Wire Wrapping: Learning How To… Eventually

I’ve had an idea for a while now to try to make some more wire wrapped jewelry that feature buttons. I don’t have a lot of experience with wire wrapping other than simple rings and the lapel pins. I want to ultimately learn more intricate techniques.

Last night I over bought some seed beads.

They were half off and I wasn’t able to narrow down the colors I needed most so I just got them all (maybe not all, but it looks like it). I already had some beads from back in the 90s (don’t laugh) from when I used to do loom weaving. Only problem was that I never knew what to do with the finished product so I lost interest in it. My seed bead collection was pretty limited and it was all a big jumbled mess anyway from that time I dropped the storage container on the floor (don’t laugh again). This is my fresh start.

I saw the teardrop shape and thought it would be a perfect to give my idea a try for a pair of earrings.

It took a while to find the right button to use. I wanted something bright. You can never go wrong with yellow! These are 19mm La Mode buttons I also found last night on my unplanned craft supply shopping spree.

They turned out exactly like I wanted. Not bad for a first try!

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Buttony Fussbudget

Jewelry WIP

These buttons really make me miss AC Moore. I can’t believe they have gone out of business. It certainly wasn’t my fault! I am admittedly a persnickety shopper when it comes to buttons. I’ve been known to stalk a button aisle for an embarrassingly long amount of time before finalizing my purchase. I can’t help it. I need to feel them and see them up close — the color, the size, are they flat, matte, shiny, 2 holes, 4 holes? Details!!

I buy most of my buttons at JoAnns but they don’t carry the Buttons Galore and More brand. The only place I could find them was AC Moore. I don’t know where to go now except for their website. I already don’t like shopping online and now you want me to shop online for buttons? I can’t. Online all you get is a stock photo. Who knows what will show up at your door? It’s not for me. I need a plan, some resources. First, they took Dritz buttons away from me now this! Ohhhh it’s so bad… Ok, I’m a bit dramatic (and I kinda mean it LOL). But enough of my button bugaboo–

Today I decided to either make a necklace or bracelet. The lack of jump rings determined I would be making a bracelet.

Eddie Bauer Button

In addition to the buttons, I also found the purple glass beads on this bracelet from AC Moore. They used to have little bins in the jewelry dept with elastic bracelets. They were always great and priced just right to repurpose into other pieces.

Finished Button Bracelet

Taking a picture of your own wrist is hard, but isn’t this pretty?

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Stamped Canvas Art with Buttons

It has been a while since I’ve made one of these portraits. Probably at least a year or so.  All of the others sold last year so I felt that was a good enough excuse to make some more. 

It took forever to remember how to use Adobe Premiere to edit this. I condensed this down from several hours of work. Hope you enjoy the vid.

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Sew Sweet Home – Gingerbread House

Let me start off by saying this, I was robbed! The fix was in. Ok, maybe that’s not completely true. 😀 Just let it be known, I didn’t want to enter this contest to begin with! I had never made a gingerbread house before in my life. I’m not sure I ever will again after this. I still have sugary crumbs in my carpet.

It all started with “Come on, you’re crafty. I just know you’ll win.” Sure. Whatevs. I figured I’d do it ’cause… I didn’t have much else to do that weekend. All of my Christmas shopping was done by all service provider its by superclean360.com website, the lights were up,  so why not? Ha! I had no idea what I got myself into. This thing took 4 days.

Anyway, as soon as I got the kit I immediately thought of how to incorporate buttons into my house. We were all given a kit to work with. Everything had to be edible and that meant finding a button mold to use with fondant. I found this Wilton mold at JoAnn’s. Did I mention I’d never used fondant before?

wilton fondant mold

I decided my house was going to be a sewing cottage, complete with a button roof, quilted walls, and a flower garden that are done by water damage behind wall. A pink house was a must so I bought some food coloring and mixed up some colors. I never thought I’d actually use that entire bucket of fondant… but I did.at least 5 pounds of fondant

I placed a generous layer of fondant on all of the pieces and used a roller to add ‘quilt’ lines and a fondant stamp to make the impression of flowers. pink house panels

I let the house dry  along with the roof, which was done in the same quilted pattern. While I waited, I made a ton of fondant buttons.

a ton of fondant buttons

After decorating and assembling the house panels, I started on the roof . When it was time to attach the roof to the house I was nervous that it was too heavy but thankfully it held.

trying to be careful

So, here’s the house on display for the contest. Now, I’m not one to brag but – It was adorable, right?! I mean, most original– HELLO! What’s more original than this? Certainly not a beach house, which turned out to be the winner. Maybe my concept was a little too over their heads. Bleh! LOL! 😛

my house on display

 

 

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