Monday, 18 December 2017

Dryer Sheet Pin

Hello Friends,

Some of you know that I love using junk to make art. I have used dryer sheets (used ones) in mixed media pieces before, for added texture, but I wanted to try something different with them. So I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found it.

If you don't care to know how I made this, just skip down to the photos.

I used my Big Shot and Spellbinders scalloped circles dies in varying sizes to make the flowers. I put a piece of patterned paper or cardstock under the layers of dryer sheets to give the dies something to bite into. (Now I have the makings for lots of paper flowers too.)

Next I laid out all of my dryer sheet circles and spritzed them with alcohol inks, two layers thick at a time. I used hot pink on the bottom two layers; yellow & hot pink on the middle layers; yellow and gold on the top two layers; and a few random spritzes of teal on the very top. Then I left it to dry overnight. The effect was that the biggest petals (bottom two layers) still had some white showing; the medium petals had more vibrant colour and the centers (smallest) were golden yellow with random flecks of teal.

I cut the post from a rhinestone earring and glued it (jewellery glue) to an unattractive pin. This I also left to dry overnight. In the morning I cut out a small circle of felt and sewed it to the assembled flower (2 layers of each size circle). Then I poked the post through the center. Once I was happy with the placement, I stuck it down with some tacky glue under the pin head. I was a little concerned that the pin would not work because of all the layers, but it was fine. It wouldn't work on thick material like a coat though.

The next shot shows more of the layers.
After I looked at it a bit, I decided it needed some bling. So I added pink glitter glue.
Yeah. That's more like it. This is going to be a gift for a lady in our church who has gifted me with hay several times this fall, from broken bales on her farm. My rabbits and guinea pigs sure do appreciate it and it has saved us a bit of money besides.

Thanks for stopping in. I hope you are all doing well and many of you are looking forward to a beautiful Christmas or Hanukkah season.

Hugs & smiles,


Valerie-Jael said...

This is gorgeous, I must start saving dryer sheets! Hugs, Valerie

Angela Hoynes said...

Very effective, love the colours you have used. I am sure she will be pleased with your gift. Hoping you have enjoyed Christmas Day and all the best for 2018 x