Thursday, January 28, 2016

Running in Circles

You know what they say, "When life hands you a blizzard...make beads!" What do you mean you've never heard that?? What's a snowed-in girl supposed to do when she can't decide whether to bead or create something with paper? The only thing I could think of was to combine the two, and if I tweeked it just right I could work in my love of all things miniature too! So first I grabbed some cardstock and punched out tiny circles...
Then my AR brain just had to ink the edges! Thanks to Seth Apter I am obsessed with inking the edges of everything now! This involved tweezers and was very tedious to say the least, but was more than worth it in the end!
Next, I grabbed my wooden bead and proceeded to layer the inked circles over the core. Not that I counted them or anything, but each contains 110-125 carefully inked circles of cardstock! What, do you think my AR brain would just let me ink them all and NOT count them? I wish....
Finally, I gave them a good coat of Ice Resin so that they would hold up well during wear, and then I added some Swarovski crystals, seed beads and bead caps and strung them on head pins for later use. 



All were made from the paper they are sitting on. The above bead is inked in silver metallic. 
And this is what I call the "money shot" for size reference...

Until Next Time...try combining...

5 comments:

  1. Rachel, these are AMAZING!!! So creative and fun to look at! I'm wondering. . . can you guesstimate how much time you have invested in a single bead? xo

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  2. Wow, I love these! Great way to combine.

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  3. Just found your new site. It's really lovely.
    As for these beads. . .They're AMAZING! I love the combo of papercraft and jewelry! My loves!! Yes, inking edges indeed makes an impact. I like how you used tweezers to work with the small circles and the ink. I would end up with ink all over my fingers trying to do it by hand. Simple solutions, duh. I think I just take the 'easy way' far too often. I like how you haven't. You ended up with some real works of art.

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  4. absolutely the most beautiful beads I have ever seen.

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  5. I think these are just lovely and I admire your craft-woman-ship. I think I am going to try doing it with a much larger bead and use regular size hole punch circles. Thank you for sharing your creation.

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