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For WOYWW, wanted to share these wrapped fabric beads on my table that I just finished making - plus the tutorial based on how they were made!
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She had a box of handmade blue fabric beads in her stash - that were incredible. I had never seen fabric beads before...I had seen samples of wrapped paper beads in the past, but I always thought they were ugly. I examined Maria's fabric beads under my magnifying light to see how they were made. Then I made mine - but a bit differently.
SUPPLIES / MATERIALS LIST
- Stick a toothpick in Styrofoam every inch - make 2 or 3 rows, staggering the placement of toothpicks between rows.
- Cut some coffee stirrers 2 inches long - then cut a few to 1 inch. Set aside in container.
- Cut short length of fibers approx. 1 3/4" long. Set aside in container.
- Cut wire approx. 3" long - one wire for each bead you are making.
- Using round-nose pliers, make a loop on one end of wire. Set aside in container.
- Cut cotton fabric into rectangular strips measuring 2" x 4" using rotary cutter or fabric scissors. I chose red fabrics with gold prints or bold prints.
- Cut cotton fabric strips into long triangles with a 2" base.
- Alternately stamp script or text on right side of fabric triangles using gold acrylic ink. Dry overnight.
- Lay stamped fabric triangle wrong side up/right side down on craft mat.
- Squeeze a thin line of glue onto triangle about 1" from base and 1/4" from each side of triangle.
- Place straw between base and glue.
- Wrap fabric tightly around straw pressing base of fabric triangle into glue.
- Hold straw and fabric with left hand.
- With right hand, squeeze a thin line of glue down center of triangle stopping 1/4" from tip.
- Continue rolling fabric tightly around straw, smearing glue into fabric to the tip. Drop bead onto a toothpick to dry overnight.
- Spritz paper towel with water to slightly dampen it.
- Wipe glue off craft mat with damp paper towel. Then dry craft mat with dry paper towel
- Clean glue off your hands with wipe - then dry your hands on dry paper towel.
- Repeat steps 1-10 until you have made all the beads you need for your project.
- With the Tonic scissors, lightly trim the two ends of each bead so that the straw is flush with the fabric. Also use the fabric scissors if the fabric starts to fray. Set aside in container.
- Lightly dip both bead ends into a puddle of gold acrylic paint - enough to cover the fabric edges and hide the straw. Use a palette - or I used the paint inside the bottle cap. Drop onto a toothpick to dry overnight.
- Repeat step 1 for all remaining beads.
After fabric has completely dried on the toothpicks, it's time to wrap bits of fiber around each bead.
- Squeeze a very small drop of glue onto center of bead.
- Choose one matching or contrasting fiber.
- Wrap fiber diagonally onto bead in a spiral going from top to bottom clockwise, while smearing glue in the center of fiber. Don't glue the fiber all the way down - leave each end unglued a little with the fiber sticking out.
- Drop bead onto a toothpick to dry overnight.
- Spritz paper towel with water to slightly dampen it. Wipe glue off craft mat with damp paper towel.
- Clean glue off your hands with a wipe - then dry your hands on clean paper towel.
- Repeat steps 1-6 until you have wrapped all the beads with fiber you need for your project.
WRAP WIRE / STRING BEADS
Goal is to string 10-20 beads per fabric bead.
- Hold fabric bead in left hand vertically.
- With your right hand, place wire loop on left side at top of fabric bead - and press loop down with your left thumb.
- Holding bead in left hand, hold wire in right hand, tightly wrap one wire diagonally in a spiral going from top to bottom clockwise, stringing 3-5 beads every 360 degree turn as you wrap the wire. Leave a 1" tail at end of wire.
- Make a loop at end of wire and press loop tightly to bottom tip of bead. If wire is too long, cut a bit off before making the final loop.
- Admire your handiwork!
Let me know if you try this technique. Send me a link to a photo of your fabric beads on your blog or website.
Thanks for stopping by - and please leave a comment.
Here are more artist desks for WOYWW if you want to take a peek!
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
|Sample of what can be made with Giveaway supplies!|
September is my birthday month and I'm celebrating
- · A5 bullet journal - partially prepped/setup/page numbered by me with pen test pages, index pages, Key / Icon / Color Code page, plus stamped page title borders, and page title cartouches (ESSENTIALS, 8”x5.5”, dot grid, archival, acid free, ribbon bookmark, back pocket),A5 calendar / journal – dated, obsolete, blank, twin-wire,
- · junk mail journal – ready to paint and embellish (wirebound by me),
- · Tote - 18 pocket tool tote – foldable,
- · Tote - crocheted hobo purse (thrift store find),
- · Adhesive - glue stick,
- · adult coloring pages – assorted sizes (owls, nature, mandalas, etc.),
- · book pages (vintage, old, foreign, dictionary, etc.)
- · colored pencils (in repurposed marker tin) – warm tones,
- · craft mat – new (RANGER),
- · embellishments (metal, resin, paper, TIM Holtz, and more),
- · embroidery floss on bobbins – wound by me (primary colors),
- NEW! Embossing supplies for heat embossing,
HOW TO ENTER GIVEAWAY
Leave a comment on this post only with your name and birth date - birth year not needed.
EXTENDED Deadline is 12:00 midnight CT on Nov 30, 2020.
I'll announce winner's name during the week of Dec 15th on this blog, in a new post.
INFO NEEDED FROM WINNER in DECEMBER 2020 - 2 IMPORTANT DATES
Before midnight Dec 22, 2020 CT, Winner must email me (use the 'Contact' form in right sidebar) with their email address.
I will contact the Winner via email requesting the following info that Winner must email to me before midnight Dec 27, 2020 CT.
- copy of their ID (see below) - in body of email,
- their snail mail address (no P.O. boxes)
About COPY of ID
To claim your prize, winner must email me a photo copy (in body of email - not as an attachment) of their ID showing your name and your birthdate. ID copy can be your state D/L, your real ID, your passport.IMPORTANT: (On your copy, be sure to mask out/cover your SSN and address and any other private/confidential info before uploading to body of your email).
After I get the above info by the deadlines.
I'm planning to ship the Winner's prize around Dec 31, 2020. I'll email tracking number to Winner.