My friend, Luana, makes beautiful quilts and fabric purses/bags. When she asked me to make 4 large beads for the rope she wanted to use in her latest ‘origami’ bag, I was flattered! And of course I said, ‘sure’. And we all know it wasn’t as easy as that!
I had a package of Sculpey’s Ultralight Clay that had not been opened and I thought this would be a great time to learn to use it. It was such fun! I molded lots of large beads with the idea that 4 needed to be about the same size. These were going to be handcrafted and I did not want them to look perfect (like a machine made them). After forming the bead and made a large hole in the center, I cured them in my convection oven.
The colors in the fabric turned out to be a challenge with lots of pinks and oranges. I started polymer flower canes and made several and did not like any of them with the fabric flowers. I made more. And then I realized that if I combined the pink canes with the orange canes and added the turquoise canes it just might solve the problem. And it worked! I sliced the canes and placed them on a thin polymer backing, smoothed everything into a sheet and cut circles to cover the ultralight beads. Cured and finished the multi-flowered beads.
The only problem was that the holes were not big enough. Drilling larger holes was so easy. Absolutely no problem! The origami purse/bag is finished and we are all happy!
p.s. I had enough scraps that I made Luana a pair of matching earrings. Probably over the top to wear all that at once! But it was fun to do .