Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Inspiration Everywhere

A few months ago I thought I'd take a page out of Anisa's book and use home decor catalogues as crafting inspiration. Well, I found a great one, just my style in CHiASSO. Now finally, I have taken the first item of inspiration and done something with it! This is a clock made of resin, but as soon as I saw it I knew I could recreate it in paper. This is made up of 48 strips attached strategically to create this wavy design. I cut 36 strips, one inch wide and twelve inches long. At first I thought I would use brads for the attachment, but I didn't like that there would be the ugly side of the brad showing. Taking a second glance at the catalogue I could see the answer: Glue Dots!

I started by attaching two strips at a time at one end (here after known as 'the top'). I completed this with all the strips for a total of 18 joined pieces.

Next I lined the strips up on a square inch grid, with the top on the left side of the grid. I put another glue dot on the inside of the strip at the seventh inch and at the right end (see purple indicators). I repeated this with the rest of the seventeen strips. Next, I took one of the joined pieces, placing a Glue Dot on the outside of the strip at the 3 1/2" mark and the 9 1/2" mark (see red indicators) and stacked the next piece on top. I repeated this with the rest of the pieces.
See how it's coming together?After all it's all stacked in a row, it'll look like this.
The unstuck ends now need to be attached.
Once these are glued you can spread out the medalion and it looks like this: I like this in it's simplicity but it could be embelleshed in a lot of fun ways. It could probably also be made into a clock if you added another twelve strips, opening the center more.
I plan to hang this on a wall. To combat the weakness of the paper and its tendency to droop, I'm going to use fine pointed pins in several places to hold it up instead of hanging it by one point. --C

2 comments:

Liberty Williams said...

OH MY GOSH I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT. Now this is something that will fit in my budget...now I just need to make the time to make this. I JUST LOVE THIS SO MUCH - YOU ARE SO CREATIVE!

rachel said...

Yah that is COOL!!