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Tutorial | Quick & Easy Summer Themed Button Bobby Pins

Reported by Maria del Pinto

Summer Themed Button Bobby Pins

This summer themed button bobby pins tutorial is a quick and easy project that shows how easy it is to incorporate all those cute buttons in your collection into fun decorative bobby pins.

Hair Button Bobby Pin Project Supplies


Step 1:

Using the wire cutter cut the shanks off the back of the buttons. Try to cut it as flush to the base as possible. I used a piece of sand paper to make my surface flat and ready to accept adhesive.

Removing the button shank.
Removing the button shank.

Safety Note: I recommend wearing protective goggles or lenses because the shank pieces can fly all over when they are cut off.

Step 2:

Add a small amount of the E6000 glue to the bobby pin blank. Then press the back of the button onto the glued surface.

 Step 3:

Set aside to dry. Wait 24 hours before using; this gives the adhesive a chance to cure.

Total Spent on Project:

All that I spent on this project was a total of $3, because I already had the wire cutters, the glue and the sand paper. If you have some fun buttons, then all you need are the bobby pins, which can be found online on Amazon or at your local craft store.

CHA Mega Show 2014 | Jesse James Beads

Reported by Maria del Pinto

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Jessie James Beads

The CHA 2014 Mega Show floor was the first time that I got to see the Jesse James Beads mixes all in one spot.  It was eye candy for the jewelry maker soul.  I just loved looking all the strings of different types and colors of beads hanging on their bead wall, which was taller than I was.  You could not walk past the bead wall and not stop to admire the different shapes and textures of the beads on display.

Jessie James Beads

I really like working with the Jesse James Bead mixes. They are sold online (at Amazon) in small collections of different fashion colors and styles of beads which are all mixed together into one elegant affordable package. I can then take the set and create several pieces of jewelry that work well together. I have purchased different collections on Amazon and enjoyed working with each one. Below is a picture of a shoe that they had on display at their booth, which is accented with their beads.

Shoe Accented with Jessie James Beads

Jesse James beads also offers a fun line of buttons and embellishments which are also sold in conveniently sized packets.

Jessie James Double Scoop Ice Cream Party Embellishments

The designs range from whimsical (fairies, wizards, etc) to traditional button shapes.

Jessie James Double Scoop Ice Cream Party Embellishments

The detail on these pieces is amazing.  Above you can see the junk food collection, which my kids just loved!

Jessie James Double Flower Fairies Embellishments

They also offer themed embellishments which are great for Scout or kids’ craft projects.

Jessie James

The Christmas line is so cute and versatile too.  The tiny gingerbread men could make cute earrings, pins and pendants for the holiday.   The Jesse James Bead website offer some project ideas and excellent close up photos of their various beads and embellishments.

Jessie James Beads Christmas Collection

What are some of your favorite uses for beads? Share in the comments below!

Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Plaid Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Reported by Erin Bassett
When someone says Mod Podge I usually think of the big jar of glue like adhesive that I use to decoupage with, so when the opportunity came for me to try out Mod Podge Dimensional Magic I was intrigued!
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If you’re familiar with traditional Mod Podge, you know that right away Mod Podge Dimensional Magic looks different! It comes in a 2oz. bottle and has a lid that lifts right off. I’m not sure if the lid is designed so that the product doesn’t clog the nozzle that it comes out of, but I can say that my bottle didn’t clog up at all (something I can not say about similar products)!
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic is similar to Glossy Accents and Diamond Glaze in that you can use it to add dimension to the item you’re applying it to. When you first apply it to the object it appears milky, but when it’s dry it is totally clear and shiny. One thing to note is that my first drop of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic always seemed to have an air bubble; I learned to do that drop on a piece of scratch paper or my craft mat so there wouldn’t be any air bubbles on my projects.
Here is how Mod Podge Dimensional Magic looks when drops are placed on a paper:
In my opinion it seems like the nozzle on the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic is a little bit wider then the Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze nozzle. Also the product comes out without having to squeeze it. Having the automatic flow is fantastic when trying to apply a lot of it to an item since you don’t get that horrible hand cramp we crafters are known to get! However, the draw-back to that is that when you are working on a detailed image (like the leaf on my card below) it can be difficult to get it just right.
Besides using it for dimension, it also works great as glue! I made this flower using it as glue and when it was finished I added some to the flower’s center and then dropped on a bit of glitter.
You can also use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to magnify words slightly. Just look at this dictionary page I played around with :
My favorite thing to use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic for is creating jewelery and other bulky doo-dads. For the pendant shown below I took a metal Imaginisce Brad Daddy head, flipped it over and filled it with some patterned paper and a bit of bling. I then filled it up with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and allowed it to dry over night. By morning it was dry, however not quite as doomed as it had been while wet, so I added another layer of it and allowed it to dry again.
Now, speaking of drying, according to the package it will take 3 hours to dry. I live in Southern California and I created most of these projects on overcast days…it took me longer then three hours to dry most of my projects, especially the ones where I used a lot of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. I recommend that you don’t wait until the last minute to craft because it will take some time to dry!
  • Dries clear and shiny
  • Easy to open lid (and my bottle never clogged)
  • Jazzes up plain, patterned paper, and stamped images by giving it glossy, raised dimension
  • Can often be used in place of resin to make jewelry
  • Takes time to dry
  • First drop seems to be an air bubble every time I used it; air bubbles can occur at other times as well
  • Free flowing bottle design can make it hard to do small details without going over the lines
What projects do you like to use dimensional adhesives on? For more project ideas, visit the Mod Podge Rocks blog or check them out of Facebook and Twitter.

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