Monday, January 4, 2010

Earrings and More

I hope that everyone had a wonderful New Year! My New Year's Eve and New Year's Day were spent working, but I can't complain as the overtime does pay for all my scrappy supplies.

A few months ago I had purchased a pack of Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas by Ranger and since then have been trying to come up with fun little projects to make with it. And these earrings were the perfect project - quick (because I'm all about instant gratification!) and easy. And I have to say a big thanks to my "model". I made these especially for Taylor because they fit her personality.

Start with a piece of canvas 3in x 5in, multiple stamps, and several colors of acrylic paint.

Take your stamps and using a waterproof ink (I used Ranger's Archival Ink) stamp random images on the canvas.

Next, paint the canvas. For this example I used five colors. In a small plastic cup, take a small amount of paint and thin it down with water to an approximate 50/50 mix of water and paint. You want more of an opaque color for this project versus full coverage with the paint. Same as with the stamping, just mix your colors randomly over the canvas. To speed drying time, use a heat tool to dry the canvas.

Once the canvas is completely dry, remove the baking and fold in half to make a piece of canvas 1 1/2in x 5in. Press the canvas to ensure there is a good bond. If you have a Cuttlebug, you could even run it through a couple of times to make it easy.

Next, cut out the individual pieces. I cut two circles at 1in and two circles at 1/2in. Using a paper piercer, make a hole just large enough for jump rings at the top and bottom of the circles approximately 1/4 from the edge.

Starting with the larger circle, add the first jump ring and earring hook, then add the bottom rump ring and connect it to the smaller circle, then add the last jump ring and beads to the bottom of the smaller circle. Repeat this process with the second earring.

Just imagine the possibilities using different shapes and sizes! Have fun!
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