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Crafting With Jewelry - Rubbings

When I went to my storage space to find my slouch gloves, I brought home a whole bunch of my gloves and scarves to sort through and ended up with a ton that were too dirty or destroyed for me to want to bother with. Thankfully, I have my friend Stella, an amazing quilter, to bring these things to now! We had fun experimenting with her rubbing technique...

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Pile of junk for Stella to turn into treasure.

Stella suggested that, if I had any interestingly textured jewelry, it might make for good rubbing. We all know I had that department covered, right?
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Jewelry for rubbing. A new use for those earrings I love so much! Yeah, I totally have an ankh from The Four Seasons in Cairo that I plan to turn into a necklace.
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The fabric paint sticks, and some sample rubbings that Stella made. We were all really fond of the way the horse head pendant made that round rubbing!
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Stella, demonstrating the technique using an ingenious rubbing plate about which I'm sure she'll post at some point.
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Some sample rubbings made by The Sasha.
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A Threadless shirt which, when I'm through with it, will bear little resemblance to it's original state.

Because I'm a fan of instant gratification, I didn't really do a lot of sample rubbing. I just stuck stuff on my shirt and hoped for the best. Sometimes this meant I made a mess and sometimes it was awesome. I really enjoyed this technique because, even though I'm craft challenged, I was able to get into it right away. I don't have any of the finesse or Stella's eye for mixing patterns and colors in this medium, but I got some stuff on my shirt that I like and I know what else I want to do with it. (Starting with a boatneck. I'm choking just looking at the ringer.) Stella is going to heat set it for me and then I can even wash it in the washing machine. Woot!

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And, oh yeah, Sasha and Stella made some food, including this yummy strawberry shortcake.

4 comments:

  1. These photos came out super gorgeous! Your super fancy flash-modification technique worked wonders!

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    1. Haha, thank you! Never underestimate the power of a magic napkin. (Feel free to re-use any of the photos that you like.)

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  2. ...I want more of that dessert.

    Do you have plans beyond making the shirt boat neck?

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    1. I do! I want to put some ribbon as trim, maybe add some embroidery and buttons and stuff. Basically, I want more dimension.

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