This is probably going to be the longest post, so I did it first!
The badge machine
First, and obviously, I used my badge machine to make some things. I chose titles of the stories for some badges, as well a bottle opener and a pocket mirror. I cut some other circles to pop into my box for travelling as well
Here’s a pocket mirror – I used a ‘hair’ story for this one
This bottle opener was made using something I thought would make it a good stocking filler
I posted the tutorial the other day as learnt from Amy of Red Paper House. I made a bag full with strips leftover from making origami squares (see later). I used them to make a necklace, and a bracelet.
This necklace was made by using a leather thong necklace I already had, and just threading the beads onto it, then finishing it off with a chain to make it longer, and also to keep on the beads.
The bracelet was made with a wire base, with added beads, and finished with a chain and clasp, again to keep the beads on the wire.
As I had a couple of beads left, I used them to make matching earrings with more wire and beads.
Little Windows Resin
I have NEVER managed to make decent resin pieces, but I recently found something called Little Windows, so I used this opportunity to experiment with it. I used the square mold which came with the resin, and made up 3 squares each time, as 15ml of the resin is just the right amount for 3.
The first pieces were far too thin, but it meant they might work as earrings, so I mounted them as a pair of earrings, and the other spare as a ring. They’re not perfect, but I’m happy-ish.
The second lot was much better, and I’ve turned all 3 into necklaces!
The other way I like to use paper in jewellery is to mount images onto scrabble tiles, and cover them with a dome sticker. Rather than make another necklace, I made the 6 pieces into a bracelet, and tried to make it still tell the story as it did in the original comic.
To make them into a bracelet, I screwed in screw eyes on either side of the tile, and then joined the eyes with jump rings.
The classic origami box made from comic pages looks great, as you will know if you’ve ever seen Kitschen Sink at a fair or bought anything online. I wouldn’t normally use comic boxes, but as I’m only using this book, here’s what they looked like. If you’d like to make one yourself, here’s a tutorial – I taught my 9 year old niece this weekend, so it’s really easy!
I spent a lot of time folding these boxes for my lucky dips at the start of the year, and it’s still my favourite box. It’s harder, but the result is magical.
Finally, scraps of paper leftover can of course be used to decoupage ready made boxes. I made these by painting the bottoms with Autentico chalk paint, and covered the top using the instructions here.