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Hi! Christine here. I’m sharing a tutorial from my own blog today. I posted this earlier this week in conjunction with the Paper Maniac Inspiration blog for whom on the design team. Links will take you to the Paper Maniac store.
I love the new fashion of these drop charm necklaces and decided to make one with some Tim Holtz Idea-ology pieces.
I decided to use various items from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology line.
Items not pictured:
Assemble Type Charm
The Type Charms come with all of the alphabet letters and a little adhesive bubble for each of the charms.
All you need to do is add your initial and then put the bubble on top of that.
Create Facets Charm
I chose this lovely 50s lady out of the Salvage Stickers—Crowded Attic booklet to use for my charm. You can use any type of paper you would like to create your charm.
I wanted to add a little color so I colored her simply with my Copics. This is where you need the packing tape. This particular paper is a sticker. Turn your paper over and apply a piece of packing tape to the back. The packing tape will add some stability and strength to the charm.
Using Matte or Glossy Accents (I think Glossy Accents would be a better choice), apply some to the entire back side of the charm. I did this on the reverse side of the Facets packaging so that I had the charm on something stable so I could move it out of the way into a safe place to dry. For me, this is very important. I’ve ruined more than one piece before it’s dry.
I put this lovely lady aside to dry overnight. Trim around the charm. I used Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Scissors. You will also need to pierce a hole in the top of the facet. I took photos of these steps but when I checked my camera, they were gone. Sometimes when the battery is low on my camera, the photos aren’t saved.
Assemble the Drop Charm
I took photos of this step as well but they went missing!
When I make a drop charm I like to add it using an alligator clasp so I can attach it to any necklace I want. This one contains silver, copper and gold so I will be able to use any antiqued color chain I would like.
I had these supplies on hand. The price of each is negligible.
That’s a total of $3.28. You definitely wouldn't be able to purchase it for that and this one is customized to my own artsy tastes.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Now go make some jewelry for yourself!!!
Melissa Langer lives in Louisville, Colorado with her husband, Fred, her parrotlet, Gilbert and her pug, Emmitt.
Melissa loves to paint pugs and other dog breeds she lovingly calls Pug Pals.
Her joy in life is to share her art with others.
Now, Melissa’s tutorial taken from her blog!!!
*Please treat this tutorial as a jumping off point for your own creations and creativity. There is no right or wrong, just fun! Use your favorite techniques to create your own creatures and please share them with me! I would love to see and learn from you too. :)
For this project, I used two Lion Brand Yarns knit together :
Step 1: Cast on a total of 24 stitches (8 on each of your 3 dp needles).
Step 2: Knit around until your tube is approx 4" long.
Step 3: Bind off your knitting leaving a long tail to sew up the seam.
Step 4: Use the long tail to sew up one end of your tube with your yarn needle.
Step 5: Stuff your knit tube with polyfill and sew up the other side to create a small pillow.
* Note: To finish off all of your ends, just poke them through the bear so that it goes through the opposite side and clip the end of the yarn close to the bear so that it will pull into your project and disappear. The polyfill will keep the end safe inside and invisible. :)
Step 7: To form the ears: Pinch the top corners of the head and use a strand of yarn and your yarn needle to sew the pinched area into a ear like shape that you like on both corners of the head. Weave in ends.
Ta da! The head and ears are complete! :)
Using your G hook, Single Crochet 2 stitches into the second chain from hook. Then keep single crocheting in the stitch below the one you just worked in until you have a 1 1/8" long form as seen above.
End and leave a long tail.
You will use the tails on both ends of your arm for sewing into the body and forming the hand.
To form the hand: Thread the tail that you started your slip knot with and sew it in a few times into the top of the stitches to form a ball like shape at the end of the arm to make a hand.
Weave in end.
Attach the arm to the bear at shoulder distance with your remaining tail. Weave in end and repeat on the other side.
Your teddy bear form is complete!
Now we are ready to make his collar and embroider his face.
We are almost done!
Step 10: To make the collar: Grab a ball or scrap of your favorite yarn and finger crochet about 20 loops. The exact length will depend upon the width of the neck you created. Before you end it, just size it around your teddy bear to see if the ends meet. Tie a square knot and snip the ends.
I started at the nose and made 3 horizontal stitches. I then made a diagonal stitch from the nose to the mouth area and made one stitch to form the smile.
I then traveled up to the eye area and made one or two stitches on each side to form the eyes.
Weave in ends.
You are done! :)
Have fun with this project and please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Remember, this is just a jumping off place for your own creations. I cannot wait to see what you make!
Now a little more about Melissa in her own words!
My pug and dog paintings embody the toothy grins and wagging tails that happily greet us throughout our lives.
I know I have succeeded when my artwork lights up the viewer's eye with a spark of recognition of an old friend. Whether the connection is from childhood or current day, that kind of smile is always contagious.
My passion is working with acrylics on wood. I love how the paint glides across the wood, often revealing a subtle natural grain of the surface below.
Capturing the spirit of each dog for people to deeply connect to and enjoy is the true focus of my efforts.
Check out Melissa’s websites at:
You’ve got to see her adorable pug paintings. She also has many other dog breeds available!!
I hope you have fun with this tutorial! It’s a great one, don’t you agree!!!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s tutorial. I’ve got another great tutorial lined up for next week, so stay tuned!!!
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