My youngest sister bought a huge bag of sewing things for me last year at a yard sale. It was full of old spools of thread, most of them wooden, lace edgings, beads.....and zippers. The other day I decided to find something to make out of them. I found zipper brooches. How simple and so easy anyone can make one! I decided not to use needle and thread, but to go with putting them together with my hot glue gun. Since I didn't have the patience to look for directions, I started cutting and gluing it into a shape that looked right :D I only had one green zipper, so my flowers don't have many leaves....
These are what I started with, and after I used pliers to pull them apart.
And after I started the cutting and gluing.
a turquoise center with white petals. I made these petal pieces longer than the other flower.
a brown rose with a rhinestone button center. The reason it has a button center is because I made a mess of this one, and hid part of the mess with a button! After I took the photos I used the blow dryer to heat it up and melt some more of the messy glue. It worked pretty good, it looks a lot better now. This was the first one I made, but it's my favorite.
a navy blue zipper with soft yellow petals and a couple green leaves. Cute!
Now this one is beautiful in person :D Such a bright red color! This is the easiest flower to make.
The backs have felt and pin backings. Use these as a lapel pin, on a choker, a purse, on a bracelet, or a headband.
One of the witch lanterns I made using a large lantern we got after Katrina. We got our money's worth....a month without electricity, ha! I spray painted it with red oxide primer for instant rust, but forgot to sprinkle it with cinnamon like I usually do. I got the image of the young girl in the witch costume from Stacey at Primarily Primitives. Thank you Stacey! I printed her out on a 4x6 photo paper, and even though she had a witch hat, I cut a new one out of stiff black paper. It's an oval with a curved slit cut in it to fit over her head, and a triangle for the top of the hat. The cape is made of a piece of black tissue paper, and another piece of red. All I did was pinch the paper into a shape that worked and glued it on, then cut a strip of black tissue paper I tied in a bow and glued at her neck. The back half of the glass chimney has a small piece of that white fake white spider web stuff glued to it and a small spider from a pack of confetti. There's a tiny pumpkin that was in a bag of silk leaves( a few of those in there,too!) that I bought at a yard sale this week-end. I added a few more things, including a penny I add to all my captured fairies and witches :D It's finished with a torn strip of black tulle and some silk leaves and flowers.
Isn't this one precious??? This little girl came from Vintage Resources...Adopt An Ancestor images . I made her dress peach and gave her a black glossy paper hat and a black tulle cape. She has a gazing ball that used to be a tiny Christmas ornament, and a small paper mushroom, a bell on a golden string, and a few other bits & pieces. I typed out the words hocus pocus and cut them out and dropped it in.
I know I made her earlier this year, but I took this one apart and re-did it. Looks a lot better now, lol! I added the word believe,too. I don't know where I got this free image.
Hopefully I can come back tomorrow; I still have no computer, and still sharing this one that belongs to my adult daughter.