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I volunteer for a local fundraising organization that supports only our local community hospital: Cape Cod Hospital Auxilary.
This year one of our fundraisers will be an Auction of chairs refinished and redesigned by local artists. You can look at all the chairs at www.ccha-orleans.org
This is my “BEFORE” chair, although I did sand it before I took the picture, oops.
Here are multiple views of the final results of the chair I designed.
Chair was coated in resin after these pictures were taken.
My chair was chosen to be part of a pre-auction display at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA.
In addition to this chair, I did another chair that was only for advertising purposes. Multiple views are shown here. This chair looks better in person. I have had many requests for this chair as it will not be auctioned. Chair already has already been promised to someone 😦
Check out the web site listed above to see these chairs and many others.
Information about reserving a place at the auction is available on the website.
Leaves of Grass Wall Art
|Ordinary painter’s tape and spray paint are great tools for creating affordable art fast. Customize colors and images to suit your personal style.|
What you need:
Temperatures influence the length of project dry time. Spray paints are generally very quick drying. Getting very good tape adhesion by rubbing the painters tape edges will go a long way to insure your project comes out nicely. This technique can be easily adapted to different colors and images. Instead of adhering leaf cutouts, stencils could also be used to get a similar look.
How and How Long:
Approximate project time: 3 hours.
What it Costs:
Approximate cost is $35.
1. Do not give beads to babies and small children.
2. Make sure there is NO lead in children’s jewelry
3. Please use a wire guard.
4. Be good to your tools. Use them appropriately. (The right tool for the right job.) Keep them clean, sharp, etc. (I have trouble following this rule; so many tools have additional uses. I keep doubles and triples of some tools because I need one pair to take care of and use appropriately while destroying the others!)
5. Don’t use hammers and pliers for crimpers. Use one of the many crimping pliers available.
6. Don’ copy other’s designs. Use them as a learning experience or for inspiration.
7. Work over a surface with walls or lips so spilled beads don’t send you into tears when they end up in the rug or roll across the floor. If they spill…oh well, **it happens.
8. Never take credit for another’s design. Copying is fine, but don’t claim it as your own idea if asked. Ideas are meant to be shared, but give credit where credit is due.
9. Always spread your wings and try different techniques, tools, and ideas.
10. Have fun.
11. Share your work, wear it, use it, [for gifts (always put a few business cards with gifts)], show it, and sell it. The reason we bead is to create beautiful things, so let the world see what you’ve made.
12. Add your comments here. Thanks for sharing.
by Ashley Weeks Cart
It was a gloomy, rainy Sunday here in Billsville, so while not ideal for an afternoon hike, absolutely perfect for a day spent inside crafting up a storm. A friend of ours had passed along a link to a DIY Newspaper Basket a few weeks ago, and I was obviously intrigued. This weekend was a great time to give it a go. I saddled up with the discarded Sunday Times, adjusted the directions slightly, and suddenly had a funky place to stash a pile of plastic bags I’ve been accumulating.
Materials: Newspaper Scissors Staples or glue
Directions: 1. Use scissors to cut the seam of the newspaper to create individual 12″x 22″ pages.
2. Fold each individual page lengthwise. First in half, and then in quarters, and then in eighths. The resulting strip should be about 1.5″ thick and 22″ long. I needed around 20 for my basket.
3. Begin weaving the strips together, using a staple or glue to secure as needed.
4. Continue weaving the strips to the size of your liking. I made by basket 5 strips x 5 strips.
6. For the sides of your basket, just fold the strips to a 90 degree angle and continue weaving. Go nice and slow, keep the weave tight, and again, use staples or glue as needed. You’ll need to probably attached strips to one another as you weave the diameter.
7. When you reach the ends of the newspaper strips, fold the ends down inside the basket and secure with staple or glue. I then used another strip of newspaper to border the top edge of the basket. My glue gun broke as I did this, so I used staples to secure. You could also edge with ribbon, if you really want to get fancy. Now go stash something in it!
Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart