Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.
Trace the pattern onto the stiffened felt and then cut the pattern with 1/8″ (3 mm) seam allowance
(Steps two & three: Please refer to Figure 1 for reference)
“Color” the design using satin stitch
Use the #5 embroidery floss with #1 embroidery needle
Bead the outline of the design using 3mm fire-polished beads
Start from the middle
Bead the edges last
Cut approx. 4″ of grosgrain ribbon and fold it in half
Stitch the ribbon onto the back side of the piece
Lazy stitch the #11 cylinder beads on the upper part of the design
(the empty spot I marked on Figure 1)
Trim the excess stiffened felt
Try to match the edges of the stiffened felt with the outermost edges of the fire-polished beads
While cutting the felt, keep your scissors perpendicular to the floor
And, be careful not to cut the tread with which you beaded the piece
If you want to use it as a Christmas tree ornament, you might want to repeat Steps 1-3 and 5-6
and glue the identical pieces back to back
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You can glue it onto a piece of felt or ultrasuede
(Note: The quality and thickness of the felt or ultrasuede matters as the glue might seep through and stain thinner fabrics)
Make a bow using using 10″ grosgrain ribbon
Dab a dot of hot-melt glue on the back of the ribbon and stick it onto the design
Prewashing this ribbon can prevent it from fraying
But, if I use craft-store-bought ribbon, I usually melt its ends with candle flame
(If you decide to do the same, please proceed with caution)
Feel free to reproduce this ornament/bag charm for commercial purposes, BUT:
On your product description, please write: “Original design by Joyce at www.angelica-brigade.com“
Since I won’t be the person who create the piece you’ll sell in your shop . . . To avoid possible misunderstandings . . . Please use your own images to market your version(s) of this ornament/bag charm
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This upcoming Sunday:
Failed! And learned (a lot!!) from that failure – A misadventure in designing a hair accessory
Free Tutorial: Christmas-Themed Hair Accessory
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I LOVE this OPI Liquid Sand nail polish in Stay the Night. I’ve been so into textile-inspired nail lacquers, and this one is one of my favorite nail polishes of all time.
Some people worry that this kind of nail polish doesn’t last very long. But you know what . . . it’s not true!!! I work with my hands & wash my hands plenty of time during the day but my nails looks just fine . . . May be it’s because I put 2 layers of nail proteins before I applied the nail polish onto my nails (I use Nailtiques Formula 2)?
Anyway, I do recommend putting one or two layers of base coats before you wear super glittery & textured nail polishes because some of the glitters will stick onto your nails & they won’t come off easily.
Anyway, this nail polish color looks a lot like lurex fabric I used to create this giant floral clip, no?
Anyway . . .
I also LOVE this limited edition Japanese Snack: Unagi no Kabayaki Giant Pretz ( a.k.a. eel-flavored bread sticks )
Sounds odd, doesn’t it?! But, it ‘s super delicious! It tastes like a very delicious Unagi Donburi. Glico gets it just right. I bought mine at Mitsuwa Marketplace in California … but it might be available in other Japanese grocery shops as well.
In case you are wondering what unagi donburi is . . . you can read more about it here >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unadon
That’s it for now, guys!!!
Got to edit the AngelicaBrigade website so it’ll be fully renovated by Sunday night (February 17, 2013)
Inspired by one of Spring 2013’s fashion trend: Bold geometric prints.
You can use any color you want, but I recommend using opaque, full-coverage nail polishes; ; otherwise:
5. If you want, paint a layer of glitter on top of it.
6. Put one layer of top coat. As usual, I use Nailtiques Nail Protein instead.
By the way, if we don’t wait for the previous layer(s) to dry before we paint another layer of nail polish, the lines the layers create will look wobbly (see below). I made that mistake the first time I tried to create this nail art.
Zoya PixieDust in Dahlia – Textured, Matte and Sparkling . . . by my favorite nail polish manufacturer.
Compared to any other brand I tried (and I did try many of them), Zoya nail laquers lasts the longest. It dries fast, flat, & beautifully on my nails. And, unlike several other nail polish brands, the Zoya nail polishes I bought several years ago are still as good as it was the day I bought them. Plus, it doesn’t smell strongly of chemicals.
And if you care about it, it’s vegan friendly and free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor & dibutyl phtalate (carcinogens & endocrine disruptors)
Anyway, if you are into doing nail arts & located in the U.S., between January 7 – 13, if you spend $25 on Zoya.com you can get 3 bottles of nail laquers for free. But you need to pay $10 for shipping & handling~
The pictures seen in this blog post are not mine. If own the rights to these images & don’t want to see them here, simply let me know & I’ll remove those images from my blog post.
Ever since I started my handmade business last year, decorating my nails with crystals & tiny pearls is no longer an option
Working with metals, dyes, & fixatives tend to ruin sculptural nail arts, and I don’t have enough time to fix my nails everytime a crystal pops out / a mini pearl got stained / a glob of hot-melt glue ruin my nail(s) / etc. Plus, removing sculptural nail arts can be 3-5 (or more) times longer than removing (regular) painted nails.
Plus, as I mentioned in my previous blog post, my overworked hands look a lot redder than it used to. So, I also need to stick to cool hues as well. For quite a long time, I’ve been painting my nails either silver or various shades of cool gray … but, this week, I decided to go with Eggplant Purple:
It’s Pinta by Zoya Natural Nail Polish
As usual, I put one layer of Nailtiques Formula 2 as base coat. After that, I put 2 layers of the same nail protein as top coats. The nail protein makes my nails look super shiny, as if they are made out of plastic (just the way I like them). Plus, it makes my nail lacquer last longer.
There is one more nail product I rely on: Lippman Collection‘s Intensive Nail Treatment.
It moisturizes my nails, keeps my nails strong, removes my cuticles, and helps me to shape my proximal nail folds.
What the heck is proximal nail folds?
This picture is going to answer that question:
In my opinion, no nails (& nail arts) can ever look good if the proximal nail folds are not well-shaped and the cuticles are not removed.
That said, here’s a very old picture (taken in 2007) of one of my old nail art …
I think I’ve moved on …