SOMETHING NEW….

Turning plain white Tyvek paper into these colorful beads!!

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My latest project has been making these beautiful paper beads.  Just the kind of project my happy painting fingers were ready for!  I had been watching several videos online about making these beads and decided I definitely wanted to make some, so I ordered 20 sheets of Tyvek paper from Amazon.  I did see that several of the people in the videos also used Tyvek envelopes that they had saved from something they received in the mail or from a friend that had recently put insulation on their house and had some of the extra tyvek paper.  I was very surprised at how strong this paper is, I couldn’t even tear it!  But it did submit to the coaxing from my heatgun to make some very interesting shapes! 

To begin making these beads I first crumpled the paper up, then flattened it back out for painting.  I knew that would add some dimension as I painted these white sheets of Tyvek with several colors and layers of acrylic paints.  I made sure to add in some glitz by painting on some metallic gold paint as you can see from these pictures.

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After I painted the front side I let it dry and then I also painted the backside.  Once the paper was completely dry on both sides, I cut it into strips.  Some of the strips I cut into long triangle shapes, some I cut into other various shapes and sizes.

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Then the fun began!  Using only one strip at a time I wrapped the painted paper onto a dowel ( I used several sizes of dowels to get the different sizes of beads).  Once the strip was wrapped onto the dowel I pinned it with a straight pin to hold the strip of paper in place.  

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Once I knew the paper was well secured I used my heat gun to begin “melting” the paper strip to itself and help it to create textures and curls in the “bead”.  

Here are the beads that I ended up making…

For the beads pictured below I laid beads on the paper that the strips for them had been cut.  As you can see the color of the beads can sometimes look very different from the way that the paper had been painted.

As you can see from the pictures I made a lot of beads!  The process was very fun and addictive!   It was always fun to see what the result would be from the heat being applied to the painted paper and to see what the shape of the bead would be from the way I had cut the strips.

I am already picturing all the fun things I want to make using these beads!  Definitely jewelry and I have a few other fun things in mind that I would like to try!

 I hope you enjoyed seeing how these beads were made and will drop back in for a visit when I post the pictures of the resulting art pieces made from these beads!

Until next time……

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…..I Wish You Peace

 

At The Loom – Purse Project

Last post I gave a hint about the next project I was starting to work on and the following is an update on how that project is going.  I started out with this gorgeous  hand dyed warp thread I got from Robinjedmundson on Etsy.

IMG_0546I decided it would be cool to make a purse using this colorful rayon warp by combining it with a cotton weft.    For the weft I used a mercerized cotton flake yarn.   I felt that this combination of fibers would give the cloth enough body to make a purse.

I warped up the loom with a combined twill pattern using a 15 dent reed.  The loom was warped with 130 threads (this included the 2 float threads).

IMG_0594Because I had already done this pattern once with the same number of warp threads for another project … 

IMG_0587 I just tied the new warp onto the old warp and pulled the threads through the reed and through the heddles instead of having to thread all of them from scratch.  

IMG_0597This process saves lots of time if you are making the same pattern several times but want to do different colors.

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I wove using a mercerized cotton flake yarn in a dark teal color for the weft.

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I really love the play of colors in this dyed warp combined with the dark teal weft.

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Here is a close up picture of the interplay of colors in the pattern.

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The Weaving progressed very nicely, and the fibers were a joy to work with.

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The colors did not show up very well in this picture but this is the piece as it was being taken off the loom.

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And this is the piece laid out before finishing.

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Once I did the finishing wash, dry and cutting off of the spliced in weaving tails,  the finished cloth measured about 7 inches wide, and 64 inches long.  I cut the fringe on one end 4 inches long and at the other end I cut it 9 inches long.

The end of the cloth that has the shorter fringe will be the top flap of the purse, and the longer fringe will be at the bottom of the purse.

I decided to add some copper and beading embellishments to the shorter fringe that will be on the top front flap of the purse.

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First I strung some beads and added them.

IMG_0951Then I flattened some pennies and textured one,

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domed another and added more copper accents by twisting some copper wires and flattening them.IMG_0738

I am also considering adding these items……

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Using  this purple perle cotton, I thought I would add these beads by sewing the thread in and out of the fabric so that it shows through on top while tacking down the beads at the same time.  I also though I would use some of these purple beads (right side of the picture) to add a few more strands of purple accents in 2 or 3 other places along the fringe.

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I feel the purse is progressing nicely and I have several ideas already on how I want to piece it together.  I don’t have very much of the warp thread left, but there is enough to add some into the inkle band that I am going to weave for the purse strap.

….So for now, it’s back to the loom….

Thanks for dropping in, hope this project inspires you to make something beautiful today!!

Until next time…..

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                  ….I wish you Peace