Friday, 25 March 2011

Flower Necklace

Hi all,

I'm a guest designer today for www.shesasassylady.blogspot.com. I would like to say thank you to Sheila for having back again. Right if you remember last time I said I would share with you a flower necklace if it worked. Well it worked I'm pleased to tell you. Here are the steps on what I did.
First I got out my Cuttlebug and my Tim Holtz Tattered Roses Die. I love my Expression, but sometimes I don't want to wait for it to cut etc.


I used these papers Ella Blue. I love these papers and have been using them alot.


I used two B plates with this die as it's quite thick.


I used a paintbrush to curl the petals of the flower.


I then stuck the flowers together. As you can see I did do two, just in case the first one didn't work.


I then got out my melting pot. I had seen a tutorial on You Tube on Glass flowers and these are the steps I followed. First I put my UTEE in my melting pot.


I put the lid on as it helps it to melt faster.


Here is the UTEE. It's extra thick embossing powder. I used the clear, but it does come in lots of different colours.


These are the tools I used. I wiped the tools over my old versafine inkpad as this helps the embossing powder to slip off the tools.


Here is the powder beginning to dissolve.


I then placed my flower in the melting pot. I used my tweezers to turn the flower. I made sure it had all been covered.


Here is the flower once it's cooled down.


You will find that on the edges you'll find some little lumps. I just cut them off with my scissors. If you have any bubbles (luckily I didn't) you can heat them up with your embossing gun/tool and the embossing will melt and the bubble will melt away.


I then punched a hole through one of the petals with my crop a dile. This was a little bit tricky as the petals etc are now fairly rigid and I didn't want to snap the petal off.


I then used a eyelet. I know white isn't the best colour, but you don't see as the petal is curled over.


I then put a jump ring through the eyelet.


Here is the finished necklace once I threaded it onto one of my necklaces. I quite like it. It does mean I can make all different types of flowers and in lots of different sizes. My Gypsy flower file will be useful to make a few flowers also. I was pleasantly surprised that it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will have a go at making your own jewellery.
Kelly