I couldn’t think of anymore words that I could stick in the title that begin with the letter P! Oh well.
I have been working on getting my pirate groove on for our up coming polymer clay retreat. The whole family is pretty sure I’ve lost my mind. Pirate stuff has taken over my dinning room along with my clay. I’m working on pirate decorations, pirate clothing, pirate gifts, pirate related clay items to sell…pirate, pirate, pirate! All this while I’m listening to the music from Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest. I love the song Davy Jones. It’s the one that starts out with the music box and goes into the pipe organ….muahahaha. Ok, so this post is about what? I got a little side tracked!
Ah yes, I mean…arrgh, I’ve been making parrot pens! Every pirate needs a parrot…pen!
Oops, I guess I burnt this one! Ooo, he looks a little cranky. Arrgh! – T
Now, parrot pens available in my Etsy Shop!
Last week our friend Deni came out to my house to work on some papier mache decorations for our guild’s retreat. Why we were doing papier mache?…it’s a polymer clay guild. I guess we were just in the mood to go big! Our theme this year is pirates, arrgh! It was a lot of fun and messy, it felt like grade school again. We worked on some skulls and bones. They don’t look like much yet.
We started with balloons and paper towel rolls. We did a lot and let them dry overnight. I forgot to put the bones on the table for you to see too. 😦
The next day I cut an oatmeal cylinder into thirds and added one piece to a couple of the balloons. They looked a little bit too squared off in the jaw so I added a little more to round it out. You’ll see when I’m done. The one on the table that has a smaller round piece is going to be one of those bombs that has a fuse coming out of the top.
Today is painting day! I thought I was going to wait for the weekend, because I couldn’t find my paint. But I found my black while looking for something else! Woo Hoo! I mean…arrrgh! – T
So as usual, I promise something I’m not sure I can do or even know if it’s possible. But I love a challenge…
Last year I made the goody bags for the retreat. They were easy enough, a muslin drawstring bag with “LOOT” stamped on it. I didn’t have stamps big enough so I made my own from potatoes. It was fun carving the potato stamps and went pretty smoothly, unless you count the part where I had to carve the L out three times because I did it backwards twice! Which brings us to this year…pirates. There was no way I was going to make treasure chests for 75 people! So bags again! This time black bags filled with pirate “Booty”. Just like before there are no rubber stamps that fill my needs or are free. I’ve got to make my own again, this time I choose fun foam. I figured it would be better to use this time because the lettering would need to be thinner.
So, I copied, enlarged, cut out, traced, cut out, glued, cut out, glued again…
On the back of the piece of wood I glued a drawer pull too, so I could lift it up easier! I stamped all the bags with gold acrylic paint with textile medium mixed in. I really like how the stamp came out but I don’t know if I’ll ever use it again… how many things do I need with “Booty” stamped on it?! – T