Purple Hues and Me

Friday, August 22, 2014

Clothespin Wire Jewelry Using Paper Napkin Beads

I had lots of wire hinges leftover after making my clothespin napkin holder and I promised my readers I would make something out of them.    After a little research on the web I think Michelle In L.A.  had the best idea of making jewelry out of the wire hinges.  She has a knack for upcycling the most unusual objects and made fabulous jewelry with her hinges.  I couldn't come up with something actually different.   There were quite a few designs out there using different sizes of beautiful beads with the clothespin wire hinges.  I don't have any really pretty beads that would make a piece of jewelry stand out.  Nor did I want to spend any time or money searching the craft stores or thrift shops for beads that I could use.  So I thought it cool to just make some paper beads out of the napkins pictured in my napkin holder.                                          
Here's how:

Open the paper napkin and pull apart the two plain layers from the printed side.

The easiest way to do this is to press a glue stick on the corner edge and pull apart.  The layers should easily separate.

Lay the printed napkin on a plain sheet of paper and glue down two inch sections at a time until the whole napkin is glued to the paper.  Doing this adds strength to the napkin and makes it easier to cut out the strips.
   Don't worry about wrinkles.  This adds texture to your beads. You need to make two sheets.  


Once the paper is dry,  mark off 1/2 inch increments for the templates on one sheet and triangular 1/2 inch base strips on the other sheet. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of this but the cut out strips look like this:

The first type of paper bead I made is like a Pandora style bead that included using a 3/16 bead core or eyelet core insert. Since I didn't have a bead roller, I needed to add tape to my skewer to get the correct 3/16 hole size so the core would fit into the rolled paper. 
Once satisfied that the core would fit into the rolled bead ends,  place one end of the 1/2 inch strip first and carefully roll around the skewer, keeping the tension tight and the paper centered. Just before the end, put a bit of glue on the strip and add the tapered piece. Continue rolling the tapered strip, tight and centered until just before the end. Add additional glue and finish rolling.
Using a paint brush I applied triple thick brush on gloss to the beads and let dry.
This is my contraption I made with a wire stem for rolling the beads around while the gloss dries.   
Once dry, using E6000, glue the cores to each end.

I then added the Pandora style bead to each hinge and strung them on a small chain necklace.
After making the Pandora type bead necklace, I started playing around with other designs.   First, I put plain hinges together for a bracelet.  Just pull the ends apart and insert through the coiled portion. 

Then,  I rolled a napkin paper into a tube, cutout three smaller tubes and glued them together.

 Next, I took printed napkin sheets without any backing, rolled into a tube, flatten, and shaped it into a triangle, pinching the corners.

Glued them all together before adding it to the wire hinge.  I painted on triple thick gloss to all of the napkin beads I created.
The possibilities are almost unlimited as to how you can design jewelry using clothespin hinges.  Just use your imagination.

It's really fun to upcycle items leftover from other projects.  What have you tried lately?

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Yellow (Gold)Finch

Had to share these pictures of a yellow finch visiting my zinnias this Sunday morning. 



Friday, August 15, 2014

Clothespin Napkin Holder

I use clothespins from the dollar store to hold some of my craft projects together while drying. I got the idea while watching a video on paper crafting. When I was showing my craft class how to make a newspaper bowl and lid, one of the ladies mentioned she hadn't seen a  wooden clothespin in over forty years.  The lively conversation that resulted got me to thinking about clothespin crafts.   I remember making  a clothespin napkin holder years ago with my mother-in-law.  She picked up the idea from a trip to the islands where the children are taught at an early age how to make the napkin holders.  Since I had lots of clothespins in my stash - they come 36 to a pack at the dollar store, I decided to see if I remembered how to put one together.

Here's what I came up with:

Separate the wire hinges from the wooden pegs by twisting sideways.

Glue together the flat sides of two pegs using tacky or wood glue.

Continue gluing the flat sides together until you have 30-32 sets of two pegs.

Glue the sets together into two semi-circles of 2-peg sets. 
Use a ruler to make sure the base of the semicircle is flat.

To make the napkin holder base, glue five pegs together, flat side down, side by side.

Glue nine pegs together and attach to the first set of five as pictured.

Glue nine more to the opposite side as pictured.  Once dry, glue the semi-circles onto the flat panel base.


The wood definitely needs to be sanded for a smooth finish.  The final piece can be left natural, painted or stained.  Just remember, with usage, how the old clothespins turned gray so a sealer is needed.


Do you remember any clothespin crafts you especially like? 

By the way, I have lots of wire hinges left over that need to be made into something  .  .  .  .  so stay tuned! 

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Brown Paper Flowers Decorated Frame - A Dollar Store Craft

Want to dress up a plain picture frame from the dollar store? How about adding some lovely flowers and stems totally hand made out of brown paper.

Here's what you'll need,
all from the dollar store, 
to add some pizazz to a picture frame:
  • brown paper roll
  • scissors
  • glue
  • frame
To get started, you'll need to cut about a 2 inch wide strip of brown paper from the roll.  You can either crunch the strip now or do it after you cut smaller strips of approximately 2"x1" to make the petals  .  .  . all freehand. 

Crunching the brown paper helps to relax and soften the paper and make it more pliable while adding a crumbly texture.

Next, because it's freehand, imagine what a flower petal looks like.  You have to manipulate the paper strips to make each petal to form the shape you like best.  Pinch one end and shape the petal with your hand into a nice pointy end while twisting the other end to form a small stem. Sometimes adding a little water helps with the shape. After manipulating, it should be looking like a petal now.

Once all of your petals are made, about 12 to a flower, it's time to assemble.
Cut a round small disk from the brown paper.  Glue the petals down on the disk, first in the 3, 6, 9, 12 positions and then in between those points, filling in all spaces.

Add shorter shaped petals (by cutting from the bottom) on top and between the first petals.

I made little spit balls (remember those in elementary school?) to place in the center of the flower.
And twisted more brown paper to make the stem and glued on leaves

Not too crazy about the photo in the frame, but I'm liking how the flowers and stems turned out.

And oh, what a great recycle craft using brown paper bags, if you want!

An adorable rustic fall look anyone can make!

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!