Wednesday, November 09, 2011

guest post- paper earrings from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

I have asked a few of my creative friends to help me out with my blog here and there during my time with a new baby and today's guest post comes to you from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

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I love making something out of nothing! To make these earrings grab some paper.


2-twopaintcolors
I’m using deli paper, but you
can use anything, including fabric) and cover it with paint.



3-drybrush

4-drawpatterns
Draw all over it, add stenciled images, whatever makes you happy!

5-addstencils

6-foldoverdrawpattern
Fold the edge of the paper over and draw your basic earring shape.
Keep it simple.


7-cutout
Cut out the shape, and because of the fold, you’ll now have two matching pieces!


8-gluetobookpage
I like to glue my pieces to a book page for some added stability and a
bit of interest on the back.


9-cutout
Once the glue is dry, cut out the pieces.


10-meltingpot
Pre-heat your Melting Pot and melt some clear Ultra Thick Embossing
Enamel (UTEE) in it.


11-meltingpotDIP
Once the UTEE is melted, place each piece into the pot and make sure
that both sides are coated with UTEE.


12-hold&drip
Pull the pieces out of the Melting Pot with tweezers (do not touch
with your fingers – the UTEE is very hot). Let some of the excess
UTEE drip off


13-onteflonsheet
Place the hot piece onto a Teflon sheet. It must be Teflon so that it
doesn’t permanently stick.


14-heattool
If you have bubbles or weird bumps you can heat them away with a
crafting heat tool. You can either do it directly on the Teflon craft
sheet, or punch a hole and suspend the piece as you heat it.



15-holdinair
Once the pieces are cool enough to touch, you can punch a hole and set
an eyelet in the hole.

16-puteyelets

17-trim

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Add your earring hooks and you’re done!

Note: The UTEE will make the paper fairly water resistant, but I
wouldn’t submerge them in water.


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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a self-taught mixed media collage artist and
avid scrapbooker. She is currently the co-host of Scrapbook Soup TV
(PBS) and beginning in January 2011 Julie will be writing a column
called “Adventures in Arting” in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.
Julie’s hour long instructional DVD “Collage Fast & Furious” was
released in July 2010 by Interweave. She designs rubber stamps for
Stamping Bella and stencils for The Crafter’s Workshop.
Julie and her husband live in a tiny apartment with a big art studio
in the middle of New York City. She blogs her art adventures at
www.balzerdesigns.typepad.com. Follow her Twitter feed at
http://twitter.com/BalzerDesigns.

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