Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Crafting if it Kills Me

I told you I would be crafting if it killed me this week. I actually had yesterday morning and early afternoon to myself. After I got the kids off to school I plopped myself in front of the TV and watched HGTV while stitching. I did not get out of my pajamas and take a shower until 10am. I wanted to get the stitchery done. I was bound and determined to finish this simple little one. It was a free pattern by Betty Dekat (Primitivebettys).

I have a few more I'd like to do, but I need more thread...

Then after I watched a little more TV I decided I better not take a nap and get to a project I wanted to try. Now I don't know about you, but when I look at some of the other blogs out there at their projects they look absolutely perfect. Well, I'm here to tell you I don't always get perfect and I'm am OK to show you when it doesn't turn out. LOL. I fail, figure out what I did wrong, and redo. Then tell you what not to do.

Here we have some molds (I just love this cute rabbit one I picked up really cheap), an old candle (yummy blueberry) that didn't burn right, and a little coffee ground, cinnamon, clove mixture. Now I think I read somewhere where you spray the molds with some something like PAM. So that is what I did then sprinkled my mixture onto the grease. I am guessing it makes the wax come out better.

Next I melted some of the wax down using and old coffee can and a double broiler method...

Now, I should've tried one instead of all three at once just to be sure it would turn out. You know me Miss Impatient. I did put the prim mixture in the two that are the same. The other one I didn't. This is where I believe I made my mistake next. I put them in the freezer to set quicker. MMMMMMM... I probably won't do that again. They did come out of the molds easier, but it also added moisture to it with the grease. The tops where the grease and prim mixture took longer to dry and didn't come out perfect.

As you can see the bunny has a shiny butt. LOL. If you look closely the tart to the backs top looks terrible. It is flat and of course the wax didn't get down clear to the bottom. Either my grease was too thick or my mixture was to thick or both. I'm not really sure. Maybe I won't use instant coffee grounds either.

LOL hidden so you can't see. This morning they are dry but still look terrible. LOL.

So lessons learned. I still have a bit more wax so I will probably try again this weekend.
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Janene said...

I don't know how they look in person, but they don't look too bad on the computer screen.
I have some of those mold, so maybe I should try that too. Just let me get out of my jammies! LOL
Have a great week!

basketsnprims said...

I know the feeling sometimes about "crafting if it kills me" I think your display looks great and I love that bunny mold, it is so cute.

Leslie said...

I'm sorry your plan didn't work out. They're not horrible...I think they're just not what you expected...

Have you mixed stuff in hot wax before? I tried to add cinnamon to some wax I melted down to dip candle in and make them grubby. The cinnamon stuck together and formed almost a syrup. There was no way to mix it in. Did something similar happen to you?

Have a great day!


Engelhouse said...

Isn't horrible to go a while without crafting. I go through withdrawls if I go to long. Your projects came out great - wax is soo much fun to play with.

Back In Tyme Primitives said...

~~~Love the bunny mold....looks great...would love some of you sell them??

Debbie said...

You'll do better next time but I have to agree... they don't look bad at all!


thesimpledaze said...

It is nice to know that I am not the only one who flubs up but I think yours look good I too love the bunny even with a shining butt lol.I have not tried working with wax I hope someday to try it though.Good luck with your next try .I wish my flubs looked that good.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Hi Mary,

I love your x stitch looks great where you have it:)

They didn't turn out to bad, that's one thing I've never tried is working with wax...mine would have been so bad I wouldn't have put it on my blog.LOL

BTW my labels are from Liberty Lane Primitives:)

Have a good day!

Willow said...

Hey Mary,
I actually think they look great. Now in person maybe they look different ? Love your stitchin' and how you have it displayed. Girlie you got the touch puttin'
gatherins together! Wanna come tweak mine ??? lol Good to see you got some craftin' time in. Hope the rest of your week is fantastic.
Prim Huggs n Blessins

Folk Art From The Harbor said...

Hey Mary Why dont you brush some mod podge over them and sprinkle Cinnamon all over them? Theyll look rusty. Hugs BeCca

Tamera said...

They look really good! I refer to my "disasters" as teachable moments--I always LEARN something!!!
As far a spraying the PAM in the mold-- I learned (the hard way) to wipe the mold down with a paper towel after spraying to even out the PAM.
I also learned (the hard way) to put the molds in the freezer after they have set up a bit. I've had them crack from a too sudden temp change.

Tina said...

Looks pretty good to me.
Thanks for sharing

UPON A HILL said...

Thye look great to mew. Throw some cinammon on them if you want a little xtra punch!


Angie Berry said...

I don't think they look bad at all. From the screen, they just look really prim. I like them! Now the shiny rabbit's butt is noticeable though! Haha! But how else will we learn unless we make mistakes? I love your little cross stitch, it turned out really cute!