This was my first attempt at creating a bottle cap bracelet.
This was a just dive in and learn as you go project. I have seen several ways in which bottle caps are pulled together to form a bracelet. Most are end to end alignment, which because of the (bottle cap) size, I feel they don't sit well on the wrist. So I decided to make mine as one would a charm bracelet.
Using a tortilla maker, I flattened them and then removed the rubber seal from inside. Once clean, I decorated them with one inch stickers and card stock cut with a one inch round punch, gluing them on both sides of the bottle caps. I then sealed them with clear nail pollish. So as to make the bracelet look like a true charm bracelet, I added silver charms, glass leaves and beads, and a tiny corked bottle with some black tea crushed up inside (this to give it some interest). I also added some small round disks that I added ants to. This, and a few odd pictured stamps on the bottle caps, I feel made the bracelet take on a quirky yet fun theme.
The bottle caps are light so they don't weigh down the bracelet. They also make a fun clinking sound as they hit one another, which is all the more reason one wears a charm bracelet. I think it turned out pretty good for my first try.
I created this lovely thimble for a swap partner over on Swap-Bot.
I took a thimble, that I purchased at a flea market, and covered it in washi, lacquered it and topped it with a silver lace cap. I was so pleased with it, that I almost kept it for myself. It took quite a bit of time to make and I haven't any other washi covered thimbles. But I created it for my partner, so off it went.
Most will call it washi paper, but I find that redundant. The word washi literally translates to "Japanese paper ".......wa - Japanese.......shi - paper. It is a very light, very flexible and yet rather strong ornate paper. It is hand made in the "traditional manner", that which dates back to around 610 out of Korea. Quality washi is made from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub or kouzo (the paper mulberry). It has also been produced using rice, wheat, hemp or bamboo.
I was taught the art of washi egg, by a very good friend, during a 3 1/2 year stay in Hawaii. That was about nine years ago. Since then, I have experimented with washi covering everything from eggs to switch plates, to books, to furniture. And now I'm trying thimbles and jewelery. I am able to do this because, before I left Hawaii, I purchased a large amount of washi from several Japanese paper stores. I still return to Hawaii now and then but have yet the need to restock.
I hope to create a washi thimble for myself this weekend........at least start the process. :-)
"Hallowed be the day, forever bright its memory in the heart of the Nation. Sing to it, poets; shout to it, freemen; celebrate it with bonfires, parades, and triumphant assemblies"
Today is the 4th of July
Our Declaration of Independence was declared by the then thirteen United States of America. It was then adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. Four days later, in Philadelphia, the Declaration of Independence was publicly read. And on July 4, 1777, the first anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, the first celebrations took place. It was reported that in Philadelphia there was a grand exhibition of fireworks, which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the commons. And up in Boston, Col. Crafts set the sky ablaze in the park on the commons. With that, the remaining eleven states followed suit in coming years. And so it goes, to this day, that we should expect fireworks on the 4th of July. God Bless America!