Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sonic Screwdriver crochet hook grip tutorial

I am not really that big of a Doctor who fan. I've tried to watch it but I just can't seem to get into it. I know it is all the rage right now and a lot of people like it. I figured a lot of crocheters would like to see a Sonic screwdriver tutorial and I wanted to see if I could come up with one. I'm pretty pleased with the way it came out and I think it looks pretty good.

Things you will need
  • Copper polymer clay
  • White polymer clay
  • Black polymer clay
  • Grey polymer clay
  • Green polymer clay
  • Metal crochet hook 
  • A clay extruder, if you have one. 

1. Start off with a copper base. I just take a chunk of clay and wrap up it around the hook.
Roll it between your hands to extend it all the way up and around the hook. Cut off the top and bottom to desired length.

 2. Squeeze the copper clay a little bit in the middle to make it indented. Roll out a piece of black clay and cut it into a rectangle and wrap it around the squeezed part of the clay. Squeeze it in the middle so top and bottom are fatter than the middle.

 3. If you have an extruder use a small rectangle piece to squeeze out the bands. If you don't have one it's not a big deal, you can just roll out the gray clay and cut out the bands. I didn't use the extruder for the first one I made and it came out just fine.

4. With the gray bands cut four the same size and place them under the black band. Then use something with a small point to poke holes into the band. I have a clay tool but you can use a toothpick or a dry pen. I poked three holes across and the length of the band.

5. Take a small piece of green clay and roll it into a ball and place it at the bottom of the base.

6. Squeeze out or cut out more gray bands.

7. Cut the gray bands long enough to reach from the middle of the already placed bands to the bottom of the base. Place the bands in between the already placed bands and onto the green "light" at the bottom.

8. Roll out a piece of white clay and cut it out into a rectangle and wrap it around the top part above the black band.

9. Roll out some "snakes" and cut them to fit around the top of the base. I did three links around the top.

10. Bake according to your clays specifications! That's it!

If you have any questions, always feel free to ask!

Don't want to make one? You can buy one here at my etsy shop! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Etsy orders and why I've decided to lower my prices

I opened up an etsy shop in May. I guess with all businesses it is a lot of trial and error if you don't really know what you're doing. Etsy has a lot of great resources but it can be a little overwhelming. I have no experience and no one around me that has any experience running their own business that could help me. It's silly to call a little online shop a "business" but that's what it is. Eventually this is what I want to do full time but in the process of getting there, I'm figuring it out on the way. 

Pricing is the scariest thing. I don't want to over or under charge. I try to keep track of all my expenses. I've heard people say "don't work for less than minimum wage." I tried to use the formula that is on etsy but to me it seemed like I would be way overcharging for what I was selling. I settled to sell my crochet hooks for $15, which always seemed a little high to me. When I talk to people they tell me "that's it" or "you should just make it an even twenty." Too be honest, I really don't know. I've had sales and that's great but I still feel like I'm over charging. I decided recently to cut the prices down on my crochet hooks and see what happens. If my sales increase than great and if not than I know it wasn't just the price. I just feel lucky that people like what I make and actually want to and have bought my products.

Anyway, go check out my etsy shop! :)

If you have any advice for me, I would love to hear it.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Harry Potter's Wand Crochet Hook Grip tutorial

I have been selling crochet hook grips on etsy. I got asked if I could make a Harry Potter crochet hook grip. This is what I came up with. This one is a little more complicated and has a lot more steps than my other crochet hook grips. Overall, I am pretty impressed with the way it came out. I think it is pretty accurate to the wand used in the movies. 

Things you will need

  • Wine colored polymer clay
  • Metal crochet hook
  • A toothpick or something fine pointed to add detail
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Wine colored acrylic paint
  • Tweezers
  • Makeup sponge

1. As always, we need to start off with a base. Take a piece of clay and just roll it around the crochet hook. Rub it between your hands to smooth out any seams.

2. Take a little band of clay and place it in the middle. Rub out the ends so it looks ridged around the edges.

3. Next, take a ball of clay and put it on the end of the wand. Smooth out the edges to make it seamless with the body.

4. Now we add the knots and the wood grain. Take small pieces of clay and add them to shaft of the wand. I usually do about two or three knots. To add the wood grain, take a toothpick or a tool and just start at the top of and kind of trace around the knots. 

5. For the bottom ball of the wand, I used a piece of foil and just crumpled it around the clay. Try not to let it touch anything but the ball on the bottom.

4. Now for some final details! For the middle band, use your toothpick or tool to draw circles. I did a small circle than a bigger one, and a bigger one around that. It doesn't matter if they're perfect. I just did this all the way around the band. Finally, draw a U shape (I don't know how else to describe it) from the middle of the top to the back.

5. Then bake according to your packaging's instructions. I had to bake mine for about an hour. 

6. Once the wand is completely cool it is now ready to be painted. I mixed black and the wine color and used a little bit of the makeup sponge and the tweezers to sponge on the paint. I wanted the color of the clay to peek through a bit. I used the black on the handle part of the wand. Next, I mixed the brown and wine color and painted the rest of the wand with this color. I used the same technique with the sponge and the tweezers. With the brown color I wanted it to be more opaque. 

That's how I made Harry Potter's wand into a crochet hook grip! 

I hope you guys enjoyed this and if you have any questions always feel free to ask!

Don't want to make one? You can buy one here at my etsy.

Other Harry Potter crafts

Other Crochet Hook Grips

Monday, October 7, 2013

Finn's Golden Sword Crochet Hook Grip Tutorial

I have been making crochet hook grips over the past few months. I've been trying to come up with new ideas. I also have been watching Adventure Time since it was put on Netflix so I put two and two together and decided to make Finn's golden sword into a crochet hook grip. This is probably my favorite crochet hook grip that I have put together.

Things you will need
  • Black polymer clay
  • Red polymer clay
  • Blue polymer clay
  • A gold metal crochet hook (or any crochet hook if you don't mind.)
1. As always start off with a base. I tried to make this one as thin as possible. Just take a chunk of clay and form it around the crochet hook and then roll it between your hands until it forms all the way around. You may have to trim the top and bottom to make it even.

2. For the guard piece, you will need two small strips of clay that are the same size. Place one strip on top of the base and kind of mold it around and have it stick out. Take the other strip and do that to the other side. Pinch the two strips together so it forms the guard.

3. Take a ball of clay and put it on the bottom of the base. Try to keep it as round as possible.

4. Now time to add the details! Take some blue strips of clay and try to make them as thin as possible while still maintaining their shape. This can be kind of hard. Start wrapping the pieces around the base. You want to make it look like one continuous band so make sure you rub any seams out. Take some red clay and roll it into a ball and place on the round part of the base for the jewel.

5. Bake for 25 minutes or as long as you see fit!


Don't want to make one? You can buy one here from my Etsy.

Other Adventure Time crafts.

 Crochet Finn Hat

Other crochet hook grips
Scott Pilgrim sword


Hermione's wand

Monday, September 16, 2013

My blogger turned one today!

Well at least I made my first post this time last year. My first post was a Captain America beanie. This was the blog that got the most attention until I posted the Lightsaber Crochet hook grip. I haven't posted as frequently or as often as I would have liked this past year but a lot of good things have happened to me. I opened an Etsy shop and have had the chance to socialize with other Etsy owners. I've had articles and posts made about some of my work, which is what I am most excited about. My crochet skills have improved over the last year and I have made a lot of cool hats and things that I am really proud of. I have a few things that I will be sharing over the next few months that I am excited about and I'm glad I have this platform to do it!

If you are reading this and would like to buy a crochet hook from my Etsy shop, you can use the coupon code BLOGGER1 to get 15% off your purchase. The coupon code will be valid from 9/16/13- 9/23/13

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Scott Pilgrim sword crochet hook grip

I love Scott Pilgrim. I unfortunately saw the movie first (I'm one of those that has to read the book first), even though I absolutely loved the movie, I still had to go read the original graphic novels. On the cover of the sixth one Scott Pilgrim is holding a sword, I thought this would make an awesome crochet hook grip. I had to do a little bit of Google searching to find out what the actual grip looked like but this is what I came up with.

I apologize for the awful lighting in some of these pictures. I can only craft when it is already getting dark outside so I'm only left with bad florescent lighting. 

Things you will need

  • White polymer clay
  • Black polymer clay
  • Pink or red polymer clay
  • Metal crochet hook

1. Start off with a white base. I just wrapped a piece of clay around the hook and rolled it between my hands until it wrapped around. I cut off the ends to make it even and then flattened out all the sides. Keep in mind that white is very unforgiving. EVERYTHING shows up on it so, make sure you wash your hands between using different colors.

2. Take a piece of black clay and flatten it out as thin as you can. Take a knife or a toothpick and cut out little diamond shapes. I cut out one I liked and then used that as sort of a pattern. Place the diamond shapes onto the white base.

3. Take a piece of pink or red clay and roll it into a ball. From here you can shape the ball into a heart.

4. Take a little chunk out of the bottom of the white base. Place the heart into the bottom.

5. Bake according to your clay's baking instructions. I baked mine for about 30 minutes. That's it! Pretty easy!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Crochet Finn hat

I love Adventure Time! I felt the need to make a Finn hat. I made my nephew a hat for his birthday back in May and never got around to blogging about it. I finally got some time and made a hat for myself and this is what I did.

Size J hook
I work in continuous rounds

Ch 3, sl st first chain to join

Row 1- 6 SC in center of the circle
Row 2- 2 DC in in each stitch (12)
Row 3- 2 DC in each stitch (24)
Row 4- 2 DC in each stitch (48)
Row 5-15- 1 DC in each stitch
On the last row, sl st in 2nd stitch to even off the round.

For the ear flaps

You are going to continue from the last round

Row 16- Ch 3, 1 DC in the next 12 stitches, ch 3, turn
Row 17- 1 DC in each stitch, ch 3, turn
Row 18- DC 2 together, 1 DC in the next 8, DC 2 together, ch 3, turn (10)
Row 19- DC 2 together, 1 DC in the next 6, DC 2 together, ch 3, turn (8)
Row 20- DC 2 together, 1 DC in the next 4, DC 2 together, ch 3, turn (6)
Row 21- 1 DC in each stitch, tie off and leave a long tail and sew through the bottom to tighten up.

For the other flap attach the yarn where you want the other flap to start and do the exact same thing on that side.

For the ears
I'm still using a size J hook.

Ch 3, sl st to join
Row 1- 6 SC in center of the circle
Row 2- 2 SC in each stitch (12)
Row 3-5- 1 SC in each stitch
Stuff with poly fiber fill and attach to the hat as you see fit.

I kind of think the hat looks like a polar bear hat but to any Adventure Time fan, they will know that it's a Finn hat. ^_^

If you have any questions, always feel free to ask. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Crochet Link/elf hat

I've recently been playing a lot of The Legend of Zelda lately. I really like the whole universe and story of the game. I wanted to make a Link hat but couldn't find one that I really liked. I tried to come up with my own pattern but not really sure if I liked the way I did it. I originally was going to share the pattern and then I decided not to and then changed my mind again and decided to share it. I figure might as well. Feel free to leave any feed back if you feel there is a better way to do this.

Hook size I 
I work in continuous rounds.

Chain 3, sl st into first stitch to join

Row 1- 6 SC in center of round
Row 2- 1 SC in 1st stitch, 2 SC in 2nd (9)
Row 3-4- 1 SC in each stitch
Row 5-1 HDC in next 2 stitches, 2 HDC in 3rd stitch (12)
Row 6-7- 1 HDC in each stitch
Row 8- 1 DC in next 3 stitches, 2 in the 4th (15)
Row 9-10- 1 DC in each stitch
Row 11- 1 DC in next 4, 2 in the 5th (18)
Row 12-13- 1 DC in each stitch
Row 14- 1 DC in next 5 stitches, 2 in the 6th (21)
Row 15-16- 1 DC in each stitch
Row 17- 1 DC in next 6 stitches, 2 in the 7th (24)
Row 18-19- 1 DC in each stitch
Row 20- 1 DC in next 7, stitches, 2 in the 8th (27)
Row 21-23- 1 DC in each stitch
Row 24- 1 DC in next 8 stitches, 2 in the 9th (30)
Row 25-26- 1 DC in each stitch
Row 27- 1 DC in the next 9 stitches, 2 in the 10th (33)
Row 28-29- 1 DC in each stitch
Row 30- 1 DC in the next 10 stitches, 2 in the 11th (36)
Row 31- 1 DC in the next 11 stitches, 2 in the 12th (39)
Row 32- 1 DC in the next 12 stitches, 2 on the 13th (42)
Row 33- 1 DC in the next 13, stitches, 2 in the 14th (45)
Row 34- 1 DC in the next 14 stitches, 2 in the 15th (48)
Row 35- 1 DC in each stitch
Row 36- 1 DC in next 15 stitches, 2 in the 16th (51)
Row 37-43- 1 DC in each stitch, sl st at the end of the round to even it off in the second chain in the round.

You can finish the hat with however many rows as you see fit.

I like to roll the bottom few rows up to give it a band type look.

 As with all the "patterns" I post, use with caution. This is just to show what I did and I'm sure I don't do things the "right" way.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

I spent the day up in Lyons...

Lyons is a cute little town outside of Estes Park. My Mom, Grandma, and I wanted to visit the Ciatano Winery out there. We also made a few stops in the town.

There is a cute little quilt shop that just recently opened. It was really big inside and in every nook and cranny there was fabric, books, or quilting supplies. The fabric was super organized and there was a lot of natural lighting coming in.

So, after the quilt shop we went to eat and then went to the winery. The winery was nestled up the mountain a little bit. The property is absolutely beautiful. There was a wedding going on later in the day so there was wedding decorations out. It is definitely a gorgeous place to get married.

 Although I'm not really a big fan of wine, I did a wine tasting. I figure since I recently turned 21, I might as well do all the twenty-one year old stuff. I only tasted two wines and didn't really care for either one. I think wine is just an acquired taste.

It was a pretty nice day and really nice to get out of town for a little bit. The winery was super cute and relaxing. I would definitely check it out if you have an interest in wine.

I've been kind of missing from this blog but I've been really busy with work and figuring out other life stuff. I'm also awful at managing my time. I have a few craft blogs coming up that I am really excited about.  I can't wait to get those out. :)