Saturday, August 27, 2005

Fimo bead tutorial

A tutorial to make faux stone beads that is also on my blog.

  These directions will give you 48 gumball sized beads.

  1. Use ultramarine blue, green, and white polymer clay. Mix the colors together in equal portions. Variation in portions will give you different shades of torquoise. This will give you the african green look.

   2. Divide the clay into 48 equal pieces. You can roll the pieces into balls as I have done here to compare their size.

  3. Make one bead at a time by first cutting a piece up into little bits of different sizes.

  4. Then take those pieces and gently roll them together in your hand into your desired shape. This will create the veining. If you do not like the way the veins have turned out, simply cut it back up and do it again. Push a toothpick through the center for threading later. Smooth edges. Repeat for other beads. Bake following directions on package.

  5. After baking, let beads cool. One at a time coat a bead with brown oxide craft paint, pushing paint into veins. Using a paper towel wipe paint off the surface of the bead, leaving the paint in the veins. Repeat for other beads, let dry.

  6. Optional: Coat with glossy or matte polymer clay glaze.

  Have fun and let me know how yours turn out.

Fiber necklace

This is a post I did on my blog in May. It's not a real detailed tutorial but the instructions are pretty easy.

I made this for my mom after she picked out the beads and straight out told me she wanted one like the ones I had made for myself. You can see one of mine here. I saw these on the show Jewelry Making on DIY network.

  All you need are some beads including one to hang as a pendant in the center, 4-5 lengths of fiber(short necklaces take about 3 yards, long ones take 4), a pair of those cone shaped jewelry findings used at the ends of multi-strand necklaces, and a clasp.

First you slip the pendant to the center of one of the strands. Tie a knot to secure it. Then you just go up one side tying all the fibers into a knot and then stringing a bead on one fiber. Repeat using your own pattern and variation. If the necklace is long enough to slip over your head, you can just tie the 2 ends together and let the fibers hang down the back.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Tea Towel Barrista Apron

It's so easy to make an apron if you have a sewing machine, a tea towl, some extra wide double folded bias tape and of course thread!

1. Here's the tea towel I am using. I FINALLY bought it from Target. I had been picking it up and putting it back for about a year. They used to have vintage hawaiian girl tea towels too. Now I am kicking myself about not getting those. What cute baby dresses they would have made. Enough rambling...on with the tutorial.

2. Hold your tea towel so that the bottom edge is just above your knees. Mark where your waist is and cut off the top edge there. Save this peice to make a pocket. (I cut off an extra 1 and 1/2 inches from my pocket piece otherwise my pocket would cover part of my design...but you might be blessed with longer legs than mine!)

3. Cut a piece of bias tape 2 inches longer than the width of your apron. Pin this piece to the raw (cut) edge of your pocket piece with an inch hanging off each side. Sew the tape down about 1/8 inch from the open edge of the tape.

Center and pin the remaining piece of bias tape on your large apron piece. Tuck the ends inside (only about 1/2 inch) and sew the length of the tape about 1/8th inch from one end to the other (forming your apron strings.)

4. Pin the pocket piece to the apron piece. Wrap the ends of the bias tape around to the back of the apron. The top edge of my pocket is about 2 inches below the apron's top. Sew the pocket down. (You can follow my guidelines in the pic) Also stitch where you want the pockets to be. Dont forget to stitch back and forth at the beginning and end of your stitches to prevent it from coming undone.

So here it is.