Rhinestic's Knick Knacks

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

DIY Tiered Display Stand (With a Mini Scene) Completed!

Pretty fancy, huh? =P Here's a closer look at the glass in the middle tier!

Not sure if you can tell, but I'm quite a "nature" gal. =) If you're interested in how I made this, read on!

As usual, I went to my favorite place, Daiso, to get the dishes and glasses, as well as some colored stones and mini decor glass pebbles. (At a time like this, it would be great to have some thrift stores around. But I don't have such luck around my area.)

All these dishes and decor stones set me back for less than USD15. Sweet! I also used my trusty E6000 glue to adhere the pieces together.

~~~~ The Steps ~~~~

When I did the bottom 2 tiers, I was meticulous. I traced the largest plate on a piece of 12" x 12" paper that I had on hand and cut the circle out. I folded the circle into quarters to mark out the center.

I placed the glass on top of the marked center, and traced round the base of the glass. After which, I cut out the inner circle and adhered the paper to the plate using washi tape. The part where the plate's not covered by the paper would be the exact middle. Before gluing the glass to that bottom tier, I marked out on the bottom of the middle tier where the glass brim will be adhered to. This time round, I used just washi tape instead. This was the start of me getting lazy. Hahaha..

Okay, back to that largest plate with the adhered piece of donut-shaped paper (sort of.. shape wise..?). In the middle where the hole is, I applied a liberal amount of E6000 to the plate and then pressed the glass firmly down. I waited for about 30 minutes before tearing the piece of paper away. I then layered the colored stones and glass pebbles the way I wanted it before using some toothpicks to apply some E6000 to the brim.

Then, using the 'washi tape'-marked areas as a guide, I adhered the 2nd plate to the glass brim. And this is what I got (Ignore the washi tape on top of the plate.. I no longer used it as I changed to a smaller glass later on..)!

For the second glass, I mentioned I wanted something fancier in my earlier post. I ended up creating a mini scene within the glass before adhering the glass to the second tier.

The whole process of creating the mini scene took me a few days. I started with making some fishes and water plants out of polymer clay. Since I'm going for the cream + green look, I used Fimo translucent white and white combo.

I then layered some ice resin to create that faux pond look (within the glass, of course!) which took a couple of days since there's some waiting game for the curing part.

While the resin was curing, I took the time to make a mini origami paper boat and crochet a green-colored seedling. And while the resin still had a little bit of tackiness left, I stuck the paper boat on one side. I then mixed up a bit of resin and let it go gooey before mixing in some small white stones.

I then slowly spooned this (pretty gross) resin-stone mix beside the paper boat. And while this mix was still tacky, I pushed my crochet seedling into it. I let this glass of resin goodness cure for a couple of days.

During which, I made 2 small pom poms out of this beautiful cream-colored merino yarn. I know, what a waste to use the yarn on this...

Once all the resin was fully cured, it's time to assemble what's leftover together. I first glued the mini scene glass to the 2nd tier. This time, just eyeballing.The pom poms were then adhered to the bottom of the smallest dish before gluing the dish to the brim of this 2nd glass. Voila! I have 2 clouds!

I then waited, again for 30 minutes, before finishing off the display stand with some braided yarn (yes, using the same merino yarn)!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Rhinestic's Knick Knacks on Instagram!

Hola, my wonderful readers. I have finally created a separate Instagram account for my shop and you can find it @rhinesticknickknacks. Do follow this account for any shop updates, discount codes and other fun stuffs! I have also updated the link on my right panel.

If you're already following my personal account, hello friend! It would mean a lot to me if you follow my shop Instagram too! *chu~~* :3 ~~

Friday, March 28, 2014

Something New in the Shop!

Hi peeps!

I have listed the necklaces I have made so far for the Braids x Knots collection. Please have a look! =)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sunday (Monday) Youtube Treasure #14: Sea Lemon

Found this gem late last night while watching the latest video to my subscribed channel, Kin Community.

Sea Lemon, who is a graphics designer by day, has a wealth of 'design-worthy' DIY tutorials, including bookbinding! I might be making some notebooks as gifts for a couple of friends and those tutorials will come in handy!

Here's a video from Sea Lemon on how to bookbind with coptic stitches:

Remade Giant Bottlecap Resin Coaster

Remember the one failed resin coaster I made last year? I finally completed the second version!

While I was mixing some resin for the tiered display stand, I decided that I should really finish up of the coaster, since I might be meeting up with my friend soon (yeah, we hadn't managed to meet up since last Christmas). I don't know why I had taken so long, but I guess I was putting off this project to focus on some of the shop stuffs. 

This time round, I sealed all the porous pieces (ie. background paper, scrabble pieces, miniature cars, basket) with mod podge before all the resin work. (Guess what? I did all the sealing months ago! =X ) And instead of doing one layer of resin to secure the pieces and another thick layer of resin to fill up the bottlecap, I did 3 pours, so as to minimize any trapped bubbles.

I still get a bunch of bubbles near the basket (in my second layer) which I was too late to discover, but the rest of the piece is pretty much bubble-free. Yay!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Updates x Updates x Updates

I can't believe it. 20 days of non-blogging! But if you have been following my Facebook page or my instagram, you know I have been busy. =)

First up, I have completed quite a number of necklaces (Braids x Knots collection) which will be listed in my Etsy shop next week.

As well as designing the boxes for the necklaces.

Then, I have been designing and making prototypes of new necklaces that would eventually be make-to-order items in my shop.

And finally, I'm in the process of DIY-ing a tiered display stand! This is something that I have been wanting to do for years! Here's a look at the first tier. =) The glass cup in the first tier was filled with white and green pebbles and frosted glass balls. 

For the second tier, the glass cup contents will be fancier. I'm planning to have a resin layer, a knitted/crochet layer, some "airy" space and a top layer. Mysterious much? :) I have documented my process for the first part of this project and will be continuing so for the second part. So if you are interested in making one yourself, stay tuned for the work-in-progress post!


Saturday, March 01, 2014

An Enriching Letterpress Workshop with Papypress!

I had an amazing 4-hour session today immersing myself in the world of letterpress at Papypress. The sight of the antique machines really tickled my vintage-love and steampunk fancies.

Ian gave us a short history about his company and a rather comprehensive introduction to letterpress. There were 5 of us in the workshop, and since I came alone, I had one of the three tabletop letterpress machines to myself! But, of course, we did eventually take turns to try the different machines in the end. =) 

The Adana tabletop letterpress - Printing with my custom photopolymer plate

If you remember, I did a cat illustration 2 posts back. Well, I redrew it digitally and sent the artwork to Papypress so that they could get the custom printing plate made. Using this printing plate, I did a number of postcard-sized prints with 3 different colors.

Prints from these tabletop presses will not show much or any 'de-bossing' if the image covers a wider area like my printing plate. To get visible indentation, a much smaller design is more suitable like so.

However, Ian was generous enough to demonstrate the use of a commercial letterpress machine which is able to deliver a big punch of force when printing.

The beautiful Heidelberg Windmill

Ian used my printing plate for demonstration, and all of us were awed by the machine's prowess. It was able to give the most delicate imprint and indentation!

Look at the level of details of the indentation!

I might add more details to the hand-printed letter pressed cards and hopefully, list them on my Etsy shop! 
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