Monday, September 14, 2009

The Ever-Useful Newspaper

photo copyright Jeff Rudell.

Paper artist Jeffery Rudell Reminds us that we didn't always recycle newspaper, we've used it as wrapping paper, birdcage liners, even house insulation! In a May 2009 post over at, he shows us how to make a basket out of newspaper.

The "Times" They Are A-Changing: How to Make a Basket from a Newspaper - CraftStylish
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I can think of loads of ways to use a basket like this. My first instinct is to decorate it with Halloween images and bright orange ribbon, to hold all the candy we'll hand out to Trick-or-Treaters next month!

How could you use a basket like this? I'd love to hear!

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sailors' Delight

I've been hitting garage sales, the Share Shop and Goodwill all summer, looking for scrabble tiles. Yep, I've got the bug. I wasn't entirely sure yet, how I was going to use them.

Thanks to the idea from Beadwork Magazine's latest issue of Handcrafted Jewelry (Home Sweet Home by Ellene McClay*, page 20), I decoupaged some scrapbook paper onto tiles, added some Diamond Glaze to the top and here's the first completed piece I've made with one.

The clasp and bail that holds the focal pendant is sterling, the chain is not. Hematite, jade and red frosted faceted glass beads give this bracelet a little jingle, and echo the colours in the pendant.

And here's the issue of Handcrafted Jewelry by BeadWork magazine. This issue has great articles and projects (choosing resins, how to decoupage a scrabble tile, how to make the the beautiful branch pendant on the cover, with polymer clay, and more) and is on news stands for a while longer yet. I so love mixed media jewelery, and magazines like this give me the courage to get creative with what I put together.

* Please visit Ellene McClay's blog and her Etsy store.

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