Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bottle People

Get out all your old bottles, clean out the mustard jar and throw out the shoe polish. 

 My sister and I need those bottles to make more of these really cute bottle angels. 

 I love what my sister did with the hot pink tulle and the wings made out of air conditioning tape.  
 She always has the best ideas.

This is the chunky angel. 

They are best to heal when you think you have eaten too much.

Merriberri Creations

This is the one that is made with the shoe polish bottle.

  Look how my sister used the brush as part of the design.

Merriberri Creations

This is dedicated to Cynthia who taught the lesson on Angels.

  Thanks Cynthia. 

There is a special angel watching over you.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Rusting Fabric Again and Stamping using Rit Dye

I just finished rusting 10 yards of fabric for our Fiber Muse Group that meets in Lake City.

This is part of a challenge where each person in our group will receive 12 squares of fabric. They are to stamp in black whatever design they choose. It can be one design done twelve times on the squares or different designs on each square.

In May we will exchange the squares and decide how we will use them. I might make an African Quilt. I have some fabulous fabric the Dr. Nwafejoku Okolie Uwadibie gave me upon his return trip to his native land of Nigeria.

One of my favorite things to rust with is the square thing that is used in house construction. Rusting is done by adding the iron pieces and speeding up the process by adding white vinegar. I usually let it set for at least 24 hours and sometimes longer.

This is rusted using nails and steel wool.

At the meeting we experimented using liquid Rit Dye. About 3 - 5 tablespoons are poured on a paper towel that is folded in half or you can use more layers. It is placed in a metal tray large enough for your stamps. Some stamps can be quite large. There were stamps that were at least 12 inches long.

Here is a great site for buying wood stamps  A Trade For a Trade.

One of the best tutorials is on this site.

Notice the stamped fern leaf. You can use all types of natural items. The rose is the cut end of celery.

The spiders I found hanging over the garage. Just kidding. The star is a potato cut in that shape.

 There is a good tutorial from Joggles about how to use stamp pads. 

I cut the end of Romain lettuce and got this lovely rose looking piece.  The bubbles are from a cork.  Using large sponge stamps makes great marks on fabric.  Make sure your fabric has been ironed.  You can even tape it down so the fabric does not move when you stamp.  I use painters tape.

This is done with one of the old wooden stamping blocks from India.

Fairy , fairy where are you?

This is my great Granddaughter Charlotte.

If you should catch a fairy
and place it in a jar
Be sure to treat it kindly
And do not take it far -
This fairy is not for the keeping
It has a home you see
The forest is a wonderful place
 And fairy must live free.

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My friend Shari put her granddaughter in a jar as well.  The one on the right is Samantha.  She is my granddaughter.  Oh dear she is trying to get out. 

Using old bottles you can make some darling angels.  This is a small bottle of vanilla.

The heads are styrofoam balls covered with self drying clay.