Monday, 3 December 2012

A Cretaceous Christmas

Ok, when it comes to Christmas I begrudge spending top dollar on decorations that I will only have on display for less than one month of the year, Especially when I cant find EXACTLY what I want.
I tend to be fairly frugal any how, I think making things I one of the most important part of the festive feeling, but hey that could just be me…

So when it comes to decorating my mini Christmas tree (Poundland for a £1!) I wanted something extra special, If you didn’t already know I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Dinosaurs, and after seeing the monstrosity of a ceramic diplodocus tree decoration in PaperChase for the princely sum of £14, it got me thinking ‘I could do something much more tastefull for A LOT less…
So for this Cretaceous Craft you will require the following:
  •           A handful of the cheapest Plastic Dinosaur toys (mine are fairly small but this would work with any size)
  •          Paint, I used matt emulsion I had lying about in the basement (homebase’s ‘just one coat matt classic cream emulsion)
  •     Sandpaper
  •      Elastic: Colour and thickness is your choice but I used 1mm Red  ‘Elastic string’
  •      Jewellery Findings, I picked 20 of these up in TIGER for  £1, but I imagine you could find these in the jewellery section of any hobby/craft shop, shapes vary mae sure its thin enough to bend with fingers or pliers
  •        Length of thread.
  •       Your trusty Glue Gun, locked and loaded
  •      A can of clear coat (optional) mine will probably need the protection ,I used Plastikote’s Krystal Clear 

2. Pick your lovely dinosaurs.

Here I have a nice range everything from a stegosaurus to some weird mutated kangaroo beast, rub them up the wrong way with some sand paper to give some bite for your paint, this prevents it from flaking off like my first one did…

2. Paint your Dinosaurs with your desired paint I’d recommend priming them with white if you are planning to use a lighter colour (I had to do about 5 coats to get an even coverage in white) It’s worth noting using a brush to do several thinner layers will allow more detail to show though (faces and scales) on smaller toys
3.Leave these to dry, and if you have decided to, give them a quick coat of clear coat to minimalize chipping, set aside

4.Next take the required amount of your chosen elastic 
(I used about 3 inches) Make a loop and tie the ends in a big double thickness single knot. Pull tight, but knot too tight (I couldn't resist) you want it to be larger than the hole in your ‘finding’ but smaller than the finding itself.

5.Now for the tricky part, threading the loop through the ‘finding’
The elastic will fit but needs some help, so I enlisted the help of some thread, thread it through the hole, loop  though the elastic, thread it back through the hole again, grab both ends and firmly pull, your elastic should pop through with minimal fuss.


Here you can see a before and after 

6.Trim the knot ends

7.Now all it’s a case of hot gluing the loops to the dinosaurs
 I folded my findings slightly to match the curves of the dinosaurs before applying glue to minimalize fuss and burnt fingers, It’s worth noting I actually folded the finding backwards in the case of the Stegosaur to fit it tidily between his plates

Feel free to add glitter, tie ribbon around the necks ect, if these were bigger I’d put santa hats on them. I guess this could be used with any toys (Pokemon, farmyard animals, fish ect ) the world is your metaphorical oyster!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Ping pong balls

Ping pong balls AND Magnets

Via: Buzzfeed 

Forget Van Gough...      THIS IS ART

Monday, 9 April 2012

The Curious Mr Hand

My awesome artist of a mate Mr Luke Hand was kind enough to do a drawing of yours truly, coupled with 2 of my favorite things , Squirtle (my favorite pokemon)  , and Adventure Time. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Adventure time its basically a cartoon about a boy named finn and his super stretchy dog called Jake who go on, well Adventures, its ridiculous, childish with adult undertones and pretty darned awesome.And if you don;t know what pokemon are, well you may of been living under a rock for 15 years and there are probably more important things for you to catch up on... Lukes picture was pretty darned ace, but it needed a dash of colour (he just sent me a picture of his picture), so I had to, one again dabble with GIMP and here are the results ...

Lukes other work, is probably infinitely better 
Like this BADMAN Wolf

So what are you waiting for... Check him out 


Bran flakes and chocolate with the festive addition of pipe cleaner chicks and Cadbury's Mini eggs

Although personally i prefer the biscuits, and i can actually eat these because they contain no milk. :D

Mini Boats

These are pleasant, i'm thinking, a few of these say in a little bowl of water on a window sill...  A modest craft consisting of only a cocktail stick, some paper ad a lolly pop stick cut into thirds...

Via: North East of Eden

Internet Spoils

I've been sat on the internet for hours, its cold and rainy outside and im looking for some inspiration... I found these blissful paintings by Mevrouw Walvis, she also makes some pretty darn radical plushies all for her son...

The Parasauralophus is probably my favorite...

Oh and THIS i want to MAKE THIS...

Thursday, 5 April 2012


Mr Snider is a bit of a Boss when it comes to awesome comics, I Luff him, check him out (because he's oh so sexy at Incidental Comics

Looooooooooong Cat

In preparation for a scarf pattern, (which i made ages ago) i made this little fellow, longcat, one of the internets super stars, sure its not the first long cat scarf ever made, but i wanted to start with a simple project from scratch, before embarking on something epic....
I'll post pics of the resultant scarf when i find some pics (if any do indeed exist)
Via: KYM

Mandatory Owls

lets get some owls up in this joint!  really easy to  make with the addition of a sewing machine.. this is the pattern that I happened to use, busting!, its odd how different, little changes make as well, i even gave explorer owl a little backpack, made from a 'leather glove' shaped tag of some of the other half's clothes...

Nan, World Champion

You can't handle the Smackdown...