C O N T A I N E R
It's a fine line between clutter and stash.
Review the stash.
Just Right for Small Useful Things... but it needs some dress-up before it's ready for the show.
Now Let's forage in the button and bead collection.
hm, several strands of pre-strung beads in black and silver... too small for easy stitching, and the strand isn't strong enough to hold up on its own. Black/silver, black/white. Round jar shape. AHA yin-yang symbol!
Step Two: Get it together!
Materials & Tools
- Small clean jar with lid
- Glue: Aleene’s OK to Wash It, or similar waterproof quick & clear-drying adhesive
- Buttons - coordinating colors the same as the depth of the lid
- Beads - two colors of pre strung seed beads.
- For the lid shown, we used about 24” lengths each
- of silver and black.
- A coin or button to mark the curve of the design
- scissors, skewer or large needle to manipulate the beads/buttons
|Use a toothpick or small skewer
to help position the elements
and to hold them in place.
When you have finished the
full circle of the edge, let it dry well.
here we go! Run a thin bead of glue around the upper edge, close to the buttons.
|A nice bead of glue! No worries - it dries clear.|
When the bead line is dry, apply another line of glue and lay in the button border.
*You may want to work in sections again; the wider line will dry quickly and placing the buttons takes a little longer than the string of beads.
TA DA! ------- Ready for the fun part?
Mark the center with a sharpie. Place your uber-professional circle-making tool halfway over it on one edge to trace the perfect curve: first on one edge, then the reverse.
Use the skewer to tuck in the curves so everyt'ing is copacetically inclined.
- Take a minute here. clean up glue bits and let it dry. Snip any hanging threads.
Paint one side of the paisley with a nice base of glue. Starting again at the point of the paisley, drop the line of seed beads down and tease it with the skewer to line up nicely along the already-glued line.
I began with the outer circumference and down along the "S" shape.
At the point, give the string a little bit of slack. With the tip of your skewer - or even a blunt needle - hold the line at the turning point while you bring the thread up around close again to the line you just laid.
That's the only tricky bit, and turns out it's not as hard as it might sound! At the end of the last lap, lift the string straight up, holding the center with your pointy tool, and slide the last few beads up and off leaving a short tail of thread.