Sunday, June 1, 2014

Alice in Wonderland Necklace with Stamped Silk Sari Ribbon

This is Karen from Starshine Salon.

I tried stamping on silk sari ribbon for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and I liked the results so much that I decided to try it again.  I love the quality of Sin City Stamps; the fine details of the images really come through, even on fabric.

My necklace was inspired by Alice in Wonderland, and features a magical bottle filled with a mysterious substance and labeled, “Drink me.”  In this case, the “tag” was a spoon charm.
Sari ribbon necklace (4)
I used the stamps to add dimension to the sari ribbon and to tie the colors together.   I chose the ribbon I wanted to use, then cut and pressed it.  These are the pieces of silk left over after the saris are made.  The strips vary in width and arrive crinkled.  I wanted them flat so I could stamp on them.

When Alice drinks from the magical bottle, she wants to use the golden key to get into the beautiful garden.  But when she shrinks, she finds she has left the key on the table and can’t get to it.  Now she has all the keys she needs, right on her necklace!  I used the keys image from the Sin City Stamps Dressforms.  I stamped the image with Colorbox Chalk Ink in Warm Violet, and heat set it with my iron after the ink dried.
Stamped silk sari ribbon
The bottle had some writing printed on it, so I sanded it to remove the printing.  Then I added a loop with some wire.  I put a little coarse glitter inside and added a cork.
Bottle (2)
I stamped “Drink Me” onto the spoon, added some black Gilder’s paste to make the letters stand out, and applied violet Gilder’s paste to the handle.  When the Gilder’s paste had set, I added some wax, which I buffed after it dried.
Stamped spoon
I stacked the sari ribbon, trimmed it, then looped the ends through large jumprings, turned the edges under, and sewed it closed.
Sewn onto jumpring (2)
Then I put a few stitches through the ribbon to cinch it up.  This gives a nice place in the center for the focal to hang, and keeps the piece from looking like a big scarf.  I added jumprings around the cinched areas.
Cinched (2)
Finally, I added chain.  Now I have the perfect thing to wear for my Wonderland Tea!
Sari ribbon necklace