Tuesday, 23 August 2011

How to Make a Bubble-Wrap Bangle

Hello again, so soon!

Well after trying the to connect to blogger from Word 2007 and failing I'm back here again having another go with the image moving thing.

Remember I was in a fusing things mood? Well I found a piece of bubble-wrap painted it (both sides) with watery acrylics, drizzled one side with Lumiere metallic paints, which I smudged about with my fingers, and dried it with the hairdryer,  which is a permanent fixture in the studio. Yes, actually I do dry my hair in there too!

 Rolled around METAL knitting needle
Slit and heated. 
Next I rolled it up around a METAL knitting needle with the metallic paint on the outside and pinned it in 4 places. This I blasted with a heat gun briefly (BE CAREFUL!) until it was fused together slightly. Then I used scissors (not dressmaking ones) to make slits along the length of it, making sure I didn't cut all the way through. Blast it again and the slits open up and fuse together.

If you notice I'm still not getting the image positioning right!

Bubble-wrap Bangle

Let it cool, take it off the needle and thread some recycled sari ribbon through with a large safety pin to make a bangle.

Of course it does look a bit like scrunched up sweet papers but with a bit more thought on colours and a little less metallic paint it makes a cheap, handy substitute for Tyvek when you either haven't got any or can't remember where you put it! There must be more ways to incorporate it into your textile pieces too as it's also soft enough to stitch.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Textiles and Collage

I honestly don't know how all you ladies manage to blog and twitter, flickr and fb, Etsy, Folksy and create at the rate you do! I am in awe of you all!

Anyway I've finally got round to a post. I have to admit we're having the bathroom refitted so there are men and tools and noise and I've shut myself away in the office -can't even have a cup of tea at the minute as no water!
Secure  10"x 8" textile
Speak Life 6"x8" stitch, fabric, text, glass on paper.
I did this 'cause I don't think we realise how our words can either  promote bad or good, life or death in our lives and the lives of others!

                                                                         White Swan 16"x20" Mixed media

One thing tends to lead another I find and having decorated the lounge I needed some new pictures to put on
the walls. All of the above are now on the walls.

Then I had an odd moment after looking at Carolyn Saxby's beads which she sells on Etsy
and fancying a bit of fusing myself I looked around the studio wondering what I could blast with a hot air gun. My eyes settled on the cover I keep over my wet acrylic palette- bubble-wrap! Well blogger is driving me mad now 'cause I can't move the photos where I want them! Agghh! Fortunately the water is back on now - tea. Will tell you later about bubble- wrap. : )