Gluing things to other different things is good for my soul. I’m not the most innovative or skilled crafter; I usually pick around DIY blogs until I find something I think I can actually pull of without accidentally sewing my face to the floor. Though not exclusively crafty, one of my favorite bloggers is Marlena from Self-Constructed Freak. She whipped up these awesome pins/buttons/badges/whatever you wanna call ’ems:
Aren’t these amazing? Look, I’ll have Marlena give you the step-by-steps, as she’s very good at explaining how to make these. What I will tell you is that I didn’t use resin as a top coat. You have to mix two parts and if you add extra steps to my crafting process, I’ll screw it up. Instead, I used Aleene’s Jewelry Pendant Gel. It’s one step and it doesn’t stink up the joint. It dried clear and made the buttons extra shiny.
Here are some of the buttons I made:
I used this project at work with the tweens (I was filling in for Tween Art Club, a program I don’t usually do). I had varying results. The tweens who could really concentrate and think out their pins made really cool little wearable art projects. Kids of the squirrelier sort just ended up with a gloppy mess. If you do this project at the library, veer towards an older crowd. I was way too permissive in letting the younger kids into the program. I’m such a push-over.
~Love and Libraries, Ingrid