DIY CLAY CHIMES

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I’ve been thinking about this project for quite some time now and finally decided to give it a go!  I wanted to create something that could be used in our baby’s room but also something that could be used as home decor as well.  I decided I would be using this for a baby mobile but could double as chimes or home decor.  Below you will find what you need and the steps to make this project.  You don’t have to be a craft expert for this project, it’s pretty simple but takes a little bit of time.

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Here are the items you will need for your project

  • Clay Roller 
  • Sculpey Clay was the easiest to work with and can be found at your local craft store.  I found that 3 blocks Sculpey’s 2 oz Clay made about 8-9 circles.  You can purchase as many blocks based on how many clay circles you want to hang on each cord.  The most I had hanging on one cord was 10 but the amount you have is totally up to you!  DO NOT get Sculpey Souffle clay!  It was hard to work with and hard to shape.
  • Leather Cord (found at your local craft store)
  • Needle Point Clay Tool
  • 1/2 measuring cup or something similar to measure circles

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First, roll out the clay until it is a little less than 1/4″ thick and place your 1/2 measuring cup on top to trace and cut the clay by using the Clay Needle Tool.  This will create a perfect circle.

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Next, you will cut out a few triangles, they don’t have to be perfect but by doing so, you are able to create a bowl like shape (see picture below).

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Bring the sides together until they meet.  Once you do so, begin to pinch the sides together to get rid of all lines and to slightly increase the overall size of the bowl.  If you are having a hard time getting rid of the lines, softly drag your finger over each crease to smooth it out and repeat.  It should get rid of all creases.

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Your finished product won’t be perfectly smooth!  That’s what I love the most about these little guys; they have texture and aren’t perfect.  Once you create a small bowl like shape, poke a hole into the center using your Clay Needle Tool.  Be careful not to smash it while doing so.

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Once you have finished your mini bowls, set the oven to 275 and place them onto a glass baking dish.  The Sculpey Clay packages will have the directions for baking your clay but what I found worked for the size of my clay was to bake them for 10-12 minutes and let them cool completely before taking them off of the baking dish.

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Once your clay is cooled completely, string them onto the leather cord and tie a knot under each to keep them in place.  Make sure to go far enough up the cord so that you have enough room for all of the clay to fit.  Once you get to the final piece onto the cord, tie two knots to secure it into place and cut the excess cord so it doesn’t show underneath.  Don’t cut it too short so that your knots come undone, just make sure it isn’t visible.  Lastly, leave enough leather cord so that each chime can hang at the desired length you want before cutting.

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Repeat these same steps for however many colors and chimes you want.

Then voilà!  You’re done!  Leave any questions you have in the comments below so that I can get back to you.

Let me know your thoughts and how this DIY turned out for you!

Happy crafting,

Paige

My makeup routine

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  1. I’ve used MASKCARA‘S face makeup for years now and I’ve always been a big fan.  It’s a cream type of makeup so it doesn’t give you that matte look, which I like!  I feel like your face has a natural glow to it so I like having something that gives me that same look.  Maskcara is contouring but they make it so easy that anyone can do it.
  2. This PRIMER works wonders for me!  I always notice the biggest difference on the days I remember to put it on and the days that I don’t.  When I do remember it, my makeup stays on longer and doesn’t need any touch ups throughout the day.
  3. I think I’ve raved to you guys a whole bunch about this BOY BROW but it’s one of those finds that once you try it, you can’t live without it.  I love the color and shape that it gives to my brows.
  4. I use a this PENCIL in the color brunette to give my brows a little bit more fullness and shape.
  5. This EYELINER is long lasting and allows me to easily control the shape that I want it to be.  I’ve used it for probably 12 years now!  I use it alongside this BRUSH.
  6. You guys, I bought this GLOW PALETTE last week and am obsessed!  This gives you the perfect glow and the shade on the far right makes for the prettiest eyeshadow.  You only need a tiny bit on your finger for the perfect amount so you know this palette will last forever.
  7. CLOUD PAINT has changed my blush game.  They come in these small tubes and when I got it I immediately thought, “great, this will last a month”, but I’ve had it now for almost a year and it’s still going.  All you have to do is dab it onto your cheeks for a pillowy, natural color.  I use the color Puff.
  8. This HAC BRUSH works perfectly for applying creamy or liquid type foundations.  I use it with my MASKCARA products for contouring.
  9. I use this BRUSH for the days that I use bronzer.  It’s so incredibly soft that nothing blobs on, it applies everything evenly.
  10. I’ve used this EYELINER BRUSH for years and years now and it makes it easy to apply the perfect line onto your eyelid smoothly.

WHAT I WANT TO TRY

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  1. This LIPSTICK color in Driftwood seems like ideal color for every day.  Whether your shopping, running errands, taking kids to school, whatever it may be, I love this neutral tone!
  2. Oh man, I’ve been wanting this SKIN TINT forever now and finally just made the purchase yesterday!  Just watch the video tutorial they show you and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
  3. I’ve heard amazing things about this CONTOUR CONCEALER.  My friends say that it gives the perfect coverage!
  4. + 5. These EYESHADOW PALETTE’S have both the natural tones you want and the shimmery tones you want.  I NEED THEM!

Paige

Luca + Grae

When I’m not chasing Milo & Ruck around, I’m probably shooting for some of my favorite companies, like Luca and Grae. I’ve been photographing for so many brands and products lately that I figured I should probably start documenting some of my work here!

I’ve never been one to only buy certain brands, but I am pretty picky when it comes to fit and simplicity. I love collecting pieces from different shops, mixing and matching different patterns and colors, usually neutrals ;). I was so excited when Aspyn first asked me to help photograph their new products; everything she picks for her shop is simple & unique, but still timeless. Shooting products I love makes my job really easy. Working with amazing owners and models makes my job even easier.

I’ve posted some of my work on my instagram before and I always get asked about my camera gear and my editing! I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II and 50mm lens. I love this camera but I will probably get something a little newer in the next year or so. As for editing, I make my own presets. Let’s just say…be on the look out for an exciting announcement about my presets. Ben and I have totally different styles when it comes to how we photograph, even the equipment we use, but it has been really fun to bounce ideas off each other and support one another.

If you haven’t shopped Luca + Grae before, start now!

Paige