Thursday, 18 August 2011

...playing with SoftSpun...

Although still feeling a bit tired after last week, I managed to get my act together and get a bit done with my "Butterfly SoftSpun".

First of all, a couple of pieces got painted...





..using these brilliant metallic paints from CraftyNotions.




They really are a delight to use. Thick and luscious!! ...although I watered them down 50/50 to paint onto this fabric...which NEEDS to be well wetted for the colour to go through.

Then comes the FUN bit....

...zapping!

Using one of those long-nosed 2-speed heat guns...

...and a chopstick to hold down areas that curl a bit too much to work with....

...I started on low heat, and worked on the piece until it became half of it's original size. (It started out being about 10" x 5".)

Then, I turned up the heat and went for it! The final piece ended up at approximately 3 1/2" x 1 1/2"....with lovely crinkles and holes.....like molten lava....

Here's how it looked at that stage.





When it had cooled enough to handle (it DOES get VERY VERY hot!!...hence the chopstick..)

I lightly brushed some more of the metallic paints over high points...

...worked into the edges with a soldering iron.....and then glued a piece of black vilene onto the back. (This was trimmed back when the glue had dried)




It was now ready for stitching and beading....




..and Voila!...




..a beautiful encrusted piece, that can be made into either a brooch or a pendant!






"Butterfly SoftSpun"is now available in the shop.

5 comments:

Penny said...

How wonderful! I love texture and this certainly has it. To look at the fabric before its treatment you would never know what it could become.

Chris Gray said...

It's a VERY interesting fabric...

...and I'm enjoying my "playtime" with it!

threadmedley said...

You are definitely in your element here!! You come up with the most amazing things! Your posts are a joy to read.

JP said...

this is lovely - glad all your hard work paid of for FOQ

Shoshi said...

Chris, this is terrific! What a wonderful transformation, and what gorgeous colours you chose. You can let the resulting shape and texture dictate how you embellish it. Lovely, lovely randomness! One day, could you please do a tut on how to make the beads? Just off to your shop to buy some of this amazing stuff.