Monday, July 15, 2013

Mixed Media Monday - The Garden Art Doll with Spellbinders Media Mixage

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Art doesn't have to be just inside, take your art outside with this adorable little Garden Art Fairy Doll.
In this episode of Spellbinders Media Mixage Monday, I show you how simple it is to make garden art from a blank bezel turned upside down.

With summer underway and a garden full of flowers, I wanted to take my artwork outside and thought creating plant stakes would be a great way create add a little charm to my flowers.  These little garden fairies would be a great way to spruce up your office plants too!  

How to Make the GARDEN ART DOLL

Project Dimensions: Varies depending which size bezel you select

Spellbinders Supplies:
MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine
MD1-006 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Shields One Die
MB1-006S Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Shields One-Silver bezel
MP1-002 Susan Lenart Kazmer for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Ephemera Papers Two

20 gauge steel annealed wire (available at hardware stores)
24 gauge copper wire
Bamboo skewer
Printed words (optional)
Miscellaneous metal accents (flowers, etc.)
2 small key charms
Large 20mm bead
Decoupage medium
2-part resin (Envirotex® Light)
Tacky glue
Wire cutters
3 jump rings
Cosmetic sponge

Note:  For this project we will be working with the shield upside down with the loop on the bottom
Cut a shield using the #2 shields one die (with 1 being the smallest) from chosen ephemera paper. 

Cut out words and decoupage onto paper. 

Glue paper inside the Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ #2 shields one bezel. 

Working off the spool, create a teardrop shape from the 20 gauge annealed steel wire.  Bend end around to secure.  Make another teardrop on the opposite side and loop.  Repeat these steps for two wings on each side, securing with wire.  Cut wire off leaving approximately 2 to 3” extending.

Attach a length of copper wire to one side of the wings.  Secure around knob on bezel.  Pull tight and loop around wing to secure. The wire extension should be at the top.  Repeat for other side.  

Thread large bead over the wire and create a loop in the top to secure.  Attach jump ring

Attach keys to bottom loop with jump ring for legs/feet.

Mix two-part epoxy resin according to manufacturer’s directions and pour into bezel.  Allow to cure.   If necessary prop the fairy so that it will lie flat and level.  Attach any embellishments desired such as metal flowers etc.

Wrap steel wire randomly around the bamboo skewer and form a loop at the top – similar to a shepherds hook.  Attach fairy to hook and place her in her new home inside one of your gardens. 

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