Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tatting Tuesday - Tatting Over Glass Decor Gems

Glass Gems, 4.75 Lb. Bag, Various Shades of GreenI've gotten a bit carried away with tatting over the glass decor gems I was playing with last week.  Glass decor gems are those round, flat, slightly domed pieces of glass that come in a little mesh bag and are used for floral arrangements and craft projects.  (They are also great to use as damage counters for playing Pokemon, the trading card game).

You won't get to see all my failed attempts since I rarely take pictures  as I cut the thread apart.  You'd think I would get smart about it and use the same pattern over and over.  I just seem to get too restless and keep trying new things.

This purple pendant is basically the same pattern I used for the green one I did last week, but I didn't add beads to the joins along the edge of the glass gem.

Then I did another green one with the same pattern and then decided to add a ruffled edge to it with a second round.  It's actually pretty cool and I will probably do this one again.

 In an effort to simplify things, I tried a ring only design with the brown Omega rayon thread that has gold running through it.  It really shows off the glass gem and I like how it turned out.  I tried to do the same thing with the purple thread but worked from memory (bad idea) instead of looking at the brown one.  It ended up being too small to fit around the gem and I'm still trying to decide what to do with it.

Back to the green thread, I went for a six petaled flower design with rings only and added a green bead to the front.  I had this goofy idea to try to make extra motifs that joined to the edges of the pendant to make a more interesting necklace.  After making one motif, I didn't like how unstable it was and wished I had joined it in two locations instead of just one.  I just couldn't bear to cut the extra motif off, so I folded it over and turned it into a tatted bail for the pendant.  I really like the result and plan to do this one again (on purpose).

Will I move onto projects without glass gems?  Probably not for a bit.  I have a couple of other thread colors I want to play with and want to do more with beads as well.  The Omega rayon thread is thick, so I can't do as much with beads as I would like.

7 mad comments:

Marilee Rockley said...

Tatting over glass gems is a very cool idea - I like it!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

this is something I want to learn to do...!
These little necklaces are sweet.
I came over from 'Making the World Cuter'

I'm off to read more of your blog!


Unknown said...

HI! found you through the follow along! new follower here ^^)

foreverdecorating said...

My great grandma used to tat all the time. I plan on teaching myself someday. I love these.

Unknown said...

Love it! So cute! I'd love to have you link this up at my new Link Party!



PunkyNoodles said...

beautiful work! i didn't know what tatting was until a few days ago, and now I keep hearing about it over and over. you really are talented!

Unknown said...

THese are so great! Thanks so much for linking up to Make Something Mondays! Can't wait to see what you have next week!

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