Wednesday, August 18, 2010

200th post!!! A Big thanks to all who stop by!!

A Spoon Full of Stars 

It's my 200th post and in honor of that I am doing a free little tutorial called "A Spoon Full of Stars "  . With this post I will also  be giving the finished piece away, picking randomly from those who   leave a   comment . If you feel like making this whimsical little piece but want to make it easier I am also  selling kits  ( see the side panel ) . But most of you may have  the  supplies for this piece  hanging  around  your studio and in this case maybe your kitchen. Hey!!!all of us  know we have far more "stuff" then most of us will ever use in our creative life time!!!  So here we go !!
Materials Needed.
1=wooden spoon and wooden knob
2=19 gauge  annealed steel wire ( ace hardware -it is bascialy a blackened  wire that is heated /annealed  so it bends easily)
3=silver and gold paint
4= 3 colors  of glass glitter, gold, clear and silver
5 =Paper Clay
6=white glue optional Mod Podge
7=drill and small bit
8=Paint brush
9=Exacto knife and pencil
10= Lettering stamps black ink and charcoal
11=sand paper med. grit
12=clay roller
13= paper for making templates and scissors
14= needle nose pliers and wire cutter 

Step 1= Roll out Paper Clay to about 3/8 " thick( I use a piece of plastic plumbing pipe cut to size). 
 Draw 3 different stars sizes  on paper and cut out for templates  . Place  you star templates on the paper clay and cut them out cookie cuter style with an exacto knife. Set them aside to dry . Paper Clay is an air dry clay and so it does not need to bake  in the oven  but you can  speed up the drying time by heating   in the oven at around 225 degrees .

Step 2= Roll out another sheet of Paper Clay  about 1/2 " thick and then make a banner shaped template from paper . In the same way you cut the stars out,  cut  you banner shape  out too. I  then bowed it and set it under pencils to dry.
Step 3= When the Paper Clay stars and banner are dry, sand then and then paint  the spoon and the stars . I painted  some  stars gold some silver and left several white .I  glued a fun wooden craft store knob on the end of the spoon  and painted it with  silver and  2 types of gold paint.

Step 4= Drill  2 tiny holes through  the  edge  of the  banner and 2 holes through the spoon . These will be for the 19 gauge wire hanger so you will need to  use a dill bit big enough for the wire  to pass thorough. Make sure the holes on the banner line up on the holes on the spoon.
Step 5= I took the sanded Paper Clay banner and rubbed charcoal on the edges and smeared it with my finger . I then took lettering stamps ,black ink and stamped the words " A Spoon Full " on the bare Paper Clay. If you make a mistake simply sand it off and start over . You can also cut the letters out of paper and glue them on to the paper clay or hand write them onto the Paper Clay.  When this was done I sealed it with matt  spray fixative . You can use regular hair spray if you do not have spray fixative .
Step 6= Using matt Mod Podge as glue I added 3 colors of glass glitter to the stars and spoon . I used clear , gold and silver glass Glitter. If you do not have Mod Podge you can use watered down white glue . I like Ultimate  Glue .
Step 7= Now it is time to take  the 19 gauge annealed steel wire and  wrap it around a pencil, making a curl for the wire hanger . Insert the ends into the holes you drilled in the spoon. 
Step 8= Run the end of the wires thorough the holes you drilled in the banner and with a pair of  needle nose pliers  add curly cues to the ends . Snip any excess wire off with wire cutters. 
Step 9 = Drill two more holes . One through the spoon bowl and one into the edge of one of your larger stars. Wrap  a  short piece of wire  around a pencil again making a curl and insert one end  of the wire  into the star  adding  bit of glue . When the wire in the star is dry, make a little hook with the other wire  end and  insert it into the spoon bowl so that it  creates a hanging star.
Step 10= Now just glue your stars in the spoon and add a ribbon to the knob . I then   glued some german gold dresden paper to the spoon handle . When all is dry you can hang your finished  piece.
Now once again if you feel like making this little bit of whimsy yet do not want to gather all the stuff . You may  buy one of my pre made kits!!! They come with everything pictured plus written instructions.
1-spoon and glued on knob , pre drilled
2= pre-made paper clay stars( one with drilled hole)  and  one drilled pre-made paper clay banner.
3= 3 bags of glass glitter- gold ,clear and silver 
4= ribbon and german dresden paper
5=Ribbon and wire 
6 = gold and silver "Golden" brand cups of paint.

You will need the following supplies with this kit..........
1= white glue and optional mod Podge
2= needle nose pliers and wire cutters
3= paint brush ,pencil for twirling wire
4= Charcoal , lettering stamps  and ink pad or just cut your words out of old books 
and glue on to the banner .

Kit is $25 and includes  shipping . There  is a Pay Pal, " Buy it Now" button on the right side panel if your wish to purchase a kit. Thanks and hugs, Julie 


susi said...

congrats on your 200th - love em - keep em coming!

PJ said...

Hey Julie thanks for the fun and well written "Spoonful of Stars' treat and congratulations on your 200th are inspiring.

Joan said...

Congratulations Julie, on your 200th post and thank you for all those lovely posts I've so enjoyed. Thank you too for showing how to make a Spoonful of Stars. You are a Star!!!

paperbird said...

congratulations Julie- it is always fun to visit here and be inspired by your talents. I hope you are well and that you are enjoying these sweet days of summer.

NatashaMay said...

Congrats on the 200th! :)) Thanks for sharing the how to. :)

Diane said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial, Julie!! and congratulations on your 200th post!

Lisa said...

Julie - thanks for the tutorial and congratulations on your 200th post! I can't wait to take a "live" class with you - I just love your creations.

Terri Kahrs said...

Congrats on your 200th post, Julie! May there be many more!!! Thanks for the awesome tut - love those little stars. As Joan said, you ARE a star!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Jackie said...

Love it! What a special treat, its like being at one of your classes ;) Hugs and congrats, jackie

Jingle said...

This is such a fantastic project! Thank you so much for sharing the process with us!!! Congratulations on your 200th post!

OliveraPlants said...

Another great project by our favorite artist! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent. Hope to see you soon in Phx! hugs....Twyla Marti

Barbara said...

Julie, I absolutely adore your ART!
Your article just touched my heart, Sisters Know what it is we need. Oh ? did the neighbors bring your studio back to you? Congrats on #200!

nacherluver said...

Congrats on your 200th post! What a wonderful way to celebrate :)
Feels like a party over here!
Great job on your tutorial.
Thanks for the chance to win.
p.s. thanks for your support on my blog post today ;)

lori vliegen said...

congrats on your 200th blog post.....and thanks SO much for the fabulous tutorial to celebrate!!! i've had a package of paper clay sitting in my drawer for a long time (but a little scaredy-cat to open it for some reason!), and i think this project will be the perfect reason to get started! thanks so much for the inspiration!! :))

Debi said...

Hi Julie, good job keeping up with the blog for 200 posts!! I'm terrible with mine, maybe you will inspire me. And thanks for the tutorial. Missed you at Art Unraveled shopping day. Hope to see you sometime soon, maybe a class at Frenzy Stamper.

Michelle said...

Beautiful project. Congratulations on 200 posts, I look forward to 200 more.

whymsicalmusings said...

Julie you make me laugh! You are one of the most talented people I know. You made me blush!

Congrats on your 200th post! And thank you thank you thank you for this sweet little treasure:) I can't wait to get fact I do believe my daughters,sisters and mother will love this so a craft day it is thanks to you!

Elizabeth said...

@00 posts comes very quickly!! Congrats!!
LOVE our little spoon full of stars!!!
Where does one find annealed steel wire????
Alwyas love to stop by for a visit!!

Sharon Margiotta said...

200th post .. wow ... cute project, like everything you do .. love it!

Ellie said...

Congrats! I love the spoonful of stars! This is super! Thanks for the movie suggestion, can't wait to see it!

sarita said...

congrats on your 200th post...and thank you for the tutorial on the's lovely thank you for the chance to win it.

Diane Duda said...

Happy 200th!
Best tutorial ever. I'm with Lori...makes me feel like I may actually open my neglected package of paperclay now. :)

Whimsey Creations said...

Very cute idea! Congratulations on your 200th post. I'm sure looking forward to October!

karen said...

Wow! 200 posts! How do you know it was the 200th? Do they track that?
Thank you for always being such an inspiration to all of us. Even if I don't take on your project (I'm not doing anything these days...) I still LOVE to see what you are doing.
I miss you!

Karine said...

Hi Julie,

Congrats on post #200. The "spoonful of stars" is really cute. I am busy painting for upcoming shows, so I won't be making one, but you are generous in your tutorial.

Have fun in Scottsdale - it is nice to hear from you.

sharon said...

Hi Julie!
Thanks so much for your well wishes Julie, I really appreciate that!
Congrat's on your 200th , and thanks for sharing your process, very generous, always amazing.

Mod Podge Amy said...

This is SO SO wonderful!! I need it. Are you going to sell them? If I don't win, I have to buy one!! Stars are "my thang."

Congrats on 200!!

Scrappy Jessi said...

hey sweets.
eeekk this is so cute.
hope all is well

Becky Shander said...

This is quite a thorough tutorial, and the project is super cute. Congratulations on your 200th post...this is a wonderful accomplishment that I hope you're busy celebrating.

Candylei said...

Hi: I just "found" you on crescendoh and had to link over to your blog. I love paperclay just wish it didn't take so long to dry with the larger pieces. Your work is adorable!

Lorie said...

Julie! Great tutorial! I see online classes in your future. Looking forward to Shelf Life next month at Frenzy, it's been too long. Finally, congratulations on 200 blog posts! xo

Jen Crossley said...

JUlie what a huge achievement 200th post Thanks so much for sharing.LOve this spoonful of stars

terry said...

thanks so much for sharing the instructions for this great piece. i have one of your pieces in my home and smile each time i look at it. Love your talent!

Coleen said...

congrats on the 200th post! thats for sharing the Spoonful of Stars....looks like a fun project!

Heart Hugs,

noodle and lou said...

hooray for 200!!! and super duper adorable are aaaa-mazing miss julie! xox

Krista, The Accidental Artist said...

Wow... 200th post...congrats!!! Love the cute. Your banner is adorable too. Just wanted to also say thank you for popping over to my blog and always leaving such lovely comments!

In the Light of the Moon said...

Congrats on your 200th!!And thanks so much for the fun tutorial!!I have always wanted to take one of your classes and this was such a nice treat!Big Hugs,Cat

Charlene said...

ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!! Wish I could whip one up right now. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I have a favor to ask... the starfish you used for our headband at Les Sirenes... do you still have it? I have been looking for one that size & find either too big or too small. Would you help me find that one or would you consider selling me the mold you made for class? I just loved it.

I have had my hands full helping hubby to recover from his open heart surgery. We are both tired but, so glad it's behind us. Thanks for sharing this little bit of happiness. HUGS! Charlene

ale balanzario said...

Congrats on your 200th post, thanks for the tutorial,

Theresa said...

The spoon is sooooo sweet Julie....congrats on you 200th post. :0)

NicNacManiac said...

Oh my gosh Julie,
Thanks so much for this fabulous walkthrough!! This project is adorable and your post shows so many little steps that I would not have even considered!
Congratulations on your 200th and here's to many many more!
Happy Sunday xOxO Nerina

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Cute project! And thanks for the star-making tip--I've never even thought about making stars cookie-cutter-style. This will make it much, much easier!


Anonymous said...

hello, sweet Julie,
I love this 'Spoonful of Stars' post and all of your lovely details on how to make one. It is so sweet of you to be an inspiration to all of us out here in blogland.
I love how you used paper clay for most of your 'banner and stars'.
So far, I have only been using paper clay overlays on cloth or over foil on my dolls. So, this is a nice 'touch' to make star and banner 'goodies' out of the clay.
You are brilliant, a shining star!
Teresa in CA
See you in a couple of the ning doll sites!

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