It's the end of August; and our local Lowes store is already getting in their yard decorations for Halloween.
The local Michaels Craft store has rows of really upscale Halloween Home Decor that look more like props from a Harry Potter or Addams Family Movies. There are life size skeletons, large spiders, ghosts, dishes, candlesticks and more. Everything you need to dress up your home for a Fabulous Halloween Party.
If you like to make your own decorations; you'll find lots of ideas on Pinterest too. You can get started by checking out our Halloween Decoration, DIY Craft and Gifts And Fairies and Witches Pinterest Boards.
Jerry and I decided to have a little fun making a decoration for Halloween.
Over the years, we have received many questions from artists and crafters about whether or not they could bake the plastic doll eyes in polymer clay.
We recommended using glass eyes because the glass tolerates temperatures up to 1200 degrees without melting.
Some of our customers e-mailed that they were having success with using plastic eyes and baking the clay at lower temperatures. We decided this would be our opportunity to test it.
We purchased Sculpey Clay at Michaels Craft Store for a family fun afternoon with our back to college bound daughter.
We kneaded the clay and molded these little funny eye sculptures using the 22mm Round Plastic Doll Eyes. We placed the sculptures on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
The directions on the clay package recommend the temperature of the oven be 275 °F (130 °C) and the sculpture be baked for 15 minutes for 1/4 inch (6mm) thickness.
We were testing the lower temperature with plastic eyes. Below is a chart of our very unscientific testing. But First, like they say on TV; we don't recommend you try this at home.
If you do try it; post photos of your results on Instagram and be sure to hash tag #GlassEyesOnline so we can repost!
The plastic eyes seemed to hold up just fine if they were encased within the clay. A few of the eyes that were sitting on top of the clay had melted and browned edges.
I would not recommend plastic eyes for an art or fantasy doll. I'd stick with glass doll eyes. The plastic would be fine for experimenting. It would also make a cool scout troop or youth group project.
We used Clay Pots, Floral Foam and Spanish Moss from the Dollar Store to make our potted eyes Halloween decoration.
We had a great time together experimenting with polymer clay. Have you tried any new creative mediums lately? ? Please share in comments below or #GlassEyesOnLine on Instagram!
August is hot and humid in the Low Country and I can't imagine what folks did before air conditioning. I escape from the midday heat by staying inside and crocheting during my breaks at GlassEyesOnLine.com
I've been packing and shipping more triangle shape noses and slit pupil safety eyes. That is an indication that I'm joined by other artists and crafters working on their fall projects. I'm crocheting projects that helped me cool off with thoughts of the fall season and the upcoming holidays.
One project involved designing a crochet Jack O'Lantern cover for a candy jar that I recycled from a fruit jar in the spring. I just finished creating the step by step photo tutorial to share with you. You can view, download and print the power point slides and PDF File below.
The idea for the bat mouth on my Jack O'Lantern came from a 2008 post on the Planet June Blog. June is a crochet pattern designer, writer, blogger, and multi-crafter according to her About page.
June recently shared in her blog post some amazing photos of the scenery and wildlife she encountered during her visit to Hawaii. I was in awe when I saw the photo of June next to the Sea Turtle. It gave me a new perspective of the size of those amazing animals. June also has crochet patterns, supplies, and tutorials available in her Shop.
Stay Tuned.... Jerry and I have been experimenting with baking polymer clay with plastic doll eyes instead of glass eyes. Next week we'll share what we learned.
Time Flies when your working hard and having fun. Jerry and I have been busy with packing and shipping Eyes, Noses and Joints around the world since we returned from the International Doll and Teddy Show. We have also been taking breaks for fun with some creative projects that we plan to share in upcoming blog posts and newsletters.
Do you remember my spring project recycling a jar of fruit for a candy jar with a crochet bunny rabbit cover? If not, you will find the pattern and instructions HERE. It made a sweet Easter decoration for our kitchen counter.
I switched out the jelly beans for candy corns for Halloween. I made a crochet black cat and jack o lantern for the lid. I absolutely love being able to change the crochet lid with the seasons and holidays. I'll be sharing my patterns with you in upcoming blog posts and newsletters.
Our other project turned out to be a family affair. It will definitely make a fun project for a club or scout troop this fall! We have been sculpting with no bake clay as well as polymer clay. We have heard from some customers that they have used plastic doll eyes in their polymer clay creations and baked the clay at lower temperatures for longer periods so we decided to test this ourselves. We are in the middle of this project so stay tuned for the centerpiece you can make for your next Halloween Party with step by step instructions.
If you crochet; you will want to check out the August Newsletter. Emily, our guest writer, learned how to crochet when she started college. She writes about how she thinks crochet is evolving and shares two crochet patterns that she created.
Troll Doll collectors and restorers get ready for a renewed interest in collecting Trolls.
Jerry and I went to the movies for our date night recently and saw a preview of the DreamWorks Animation Movie "Trolls" coming out in November.
By coincidence, we've also been getting questions about restoring and collecting troll dolls from our customers and I was in the middle of research on Trolls. I lined up some interviews and articles for our September and October Blog and Newsletters to share so stay tuned!
We'll be sharing information about troll hair, eyes, clothes, tools used in restoration, and more.
If you have questions or comments about Troll Collecting or Restoration or ideas for creative fall projects; please share in the comments below. We'd love to read them!