Beeswax Collage

Beeswax Collage - Bienenwachs Collage

I find making collages fascinating.
One interesting technique to glue your items to the base is the so-called beeswax collage (for links to tutorials see Links below). It gives a warm colour to the collage and if polished a nice shine too.
On the photo you can see my first (and up until now last) attempt to do this. I collaged pieces of different newspapers (Chinese, Arabic, Corean) and self-made papers and than embroidered the spiral by hand.

Links:
At ARTchix Studio: Beeswax Collage: the link isn’t available no more.

At art-e-zine: Beeswax Collage

Google search results for ‘beeswax collage’
Google image search results for ‘beeswax collage’

Kumihimo Beads

Kumihimo Beads - Kumihimo Perlen

This Thursday’s 2nd challenge Beaded Beauties gave me the opportunity to do something I wanted to do for a long time: making Kumihimo beads.
Kumihimo is a Japanese technique to braid beautiful cords, but then: what do I do with the cord? It’s way too beautiful (and too labour-intensive! ;-)) to be used as a shoelace for instance.
I thought that it would make wonderful beads, but usually the braids are finished by wrapping some string around the braid and such beads would be much too long.

 

Kumihimo Beads - Kumihimo Perlen Therefore I figured out how to make my own Kumihimo beads.
The technique is far from perfect and I hope that you will try it and give suggestions to enhance the technique.

On the first two photos you see Kumihimo beads I made, the blue ones with cotton thread and the black and white ones with acrylic yarn.
All beads were made with 4 light and 4 dark coloured yarns, but I changed the initial positions on my cardboard Kumihimo disk.
You see at the surrounding seed beads how tiny my Kumihimo beads are.

 

Kumihimo Beads - Kumihimo Perlen What to do:
Make your Kumihimo cord. I worked about 20 rounds.
When finished, pull all threads into the bead.

And that’s where the problem lies:
If you make the Kumihimo cord ‘the normal way’ you won’t have enough place into the bead to pull all 16 threads in (8 threads at each side of the bead).
I tried different techniques to ‘reserve’ a place for the thick bunch of threads. The best one I found was making a bundle of 8 threads of the same gauge and using it as ‘filler’, that means, working around them (see third photo).

 

Kumihimo Beads - Kumihimo Perlen The Kumihimo beads are from fabric and can be stitched however you want. On this photo I surrounded my Kumihimo bead by seed beads and made a kind of Freeform Peyote Pendant.


Links:
This Thursday’s 2nd challenge Beaded Beauties

unikatissima’s Kumihimo How-to
unikatissima’s Freeform Peyote How-to

 

Fixing Crochet Mistakes

Fixing Crochet Mistakes

I crochet a lot and I’m always making mistakes ;-)
In the case of buttonholes or pocket slots appearing ‘magically’ at the wrong place, I found very valuable hints on what to do.
This is one of the few mistakes I haven’t made yet.
Mostly because I don’t crochet neither buttonholes nor pockets ;-)
Perhaps I should give it a try? ;-))

 

Links:
Wait, how did that buttonhole get there?

Polymer Clay Mica Shift

Polymer Clay Mica Shift

As I saw the wonderful Mica Shift Pendant (which is totally flat!) at craftster.org I felt so inspired.
It is a long time ago that I worked with polymer clay, but I think that I will go back to it soon ;-)
Then I also tried the mica shift technique (links see below), but it didn’t work out satisfactory for any reason.
Perhaps next time? ;-)

Links:
Mica Shift Pendant

Tutorials:
At Polymer Clay Central:
Satin Swirl EggTwisted Rope Mica ShiftTexture Sheet Mica Shift

At pcPolyzine Tutorials:
3-D ImagesMica Shift Jellyroll

At Glassattic:
Lots of additional information about Mica effects

Faux Silk

Faux Silk

I love to imitate things, so I had to check immediately the tutorial on how to make faux silk for cards.
On the photo you see my results: I took one of my self carved eraser stamps, coloured it with a marker and stamped on tissue paper (the left flower). Then, just to see what happens, I stamped two more times. The photo isn’t so good, but the pale stamps look elegant. On the third I didn’t smooth the paper to allow for more crinkles.

I will use this technique more often.


Links:
Faux Silk

unikatissima’s Eraser Stamps how-to
unikatissima’s Stamping With Markers how-to