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Delusions of Crafting

Various attempts at making neat stuff!

All That Glitters…. Holds Pens

I have a tendency to pick up free pens whenever they are offered. I also prefer writing things down on paper. So it was surprising to me one day that I found I actually did not have a proper pen holder! I have recently been holding all of the pens near my phone in a Red Solo Cup I had left over from a party I hosted.

Storing things in a Solo Cup when you’re an adult is less than ideal aesthetically, so it was time to finally get around to making a pen holder.

Materials:

  • An empty and washed out tea tin
  • Sliver glitter trim tape
  • Red glitter Duck Tape
  • Scissors

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This an and all was a pretty easy little project.  The trickiest part of it was the dollar store tape not being very sticky and not always wanting to stay stuck on the tin.  Especially the trim tape.  With that I took clear packing tape to stop the edges from lifting up on the top and bottom edges of the tin.

The first step I took was to put the silver trim tape along the top and bottom edges of the tin. This is where relief cuts are your friend and come in very handy, especially when trying to put a rectangular piece of tape around a curved cylinder.

After the trim has been relief cut and pressed down, it becomes time for the red glitter tape! This I used the seam lines of the tin and treated that as a seam line for the tape. Starting from the back of the tin, carefully as can be wrapped the glitter tape around the top, bottom, and middle of the tin like below. The glitter tape itself was a little bit thin and transparent which is hard to see in the photos, so I decided to add a second layer of glitter tape. The silver trim tape did not want to stick very well so my last step in this process was to cut up pieces of clear packing tape to act as a bridge to keep them inside the tin.

As you can see, a much better result than using a red solo cup!

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Tap, tap, tape! An attempt to make a boffer larp safe blacksmithing hammer.

I participate in a boffer larp called Underworld, and I decided to have my Toymaker character have a single level of a skill called Blacksmithing.

And what does every blacksmith need? Why, a hammer of course!  At some point in the future my Toymaker will have a much smaller hammer (a repainted Fisher Price hammer) to suit her character and profession.  Til then, duck tape to the rescue! This is my first attempt to make such a hammer.  All in all, things have turned out decently, and my perfectionist tendencies are only grumbling at me instead of screaming.

I was given tips and instructions via a Facebook group for our larp.  Below are the materials I used, and pictures chronicling the steps I went through.

Materials:

  • 2 Key Rings
  • 2 Sponges
  • Grey Duck Tape
  • Black Duck Tape
  • Double Sided Carpet Tape (also pictured is Gorilla brand double sided tape)
  • Scissors
  • Wood Grain Patterned Duck Tape (not pictured)

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The first step was to link the two key rings together, like so:

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One ring is to put a sponge through and make a head for the hammer, the second ring will stick up through the top and serve to attach a lanyard or carabiner through.

Next, we put a sponge through one of the rings, until it looks a bit like the head of a hammer.

Setting this aside for now, take the second sponge and begin to tape around it to form a handle.  Be careful re-positioning any of the tape, as I found this will rip parts of the sponge off. (This I seem to have missed taking pictures of.)

Now we put our two sponges together!  Although not in the original instructions I was given, I found a small piece of double sided carpet tape helped keep the two sponges together as I wrapped duct tape around the 2 pieces.

After creating your hammer handle, place a small piece of double sided tape onto the end that will connect to the head of the hammer.  With this in place, take a long piece of duct tape and tape from the bottom of the handle, over the side of the hammer head, and through the second key ring.  You can either do this in one really long strip, or use two strips; one on either side.  This is a step I found to be fiddly and tricky; working with two strips was easier for me than one large piece.

Now that the handle is attached, it’s time to cover up that yellow sponge!  I decided to tape the outer edges first, but order doesn’t really matter here.  The fiddly section will be working around that second key ring again.  I’ve seen other people’s hammers having a clip  or a lanyard on the bottom of the hammer instead.  After making this hammer, if I ever make another I will most likely leave out the second key ring.

And now the hammer is done!  Aesthetically I didn’t end up caring for the black handle.  This is where patterned duct tape comes in handy!

It’s not my prettiest work, but all in all I’m pleased with the result.  My Toymaker now has a blacksmithing hammer!  She won’t be able to create much in the way of weapons and armour, but she will be able to help repair armour in game.

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