Often times inspiration hits when you least expect it and this is how it happened to hit me.
While spending valuable sleeping hours surfing through the internet and of course Pinterest, I chanced upon a tutorial by the well-known and incredibly talented Fimo artist, Christel Jensen. This one was on YOU TUBE, which I hadn't scanned for a while so I decided to watch Christel in action once again, as I really enjoy her videos.
CHRISTEL JENSEN HAS THE NICEST VOICE!
I watched tutorial after tutorial just so I could listen to the sound of her voice. She is so unhurried and treats her craft with the utmost respect and gentleness that is inherent within her. After watching about 5 of her How-To's I decided that I wanted to give it a try. She made a wonderful little tea shelf with the pot and the tea boxes and other cute little pieces. all out of Fimo and all of them were wonderful. I, however, do not have a pasta machine and I don't cut straight either and this tutorial required both. (SIGH) I decided to try my luck and do a shelf anyway but my way. My way required only one teeny tiny cut and NO fimo and NO baking! In fact almost NO skill and it took me all of around 15 minutes to put them together. So are you curious?
Then come right this way.......
|This is the shelf!|
And this is how I did it
|These are the tools|
tweezers, snips, needle-nosed jewelry pliers and a pair of scissors
|This is what it looks like out of the package.|
|Spread the prongs apart because you are going to cut them off.|
|I used the metal snips but the prongs are thin so they are easy to remove.|
|This is what it looks like after the prongs are removed.|
DO NOT THROW THE PRONGS AWAY!
|So this is what the shelf is made of |
Lightly sand the wood pieces smooth.
|Glue the longest edge of the woodsie and but the other shelf piece to the top to form a right angle.|
|Should look like this|
|Now you take one of your metal filigree brads and glue it at 3 points to ensure the most stability. |
Again, I am using the Quick Grip glue and it works well for this.
|Both sides done. Notice that the outside of the right bracket is indented. All of the brads faced in the same direction and so I had to accept this minor flaw. It is what it is!|
|This is why you need the lip on the back of the hook. You will want to have it hooked to the top of the stir stick that runs across the back of the shelf. The hooks will be glued on but they look more secure with the little bit of extra metal.|
|Glue the hooks on with Quick Grip and leave to dry|
|And there you have it!|
|They were so easy that I decide to make some MORE!|
I even made one with cut down decorative toothpicks. For that one it did take me longer than 15 minutes but that was the only one. I placed the band of the stir stick up under the top shelf.
|Yup, it Crackled|
|And this is what the final collection looks like|
So what do you think?
I still wanted to try a tea shelf
|These are the variety pack that I have used in the Victorian Sea side Cottage.|
I really like the fine detail in these
|These are the second package that I purchased and they are table runners and napkins.|
I used one of the napkins for the shelf.
|I folded the napkin over the shelf and let it fall over the front edge of the shelf. In hind sight I will not have it as long in the front as it is. It is just a fraction too long when I see it in the photo.|
|This is the lower part of the shelf with a bracelet on the hook and also a pink hair ribbon|
|SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!|
Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely sources,
from tea shelf to boudoir...... Go figure?