Water Sprite Wings

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Well, here they are. My first experiment in combining the technique of mehndi-ing with a cone and glitter painting wings. I have been wanting to try this for a while, and this was the perfect pair to test out the technique on. The edges are done the way I normally do, by painting on the glue and sprinkling on the glitter. The koi’s however where made by having a fairly thick glue in a henna cone (mylar rolled into a cone shape, looks kind of like a mini cake decorating bag without a tip). I applied the glue to the wings the same way I do henna tattoos and then sprinkled the glitter on like normal.

The application technique is not the only new thing on these however. I tried out a new type of stitching to get the nylon into shape, a very tight blanket stitch. It went much faster, shaped much better and turned out very even. I also added beads for the first time. I used a thicker tapestry needle to puncture the hole and added the first link to each place before glitter painting, then used the glue glitter mix to position the links better. It created a VERY sturdy base for these links. After the glue had dried I added another link to each and then the bead (in this case a little mother of pearl round pendant bead thing).

Although this may seem small, I am really excited on the detail spray paint I got to use one these (it doesn’t show well in these pictures, but there is a gold web spray across the blue background). For the first time in literally months, my local craft supply shop finally had gold webbing spray available. Needless to say I stocked up in case they decide not to stock for a while again (this stuff is my favorite spray paint and I use it a LOT). Don’t be too surprised if it crops up in more pieces.

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SewQuick = Epic Fail

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The other day I purchased a SewQuick. I currently don’t have a sewing machine and was growing a little tired of doing everything by hand. I had been putting off making some t-shirt pillows, saw the SewQuick, and figured it would work great for such a simple project. Boy was I WRONG! I don’t know if there is just some special trick to get this thing to work but thus far it has been an epic fail. In two hours I had not managed to complete one pillow (normally I can hand sew about 4 in this amount of time). Every seam unraveled either while I was trying to pry the fabric loose from the SewQuick without breaking the needle or within moments of being set down. I didn’t have problems with tangled threads as many people mention with this product, but by the end of the night I was ready to throw the thing.

Now I do believe this would be a great product if one single feature was added. The ability to go more than one direction. There is no reverse on this thing, which is the main way you secure stitching on a sewing machine. Some stitch options would be nice as well, but I don’t expect them for $20. It’s just the type of stitch the machine does is VERY easy to accidentally unravel if it isn’t secured, and the only way to secure the stitches with the SewQuick is a needle and thread (kind of defeats the purpose of having it). I was very disappointed because the concept is wonderful and I would love to have something like this that worked for quick projects and maybe for doing the edges of my wings.

Singer, I normally love your products but this is the biggest epic fail to happen to sewing in ages.

Wings, wings, wings

Yes I haven’t posted in a while. The reason is I have been out of town for a couple of weeks. The good news is during that time I had access to a nice clutter free workspace to crack down on my back log of wing designs (Oh how I long for a new apartment).

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This was a custom order for a garden project, and there may be a few more of these to come. The person ordering wanted to see how they worked out before ordering more. As usual I used the 14 gauge fence wire and electrical tape to create the frame work and nylon stretched over the frame to create the canvas. One thing that was different on these is instead of tacking in the points that needed pulled in to creat the overall shape I hand serged all the edges. It gave it this really cool tattered look on the edges oddly enough. Glitter and modgepodge glue was used to do the decorations and a shimmer spray to give it some pop. Then it was MASSIVELY coated in exterior quality spray on laquer. This pair had to be made as weather proof as possible and so I didn’t want to take anything to chance and did several extra coats.

HPIM0585I also FINALLY finished up these blue butterfly wings, which will be going up in my shop soon (if I don’t cave into temptation and keep them. I’ve grown really fond of this pair).

HPIM0578This frame is actually for another custom order from a friend who thankfully ordered early for halloween before the rush. I don’t have a picture yet but this one is already stretched, serged, and waiting to be decorated. When complete this will be a half angel half demon set. The final set (pictures coming soon) will have flames worked on both sides. The demon side will be the more traditional flames in reds, oranges and yellows. The angel side however will have a little more twisty type flames in blues, silvers and purples.

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I have also begun work on this design. It is a dream catcher pair of wings that will probably be more for display than wear (although I fully intend them to be wearable). Now I have only made a dream catcher once in my entire life, and that was in 3rd grade using a paper plate and yarn, so this particular pair is coming along a little slowly as I learn how to make a one for real. Probably not the best idea to learn on such an odd shape, but then again when do I do things simply. I do have the framework completed and the leather wrapped on one of the top segments. I did not realize how much leather it takes however and am waiting till I can go get more. I think I’m going to do an entire post devoted to these later on and include a set by step of it.

Picture 001 resizedAnother set that is currently being serged is a pair modeled off of a mermaid painting I saw at an art show resently. If I can get permission from the artist I will post an image of the tail that gave me the idea. One thing I can show you though is the image I will be adding onto one to the wing segments. This fish I did using henna on a painted canvas. I want to work a similar one onto the wings using a sand painting techique in a fine glitter.

Here is a glimpse into my design book. Some of these have the frames built and even a couple are stretched already. As you can see these wings are developing into a more detailed craft for me. I’m having a lot of fun working on them.

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No worries about the other projects though, I have not forgotten them. The amigurumi dragon is still well under way, although I tend to work on him when I am out and about (I’m one of those people who just cannot be idle, so he made a perfect traveling/commuting/eating out project). I am making the pattern from scratch so there has been a lot of crocheting then unraveling things that don’t work but I’m learning a lot about amigurumi in the process and taking notes so that if he turns out well I’ll make the pattern available. So far both front legs are complete and one back leg is finished. The back leg is what hung me up for a while because it was a bit tricky to get the shaping I wanted for it.

I plan to have some finished pics of the wings I’m working on this week up soon. See you then.