Sorry for the radio silence - it's been a hectic few weeks with preparations for the Create and Craft shows and family visits!
The show with Jacqui Joseph was great, so thanks to everyone who emailed in and has been in contact with me since yesterday! If you've ordered the Efcolor tealight stove, powders and blanks I'm sure you'll be having a lot of creative fun soon. And to get you inspired I thought you might like to find out how I made the hanger using the square pack of blanks...
This hanger uses 3 of the large/medium square aluminium blanks.
1. Each square was covered with ivory powder and heated.
2. Then one of Efco's new stencils was used to create a random pattern with bright pink Efcolor powder. (A patchy effect was created by deliberately not covering them with an even layer of powder.) Then they were reheated.
3. The top layer of a napkin was separated from the back two layers and small flower images were 'cut' out using a wet paint brush.
4. These were stuck randomly on the top and bottom squares with pva glue. (You can use a hair dryer to quickly dry the glue.)
5. When the pva has dried apply light random patches of orange, yellow and gold glitter powders followed by a thin layer of transparent and reheat. (nb. If the glue is not dried before reheating it will make the Efcolor bubble.)
6. Rubber stamp the middle square with a permanent ink pad (I used Jody's Friendship Flower by Rebekka Erickson).
7. When dry, apply light random patches of orange, yellow and gold glitter powders, avoiding the stamped area as much as possible. Use a brush to 'sweep away' any stray powder from the stamped image. Then cover all over with a thin layer of transparent powder before reheating.
8. When cool, cut three squares of card the same size as the blanks. Stick pieces of ribbon to the backs of the blanks with double-sided tape, joining them all together. Make sure to make the centre ribbon longer at the top so that you can fold the end over to create a loop. Use the pieces of card to cover the ribbon and neaten the backs of the blanks.
So, as you can see, it is very easy to create a unique, handmade enamelled decoration. If you are one of those who have decided to give Efcolor a try don't forget to check out the enamelling pages on the website: http://www.projects4crafters.com/#/enamelling-page-3/4566920953. And I'd love to see what you make so do send me photos of your creations if you can.