Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fabric Butterflies in Cloche


You know how you have an itch to make something but aren't quite sure how to go about it?  I've been wanting to make a very large wire butterfly using sheer fabric but wasn't quite sure how I could make one successfully.  When I heard about  Marty's Cloche Party, I thought this would be a good outlet to make a smaller version, and move on to a larger one if it turns out ok.  This is what I did:

     I used a small paint bottle and glue tube to shape the wire into a butterfly.
 After spreading tacky glue all around the wire, I pressed the butterfly wire firmly on the fabric, put parchment paper over it and placed a heavy object on top for a few hours til dry.

               I made two differently shaped sizes of wire butterflies.

Next  I cut the material close to the wire and formed the body using double folded wire and beads.

For added decoration, I painted mod podge on smaller posterboard butterflies and smooth fabric over them til dry to cut out.

The beauty of the fabric wire butterflies doesn't show through in these photos of the cloches.  I think they are rather pretty and would definitely be a show stopper if done bigger. Anything done in cloche is awesome!

Take a little time to enjoy, Linking up to Marty's Cloche Party  

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Flamingo in Purple Gems - Diy

Sunny tropics and sandy beaches spring to mind at the very sight of this flock of bright pink flamingos at the Dollar Tree store.

I had a chance to see flamingos up close while vacationing in Aruba a few years ago.   They were literally right there with us on the beach!  How cool was that!

When I saw those plastic pink flamingos at DT I knew what I wanted to do.  Glam them up a bit with purple glass gems!

First let me tell you to not even think of using a hot glue gun to do this.  It's a waste of time.  The gems fall right off leaving the blop of glue in it's place.
Try E6000 or any waterproof glue that's clear, thick (so the gems won't move while drying) and permanent.  

The original metal legs are attached on the side when you purchase the bird.  I had to replace them with a pair of garden stakes to support the weight of the glass gems.

I started gluing the gems on at the bottom where the holes are located for the legs so I wouldn't cover them up.

And I left the beak as is - yellow and black.

I glued clear glass gems over the eyes so that the eyes appear magnified.

                                  A whole lot of whimsey!

                The finished flamingo adds fun and frolic to my garden!

                            A colorful splash that's a pure delight!

My purple gem flamingo is irresistibly charming and guaranteed to impress!

                       I wonder what the neighbors think?

Take a little time to enjoy,