Monday, February 1, 2016

It's a new year AND a sparkly new day!


There's something about a fresh new year that makes me want to take a leap forward and leave old ideas, things and habits behind. Unfortunately, it's also at a time when it's necessary to wear lots of clothing layers including coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc. Seems to create a bit of a conflict doesn't it?

What to do, what to do?

In hindsight, I see now why I was so intent on making these sparkly gloves when the weather turned cold! I made them for myself, for friends and for family members. Not only that, I took this craft to our annual December craftnight! EVERYONE made fun, sparkly gloves!!

I really have to laugh! It's so transparent now, but I didn't realize it at the time.

I NEEDED SPARKLE! When I get pushed out of my happy place, I look around for sparkle and if I don't find any, I CREATE IT! Wow...this realization will take me a while to process.

So, more about the gloves! I bought quite a few pairs of these smart phone gloves at Walmart for $2 a pair, a great deal! I also found this bag of sequins at Walmart for a few dollars. An amazingly stuffed little bag of sequins.

Make sure to have a ziploc baggie handy because you'll never get them all back in the bag once it's open. It contains hearts, flowers, leaves, stars, butterflies and more...well worth the $3!

Rather than sew the sequins on, I thought I'd try Beacon Gem Tac since I had received it from the Cousin Corporation to try out. I have a bit of a sensitivity to strong chemicals and do my best to avoid them. I was a little concerned until I opened the glue and it was as strong as school glue! How could it possibly adhere well if it doesn't smell terrible?

I have no idea, but it does! I'll share more jewelry projects using Gem Tac in future posts, but wanted to mention the sequins are glued on the gloves. The pink gloves also have Crystazzi flat back crystals glued on and the gray gloves have tiny little Swarovski crystals glued on. SO SPARKLY!!

If you have a get-rid-of-winter-blues sparkle project to share, please leave a link in the comments section. :)

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