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A couple of years ago I purchased a kit from a Sydney Craft Fair – ArtTable Beadwear. They made the most beautiful beaded Australian Native flowers using french beading techniques, though unfortunately it looks as though the company hasn’t survived.

Well, finally I finished the making, turning what should have been a hair ornament into an asymmetrical necklace and matching earrings. I can’t even begin to explain how I made it, though basically, each leaf/petal is made individually, and twisted together to form flowers… then arranged on longer pieces of wire and wrapped up with silk ribbon and floral tape. I combined it with a deep purple satin cord, embellished with a Chinese woven medallion.

I get so many compliments when I wear it, and I highly recommend going through the work and effort – its worth the satisfaction and reward. There are many books and kits available with a bit of searching.

 

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So I have finally found some time to play with the glass tiles and Diamond Glaze glue I bought at the 2010 Quilt and Craft Fair in Sydney… They are so easy to make and look so great, I don’t know why I didn’t make some sooner!

This is the first one I made using a teal coloured Japanese Washi paper featuring a crane.

There were a couple of glitches, one of which was that I started out using too much Diamond Glaze, and it saturated the paper – since Washi papers are so fibrous, it absorbed heaps of the diamond glaze. Next time I will use less glaze. The other issue was the paper I used on the reverse side:

The paper was too thick (I used a heavyweight scrapbooking paper/card) and as I cut back the edges, the white inner layer of the paper was revealed. It could be a really great design feature, but I ended up cutting it all wonky, and instead it just looks a bit messy.

The bail I purchased was a complete success. I prefer using sterling silver findings, so I hunted around online and came up with these glue-on sterling silver bails:

They have a rough side to glue down and a smooth side for aesthetics, however I covered the back of the bail with my backing paper, so It didn’t really matter. I will string them up later using satin rattail cord.

Here is a close up of the bail in the pendant:

Click here for the HOW-TO: GLASS TILE PENDANTS