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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Handmade: Woodland Leaf and Mushroom Soap Dish

Woodland Leaf and Mushroom Soap Dish, Air Dry Clay

Where have I been? Ahhh! I've missed this blog and my Facebook page so much during these past two months. Well, there's been a lot happening for me and the biggest change is that I've moved country. It has been two incredibly busy months and I'm now in Canada! Yay!
Boyfriendlovlie and I left Ireland last month and made it to Quebec in the beginning of November. It has been quite a change from Europe. But we really like it so far. We have already been blessed by 12 - 15 cm of snow! Here's what I can see from my window at the moment.

snow

So far, we are settling in okay. We have yet to see how our first winter in Canada goes through. We have been busy finding a place to live, initially, then finding some furniture and furnishings. Now things are smoothing out and I hope to be back posting more regularly.

Needless to say that I've already been around health shops and 'sniffing' around for vegan friendly places! Still getting used to some new ingredients and tastes. All in all, it is really quite fun to discover new things all over again.

With all the excitement of the move, I've been feeling really creative these days: crochet projects and crafty stuffs. And so, I went along and had a go at playing with air dry clay again. This time I though of trying something different to jewellery: a soap dish.

We needed a soap dish for the bathroom and a generic one from the stores wasn't quite appealing. A handmade one was much more inviting and I'm glad I made this soap dish as it added a lot more flair to the wash basin in the bathroom. The enchanted world has always attracted me; everything woodland will always catch my attention. So, I went with this Leaf and Mushroom theme.

Here's a few working shots.

I started cutting out the shapes in clay and affixed a skeleton leaf to the bottom one. Also rolled out fat snakes for the mushroom stems that I tucked underneath the leaves.

Woodland Leaf and Mushroom Soap Dish, Air Dry Clay

After drying (1 day later), I painted the leaves and mushroom with acrylic paint.

Woodland Leaf and Mushroom Soap Dish, Air Dry Clay

Then, I glued the skeleton leaves in place.

Woodland Leaf and Mushroom Soap Dish, Air Dry Clay

I glued the mushroom heads on the stems.

Woodland Leaf and Mushroom Soap Dish, Air Dry Clay

Here's a top view. All done and left to dry.

Woodland Leaf and Mushroom Soap Dish, Air Dry Clay

I then applied a 2-part resin mixture to make it waterproof. I left it to dry for 2 days, then applied resin onto the under side as well and left it to dry for another 2 days.

Woodland Leaf and Mushroom Soap Dish, Air Dry Clay

Boyfriendlovlie had to photograph this outside on the pebbles. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Woodland Leaf and Mushroom Soap Dish, Air Dry Clay

Now the soap laid on this dish feels like fairy magic.

Woodland Leaf and Mushroom Soap Dish, Air Dry Clay

Woodland Leaf and Mushroom Soap Dish, Air Dry Clay

So, what do you think?
Stay tuned, I'll be back for more and more updates on my new adventures in food, jewellery and crafts!

4 comments:

  1. so happy that you're back! missed you! hope your move wasn't too stressful :)

    happy holidays!

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    1. It got to be a little tiring at some point but we were more excited than stressed! :)

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  2. Oh wow, Canada! What an exciting (and cold!) move! And that soap dish is just gorgeous.

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    1. Oh yes, it's been cold indeed since we've landed here. Currently we're at a low of -20 degrees Celsius on average. But people here are saying it gets to -40 by the end of January. I am hoping they just said that to 'mildly' scare me because I've just arrived here! haha.

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