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February 4, 2010

Butterfly pages

Done! Ya-hoo! I spent most of the weekend finishing up my babies. Who’s departure I started to mourn as soon as I was done with them. I laid them all out to dry and had to photograph them. If you can make it through this whole post, I have a few close-ups at the end.

By the end of the last blog I decided that I wanted to use another technique from Michael’s class than just the background. And that is where the wiring comes in. A very simple technique of punching a hole through your background, (or drilling for a more formidable surface) and wiring it down. Usually you want to hide the wire, but I used it as part of the design.

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I have an old clay tool that worked perfect to punch holes. A folded cloth under the page worked wonders; I was able to move quickly. (And for the squeamish of you please ignore the broken pinky on my right hand, long story).

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Then just feed the wire through like you are sewing. With the two open ends I added a tiger eye bead. I wrapped the wire around it as quickly as I could and had pleasant results!

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Then I laid the butterfly on and punched through the wings and the page at the same time.

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And wired him on, starting with the back side, crisscrossing the thorax, under and back out to the front again. (FYI – the wires on the back, covered with my techniques info sheet make a smile. I should have taken a photo of that too, but I had to draw the line somewhere!)

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I wound the excess ends out on to a wooden dowel, starting about an inch from the page.

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Then rolled back down to the page. They are not perfect and I love them that way. You may have noticed the tape on my fingers, a necessity for this step! While rolling the dowel down you need to hold the coiled end and it is sharp.

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I love seeing them all piled on top of each other, it’s like they have a life of their own. My little children, preparing to take off, so I named them “heading out”. I have to state again how much I love mass-producing. I love perfecting a technique and the growth process involved.

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I tried several things to finish the background and again fell back on glitter. I guess I just can’t help myself. To change it up a little I did use Art Glitter’s Elements – Tailings, which is more of a tiny glass nugget, not technically glitter. (Glitter is cut from thin films.) Just draw on the Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and cover with Tailings. Oh yes, and I forgot to mention at the end of my last blog that I did use a matt finish spray after the textures on the thorax dried. Elements is an organic substance and has to be sealed. And I got a wonderful metallic look to the fantasy film that was an unexpected, happy surprise.

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Done! Now what am I going to do?

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Here are the close-ups I promised. Thanks for indulging me!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2010 6:14 pm

    Beautiful work! I can’t wait to get one of my own!

  2. Sherry Drzal permalink
    February 8, 2010 8:15 am

    These are very cool Emily; I can’t wait to get your little friend in the mail! I promise to take good care of him/her! ;0) Sherry

  3. LenaS permalink
    February 19, 2010 6:18 pm

    Your page was my fav of the swap. Thx so much for sharing your beautiful talent with us.

    • February 19, 2010 7:31 pm

      Thank you so much Lena, I loved your page too! Very creative!!!

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