OBC – Lace and the Dreaded Hot Glue Gun

ONE BOOB CHRONICLE – Lace and the Dreaded Hot Glue Gun

I think for the 1,000th time I’m going to once again say “I HATE THE HOT GLUE GUN”!

Blister burns from the hot glue gun

Blister burns from the hot glue gun

I spent yesterday assembling the wands as far as I could go with them.  I found a bolt of lace at my local Hobby Lobby in the Clearance Section.  Using my nemesis to attach the lace to the back side of the rosette was an all day affair.

Strings of hot glue webs everywhere, poking in a fresh glue stick for each rosette, and generally having my fingers of both hands sensitive to heat by the end of the day was rewarding to see the pile of wands completed.

Stage one of the wands

Stage one of the wands

I used up the entire bolt of lace with this project so far.  I have six remaining and will need to get more lace.

The bolt of lace I used

The bolt of lace I used

Time to get more lace

Time to get more lace

The back side of the wand needs some work.  I have to work some more with the hot glue gun to add some decorative lace to  hide the band which shows around the back cover.

Desperate need of something

Desperate need of something

I’m wading into unfamiliar territory here.  Using lace, and soon flowers, is definitely in my DIS-comfort zone.  Maybe by the time I get finished with these wands I will be a well seasoned craft person who can bravely tackle anything.

I thoroughly enjoyed your comments and advice yesterday on using intricate dies.  Thank you all for sharing your experience and wisdom.

Do you use the hot glue gun?  Do you have a “Go To” formula for hiding the lace edges?  What do you recommend for making this task a bit easier?  I look forward to your comments and advice.

Leslie

 

Freak Show! Crazy flower from fake leaves.

Crazy flower made from fake flower leaves

Crazy flower made from fake flower leaves

My last video tutorial in the series of “Heat Embossing Techniques” features using the leaves from fake flower bouquets.  I have created a flower that, most likely, is NOT “Mother Nature” approved.  😀

A freaky hybridized flower that no botanist would even consider a worthy species to replicate.

Species?  I’m not even sure what the classification would be for flowers.  Maybe genus?

Whatever the technical name for a flower classification is, I’m positive my featured flower would not be in any of either classification.  😀

Hey, I’m trying to show how you can repurpose things that would normally be tossed in the trash.  “Use what you have”.

I used VersaMark Embossing Ink on the green leaves and on some of the red leaves.  To get things moving along quicker, I used Glycerine painted on with a brush for a large portion of the red leaves.

Putting the thing together was accomplished with my most HATED tool in my craft room.  The Hot Glue Gun.  I HATE that thing!  Burns, hot glue strings like spider webs, blobs of glue dripping out everywhere.  That tool, I just don’t see why so many people use that confounded contraption in their craft spaces.  :/

You have about 20 minutes?  You can watch the video below on how I created this Freak Show.

Leslie

A stolen pickle jar results in assault.

Okay, another half truth.  I did, in fact, steal the pickle jar from my husband.  He is hoarding them to put his plethora of screws in.  Not only pickle jars but any other glass food jar that I deem fit for the recycling bin gets claimed by my husband.  The only assault was on the poor jar by the use of a hot glue gun.

I have a granddaughter who will be 16 (I think) the first week of February.  In my attempt to get birthday presents out to my family members, in a timely manner, this year I am trying to get ahead of the game.

I searched on Pinterest for things a teen girl would like.  Aside from too tight clothing, necklines that leave little to the imagination, and jewelry pieces I would not be able to even begin to create, I had to search elsewhere for some kind of idea.

My granddaughter has a favorite color.  Black.

I’ve made  her a mini album, covered a balsa wood box with flowers and other festoonery, and a few other things over the years.  What to do this year?  I was in a pickle….Ah Ha!  Why not make use of a pickle jar.

Altered pickle jar.

Altered pickle jar.

The paper, featured inside the jar, is from DCWV Street Lace.  The black trim is from a length of scrap trim, the white ruffly lace is also from a length of scrap trim.  The pearl string is from a spool that is being steadily reduced.  The half back pearls on the black lace is from the Michaels dollar bin.  The tag is from a box of 500 I purchased from the office supply store about five or six years ago and hardly touched.

I’ve used two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that have been wasting away for several years.  One is titled “Favorite Thoughts” and the other is “Tiny Tags”.  I’ve used some turquoise chalk ink from VersaMark that I’ve had since the early 2000’s to color the tag.  And I’ve used some clear embossing powder, the NOT fine stuff, I’ve had since 2004 on the tag to give it some much needed sparkle and shine.

Decorative tag.

Decorative tag.

The lid of the jar was painted with Lamp Black acrylic paint from Americana and sprayed with a Krylon Clear Glaze to make that shiny as well.  Flowers on the lid are from the Michaels dollar bin.  The beautiful butterfly is from Dollar Tree.  Both of these items were a more recent purchase…..last year.  The rhinestones for the butterfly trail are from Stampin’ Up! and have been knocked around in my room since Stampin’ Up! first brought them out to the general public…..way back in about 2009 I think it was.  The glue I used, still wet in the photo, is Glossy Accents to ensure the rhinestones will stay where I put them.

Decorative lid.

Decorative lid.

The turquoise lace trim around the lid edge, attached to the tag, and the little bow is from my stash.  I have no idea when I bought the ribbon or where I bought it.

I hope you enjoy this idea of altering a glass jar.  Possibly find a way to use these cast offs in your home organization needs or for your craft supplies.  If you would like to see the creation of this jar I have the video below for your convenience.  Also, as an added bonus I have a video that shows  how to remove a label from a glass jar that won’t budge from the normal soaking in hot soapy water for an hour or more.  That video is included in this post.

Now you go “Show someone how special they are”.

Leslie