8.26.2009

Meanwhile, Back in the Comfort Zone . . .

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.

9 comments:

  1. Wow! I love how this came together! It's amazing when we create things like this without thought to the disparate parts that have been collected over the years.
    I would like to put a trick up your sleeve that I read or heard or something. Thread a button with the thread of your choose, then glue the button to the rock or cab. Then use the thread to sew the cab/rock to the piece of material that you are working with.
    I do love the copper wire on the amber glass though - it's beautiful! I have some brown beer bottles in the fridge hmmmm....

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  2. Thanks, Denise! That's a great tip - I'll keep it in mind for another project that's been percolating . . .

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  3. Really cool project, Morwyn!



    Kathy V in NM

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  4. It will be soooo lovely, Morwyn! What a great idea to tumble the glass. Now it does look like beach glass and the copper wire is so lovely on it. This box will be gorgeous!

    I love your boxes! And I particularly LOVE the one I just bought from you (your Etsy shop)... It is even more lovely than I thought it would be. Thanks for offering it for sale... I'm delighted to have it in my collection of beautiful beaded things.

    Robin

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  5. Thanks, KV - and many thanks to you. Ms Robin - you honored me with your purchase. I'm so glad it made its way to you safely.

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  6. I am always so amazed at your creativity. I check in on you almost daily, I don't always have time to comment.
    Great stuff, always.

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  7. The beach glass came out beautifully...will wait with worms on my tongue for the rest of the embellishment :)

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  8. @ Brenda - Thank you!

    @ Jade Dog - I can hardly wait to see it, too . . . ;)

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