As I'm practicing the right angle weave, which is tedious, monotonous, dull and necessary - I've got an interesting project laid out. I'm juicing up a little bracelet box I picked up at a thrift store. I wish I'd thought to photograph it before I started working on it, but this will give you sort of an idea of what it looked like when I found it:
The outside of the box was a sort of dirty yellow (you can just see it in the top of the photo), which I painted caramel brown - all of it - the flocked tin divider included.
I replaced the satin lining inside the lid with some gorgeous moire silk.
This pic should give you an idea of its size:I contemplated the embellishment. Of course it's going to be bead embroidery, but what should I use for the focal . . .
Every single element for this box was acquired at different times with absolutely nothing in mind when found. I got the paint almost a year ago at Target in the scrapbooking section. I found the silk in a remnant bin at a fabric store a few weeks ago. About two months ago we were wandering around in a Cost Plus World Market. We love to check out the sale shelves, and this time they had these big jars full of amber colored "beach glass."
I told Asa I needed this - and as usual, I didn't know why. I was horrified when I got them home, though - when I spilled them out to cull through them for size, I realized they were NOT my idea of beach glass, looking more like busted beer bottle glass:
I thought they should be frosted, with smooth edges. I pondered this for a bit. About two weeks later it came to me. On a trip to Hobby Lobby, I picked up this kids' rock tumbler:
I ran the smallest pieces through for two days using the coarsest polishing powder that came with the tumbler. When the time was up, my patience was rewarded with these:
I wanted to make something simple for myself, so I started an abstract wire-wrapped bracelet:
The light bulb came on over my noggin. They'll be PERFECT as the focal interest on the box lid. Now, how to attach them to the interfacing - since I have no way of drilling holes in the rocks and some of them are too small to bezel like I do most cabochons, this took some pondering, too. I was putting my wire-wrapping stuff away when it hit me. Last year I bought some braided copper wire at the hardware store (again, with absolutely no idea why I needed it).
I can use it like thread. After I glue the stones in place with E6000, I'll anchor them to the fabric:
The rest of the embroidery will be a total piece of cake from here.