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August Craft Class – Concrete Letter w/ Stamped Washer Embellishment August 2, 2013

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Crafters will create a concrete letter and have the opportunity to create a stamped washer embellishment.

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Craft class is THURSDAY, August 15th (Note: DAY CHANGE, NOT SUNDAY)
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Brandon Elementary Art Room (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070. We are waiting for final approval on location (Korene turned in the paperwork late). Don’t foresee any problems, but wanted to give you a ‘heads up’ in case of location change.

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Register no later than Friday, August 9th. Email us 2 letters that you would like to use at: craftredo@aol.com by Friday, August 9th (IE: I would like to use the letters V & K). We will provide letter templates at the class (that’s why we need to know which letters you would like to use). Crafters will use the letter template to create a mold for the concrete. The mold will be constructed from cereal boxes! It’s amazing and . . . yes, using a material that is repurposed. Gotta love that!

If you happen to have a HAMMER, bring it. We will have some available to use. Please put your name on the hammer.

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 6:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 6:00.

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Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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Stamped Washer Craft July 10, 2013

My husband had purchased a steel letter/number stamping set for me during one of our excursions to Harbor Freight. I had been dyin’ to try it out. Father’s Day was coming . . . I saw an opportunity.

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Our father’s do not need anything, not a THING – they continue to tell us that. So we focused on the ‘thought’ of the gift. We gave them a personalized flashlight, monster magnet and a heaping plate of home-made cookies (I’ll have to share this recipe later, it’s awesome).

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You will need:

  • Steel Letter/Number Stamping Set (We used the 1/8” set. Here’s the link for the stamping set from Harbor Freight: http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=stamping+set)
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses
  • Cutting board or flexible cutting mat
  • Washers (For our project we used 3/8” & 1/2”. Helpful Hint: Buy a few extra washers, it may take a few tries before you get the hang of it.)
  • Permanent Sharpie marker
  • Baby wipes
  • Key ring flashlight (Purchased at dollar store)
  • Hard surface for pounding

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Directions for stamping onto washers:

  1. Place cutting board/mat onto hard surface. We used our garage concrete floor. The concrete is a hard enough surface to pound on, the cutting board/mat creates a stable surface that will, hopefully, keep the washers from moving around while you are pounding on them.
  2. With safety glasses on, position stamp onto washer, pound top of stamp with hammer. Pound super-duper hard. 8-10 pounds with the hammer worked well. I found it helpful to hold my fingers against the mat and stamp, towards the bottom, while pounding with the hammer. This appeared to minimize any bouncing with the stamp. You don’t want the stamp to move at all.
  3. Wipe surface of the washer with a baby wipe. Color in letters with the Sharpie marker. Do about 3-4 letters at a time, making sure to fill in all the parts of each letter. Wipe surface with baby wipe. If you are having a hard time not getting all of the marker off of the surface, try coloring over the surface area again with the marker and then quickly wiping with baby wipe.
  4. Attach washers to key ring flashlight.

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This project can be used in many other ways. Use it as an embellishment onto of a package or an added highlight to a hand-made gift.

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Here are the monster magnets.

My mom and I made these when I was a kid (that was when wheels were square, according to my children). I totally forgot about these monster magnets until I came across them on Pinterest, old crafts never die.

We saved plastic bread tags, glued on googly eyes, embellished with glitter glue. Allowed to fully dry, flipped them over and attached magnet strips to the backs.

The grandpas really got a kick out of ‘em.

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An April Fool’s Spill March 18, 2012

This is an easy April Fool’s prank to craft up.
You will need:

  • Cups
  • White Glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Wax paper
  • Wooden Craft Sticks
  • Paper Plate (optional – this may come in handy if you need to move your craft)
  1. Pour white glue into the bottom of the cup (not too much, just enough to fill the cup about 1 inch full).
  2. Add in the acrylic paint and stir with wooden craft stick. You may need to add more acrylic paint depending on how light or dark you want your spill to be.
  3. Lay out a sheet of wax paper. When paint is thoroughly mixed into the glue mixture, pour spill onto wax paper, be sure not to pour the spill too close to the edge of the wax paper -you’ll need enough room for the spill to flow out onto the wax paper. Lay cup flat onto the wax paper, making sure the glue mix and the cup make a connection. You want the cup and glue to be connected so it looks real.

Tip: If the spill is not pouring out well you may need to try one of two techniques. Tip the cup up on an angle to allow the glue mixture to flow out easier. Coax glue out with wooden craft stick. Or, if your mixture appears too thick, add a very tiny bit of water, mix to check consistency. Acrylic paint may need to be added to brighten color.

The bad thing about this project is it takes about 1-2 weeks to fully dry. So be sure to not use a huge amount of glue and allow plenty of time to dry so it’s ready for April Fool’s Day. Happy pranking!

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