As I was sorting through a box of random beads and broken jewelry, I came across this large purple bead with gold splatters on it. I felt inspired to use it in a project and started to gather color coordinating bits and pieces.
What evolved a few hours later is this “Lavender Lovely”. I used heavy black jewelry wire to attach some broken jewelry pieces for legs. I ran the wire through some purple buttons and the large purple bead, which I used for the body. I attached beads and charms for the arms and added a loop in the back for hanging.
I nested two paper flowers and glued them to the top of the bead to frame the face. I used a 1/2″ circle punch to cut the face from some printed material I had on hand. After I glued the face to the center of the flowers, I coated it with Diamond Glaze to seal and add some shine.
I think she turned out pretty cute!
I have traded many inchies over the years. I currently have 6 frames, holding 100 inchies each, hanging on the walls in my apartment.
Inchies are miniature artworks that measure 1 inch square. Inchies can be drawn, painted, stitched, beaded, collaged, made with Origami or cut paper, made from polymer clay, metal, or any material that you can think of.
Inchies can be flat or dimensional, they can be interactive and fold or slide open to reveal a hidden area.
Most commonly inchies are drawn, collaged, or painted on card stock or other firm strata such as watercolor paper or recycled boxes, that has been cut or punched to a one inch square size.
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I made this chunky fabric page for a swap. I started by piecing together brightly colored cotton fabric in “quilting style”. I added some heart shaped buttons and a piece of black satin ribbon to make the butterfly. I added letter beads to spell “FLY HIGH” and some detail stitching to finish.
I used felt to pad the middle and backed the page with cotton fabric. I added a flowered ribbon to dress up the back. I added a small stitched piece of 14 ct. Aida fabric to add my info to the page.
I completed the page by using embroidery floss to do a dense blanket stitch around the edge and adding coordinating fibers.
I love the bright and happy colors used on this page!