First of all, let me begin by telling you that this was not an easy challenge! Initially I wanted to create a summer-themed cellphone case (my favourite season of the year). I had even gone so far as to draw a diagram of my cellphone case design. However, when I entered the craft store my heart wanted embellishments. In all honesty I had no idea what my cellphone case would look like since my original plan was thrown out the window, so I grabbed a few packs of beads and some metallic gel liner pens (I didn’t know what they were either when I grabbed them). I guess my inspiration for this cellphone case came from some crazy embellishment-loving side of me. It took me a couple tries to create what you see in the picture. I wanted to keep my design simple but elegant and I think I achieved that. I’m pretty proud of it for my first submission!
- Plastic cellphone case (thank you Makeful!)
- Gel liner pens (basically coloured glue) in metallic gold and silver
- Mini jewellery beads
How to make it
Step 1: My design is super simple. First I took the gel liner pens and created my swirl design on the cellphone case, leaving a portion of the bottom empty. My inspiration for the swirls came from a paisley design. The picture only shows the pens I used. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures when I was completing the project.
Step 2: In the next step I opened the beads and sprinkled them onto the wet gel pen design. I had a bowl underneath to catch the beads that didn't land on a wet surface. My picture shows green beads--these are not the beads I used. I used gold-based beads, but I didn't take any pictures of those beads in the case, so I'm using this image so you can see the brand and size I used.
As a side note - if you do purchase these beads, be very careful which side you open. The bottom and the top look identical and this similarity caused me to drop a whole container of beads onto my kitchen floor. Believe me ... I'm still finding beads on the floor a week later!
Step 3: The last step is to let the product dry completely before use. I left mine sitting for a full two-days before I touched it. Then that's it ... you have your finished product!
Thanks Makeful for a really neat challenge! Looking forward to the next one!