Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Teacher Pin Sets: More Altered Game Pieces

Some of my craft fair projects might seem pretty random..."how'd she think to do that?" you might wonder. Well, often it's just because I find myself in the possession of something and I don't want to waste it. For example, I love visiting a local thrift store to pick up board games for the pieces now that I'm in the business of making pendants from them. However, this store tapes the games shut so sometimes it's a crapshoot and the pieces aren't suitable for pendants (but I don't know that until after I buy the game). Thus, I try to figure out something else to do with the game pieces.

So today's project is a case in point. I found a game of Rummikub in this thrift store and bought it, hoping that one side of the game piece was blank, flat and stamp-able like a domino. Unfortunately, it's not. Earlier this year, I made a set of all-occasion teacher pins for a friend so I thought to do that with the Rummikub tiles (there are TONS in one game). They turned out to be much easier to make than dealing with all my punches and the Melting Pot!

First, I just cut a piece of white cardstock to fit on top of the tile. Next, I stamped and colored images for six holidays. Then, I adhered the cardstock to the tile using a thin layer of Crystal Effects. I outlined each image with a metallic Glaze pen for a finishing touch. Then, I pushed the whole thing into a Versamark pad, sprinkled with UTEE and melted with my heat tool. A second layer of UTEE would have made it look smoother but I kind of liked the "puddle" look of just one layer so I kept it that way. Finally, I used a drop of E6000 adhesive to attach the pinbacks.

Since I do a couple of craft fairs at schools, I'm hoping they'll make good teacher gifts!



  1. I came over to your blog from SCS. What do you sell these for? I'd love to have the one that says Blessings and has the tree on it. It is just perfect!

  2. The spider one is toooooooo cute!

  3. I certainly think your teachers are delighted with you and your crafts! You are very creative!

  4. There are such a brilliant idea. I would like to give you the “One Lovely Blog Award” you may collect it here, Denise

  5. Very cool Julie! I saw your post on Freecycle asking for games :-) Keep the Barn Sale in mind this year- Nov. 13-14 if you want to be a vendor.

  6. Awww these are tooo cute. I especially love the little Easter Bunny one. I'm just a sucker for bunnies!