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Bring out the Girls!

A sample of the our Totem Poppet butterfly in yellows and oranges.

This Saturday April 5, 2014

Grab your girls! And join us anytime between 10 AM- 2PM at Joys of Life Scrapbooking on
5222 E. Trindle Rd. Mechanicsburg, PA. for a fun and free spring Make and Take!

Make2 of our beautiful new Totem Poppet Butterflies.
Paint them, stamp them, zentangle them….

There will be plenty of yummy art supplies to play with and lots of the other totem Poppets to check out as well!
And then “Take” them home with you!

 

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Butterflies and moths are renown worldwide for their amazing metamorphosis from a caterpillar into a beautifully-colored butterfly. But, did you know that there are actually four stages in the butterfly’s life? That of the egg, the larva, the pupa, and then the butterfly or moth! If a butterfly totem has entered your life, be prepared for change. And consider that you might have to go through several stages to reach the end goal: lightness of being and soul.

Here’s a sample of just some of the many things you can do woth the butterfly Totem Poppet!

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Totem Poppet Butterfly

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Join us for a fun and free “Make and Take”

Sat. April 5, 2014  anytime between 10 AM- 2PM
at Joys of Life Scrapbooking on
5222 E. Trindle Rd. Mechanicsburg, PA.

Make2 of our beautiful new Totem Poppet Butterflies.
Paint them, stamp them, zentangle them….
There will be plenty of yummy art supplies to play with!
And then “Take” them home with you!

Butterflies 2Butterfly

Butterflies and moths are renown worldwide for their amazing metamorphosis from a caterpillar into a beautifully-colored butterfly. But, did you know that there are actually four stages in the butterfly’s life? That of the egg, the larva, the pupa, and then the butterfly or moth! If a butterfly totem has entered your life, be prepared for change. And consider that you might have to go through several stages to reach the end goal: lightness of being and soul.

What’s YOUR Totem?

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Totem Poppets at Art and Soul 2014!

We are very happy and proud to announce that the Totem Poppets will be available for sale through Blue Twig Studio s at Art and Soul Retreat 2014 in  MO this week!

We have also provided 100 different Totem Poppet designs -and eyelets- for the goodie bag of the luck workshop goers of the Art and Soul Retreat for Free! If you are one of those lucky Art and Soul folks drop us a line to let us know what you think. Or better yet send us some pictures and get featured on our blog! What’s YOUR Totem?

 

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Tips and Tricks for the Totem Poppets

  1. Use a protective surface when assembling or painting your Totem Poppets! Setting eyelets can put dents in your work surface. I use an old wooden chopping block.

Eyelet Dent Example

  1. Lay out all of your pieces to decide what direction you want your animal to face.

 

Pieces of Totem Poppet Laid out to determine direction
Pieces of Totem Poppet Laid out to determine direction
  1. Use a pen, a pin or a pair of needle nose pliers to poke the extra pieces of chipboard out of the holes, before painting, as the paint can make them hard to see or make the chipboard layers rip off.
  2. Gesso, paint or stamp your Totem Poppet before assembling. This way the paint will not get in the eyelets and make them stick, and the joints will move better. Also you will not have blank areas under a joint.
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Eyelet Setter Review

So, we tested several different eyelet setter tools and the results are in!

Our favorite was….

1. The Fiskar 3 Pieces Eyelet Setter Tools!
Pros:

  • They are small and compact and can be carried in a pencil bag.
  • They don’t have any extra pieces to loose.
  • They don’t require any other tools.
  • There is a hole punch on one side and an eyelet setter tool on the other.
  • The sizes are labeled on the side.
  • When setting the eyelets they flare them consistently almost every single time.
  • They work great with the short 1/16″ brass eyelets.

Cons:

  • They are loud. They make a nice loud “twacking” sound when you set an eyelet.
  • They will leave a dent in your work surface so make sure to use a old chopping block or protect your surface in some way.

Fiskars 3 Piece Eyelet Setting Tools

2. Our Second Choice was the Memory Maker Universal Eyelet Setters

Pros:

  • Solid construction
  • Separate flare tip
  • Three different size flattening tips.

Cons:

  • You constantly have to screw on and screw off the tips to set the eyelets so it takes twice as long to set an eyelet. This can add up if you are setting a lot of eyelets.
  • The handle and the separate tips roll and are easy to loose. They do not come with a box or anything to store them in.
  • You also need a hammer.

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3. Our Third Choice was The ProvoCraft Silent Setter

We really, really, really wanted to like this set! But, it just plain old didn’t work with the short 1/16″ brass eyelets. You would need A LOT of arm strength to make this work with more solid metal eyelets like the kind we were using. Either that, or you would need to mangle the tool by hitting the nice ergonomically correct rounded top with a hammer.

Pros:

  • Comes with and has a really nice case for storing the tools, the tips, the eyelets and even a little setting board!
  • Comes with 6 tips – 3 different size hole punches and 3 different size eyelet setters.
  • Tips are magnetic and slip into the tool quickly and easily.
  • It is silent.

Cons:

  • It does not work with harder metal eyelets.
  • Requires some arm and hand strength.
  • You need to get right over top of the tool and make sure you are pushing and twisting STRAIGHT down.

Provo Craft Silent Setter Tool Kit

Silent Eyelet Setter

ProvoCratf Eyelet Setter Pieces

 

Do you have a favorite eyelet setter tool we didn’t test? Leave a comment below and we will try to pick one up to put through its paces!