Bargain Hunting on Ebay again

I was taking a break and perusing Ebay again looking for some bargain deals for me and the  little guy to add to our wishlist… and ran across these goodies, so thought I would share them for  anyone interested.  A lot of these are from overseas sellers, so expect a wait  to get your goodies.  There were  so may great finds added to our wish list, but here are just a few of them.

Embossing Folders by  seller 15oceaneshop

There are a lot of fun new designs to choose from and I didn’t see anything priced over $2 in this batch.  Great way to pick up a bunch of designs if you are new to embossing, or if you just want to bump up your design stash.

I particularly like this one… no surprise there really since  I love the Steampunk and vintage stuff so much.  Some of you may remember my adventures in Playdoh a while back… I love embossing folders like this… they make great image presses for Playdoh or Polymer Clay projects too.  I am very into  multifunctional crafts lol… I like to get my moneys worth out of things we buy… so if I can find more than just the traditional purpose for them.. all the better  🙂

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Talking of Multifunctional… I love Silicon molds,  these are  great for  icing and confectionary of course, as most are intended.  BUT … they are also great for Plaster of Paris, Polymer Clay and Embedding Resin projects.  Someone asked me once if they could be used for Paper clay projects.. I still don’t have an answer to that one.. but I am probably gonna try it one day  LOL.

I found a bunch of cool molds that would be  fun to play with…. these particular ones were listed by homesale_sky and  this is just a handful of the really cool molds that caught my eye.  These would be great for decorating mix media, upcycled projects or jewelry making.

I also found some really cool metal dies which are definitely going on  my wish list…

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Bubbles/ circles
Our Ebay wish list is growing …. lol.

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Marvelous Molds – Silicone Mold Sale & 25% coupon

I know some of you caught my last post about the new Silicone Molds I found…. well if you wanted to try them..NOW is the time.  I just got an alert that there is a 25% discount, free shipping on orders over $50 …..AND some designs are on sale.

These are the silicone molds designed for cake decorating with fondants and marzipan AND other crafts, like Plaster of Paris, polymer clay, resin etc.  SO if you love to upcycle, mixed media, make altered art and create with ephemera. this might be of interest.  This is not just about decorating wedding cakes anymore… they carry a variety of designs from lace, texture, flowers, sea shells and ribbons.. all the way to boats, fish, and skulls. mm_sale_banner

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Marvelous Molds – cake decor, polymer, plaster and more

Some of you may have heard me  talking about a desire to start working with resin again.. and you may have already seen Playdoh projects and the like on here in the past.  I was so excited to accidentally stumble across this site when I was updating affiliate info on the blog.  CHECK these out…..

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Now these are  Food Grade Silicone molds…. but they can  be used for plaster, soap, wax and a bunch more crafting  media.  They can withstand 400 degree heat, so work with allsorts of materials.

One of the really cool features of these molds that I liked a lot was the cutting edge built in to the design and the wide array of designs and texture plates available, which would be great for my playdoh, polymer and plaster projects.  If you enjoy crafting with 3D embellishments…  check these out.  I know a bunch of you do mixed media pieces and upcycle and re purpose pieces in a variety of media.

I picked out a few of my personal favorites to show you, but you really have to go check them out for yourself.  Whether you are a cake decorator… and we have a few of you ladies too in my various Facebook Groups and contacts, or you are a mixed media artist, jewelry maker, modeler or whatever…. these are definitely worth a look.
As soon as I have some spare  money, hopefully after Christmas…. I’m grabbing some of these and a new supply of Tap Plastics resin.  Woot… so excited to find really cool molds  to play with.

The video on the page I am linking to is worth a watch even if you aren’t a cake decorator… it  has some useful information and tips on it that apply to any use.

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So … what do you do with an old coat and some cardboard?

 …..Well a KennyK project of course lol.

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I have this old Matrix style leatherette coat …. yeah ….don’t even ask  LOL.   It’s been hanging in a closet for a few years since I inadvertently stuck a stilletto heel through the bottom of it and ripped a hole  in it.. again DO NOT ask lol.

so..  it is now lying on my floor, with a nice big chunk out of it and  my apartment stinks of contact adhesive …..uggity!

I feel a KennyK piece coming on  *grin

Build your own portable Craft Cart

Here is one even the ladies can do… so don’t think you need to add this one to your honey do lists.

I was lucky enough to have a cube set and canvas totes to “recycle” which cut down on my costs and let me spend a bit more on a nice top surface…. and I already have a can of the stain I want to use. Both units cost just over $100 in materials, but if you have to buy the cubes too ….that will obviously bump the price up to closer to $200.   You would be hard pushed to find a commercial cart for that price, let alone two.  If you can recycle/upcycle..  all the better.

 

Tool list..

Drill and  drill piece for pilot holes ( save splitting the wood when you start putting the screws in)
Screwdriver or driver piece for drill
Screws  size depends on what you choose for a top and bottom surface.
Casters 4 per unit.. 6 if you want added support for longer units

Supplies

Cube storage units.  These can be picked up  online, or in stores… Home Depot, Walmart, Target.. all carry these and you can pick up deals if you watch for them.  I picked up  a whole bunch of them a few years ago to build a cube wall in my baby’s room in a Home Depot Thanksgiving sale.  I think I got 10 units, each of which came with 4 storage totes and the whole lot cost me just under $300, which considering they usually retail around $40 each and then an extra $10-15 for the totes.. was a total steal.  He is getting to that stage of wanting to fetch his own books etc., so I removed the top layer… I know my kid….I will walk in one day and find him scaling the cubes like a monkey to get something.

This would work with reclaimed kitchen and bathroom cabinets, old bedside cabinets, or similar….depending on your needs and what you can get your hands on.  If you are a handy crafter that likes to recycle, or you have a handyman available… reclaimed pallets would work great as a rustic work surface.  Kitchen work tops are great for their easy clean and cut resistant surfaces too.  There are lots of alternative to buying cabinets and work top that can be used, if you can lay hands on them easily.  If I had more room down each side of the space I have this in….I would have put some rails or peg hook board down the side too.  Another possibility; if you can get it, is some magnetic paint or magnetic sheet on the sides to hold the thin metal dies…. or a block shelf with drill holes, to hold pens and brushes etc …. as I said…. so many possibilities to customize this kind of project to suit your space and needs.
I shall probably build a pen block to hold all of my brushes and pens and other small tools. that I can just sit on top when I am using it.

Casters I got basic, non locking casters and since it won’t have a whole lot of heavy stuff in it, I didn’t see the need for the heavy duty ones.  These cost around $3 each at Home Depot.

MDF base board 2×4 sheet cost around $10 per sheet for the 3/4 inch.  If you have the room and ability to buy the bigger sheets and cut them down to size…. It is usually  cheaper. I don’t have a truck and live in an apartment now, so no workshop space and limited tools make pre-cut easier and quicker for me.  These 2×4 sheets will slide in behind the front seats across the foot well of a Ford Fusion.. for anyone in a similar situation.

Birch Plywood  2×4 precut sheets for the top surface.  They have a choice of surfaces to suit budgets and tastes.  So depending on how you plan to finish the top off….  you can  save some money by choosing something else, if it suits.  These were just under $20 a sheet.  Obviously, again bigger sheets and cutting them down would be cheaper and leave you with some extra lumber for adding in extras shelving, racks etc  in the rear of your cart if needed.

Ok…. assembly… that’s pretty much a drill and screw no brainer.

I flipped the MDF and attached 4 casters using 1/2 inch screws, flipped it over.. aligned my cabinets…. I set mine up against one edge so there was no gap when I  pushed them together.  If you are only doing one…. you should center it obviously.  I set it back slightly to create a lip, so when I am using the front edge the tote handles wouldn’t be so annoying. I screwed down from the top into the MDF to secure the cubes to the base.  Then I added the birch top, aligned and screwed that to the cubes from the top.  If you aren’t planning to stain the top or are using another type of top surface….you will want to attach from the underneath side instead.  I will be bedding my screw heads below the surface and filling the holes before staining mine, so they won’t be seen when it’s finished.

cartI then turned it round and installed 3 pillars for support and added in a recycled wooden crate to hold my oversized paper and sketch pads that won’t fit in the totes. I’ll be adding in a few shelves at the top of that cart, then a bunch of shelves in the other one between the two poles. To finish off I will put some backing board on the backside of the cubical frame to hide the totes from the other side and then staining.

 

Voila… easy peasy rolling craft cart that can easily be built from upcycled/recycled materials.  I have the glass top from an old desk in my closet, but since I have a toddler who will share this craft space and is a bit heavy handed… I don’t plan to use that just yet ….but that is a great addition if you paint, ink or stain  and want to protect the wood.
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I live in an apartment with no  dedicated craftspace…. so this makes an excellent practical solution for my crafting needs for me and my son, whilst blending in really well with our existing furniture. We live upstairs and these are low profile windows, so it also covers my safety concerns by keeping my son away from the windows when he is running around like a fruit loop without blocking natural light too much

 

….and also removes monkey boys chances of scaling the walls in his room

Easy to move and push together to create an activity space that all of us, as a family can use together when needed and because we have a recessed window…. it fits in without using up valuable floor space.

All in all; a totally cool project, quick and easy to do….unless you have a mini helper….in which case add on an extra day  LOL.

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I’m not going to wait to finish this off before posting this project.. mainly because I plan to wait a little while before staining this….and because I can’t seem to get someone off it long enough to do it haha.  My son has already laid claim to HIS new crafting/play space.

 

But I think the pics and instructions are easy enough for anyone to follow.  This is a seriously cool project for  any crafter; no matter whether you live in an apartment, or a house with a dedicated craft room.

 

 

I know my son is going to enjoy this new work/play surface just as much as I am…. and hubby…. well he will just be happy to get his desk back to himself and not have to see Craft stuff everywhere  LOL…

… all round a very happy family.11902574_902602156472902_6912734688643080552_n

 

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