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I made a thing!

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I made a thing!

So. Background. A favorite author of mine, Brandon Sanderson, has a book with a marvelous one-scene “character”. It is a stick. Who is very adamant about being a stick. (Its only line is “I am a stick.”)

Other background. I recently discovered Tunisian/Afghan crochet, which makes it easier to incorporate designs in the stitching.

So, I made a fan art thingy.

It was fun.

(No, I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with it yet. But I’m sure there will be something!)

So, yup!

An adamant stick, crocheted.


A Craft I Really Want to Try

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Hi, Fluffsters! Happy Saturday!

I was doing some random lookup type things yesterday. Somehow or another, I then ended up on the topic of wax seals.

I really want to get into wax seals and stuffs. It looks fantastic.

One minor problem, though- the types of signet rings I would kinda like to have (as in, personal) are so expensive. Seriously. Like, multiple hundreds of dollars types of expensive.

So, I did a bit of looking around, and now I really, really want to make my own.

Maybe the next time I have access to my Sculpey clay, I’ll be able to make my own wax seal.

Of course, I’ll also need to get sealing wax. And then find an actual opportunity to use it.

Meh. It’s still pretty cool to have a signet.

But yeah. I also thought that making a signet ring from Sculpey Clay might be a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon for you, Fluffsters. What do you think?

Meet Syvad

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Hello, Fluffsters!

Today, I was able to again pick up a project I’d been working on off and on since Christmas: A miniature polymer clay dragon.

He’s about 3 inches tall, and his name is Syvad. He’d been sculpted over Christmas, and I just painted him.

blue, gold, and black dragon on a pile of treasure.

Isn’t he cute with his pile of gold?

He’s quite protective of his gold. And very recently received his colors.

small blue and gold dragon

This one shows the color a bit better

So, what do you think?

A very talented 4 year old

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Greetings, readers! I wish you a joyous Friday.

As your weekend approaches, I realize that some of you may be wondering what to do with your time. Well, fear not! A four year old and her mother have found a perfect solution. They design paper-dresses.

I wish that my family had been able to use such materials- that might have made the costuming easier for our shows. At the very least, it would have kept my younger sister out of trouble, or would have cost less.

You have a younger sister?

Yes. Furry McGiggles. Did I not mention her?

Uh, no… You didn’t. I knew about your younger brother, but you never mentioned a sister.


Well, yes. Furry. She’s a lot younger than me, and very into clothing design.

You said something about it would have been less expensive…?

Yes. You see, she’s so into clothing, she would occasionally raid the costume wagon. Sometimes, when she was about three, she would simply wear the fanciest dresses through the mud, and ruin the hems.

She discovered sewing items, like scissors and pins, when she was two. When we were unlucky, she would decide to modify the dresses. After all, the acting troupe is a bit busy, and it’s really difficult to keep track of a small child.

…Oh. That does sound expensive.

It was. Your paper is much less expensive, from what I understand.

Well, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, readers!

Thing I Did When I Should Have Done Other Thing

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Hello, Fluffsters! Happy Monday!

So, this weekend I was both productive and not productive.

You know. I have something due on Friday, so that means that I cleaned my room (somewhat) and did craft projects instead. Yay procrastination!

I’m sure that I’ll get my Friday project done, so it’s not really that bad. But, yeah.

So here’s a picture of my craft project so far- a ceramic dragon pot thingy. (No, I’m not showing you my room. It’s better than it was, but it’s still not great.)

Front of a dragon pot

It’s a dragon!

A ceramic dragon with slightly stocky tail

So, the tail’s slightly dorky. As are the wings. It’s still cute!

The dragon's back becomes a lid

This gives a better view of the “lid”

So, yeah. It needs to be fired, of course. And then hopefully glazed. I’m trying to decide on colors. Do I want it to be glossy black? Glossy green? Not-glossy green? Something else?

Yeah. That’s my weekend, basically! How about you?

Fun with Clay

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Hello, Fluffsters! Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday, I started something fairly new. I’m taking a ceramics class! So, that’s really fun. It also means that I’ll likely have a fair bit of content for this site because of that decision.

(After all, I expect much of my work to be fluff.)

So yesterday’s class was really fun. One of the activities the professor had us do was she gave us a word, and we were given a minute to pinch a ball of clay into something that symblified the words she gave us.

Here’s what I had:

Three clay figures symblifying anger, melodious, and strength

Three figures. Can you guess what the words were?

The words were anger, melodious, and strength.

The anger one should be fairly obvious. I might have added more, but I thought the simple was just as effective (and had more of a guarantee of working) as anything else I would have made.

Melodious is the one in the back. It’s supposed to symblify a flowing sound wave.

Strength was supposed to be a sanctuary, but it didn’t work out, especially in the time I had. So I went with my original idea: A cube. Cubes are some of the most solid, strong shapes. It’s hard to make a cube lose its balance, no matter which side it’s placed on. It’s, well, strong.

I’m fairly happy with how they turned out!

So, fluffsters, are there any fun things you’re learning in the new year?

DIY Teastained Decorations

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Hiya, Fluffsters!

I am very happy to be providing you with a tutorial today!

In case you hadn’t noticed, I kinda have a bit of a fantasy theme going with my room. And one of the major advantages of fantasy is that you can never have enough decorations!

You either have too few, or too many, but never “enough”?

Something like that.

But this means that when I have free time, I can work on more decorations for my room, and it works!

I’m not completely done with the current project yet. For starters, I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to display the project yet. But I still like the way they’re turning out!

Here’s a picture of segments of part of them, to show you part of what the tutorial will work towards.

Three tea-stained doodles.

Three pieces from the new “Tea” collection… Or something.

So, here we go!

Teastained Dorm/Room Decoration tutorial


To do this, you’ll need:

  • paper (Parchment paper looks pretty nifty.)
  • something to draw with
  • A cup for hot water
  • A tea bag. (I used Earl Grey.)
  • Hot water. (approximately 1-4 ounces.)

3 easy Steps

1) Cut or rip paper to appropriate size. I quartered my parchment paper. This gives you more to play with. Also, I don’t really like doing full-size paper thingies. So it works out for me. But make it whatever size you want. If you’re going to make a masterpiece you don’t want to lose any/much of, leave some space around the sides.

You’re going to rip the paper there towards the end of the process, so don’t worry about cutting paper perfectly or anything silly like that. You could rip it to look cool first, but I find it harder to draw on. So for laziness’s sake, I like drawing, and then ripping. (It looks more authentic, too.)

1b) Start your tea steeping. You should probably have done this before you start tearing your paper. You want really strong tea, to get a stronger color.

2) Draw your picture. Or write your poem, or set of proverbs. If you’re lacking inspiration, Fluffy did just share a set of… odd… proverbs and sayings. You can choose what type of medium to draw with. Pencil stays about the same. Ink runs, for a beautifully smudgy effect. (See picture below.)

3) Distress your paper. There are several ways to do this, all of which are variations on “Crumple, uncrumple, wet with oversteeped tea, and tear.” The steps can be rearranged, to different effects.

If you tear before you get the paper wet, the edges look a little rougher. If you get it wet and then start to tear, you have a lot more control over the torn edges.

Crumpling and then submerging the ball in the cup of tea also gives a cool effect.

A smudgy ink tea-stained dragon.

Ink also gives a fun effect! This is “normal” (non-parchment) paper.

This was one that I submerged as a paper-ball. It’s also one that I used ink on. I love how the ink ran into the creases! I haven’t torn this one yet, but I’ll be doing that after it dries. (I want the rougher edge look.)

Distressing your paper without submersion. This can be done in a variety of ways, for a variety of effects.

1) Painted on / sloshed / sponged.

distressed paper with a sketched mug and poem.

Sloshed / sponged / painted tea stain effect.

I used a paper towel to sponge the color on at this point. I then used another paper towel to blot it. Clearly, this is one where I crumpled and tore it after putting tea on it.

You can see the final version of this one peaking its head out in the first picture I shared. (I clearly later added more tea, and ripping effects.)

Spotting / spatter / drip

This is also easy. I took the teabag out of the cup, and bounced it on top of the picture. My story for the picture I did this of is that someone has fond memories of a convict, and therefore has the “wanted” poster snippet nearby. Whoever was keeping the poster will be quite peeved when s/he discovers somebody splashed some tea on it.

A splashed "wanted poster" of parchment paper.

Inspired by Once Upon a Time’s Snow. I know, it’s not obvious. But I tried…

As you can see, the pencil stays clear throughout the entire process. Well, as much as pencil ever does. The spotted coloration here is much more subtle than the complete submersion. Or painted effects. But it’s still fun.

And then, because I’m pleased with how it turned out, here’s a picture of another submerged Ink one.

An old-looking piece of parchment with a weird alphabet on it.

I wonder what ancient civilization’s poetry I found? 🙂

After it dried (somewhat) the first time, I put more tea on the center. That adds a vari-colored effect. But doesn’t that look positively ancient? Or at least, older than 36 hours old?

Well, have fun! I found this a great way to entertain myself.

I think my next set of tea-stained “poetry” will be monologues from “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.” The poetry within deserves a display like that! And I truly mean that in the best way possible!

So, Fluffsters, do you have any recommendations for how I display this?

Tis the season… for crafts! (Phoenix Edition)

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Hello, Fluffsters! Merry Christmas Eve!

One of my favorite things about holiday time is that I actually have time to craft! It’s wonderful.

Tonight, for the first time since summer, I actually had time to get my clay out and play with it!

I’m really pleased with the result so far.

Here’s what it looked like coming out of the oven:

a partially base-painted clay phoenix pin

Unpainted. Sort of. Well, just a base coat for part of it.

As you can tell, I decided to paint the pin. In shape it looks a bit peacockish, but I really wanted it to be a phoenix. That calls for colors and stuffs. So to start with, I put a light base coat of gold over the entire thing. (I put a much heavier coat on the circle part, since I do want that to be pure gold.)

Next (not shown) I mixed together some tan and gold, and sued that for a stronger base for the bird’s body.

After that I realized that the only “red” I had (which is sort of necessary for phoenix colors) was actually a bit more… pink. So I ended up mixing it with black and a bit of gold, for a very nice effect, if I do say so myself.

I then used that to cover (most of) the rest of the phoenix. Finally, I added some more watery sloshes of the gold, a hint of white in various places, a bit more of the red, and on.

Here’s the result for right now:

A clay phoenix pin painted red and gold.

Painted! Yay! Isn’t the “red” nice looking?

I’m going to need to do a quick test before confirming what I’m going to do, but I’m thinking about putting some glow-in-the-dark paint on it. After all, it’s a fire-bird. It should glow, right?

I’d actually appreciate suggestions from you. Glow-in-the-dark paint? No? Eye? If so, what color should the eye be? (Blue, gold, silver, and white are all options.) In theory, I might be able to attach a crystal eye. The color options there would be “clear” (/white) or blue.If s/he does get a painted eye, should it glow?

Also, is it male or female? Does it have a name?

Please leave a comment!

Happy Tuesday!

Future Posts

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Hello, Fluffsters!

Happy Tuesday!

I had a lot of fun last night. I spent time actually doing crafts. I haven’t had time to do that in quite a while. (Or the supplies…)

That being said, I owe you some slightly longer posts. In fact, I owe you some specific posts.

First of all, there’s the details on the type of fluff / “food” the cafeteria I go to has served since my last “food” post. (To any grammarians out there, yes, the quotation marks are intentional.)

Second, there’s the post that I was sort of working on and meant to write tonight: A tutorial on painted banners. I don’t even know how many pieces of fabric I’ve painted tonight! A lot. That’s for sure. And it’s been a lot of fun! Here’s an example of one of the ones I painted tonight:

A scarlet banner with a gold rim and a black and gold painted cross

Red Banner with Painted Cross

Hopefully I’ll take the time to give you a tutorial on how to make the sewn banner I made… (not this one.)

I hope your week is going well!