Shoebox: Painted Light Bulbs, Polymer Clay, Recycled Crib Plant Bench
Carol Duvall shares a few projects from the shoebox including a sock monkey light bulb and a recycled crib bench.
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There were a few more laughs in the Shoebox today, when I pulled out the Carol Duvall light bulb sent in by Wilda Sensery of Sebring, Fla. It was a burned-out Carol Duvall at that! Wilda obviously paints a lot of burned-out bulbs, because she sent in a photograph showing many, many of them all lined up. Also for our perusal was a Sock Monkey light bulb, to which she had even added legs and paws.
Anna Justice of Charles Town, W.Va., wrote a lovely letter about her enjoyment of crafting, but it was her recent conversion into a polymer clay crafter that we found especially interesting. Anna said that she had always been involved in rubber stamping and scrapbooking and was very happy there. She also considered polymer clay too difficult to work with. She did, that is, until one day when her 11-year-old son saw a segment on making mosaics with polymer clay. He was so enthusiastic that she got some clay and the two of them spend an entire day playing. Anna wrote that they then went on the HGTV website and found some more polymer clay projects and she sent in a picture of her sunflower light switch plate, which she said was her very first project. It was terrific looking. She also wrote that it would not be her last.
Luci Nation from Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., sent in some photographs of a very attractive and clever plant stand bench that she made from crib railings that she had found by the side of the road. She might not have thought of such a thing, but had seen the segment on the show where a guest had made a bench out of a baby bed headboard and footboard. Luci figured if a bench could be made from those parts of a crib, she could certainly make a bench from the railings. And she did. And she filled it with plants and sent us a photograph. It looked quite wonderful.
Make beautiful polymer clay ornaments with these steps from Pat Marhefka.
Amy Wallace attaches colorful polymer clay strands onto a white light switch cover.
In the Shoebox today, learn how students use polymer clay to make a painting look three dimensional and how a mother uses...