|1″ miniature book|
This 1.25″x 1″ mini-book was made with:
– scraps of chip board
– rubber stamp
– metal corners
– metal eyelets
– deckle edged ruler
– vintage envelope and letter
|1″ miniature book|
This 1.25″x 1″ mini-book was made with:
– scraps of chip board
I found that the metal & black plastic tabs are thin enough to cut with scissors and the metal can be stamped with metal letter punches (see the “P.U.S.H.” tag below). Depending on the punch you might be able to punch out basic shapes like the ornament, bird, plane & bugs shown below. This metal, to my knowledge, doesn’t rust or discolor with age. If you rub it with steel wool first, it takes alcohol inks
Use caution when you try punch out shapes in the metal with a paper punch. There may be slight variances in the thickness of metals depending on the manufacturer of the disk and your punch could jam. The same goes for the pliability of the plastic. The ornament punch did fine on the first metal piece I punched but broke on the second one (because I hit it with a hammer). If the punch cuts gradually, at an angle, from back to front (like most of Martha Stewarts) chances are it isn’t a good candidate for this project. The punch cuts thru beautifully at the beginning but loses force as it proceeds forward and the metal gets stuck in the punch (repeatedly I might add). The inside floppy film could easily be punched. Any of these can be blinged to blindness – the possibilities made me dizzy. You may have a desk drawer FULL of free supplies – go check.
What a hoot! My friend and I spent more time visiting the WonderRoot Creative Reuse (wrcratl.wordpress.com/about) table than we did any other table at the recent Brookhaven Art Fair (a fabulous fair by the way).
WonderRoot Creative Reuse does many things regarding environmental awareness and arts and crafts in the community but what interested me at the time was that they take new and/or used art supplies and resell them at a huge discount (naturally, they’re used 😉 I’ll be more inclined to let my stuff go if it’s going to a place like this.
I started picking out specific beer bottle caps (25 cents a scoop) and gave up and just bought the whole container. Now that I’ve experimented with them (see bracelet below) I can donate them back for resale. How cool is that?!
Bracelet: 1) Cut ribbed rim from the cap as well as the plastic backing from underneath the caps 2) Trim the cap to a round circle 3) Using a dapper, dome the caps 4) Punch or drill a small hole on each side and dap again 5) Sand the rim of the domed cap and the edges of the newly drilled hole to eliminate sharp edges 6) Wash 7) Assemble caps using pre-purchased rings or wire them to together 7) Put a toggle on last and WA LA, the lightest bracelet you’ll ever wear.
The first cap I picked out to use on the bracelet was from Magic Hat beer (due to migraines I seldom drink, I never heard of it before). Inside each cap is a different saying. This one said “always be kind to a creative mind”. Destiny – I tell ya. I’m going to dome that one inside out.
Now I get that someone out there is thinking who in the world would wear something like that (I probably would have thought that). But folks – it’s really, really, cute.
I’ll make a video demonstrating how to make the bracelet if anyone’s interested.
Fall is in the air – Atlanta is breathtakingly beautiful.
My Dad was 17 when he enlisted in the Navy (he lied about his age). During WWII he was in the gun turret on board an escort ship when it was hit. He was wounded, patched up and went back for duty. This second ship was hit and again he was wounded – but this time he was in and out of hospitals for a year trying to get a crushed ankle mended.
I remember the day my sister Jean and I were in his basement hobby room in Florida (he used to facet stones and make jewelry before his hands began to shake). He opened the bottom drawer of his table and took out two military boxes – each containing a Purple Heart pin. He said to me “here take these and do something with them – they’re not doing any good sitting in the bottom of my drawer”. His attitude was one of the pins not being important. I later found out that he had had them gold plated. Hmmmmm – did I mention my Dad is a fraud 😉 I had never seen a Purple Heart up close and was honored that he gave them to me.
I used to wear business suits and my focus at that time was beading and making jewelry. I disassembled the Purple Heart and sewed it to the foundation. Unobtrusive embellishments were glued on and beading was added (approx size 2″ top to tip of heart x 2 1/4″ wide). The Purple Heart can be extracted from the foundation and reassembled to it’s original state without any damage or change (it sits, not glued, in the wire/chain cradle).
The reactions at that time to my wearing this pin were interesting. From “it’s wonderful – I’ve never seen a Purple Heart up close” to “how do you feel wearing a Purple Heart you didn’t earn”. Honestly, I was proud to wear my Father’s pin – it gave me an opportunity to talk about it and tell folks his experiences during the War. I wouldn’t wear it now – there are a lot more current day examples of the wounded with Purple Hearts that I think this Country is well aware of what a Purple Heart looks like and what it represents. This pin is going in my Dad’s memory box along side a picture of him in his Cracker Jacks (I wore them when I was in the Navy too).
OK – I’m posting finished item #3 in front of finished item #2 of the Metal Medley challenge (in case you missed the previous blog – it’s my own challenge)this is easier to photograph. I’ll post #2 tomorrow.
Supplies from the Medley: 4 diamond shaped and 4 triangle shaped paper clips, 3 picture hangers, 7 eyelets and 1 square brass frame.
Supplies from my stash: Black elastic
There you have it. I bent the ends of the clips to make loops – fastened eyelets to the centers of the triangle clips and wa la!
It’s super light, sturdy and looks great on. I was pleasantly surprised.
I had to stop myself from hanging bead(s) from the eyelet in the center of the square brass frame. The possible variations of this are endless.
I got a Metal Medley kit that Bonnie’s Best Tools had just posted on their web site
http://bonniesbest.com/mostly_metal.htm as a challenge to myself to use all the metal pieces. I separated all the pieces into a tray I had handy (the ATC tin and box of small bits aren’t shown here). Many of my Mother’s sayings come to mind but suffice it to say – I think I may of bitten off more than I feel like chewing at one time 😉
The first things that caught my eye as I spread the pieces out were the metal frames and heart shaped clips. So that’s what I started with…
Supplies from kit: 3 heart shaped clips, brushed metal frame, 1 eyelet, 2 heart brads.
Supplies from my stash: Yelling Lady Stamp from Las Vegas Stamps, 3 springs from broken pens, watch face, rhinestones, vintage rose plastic beads, jump rings, Graphic 45 Hallowe’en in Wonderland paper, colored pencils, metal doo dad for crown, E6000 glue and a pin.
This piece started from the bottom up. I think it would be more effective without the skirt (which dangles from the neck). But once I got towards the end there was no turning back.
OK – At a yard sale last year I found some old metal fuse boxes (1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″) with clear plastic covers that slid out to access the small fuses. I also found a tiny person with a ball in her raised hands – in pretty bad shape. The definition for “fairy” was cut out of a dictionary and glued to the back of the inside of the box. The fairie’s ball was replaced with a flower and she was given wings (after all what’s a fairy without wings?). Holes were drilled in the sides of the metal box and wire inserted to hold the cord necklace. Holes were drilled in the bottom of the box so leaves and flowers could be added to dangle. The back was sanded and stamped. One thing got glued to another and this pendant was born.
I made another pendant using copper sheet cut to 1 1/2″ x 1″, a carved bone cat head, book pages, a watch part and a rhinestone. It’s something I’m familiar with and can pretty much guarantee instant gratification. A sense of producing something.
Monday, I bought something at a thrift store (a thrift store that had 1/2 price day for cripes sake) – it had cardboard bricks in it – the kind kids play with. This morning I woke up thinking about Humpty Dumpty, in clay, with a crack in his head (actually he’s all head or all body) sewn together with red yarn and him holding a big needle, sitting on the brick.
I’m procrastinating. I really want to get my hands into clay (“Heart Strings” and birds are already in the works). But this takes putting all my other things aside and immersing myself in clay. Chances are whatever I work on won’t be done by the end of the day, or the next day. Sooooo, I choose one of my other ideas, one that can get done, NOW.
Believe me. I consider myself blessed to have these issues.
Thank you to the men and women of our armed forces and the men and women trying to keep the peace and keep us safe here at home
Salute: My father was in the Navy, awarded two purple hearts in WWII, My Step Father retired Navy, my husband retired Navy Seabee reserve (29 yrs), my son served 10 years as a Navy Seal, my brother was wounded in Vietnam, I served 6 years in the Navy.
Finished size: From top of helmet to bottom of paper 1 3/4″ x 1 1/16″.
Supplies: Copper sheet, toy Soldier, 30 g wire, paper, color pencils, metal alphabet punches, iron metalic surface liquid, old book pages.
Process: I stamped “hero” on the copper sheet after cutting and before bending it. Liver of sulpher was used to highlight the word. Random holes were drilled in the top of the metal to thread the very thin wire in and around for the soldier to sit behind. The upper torso of a toy soldier was cut off and painted with Iron Metalic Surface solution – he’s adhered to the metal by E6000 glue and a pin coming from underneath and thru the top metal and into the torso. The soldier was a little wider than the depth of the pendant so a heating tool was used to conform the back of the soldier to the pendant. I tore the definition of a hero from an old dictionary. Lightly colored red and white stripes and a blue square on it with color pencil before combining it with other torn pages and burning the edges.
1. I didn’t push the development of this butterfly I posted a couple of days ago and it was bugging me …
2. The curved, simple, metal corners are a favorite of mine. My friend mentioned the other day she didn’t like them very much and gave me hers. I got to thinking that there must be another use for them besides being attached to paper. There is! They make awesome dangles, scales, etc.
I couldn’t get the rivet out of the butterfly without a lot of work so I improvised. To bend the heart for more depth – I used two dowels; one on top in the middle and two underneath down both sides and pushed. I aged the wings by brushing on liver of sulfur. Rhinestones replaced the pearls. Body “tags” were made by cutting the metal corners in half, flattening one end and making holes using an awl at the narrow end and a hole punch at the large end. The “tags” were secured first by 30 gauge metal wire and again when the size 14 iridescent seed beads were added and strung in and around the tags. Now it’s officially a pin.
I spent time today experimenting with findings (things that go with other things). Bonnie’s Best Art Tools has a sale on enameled metal doo dads (the official name escapes me) that are generally used for decoration by threading a ribbon from side to side. I couldn’t resist a sale and an opportunity to see what else could be made from these things. At the same time I picked up other metal doo dads (a mesh heart and brass corners)to play with.
Since these, to me, were meant for paper crafts – I had to take them somewhere totally different. Everything went into a piece of jewelry. I also tried etching and didn’t like the results. I’m a baby blogger – you only get to see the good stuff right now.
I’m finding my way around the blog world – hope you’ll hang in until I get it reasonably right.
Important: Improvise – keep loose – play
Artsy/Crafty: Metal gauge = the smaller the gauge the thicker the metal. I mixed metals – copper sheet and sterling wire. Sometimes that’s not good for me – but here – it wasn’t important. I used a small amount of glue on the pages – the type is immaterial for this project.
Project: I wanted to make something with a 2″x1″ piece of 20 gauge copper that I had bought and remembered a cute pendant featured in the Semiprecious Salvage Book. I’m making art books now and this incorporated treasures I already had on hand. I changed it up but the premise is the same…
Size: Book Only 1 1/8″ x 1″ // Complete with bird and flower 2″x1″.
The copper piece (20 gauge) was difficult for me to get crisp bends in (it was cold in the garage and I wasn’t taking it out there). I found a sheet of copper screen-like metal (24 gauge) in my stash and cut out the size I needed with tin snips – it cut and bent easily. The inspiration piece just had a chunk of blue tourqoise on top. Changing it up to add pebbles of tourquoise for eggs, a mother of pearl bird and red flower gave it a little more interest for me. The pages are from a book that had no value or content interest – cut to fit and burned around the edges.