature or Inner core when making things like sculpted animals or anytime you don’t want to waste too much clay. Foil can be formed into any shape or form then clay over it. I used to make my clay figurines outta pure clay and sometimes the figures would tip over bcuz they were just too top heavy or heavy on a certain area. But using a Aluminum foil core really lightens the clay and uses up less clay as well.

#4 : A Box cutter/Utility Knife – Many Polymer clay crafters use a Polyblade to slice and cut through clay but I found holding the clay polyblade difficult especially when cutting through a thick chunk of clay. Also these polyblade cutters are very sharp. I often find my finger tips have shallow cuts just into the top layer of skin but not deep enough to make you bleed. Some people place clay over the top to make a handle but I tried that and it didn’t make it any more comfortable. But what I did find is if you buy a Box cutter/Utility knife it’s alot more comfortable and cuts like a hot knife through butter. You can also use an Xacto knife but the replacement blades can get pretty expensive. The spot where the blade goes got gunked up with clay and I had to clean it out and replace the blade. Not only are they kinda hard to swap the blades it’s not so comfortable either. I’d great for making minor cuts or cutting in small details but a Box cutter/Utility knife works just as well and are very cheap.

#5 : Baby wipes – I used to just wipe my hands on a damp cloth but the previous clay color I was working with still transferred onto the new color and Polymer clay is like a dirt magnet. It will pick up the slightest hint of dirt off your hands. A perfectly white bar of clay you just opened can turn into a dirty gray-ish ball after you’ve rolled it in your what you thought was clean hands. Baby wipes can wipe your hands clean after each color swap and whenever you’re going to take a quick break. Always have a pack of them nearby when clay crafting.

#6: Hand Sanitizer – After you’re done being creative with clay and wash your hands … you’re hands still has this weird clay residue. Plain soap and water doesn’t get rid of that weird textured feeling on your hands. But Hand Sanitizer does ! I believe bcuz it contains alcohol and alcohol reacts to clay. I suggest you try the Purell with Lubriderm. The Purell is a well known Hand Sanitizer brand but the added Lubriderm lotion leaves your hands feeling baby soft after. Also has a very pleasant scent instead of the rubbing alcohol smell mot hand sanitizers have.

#7 : Recyclables – When i say recyclables I’m talking about things like lids, cans, containers, etc. I keep lids of many different sizes to use as a template for cutting out circles or to mark a circle. I keep any small jar like jam jars, spaghetti sauce jars, the cardboard container from your mixed nuts, pringles can, etc. I use them to store things inside. For example my jam jar can store used scraps of clay, the pringles container can hold your clay tools, etc. It’s actually two tools in one. The lid can be used to help you cut out circles but the container can help you store those circles.

(_ _) …zZzZz  Ok, I think I’m going to have to stop here for now. It’s passed 4am and I’m starting to doze off while writing at the same time. I’ll continue and add to this after I get some shut eye. But I think that’s all the current Must-Have tools to update about.

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White Glue … A Budget Crafters Best Friend !

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White glue … It’s the #1 craft items that is the start to all crafters passion for crafting. For many of us our first time crafting anything was most likely in preschool or kindergarten and the craft item we used the most was probably white glue or glue sticks. Today I’m gonna focus on the white glue. I’ve written in previous blogs that times have hit me hard and that I’ve had to drop down to budget crafting and getting any new supplies has becoming a struggle.

Well, here is where the white glue comes to play. White glue is very inexpensive about $1-2 dollars and almost every dollar store or 99¢ store has bottles of white glue. Now is the best time to stock up on minor supplies like crayons, markers, colored pencils, white glue, etc. with many stores having Back to School sales.

Now white glue especially is a budget crafters … MUST HAVE !! White glue isn’t just for gluing down cuts of paper but it actually serves many different purposes. Add a little bit of water to you and you got yourself an instant medium for making paper mache projects. I remember back in my kindergarten years when we did paper mache we used a cup of liquid starch. But a small bowl of white glue mixed with water works just as good if not better.

One craft I’m gonna be doing this Halloween is making a mask/hat using white glue and water mixture and some sheets of felt. Felt is really cheap as Walmart sells them for about a few cents per sheet. I saw a great craft project on Artzooka.com where you take a balloon and blow it up to the size of your head then place two pieces of felt clamped together and paint it with white glue water mixture to stiffen the felt and make it into a helmet for a play or just for fun.

If you’re creative you can come up with so many neat things to make using just white glue and water. You can make string ornaments by taking colored yarn dipping them into white glue and wrapping it around a balloon. Pop the balloon once the glue has dried and you’ll have a string ball shape with you can hang from your room. You can up the creativity by adding a LED light inside it to make it into a cool lamp.

White glue has so many different uses for crafting besides just glue pieces of paper together. Try and think of what other ways you can use white glue to create a craft project on a budget ! Feel free to comment and share your ideas. As always B3 iNSPiR3D … B3 B0LD … B3 CR8TiV … MYT CR8TiV.

 

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