Friday, November 25, 2011

DIY Felt Scrap Necklace

I always end up with lots of felt scraps sorta too small for most projects so I thought of  a way to use some of them :) Follow along and make your own necklace! Great gift idea :)

What you will need for this project:

- Felt scraps
- Scissors
- Needle and thread
- Jewelry chain
- 4 or more jump rings
- Needle nose pliers (small for jewelry)
- Necklace clasp or hook

I cut my felt to look feathers. I used black and brown scraps I found in the box. 

Here are the next items needed

With your pliers open the jump rings and attach them to your chain. One in the middle and one on either side space about 2 inches from center ring.

With your needle and thread attach bundles of 3 to 4 felt feathers to the three jump rings.

With your pliers add a jump ring and a clasp or hook to fasten your necklace.

 That is it! Read to wear or give as a gift!

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy making this project.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

New Pieces at Etsy

I have been making dolls for a long time; and the face is one my favorite steps. It is like making a little personality come to life. This week I was inspired by the idea of a cameo. I thought, why not make doll face jewelry. I wanted to share the process of creating my wearables for etsy : Enchanted Revolution

After sculpting the faces from polymer clay they go in the oven for 15 minutes at 275 degrees F. Here they are all ready for painting!

First I use a wash of white acrylic several times so the paint does not look cakey.

Adding in features

Eye and lip details

What big eyes you have!

Face details

Painting process almost complete

Several painted

Here are the finished product photos!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Inspired by an Old Magazine

When I was a kid in April1983 the new National Geographic came. I had no idea what an impact this issue would have on me. The issue was called: The Fascinating World of Trash. I was so memorized by the artwork of  Larry Fuente that I have the magazine to this day. 

  Inside were photos to be studied for hours and inspiration that has continued to go on.

Some of the photos even had a somewhat disturbing quality...the use of doll heads and arms enmeshed with intricate beading and old jewelry; even a disastrous looking old pair of roller skates made it into the mix.

I guess I have never created anything exactly like what Fuente did. But the fact that he took what others had discarded to make something visually interesting even quite beautiful has had a lasting impression on me. A way to reuse things in a way someone may not have seen before. 

Below is more of Fuente's work to enjoy!

Art Car

Game of Fish

Thanks for reading!