Troubleshooting 3D Nail Art

Troubleshooting 3D Nail Art

3D nail art is a beautiful and unique way to decorate your nails, but it can also be tricky to get the hang of. If you’re having trouble creating beautiful 3D designs, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with this handy troubleshooting guide.

1. My designs keep falling off!

If your 3D designs are constantly falling off, it’s likely that your adhesive is to blame. Make sure you’re using a good quality glue or gel, and that you’re applying it correctly. If you’re still having trouble, try using a thinner layer of adhesive or curing it under a UV lamp for a few seconds.

2. My designs look lumpy and uneven!

If your designs look lumpy or uneven, it’s probably because you’re not using enough glue or gel. Make sure you’re applying a generous amount of adhesive, and that it’s evenly distributed across the entire design.

3. My designs look dull and lifeless!

If your designs look dull, it could be because you’re using too much glue or gel. Try using a thinner layer of adhesive, and make sure you’re not curing it under a UV lamp for too long.

4. I can’t get my designs to stick!

If your designs just won’t stick, it might be because the surface of your nails isn’t clean enough. Make sure you wipe your nails with nail polish remover before applying the adhesive, and that you’re not using an old or dried-out glue.

5. Help! My design is stuck to my nail!

If you accidentally get your design stuck to your nail, don’t panic! Gently peel the design off, being careful not to damage your nail. If the design is still stuck, soak your nails in warm water for a few minutes, then try peeling it off again.

We hope this troubleshooting guide has helped you to create beautiful 3D designs that last. If you’re still having trouble, don’t hesitate to ask a professional nail artist for help.

3D Pen Art Projects You Can Try At Home

3D Pen Art Projects You Can Try At Home

3D pen art is a fun and easy way to get creative with your kids. Here are some easy 3D pen art projects you can try at home.

1. Make a 3D pen portrait

Use a 3D pen to draw a portrait of your child or a family member. You can even add embellishments like hair or glasses.

2. Draw a 3D cityscape

Create a miniature cityscape using a 3D pen. Add buildings, trees, and even people.

3. Make a 3D sculpture

With a little practice, you can use a 3D pen to create small sculptures. Start with simple shapes and then move on to more complex designs.

4. Draw a 3D maze

Challenge your kids (and yourself) to a game of 3D maze. Draw a maze on a piece of paper and then use a 3D pen to create a three-dimensional version.

5. Decorate a picture frame

Use a 3D pen to add some flair to a picture frame. Draw flowers, leaves, or other designs on the frame.

6. Write in 3D

Practice your handwriting or write out a special message using a 3D pen. You can even add decorations to make it more personal.

7. Make a keychain

Use a 3D pen to create a custom keychain. You can write your name, initials, or a special message.

8. Draw a picture

Let your child’s imagination run wild and draw a picture using a 3D pen.

9. Make a bookmark

Use a 3D pen to make a bookmark for your child. You can personalize it with their name or a special message.

10. Decorate a notebook

Add some personality to a notebook by using a 3D pen to decorate the cover.

3D pen art is a great way to get creative with your kids. These easy 3D pen art projects are perfect for beginners. So grab a pen and get started!

3D Wall Art: An Easy Way To Add Style To Your Home

3D Wall Art: An Easy Way To Add Style To Your Home

3D wall art is a great way to add style and character to your home. It’s easy to do, and it’s a relatively inexpensive way to make a big impact in your home décor.

If you’re looking for a way to add some pizzazz to your home, 3D wall art is a great option. It’s easy to find, and there are tons of different styles to choose from. You can find 3D wall art in a variety of materials, including wood, metal, glass, and even fabric.

3D wall art is a great way to make a statement in your home. It’s also a great way to add some visual interest to a room. If you have a blank wall that you’re not sure what to do with, 3D wall art is a great way to fill it.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for 3D wall art. First, you’ll want to make sure that the piece is the right size for the wall you’re planning to put it on. You don’t want it to be too small or too large. Second, you’ll want to make sure that the piece is made of a material that you like. If you don’t like the look of metal, for example, you might want to look for a piece made of glass or wood. Finally, you’ll want to make sure that the piece is easy to hang. Some 3D wall art pieces come with hanging hardware, but not all of them do.

3D wall art is a great way to add style and character to your home. It’s easy to find, and there are tons of different styles to choose from. You can find 3D wall art in a variety of materials, including wood, metal, glass, and even fabric. With a little bit of planning, you can easily find a piece that will look great in your home.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add some style to your home, 3D wall art is a great option. It’s a simple way to decorate your walls without having to worry about paint or wallpaper, and it can be a great way to add some personality to your space.

There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for 3D wall art. First, you’ll want to make sure that the piece is the right size for the space. It’s also important to consider the style of the piece and how it will fit in with the rest of your decor.

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve put together a few of our favorite 3D wall art pieces to get you started.

3D Wall Art: A New Way To Decorate Your Home

3D Wall Art: A New Way To Decorate Your Home

3D wall art is a relatively new trend in home décor, and it’s one that is quickly gaining popularity. If you’re looking for a unique and eye-catching way to decorate your home, 3D wall art is definitely worth considering.

3D wall art is available in a wide range of styles, so you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. Whether you’re looking for something abstract or something more realistic, you’ll be able to find 3D wall art to suit your taste.

One of the great things about 3D wall art is that it can be used to create a focal point in a room. If you have a blank wall that you’re not sure what to do with, a piece of 3D wall art can really help to bring the room to life.

3D wall art is also a great way to add a bit of personality to your home. If you have a favourite quote or saying, you can find 3D wall art that features that quote. You can also find 3D wall art that features your favourite sports team or band.

If you’re looking for a truly unique piece of 3D wall art, you may even want to consider having a custom piece made. There are a number of companies that specialise in creating custom 3D wall art, so you’re sure to find something that you love.

3D wall art is a great way to add a bit of style and personality to your home. If you’re looking for something unique and eye-catching, 3D wall art is definitely worth considering.

3D wall art is a new and innovative way to decorate your home. It is an exciting and unique way to add dimension and texture to your walls. 3D wall art is made up of three-dimensional objects that can be hung on your walls. These objects can be made of anything from metal to glass to wood.

3D wall art is a great way to add interest to your walls. It can be used to accentuate a certain area of your wall or to create a focal point. 3D wall art can also be used to fill an empty wall space.

3D wall art is a great way to express your personality and style. It is a fun and creative way to personalize your space. 3D wall art is a great way to make a statement in your home.

How to Set Prices for Your Decorated Cakes

How to Set Prices for Your Decorated Cakes

Cake Decorating and Pricing Tips

Many people who handcraft their own decorated cakes don’t charge for the time they invest in the cake. Maybe they feel because the cake is made in their own kitchen, that it is not worth the high price of a bakery  cake. For whatever reason, a person who makes cakes in their home often believe their craft is inferior to cakes created in the bakery section of a local store.

But, the cake you bake and decorate is no less a thing of beauty than any cake you find in your local bakery. Decorated cakes can be found in a variety of grocery stores, and they are decorated by hourly wage people that may or may not have had previous decorating experience.

Look at some of the handwriting on store bought cakes. It isn’t perfect, in fact sometimes the words are misspelled or placed incorrectly. On the other hand, you take the time to make everything as perfect as possible, you care about the product you make, and deserve to receive as much compensation for your work than anyone else.

Often, people who are just starting a cake decorating business offer lower prices than bakery shops. This is a big mistake! Actually, your prices should be slightly higher than the ones sold in stores. Most likely you precisely place the decorations on the cake, carefully write the message on the cake, and never take shortcuts when it comes to presenting the customer with a more personable cake than they’d get from a store.

Don’t under price your works of art, and don’t set your prices below the cakes found in bakery shops. Setting low prices might be your way to attract business, but people who are shopping for birthday or wedding cakes will question the low price. In effect, you can be eliminating yourself from the competition with low prices, because customers might think the quality of your cakes will be inferior.

Of course, when you first start in the cake decorating business, you need to set the prices comparable to other cake bakers in your local community. Never, never under price your cakes and set them apart from the going  prices set from specialty bakers. The reason someone comes to you is because they are looking for a better product or a technique that bakers will not or cannot provide. Then as you gain experience and improve your techniques, you can steadily increase the price of your specialty designed cakes.

Setting your cake decorating prices too low, can actually price yourself right out of business! Sure, you might get many orders for decorated cakes, but if you lose money on every one, how long will you be able to stay in business? Your cakes might be beautiful and unique, but if you are not being paid the true worth than you might as well just close your doors.

In addition to supplies, you must be compensated for your time, as well. Before setting a price, you need to take into consideration the time it takes to mix the cake, bake the cake, mix the icing, make the decorations and decorate the cake. For instance, if a customer wants a custom design, then you need to figure the cost of supplies, an hour to mix and make the cake, maybe another two hours to make the decorations, and another hour to decorate the cake. If you believe your time is worth $5 or $10 per hour, then the price of the cake should be a minimum of $40 to $60. Do not under compensate yourself.

Sure, cake decorating might begin as a hobby to present cakes to family members or friends and neighbors. But, before long, the word gets out about your skills and it turns into a business. You need to be smart about what you’re doing or it will become a drain on your time and finances.

In addition to cake and icing ingredients, cake decorating tips, cutters, colors, bags, racks, mixers, tables and classes to learn more or advanced techniques do not come free. You must charge a reasonable amount in order to buy the tools of the trade. No one can tell you how much to charge for a decorated cake. You need to be comfortable with the prices you charge. But, do your homework, learn how much bakers are charging for designed cakes in your community.

Compile a gallery of photos so customers can see the work you’ve done, and can feel confident in the product you have to offer. Here again, if your work is substandard to local bakeries, then why should customers pay  more to buy their cake from you? Photographs, good quality cakes, and unique designs are important in order to set your price a bit higher than store bakeries. Always strive to do better work, maintain good tasting cakes and icings, and give personable, caring service to your customers.

Theater For Children

Theater For Children

Kids Performing Art!

Theater is one of the most exciting and most educational projects you can to do with kids.

Developmentally, it’s hard to top theater. Drama can teach word skills like reading, writing, imaginative composition (fiction they call it, or drama), plus a feeling for the spoken music of words and poetry. Not to mention a smattering of history and literature.

Socially, drama teaches both cooperation AND independence, recognizing and dealing with emotions, empathy, plus the practical skill of speaking in front of an audience. Public speaking is a skill many adults wish we had developed. Music. Dance. Magic tricks. Almost any skill or interest can find a home onstage. There’s a whole branch of theater called improvisation: always useful to learn how to think on your feet. And as children get more involved in what’s called “technical theater” – all the props, costumes, sets, lights, sound etc. – math skills, visual and spacial skills, and handicrafts all come into play. Plus innovation. There’s a LOT of problem-solving in theater.

There’s also a great deal of comradery and joy.

Start small and easy: goof around with puppets, make masks, recite a poem, act out the Three Bears – – – Have fun onstage.

The picture? A set from a children’s production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Since I happen to have an abundance of factory-themed children’s sets to decorate this Lens, let’s think of it as a big Drama-Fun Factory! I’ll point out some of the gears and levers that will help you make your own at-home theater. It’s also a factory-in-progress (as all my Lenses are), so please visit again to see what new gears have been added.

Puppet Theater

Always popular with kids
There is something fascinating about puppets. They combine the make-believe and miniature joy of dolls with the expression and story-telling of people – while, best of all, shy performers can hide behind them like a mask. (More on masks later.) Any child can say more, a lot more freely when using a puppet. (As psychologists know.) Puppets are freedom and wild improvisation.

It’s most fun to build your own puppets and puppet theaters, but store-boughten is fun too.

Do It Yourself Puppets

Punch. Where’s Judy? PAPER BAG PUPPETS – Maybe the simplest puppet is the paper bag puppet. Take a plain brown lunch bag and have your child draw the puppet’s eyes and nose on the bottom, so that the fold (where the bottom folds flat) becomes the inside of the puppet’s mouth. Colored markers or poster paint (not too wet!) will look bolder and more effective than crayons or pencils. Adding cut paper elements will make the puppet more exciting: a red construction paper tongue for a snake maybe or great big ol’ cow licks; the cow’s horns or moose antlers; arms and hands; or perhaps a silly mustache or paper wig. Scraps of fabric or fur can be fun. Anything, really. Go to the movies and watch the crazy puppets in the Fandango ads.

Now, how about adding a huge grocery store bag puppet to play the giant?

SOCK PUPPETS – Just as easy to make if you’re up for a little simple sewing: buttons for eyes, scraps of fabric for tongues, ears, hands; wool for hair.

GLOVE PUPPETS – One woolly glove becomes a quintet of actors. Or cut the fingers off (roll-hem the cut edges) and create five separate prima donnas. You could experiment with wool versus cotton versus rubber glove fingers (rubber for aliens maybe? add little teeny antenae) or roll your own finger tubes from any fabric or even stiff paper.

POPSICLE STICK PUPPETS – Almost any picture can be either printed onto stiff card-stock paper or mounted onto cardboard and glued to a popsicle stick. I suggest either adult-applied spray mount (flattest most permanent) or child-applied glue stick for the picture to cardboard gluing, then white glue like Elmers or hot glue (adult again or old enough child) for the picture to stick attachment. Try cutting out arms or heads separately and attaching these to the puppet’s body with old fashioned brass brads so you can change their poses. Suddenly they can emote!

OTHER “STICK” PUPPETS – As with popsicle sticks, almost any stick-like object can turn into a puppet. Try decorating wooden spoons or toilet paper tubes (which make finger puppets). Or how about – new! clean! – toilet plungers? Or spatulas or decorated pencils or pool noodles with drawn-on permanent marker faces?

SHADOW PUPPETS – These can be cut out cardboard shapes very similar to popsicle stick puppets. They needn’t be decorated with color unless you want to, but “decorations” made by cutting holes can be fun. Bring out the hole punch! I imagine you might be able to cut out small areas and then fill these with colored tissue paper or translucent plastic for a stained glass effect. Obviously you’ll need a shadow screen – stretched white fabric or paper – and a strong light to make these work.

MARIONETTES – These are more complicated puppets, but all you absolutely need are two flat sticks fixed together in an X with strings from the four ends that tie to the puppet’s arms, head, and legs or rear (whichever is funnier). The “puppet” could be any loose jointed doll – made of cloth or wood or cardboard tubes.

For older kids with advanced skills and a LOT of patience – and an interest in video – you could try making your own short film. Film puppets in action! (Watch a Muppet movie. Like that.)

Or if VERY patient and motivated, try making clay “puppets” to shot-by-shot act out a brief Claymation film. (Watch a Wallace and Grommet movie to see how masters do this!) But this stop motion filming technique is only for the extremely motivated and patient!

Puppet Videos

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet Part I
Rated PG – Extra Silly
Meant for older kids as it gets a bit, slightly, um, vulgar as the Bard and Scottish Sock Puppets are so apt to do. Make a nice antidote to classroom reading of this classic! The other vids are suitable for younger children.


Using and making masks for children

Poof! You’re someone (or something) else. Masks seem magical – a natural development of the baby’s game of peekaboo.

Masks can be made from almost any material: a paper grocery bag; a paper plate plus string; cut cardboard, felt, or craft foam plus elastic; paper mache (lots of goopy fun); or, if you’re ambitious, leather etc.; or there are lots of mask kits, where you start with a pre-formed face shape and decorate and add to it.

PAPER MACHE – Amazingly cheap and simple, though time consuming. Tear or cut newspaper into strips, the thinner, the more detailed you can get. Mix flour and water to make a thick paste, soak the paper in this till sticky but not soggy, then slowly build up your shape. It’s easier if you have a shape to lay the strips over. A kid’s-face-sized balloon can work or a plastic mask. You can add in cardboard to reinforce protruding pieces like ears or tusks – make sure these are well integrated into the face proper so they won’t rip off easily. Allow several days for the paper mache to dry before trying to paint or decorate it.