Monday, April 16, 2012

How2: Upcycled Printing! @NPL

A short stack of styrofoam© re-maker

Since styrofoam isn't recyclable... I've been saving trays from the grocery store for at least three years and (unfortunately) have accumulated quite a stack!

What to do, what to do?
Upcycled Printing!

If you happen to be in Newburyport this Saturday, April 21st,
stop by our lovely Library any time between 1:00 & 4:00pm
and learn how to make really quick, really fun prints
with foam trays, wine corks, old books & paper and some ink!

Make a card or a print or a really fun book marker!

In fact, we'll make lots of upcycled book markers
printed on old dictionary pages and we'll share the extras
with folks checking out a book to celebrate Earth Day!

Hope to see you there!

Saturday April 21st from 1:00 ~ 4:00pm
This event is free and appropriate for all ages!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Balled Headpins from Gardanne Beads~ Reveal

Oh, my! What beautiful headpins!

As I mentioned last month, I was one of the lucky recipients of a pair of beautiful lampwork glass ball headpins made by Anne of Gardanne Beads from the lovely Lorelei Eurto as part of this blog hop challenge.

I encountered a little trouble at the start. I was a bit too agressive while wrapping one of the wires and the ball end popped off. You can read about that adventure here.

I had originally thought that I'd add a leaf dangle, but after trying a few different ideas, decided that I really wanted to showcase the beautiful glass.
So, I made a couple of 14 gauge copper jump rings and balled copper headpins for earwires, popped the whole lot in the tumbler to shine the copper up a bit and viola!
Here we are, the great reveal!

No one will ever accuse me of being a great photographer!
But I'm pretty happy with the end result.

Please take a few minutes to hop on over to the lucky recipients of these amazing Gardanne Headpins to see how they tackled the challenge!

Star Girl Shop

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

ABS April Challenge: Boreas

Boreas by John William Waterhouse, 1903

If you're up for a challenge...
This month's Art Bead Scene Challenge may be just the thing.

How2 Enter:
Create something using an art bead that fits within the monthly theme using the posted art as your inspiration to create! This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc.

The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.

The Blog Tour deadline is April 25th.
The Blog Tour will be on the 27th.

Go to the Art Bead Scene blog for the deets.