By Sue Smyth
This time on the blog I am sharing a few small things.
My workshop is overflowing with lots of projects
so this year I am looking at small projects, very small, as I
simply dont have the room for bigger projects.
So my first treasure is a tin, decorated with an eggshell
heart..I have called it " Be still my beating heart"!
The Styrofoam heart is covered with texture paste and
then cleaned egg shell is set into it. I have
added micro beads around the base and
once dry I have then painted it with
red paint and rubbed over with gold.
I have then altered an arrow, and I loved this effect so much I have done
more of them, that I will share with you below.
The trinket crown is adorned with tiny
3mm or 2mm rhinestones and pearls.
When you are working small
the thing to remember is the details matter.
Inside I have made a simple mini album, which
I have not filled with photos yet but will in time.
Under the heart is an ID Wendy
frame that is embossed with Aged Gold
embossing powder and spritzed with
black dylusions while hot, for
an even more aged look.
This is what the heart looked like raw.
You can see the eggshell is broken into
pieces to press into the texture paste.
It is a bit fiddly but worth the effort.
Then add the micro beads around the
bottom to hide any rough edges.
More Arrow fun, I loved doing the wrapped arrow above
so much, I made more.
this one has a trinket butterfly on the flight.
and I have wrapped the shaft with red wire.
The head of the arrow is wrapped in gold metal shim
and then hammered to look aged. Rub
a little black gesso over it to
stick in the crevices.
A large red jewel finishes the tip, along
with a tiny crown and of course lots of
The butterfly has more 2mm rhinestones and
gold micro beads to add interest and texture.
He is another arrow, I have added a small
metal arrow to the shaft, after
I have wrapped it with red
I have wrapped the head of the arrow the same as
above, but this time added small details
and a large trinket corner underneath.
The flight has a metal skeleton leaf, which
I have cut up to resemble metal spikes.
These arrows can be a feature on another project (like the
tin above) or even a pin or brooch. They are
just a bit of fun to do and yes they dont
take up much room.
Here you can see what I have done with the
arrow, first paint black.
then cover as much as you can with
metal shim, wire and rhinestones,
with the goal being that you can no
longer tell it is just chipboard.
The next little treasures are tags. Again this is
a small project. I was cleaning out
my beading boxes and came
across lots of lovely small beads in the shape
of flowers, leaves and butterflies.
I thought what a shame I do not use them more.
So I shifted them over to the scrapbooking section
and now use them on all sorts of projects.
This tag uses the tiny ID bird cage,
it is simply embossed in aged gold
so it looks just like a gold trinket itself.
I have added a tiny bracket frame and
Here I have enameled the butterfly wings, I will
have to share this in more detail in another post.
as I forgot to take photos for you all.(I get involved and forget lol)
I use a thick metallic paint and pearl drops to
make a swirly pattern and then let dry.
The bead leaves look like green glass
and give a great detail and
shine to the tag.
Here I have added another small detail
the resin rose, which I have made myself
with 2 part resin.
The tag base is simply painted black
and then covered with old book pages,
which have been trimmed with deckle scissors
and inked to add an aged look.
This is a great base to start layering
tiny elements onto.
Happy Crafting !