AMY NG: This whimsical crafter is from San Francisco, CA and is known to incorporate plush animals into her craft designs. You can see Amy's blog at http://mrdeadfish.wordpress.com/
BRAD STRICKLAND: Brad is the 2nd male crafter to appear to date. He is from Houston, TX and builds castles for a living! His creations are magical gradiose castles for children.
PAM NAUGHTON: Pam, from Wantagh, NY, calls herself the "Queen of Upcycling" and uses grabage, leftovers and glitter to make her crafty wares.
POP CRAFT CHALLENGE (One Hour Timed)
This week's Pop Craft Challenge was to craft a TOY BOX made of TOYS! As Tori announced the challenge numerous wagons were wheeled in with toys galore. The crafters each got to business with their projects...
Amy created a Lagoon Monster toy box which was a medium sized box made with wood, felt on the sides and decorative elements to make the box look like a friendly creature. The "jaws" of the box opened up to accept the toys. Amy's take was that the experience of even putting away the toys should be fun.
Brad made a 3-sided toy box and his design element was to use only primary colors (red, blue, yellow). Brad created the box from wood and spray painted the toys red, yellow and blue and secured them to the toy box's felt lined walled. The top of the box was covered with a felt cover.
Pam crafted her toy box to look like a robot. She used foam core for her structure, silver primer and glittered all sides. Her glitter was adhered using spray adhesive.
As usual, the judges brought their critiques to the craft table. The judges had issue with the use of felt to cover the toy box as opposed to painting the box, they indicated a concern that felt is not a good choice because kids are involved and it would soil quickly. Also, Stephen Brown was insistent that to adhere glitter you should use plain white glue, not spray adhesive because it will fall off. The judges also were unimpressed by the craftmanship of Brad's toy box because the corners were not perfectly lined up (this proves fatal, whoops -- did I say too much?)
The judges conclude that Brad must walk to toy box plank, his design just was not to par with the Craft Wars standard.
MASTER CRAFT CHALLENGE (Five Hours Timed)
This week's Master Craft Challenge was to craft a Pet Mansion using pet supplies (think dog biscuits, leashes, plush pet toys, water bowls, etc.). Amy and Pam went in very different directions with their designs and execution.
Amy created a 2-story pet condo for both a cat and dog to live in while Pam created a doggie glitz castle. Amy's condo was constructed of wood and she stained the wood. One level of the condo had fabric wall paper adhered with spray glue. The judges complimented her architecture and said it could appearance in "Architecture Dogest", but critizied that she did not create any doggie amenities and her second floor of the condo was too barren.
Pam's dog castle was a glitteratied structure with a crown on the dog door and glittered dog biscuits as the house trim. Pam again used spray laquer to adhere the glitter (um, maybe not a good idea to ignore the judges notes from last round...) She also weaved a pet carpet with dog leashes. The judges liked that Pam used the numerous pet supplies and re-purposed them to be part of the design and for use by the pets. Stephen Brown did scold Pam for (again) not using white glue to glitter the dog biscuits.
Overall, the judges concluded that Pam was this episode's Craft Wars winner, her ability to upcycle items into new craft inventions had won them over.
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Happy Scrapping & Summer Days!
P.S. If you enjoy my Craft Wars posts, please comment below. I love to hear what you think of the posts and of the show. Here is a link to Angela Daniels, best known as The Guilty Crafter and she is a Craft Wars Vet, who wrote a great article addressing the criticisms of the show, click here to read it.