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Thursday, 3 February 2011

Lush Leafy necklaces

Hi everyone,

apologies for it being jewellery again from me but when I received these lovely leaf Tando chippies from Caroline at Bubbly Funk I just had to do it :D

I was inspired by a necklace I received as a Christmas prezzie which has a lovely sparkly feather hanging sideways with a little dangley section at one end, so thought I would try and recreate it my way with..................UTEE :D

I painted the small chipboard leaves with Jenni Bowlin brown sugar acrylic paint.

I added holes to three of the leaves with a hand drill and smoothed it off with a nail file.

When dry spritzed them with Cosmic Shimmer mist in Golden Mint and left it to dry.

I then wrapped around artist wire creating a loop at the small end and leaving a nice long piece at the other end so I could use it as a handle for dipping in the utee.

I inked a Viva decor swirl stamp with versamark ink and put to one side

I heated some clear utee in my meltpot - you could do this with e foil tray if you wanted but heat from below so that your utee doesn't blow everywhere. When completely melted I added a little bit of Cosmic Shimmer utee in Tropic Pearl and Lapis Jade and swirled together with the end of a brush.

I dipped the chipboard shapes in until completely covered then removed and placed on an acrylic block, while hot I pressed in the swirls stamp to create some texture.

When cooled I created another loop on the end of the leaf and would the excess around the centre of the leaf randomly as I had done earlier (now encased in the utee)

I trimmed the edges of the utee with small sharp scissors and a craft knife until I was happy with the shape then smeared on some Distress Stickles in bundled sage and antique bronze.

I then slid it on to a neckwire I bought in my local craft shop and added more wire to hold it in place, added a few trimmings and some dangley beads :D
The second necklace was exactly the same except I drilled a hole in one end and threaded wire through to create my loop.

I love the texture of the stamped utee and the added sparkle of the cosmic shimmer utee :D

Hope they inspire you to have a go with utee - its so much fun :D

Hugs'n'snogs,

Julie xx

8 comments:

  1. These are lovely Julie! OK... I have to admit that I thought the leaf hanging down one was a fish bone but that's just cos I am a cat crazy type of person and would wear it because of that!! ;)

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  2. A beautiful piece of work Julie and super colours.

    Toni :o)

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  3. Who would have thought humble chipboard could look this good.
    Ginger x

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  4. Very pretty Julie. My first thought was a lizard skeleton! LOL. Very creative. TFS. ~Glen~

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  5. Lovely necklaces! Amazing what can be done with chipboard!

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