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Duck Dynasty Ceramic Holiday Ornaments

There isn't a day around here in our crafty headquarters, that we don't hear someone talking about the A&E show Duck Dynasty!  It cracks us up (or should we say, "quacks" us up).  We knew we had to make a set of holiday ornaments of our favorite characters using our Duncan glazes and bisque to celebrate the season.  And boy, are they the talk of the design studio!  Suzie Shinseki, our ceramic artist totally knocked them out of the park...you may know her from Grumpy Cat shorts fame!  See below how she made them, plus some more awesome close ups!  We plan on sending these gems to the Duck Commander headquarters in Louisiana, hopefully so they can duck the Robertson family halls in time for the holidays.

 Here's how the ornaments started out.  Suzie started by sketching the faces in pencil on our round Duncan Bisque ornament.

Suzie painted in the face and did the highlights and shading using Duncan E-Z Stroke glazes. As you can see, Suzie's painting skills are amazing!  Their expressions and features are so spot on.

This is what the finished painted design looked like before the kiln.  As you can tell it is lighter and more muted colors before it goes in the kiln than after it comes out!
 Here's the Santa and elves ready in the kiln to be fired!  Suzie put each on a ceramic stilt to hold them in place during firing.  Then she closed the kiln and set for it to fire to a Cone 06.
And here's how the finished ornaments turned out!  So glossy and shiny! They make us Happay Happay Happay! How about you?

Here's a closeup of all of them...we couldn't resist adding a fun quote from Uncle Si!
Suzie even got Uncle Si's crazy eye expression!  Love it!
And here's Suzie Shinseki, our very talented ceramic artist with her finished creations!  She blows us all away with her talent and artistry.
 
We are going to get these in the mail next week to send to the Robertson's to enjoy for the holidays!  Not sure if we will get a response, but we think they'll be just as smitten with them as we are!!!

Check out our other great holiday ornament DIYs!


DIY Cupcake Ornaments

 

Wahoo! I don't know about you but I am super excited about Christmas being right around the corner. Yes, I do celebrate Thanksgiving but not in the normal way. Last night I took down all of my Christmas decorations from the attic and my goodness I was overwhelmed. But once I put my cupcake tree up everything got better.  

Let's go make some Cupcake Christmas Ornaments! 

 

What you'll need:
* Tulip Slick Fabric Paint in Neon Colors
*Scribbles Red Paint
*Scissors
*Glue Glun
*Christmas Ornaments (colors work best)
*Baker's Twine
*Cupcake Liner
 
I am in love with these neon colors. Sometimes I like to throw in colors that are not the traditional Christmas colors. 
The first thing you will do is put hot glue either in your cupcake liner or on the actual ornament. Place the ornament inside of the liner while the glue is still hot.  You can use any color ornaments that you want for this project. 
 Grab your Tulip slick fabric paint and fill in the top of the ornament to look like icing. Grab another color and make tiny lines on the wet icing to resemble sprinkles. 
 Get your red scribbles paint and cover the top of the ornament.
 When you are done let them dry over night. The next day cut little pieces of baker's twine then pass them through the top of ornament. You will be able to hang them from a tree now. 
 
 
 
 
 
I am absolutely in love with these! I made sure to do enough to fill up my entire gold tree. Let's be real. You can't just have 2 cupcake ornaments.  
I hope you enjoyed this project and you make 5 dozen! Just think how cute it would be if you made someone these and gave them out as a "dozen cupcakes." How stinking cute! See you in the next post!
 
 Huge glittery hugs, JADE
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Easy Beaded Moccasins Tutorial

 
 
When I was a kid I wore lots and lots of moccasins  and  couldn't be more pleased that they're back in style. But when things are "in" they are also often "expensive". I wanted some too cute beaded moccasins but since the price didn't agree with me, I decided to do what I do... I DIYed a pair on the cheap.
 

For this project you will need :
inexpensive moccasins (get online or in a super store)
multi-color seed beads
string and a needle
Run a good foot of string onto a needle and slide a bead on. This one will be our "stop bead" preventing the ones will will be using from sliding off so color doesn't matter. Tie the string in a knot or two to keep the bead in place.
Run some beads onto your needle, then down the string to the stop bead.
Beads in a multi-color bag tend to be cheaper than individual colors. For some projects the mixed up colors would be a hassle, but not with this one. Save yourself some cash and buy the much cheaper mixed bag.
String several inches worth of beads on.
Take your Fast Grab Tacky Glue and run a thin line around the inside of the toe of your moccasin. If you have a flap or tassels you may need to move them out of the way for now...
Keeping your beads on the string, apply to the glue. Push tightly on the string to make sure there are no gaps in between the beads. Trim the string so that there is about an inch left on either side. Do NOT try to remove the string.
Continue the pattern by gluing down your string of beads in the color pattern you choose. If you have a hard time getting the glue where it needs to be, use a skewer or a toothpick to help push it in the right direction.
As you continue to add beads the curve of the toe will get sharper and you'll need less and less beads on each string to cover fully.
Things might get kind of wonky toward the end of the project (or the middle of the toe) but just work it as best you can. In the end these guys will be kind of busy and a little extra space won't be too noticeable.
Allow the glue to dry FULLY and then trim away the excess string on either end. This will help keep our beads in place even if we didn't get one bead perfectly glued down...
The glue will dry clear and no one will be the wiser that these aren't sewn on.
And that's all there is to that! You can pretty well use any version of the Tacky Glue, but I prefer the fast grab when dealing with little things that can easily get away from you, like beads.
 
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DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece

Halloween is over, so it's time to transition those decorative pumpkins to the Thanksgiving table.  I used a foam pumpkin (you can get these on super sale now), some faux fall foliage and gold Tulip Beads in a Bottle to make a rustic elegant centerpiece in four simple steps!

You will need:
Foam pumpkin
Fabric fall foliage
Tulip Beads in a Bottle in gold
Step One: Carve lid from pumpkin.  Step Two: Add glue dots to backs of leaves.  Step Three: Attach leaves to pumpkin overlapping and varying sizes.  Step Four:  Use Tulip Beads in  Bottle in gold on veins of leaves for added dimension and shine.
That's it!  You could add some crystals or glitter if you like extra sparkle.  If you want to use real flowers, slide a vase into pumpkin opening to prevent leaks or just place faux flowers into center.  This is something even the kids can do after you carve the lid!

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Cheers,
Madge

Feather-stamped Tee and Bag


When I was young I had a collection of rubber stamps.  The only thing I ever used them for was making cards.  However, with the I Love to Create products, I use stamps in so many different ways.  I carved this feather stamp and used it on a couple of projects here to show you how you can make use of any stamp you might have.
For the first project you need:– a plain tote
– any stamp
 The sponge pouncer is a great way to get the paint evenly onto the stamp.
I simply stamped the feather onto the tote repeated the process again and again.  Your stamp won't be perfect and each feather won't be identical, but that's the beauty of it.  I love how it looks handmade.
For the next project you need:

 I pounced the stamp pad onto the stamp several times until I could see that the stamp was well covered.
 Then I stamped it.  The stamp pads give you less-saturated color, which I really liked on the tee.  If you want something to look darker, I would recommend the paint and if you like a more hand-stamped look the stamp pads are great.
 I love how this one looks with a little cardigan.
 So don't limit your stamps to paper.  Grab some fabric paint and find something that needs a little decoration.

DIY Neon Puffy Paint Ornaments

Here's a super simple DIY holiday ornament that you can whip up in a flash that even the kids can have fun creating.  Neon puffy paint makes these bright and cheerful, but you can use holiday colors or glitter paint.  I am a big fan of low stress, high impact crafts, how about you?


You will need:
Glass or plastic clear ornaments
Wooden dowels or skewers
foam
Remove the caps.  Slide the wooden dowels into some foam.  Slide ornament on dowel to secure while you work.
Start at the bottom of the ornament squeezing paint in small circles working from the bottom to the top.   Leave the ledge that holds the cap unpainted.
Slide ornaments into some foam to secure.  Let the ornaments dry overnight.
Make more ornaments in different colors!
 No stress, no mess. That's my kind of crafting.
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Cheers,
Margot






Duncan Enterprises Announces the Passing of Robert E. Duncan

Fresno, Calif. - November 12, 2015 - Duncan Enterprises regrets to announce the passing of Robert Emory Duncan, the company’s first President & Chief Executive Officer of a company that grew from a garage-based family hobby to become a worldwide leader in Ceramic Arts and Craft & Hobby products. Duncan passed away on November 11, 2015 at the age of 94.

Bob Duncan, as he’s known throughout Fresno and the industries he supported for more than 30 years, was pivotal to the development of Duncan Ceramics, a dream of Erma Duncan, his mother. Bob, along with his father, Lee, and brother, Dick, shared Erma’s passion to provide an easy means for people to experience the magic of Ceramic Arts via quality products and exceptional education. Duncan Ceramics was founded in 1946 with Bob as President and Chief Executive Officer, a position he retained until 1983 when his son, Larry Duncan, took the helm with Bob continuing as Chairman of the Board.

Read the entire news release here.