Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Waxing Lyrical...

...cor blimey and thrice!  It seems like a yonk and a half since I blogged... so here I am today to show you one of the little projects I have been working on recently.  Of course, you all know I am a self confessed Melting Pot addict and even though they are, sadly, no longer being manufactured, you can still get all the goodies to go into the Melting Pot.  A few weeks ago I was rummaging through a pile of Tim's Wallflower paper offcuts with the idea to make a paper blocked affair... then I changed me mind because I have done so many paper blocked pieces I wanted to do something a little different... and came up with a more collagey thing.


And... being as I am of slatternly persuasion, my Melt Pot was still sitting on my desk, having not been tidied away before I started on a new project - yes, that New Year's Resolution went out of the window in about February time!  Anyways, I put the layers of papers together and decided that a nice splosh of beeswax would look lovely over the top.


I edged all the papers with Aged Mahogany DI and then glued with Cosmic Glue (THE best glue in the world - IMO) and set about painting the wax over the top.  I didn't re-heat the wax once I had painted it on because I wanted a more rustic effect and re-heating will also make the wax soak through the papers and give them a different effect.  So, a slap of wax, a buff with a cloth and voila, waxily covered!



My rose is also made from the Wallflower papers and once the rose was glued and assembled, I dipped it into the melted wax so it coated it... bit like a Faux Porcelain but with wax... a gorgeous different effect.  I did the same with the die cut leaves and stamped a sentiment onto the papers using Jet Black Archival Ink and painted wax over the top of this too.  In order for waxy stuff to stick to waxy stuff, I took my hands into my own life *yep, right way around* and got out the hot glue gun - I am lethal with a hot glue gun and have several scars on my paws to prove it!   If I had popped the glue directly onto the stamped piece of paper, the hot glue would have melted the wax on the top of it... so to get around this, I stuck some 3D foam on first and hot glued onto that.  It worked a treat!  Finishing touches are the pearl dangly bits and a cool little coat hanger I have been saving for such a project.



I just want to say thank you for your messages and emails about my health... I have had a second scan and thankfully, the results have ruled out anything sinister they were looking for... however, I am still none the wiser what exactly is making me so poorly so I have more tests to have now.  Hopefully in the next few weeks I will get an answer and a cure for whatever it is... and will be back to normal *ahem, well, normal for me* soonly.   Thanks for looking, have a fabby day!  TTFN

Hels x

14 comments:

janna'scraftingattic said...

I like a splodge of beeswax myself :-) lovely tag. Butterflies and flowers , what's not to like ? X

Ruth said...

The rose has a beautiful subtle sheen to it, wonderful effects and perfect for the wallflower stash. Beautiful as always.
Glad you've had some positive news...hope your on the healthy road soon xxx

SamsHomeCookedDesigns.com said...

Those of us who have a Melt Pot can still play and learn from you Hels. I love the beeswax look and saw it with you first! It was great to see you at the NEC and to see your gorgeous Tags. I hope you find your answers soon so that you can get better.! Lovely project too. Sam xx

Joanne said...

What a gorgeous piece - the wall hanging I mean ROFL
I'm now off to wipe away these tears of relief
Xxxx

Kathryn said...

Ohh Hels this is most fabby ..... I may go get my melt pot out and wax me bits ;) ha ha oops mean some bits ha ha x

carol edwards said...

Beautiful Hels, love the colours and the rose. I still love my melt pot. Glad you have had positive news x

toni said...

Lovely! The beeswax adds a lovely sheen and softness, I must giveaway try ! X

Anita Houston said...

Be still my heart!!! Wax is my new favorite, and I LOVES what you've done here Hels!!! So gorgeous! So you!!! So glad the new results ruled out anything bad for your health. I hope they find what's going on with you soon. Sending you more prayers.

Barb Cady said...

Hels this is achingly beautiful! Love the colours and that lovely rose. Thank you for your kind comment I missed you too! You are welcome to come play with me any time! Big hugs, Barb xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, This hanging is fabulous, loving the beeswax and the gorgeous flower.
So glad you have had some positive news, let's hope they can find out what is making you poorly and then you can start to recover and get back to good health.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Redanne said...

I am loving your new collagey phase, the flower and butterfly are stunning. What a great way to use up those fabulous Wallflower papers too.

Good to hear about your tests, hope the next lot give you a clearer picture of what the problem is.. Big hugs, Anne xx

Penny Butler said...

I really love this Hels! I bought some wax granules after watching you on T.V but I'm afraid I have yet to try them!! However after Christmas I DEFINATELY am going to have a go - especially some waxy flowers! I always find your blog so inspiring especially with melt pot ideas. Take care, Penny xx

Jackie Trinder said...

Oh wow Held this is a gorgeous project. I never did get a melt pot now it is too late. You get stunning results from yours. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

craftypam60 said...

This is gorgeous Hels and I need to get my Melty Pot out now and play!! Really really glad to hear that the scan has ruled out anything nasty, what a big relief! Now that they're on the case they will hopefully get the answers they need in order to get you the right treatment. Big hugs x

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