Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Beeswax atc's

Last night's class was on the wonderful beeswax! Love the smell of this stuff melting in the meltpot, there's nothing like natural honey-aroma beeswax wafting about the room....mmmmm.....


The first one is the raffle atc won by Gayle (she DID say she was going to win when I was handing out the tickets and be darned if she didn't!!!).





The next two were just because you can't just make one beeswax atc when you are doing them, especially as I didn't even get my meltpot out to make any of these....just used my little quilting iron that was bought ages ago in my fabric & cloth doll days - though never did use it for that purpose. It's just fantastic for beeswax.

Quick Instructions......

All you do is put some little chunks of beeswax onto your atc-sized backing cardstock, melt the wax with the iron, then lay over your next thinner layer of either dressmaking tissue, wrapping tissue or even something that you've stamped yourself on normal copy paper, doesn't matter that the original wax has dried and hardened, drop some more wax on, re-melt it all together.

Then you can start adding images, embellishments, words etc just using little bits of wax on top and using the iron to melt it. This is difficult to get it to be precise as once you melt the wax, it all starts to swim around....don't stress.....just let it go where it wants - especially if you try to use micro-beads or something small like that! You can also add extra colour by either shaving a little bit of normal wax crayon and adding that to the piece, melting it will spread the colour around or you can hold the end of the crayon straight to the iron and make drops...like I have in the first one below. Hope this is enough instruction....love my little Clover quilting iron!!! (Remember to wipe off your iron though - the coloured crayon can tend to smoke a bit)

After these are finished, I use some double-stick tape and attach them to black mat-board. I always do this with my atc's as it makes them nice & sturdy and I like the little border around them....just the way I do it....not the "law"! lol

8 comments:

Arty Lady's blog said...

Your cards look fabulous and thanks for the instructions. Where can you buy beeswax in Oz?

Dawnie said...

Yum, yum, yummy, yum, yum

Prawnface
xxx

Megan Black said...

And here I thought your way was "law", tehehe!!! Always striving to live up to your good example K. The class really was a good one, hey!?
Love
Megan

Gina said...

oh so beautiful!

peggy gatto said...

I love what you did and thanks for the instructions!!!!!
peggy(arrtiques group)

Dot said...

Oh goodness...what beautiful eye candy Kelsey! I love working with beeswax....yummm..

Lucky Gayle for winning your raffle ATC - it is stunning!

I would do a class with you anyday you know. You are very talented.

cookievf said...

Love everything you've posted here! Especially "soleil" - gorgeous!!! And great instructions, thanks for taking the time :D - vicki xo

gina said...

I just purchased some bees wax pellets and am dying to try this techinique! Your cards are so beautiful!