Sunday, 18 August 2013

Heather's Feathers

This post is dedicate to my wonderful friend Heather who lives a very long way from me. We live at opposite ends of the world with Heather in Canada and me in Australia. Horrie(my husband) and I met her on a Cosmos tour through Eastern Europe. She then came to Australia to visit me and I took her to Healesville Sanctuary where we watched the birds of prey. Ohhhh ahhhhh very exciting but scary show. I will not spoil it here except to say that you get up very close and personal to these massive eagles. Heather is a teacher and she also takes choir......she is the inspiration for my musical feathers. 
Greetings from Kevin Koala.....I have missed you Heather.

Wally and Wayne Wallaby wondering when Heather is coming back to feed them.

Start with wooden skewers which will form the spine of your feather.

Here is an early twentieth century soprano song book with musical scores that I found at the thrift store for 50 cents.

These pages with be perfect for this project.

I created 3 feather templates that I made in different sizes using cardboard.

I traced around my template and then cut out two of each feather which will make back and front over the spine.

Just for something different I cut scraps of lace which I then glued to my musical score feather. Once dried I cut the excess lace off.

At this point back and front of the feather have been glued to the spine. Once dried I cut towards the spine on a 45 degree angle to replicate feathers.

Completed feathers in three sizes on display. The lace feather creates texture and interest.

Late afternoon sun.

Heather's Feathers dedicated to my far away friend Heather.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Pippa's Ripper Zipper Necklace.

I have a tendency to buy items from thrift stores with absolutely no project in mind. Around 2 years ago I bought a box full of grey zippers for $5.00. Those zippers have pretty much stayed in the box waiting for some refashioning project ideas. Having spotted a colourful zipper necklace on pinterest that used zip heads and jump rings only, I thought that I would made my own Anthropologie style version.
Box full of chalked marked zippers.

Jump rings and zipper heads being attached using jewellers pliers

This strand is made up of 7 zipper heads and attached half way down a discarded double chain with a jump ring.

I will use one of these vintage buttons to add a bit of detail to the necklace.

This discarded part of the zipper I have turned into a bow which will be attached halfway down one side of the necklace. This will then give it an Anthropologie feel. I sew this bow into place.
Completed necklace. I created a second chain of 9 zipper heads which I attached with jump rings halfway down the silver double chain. Look closely and you will see the vintage button on the left hand side. Underneath the bow on the righthand side I had added a tarnished heart.

Necklace ready to wear all in grey and silver tonings.