Clay ring holders – A DIY project for a cold winter’s day

If you live anywhere near the northeastern portion of North-America, you’ve no doubt been struck by a series of cold days. So cold that leaving the house requires wearing legwarmers over pants over long Johns; so frigid that you wear gloves under your mittens and 3 scarves at once.

Set aside grown-up responsibilities (like a job), there is really no reason to put yourself through such treacherous conditions. As long as you’ve got carrot sticks in the fridge and an abundance of ground coffee beans, you’d best throw on some slippers and STAY HOME!

I’ve had zero grown-up responsibilities over the past two weeks, which is why the above carrot/coffee scenario bears more truth than you might be able to handle. Since my tolerance to “Netflix and chilling” is minimal, I turned to crafting with whichever supplies I had on hand.

Enter : these darling clay ring holders!

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Clay ring holders – A DIY project for a cold winter’s day

What you’ll need:

  • Air dry clay ( available at most dollar stores, or craft supply stores)
  • Wax paper
  • Small bowl of lukewarm water
  • Sand paper (120 grit, ideally)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Small paintbrush
  • Varnish or Mod Podge

Step 1 :

Lay a sheet of wax paper on your workspace. Using your hands, scoop up a chunk of clay and play with it. Roll it in a ball, squish it between your palms, smash it on the floor – this allows the clay to become malleable and easier to work with.

Using your hands, form the clay into an approximate cone shape. Tap the bottom of it onto a flat surface to create the base, and roll the cone along its side on the flat surface (ie: your wax paper covered workspace) to create a nicely rounded shape. Have a few rings handy to check that they will fit onto your cone.

Once the basic shape is done, dip your fingers into the bowl of water and massage any area that may have dents or scuffs. The surface of the clay should be relatively smooth.

Repeat as many times as you like. Set your cones aside and let dry for at least 24 hours.

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Step 2 :

Clean up the cones using sandpaper. I like to rip off small pieces of sandpaper, fold them in half, and gently rub any areas that are dented or irregular on the cone. After this step, the cone should have a smooth and consistent texture throughout.

I don’t mind leaving the base of the cone “as-is”, but if you’re a perfectionist, you could rub the base of the cone along a sheet of sandpaper that has been taped onto your worksurface.

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Step 3 :

Take out your paints and go crazy! For my designs, I painted each cone with a base colour of black or white and let it dry. Acrylic paint dries fast, so within about 15 minutes, I was ready to adorn these precious little things in whichever colour I saw fit. Once your cones are painted and pretty, let them sit for about 30 minutes to dry fully.

Next up, you’re ready to apply the varnish. I chose a matte topcoat, and applied 2 coats following the instructions on the bottle (wait 10 minutes between coats).

Once everything is set and dry, you’re ready to start using (or gifting) your little ring holders!

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Ta-daa!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

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Spring jackets from GunStreet Vintage!

Is it still cold in your neck of the woods? Montreal is expecting 25cm of snow today so if anybody can attest to those winter blues it’s this gal! BUT, GunStreet has a bunch of darling lightweight jackets that’ll put a spring in your step! The best part? By the time snail mail delivers your package the tulips will be in full bloom!

http://www.gunstreet.etsy.com

 

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Shop by decade on GunStreet!

We rang in the new year by testing a new cataloging method on GunStreet – you can now shop by decade (60s, 70s, 80s), instead of by garment category (dresses, tops, skirts).

We reckon that if you’re hip enough to be browsing vintage threads on Etsy, you’re probably pretty in-tune with your personal style! Do you enjoy the boxy cuts and pastel colours of the 1960s? Does Janis Joplin’s style make you dream in psychedelic colours? Perhaps you have a penchant for 1980s glam rock nostalgia and acid washed denim? Then again, the 1990s might have you hooked on fishnets and cropped tops

Let us know what you think!

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1960s Neutrals – New on GunStreet!

The holiday season has left me plenty of time to work on the shop! Take a look at the new stock on http://www.gunstreet.etsy.com, and stay tuned for GunStreet’s first lookbook coming out later this week on the blog!

Below, some timeless mid-century neutrals!

 

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1960s camel trench coat available HERE

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Mid century handbag available HERE

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1960s perforated oxfords with chunky heel available HERE

 

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GunStreet’s First Ever Pop-Up Shop!

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Photo credit: Caroline Perron

On the weekend of May 14-15, GunStreet hosted a first ever Pop-Up event at Brock-Art Boutique in Montreal. The boutique, which specializes in up-cycled decor and vintage curiosities all the while showcasing local artisans, was gracious enough to let us set up shop for the weekend. It was a hoot!

It’s hard to believe that my little hobby shop is growing into such an exciting project!  It’s hard to believe that so many bloggers, artists, and local fashionistas are taking an interest in my enterprise which, until now, was a solo project conducted anonymously through the internet!

It’s amazing how many doors open up when you step outside of your comfort zone!

All photos by Caroline Perron

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