Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like HALLOWEEN!

Today, I am presenting some Halloween decorations made with Art Glitter products and Helmar Adhesives.  The first one, presented on this blog, is a Spider Egg Specimen jar.  In the story that goes along with it, something went terribly wrong.  The Venomous Spider Eggs that were supposed to be stored and experimented on have hatched!  The resulting spiders have set up a home.  The largest decided that the small jar and web were not enough for him, and has broken the jar lid to escape.  Talk about my biggest nightmare!  Of course, everyone is supposed to be a little scared at Halloween, right?
One jar (I used an old salsa jar, because it had no extra markings on it)
Thin Craft Metal (I used Walnut Hollow Gold metal)
Cereal box liner bag, washed
An art program on your computer
One large rubber spider
Two small rubber spiders
Craft Knife
Foam Brush
Top lid from sour cream or other plastic container
Craft Sheet
Wooden Skewer for shish kabob
Scrap Paper
Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar Gemstone Glue
Helmar Quick Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner
Art Glitter Large Opaque Beads 813 Crimson Lake
Art Glitter Vintage Glass Glitter 906 Carnelian
Art Glitter Elements 37 Morroco
Art Glitter Dazzlers D18 Showgirl
Art Glitter Ultrafine Pearlescent 143 Glow in the Dark
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque 79 Black
Art Glitter Ultrafine Pearlescent 175 Retro Red
Art Glitter Microfine Opaque 500 Ruby Red
Art Glitter Microfine Opaque 507 Black Wing
Art Glitter Microfine Opaque 508 Silver Moon

1)  Remove any extra pieces from the spiders using craft knife.  Mine had suction cups and webs attached to them.
2)  Put a little water in plastic lid and add a glob of Helmar Gemstone Glue.  Stir with foam brush.
3)  Apply glue water mixture onto plastic spiders and cover with black glitter.  Microfine REALLY works the best here, but since I covered one in Ultrafine by accident, I included it in the materials list.  Let dry.
4)  Create label on art program in computer.  I used my Silhouette Studio software and some pre-made frames.  Print onto vellum.
5)  Cut around the vellum label.
6)  Following package directions, spray the vellum label with Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive.  Let dry 5 minutes.
7)  Attach label to jar
8)  Cut cereal liner into circle.  Fold it and cut like a paper doll to create a spiderweb.  You will be folding the packaging in half three times, creating a wedge.  Cut rectangles across wedge, leaving the fold intact along one side.
9)  Unfold the spider web and place onto scrap paper.
10)  Using the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, you will be gluing strands across the spider web.  Because it dries so quickly, you will only be able to do one section at a time.  I wanted to create a spooky effect, so I purposely laid it in "blobs" and tried to pull "strings" up and across to the other layers. 
11)  After each section, flood the glued area with Glow in the Dark glitter.  Then lift the web, flip it over and lay it into the excess glitter.  Do again back to the original side.  This will solidify some of those strings.
12)  By now, the spiders should be dry.  Create a pool of glue on your craft sheet and use the skewer to create lines for markings on the spider.  I used the Showgirls Dazzlers, Pearlescent Red, and Silver Moon Microfine glitters for this.
13)  Create the eyes of the spiders in the same manner as number 12.  Use the Microfine Ruby Red or a couple of pieces from the Dazzlers for these.  Let dry.
14)  Cover the bottom of the jar with Helmar Gemstone Glue.
15)  Put Helmar Gemstone Glue into a small piece of metal and cover with red beads.  Place into bottom of jar.
16)  Cover the rest of the jar bottom with elements and one small spider.

17)  Use craft knife to trim excess plastic from the (now dry) spider web.
18)  Use Helmar Adhesive Runner around inside of top lip of jar.  Hang the spider web.  You might have to cut the web down to fit it into place.

19)  Cut metal a little larger than jar lid.  You will be creating a fake lid to have the spider bursting out of.  Cut a slit big enough for your spider to be breaking out of.
20)  Use the Adhesive Runner to attach the metal to the lid.  Fold back edges of opening.
21)  Glue large spider into opening. 
22)  Cut strips of metal to go around neck of lid.  Attach with Adhesive Runner.
23)  Crinkle up the edges and make some cuts in them to make the appearance of the spider breaking out.
24)  Sand the metal

25)  Use the Adhesive Runner to attach the final small spider to the web.

You are done.  Here is a picture of both of the jars that I created.  For instructions on the other, see my blog at www.rememberinglifesmoments.blogspot.com. Hope to see you there.  Sparkle On!