Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fabulous Fall Leaf Pins by Clare Dempsey

I think you’re never too old to play in Fall Leaves.  The trees here are already changing and the colors are wonderful!  So this year, I set out to capture that color and beauty with Art Glitter in jewelry.  I started by cutting my leaves using SCAL2 on my Cricut and the Art Glitter Transparency sheets.  It cut like a dream, but if you don’t have a Cricut, just hand cut a leaf or cut it with another die such as Sizzix.

I creased my transparency down the center a bit to make my leaf more natural looking.  I then used the Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive with the Ultrafine glue tip and laid down the glue where the veins of the leaf would be in green.

I then added more Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive in between the veins.  I carefully poured one color at a time, starting at the outside and working in to the center.  This was allowed to dry completely and then I added Ranger Glossy Accents on the top of the glitter one half of the leaf at a time.  The Glossy Accents caused my leaf tips to curl, just like an actual leaf on one side.  I applied the Glossy Accents one side at a time, because the transparency sheet was already creased, and I wanted the GA to dry evenly.  Once the first side was dry, I added Glossy Accents to the second side and allowed it to dry.  Be sure to pop any air bubbles after you add the Glossy Accents before it dries!  I did have to coax the curl into the second side while the Glossy Accents was still a bit soft. 

I then added a pin back from Michaels to the back of my leaf using my low temp glue gun.

I also made a leaf pin on some  metallic cardstock with the Art Glitter Gala Glitz Gold and Gala Glitz Orange.

Art Glitter Transparency Sheet
Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Art Glitter Ultrafine Metal Glue Tip
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque Glitter 278 Poppy
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque Glitter 56 Pumpkin
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque Glitter 47 Vine
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque Glitter 231 Copper Harbor
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque Glitter 343 Chestnut
Art Glitter Ultrafine Transparent Glitter 92 Bananan
Ranger Glossy Accents
Pin Backing

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