Work with silkworm cocoons so nice and fun, we could not resist and made for you a small workshop.
Earrings “Green Peas”
The lesson we will briefly tell and show how you can treat and color the cocoons.
Earrings made of silkworm cocoons, brass and crystal pearls.
Acrylic paints, brushes, water, napkins.
Scissors, side cutters, pliers.
Cocoon is fairly easy to shape, trimmed with simple nail scissors.
Cut silk cocoons around as a thin felt.
Dye cocoons may, for example, dipping in a solution of water-soluble dyes. Cocoon get wet through. Shade will be transparent, uniform inside and outside, and watercolor.
Dipped, giving fed paint.
We took out, dry them on a napkin.
The surface is translucent colored and will be easily visible texture cocoon.
With this method of dyeing silk thread cocoon is not smooth, but rather may fluffs.
You can paint a thick paint, typing it on a brush or your finger.
Staining fingers I liked. So I feel the paint and the surface of the cocoon and can rub the paint more thickly or rubbing, removing the excess.
Stain colors can be cocoons fabric, tempera, acrylic (after drying the ink is irreversible and will not be washed off). It is better to choose those colors that will not discolor when wet. Watercolor and gouache, as well as dry pigments are suitable only if they are later covered with white glue or varnish (matte or gloss).
The inner and outer surfaces can be painted in different colors.
You can apply two-tone coloring, depending on your ideas. Or even create a painting on the surface of the cocoon thin brushes.
When painting your fingers cocoon you further smooth the surface thereof, thus silk threads are glued to the surface and almost no pushatsya.
On the surface you can walk varnish is more smooth the texture of the cocoon and it will be even less rough. If not at hand varnish, you can use white glue.
When the cocoons are clipped and painted and dry, you can begin to build.
Make holes in the pods is very simple. I puncturing them with an awl.
With the help of pliers do beaming brass wire, mimicking escaping peas.
The opening cocoons insert pins, stringing beads.
The assembly starting from the bottom. Inserted Pin with a ball, strung beads.
Then put the pin with beads inside the cocoon.
Permeates the pin into the top hole of the cocoon and cover cap.
Footprints in the hat strung brass curls and beads of calcite.
All loops recorded song.
Endow shvenzy. Earrings are ready.