Sometimes I see a cool little object, and want to make it into an even cooler little object, but it's just not quite the right size, or shape, or mood. A handy dandy pair of scissors will often fix that right up.
I bought these at the dollar store, in the form of an Easter garland:
They're made of that sort of stiff, heavy felt. There were six crosses and six butterflies. I bought them the day after Easter, at 50% off. Fifty cents, people! Fifty cents for 12 cool objects.
Immediately, I thought, "Pretty! For earrings!" Then I thought, "Yeah, if your ears were the size of baseball mitts." (The butterflies are about as big as your palm. The crosses are smaller, perhaps slightly more earring-able, but still. Is there anyone out there - I don't care how much she loves Easter - who really wants a fuzzy, 3-inch-long, neon green Byzantine cross hanging from her ear lobe?)
So that's when I started snipping with said handy dandy scissors. Trying to isolate segments that had a pretty shape. I found a shape I liked; added earwires. And then there was:
Next thing I knew, the fur was really flying. And then there were:
I really had fun dismembering, er, taking apart the filigree shapes and assembling them into - if I do say so myself - some cool little objects.
I also tried adding a teeny bit of shading with a Sharpie. It's subtle, but I think it helps give some dimension:
Okay, I know these are weird. They're not for everybody. But in my mind, if I find a way to use the word 'subtle' in the same post as the phrase 'fuzzy, 3-inch-long, neon green Byzantine cross,' I count it as a success!