No, this is not a hygiene post.
I signed up for Suburban Girl Studios Waxed Linen Challenge.
I've never worked with waxed linen before.
I've been intrigued by, and wanting to try it out for awhile, but never actually got around to buying any.
So when I saw Suburban Girl Studios challenge, it presented the perfect opportunity to do so.
First I had to go shopping.
I bought a three color sample pack from two different shops.
I picked Pumpkin, Candy Apple, and Amish Blue from Hip Chickee Beads
From White Clover Kiln I chose Gold, Salmon, and Light Rust.
I had no idea what I wanted to make when I ordered, but when I opened the first package and saw the colors in person, a light bulb went off and I knew exactly where this project was headed.
I have this very cool cigarette case I acquired a million years ago that I'm absolutely in love with.....
But I don't smoke!
So this thing has been waiting around for a repurposing project forever.
I'm a textile junkie, so you can see why I went nuts over this thing.
So incredibly rich in color and design.
I've known that I wanted to try to turn it into a necklace for a while.
I've had a general idea of what I wanted to do, but wasn't quite sure of the logistics.
I split it to make two separate pieces.
I used an actual cigarette box as a template, and cut a second one out of card board.
I lined the insides with decorative paper, and glued them back together.
Then I glued the boxes into the fabric case to reinforce them.
I rolled the top edges in and glued those down as well to ensure the vintage fabric doesn't start fraying from wear.
Then trimmed the inside edge with terracotta velvet ribbon for a nice clean finish.
I forged two lids from copper sheet to cap off each box.
Now comes the hard part for me. I need to punch holes in it to attach the cording and the lid. They need to be finished and reinforced holes because all four of them will get wear and tear.
I need to get brave and try my hand at some riveting for the first time.....
Flux Play has an excellent tutorial I discovered a while ago that makes tube riveting seem like a snap.
I have copper tube, and my dapping tools should make it work quite smoothly.
I just never got around to trying it out.....
.....No time like the present.
RIVETS TACKLED! WOO HOO!
I did one sample rivet, which worked seamlessly, before I began hammering them in to my project.
I also made my own tool for the first time.
I used my Dremmel to grind a nail to a smooth point to open up the rivets.
The tricky part was getting them hammered into place where I needed them.
Obviously, I couldn't hammer the back side, as there's only an inch of space there.
How I compensated for that was by opening up one side of the rivet, and pushing it through from the inside.
Then hammering the other side open, which was now on the back of my piece.
My bench block fit perfectly into the case to support the hammering.
I ended up using my plinth, with a metal file wedged between the rivet and the wood, to work those.
They are far from perfect, but I'll take it.
They're not real visible with this project anyway.
They are however, functional.
This opens the door to so many more possibilities with my work.
I really don't know why I've been afraid of them for so long.
|"Casablanca" necklace and "Fez" earrings|
The Pumpkin and Light Rust waxed linen cords were almost the exact same color so I only used one of those, but I did use all the other colors.
Alternating different colors.
I double knotted above and below each bead.
Then knotted all the strands together every four beads, with a large whole bead at these junctions.
For the first necklace I used a lot of orange, red and yellow to draw out the brighter colors in the textile pattern.
In the second necklace I omit the bright yellow and orange and went with a more neutral color pallet. Concentrating more on the shades of blue.
As well as a huge selection of gemstones. Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, etched Agates, Citrine, Honey Jade, Aqua Terra Jasper, Honey Opal, Mexican Zebra Jasper, Turquoise, Coral, Dragon's Vein Agate, Amazonite, Mooakite, and a vintage carved Ivory elephant.
Each of the cases is finished off with bead accented tassels.
Both necklaces have a copper hook and waxed linen loop clasp.
|"Casablanca" and "Marrakesh" necklaces|
The beautiful lace textured ceramic bracelet bar was accented with Pinotage Guilder's Paste to highlight the fantastic texture.
The awesome speckled creamy ceramic donut is by Shelley Graham Turner of Tori Sophia Designs. Part of a prize I won from a Toltec Jewels challenge last year.
I formed a toggle bar out of copper wire and used it as the clasp.
Accented with some bead dangles and a mini sari silk bow.
I used the remainder of the waxed linen to make a pair of fun and festive earrings.
I wrapped the waxed linen around a pair of copper washers.
Tied off the tails with a bit of copper wire.
Then embellished with lots of bead dangles
Thanks to our hostess with the mostest, Diana Ptadzynski of Suburban Girl Studios, for challenging me to try something new.
I actually managed to try three new things with this project. Waxed linen, rivets, and making my own tool.
I'd say this was a success!
Thanks for stopping by. Please go check out the rest of the participants, and see what amazing creations they dreamed up.
Diana Ptaszynski - Suburban Girl Studios - Hostess with the Mostest
Kelly Hosford Patterson - Traveling SideShow - You Are Here
Kelsey Vincent - Jill of All Trades Craft
Susan Kennedy - Sue Beads
Linda Landig - Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
Kashmira Patel - Sudafulee...Always in Bloom
Vanessa Gilkes - Culturzine
Sandy Huntress - Keepsake Crafts
Kay Thomerson - Kays Kreationz
Sarajo Wentling - Sj Designs Jewelry
Kari Asbury - Hippie Chick Jewelry & Designs
Rebecca Anderson - Songbead
Melissa Trudinger - Bead Recipes
Ann Schroeder - Bead Love
Shaiha Williams - Shaiha's Ramblings
Blanca Medina - Medibeads
Cheryl Brown - Dragonfly Beads
Johana Nunez Rivera - Art Incendi
Lori Bowring Michaud - Artfully Ornamental
Kelly Morgan - Silver Parrot Designs
Barbara Bechtel - Second Surf
Kristen Stevens - Bead Journey
Heather Boardman - HMB Studios
Janet Bocciardi -Honey from the Bee
Kathy Lindemer - Bay Moon Designs
Lesley Watt - The Gossiping Goddess
Susan Kolovson - Bead Inspired
Jayne Capps - Mama's Got to Doodle
Michelle McCarthy - Playing with Clay
Cynthia Deis - Shiny Little Things
Karla Morgan - Texas Pepper Jams
Erin Siegel - Erin Siegel Jewelry
Becky Pancake - Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson - Sharyl's Jewelry
Inge Von Roos - Ingetraud
Caroln Lawson - Carolyn's Creations
Linda Youngman - Lindy's Designs
Sandi Volpe - Sandy Volpe Handcrafted Jewelry
Toltec Jewels - Jewel School Friends
Michelle Mach - Beads & Books
Jen Cameron - Glass Addictions
Dorthy Winchell - Winchell Clayworks
Darlene Mansue - D7 Studio
Cory Tompkins - Teal Water Designs