Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Glass Bottle Vase

Today my mom was doing some tile work in the kitchen, and I decided to try to use the tile cutter to cut some glass bottles lying around.

1. I taped off where I wanted to make the cut.
2. adjust the tile cutter's guide to match where you want the blade to cut your bottle.
3. add water to the tile cutter, and start cutting by rotating the bottle around slowly.
4. After cutting, remove the tape, and wash the bottle carefully. The cut part is sharp so do not touch it.
5. Start sanding. I used a sanding attachment with a drill, and sand all sides dipping in water once in a while.
Wash again, and you are done!

Taped off before cutting

unwashed after cutting

after washing


My beer bottle cracked at the end of cutting. The glass was much thinner on the beer bottle, so I would recommend using a bottle with thick glasses for cutting.

After sanding

It is not perfect, there are areas where it chipped a little but it's fine for what I'm using it for.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


I love taking pictures of nature, especially flowers. I am still learning how to use my camera (Nikon D5100), it's definitely a challenge so far. Here are two of my favorite shots so far.

I just ordered the 35mm F/1.8 lens online, and I can't wait to try it out! I am also thinking about getting some macro attachments, if anyone have any experience with those, please let me know!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Glass Pendant-Making Class

Last week, my friend and I bought a Groupon for a Pendant Making class at Smashing Times in Dallas. When we arrived at the class, We realized we were the only ones attending this class on that day. It was such a fun time picking out our glass, and learning the process. Here are some pictures!
Before the pendants went in the Kiln
After the pendants were fired and bails were attached
The purple/pink one was mine, and the one with blue in it is my friend's. I am overall okay with the results, the only thing about them is that they are not smooth like I thought they were going to be after firing. The samples that they provided were all very smooth, and leveled. I just wish the "instructor" would have told us more about how they were going to be like when we were making them.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dollar Store Find: Grow your own Crystal

This was in the craft section at Dollar Tree. They also had pink and green, but this was the only purple left. I have bought something similar to this before from Earthbound, but it was more expensive, and crystals were not what I expected.. (they just looked like white salt accumulated on the rock) I am hoping for better results this time.

Crystal Growing Kit
Crystal Growing Kit Back

opened kit

Here is what It came with. Tray, Stir Stick, 2 Rocks, and a pack of "Crystal Chemical". 

I made a mistake on this part, you are supposed to use HOT water to dissolve the chemical, but I was lazy and didn't want to use another container, so I didn't want the tray to melt if I put boiling water inside. so I only used warm water. After stirring it for 5 min, the chemicals did not dissolve all the way. 

After putting the rock in the water, I followed the instruction and sprinkled the rest of the chemical on the rock, and it accumulated itself on the rock, making it look like its growing crystals already.

The tray is very flimsy, so make sure you place the tray in something sturdy so if you can move it around if you desire.

I hope I'll get some beautiful crystals, but if not, its okay, because I still love watching the process of crystals forming. I will keep you updated on how this turns out!


Here is my end result of my crystals.

A little disappointed that the crystals didn't end up on the rocks, but still pretty cool.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dollar Store for Inspiration?

I love going to different stores for inspiration. Anthropologie is definitely one of my favorite. But have you guys ever heard of someone going to the Dollar Store for inspiration? Sure, you can get inspired by all the finished products that you see on the shelves saying, "Oh I can make that!", but for me, supplies and "raw materials" are also great inspiration to me. Of course supplies and materials that cost a dollar is just the icing on the cake!

A little searching around showed I am not the only one who browse through dollar store to find things to use in their projects. There are websites such as Dollar Store Crafts, where people use all kind of stuff from the dollar store to make wonderful projects. I even found a Dollar Store Challenge, too bad that was over a while ago, or I would have entered my projects there!

I will be showcasing several of the project that I have done using things I found at the dollar store on this blog. So please stay tuned for more!

So this lead to the surprise that I mentioned from an earlier post. I had finally finished this project after having it sit there for a while. So here it is!

This pillow is made for less than $4! The casing is 2 Microfiber cloth from the dollar store! It is actually really really soft and fluffy. If you have some stuffing from around the house (in old pillows that you longer use) this project could be done for $2.00! 

The  microfiber cloth came in a rectangle shape, so all I did was cut it to a square and sewed them together leaving about 3-4 inches open on one side. After stuffing it,  I just hand sew the sides together. Super easy! it only took me so long because I couldn't find my needles to sew the sides close. 

The finished pillow is about 13in. X 13in. It is not huge, but just the right size for my bed. 

Please let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Glass Bottle Necklace

I made a necklace out of the nail art glitter glass bottles I mentioned in the last post. It was really easy. The heart was from a pair of earrings that looked horrible on my ears. and I got the flower from my front yard. The purple flowers were perfect. They were tiny enough to fit into the bottle. and the leafs looks wonderful with the color contrast. I have no idea how long I can wear this for before the flower dies. But I will definitely  enjoy it while it last!

If you want this to last forever, you can make this out of those fake flowers from the craft store. I recommend that you take your glass jar with you to make sure that the flower will fit inside nicely. 

Hobby Lobby also sells these jars with a cork top if you cannot find these at the dollar store. (you may also look in scrapbooking section if you don't see them in the jewelry isle.)

(Another option for your flowers to last is to let it dry first. After wearing this necklace for 2 days, the flowers has closed. but the leafs are still very green.)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Nail Art Supplies

I love going to Dollar Tree for nail art supplies. They have the "L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer", which I own in almost every color. And recently, I found these tiny little glitters in glass bottles! (Donna Michelle Nail Art) These are the cuttest thing ever. You get 8 of them for a dollar, I am going to pick up more. They are just too cute.

I am going to use these glass containers for some necklaces too! The cap already have holes in them, so it would be really easy to make these into pendent/charms for necklaces. you can even leave the glitters in bottle which I might do. They also remind me of those rice necklaces that used to be popular.
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