1.12.2013

Craft Fail!


Sometimes I get an idea for a craft project and I just know it's going to be great!

And sometimes, I turn out to be dead wrong.  

Sit down by me and let me tell you the tale of one of those times.

It all started a few weeks ago in Berkeley, California when my brother and his wife took me to Daiso, also known as "The Japanese Dollar Store."

While there, I picked up one of these:


I think it's supposed to be for sauces & condiments.  I wasn't sure what I was going to use it for, but for under $2, I knew it had to be mine.  (Yeah, that Japanese-dollar-store name is a bit of a misnomer; it's more like a Japanese-dollar-fifty-store.)

About a week later I received this for Christmas:


Unfamiliar with the Silhouette?  Think of it like a printer, but instead of printing designs on paper, it cuts them out.

And that gave me an idea.  I decided to make number stencils using my Silhouette.  Then I would stencil numbers on my new dish using a porcelain pen.  

Admittedly, I still didn't know what I'd use it for, but I did know that it would look really cool.


So I made my stencils from card stock...


And taped them to the dish with painter's tape.  I could have made the stencils from an adhesive vinyl but this is what I had around the house so I improvised.  


Then I took my porcelain pens...


...and stenciled the numbers in each little compartment.  I could already see the potential!  Do you see the potential??


Sigh.

But then this happened:


When I went to remove my stencils the paper stuck to the ceramic and made a huge mess.  What a disappointment!  The only thing I can think of is that the adhesive from the Silhouette's cutting mat transferred onto the card stock causing it to stick to the ceramic.

The good news is that I was able to remove the ink & paper (as seen in the first compartment) and am going to try again--this time using vinyl.


If anyone knows why this might have happened I would love to hear from you.

I'd also love to hear about your craft fails.  (Misery loves company, you know...)

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10 comments

  1. Oh, I've had more than my fair share of craft fails. Before blogging, I tried to make an ornament wreath using a wire hanger. I could never get that thing perfectly round, then I started attaching the ornaments to it, the tops kept popping off and the ornaments would crash to the ground and break. Then, I decided to hot glue them to each other but that was a HUGE fail. I was finally able to get it to kind of look ok, I hung it outside and within minutes, it feel off of it's hook and crashed down. I suspect it committed suicide. At least yours can be saved. I am sure round 2 will be much more successful.

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  2. oh too many to mention, my favourite was a pair of shorts I was making for my baby - I could not get the crutch right and the poor kid looked like he was trying to "enhance his manhood - dismal failure

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  3. Wow...that stinks. It's the worst when you have a great idea and it doesn't go well. That happens a bunch to me. I could probably have an entire blog dedicated to them. :) Good luck with round 2.

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  4. Oh dear. So sad when something you're so hopeful about goes wrong! At least it looks like you can scrape it off and try again! It'll be really cool once you're done - I like the idea!! :)

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  5. Bummer! That was such a cute idea. I hope you find another way to make it work :) I've seen so many cool projects with the silhouettes. It makes me want to get one!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot
    www.sewingbarefoot.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh no! Love the idea, though. And I have no insight into why -- I have not been blessed (or cursed) with a vinyl cutter!

    :) Linda

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  7. Stuff like that happens to me all the time! I think it is going to be so cute when you are finished, though!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  8. Thanks for sharing your tale, we can all relate. I can't wait to see your victory when you tackle it again.

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  9. hahah, i love a good honest fail blog! i have an "argyle nails fail" post on my own blog. btw, i'm a new subscriber! found you via muchadoaboutsomethin!

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    1. Thanks, Bailey! I'm off to check out your blog now.

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