Saturday, 31 August 2013

I was recently introduced to a fantastic tool, called a Coiling Gizmo, by Jane at our Craft Group. After a practise run, I was bitten by the bug.  I purchased the tool and been having a lot of fun since.  My grand daughter made a bracelet and earrings for herself over the school holidays.  I had a few paper beads from a previous project, so decided to include them in these pieces.  
Coiled wire and paper beads jewellery

These are black paper beads I made a few weeks ago, mixed with grey paper which I scribbled with a black Sharpie, after coiling I sealed with Glossy Accents.

Paper Bead Necklace and Earrings
Paper Bead Charm Bracelet
Paper Bead linked bracelet

Who knew you could have so much fun with paper strips and thin wire!!!!  Until next time

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

I was lucky to be able to spend some time during these summer holidays with my lovely grandchildren crafting, they made a great job of gluing the buttons to frames then covering with gesso I had provided black and white gesso for them to choose which one they preferred. 

Amber with her White Gesso highlighted Button Frame with Red and Gold Inka Gold Gilding
They used Inka Gold to highlight raised areas.  There were plenty of buttons left over and my grandson covered another frame later that day, leaving the buttons unpainted as he liked and wanted to see the various colours.
Jay's Button Frame with Black Gesso highlighted with green and copper Inka Gold

You can see a few charms embedded between the buttons, just to add a bit of interest.  I think they enjoyed making these as the day before we had used eggshells to decorate a frame. Until next time....

Friday, 23 August 2013

This is the same idea as in the previous post and will be my swap for next month, this time using eggshells laid on pva glue, with alcohol inks to colour.  Eggshells are soaked and lining removed before applying to glue. This gives quite a matt finish, but you could use a gloss varnish to finish if you prefer.

Eggshell swap piece


Eggshell frame closeup

Tuesday, 6 August 2013


Bits and Bobs - Buttons 

This is the first in a series of my DT techniques "Bits and Bobs" featured on Cardmaking Paradise for everyone to join in the fun with their own take on it.  It has been fabulous to see how many different variations on this theme that members have shared.  There is a new technique now up and running for the next few weeks.

I loved sorting through all my buttons and bits for the one above and the shell design below which I have used for the 4" swaps at our monthly craft club meeting.

Bits and Bobs - Shells

This next one is an 8" canvas using various buttons and bits, including an owl and a pussycat!

8" Button Canvas