|Sculpey, glass, and metal beaded necklace|
|Artists learned to add jewelry hardware including jumprings and clasps|
|Whoa. Fer serious, not in this lifetime could I make anything even close.|
I came armed with a list of things to make a mile long, but since we had just fifteen hours together, I let the campers choose the projects that most appealed to them. The next project they selected was to make paper bead earrings. Making these is simple process which begins with upcycling old magazines into tiny rolled and glued beads. The beads could be used ot make both traditional or clip-on earrings. Behold!
|They even put little bells of beads at the bottom, so some of the pairs ring softly as the wearer walks around.|
These are pretty simple to create, and all of the ladies got into making several pairs, some matched, some purposely mismatched.
Some of the artists wanted the beads to go higher up on the front of the foot, and to branch around into two separate beaded strands, as you can see below. For these we added a clasp at the back, since they couldn't be removed otherwise. All these are is hemp string with a variety of beads. Make yourself a pair!
The girls wanted to make big wooden bangles similar to what my DIY Accessories campers made, but with the spin of adding more color with paint pens after the masking and spray painting.
Using rhinestones formed into lengths of cupchain in white, pink, and turquoise, we made some sparkly and funky headbands. First, wrap and hot glue a layer of satin ribbon, and then wrap embroidery floss over the cupchain to hold it in place.
Other headbands included duct-tape bows...
and fabric flowers.
Campers made "statement necklaces," and thought about how what they wear can communicate parts of their personality to others. Fierce, chic, dainty, bold... they got the idea quickly, and after some reflection, made stunning pieces like this:
|So cool and hip.|
|The collection of an eight-year-old artist|
|The plentiful and colorful treasures of a rainbow-and-unicorn-loving young lady.|