Thursday, 25 August 2011

SoftSpun Beads - a little tutorial.


I've been asked to do a tutorial for SoftSpun beads...




...so here we go....


I painted one side of the SoftSpun with red acrylic paint and gold metallics from Colourcraft.



The pictures shows the two sides - red acrylic on the left; metallic on the right...

...cut into my preferred shape for these beads. I know they look like miniature coffins, but they work for me!

Starting at the slightly wider end, roll the SoftSpun around a bamboo skewer, and secure with a glass-headed pin.




I use one of the heat guns with two speed settings, and begin to head the bead on the lower one until it JUST begins to distort.




Make sure the ends are heated to seal them (this stops the bead unraveling).





Take out the pin (make sure it's not too hot for your fingers!!!), and turn up the heat to the higher setting...

Waft the heat over the bead, turning the skewer as you go...

...until you have the look you want.



The one above was wound with the red acrylic side outermost...


.....the one below has the metallic side outermost.




Let the bead cool, and slide off the skewer.


Make a stash of them.....


..then all you need are a number of projects to use them in :-)

6 comments:

Penny said...

Looks like fun - and the results are wonderful.

Penny Berens said...

Love how you really get into these new products and explore their potential.

Shoshi said...

Thank you so much, Chris! Great tutorial. Looking forward to trying this. I didn't realise you had to make the bead first, and then melt it - somehow I thought you had to melt the fabric first and then form beads out of it! This is really helpful. I've only got a single-speed heat gun, so propose using it gently and from further away for the first stage. Hope this works!

Jensters said...

Great tutorial....and lovely beads too.

underatopazsky said...

Great tutorial and a wonderful result! Looking forward to having a go at something like this at some point!

Chris Gray said...

Thanks people!

I enjoy doing these beads....

...but I'm STILL experimenting too :-)