Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Colors of Summer
Start by choosing your beads. These are 1/2" round wood and number 14. Grab your bamboo skewers and pop those little beads on the ends.
No matter what color a bead will end up being, I always basecoat it white first.
Pick out your colors. For this project, I chose bright, solid colors, well matched. Your color scheme can be anything- neons, pastels, rich deep tones. You name it. Give each bead it's own solid, single coat of paint and you'll be good to go, like so:
Back to the beads. While the medium is wet, it will have a milky look. Don't worry. It will dry and give each color its own individual look!
Depending on your weather, the beads will dry fairly quickly, but a rule of thumb for me is to let it dry for at least an hour.
The last step is the easiest, and that's good, considering you might be impatient to get it done and wear it!
Your choice on a clear finish is up to you. Just about anything will work- sprays, liquids, etc. Personally, I use clear fingernail polish on my beads. It's cheap, stays great, and keeps the more expensive liquids and sprays for larger projects.
Realign your beads to be sure this is the order you want them to appear in and get your stretchy cord ready!
Tie your ends in two double knots, pulling tight to make sure they stay put. Chasing beads around on the floor is no fun!
Now- put them on! Show them off! These colors remind me of the county fair! Oh joy!!
New to my blog today is------- the KatScale !
And on the KatScale, this project is rated a 1. The easiest to make. And wear, for that matter.
Remember the summer. It'll be back.