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I have moved my blog to
Please visit the new location
I may love the change or hate it. So I play the waiting game.
I hosted my blog myself because I had an older Mac and I couldn’t
The browser and system couldn’t be upgraded on the old
computer. My computer was upgraded last year for my birthday.
Stop by the new home for my blog claybuttons.blogspot.com!
This simple solution shows you how to put art buttons on your garments and also be able to take them off easily. You will be able to wash your coats and sweaters without your art buttons attached and they won’t get damaged.
Thread your needle with your ribbon. From the back side of your garment, mine is a chenille coat, bring your needle through to the front of your garment.
Take the needle through both button holes then back through your garment to the inside.
Take your needle off of the ribbon and tie in a pretty bow.
Ta Da! You’re done.
Now when you wear your coat open you see a pretty ribbon tied in a bow.
When you need to wash your garment, untie bow take off the button & ribbon and wash.
You can easily re-attach your art button again after cleaning.
It takes maybe 2 minutes, tops, for each button.
If you’re not into pretty bows try this.
Use 8″ of ribbon threaded onto your needle for each button. Start on the outside of your garment. Take the needle through one of the buttonholes and garment, then back up through the garment and other buttonhole. Tie in a knot.
For more dimension add a bead on top of the button using the same directions as above, then tie off using an overhand knot.
Show the world how beautiful you can be using art buttons and ribbon!
Each week we feature a project with Art Beads that can be made for ten dollars or under. This week Tari Sasser from Creative Impressions In Clay
I have been trying to come up with ideas that recycle/reuse/re-purpose items to help our environment. So let’s “Make Your Art Trashy!”
For this project I wanted to use PVC pipe scrap that I know is somewhere in the garage. I couldn’t find it so I had to get creative in my thinking about rings. I thought about Bamboo but I didn’t have any, tube from a paper roll but didn’t think it would hold up well enough. Then bottles came to mind. We go through plenty of shampoo in our house. Along with other assundry of items that would fit the bill.
1 or More Shampoo Bottles 2″-2.5″ in diameter
Fabric, Felt, Ribbon or Yarn (to wrap your rings)
Assorted Embellishments-Buttons, Beads, Charms, etc.
It starts with a bottle.
I marked the bottle every inch for my cuts. Yours can be wider. The choice is yours for cutting. I started trying a hack saw…no good. The X-acto knife worked pretty good. In the end I should have used a combo of making an incision with the knife and cutting with scissors.
You will need to pick your cutting tool depending on the thickness of your bottle.
Here’s how mine looked. Not perfect but they are going to be covered so I didn’t worry about it too much.
Next, I used what was in my studio to cover the rings.
The first napkin ring pictured I used a fuzzy type fabric with gold embossing. I think my daughter brought it out to my studio eons ago. I didn’t use glue on the first two. Tuck the fabric in. Tie on a button where you did your tucking.
Second ring is wrapped with Eyelash Yarn. Wrap and overlap to cover the plastic ring. Tie off, tie on a button.
Third ring, I used Spray Adhesive and it covered in felt. I then wrapped hemp twine around for more visual impact and to make sure everything stayed in place.
Tie another one on…button that is!
You have created fun table couture and helped the environment at the same time. Start going through the kids bathroom collecting shampoo bottles.
A fun project just in time for Thanksgiving! “Get your Sass On!”
Tari Sasser, smart sass at Creative Impressions In Clay
In a survey of attitudes toward artists in the US a vast majority of Americans, 96%, said they were greatly inspired by various kinds of art and highly value art in their lives and communities. But the data suggests a strange paradox.
While Americans value art, the end product,
they do not value what artists do. Only 27% of respondents believe that artists contribute “a lot” to the good of society.
Further interview data from the study reflects a strong sentiment in the cultural community that society does not value art making as legitimate work worthy of compensation. Many perceive the making of art as a frivolous or recreational pursuit.
USA hopes to help close the gap between the love of art and the ambivalence toward artists in society.
Other insights further illuminate the depth of the paradox:
• A majority of parents think that teaching the arts is as important as reading, math, science, history, and geography.
• 95% believe that the arts are important in preparing children for the future.
• In the face of a changing global economy, economists increasingly emphasize that the United States will have to rely on innovation, ingenuity, creativity, and analysis for its competitive edge—the very skills that can be enhanced by engagement with the arts.
As author Daniel Pink posits in his book A Whole New Mind—Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future, we have moved beyond the Information Age and into the Conceptual Age.
“In short, we’ve progressed from a society of farmers to a society of knowledge workers. And now to a society of creators and empathizers, of pattern recognizers and meaning makers. . . . We’ve moved from an economy based on people’s backs to an economy built on people’s left brains to what is emerging today: an economy and society built more and more on people’s right brains. . . . aptitudes so often disdained and dismissed—artistry, empathy, taking the long view, pursuing the transcendent—will increasingly determine who soars and who stumbles. It’s a dizzying—but ultimately inspiring—change.”
Statistics referenced above provided by Urban Institute, Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structure for U.S. Artists (2003), and Rand Research in the Arts, Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts (2004)
The way this particular tag works is that I list 7 factoids about myself, and then I tag 7 more bloggers. Here goes:
1. I have been an artist all my life.
2. I have been making ceramic buttons since 2002.
3. I have been working in clay since 1990.
4. I was widowed in 1992. My husband was killed in a car accident when I was 5 months pregnant. I was carrying his only child. I had 2 children from my previous marriage.
5. I have been married 12 years to my husband Steve.
6. We have 6 children. Yours, mine and ours. The ours was number 6. I had 3 children and he had 2 children when we got married. Ages range from 27-10. I have a beautiful 2 year old granddaughter, Anastasia. My daughter is pregnant again. A boy this time.
7. Steve and I were an internet couple. Yes, it can happen. We met on an online widows&widowers group.
7 Bloggers, 7 factoids.
It’s October and we’re inching closer to Halloween. I was featured yesterday on the jewelrymaking.craftgossip.com. How cool is that!
It features my skull necklace. Hehehehe…….
THE ORPHAN WORKS BILL
The politicians are selling our souls down river. All in the name of money. If this bill is passed it will dramatically impact our world. Please contact your representatives.