Selasa, 28 September 2010

Special Guest – Michele From The Scrap Shoppe!!

Hello Friends!! Have I got a treat for you!
Today we have the super talented Michele to show off her necklace making talent.
I can’t wait for you to see it.
(I know. If I’d stop talking you could. :) So with no further blathering by me . . .)
Hi! I’m Michele from The Scrap Shoppe.
I’m so happy Bev is letting me guest post today! I love the crafty inspiration I find here at Flamingo Toes.
I use my blog to to share craft projects that catch my eye, interesting craft techniques, show off my scrapbook-themed t-shirts (T-Shirt Tuesday!), and give you some fun freebies that you can download and use in your own crafting. I also share a creation of my own each week.
This is what we are going to make today:
A button bib necklace!
Since Bev is always showing us her stunning necklaces, I thought I would jump in the game and make one of my own! This is a project I’ve had in the back of my mind for a long time. So now seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring it to light!
My main 2 supplies for this project were the shell buttons (1 pack) and some crochet thread.
Aren’t the shell buttons beautiful?
And did I mention that I got them for half off? Even better!
Gorgeous, right?
Okay, okay… I’m done with the gratuitous button pictures. For now!
I love the texture of the of the crochet thread over plain sewing thread.
First things first, I grabbed a scrap piece of white felt and did a dry run arranging my buttons how I would want them on the necklace. I stacked some of the buttons for more dimension.
After deciding where I wanted the buttons to go, I started threading the crochet thread through them, adhering the thread to the back of the buttons with Fabri-Tac.
I started resetting up my necklace as I laced the thread through the buttons.
Eventually I had them all laid out and promptly adhered them to the felt with more Fabri-Tac.
Next up was trimming the felt so it wouldn’t show on the front of my necklace.
I left two pieces of long felt in each corner so I will have something to work with when I attach the chain to the necklace.
I trimmed the excess felt so that it was skinny enough to slide a jump ring on it. Then I simply folded the felt back on itself and glued it down.
Attach the chain of your choice and…

Tada! Completed necklace!
I have to say I really love this necklace! It turned out even better than I had pictured it in my head.
The white crochet thread keeps it casual, which is what I was going for. You could easily add other colors of thread if you had a specific outfit in mind for this piece of jewelry. If you wanted to glam it up a bit, you could use similar colored thread or no thread at all.
Thanks, Bev, for having me over! It was so much fun to share this project!
Wow – isn’t that adorable?? The blue shells are so sweet and I can think of so many great variations. I’m so making this.
In fact, I’m thinking Christmas presents. LOVE IT!
Make sure you stop by The Scrap Shoppe and check out all of Michele’s great projects. :)

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