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My Completed Wall Plaque
Well, it’s taken me quite a few days to make, but it is finished! Hope you like it.
In case you missed my previous posts on this project – you can find them here:
Information on what I’ve used can be found, with some links, in the previous posts, but I do need to give a special thank you to Janette Padley of Dragons Lair Designs for putting together the digital download backgounds collections for me. She’s got a shop up on Etsy – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Facebook Page – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Blog – here, and is also on CraftsUprint – here.
CONSTRUCTION AND FINISHING TOUGHES
I started by making up a cord to hang up my plaque. I decided to make one up myself from three lengths of 6 stranded embroidery thread. The paler thread in the center and the two darker lengths knotter around using a macramé twisting knot. I wanted a bit of texture, though you can’t really see the twist unless you look really closely because of the small size ofthe threads used, but I think it’s going to work well for what I want.
To attach I threaded the knotted cord through the holes in the plaque and then threaded an end of the thread through a bead and tied it in place to prevent the cord slipping out of the holes.
Next for the decorating – I put the plaque with letter flat on the table and started clustering the flowers and leaves I created on it.
Once I’d got it roughly how I wanted it I started gluing everything in place using Pinflair Glue Gel. I had thought of using a hot glue gun but decided on the glue gel as it takes longer to set and I wanted the time to move things around until I was happy with how things looked. I used a big mound of the glue for the center of the largest cluster in the bottom left to hold up the cluster of flowers.
Once I got to this stage I decided I wasn’t quite happy with the plaque. It needed something else. After a discusion with my mother we decided it needed something round the edge but not more flowers.
So what I decided to do was cut some strips of paper and added different options before laying them on the plaque so that Mam and I could pick the one we liked best. Always good to have a second opinion when you can’t decide of finishing touches.
From a not very good attempt at distress inks to spots of a purple alcohol ink pen, it was one up from the bottom we decided on in the end – which is Nuvo Drops.
Chooseing to add the drops around the edge after doing the other decorating made it difficult for me to use a ruler to space the dots out evenly, but I managed in the end.
Mam likes it so much I’m going to make one for her as well. So keep an eye out for that.
THE FINISHED PROJECT:
Well, this is it!
Closeup of one area.
The whole piece.
So, onward next with a few UFOs and some more projects I’ve got worked out and the materials bought ready to start. As I tend to craft depending on which bit of me is aching the most, and how I’m feeling on any particular day, I haven’t decided what to do next, but I have had our cleaner pop my sewing machine on one corner of our kitchen table for me so I may get on with putting together some patchwork squares I’ve cut out a while ago. Wait and see!
Oh, and I’ve still got to post some catchups of previously made but unblogged items.
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