Thursday, 16 May 2013

FOG Tuesday + Tyvek Bead Tutorial

At our FOG session Tuesday, we spent most of the day making beads. If you could roll it, paint it, glue it or melt it, we tried it - paper, Tyvek™, fabric, magazine pages, paste paper, organza, plastic bags and wool. 

One of the very easy ways to make a very interesting bead is to use Tyvek. Tyvek is a product used to wrap houses during construction and is also made into very durable, non-rip envelopes. We bought a box of Tyvek envelopes at Staples and they worked out to about 75 cents each. You can get a lot of beads from one envelope.
Tyvek Bead Tutorial
  • Paint both sides of the Tyvek using metallic finish acrylic or Light Body Metallic Acrylic Lumiere paints by Jacquard™. Tyvek dries very fast and takes very little paint to cover it. Lumiere paints were especially wonderful as they combine a colour with gold, so you get a big bang for your buck, so to speak.
  • Cut a piece of the painted Tyvek in a long triangle, about 1 ½" wide at one end and narrowing to a point at the other, or straight edge rectangle, about 4” – 5” by 1”.
  • Snip along the sides of the triangle, putting 1/4 inch slashes either straight toward the middle or on an angle.
  • Roll the Tyvek around a bamboo skewer, or knitting needle, starting with the wide end first and finishing with the pointed end. Pin the end with a straight pin to hold it together.
  • Using the heat gun, heat the bead. You will see that the Tyvek quickly melts to attach itself together, so you can remove the pin right away or wait until the bead is completely finished. The slashes you made along the Tyvek curl up and melt and create a really interesting texture to the bead.
  • Wait until the bead cools, then remove it from the bamboo skewer by simply sliding it off.

Wow!  Aren’t these great? They are a perfect addition to your next jewellery or mixed media piece.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

The Thrill of the Hunt

Jan and I just spent the weekend painting and mark making at a class led by a surface design artist. So, having been inspired by all kinds of mark marking, what better time to host a giveaway of a set of  funky clear cling stamps? I mentioned in the March Thrill of the Hunt Giveaway that Jan and I like the serendipity of making a great find, especially at a great price. 

This month’s serendipitous buy is a set of stamps from Autumn Leaves by Rhonna Farrer called scribbles alphabet (a – z). The value of this set is $15.00 - $29.99 depending on the source. We were lucky to score this set at a drastically reduced price at HomeSense in Calgary, Canada.

If you are an avid scrapbooker or love to use alternate media in your artistic endeavours, HomeSense and Winners stores have been carrying an ever-changing stock of brand name supplies at a very discounted price for some time now. Cardstock, stickers, pens and embellishments from a variety of companies, Spellbinder’s dies ™, Martha Stewart ™ and Fiskars ™ products are but a few of the brand name items available. Stock changes constantly so you need to go often. 

If you live in the US, stores such as Big Lots, and Ross have similar great finds.

I am sure your mind is already thinking about how you could use these stamps in your next project, and some lucky reader will get their very own set this month. To qualify for the draw for this May giveaway, you need to send in your best tip or trick for using alphabet stamps in a mixed media or fibre arts project.

Our group of elves will pick the winner, which we will announce here on the blog on June 1. Please don’t forget to leave us your email address so we can contact the winner to arrange mailing the prize.