Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Paper. It is somehow taking over my life. I surf Etsy for paper products. I surf Ebay for paper products. I have two vintage geography books on the way. I can't wait. My vintage dress patterns have arrived. Some mystery maps might be coming my way. I do wish I had a flea market nearby to rummage through. We have one little lonely antiques mall in my town. Perhaps I will search there for books and buttons. Perhaps not. It would probably not be a good use of my time. I have nothing good to say about this place so I won't say any more.
The last photo shows my paper beads drying. I think they look a bit strange. Ten beads made it out of an attempted 12. They are always a bit harder to make than I realize. I have to cut paper into 3/4" by 5 1/2" strips. Then I cut the sides at an angle to form long triangles. I spread glue onto the wide end of the strip, careful (ha) not to put glue to close to the bottom edge where it will then stick to the toothpick. I spread glue on the rest of the triangle and roll the bead up. I apply three coats of matte medium on each bead, allowing the medium to dry between each coat. I often lose more beads by neglecting to turn them frequently on the toothpicks so they won't stick. Today two stuck. Apparently, this is a labor of love not profit.
I should have two more pieces finished this week. I think that one of them might be good for a giveaway.