Saturday, 17 May 2014

Combining Crafts with a Cameo, Portrait or other Cutter

Many people use their Cameo for only one sort of craft, making cards or whatever. Perhaps they don't think about what else it can be used for, they just plod along the same path.

One hobby that is very popular but incredibly time consuming, is paper jewellery making. It's really fascinating to see what designs artists come up with but many are very labour intensive to  a point where I really wouldn't be bothered.

This is where the cutter comes in.  How easy is it to set up to cut loads of triangles for beads at one time! To be able to make so many different sizes, while at the same time, cutting with complete accuracy!  Put the scissors down!

One way of making truly wonderful pendants is to layer 3 or 4  pieces of watercolour paper together, using the outer two as the coloured design element. It can be printed, painted or drawn on and then sealed with a good layer of varnish.  It is even easy to put in a hole for the hoop to go through, or cut a channel for a wire fixing.

Ross Barbera  is a true artist, in every sense of the word. His paintings are wonderful but he also makes Paper Jewellery.  He must have the patience of a saint.

Combine his technique with a Cameo and you are well away. A lot of the repetitive work is done for you. Watch the video linked above and some of his others. It won't be time wasted.

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