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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Use It Up! Wear It Out....

First of all.....Cat report. I can honestly say that Mookie is sleeping comfortably......In my basket of Perle cotton! He's kind of like an old grizzly bear. Where does he sleep? Wherever he wants to. He is doing really well. I think that his weight is going back up now.

I still have the poly clay scattered all over the family room table. Since I don't like to cook just one thing, I decided to mess with it some more.

I was playing with the canes and came up with a couple of purses. I think that these have possibilities. They were fun to do. For the first one(brown) I simply sliced a thick piece off of a cane and pinched the top to form a closed purse shape. Then I stuck a gold finding against the top for a frame. Very basic. You could do this with a piece of solid color if you wanted a plain purse.

For the second one I got a little fancier. I used two slices. Smooshed(technical term) together the bottoms and sides, leaving the top open. Then I put a gold finding on either side. The handle was added with a strip, carefully cut from the striped part of the cane and rolled thinner. Then I trimmed it and put a gold chain link on either end to stick it to the purse. Now I have an open purse that I could put maybe a pair of gloves or a scarf hanging out over the edge. It will need to be cooked before I can add stuff to the interior.

I am thinking that, if I made a plain one, I could add indentations for stitching and make it look like leather. OK....off in yet another direction.....Tessie is scowling at me....

One thing leads to another. I found several balls of wadded up leftovers in the drawer. This is what I do with those. From right to left. First the ball of scraps. Second, a piece of the ball kneaded a bit and turned into a rectangular block. Next, I cut down the center lengthwise and then half both of those pieces. Then I turn them wrong side out. The pink one is an example of what you get. It is called a mirror bead. A lady in Russia thought this one up. When you get them stuck back together, there is a mirror image on each of the four sides.

Next you pierce them lengthwise, or I guess you could do it crosswise too, but then they wouldn't turn on the shaft.

After that you sand them with wet/dry sandpaper(wet). When you finish that, you will have a nice shiny bead and you can string it however you like. The one to the far right above, is a finished one.

I am fascinated with these. They are kind of like the inkblot test. Each side of each bead has a different design and lots of times you can see a face of some kind.


As you can see, I have LOTS of scraps. These are all shoved into an Altoids tin. They just need to be sanded and strung.....When they are sanded, they will be much brighter. Guess which part of the process I don't relish doing?

I think that the sandpaper that I need is hiding in a drawer somewhere.....Maybe I will send Tessie into the messy workroom to search for it. That should keep her busy for a couple of days.

I am going to go bake now. I might even sand some of these if Tessie can find pieces of 220, 400, and at least 600 sandpaper.....

See you tomorrow.

P.S. Katie asked what findings I used for the purses. I answered her in the comments, but I thought that it might be missed if I didn't add it here too. It is an egg embellishment site, but there are lots of things, especially findings that can be used for minis too. http://www.gokart.net/catalogs/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=eggery&Category_Code=onlaycurl This takes you right to the page with both of the findings that I used.

8 comments:

Merry Jingle said...

Those handbags look fab! And glad to hear that Mookie is doing so well :)

Katie said...

OMG! Casey! I hate sanding, too....I swear I sand the tips of my fingers off too!! LOL....But it is worth it isn't it. Do you think there are sanding fairies that could come to our houses in the middle of the night to do this horrible task! I have A Lot of UFOs laying about because they need a good sanding!

....now for those purses- Too Cute! What jewerly findings are you using? I'm think you (Or me) could make some really neat canes and come up with some really neat purses....I just know Cora would want an Alice in Wonderland purse for her dolls.....

OK, stop with the ideas already....lol

Katie

Caseymini said...

Katie, This is the website that I ordered the findings for the purses from.
http://www.gokart.net/catalogs/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=eggery&Category_Code=onlaycurl

This url will take you directly to the one that is on the brown purse....A whole quarter a piece. The ones that I used on the other purse are further down the page and were 1.80 for a dozen!

This place is for egg decorating, but it has all kinds of findings and other things that are useful for minis. Tale a look around. Good service also!

Margaret said...

The handbags are great, what a fabulous idea. Glad your pussy cat is feeling better, he is just like my sister's cat who used to be quite feral until she got her dog. Then he quietened down, must have been lonely.

Deni said...

Oh I'm glad Mookie is looking a lot better!
The purses are just really cute!
And Tessie's Bathroom is coming along nicely!

The Old Maid said...

Glad to read Mookie is better and better! Love the bags!Great idea!:)

Wee Cute Treasures said...

Mookie is a beauty - and I am glad to know that it is not just my two moggies who plonk themselves anywhere. One of mind insists on sitting in the mini garden of my dolls house, the other loves to sprawl on the middle of my little craft table and will NOT move unless physicaly lifted!!! I am coming back as a cat.

Love your little bags. Best wishes, Carol x

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