Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wooden Beads and Shapes

These 100% natural wood beads and cutouts from Indus Trading Company are lightweight yet sturdy. Each piece is sanded smooth without rough edges and the beads have large enough holes that it made it easy to string together.

Each of the cutouts were packaged in a clear cellophane resealable wrapper making it easy to store each of the designs.

I wanted to make a handle for this purse and the various size and shape beads would work perfectly. I started by inking two round beads with embossing ink and rolled them in chocolate embossing powder. I used the end of a paintbrush to hold the beads and heated the embossing powder with my heat tool. In a matter of minutes I had beads that were beautifully colored and coordinated with my purse. I then repeated this same process with 2 of the barrel beads. I also wanted to add a secondary color along with some sparkle, so I covered 3 of the tube beads with WonderFilm (a double-sided clear adhesive), and then covered them with glitter. Once all of my pieces were complete, I used wire to string them together and attach to my purse. The entire process took very little time and I had a very trendy handle to match my purse!

Title: Purse Handle
Products used: Cardstock (Quick Quotes Tessa's Fairytale Collection)
Die Cut (Quick Quotes Tessa's Fairytale Collection)
Brad (Quick Quotes Tessa's Fairytale Brads 'n ribbons)
Rub on (Quick Quotes)
Purse (Creative Imaginations)
Beads (Indus Trading Company, Round, Barrel, Tube)
Embossing Powder (PK Glitz, Chocolate)
Glitter (PK Glitz, Sea Mist)
WonderFilm (PK Glitz)
Embossing Ink (Ranger, Inksenssials)
Adhesive (Xyron)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

The wood cutouts appeared to have a lot of potential. While I am not an artist and cannot draw, I did find the silhouette shapes to be very helpful in creating a realistic design. Of all of the cutouts I received the Leaf was the one that piqued my curiosity. To me, this shape appeared to be more of an acorn shape than a leaf, so that is what I decided to use it for. Because the WonderFilm worked so well on my wooden handle beads, I decided to use this medium again on my wooden acorn. I traced the shape of the acorn onto my WonderFilm then adhered it to the top of the cutout. I used glitter in appropriate colors to give it the appearance of an acorn. For added detail, I used a stylus to create the crosshatch in the acorn top and I used a brown Copic marker to color in the sides and give it a finished look. I attached it to the front of my pouch using a double sided adhesive. I can just see these stuffed with special treats at each place setting at a holiday gathering.

Title: Acorn Pouch
Products used: Patterned Paper (Heidi Grace)
Wood Cutout (Indus Trading Company, Leaf)
WonderFilm (PK Glitz)
Sticky Tape (PK Glitz)
Glitter (PK Glitz)
Marker (Copic)
Ribbon (Misc)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

Cards are a lot of fun to make, but what about using one of the embellishments as a gift? I used the Heart cutout with the same technique as I did with the acorn embellishment and when I was finished, I added a pin back to the back side of the heart cutout. I then attached it to my card front and voila - a gift in a card!

Title: Heart Gift in a Card
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Patterned Cardstock (Prima)
Wood Heart Shape (Indus Trading Company)
WonderFilm (PK Glitz)
Glitter (PK Glitz)
Stamps (See D's & Autumn Leaves)
Embossing Ink (Ranger, Inksenssials)
Marker (Copic)
Adhesive Pin Back (Hobby Lobby)
Machine Stitching
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

I found the wood cutouts and beads from Indus Trading Company to be very easy to work with and the ideas for these products to be endless.

When looking for wood products to add to my altered art or general craft projects, I will be looking for Indus Trading Company products!

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