Thoughts on Thursday: Playing with wire, paper, and resin

13 Nov 2012

In the November/December issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, Susan Lenart Kazmer taught readers how to make wonderful, sparkly leaves using wire, paper, and resin, which she then fashioned into a small, decorative lamp shade (left). Readers were also treated to Susan's amazing chandelier that was embellished with dozens of these unique leaves.

I played around with the idea a bit and decided to make ornament shapes instead of leaves. I didn't have the gauge wire called for in the article, so I used floral wire, adapting as I went along.

1. Determine how large you want the ornament to be and cut the wire. Susan used a 10" piece of wire for her leaves. I used a 20" piece of wire and folded it in half. 

2. With the wire folded in half, fashion a loop at the top and then start wrapping the 2 pieces together. I found it easiest to wrap one wire around the other rather than just trying to twist them together. 


3. Once the wrapped wire is long enough for the size ornament you planned, form the shape of the ornament, bending the section with the loop to create the hanger at the top of the ornament shape. Trim off the excess wire and bend the end tightly to the wire shape.

4. I followed Susan's instructions, ripping a piece of holiday gift wrap and laying it over the wire shape to audition the fit. I did a second one with red tissue paper and decided to add a seasonal word.

5.  Mix the resin according to the manufacturer's instructions. Using a sponge, coat the paper on both sides with resin, and then apply the paper to the wire shape. 

6. After letting the resin dry overnight,  trim the excess paper from the ornament shape with a craft knife, sand any rough spots, and add some additional color with an oil pastel.

These little gems can be used as gift tags on a package as shown, or add them to ribbons on a bottled gift.

A couple of things I learned along the way:

  • Be patient with resin.  I have fingerprints on the red tag because I didn't give it time to totally cure.
  • Be sure to trim the paper carefully. I ended up a little short on one side. Again, patience.

I love trying the many different techniques in Cloth Paper Scissors, and I especially like putting my own spin on them when I can. If you haven't seen the November/December 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, make sure you do. You'll find felting books, collage, tools, and more; four quick jewelry techniques; printed and stitched ornaments; a collaged lantern card, and plenty more to keep you busy.


What techniques have you adopted and adapted from the pages of Cloth Paper Scissors? Leave me a comment. Better yet, upload a photo of your creation to our Reader Gallery on the Cloth Paper Scissors community and leave me a comment. 

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DebbieW wrote
on 17 Nov 2012 11:48 AM

These would be great for wine-glass tags. TU