Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Snow Experiment...

...didn't work.

Sorry, I didn't take a picture.

But see the big wad of nips in the upper part of the picture below?


Well, after I spritzed them with textile medium and coated them in glitter, the result looked like someone who had sprayed their hair with hairspray and then taken a shower with drywall dust.

It was not pretty.

So you're not going to believe what I've decided to do.

I'm afraid that now you really will know I have a screw loose somewhere.

I've decided that I'm going to make each snowball...umm...individually.

You see...I like the fiber nature of the felt...

It's better "snow" than just a bead...it's soft.

But it lacks the sparkle of snow...so...

I've cut away the offending flyaway fibers around each little round nip of felt...


And I'm dipping them each in a bath of textile medium...


And then rolling them each in glitter...


And setting them aside to dry...


The snowballs are having the time of their lives.

And I actually don't mind it either...but I think I'll save this activity for when I'm watching TV.

At this rate, I should be done January's block in July.

Luckily, I think the snow will be sewn on as one of the last steps so I'm off to work on the rest of the block...

I've also got to cut strips of felt fibers to place on the branches of the tree...


And they still need to be dipped and glittered.

It sounds kind of fun, doesn't it?

Instead of going to a tanning booth or the hair salon...we could all just go get Dipped and Glittered...

See you next time...

30 comments:

Ati. said...

Oh my, Susan. This is hilarious :-D
But I know at the end it will look fabulous!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I wondered if you would have to glitz them individually. The tree snow is lovely too. Such perfection.

How many blocks will you be doing this year? Sorry. Specially since mine are sitting there, waiting for my machine to be set up again.
xx, Carol

Laurel's Quill said...

You have the patience of Job. They are so cute!!!!! Laurel

Cari said...

Hey I'm all for getting Dipped and Glittered !! I love reading about your progress and ideas, and watching your block come to fruition!! So much fun!! Thanks for sharing.... Hugs

verobirdie said...

Why am I not surprised? After looking at the hari-kuyo pics I decided mine needs more details. I know where the idea comes from :-)

gracie said...

I love it! You are a great snowball maker!!!

Marjolein said...

I love your humor.
Does it really matter if the snow takes a lot of time? At the end you (and your audience) will be so pleased with the result.

JLL24 said...

Sounds as though you have finally figured out the perfect snow ball. Can't wait to see your block finished, even if it will be July.

Sandie said...

Is that a bit like getting 'plastered' ? LOL!

Loving the tree.

Have a rolling good week!

Sandie xx

Rachel said...

Gosh. Now that is dedication to your art!

Saturday Sequins said...

The little snow balls are awesome, and I think they'll be worth the extra work.

I'd definitely prefer being glittered to getting a tan! I think you might have found the Next Big Thing. ;)

Momma Bear said...

Dipped and glittered, huh!
as long as I don't have to get a tan!
I live in seattle we don't get so much tan as mossy!)

Wendy said...

You are so funny! To be dipped and glittered would be so much fun for all of us who love bling!

Even though it did not work the first time, you were able to rescue the snow balls and move forward! What a great learning curve and thank you for sharing even the fail with us. I have tucked this away for future use.

I cannot wait to see the finished block when it all comes together.

Marsha said...

Dipped and glittered sounds fabulous.

Linda H said...

Dipped and Glittered sounds good to me.. I could use a little glitter...Your block is going to be fabulous...can't wait. Hurry up July!!

Suztats said...

Well, there are no lengths you won't go to to get the right effect! Brilliant!

Createology said...

You are too funny. I am so ready to be dipped and glittered. That should cover lots of my flaws...kind of like bondo on a car body or texture on drywall.
Your little snowballs are beautiful. You always go the extra mile and you really do it right. The only way to do something. Glitter Sparkles of Bliss...

Catherine said...

Dipped and glittered is the way to go! Your snowballs look great ~ looking forward to seeing them on your piece!

Faith said...

It is this attention to detail that makes your work so beautiful! I think the snow is looking great! (I never even would have thought of the glitter.)

Your not tanning comment made me wonder if cosmetic spray-on glitter would work.

Gerry Krueger said...

I'm beyond dip and glitter. I can't even remember brushing my hair today... Looking forward to July to see this finished... I have lots of textile medium if you run out.... xo Ger

Robyn A said...

OMG! And yet it will look stunning!! I cracked up at your description of the original experiment; it must have been awful but it sounded as though it should work. You will catch up - eventually, maybe.

Juli said...

Wouldn't it be hilarious to go into work one day covered in the glitter color of your choice?!?! LOL!

Wanda-Maria Roszak said...

Susan, you are joyous sunshine, I know that taken at a time, for me, no matter whether it now or even in December, is at your wonderful, cool snow balls and generally all that I know that every artist has to have time for your project., Execution etc. ............ will be ok,
I greet :)))

Carol said...

Good morning. I have been reading your blog for about a year now. I'm primarily a needlepointer but I think you've inspired me to try my hand at crazy quilting. How does one get started? Where did you learn all the beading techniques? I was stunned by the butterfly you created for the Audry block. It is a masterpiece! I look forward to your posts each and every morning. I love you commentary. I just love everything about your blog! ~Carol

Susan Elliott said...

Thanks Ladies! It sounds like we should all get dipped and glittered together...

Carol, I would love to give you some tips on how to get started in Crazy quilting but I don't have any way of contacting you. Could you email me with your address and we can have a conversation....

Lorraine@creativedaily said...

Can you hear me chuckling! Always enjoy reading your latest ventures. Obviously making snowballs has become a challenge worth conquering....

Elizabeth said...

You must admit it all does sound a bit insane- but FABULOUSLY SO!! BRILLIANT!!! And FUN! yes i would love to be dipped and glittered!!

You do make magic, you know!!!

JenniDMills said...

Oh I want to be dipped and glittered!
My dad says I'm always covered in sparkles anyway. He once complained his undies came out sparkly because they were washed with something of mine. LOL

Teresa said...

That is why you pieces are so fabulous. You take the time to make each step your best. Can't wait to see more.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Needles, Beads and Threads said...

Love your take on the snow experiment, you are hilarious. May I ask what kind of felt you used? Mine felt yardage is flat and cannot be rolled into a ball. I have an idea for your rolled buds, would love it if you share the source.

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