July 18, 2013

Beaded Necklace Tutorial



Here is a super easy and super brilliant way to make your own gorgeous, one of a kind beaded necklace!

What you will need:
  1. Fimo oven bake clay in your choice of colour
  2. A skewer
  3. An oven
  4. Thin chain necklace
  5. Glitter (If desired)
  6. A pair of crafty hands 

Step 1. Take 1cm square of clay, and roll it into a smooth circular ball. 
The clay will become softer the more you handle it.


Step 2. Using a skewer, make a hole through the middle of the clay. 
Be sure to do this straight after moulding, when the clay is soft. It could crack later, 
as hardens when not held.


Step 3. And there you have it, now your beads are ready for the oven! 
Bake for 30 minutes on 130°C. Once hardened, thread onto a thin chain and enjoy.

We experimented with different shapes and techniques - like adding glitter, and mixing two 
colours to create a marble effect, polkadots, and stripes. 


Tried it? Let me know how yours turned out!
 Send a photo of your beaded necklaces to 
www.izzieaustin@hotmail.com 
and be listed in my next post!

July 8, 2013

Craft


Last week my friend Tess and I embarked upon a two day long crafting mission, and with us being us, this meant visiting virtually every fabrics/craft store in Wellington to prepare. On our adventure we stumbled across an a little gem of an op shop, owned by a costume shop, where they on sell all of their unwanted costumes to new homes (at ridiculously affordable prices).

Lucky for us they had a Retro section.

Meet Tess - Fabrics Queen, fashion diva, fellow crafter and lovely company.

Tess picked up this outrageously adorable polkadot dress for a steal of $8. She reconstructed it by removing the sleeves and waist tie for more of a smock-dress look.



I found and altered this lovely bold floral print dress by shortening it to above the knee, and adding an elasticised waist for more shape. It's thick material is perfect for winter days!

We also visited a store filled with incredibly realistic artificial flowers, which I plan to use for creating some floral crowns (watch this space!).
P.S. I've been having fun experimenting with this multi-image filter effect - Isn't it magical?!


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