I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of birds. They tend to like to poop on my head. Though if they were to start delivering my mail, I may change my mind. And my dislike isn’t going to stop me from feeding birds at zoos.
I bring up birds because because the DIY Challenge from Adventures in Making is Birds of a Feather. I went through a vast spectrum of ideas before settling on a variation of an idea I didn’t get to try last month.
I dug out my origami book and a few pieces of paper. I started by practicing with a 4 x 4-inch piece of paper to make sure I knew the steps. After a few practices, I settled on using a 1..5 inch square to make the crane.
I used scrapbooking paper to make the birds since I have a rather large supply of scrapbook paper. This helps with sticking to my resolution of using supplies I have on hand.
I painted on a coat of Mod Podge to give a little water proofing.
To turn the cranes into beads, I took a silver head pin and seed beads. The seed beads were to provide a larger area in case the holes in the paper stretches any.
I used some 8mm pearl beads and jump rings to dangle the paper cranes.
I’m excited to announce that I have restocked the shop. Many of the items have been in the shop before, but I have a few new items that I’d like to share with you today.
The Measuring Tape Earrings are my favourite. I bought a similar pair about a year ago and after only a few occasions of wearing them, they started to fall apart. I decided to improve the design. Rather than use grommets to secure the loop of the measuring tape, I found a ribbon clasp to pinch the top shut. This also hides the cut edge of the vinyl measuring tape. I have been wearing a pair for 3 months now and they are going strong.
Since my shop is full of many Harry Potter characters, I have found myself with quite a collection of LEGO® brooms. Just putting a jump ring through the top didn’t give the right feeling to the piece. I decided to try a little wrapped wire. I am pleased with the look. To ease any concerns of your brooms flying away without you, the wire does go through the broom handle.
The third new item is a bit of a custom LEGO® creation. I have created The Stig! There is an official LEGO® Stig minifig, but they are very rare. I searched for just the right white pieces to assemble this little guy. For those of you who don’t know, The Stig is the tame racing driver from the very popular British show Top Gear.
I plan on having more new items in the shop over the summer, please keep checking back.
I have new Halloween earrings up on Etsy. I have a limited supply, so order quickly.