Designer: Jinny Holt
For this months article, we were asked to follow another design team member’s tutorial. Brilliant idea but having to decide which one to follow was no easy task, I spent ages looking through the last couple of years and finally decided that I would follow Anna’s Christmas Powertex bauble blog. You can find that HERE.
- Ivory Powertex Fabric Hardener
- Large polystyrene ball
- Oddments of material
- Christmas star tree decoration
- 3d Sand balls and 3d sand
- Bister sprays in blue & brown
- Easy Varnish
- Limoncello gold pigment
- Easy 3D Flex
- Jewellery finding
Mixing texture paste
I started by mixing Easy 3d Flex and some 3D balls and 3D sand with some Ivory Powertex. I also added a few drops of water.
TIP: I changed from what Anna used, she used Easy structure and I wanted to use the 3D flex as it I love using it.
I immersed some thin strips of stockinette into my mixture making sure the material got a good coating. I then painted a layer of the mixture, leaving off the balls, all over my polystyrene ball. This gives the material a key to adhere to. I then draped the mixed material around the ball.
Covering the bauble
I added the rest of the mixture with a plastic palette knife to fill all the left over gaps and left to dry.
TIP: Like Anna, I also used a jewellery finding. I wrapped a bit of wire around the finding and stuck it in my ball for a loop.
Spray with Bister
Hmm I did not take a photo of this step as I must have got a tad excited with what I was doing. I sprayed the dried Polystyrene ball with the blue and brown bister sprays. Then I wiped it back with a baby wipe and let that dry.
TOP TIP: You can speed up the drying time with a hairdryer, if you don’t want to wait. When I use Easy 3D flex I prefer to let it dry naturally as you get amazing cracks.
I now dry brushed with the Easy Varnish using the Limoncello gold this step makes your piece pop and really stand out.
Adding the star
For the star I used up all the left over mixture from step one and added it to the wooden star to give it a new look. I had some course sand in my stash and mixed in that to give it a different texture. Transparent Powertex is used to adhere it down to my bauble.
As it is a Christmas bauble, I felt mine needed a bit of sparkle for when the Christmas lights hit it. I used some glass gems and bling in coordinating colours.
Adding some pieces of metallic foil to the star and stockinette gave that bit of extra bling. I find sometimes that it is knowing when to stop adding!
So Anna, thank you for inspiring me to recreate this article.
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I look forward to seeing your creations. It would be lovely if you could leave a comment and maybe even share but most of all be inspired and have fun creating.