Saturday, August 6, 2011

Playing Around With Used Dryer Sheets - Again

Back in March of this year, I wrote about recycling used dryer sheets to create jewelry and at that time, I created two pair of earrings.  Both of them sold, so I thought maybe I should try playing around with dryer sheets again -- try to see what other kinds of design ideas I could come up with.

First, I prepared some used dryer sheets by giving them color.
The cranberry and butterscotch sheets with colored by brushing them with alcohol-based inks.  The color saturates both sides of the sheet.  The blue sheet was painted with metallic blue acrylic paint, which also shows through nicely on both sides.  The green sheet was colored with alcohol-based ink in lettuce and then swirls of metallic bronze/gold were added with acrylic paint.

I chose to start with the butterscotch sheet because I came up with an idea for creating sunflower earrings. The color was perfect -- golden and rich.

I cut the sheet into small strips and threaded three strips each onto two pieces of brown copper wire, leaving loops of dryer sheet as I worked.  I then closed the wire into a very small circle and spread the loops around the circle to create a ring of petals.

The centers I created by crocheting 28 gauge, permanently-colored, brown copper wire in a small chain, adding a brown glass seed bead into each stitch.  The chain was formed into a spiral.  I added two centers to each petal loop, one on each side, using adhesive (4 altogether), so that whichever direction the earring is facing, the flower design is evident.

I added antique copper plated, lever back earring wires, attaching them with the copper wire and embellished the juncture with a golden, iridescent bead.

My Sunflower Earrings with Beaded Centers are available for purchase in my Artfire studio for $12.

Stay tuned!  I will be posting my designs for the other dryer sheets I colored over the next week or two.  Please let me know what you think.

1 comment:

  1. these earrings are great. Can you make a moon and a sun ?


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