I have always loved Off The Page projects. There is something so satisfying in turning something ordinary into a work of art. Much of the time though, the fun is in the making and the items get packed away in a cupboard or box and forgotten about. It seems such a shame that when you consider the hours of loving care that go into these projects. So, a few months ago ,I decided that any OTP I made had to have a practical use and be a design and colour palette that reflected my personal style.
That brings me to this project. My junk jewellery collection needed help. I mean look at this!Buzz and Bloom, I knew they would be the perfect for this.
At first glance this probably looks really complicated. Believe me it’s not. I have the attention span of a gnat! So anything I can’t get done from start to finish in one session leaves me a little . . . well bored. I promise you, I spent one evening on this and the next morning I was hanging up all my bling!
What You’ll Need
Buzz and Bloom Supplies
· Mounted Canvas (size dictated by how extensive your jewellery collection is LOL) mine was 40cmx50cm (16 x 20 in)
· Fabric to cover canvas with at least 2” (5cm) extra length and width (I got mine from an op-shop/thrift store for about fifty cents!)
· Assorted ribbon in lengths to wrap around length and width of canvas
· Buttons, doilies, embroidery cotton to decorate
· Embossing powder (clear/tinted)
· Paints or chalky inks
· Screw in hooks
· Staple Gun
· Self adhesive wall hook with sawtooth hanger included
· Tailor’s Awl or similar sharp tool
· Sewing Needle
· Craft Hammer
· Sharp scissors
First choose your colours. I’ve gone for mauves and greys to match my bedroom, but the sky is the limit with colour!
Now assemble all your supplies in your chosen colour palette, and all your tools.
First we’ll wrap the canvas in fabric. Staple one edge of the fabric to the frame at the back of the canvas. Pop a staple in every couple of inches to get a nice firm fix. Now, stretch the fabric nice and tight over to the opposite side and staple in the same way.
Fold the corners in neatly and staple into place, all the while pulling the fabric taught.
You should now have a nicely covered canvas ready to decorate.
Next we’re going to secure the ribbons and COR Borderline Heart Throb – Magenta into place. The idea here is to create “racks” for hanging your jewellery on. You want to have some up high for longer necklaces, as well as others across the mid sections for bracelets earrings etc. We are going to create these with the ribbons you have selected.
Lay your ribbons across your canvas, both vertically and horizontally. If you have some shorter pieces (such as COR Borderline Heart Throb – Magenta) these work well in a horizontal placement between the edge of the canvas and a vertical ribbon.
Now my favourite part – embellishing!
Here is what I have done with my Buzz and Bloom products to prepare them for embellishing:
I've covered my CB Buttons with some chalky inks and clear embossing powder. This makes them strong, terrifically shiny and oh so pretty!
And now the gorgeous CB Miranda. I thought she would be a fun way to add some girly glamour to the project. I gave her a coat of chalky ink, then a matching coloured embossing powder. I sprinkled a contrasting colour into the still hot, melted powder for a super glamorous effect. You can see (in the main photo below) that I have also put a little pearl bracelet on her just for fun!
Now all of the embellishments are ready, go ahead and place the smaller ones at each point where the different ribbons intersect. The purpose of this is two fold: It looks pretty (of course!) but also it adds strength. This way when you hang your heavy necklaces etc, you won’t end up with too saggy a ribbon.
Again when you are happy with the placement, you can add a little dot of glue to each. When dry, use your needle and embroidery thread for added strength and decoration. You can see that I have also used the embroidery thread to secure the ribbon. This can be a little tough, so gently use an awl or paper piercer to pre-make the holes for stitching.
Give CB Miranda a good coat of glue on her back (somehow that sounds wrong!). Pop her over to the side of the canvas, slightly overhanging the edge. Flip the canvas over and place something quite heavy on top while the glue dries (I left mine over night).
Lastly we are going to add the hooks and hanging mechanism. This is really easy as the timber frame of the canvas is pretty soft.
Use your small hammer to tap the sawtooth in place. Top middle of the back of the frame. Then, with an awl or similar tool, pre-tap the holes where you would like your hooks to go along the bottom of the frame so that they can be easily screwed in.
Guess what? You’re done! Now all that remains is to hang it up and Bling it up girls! Hang your necklaces by unlatching, threading through a horizontal ribbon and then fastening. Hang bracelets from the hooks. Post earrings can simply be pushed trough the canvas and should stay if they're not too heavy.
I’d love to see your take on this project. If you make one of these (or any other project featuring Buzz and Bloom) upload it to the Flickr album, and drop me a comment on this post so I can pop over and have a look!
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