Maybe I am turning into an old lady or something but I see myself leaning towards orange-ish- brownish safari type prints. No way in hell am I gonna be rocking my Grandma's look any time soon. Don't get me wrong- she was a stylish lady in her hey day. But she also wore BluBlockers so I think it is best to steer clear of all that is in the name of Grandmothers.
So I have these African style, tribal type prints on these shirts I've been buying and NOTHING in my jewelry collection of like 6 pieces matches these shirts. I have lots of turquoise and black and silver pieces but nothing even close to brown or orange. Doh!
Guess that's the signal to make something!
I found these rad flat beads in DTLA on a recent shopping trip and knew they would be perfect for stamping. Ever since I got my hands on ColorBox's new Surfacez multi-surface inks, I have been searching for challenging things to stamp on with the ink. Beads? Yeah, they're challenging.
Clearsnap also released new MINI Molding Mats this winter – they're patterned rubber stamps in 2″ x 2″ blocks but they aren't mounted. This means they can “mold” to whatever surface you want to stamp or press them on. Like a bead … cha-ching!
Stamping on these beads was a little challenging because the surface was curved, even though it was mostly flat, it still had this curvature thing going on. The beauty of the Mini Molding Mats is that they can be used without a stamping block, molding to the shape of the surface you're stamping on. I stamped different patterns on each bead and then used them to create a necklace with additional wood beads:
Want to make a similar piece yourself? Check out this quick tutorial vid:
I thought about taking some sandpaper to the beads to give them a little texture and distressing–maybe when I am ready to change this necklace for fall.
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Do you wear tribal patterns or animal prints?