Wednesday 12 July 2017

2017 #9 Aqua: Summer Accessorizing {by Lucy Edmondson}

2017 Topic 9: Aqua

I am always drawn to jewellery in shades of aqua. This project is not only pretty but a lot of fun too! Its exciting how a smakk portion of a larger stamp works so well on shrink plastic!

Hi everyone, it's Lucy here from Lucy's True Colours.

I've always loved Lynne Perrella's stamps and so I wanted to find a way to incorporate a stamp from each of her three recent releases. I love wearable art too, and aqua is one of my favourite colours to wear, so I thought that shrink plastic would give me the opportunity to reduce down some of the largest images and make a bracelet which would work with summer dresses.

When I was working with a couple of the new stencils recently, Kim Dellow's PS048

and Tracy Scott's PS054 

I thought how well the inner shapes would work as templates for shrink plastic, and I'm really pleased with how this has worked out, so I traced and use the shapes as templates.

I just adore Kay Carley's new stencil, PS061. (currently only available from a PaperArtsy Stockist - see here for details)

The leafy fronds were just perfect for the wooden beads on my bracelet, and the Aquamarine Treasure Gold around the edges was a luxurious touch. I know I will use this stencil again and again.

I used a selection of images from Lynne Perrella Collection LPC035


and LPC037

...onto my shrink plastic charms, adding a touch of colour with alcohol markers. One little tip you might find helpful is that although the beads looked flat, I knew they wouldn't be completely so, and therefore I might have a probably gluing the pieces on. So just before the charms finished shrinking and were still warm, instead of flattening with an acrylic block as I normally do, I pressed one of the beads into them. This worked perfectly and they moulded around the bead.

This white Sharpie was great for adding white paint behind the faces etc to help them show up more clearly after shrinking! A good discovery! A touch of Brilliance in Peacock added to the Aqua theme, and some Fresco Finish Crackle Effect on the wooden beads gave some visual texture.

You can see the my chosen charms before I fastened it together. I love the frilly edge created by the flower stencil. 

I do hope you like my bracelet as much as I enjoyed making it! I have enough left overs to make another one but I am thinking that the shrink plastic fronted beads would make pretty knobs for a jewellery box. I'd love to hear any ideas you might have!

Blog: Lucy's True Colours
Twitter: @CraftyLuce

Such a delightful project Lucy! That tip with the white paint is fantastic to make the face stand out perfectly! You have paid so much attention to the fine details ! Absolutely beautiful ~ Leandra

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Helen said...

oh Lucy, this is just beautiful!

Kirsten said...

A lovely and unique piece of jewellery.

Julie Lee said...

This is one of my favourite colours for jewellery and I'm a huge fan of shrink plastic, as you probably know, Lucy! What an inspirational project: this bracelet is gorgeous!xxx

Miriam said...

This is beautiful Lucy....what a great idea

Craftyfield said...

Beautiful bracelet! A triumph of ingenuity...

Ruth said...

You've created such a stylish piece of jewellery, absolutely love the details and shading! Amazing Lucy! xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow Lucy, this is stunning! You are so patient and so clever and I love it to bits....I would never be able to create something so intricate!
I expected it to be an already assembled piece that you decorated! Clever, clever girl....back of the net! xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Fabulous! You're a mine of great ideas. Lx

Dortesjs said...

VERY nice ;O)

CastleKelly Crafts said...

Lucy this is a fab piece of jewellery. Gorgeous colour and the idea of using beads on the back is pure genius. Xx

Words and Pictures said...

Lynne Perrella jewellery - fabulous! (I was trying to get to something clever like Perrewellery - but my brain is too fried at the moment!) A brilliant inspiration post, Lucy - and I guess it's reversible so you could just wear the leafy version if you wanted to... so clever, and so pretty.
Alison x

craftimamma said...

What a beautiful piece of wearable art Lucy and very clever as well as pretty. A thank you is in order too as I have some of those beads sitting on my desk right now. I found them after my clearout and have been wondering what on earth to do with them....... now I know!

Lesley Xx

Sarah B said...

wow a truly inspirational piece of jewellery - love that you've used the stencil to cut out the shape of the beads - fab idea xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Thank you so much for your very kind comments, they are much appreciated,

Lucy x

Mac Mable said...

How creative and fun to produce this unique bracelet. Amazing!

Etsuko said...

This is beautiful piece of jewellery Lucy! Lynne Perrella images are very well matches Aqua. I love it!! xx

Corrie Herriman said...

Fab ! x