Shop Review: Metal Findings from OurHappyNest.com

Shop Review: Metal Findings from OurHappyNest.com

ONE QUESTION I get frequently asked is where to buy metal findings for making custom accessories/jewelry. Basic metal findings are common and can be found even in the department store, but findings like cameos, cameo bases/settings, glass cabochons and such are harder to find. By recommendation of a client I found an online shop called Our Happy Nest that sells rarer metal findings. They also have the lowest prices for these items for an online shop, so I went ahead and bought supplies from them sometime ago myself.

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You can access their webshop through http://ourhappynest.com/

From then on, the shopping is quite straightforward. Just browse through the categories and then add items to your cart. Submit your order after, pick a payment method, and then you’ll soon receive an email with payment details. I picked BPI bank deposit for my payment method, so they emailed me their account details within 24 hours.

I paid and got my items soonafter.

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I bought filigrees, cameos, hairpins with trays, settings, a heart locket, and other items.

They have low prices for these items compared to other online shops. They have more glass cabs and settings as well for cheap prices, if you are interested. I heard that they used to sell thru Multiply back in the days; I may have bought my own glass cabs/settings from them back then!

I ordered a lot of the silver tray hairpins, but some were not available. They also make non-online transactions so occasionally some items will be out of stock. I got promptly refunded for the excess amount.

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Close up of my items. I haven’t touched most of them yet and don’t know what to make with them yet! I did make some molds from the cabochons and proceeded to make my own custom colored version of those cabs from them.

This shop has low prices for rarer metal findings, so if you’ve been looking for that elusive cameo, setting, or locket at a cheap price then you might as well check them out! I’d like to buy filigree rings from them next time. If you ever decide to purchase something, tell me how it goes!

*This post is not sponsored and is an honest review; all items featured are bought with the blogger’s own money without any discount or prior deal. This shop is based in the Philippines and may/may not ship overseas. The blogger is not related to the shop whatsoever; for questions about items and to make purchases, please contact the shop directly.*

Polymer Clay Tip: Restore Dried / Hard Clay

Polymer Clay Tip: Restore Dried / Hard Clay

HELLO EVERYONE! Today I have another quick tip/tutorial for polymer clay enthusiasts–how to restore or soften dried or hard clay. If you’ve ever bought an unlucky bar of clay that was just ROCK HARD then you’ll know what I’m talking about. Sometimes you just get unlucky and buy a pack that’s rock hard and FLAKY. The clay doesn’t like to stick to each other and instead just crumbles like a bad piece of pastry.

There’s an easy solution to this problem though!

 photo restore_clay_1_zps833b28d8.jpgYou’ll just need some oil, and a resealable plastic packet. Other sorts of oil can be used I hear, but the most common and the one I use is ordinary baby oil.

 photo restore_clay_2_zps91abc18a.jpgThe clay I’m restoring for this example is FIMO Classic Raspberry. This really isn’t “old” but FIMO Classic in itself is a particularly hard clay. I cut it up a bit so you see what I mean by “flaky”–the clay tends to crumble off when cut, which isn’t what you want.

 photo restore_clay_3_zps7e312405.jpgI just pop it into a resealable pouch and then pour a few drops of oil in it. I let it sit overnight or for however long I want the oil to sink in. Sometimes I leave it there until I need to use the clay! It’s guaranteed to restore the softness in the clay.

I recommend doing this for cut bars–don’t condition the clay you mean to soak beforehand, or else it could end up too soft. Soft enough to qualify as clay icing for cakes! Unless that’s what you mean to achieve. If you want icing-soft clay, just condition clay and let it soak in oil for a good amount of time. Trust me, you won’t need to stir it long like the liquid-clay technique just to get it to icing consistency!

But what would happen if it gets too soft for your tastes? What you can do is take the clay out of the pack and then just let it rest between sheets of paper, tissue, or whatever absorbent material. The paper will absorb the oils in the clay. You can let it sit for as long as you like, when the oils are absorbed to your liking.

Hope this tip helps!

Polymer Clay Tip: Paper Cut Outs

Polymer Clay Tip: Paper Cut Outs

TODAY I’M JUST gonna share a polymer clay tip I often showcase in some of my tutorials. If you’ve been following me, you’ve probably observed that I often use paper cut-outs for my projects. I think this is a cheap and easy way to get consistent shapes, and more accurate and symmetrical patterns in my clay works.

 photo spikey1_zps57cb3dad.jpgYou can map out your pattern in a computer program like Photoshop, or even use the default shapes in programs like Word or Publisher if you’re just making a basic shape. I do this personally or ask my brother to do it for more complex shapes. You can also draw on notepaper.

 photo spikey2_zps3526a845.jpgAnd then cut it out.

 photo spikey3_zpsd8009f72.jpgI put it on top of my clay sheet, and then just cut using it as guideline. I used this template for a star shape because I suck at drawing stars and shaping stars lol.

 photo spikey4_zps86f10ec9.jpgI mean to make Spikey Mikeys, a dessert that my special friend adores. He showed it to me sometime ago and they were cute so I decided to make them. So I just rounded off the edges of the stars by hand.

 photo spikey5_zpsb3e51619.jpgAnd then I added chocolate liquid clay and micro-sprinkles. I made a pair to use as earrings!

That’s about it for paper cut-outs. This is a simple and very straightforward tip/tutorial, but I admit there are beginners out there who could use this advice. You could avoid making wobbly and uneven shapes using this technique, and if you plan to make more than one of an item, it helps keep your sizes uniform. I have cut-out templates for all the items I repeatedly make over and over.

Hope this tip helps! See you guys on next week’s update!

3SK Giveaway! Win Polymer Clay and Craft Stuff! Read For Details

3SK Giveaway! Win Polymer Clay and Craft Stuff! Read For Details

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Hey there! We at 3SK have been pretty inactive in online presence this month due to a lot of things we’ve got brewing. I have a personal e-book project going on, but basically what’s really taken my time is making costumes for Ozine Fest. ^^;; So this giveaway is truly delayed!

But still, I am holding it in celebration of our official move to our own .com from my free wordpress blog. This blog, the domain and technical stuff, and all the graphic work, is thanks to my brother Joey of Friendly Panda Creations~! We’re still starting out again so we’d like to gain awesome subscribers—so by way of bribe here is a giveaway~! We’ll be giving away art and craft materials mostly, as pictured above! Also included are stuff NOT pictured above. xD I get lots of messages and comments on my blog from readers who want to start their own polymer clay hobby or business, so I decided it’s appropriate to give away what is mostly a polymer clay starter kit.

 photo claygiveaway_zps9923a437.jpg The giveaway will include 2oz and 1oz blocks of clay in various colors and brands. It’s a mixture of Premo, Sculpey III, and Bakeshop. ^^

 photo findings_zps709409cd.jpg There will also be metal findings in various quantities, all included in a small, compact organizer. You’ve got basics like eyepins and earring posts, and stuff for the more creative like hair combs and barrettes. I’ll throw in some resealable plastic pouches for packaging material. xD

 photo liquids_zps03fd991e.jpg There will also be vials of various liquids that you need or probably want to work with. xD These are smaller repacks of these liquids in small vials, but guaranteed they’re the real stuff~ They’re my destash from the big bottles I have at home. These vials are small, but a little goes a long way with these stuff! I have some Kato liquid clay, Mod Podge Gloss, cinnamon oil (you can use them to scent your clay creations), a small vial of Nendo Pixie Dust in Gold, and Sculpey Glaze Gloss. There will also be a pack of resin and hardener if you want to try your hand at resin casting. They’ll be packed in a different vial than the one pictured since they may spill.

 photo glues_zps849ada74.jpg I’ll include a de-stash of slightly used Aleene fabric glues: Jewel-it (attaching acrylic stones to fabric), No-Sew-Fabric Glue (temporary fabric glue), and OK-to-wash-it (permanent fabric glue). And then there’ll be some decoden glue sticks in Strawberry pink and Chocolate brown. Just load them into your glue gun and you have chocolate or strawberry sauce for your decoden/art projects. All that and more~! I and my brother will include other stuff in the pack, so grab this chance to join in! Get raffle points below:

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Giveaway is only valid for Philippine residents. To get the CODE for the five raffle entries for blog subscribers, please wait for a confirmation email from Three Smitten Kittens. ^^ Winner will be posted and contacted through our Facebook page.

Good luck!

Elsa Snowflake Hairpins Tutorial (Custom Shapes in Resin)

Elsa Snowflake Hairpins Tutorial (Custom Shapes in Resin)

Hello everyone! Today my tutorial post with be about making Queen Elsa of Disney’s Frozen’s hairclips. This can also serve as a tutorial on how to cast custom shapes in resin, whether it’s snowflake or not!

Elsa’s snowflake earrings have a semi-transparent and sparkly quality to them that I thought was best-suited for a resin project. I chose to do the color in icy blue because that would really make it icy! You can also choose to do it in silver or any color/variety you want.

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Epoxy Resin Casting Tutorial

Epoxy Resin Casting Tutorial

Craft time! Today I’d like to share my experience casting items out of Epoxy Resin. I’ve always wanted to try resin casting, and I finally decided to invest in some last October. A lot of my clients had custom commission requests that needed custom transparent gemstones, so I thought resin would be a business investment as well (that and shiny new craft stuff to play with yay)

I’m just quickly going to run you guys with the how-to’s and some tips!

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