The Art of Paper Filigree
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
So here's Huberjinx the cat, the result of a preference for cats, the colour orange and lilies!
And here is Patrick the Panda, holding purple roses.... yes, the faves desired.
My other grandniece is too young to have decided yet just what her personal faves are, but her mom, my niece, sings her a pretty little song about playing with dragons in meadows...
And you know, I love making dragons. :)
Saturday, November 5, 2011
An older gentleman bought Ezmerelda for his grandniece, whom he said is "a princess." He came to market with other family, including his sister, who later told me how much the little girl loved her picture. It's really cool to get positive feedback.
This lovely woman also likes my quilling art. She bought Freaky Fish and asked if I could make a giraffe. I said, "sure." And so I have. I hope she likes it!
So many more ideas to work on! :)
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Only a month of market to go, so I've decided to not knock myself out with the preserves and worry about having some of "everything." When I run out, I do ~ as long as I'm left with enough for holiday gifts. I have so many ideas for quilling, I really want to be doing that. I'd love to do some holiday shows, just with the quilling. :) We'll see.
Monday, July 18, 2011
And I had this commissioned piece to do as well. It's a really nice wedding invitation, which you can see, even though I blocked out the details. Basic white, black and red which lent itself to some classic roses. With other flowers, bells, hearts, etc., I think it turned out very well.
Sure hope the newlyweds like it!
And then, hopefully, back to Esmerelda!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
"A box," I replied ~ again. "A BOX.... B.O.X... box," I smiled patiently.
The last carpentry I did was the cabinet in the bathroom. It needed to be shallower than anything available commercially, so once again.... It's still waiting for doors. I need to make some cupboard doors for the kitchen cabinets too. One damaged one finally broke beyond repair. I priced them at the lumber store: $100. bucks a piece! For a 12 x 17 inch door? And I need 4 of 'em. $400. bucks?! Not happening. The lumber store had some tongue-in-groove pine boards on special. I bought some. $27. for enough to make cupboard doors. But then I needed this box and I started to eye those boards. Oy... gonna have to get more!
I drilled holes in the ends to take knotted macrame rope for handles, and I gave it its own bungee cord to hold the lid in place when not in use. Yes, I could have come up with something more sophisticated, but time is short and this gets it done. I mean, it was very frustrating waiting for the rains to stop when I wanted to get this done. I don't have a basement. I have to work out on the deck. Eeeerrrggg. Just in the nick of time, sunshine.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The Wings: As you see, you start by making loops ~ 3 or 4 graduated loops deep, glued at one end, open at the other. Make 6 or 8 of these (it's up to you... it's your butterfly). Looks like Mom used 3 and I used 4 here. I used 7 to 9 inch pieces of 1/8th quilling paper for this. Experiment with a piece and see what works best for you, then try to make them uniform for the top wings. Then you need to make some more for the bottom wings. I made 6 ~ 2 each small, medium and large.
You need some black craft wire, a glass or plastic bead or two (Mom used two small beads; I used 1 medium one) and a sheet, or wide cut, of quilling paper. Cut the paper in a long triangle, point at one end, about 3/4 to an inch at the other. You'll need one for the body and at least one more smaller piece for the head, depending on how wide you're able to roll it. You can attach as many pieces as you need.
Mount the body onto the wings, glue, and VOILA.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I also noticed that the blank cards were the most popular, so while I'll make some Happy Birthday, Anniversary, Get Well and New Baby cards, most of my cards will be blank for people to write their own messages. And I'm doing mixed media cards as well ~ Photo Art cards, photo art and verse, quilling art, and some cards with all three.
So, enough of Freaky Fish and Fancy Flowers for the moment.... now I'm just having some simple fun. :)
Monday, March 14, 2011
To be honest, I don't think it's nearly as good as the fish I saw on my supply store site, but I like it. This is a cool freaky fish. And it's mine.
P.S. I'll add my supply site to my links. Should have done it sooner! ;o)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Well, it's Roll up the Rim time at Tim Horton's and that gave me an idea. I had all these little bits and pieces of wax accumulated over the winter, along with candle bottoms from previous efforts. I don't discard my bits of wax. I make candles with them. You just need disposable coffee cups, some candle wicking, a nail, a few pencils, tape, a glue gun and an expendable pot that you'll only use for wax. I bought a little enamel pot with a spout just for this. (Some candle-making sites recommend a double boiler, but I've never found it necessary as long as you have the patience to use low heat.) My little pot wasn't expensive, and when I'm not making candles, that's where I store the little bits of wax I collect from tea lites and other candles that I burn over the winter.... until it's full that is, then I just put the overflow into a can.
Turn the cup over and center the wick, wrapping it a couple times around a pencil that you place across the cup. Tape it in place, so the wick is taut. It doesn't hurt to tape the pencil into place on the sides too, just to make sure it doesn't move while you're pouring hot wax. Now your candle mold is ready.
Put bits and pieces of wax into the your pot over low heat. Be patient. Do not leave warming wax unattended. Parafin is a petroleum product and will burn if left to overheat. I like bee's wax candles, so I just use a mixture of waxes as they come to hand. You can control the colour of your candle by using waxes of similar hue, such as reds with orange, yellow, etc., to get a sunshiny colour, or blues and greens together. If you mix them all, you'll get a brown candle, so it's important to know how to mix colours for best results. Of course, you can also buy candle colourings at most craft stores when you go to buy your wicking. :) It's also nice to add some scent and this is best accomplished, I find, with essential oils such as cinnamon, lemon, or any scent that you like.
I make my candles in two layers, filling the bottom of the cup (which will be the top of the candle) with one batch of melted wax. Just warm it till it's all melted, stirring with a spoon. When there is no wax residue left on the spoon, it's warm enough. Don't heat up too much at once or warm it too long, because the wax will be overheated and won't harden up nicely. That's why doing the candle in layers works. I heat up half a candle worth, pour it in, do another batch and start another candle in another cup. Then heat another batch. By this time, the wax in the first cup should be clouding over, and that's when it's time to pour on the second layer. It's especially important to wait for the first layer to start to harden a bit if you're using different colours for each layer. (Two tone looks good!)
When the cup is full, just let it harden. Now, if you look up directions for candle-making, some will tell you to poke at the wax as it hardens to prevent it from dipping in at the top. But with this method, the top is going to the be bottom of your candle, so don't worry about that deep hole that may form in the center as it solidifies. Just save a little wax to heat up again when all the candles are hardened and fill in the holes, but not right to the edge of the candle, or it will show. When that is hardened, the candle is done. Peel off the paper cup, carefully removing the glue-gun glue from around the wick. Polish with an old stocking, trim the wick, and voila! A lovely candle.
These make great gifts for the person who has everything. You just need to add a little decoration, like a ribbon or raffia paper or something like that, just so your recipient knows to remove it before burning. Enjoy!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
An original verse finishes the piece prior to actual framing. Burned around the edges... just like to do that.
The finished piece. Simple... somehow the word classic springs to mind. But I think I'll focus now on some pieces that will fit in those smaller frames. ;o)
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Here's the other one. Yep, simple. But not only did I leave it till the last minute, I'm something of a rough-hewn ol' Earth mama and if I started getting all frilly, gushy, sweetness and light with the famly just for Valentine's Day, they'd think I was having some sort of fit and cart me off to the hospital. ;o) Had fun making the paper flowers, but I'll save the fancy stuff for pictures. :)
Have fun everyone!
Added later: I came across this anniversary card I made last year. I like it better than the Valentine cards, even tho it's even simpler. Just needed to try those roses, but I think I'm over florals for the moment. ;o) Back to dragons.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
If you don't have feathers, you can also make the bird tail out of quilling paper by gluing on several strips and curling them with scissors or a knife. I usually toast the galls, acorns and even the pine cones in the oven to make sure they're clean before I put them in my craft supplies. Just spread them out on a cookie sheet and toast them at 250 degrees for 20 mins. Since the milk weed pods are generally still on the stem when picked, I just empty the seeds and brush them off. But the cones and acorns are usually picked off the ground. The golden rod galls are formed by insects, so I even though they're on a stem, I toast them too, just to make sure there are no tenants. ;o)
Enjoy those nature walks and have fun with the crafts on those rainy days!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
~more to come~ I hope. :)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I love making pictures for kids. I've made a whole series of dragon pictures and am about to make some more. This is one fish picture I've done. I have an idea for another and sold one that I don't have a photo of. (Keep forgetting.) I find art for kids very satisfying. :)