The book project – jewellery and boxes

17 Sep

This is probably going to be the longest post, so I did it first!

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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

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Simply badges – a circle cut and made into a badge with the machine


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

Paper Beads

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.

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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.

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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.

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These haven’t worked as well as the other items, but they were fun to make

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.

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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!

Scrabble tiles

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.

You can make scrabble tile pendants by following this tutorial – or you can use epoxy stickers like I did

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.

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Scrabble tile bracelet

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The back – I had to use a blank for the W

Origami boxes

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!

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This box is called Masu, which means square wooden box. Make one slightly bigger for the lid.

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.

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The box appears to be rectangular, but inside is a square! The flap can be tucked into the other side to close it

Decoupage boxes

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.

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Be careful if decoupaging the bottom of tight fitting boxes

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