Sunday, February 13, 2011

Buttons and Fibres - an Extreme Tac Solution

One of the booths I always make a beeline for at CHA is Blumenthal Lansing. Apart from having such cool buttons, they always come up with really great but simple make and takes. Here's one I did at their booth this year.We started with a really unique bangle base - a piece of plastic tubing held together with duct tape! The base is then simply wrapped with specialty yarns. And the pièce de résistance: their gorgeous resin floral buttons! We used a collection from the new Flower Garden range which are securely wired on to the bangle and embellished with some seed beads. I love this little treasure and have already worn it several times and had many admiring comments!

But what keeps the fibre in place? Well I'm glad you asked!

Blumenthal Lansing teamed up with Glue Arts who kindly provided their wonderful Extreme Tac adhesive squares for this make and take. And when they say extreme, they really mean EXTREME. These adhesive squares were perfect for attaching the lengths of fibrous yarn which would have been a difficult and messy task with a wet/liquid adhesive. There was no such problem using the Extreme Tac squares - they were easy to dispense and easy to use and of course were immediately permanent meaning the project moved along very quickly. They would be perfect for attaching a variety of embellishments for mixed media work because they're also acid free. I can't wait to use them in my next difficult-to-stick situation!

Well tomorrow is the day for lovers. I'll be back with something a little different: Zentangle inspired Valentine's cards!

'Til next time.....

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