Friday, 1 April 2016

Gypsy Fayre

Hi everyone!

Over at OCC we have our wonderful Candice hosting the challenge this month and she has chosen

Gypsy Fayre

Blessed are the gypsies. The makers of music, artists, writers, dreamers of dreams, wanderers and vagabonds, children and misfits: for they teach us to see the world through beautiful eyes  

This month's challenge invites you to let us see your gypsy nature.  
Gypsies are wanderers, purveyors of exquisite things, mysterious things, free-spirited bohemians curating the beauty of life and sharing the wonders with you as the travel along.
So for the challenge let your creativity run wild and free like a gypsy 
I want you to create interesting items you might imagine finding at a traditional Gypsy Fayre.

You may create whatever your gypsy heart desires, but it must....

contain at least 3 colours from the featured colour palette 
  show us how your project is inspired by this gorgeous ode to the gypsy soul!

So craft with the soul of a gypsy and share the wonder with us. 


The first thing I thought of was to make some kind of jewellery but I had no idea what at first.
All I knew was I wanted to make it a rustic piece...something perfect for a Gypsy Fayre

I got together some dark hemp string, buttons, charms and beads and got to work......

 I got some plain wooden craft buttons and painted them with Burnt Umber Decoart Media Acrylic paint. This gave them a gorgeous mahogany wood effect. I then lightly applied some Decoart Iced Espresso Metallic Lustre around the edges of the button.

The other buttons were covered with the Metallic Lustre to match - they were all bright silver or brass coloured and needed adjustment to fit the bracelet colour scheme!

I got a length of hemp string and doubled it, tying a knot in the end to form the loop to attach the two bracelet ends.

Then working with the two strands I threaded the buttons onto the bracelet

For the four holed buttons I crossed the strands at the front and this makes them very secure. For the single hole buttons I tied a knot to hold it in place and then applied a blob of glue to secure it.

I chose very ornate metal buttons for the bracelet and they needed no work other than a dab of Iced Espresso Metallic Lustre, but the wooden buttons needed to be decorated. Stamped images were cut into circles and placed in the larger wooden buttons along with some metal embellishments.

.....and some Perfect Pearls

Two smaller buttons were placed at the end and formed the attachments of the bracelet

Then I used the two strands of hemp string to form a decorative tassel

I had this leaf charm and covered it with Iced Espresso Mettalic Lustre

I gathered up some coordinating breads and crystals and threaded them onto the bracelet. One bead I made myself by just looping up some brown wire into a ball.

So there it is - My Gypsy Fayre Bracelet - I do hope you like it!

 I hope you will join in with us at Our Creative Corner this month with your creations from the past!
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Happy Crafting!

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  1. This is just magical, Laura!

    Claudia xxx

  2. Just gorgeous Laura - so bohemian and gyspsy like! A great take on the challenge theme. Have a great weekend. Jennie x

  3. My favorite part of your bracelet Laura is the wire ball you made yourself - that just appeals to me so much!! But the entire bracelet is really INCREDIBLE. I love the button with the gypsy face - second best!!! I know nothing about jewelry making so your entire post was intriguing. I would never have thought to run the buttons through and then cover up the holes like that... genius! I enjoy the rustic look of this too. It truly makes me think that a gypsy soul collected these various bits and babbles and then created this bracelet! In this case, that gypsy soul was YOU sweet girl!!!! BEAUTIFUL project and perfect for the theme. XXj.

  4. Hi Laura. I have never actually seen a Gypsy Fayre in real life but I always imagined that Gypsies would trade these kinds of items like your beautiful bracelet. I read through the post and was thrilled by all the details you included on how you made each little item of the item. What a lot of attention to intricate detail you have put in. I LOVED that wire bead ball so darn much - I think I am going to copy your idea for that if you dont mind - I am so impressed that you managed to get a perfect ball shape. I also loved the vintage prints on some of the buttons (I cannot for the life of me remember what you call those disc thingies). The mix of ornate buttons and glass beads were perfect. The leaf charm at the bottom absolutely adds that touch of pizzazz!


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