Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ridiculously Easy Washi Tape Bracelet

Japanese washi tape is everywhere and there are so many amazing variations to choose from. I was looking for a dark mori type design with which to make a bracelet, and came across this great black floral tape here (she has lots of other great designs as well). I thought it turned out pretty well and it really couldn't be simpler.

First, find some washi tape you like. Then, pick up a bracelet blank. I used a brass one here, but there are other metals to choose from. Just search 'bracelet blanks' on Etsy and you will come up with multiple choices.

I did not want a shiny, new-looking bracelet blank for this project, so I turned to Pinterest and came up with the following recipe to age metal:

 ////Fill a glass quart container half full of vinegar and add 1tsp salt. Place metal items in mixture and leave overnight.////

This treatment gave me the mellow aged brass color I was looking for. After removing the bracelet from the treatment and thoroughly drying it,  I cut a piece of washi tape to fit it and, using a bone folder (which are made of plastic these days) I gently burnished down the tape onto the bracelet. Waaaalaaa! At this point you could put a sealer over the tape for further protection, but I just left it as is. Simple!

Speaking of dark mori, I am in the process of creating my first ever zine, a "Dark Mori Primer". Hopefully I will be done with it before the end of summer, at which point I will offer it for sale :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Salad Cat

This is what happens at my house when you leave a container of salad on the counter.

And he has to tell me about it, too :)