I was at my local art museum last year (on April 11, during our state conference--and I remember it was April 11 because that's my husband's birthday AND the day my mom fell and broke her arm. Pretty much seared into my memory) and saw this little case of these eye miniature necklaces, broaches and rings. I ended up rushing out when my mom's husband called, but made myself a quick little note. I ordered these bottle cap like things to use this year in making them:
Then I spent way too long trying to make strips of circles on the computer to photocopy for students (they kept printing out as ovals). Finally I decided good enough, photocopied and cut the paper into strips of six circles. We watched a few short YouTube clips on drawing eyes (there's TONS out there) and got to work:
At home I was busily hot gluing hemp cord to the bottle caps:
|Stacking them like this and then putting 30 in ziplock bags seemed|
to be the best way to transport them without them tangling into a giant mess.
Next we paainted them with water and tiny brushes, [here's the lesson learned part] and I should've had them dry completely before busting out the Modge Podge:
Students chose their favorite/best one, cut it out and added it to the bottle-cap-glued-to-hemp:
|We used popsicle sticks 'cause ain't no one got time to try to|
clean a paint brush full of Modge Podge. Tiny bit of Modge Podge to glue them
to the bottle cap and a thick layer on top to give them a glossy look.
They're turning out so cool/creepy that they're really a big hit with the 11 & 12 year old crowd.
Now to decide on our next refugee project. For now, I'm leaning towards a more choice based idea.