Christmas Crafting!

So this year Chris and I are absolutely brassic. With my drop in work hours, paying work back for over-payments, and trying to save for a boat we just got nothing to spare. With all this is mind, we decided it might be nice if we made everyone something this year. We worked it all out and had 30+ people to buy for. After doing some math’s we worked out I could get all the supplies I needed for that many gifts for around £100. This is obviously a lot cheaper that spending around £20 on everyone!

Craft of choice this year was soap making! I’ve never done it, but I figured like, how hard could it be!

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I went with the old melt-and-pour option, a Shea Butter option. This is purely because me and Chris are scared of lye, which I think is a healthy fear to have considering it’ll melt your face off if given the chance. And we don’t have time to wait for everything to cure, which I think can take months. And I have no idea how to actually make cold process soap. So there’s that.

Immediately I snapped a knife in half trying to cut it up, so switched to a bigger knife. That helped.

Basically everyone gets their own smelly. I was going to felt them, so they’d be all pretty and self-flanneling, but I tried it with a couple and it just takes too long. I had been standing for about 3 hours by this point as well, and for those of you that don’t know, I’ve been diagnosed with ME/CFS by my GP (though that could change again in March as I have a Rheumatology specialist appt :/ ) but I’ve been struggling a lot with leg pain, and nothing I take seems to help. So that idea got scrapped. It does mean now I have a kilo of wool roving and nothing to do with it. Typical.

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I made these cute little labels a month or so ago in inDesign. I think they’re cute. I wear glasses and he has a big ol’ beard, together we make 1 whole hipster, hence the images on there.

I’m relatively happy with the turn out. There’s 3 I need to re-do but the rest are ok. I feel bad since they’re so small, but I’m hoping people will understand our plight and appreciate that they were hand made.

How’s everyone else’s Christmas planning coming?

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Mischief Managed

Today I created this little Harry Potter themed trinket box for my little sister who’s going off to University soon. She asked me for a box ages ago, and finally got around to making it today.

I thought I’d share it with you!

What do you think?

-AFA

AVAILABLE NOW – Moegami Wood Burn Wall Hanging

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‘Ah… Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all… Sealed away by the dark forces, I have spent years in this cave. Time passed, but I was unable to make my way to freedom. But now, your power has lifted the curse that plagued me. I, Moegami, god of flames, lend you my power. Burn a new source of light into the obscuring darkness!’

This image of the Celestial Brush God Moegami from the popular video game Okami, is hand burnt into a natural piece of Ash roughly 10×15 inches. It is coloured with watercolour, and sealed with a generous layer of Plasti-Kote, protecting it against weather and UV damage, to keep the image from fading.

This piece took roughly 6 hours from start to finish, and was a labour of love.

This comes with a clear stand, so it can be displayed upright on a flat surface, but also has two sets of wall hooks on the back for hanging on a wall.

If you require any more information about this piece, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Wood Hunting

My fiance and I took a trip up to Greenham Common. It used to be an old USA Air Base, but was decommissioned in like, 95 I think? Forgive me, I’m no history buff so thats likely to be wrong.

We like to go walking together. Look for wildlife and explore places. And it’s a good a reason as any to look for crafting supplies.

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There are these big ponds dotted all round the common. I think originally they were just pits that filled with rain water. I remember them from when I was a kid and there was no pond life in them to speak off. Just giant puddles. This one had a pack of 8 or dogs playing in it. They were very interested in us and came up and said borf at us for a while before returning to the water. Their people weren’t fussed by us so we said hello and carried on walking.

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Came across a Mama Cow with two Calf’s. Mama wasn’t bothered by us at all and Chris stroked her. Babies didn’t really know what to make of us so kept their distance. There was a big old bull a ways away. We assumed he was Daddio so kept an eye on him, but he wasn’t fussed either. I suppose common cows see a lot of people and dogs and just keep to themselves. I think they’re super cute. I love cows.

We headed into the woods to look for some nice Birch logs that had already been cut down. There’s always piles of chopped down wood about up there so it didn’t take us long.

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Fella bought himself a Japanese hand saw he’s been dying to play with, so we found a nice log and he set about cutting off some slices for me to use in my pyrography. Got 6 before he gave up! It was really hot though and looked like a log of work. I supervised from a nearby log and drank some juice.

They’re laid out in my garden now, drying out in the sun before I get to burning them. Don’t really have a set idea on whats going on them yet. I’m thinking some nice inspiration quotes? Maybe something geared towards mental health as that plays a huge role in my life. Who knows.

I’m sure I’ll keep you updated!

-AFA

Moegami – A work in progress

For those of you that don’t know me, I love video games. Always have. I see it as an amazing art form, a way of telling stories in a non conventional way. A good game is immersive and deep and takes you on a journey much the same way a good book does. The reason I bring this up is because my next piece is based on artwork from one of my favourite games, and easily one of the most beautiful games out there, Okami.

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I have the official art book for the game, and it’s easily my favourite and a great source of inspiration.

Before I started this piece, I knew it was going to be Moegami. He’s my favourite brush god in the game, because he’s a pipe smoking chicken. The art book states that hes a phoenix, but I mean, come on, he’s clearly a chicken.

I started off with a nice piece of Ash that my man very kindly cut and sanded down for me.

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We struggled a bit getting all the vertical lines out made when the log was sliced, but it was still a nice bit of wood. It measures roughly 15×10 inches, so its a good size to work with without being so big its over whelming.

This,  is Moegami

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I use Adobe Indesign for pretty much everything. In this instance I used it to resize the above image into one more suited for the wood I was working with. Then its just a case of transferring the image on to the wood. I use graphite paper for this. Dead easy and any mistakes can be rubbed out or scratched off with a sharp knife.

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Here you can see it just looks like it would had I drawn it on with a pencil. Sorted.

I think the actual burn took me around 3 hours? Ash is a new wood for me and it was a bit of a learning experience. I found it difficult to get a nice smooth line as the different ‘rings’ in the wood all had different burning temperatures. Luckily because of the art style used in Okami, I actually think it adds to the overall finish of the image.

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Once the lines were done, I decided it needed some colour. The wood is lovely but it just didnt look finished. After speaking to a few fellow burners online, someone suggested using water colour pencils, then going over it with a wet brush. I figured I didn’t have anything to loose so thought I’d give it a try…

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I’m pretty happy with how he turned out! The hardcore fans will notice he’s a little fatter than he should be. This was purely because I wanted to use the whole space available. And anyway, I don’t think it’s made a difference, I still love it.

He will be going up for sale on my Etsy page shortly! All thats left to do now is a few finishing touches. Wall hangers, a stand, and some varnish or something. Again, pretty experimental so I’ll be putting the end product up in a new blog.

If you have any questions about this piece, or about any steps I’ve not covered here, feel free to comment or use the contact page to get a hold of me! Alternatively you can follow me on FB and Insta, where I’m usually lurking all day 😀

-AFA

Cherry Blossom Hand Burnt Wooden Pendant Necklace

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Hand burnt wooden pendant on an adjustable wax cord necklace. Original Cherry Blossom design. The back of the pendant is plain wood. Please be advised that these are made to order, so may differ from the image shown slightly.

Finished with a bee’s wax cream to give it a nice shine and to protect it from every day splashes.

The wooden pendants are approximately 40mm – 50mm in length and 20mm – 35mm in width.

I would advise removing before baths/showers/swimming as the wood may swell.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt

Tentacles Hand Burnt Wooden Pendant Necklace

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Hand burnt wooden pendant on an adjustable wax cord necklace. Original tentacle design. The back of the pendant is plain wood. Please be advised that these are made to order, so may differ from the image shown slightly.

Finished with a bee’s wax cream to give it a nice shine and to protect it from every day splashes.

The wooden pendants are approximately 40mm – 50mm in length and 20mm – 35mm in width.

I would advise removing before baths/showers/swimming as the wood may swell.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Inspired Hand Burnt Pyrography Pinewood Ring

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A legend of Zelda: Wind Waker inspired hand burnt pyrography ring. Based on the mural designs from the games intro, this ring would be the perfect gift for any Zelda fan.

This is a pinewood ring, hand burnt and finished with a Bee’s Wax Cream. The finish is a very natural matt finish, but the wood will be protected from everyday water splashes. I would advice you remove the ring before baths/showers as exsessive exposure to water can cause the wood to swell.

Ring size is approx. – Outside diameter: 24mm; Inside diameter: 19mm; Widest point: 28mm

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Din’s Pearl Inspired Hand Burnt Pyrography Ring

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A legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Din’s Pearl inspired hand burnt pyrography ring. Based on the designs of the Goddess Pearls from the game, this ring would be the perfect gift for any Zelda fan.

This is a pinewood ring, hand burnt, stained with an Indian Rosewood Stain, and finished with a Bee’s Wax Cream. The finish is a very natural matt finish, but the wood will be protected from everyday water splashes. I would advice you remove the ring before baths/showers as excessive exposure to water can cause the wood to swell.

Ring size is approx. – Outside diameter: 24mm; Inside diameter: 19mm; Widest point: 28mm

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Farore’s Pearl Inspired Hand Burnt Pyrography Ring

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A legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Farore’s Pearl inspired hand burnt pyrography ring. Based on the designs of the Goddess Pearls from the game, this ring would be the perfect gift for any Zelda fan.

This is a pinewood ring, hand burnt, stained with an Indian Rosewood Stain, and finished with a Bee’s Wax Cream. The finish is a very natural matt finish, but the wood will be protected from everyday water splashes. I would advice you remove the ring before baths/showers as excessive exposure to water can cause the wood to swell.

Ring size is approx. – Outside diameter: 24mm; Inside diameter: 19mm; Widest point: 28mm

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt