Thursday, November 19, 2009

recyclo beads - phase 2, 3, 4?

The recyclo beads are coming along... pretty labour intensive though.

If you see the last post about the recyclo beads, they were all smooth after I finished rolling them into bead shapes, but they dry super wrinkly. Unlike the instructions for the beads I decided to embrace the wrinkles and not bother sanding them down with the dremel. I got a small drill bit for my borrowed dremel tool, and drilled the holes in my beads once they had dried for about 3 days, 4 for the bigger ones. The bigger beads I was brave enough to hand hold while drilling, but the smaller beads I gripped with pliers (N.B. drill into a scrap piece of wood to protect your desk or work surface). Since I was painting my beads white it took 3 coats of paint to make sure the natural grey colour wasn't showing through. Then I did 2 coats of glossy top coat to seal it all in (see what I mean about labour intensive?). With all the painted and glossed layers they look a little less wrinkly, i like the amount of wrinkle they still have - makes them look homemade.

I look forward to posting again once I've got a pretty necklace to show you! I'm thinking of combining them with some of my felted beads I just finished! (p.s. felted beads = way faster/easier than recyclo beads).

1 comment:

  1. Jealous about the last three posts! See you soon!