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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

When you can't find it - Make IT!


Hello.
It's Julie with our mid month tutorial.

OUR AUGUST CHALLENGE IS...HERE

There's great excitement at our Studio.
The lovely Tracy Scott, designer and teacher from PaperArtsy
will be teaching a wonderful colour workshop on 16th August.


I love this set of stamps.
I wanted to try something different
so I decided I 
NEEDED ( as you do)
a necklace.


On thin copper I stamped and embossed the flower and two leaves.



I close cut the images and smoothed them a little with an emery board.


Then I stitched all the edges with embroidery floss.
Tip - make the needle hole first
It makes it easier to push through.

I then stitched beads up the centre of the petals and the leaves.


I cut a second piece of felt and glued it to the backs of each piece.
Trimming where needed.
Tip - Felt is quite forgiving and can be pushed into shape a little.


Next I tested the placement.
When happy I stitched a few stitches very close to the petals.
Tip - go up a needle size or two as you are now stitching through a number of layers.

It's easy to gently bend the copper to suit your neck.


Then the fun began!
I painted with Vintaj Metal paint initailly!
I wasn't quite satisfied so I added a little acrylic paint too 
in a couple of places.
When this dried I go tout the Nuvo Pearl Drops
and highlighted the stamp design.


To finish I painted over the piece with Vintaj Glaze.
Sari Ribbon became the fastening.
To the knots I added tiny leather "strings"


What a satisfying make this was. 
Of course many other ideas floated in and out.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.
Never be afraid to step out of the creative box.
In fact you might just enjoy standing on it!
Until Next Time
Julie